Espresso and Evil by Agatha Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
The 6th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series!
When a coffee shop opens in the village, Julia is surprised when her customers flock to the new business, leaving her café almost empty. A failed protest against the corporate chain store leaves Julia wondering if her café can survive, but she suddenly has bigger fish to fry when the owner of the coffee shop is poisoned, and she is framed for his murder.
As Julia attempts to clear her name, she is stopped in her tracks when an unwanted familiar face arrives in Peridale. Her past and present crash together, threatening to jeopardise her blossoming relationship with Barker. Julia’s history is back to haunt her, and she is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions before it is too late. Somebody is trying to frame Julia for her rival’s murder, but can she juggle her most challenging case yet with her complicated love life before she loses more than just her café?
Book 6 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English and 48,000 words long. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes!
Julia is in danger and it doesn’t mean bodily harm. Instead she is in danger to lose her customer in her cozy café to a new coffee shop across the street, managed by an old business partner of her father and on top her back is coming back: we finally meet Julia’s exhusband.
The book starts right away and the reader is thrown in the events of the book which have a higher urgency than the other books. The dynamics in the book is greater and it feels more dangerous that Julia is in loss of her customers. The sensation of the book is great balanced with the crime case and how the events are presented.
Finally we see a few things from Julia’s past, we get a few more information and are confronted with her exhusband Jerrard. Of course this is trouble for Julia because she worries about Barker.
The mix of the personal drama and the crime case is marvelous and you are really excited to turn page after page. The other suprising revealings, some of them already hinted in the last book Shortbread and Sorrow gave the story its extra spice.
Awesome series, great character development and steady a high way of writing. 🙂 Agatha Frost is at her best. And Julia is one of the most charming investigator I ever met. 🙂 Always a pleasure to read about her detective work. ❤ 5 out of 5 stars. 🙂
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