When the owner of the rival coffee shop is killed, the police turn their sights on the owner of Roasted Love due to their ongoing feud. Laila is determined to prove that her boss is innocent. She works closely with a paramedic, named Daniel, to get to the bottom of it.
I’m a little sad that this is the first book of a three book series. I really liked this book. the writing style is nice and easy and really easy to follow throughout the book. The characters are very interesting and we got to get a feel for their relationship. The dynamic within the team at Roasted Love is interesting and almost like a family.
I do like how Laila and Daniel meet in this book. He is a really sweet guy, not sure that a paramedic would really have that much time to do the running around that Laila asks him to do. However, him being friends with people in the police department does help. It is fun seeing a cozy mystery that the main character seems to be falling for someone who isn’t a police officer. I get it that it is the easiest way to make sure that the main character is always in the know with the investigation, but this was a nice little addition.
The characters were really interesting and fun. The murder mystery in this book was different than what I’ve seen before. They took the standard poisoning and gave it a new twist. Larson managed to fit a lot of interesting twists in this book. I did find that it was a little easy to figure out, but it was enjoyable none the less.
I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the following books in the series.
When a date night between Laila and Daniel is interrupted by a body found in the restaurant’s freezer. Daniel asks Laila to look into it as he is friends with the owner. While working on the case, Laila finds out a lot more about Daniel’s friend, maybe a little too much. But she must finish everything up before heading home for the holidays.
This was a really fun book. What I enjoy the most is that Laila isn’t a business owner like so many cozy mystery protagonists are. Though she doesn’t slack at her job, she has plenty of free time to investigate what happened and the timing makes sense. She’s written to have a very keen eye and learns quite quickly. She is also very mindful of the evidence, which is lacking in many cozy mystery books.
The new characters that were introduced where interesting. Steve allowed the reader to obtain more information about Daniel and his past before the books. We also get to meet Laila’s parents, though briefly.
The murder was interesting and complex which was fun. It was more of a real mystery that wasn’t clear cut as most. Laila had to connect the dots which was fun to watch.
Overall, it was a good book that was very interesting. It also was a perfect book to read for this season, as the holiday season is upon us.
After a sweet homeless man who frequents Roasted love is found dead, Laila is the only one who seems to think that there is something wrong. She looks into the murder as the police’s hands are tied as there were no signs of any the death not being an accidental overdose. Laila is determined to figure it out, however, she may be over her head with this one.
We get to see a bit more of west rock, New York and it’s surroundings in this book. Laila does travel around into a more dangerous part of town and I feel like she took too many risks in this book than previously, and I’m pretty sure that it gave Daniel a heart attack. Though I get not wanting a murderer to get away with murdering your friend, however, I think talking with a drug dealer is a bit much.
Daniel and Laila have on of their first real fights in this book. She should really listen to Daniel more frequently as he does work in the emergency field. He brings the level-headed view in this book. They do make a very nice couple and balance each other out nicely.
The mystery was interesting and though misleading, I found it quite easy to figure it out. Don’t go into this book expecting a good riddle. It may be the fact that the reader is on the outside and makes things a whole lot easier to figure out.
I still really liked the book, and I’m sad that this is the last book in the series. If Larson wants to write another book, I would gladly read it.