Thursday, December 17, 2020

Grounds for Murder by Tara Lush

I enjoyed this fun cozy mystery for coffee lovers. I liked the setting of an island on the Florida coast. I liked the characters. I liked how Lana was portrayed as a slightly insecure barista with an investigative bent do to her previous journalism career. She did some dangerous probing but nothing really dumb and I appreciate that. Noah was kind of a missing in action police chief. I think the budding romance would have been better if he had actually helped Lana investigate.

The murder plot was pretty good. Many signs pointed to a suicide but we know because of the title that it must be murder. Lush provided a good number of suspects and I appreciate how Lana ruled them out, one by one. The actual murderer did not have much foreshadowing so I did not have to feel bad at not identifying the person ahead of time.

This is a fun cozy mystery set in an interesting location and with sufficiently developed characters. There was nothing amazing about the writing style. The novel was a good and fun read overall.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Tara Lush is a RITA Award finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow and the winner of the George C Polk award for environmental journalism. She lives in Florida and is a reporter with The Associated Press in Florida. She also writes as Tamara Lush. You can find out more at and

Crooked Lane Books, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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