Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery) by Tara Lush

Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)
by Tara Lush

Grounds for Murder was a delightful whodunit and has set this series off to a grand start. It’s entertaining with just the right amount of humor.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Grounds for Murder is an entertaining start to A Coffee Lover’s Mystery series. . . . a fun lighthearted cozy mystery with creative coffee art, a precious puppy, a laid-back dad, an eye-catching police chief, a curious crime, and a jaded journalist.
~The Avid Reader

. . . an enjoyable mystery that’s bound to please coffee lovers or those who need a little Sunshine State vacation without the hassle of traveling.
~Mysteries with Character – Terry Ambrose, Author

I enjoyed the characters. Not sure who I liked the best! While Stanley won my heart the hunky Police Chief Noah adds some sizzle and is working on winning Lana’s since she is the murderer.
~My Reading Journeys

The genuine characters, sunny beach location, engaging mystery, and sweet romance make Grounds for Murder a must-read for cozy mystery fans. 5 stars!
~Diane Reviews Books

Being able to envision the story as I really along is paramount to my total enjoyment and Grounds for Murder by Tara Lush knocked it out of the park. I am so excited to see where the author takes Lana and the whole crew in the next book.
~Sapphyria’s Books

Ms. Lush writes a well-plotted whodunit with some twists to keep the story moving.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

The laid back island vibe makes for a relaxing adventure as the clues start popping up as the secrets reveal themselves. Makes for a well written cozy that readers are sure to love. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

The plot was well thought out. It was very believable that Lana would investigate the murder with her journalism background. This one was well written and flowed well and kept me turning the pages.
~Melina’s Book Blog

About Grounds for Murder 

Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (December 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1643856189
ISBN-13: 978-1643856186
Digital ASIN: B0871KTTMC

When Lana Lewis’ best — and most difficult — employee abruptly quits and goes to work for the competition just days before the Sunshine State Barista Championship, her café’s chances of winning the contest are creamed. In front of a gossipy crowd in the small Florida town of Devil’s Beach, Lana’s normally calm demeanor heats to a boil when she runs into the arrogant java slinger. Of course, Fabrizio “Fab” Bellucci has a slick explanation for jumping ship. But when he’s found dead the next morning under a palm tree in the alley behind Lana’s café, she becomes the prime suspect.


Even the island’s handsome police chief isn’t quite certain of her innocence. But Lana isn’t the only one in town who was angry with Fabrizio. Jilted lovers, a shrimp boat captain, and a surfer with ties to the mob are all suspects as trouble brews on the beach.


With her stoned, hippie dad, a Shih Tzu named Stanley, and a new, curious barista sporting a punk rock aesthetic at her side, Lana’s prepared to turn up the heat to catch the real killer.


After all, she is a former award-winning reporter. As scandal hangs over her beachside café, can Lana clear her name and win the championship — or will she come to a bitter end?

About Tara Lush

Tara Lush is a Rita Award finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow, and a George C. Polk Award-winning journalist. For the past decade, she’s been a reporter with the Associated Press, covering crime, alligators, natural disasters, and politics. She also writes contemporary romance set in tropical locations. A fan of vintage pulp-fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, and 1980s fashion, she lives with her husband and two dogs on the Gulf coast.

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