Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle
Narrator: Rebecca Gibel
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Date Read: November 2012
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa's slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice.
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #8
Also by this author: Holiday Buzz, Espresso Shot br> br>
Also in this series: Holiday Buzz
Listened for Fun! (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
Part of my 25 Books for the Holiday for 2012
How Holiday Grind put me in the holiday spirit: This was a great little Christmas who-done-it and the Holiday setting was perfect. It was one of those stories the was enhanced by the Holiday spirit.
What I thought of Holiday Grind’s Story/Characters: Characters are what make this story shine. I haven’t read a Coffehouse Mystery book before but I will be reading them all now. I really loved all of the characters: Clare’s family, coworkers, and friends. I was rooting for them all the way. I kinda love how they all got involved. I did think Clare was a little pushy at times (I would have told her to take a long walk off a short pier) but I loved her gumption and stubbornness. Overall this is making my cozy mysteries to read shelf (I will catch up)!
Audio Thoughts: Rebecca Gibel did an excellent job with narration, pacing, and characterization. This is going on my series to listen to on audio 🙂
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I have been eying this series for years now, and still have not bought the first one. Glad you enjoyed this one Felicia.
I am reading Holiday Buzz right now and it is just as fun. I have another (non) holiday one on audio to listen to after the holidays 🙂
COFFEE!!! Sounds fantabulous. I bet listening to the perfect Christmas Cozy Mystery really could put you in the Christmas Spirit despite our unseasonably warm weather.
She talks about coffee a lot. I am not a coffee drinker but some of her Holiday drinks sounded delicious. Did you see the weather for Monday? We get one day of cold! YEAH!
I read book one while I was pregnant with my now two year old son and loved it. I was constantly craving coffee and I just loved reading all the warm coffee descriptions and I enjoyed the antagonistic relationship between Claire and here ex husband Matteo. I have several books in this series and I plan on reading some next year. This is one of my fav Cozy series. Glad to see you enjoyed it as well.
It is a fun series. I think she is a bit nosy but I have to remind myself that it is the point–:) Nosy people make the best amateur sleuths LOL
Oh I wonder if I could get my mom into these. She loves the holiday and who-done-its. Might be a perfect combo for her!
I actually think your mom would love them 🙂 This is a fun series!
YAY so glad you liked it. I need this audio.
The audio was fun! I am beginning to think audio is the only way to go with cozy mysteries.
Do tell, what brings you to this theory?
I loved the first book in this series. I’m glad to see that Clare and her NYPD Detective boyfriend are still together. 🙂
I am reading the most recent one now and they are still together 🙂 He is such a delight!
“I did think Clare was a little pushy at times (I would have told her to take a long walk off a short pier)”
*snort* There have been a couple characters lately that I would have liked to have told that:) Despite her pushiness though, she sounds like a solid character – I love a girl with gumption! I also love the word gumption:)
Lately, I have seriously developed a love/hate relationship with some characters. I have had to sit books down and remind myself they aren’t real LOL
Gumption is the best.word.ever! I truly believe it is why I watch The Holiday every year 🙂
I read the first two in this series and really enjoyed them. They were quick little reads, nothing too dramatic. Perfect cosy mysteries. I like that this one is holiday-based & might have to check it out (holiday books and movies are some of the few holiday things I can tolerate. Scrooge!).
I am halfway through the one she released this year–Holiday Buzz! It is pretty darn good to 🙂