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Mocha and Murder By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Mocha and Murder, and a link to purchase it from Amazon & an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

The Bean Hive has the perfect location on the boardwalk serving the best treats and hot coffee with a marvelous view of Lake Honey Springs, and seeing a smile on her customers’ faces is why Roxy Bloom didn’t miss being a lawyer. Her coffeehouse with all of its locally sourced ingredients and high quality coffees and teas make this the ideal place for locals and tourists alike. Heading out to the farmers’ market with Pepper, her friendly adopted Schnauzer, was going to the perfect way to enjoy some quiet time with Patrick Cane, her childhood sweetheart turned fiancé. But, this quiet time is interrupted when Louise Carlton, owner of the Pet Palace animal shelter, starts arguing with local farmer Fred Hill. Louise may well regret her very vocal and public disagreement, when she is found, bloody knife in hand, over the dead body of none other than Fred Hill.

bookRoxy’s skill set for investigating murders has been proven, but Detective Spencer still feels compelled to tell her to ‘leave it to the professionals.’ Despite the warning, Roxy knows in a small town like Honey Springs the best place to start an investigation is with the local gossip. She inadvertently learns about an exotic chicken, valuable eggs, property disputes, and money troubles for more than a few residents. But a murder investigation is nothing when compared to learning that her mom is making gestures to stay. Penny Bloom was never a fan of Honey Springs, or Aunt Maxie for that matter, and was vocally upset when Roxy chose to give up being a lawyer, so Roxy is definitely stressed by the prospect of having Mom so close by.

Once again, I am in seventh heaven enjoying the southern community and characters that Tonya Kappes is so talented in creating. Mocha and Murder is the second book in the Killer Coffee series with which fans, like me, are thrilled, but newbies need not shy away since there is plenty of back story to make new fans out of them. However, there is a ‘spoiler’ reference, so I highly recommend reading the first book, Scene of the Grind, to make your experience complete.

This new story is brilliant including some contemporary issues many may have experienced—I knew the IRS calls and threats I received were a scam, but it was very scary, nonetheless, and engaging to see how it played out in this book. With several twists and a great “Oh my!” ending that once again put the main character in jeopardy, amateur Sherlocks are given the opportunity to solve the murder mystery on their own. Me? I had a couple of possible solutions and one long shot, and the long shot came in.

The characters are well developed and entertaining, but also sharing their venerability with some family revelations and hatchets buried. My favorite is Roxy, of course, who is strong-willed, but not obstinate, and loyal to friends and family that seems to be putting her in harm’s way. The setting of Honey Springs, Kentucky, and the issues with being a new full-time resident and running a popular coffeehouse play delightfully in the background along with exploring the relationship of reunited lovers and a mother/daughter dynamic. Additionally, we can always count on some easy-to-follow recipes straight from The Bean Hive: Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Crisp Cookies (The Bean Hive favorite), Watermelon Pup-sicles (Pepper’s favorite warm day treat!), and Southern Light Pound Cake. From fans we get Vegan Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Twinkie Cake. You’ve got the book and the treats…now invite the friends!

Mocha and Murder earns 5/5 Exotic Ayam Cemani Eggs!

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To enter to win a copy of Murder and Mocha, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “mocha,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 22, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
July 15, 2017 at 9:59am

yeah, new series.

kckendler at gmail dot com


2 Valerie Hoynacki July 15, 2017 at 10:41am

Mocha – yum!! Add a mystery and it’s even better!!!


3 Betsy M Lewerenz
Twitter: @Betsy
July 15, 2017 at 10:58am

Would love to win. Haven’t read this author before and it’s a good way to find new authors. Thanks.


4 Pam Priborsky July 15, 2017 at 11:32am

I love Tonya’s books!


5 Brandy Barber
Twitter: @BrandyLipfordBarberTonsofCrazy
July 15, 2017 at 7:23pm

Thanks for the review/blog. I love Tonya books and am waiting excitably for the new book. I like reading a few reviews before the book comes out and after so I am ready. Seen this giveaway on one of my facebook post. Thanks for doing it.


6 Joanie July 15, 2017 at 7:27pm

I love this series and hope it goes on for many more books


7 Jennifer Muler July 15, 2017 at 9:06pm

Thanks for the chance! Can’t wait to read it! I love Tanya Kappes.
Injennius (at) yahoo (dot) com


8 Linda May July 16, 2017 at 7:31am

Love your books & this interview was very interesting. Thanks as always for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com


9 Laura Milburn
Twitter: @Laurab21409
July 16, 2017 at 8:41am

I love Tonya!! Would love to win her book. Thank you for the chance to win!


10 Patricia Wagner July 16, 2017 at 9:35am

Another book to be added to my TBR pile


11 Tonya Kappes
Twitter: @Tonya
July 16, 2017 at 10:13am

Thank you so much!!!!


12 sally July 16, 2017 at 10:14am

I loved the book. Great take on the story.


