Murder a la Mocha

Murder a la Mocha
Book Description
Coffee, a canine and a corpse: A bad feeling leads to an even worse discovery when Maggy tries to return a Chihuahua to its owners in the new coffeehouse mystery.

Coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen’s dinner with fiancé Sheriff Jake Pavlik's parents takes an unfortunate turn when Jake’s mother falls ill. Driving home alone at midnight, Maggy barely avoids a terrified Chihuahua crossing the highway ramp in front of her car. She rescues the pup, intending to return ‘Mocha’ to her owners the next morning.

But when Maggy arrives at the Satterwite house, she finds the Satterwite’s dog-sitter, Arial – her partner Sarah's niece – at the property with what looks like blood on her face. Uneasy, she leaves Mocha but returns with Sarah to find a body on the floor and no sign of Arial or Mocha. With Jake still in Chicago and Sarah desperate to find her niece, Maggy is drawn into yet another deadly puzzle.

From Booklist:

Maggy Thorsen, owner of the coffeehouse Uncommon Grounds in Brookhills, Wisconsin, rescues a bedraggled chihuahua on a rainy night, much to the disgust of her Old English sheepdog, Frank. When Maggy contacts George Satterwite, the owner of the chihuahua, whose name is Mocha, she learns that Arial Kingston—the niece of Maggie's business partner, Sarah—is the Satterwites’ dogsitter, and when Maggie drops the dog off the next morning, she sees what she believes to be blood on Arial’s cheek. Concerned when Sarah can’t reach Arial, Maggy and Sarah go to the Satterwites’ house, find a dead body in the theater room, and discover that Arial and Mocha have disappeared. With Arial a murder suspect on the run, Mocha reappears at Maggy’s house. Plot twists, snippets of coffeehouse culture, and plenty of dogs and dog behavior are integrated nicely with the mystery. This character-rich series will appeal to readers who enjoy Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis cozies, also featuring a host of canines.


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Cinnamon and nutmeg round out the flavor of coffee, softening and smoothing its sharp edges.
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