Through the Grinder

Through the Grinder

Book - 2004
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When several of her customers meet an untimely demise, Clare Cosi, owner of the Village Blend coffee shop, is confronted by a rich blend of murder and betrayal when her new boyfriend is named the prime suspect.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2004
ISBN: 9780425197141
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 18 cm


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Dec 12, 2018

I'm going to be honest and admit that I am very disappointed by the execution of this book, as well as the first, and I put this one down before finishing. There was potential, but there were a little too simple and VERY coffee focused. I understand it is a coffeehouse themed mystery, but the focus on coffee was distracting and honestly unnecessary in the age of on-the-go coffee shops on every corner.

The most disappointing thing was honestly Coyle's depiction of the LGBTQIA+ community. The characters aren't characters; they are caricatures. Her (or Clare's) opinion of bisexuality is so demeaning that I actually got choked up during her interactions and immediately stopped reading. As a bisexual woman that has encountered the ignorance Clare displayed in the speed dating scenario, I just cannot abide by someone putting forth the idea that we are greedy or indecisive.

That being said, I did NOT finish the book. Perhaps Clare changes her ways. Maybe Coyle will have written a queer character with substance, but I was not motivated to stick around a find out.


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