13 Kristi Lewis
Twitter: @Kristilynn001
July 16, 2017 at 10:25am

This was a very good review. I love the idea of having a coffeehouse in the story. It’s sounds like a great mystery read. Thanks for a chance to win! kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com
My mailing address is 1202 Robin Street Ashdown AR 71822


14 Penney Wilfort
Twitter: @PWilfort
July 16, 2017 at 10:50am

Loved the review on this thank you


15 Lori Moore July 16, 2017 at 11:07am

Thanks for this opportunity! I love Tonya’s books & can’t wait to read this one!

Lori 🙂


16 MaryAnn Forbes July 16, 2017 at 11:19am

I am a fan of Tonya’s, yet have not read this new series. Would love to win Mocha and Murder; thanks for the opportunity.


17 Catherine Winslow
Twitter: @cathywinslow3
July 16, 2017 at 11:21am

Would love!


18 Donna Rickey July 16, 2017 at 11:28am

Love your books!


19 Donna Caldwell
Twitter: @Donna
July 16, 2017 at 12:00pm

I can’t wait to read it!


20 Ruthann McCoy July 16, 2017 at 12:30pm

I am new to Ms.Kappes, but after reading a few of her books, I am a fan for life. I want this series, so I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance.


21 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
July 16, 2017 at 12:38pm

Love the title and the names in the book. Sounds like a fun read. pgenest57 at aol dot com


22 Alisha Collins July 16, 2017 at 12:48pm

Can’t wait to read this book!! Thank You for a great review!


23 NicoleG July 16, 2017 at 12:49pm

I love coffee!! Sounds like a fun book!!


24 Virginia Winfield
Twitter: @winvirginia
July 16, 2017 at 12:52pm

This book looks so good. Would love to win.
A recent post from Virginia Winfield: Gladden the Heart by Olivia Newport with a giveawayMy Profile


25 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
July 16, 2017 at 1:12pm

Tonya Kappes is a Fantabulous author & the book sounds divine!
Kelly Braun


26 girlfromwva July 16, 2017 at 1:22pm

would love to win Tonya’s book; sending email in now! thanks!


27 jane
Twitter: @jwerth22
July 16, 2017 at 2:06pm

this sounds like something I would love to read . thanks for sharing.


28 Jo Anne Vincenti July 16, 2017 at 2:12pm

awesome review — would love to win her book – she is an awesome author


29 peggy clayton July 16, 2017 at 2:43pm

Tonya writes such good books I would love to read a print copy and review on goodreads and amazon. ptclayton2@aol.com


30 Jill Broussard July 16, 2017 at 4:59pm

The first book in this series was great. I’m looking forward to reading #2. Thankyou for the opportunity! minishoes (at)msn (dot)com


31 Carl July 16, 2017 at 5:41pm

I’d love a chance to win a copy of Mocha and Murder. It’s great to get into a new series fairly early, I think. Please enter my name in the draw.


32 Carl July 16, 2017 at 5:42pm

Oops! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


33 Linda July 16, 2017 at 6:57pm

Enjoyed this review. Now I need to read the entire book!


34 Doward Wilson July 16, 2017 at 7:31pm

Another wonderful series by a favorite author. Thanks for the giveaway.


35 Amy Hallmark July 16, 2017 at 9:17pm

I love Tonya. An awesome author and this is a great giveaway. Would love to win. Email – though required and added above under name – mysticbs@yahoo.com


36 Iyanna Wright
Twitter: @Iyanna98
July 17, 2017 at 7:28am

I can’t wait


37 Judy Weaver July 18, 2017 at 6:42am

Tonya’s a great author! Thanks for the chance.


38 Lynn Russell July 18, 2017 at 1:08pm

I love Tonya Kappas books. She is a great writer and such a fun person. It shows in her books. I’d love to have this one.


39 Dianne Casey July 18, 2017 at 5:28pm

I haven’t read this series yet. I really enjoy Tonya’s books and I can’t wait to read this book.


40 Jeanie
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
July 18, 2017 at 8:10pm

Would love to read this! It sounds so interesting, and since I love coffee, sounds like a perfect match for this armchair sleuth.


41 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
July 19, 2017 at 9:06am

I love Tonya’s books and would be thrilled to add this one to my home library.
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne: The Weeks Fly by and Soon it Will be July! New Summer Reads for Your Enjoyment!My Profile


42 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
July 19, 2017 at 12:13pm

I would love to win a book by this author! lindaherold999@gmail.com Thanks for the opportunity!!!


43 Cynthia E. Blain July 19, 2017 at 1:39pm

Would love to enter for the Mocha and Murder contest.
I have enjoyed other books by Tonya and would be interested in reading this book.

Thank you for the chance.



44 Michelle July 19, 2017 at 8:41pm

A new Kitty cozy


45 Karen B July 20, 2017 at 4:25pm

A new series – YAY – and thanks!


46 Marilyn
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
July 22, 2017 at 5:42pm

The Bean Hive what a great name…interested in reading this.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


47 Iyanna wright
Twitter: @Iyanna98
July 23, 2017 at 6:44am

I.would love 2 read and win Mocha and Murder


48 Iyanna wright
Twitter: @Iyanna98
July 23, 2017 at 6:46am

Mocha and Murder, I would love to win and read this


49 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 2, 2017 at 1:11pm

We have a winner!


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