The Coffee Club Mysteries

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 01 May 2019

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A fun set of mysteries!  And all centered around a coffee shop & the friends that frequent there.  I would definitely recommend to all coffee lovers out there.  The characters were extremely relatable in their fears & desires with just enough spattering of humor thrown in to balance out the more sobering murder mysteries filling these pages.  Most certainly an enjoyable read!
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“The Coffee Club Mysteries” is entertaining and makes you spend a good time with its reading. I recommend this book for readers who want to have a book in their desk when they have spare time and they would like to enjoy a cozy mystery, because  you can read a story at once.
Happy reading!
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Let me start by saying I love the premise of this book! Coffee, books and mysteries are three of my favorite things, so I HAD to read this collection. The stories are short and make for quick reads. The mysteries are good and most of the stories have a bit of romance too. There are two stories in the collection that are mainly mysteries with little/no romance. Those stories are: The Honey Hive Mystery” & “ Nuts For Coffee.” The last 2 stories in the collection were my personal favorites. ‘In Hot Water” was a fun mystery about who’s out to harm Harper after she buys something at an estate sale that someone else clearly wants by any means possible. I enjoyed the story and the developing romance between Harper and the handsome Deputy Davis. “Nutty As A Fruitcake” was my other favorite. It was written by one of my all-time favorite authors: Janice Thompson. I was thrilled to see a brand new story from her! The story was adorable with a budding romance and a missing charity donation all at Christmastime. It had Janice’s trademark humor and great characters. All in all this is an enjoyable collection of mystery stories.  If you like cozy mysteries, check this collection of stories out.

I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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The Coffee Club Mysteries are short whodunit type stories that take place in a small town.   There are six different stories told ranging from a coffee shop murder, a murder in the church, a birthday party that ends in a murder, and Nutty as a Fruitcake with a fruitcake recipe.   All six stories take place in the same town and involve the local coffee club group of ladies.  Seems like their coffee club is full of murder, chaos, and amateur investigators.  These ladies love God and their friendship is important to them.   Since each story is written by 6 different authors it is difficult to give a rating and some of the stories I liked more than others.   My favorite story is "The Honey Hive Mystery".     This is certainly a quick and easy read!

I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
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The Coffee Club Mysteries is a collection of novellas by Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Elizabeth Ludwig, Dana Mentink, Candice Prentice, and Janice Thompson. This is the perfect book to pick up when you only have a short time to read and you want a simple mystery that is quickly resolved. I think the mysteries were each good but highly predictable. If you like those kinds of stories, then this might be perfect for you. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
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There's never a dull moment in this small Kansas town! And for some reason, coffee seems to be right in the middle of it all! You'll never know which cup of Joe will lead to another murder. I loved the characters, setting, and, of course, coffee theme! A must read for coffee and cozy mystery lovers!!
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6 determined women, 6 mysteries to solve...

When I saw that The Coffee Club Mysteries had a lineup of six such amazing authors I knew it was a book I seriously wanted to read. Years ago I would have probably bypassed this book because it is a novella collection but a classic children's author changed my mind about short stories and novellas and I've read some pretty great stuff since. 

The Coffee Club Mysteries was great! Kind of like reading a mini Hallmark mystery movie series it had all of the elements of a good whodunit. Murder, theft, betrayal, frame-ups, and even a dash of romance in some of them. The stories segued almost seamlessly, showing the true talent of the six very different authors, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Elizabeth Ludwig, Dana Mentink, Candice Prentice, and Janice Thompson. Another really cool thing about the book is that main characters are a wide variety of ages, from late twenties to mid seventies, so there is bound to be at least one for every reader to relate to.

While this collection can be read in several sittings, each novella took me about an hour or so to read, I found myself reading it in larger bites. Hey, there's nothing better than a good a mystery on a cold winter day when you'd much rather be inside. I loved The Coffee Club Mysteries and I would definitely recommend it to fans of any or all of these authors.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
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One of my new favorite books! This author has such a way with words the pages flew by in no time! I can’t wait to see the next work by this author! This was such a joy to read!
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Thank you to Netgalley for providing this eARC. 

I thoroughly enjoyed these 6 short stories! I am a major fan of cozy mysteries so this was right up my alley. I love that it followed six women in a book club and how they eacb told a story. I would recommend.
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Cute, interesting, easy and simple~

I enjoyed this book so much!! 6 short stories involving 6 members of a book club in a small town, all of which involved some sort of crime. Never have I ever read a mystery book that was this relaxing yet enjoyable! haha.. these authors have truly done something extraordinary. Bonus points for adding a dash of clean romance too that made my heart bubbled.

Set in a small town of Kansas, the stories were intimate with close and pure friendships. The crimes were interesting and some mysterious and dangerous. I loved it! The writing was easy and light, a little more heavy when things got dangerous. With some insightful knowledge added into the stories, I learnt some interesting facts too. The plots were pretty normal, having the right ups and downs.

I need more books like this in my life!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc. through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I love this little compilation of mysteries! Each of them are interesting and kept me guessing until the very end!





Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me this free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I received this book through NetGalley.  My opinions listed here are my own.  Many of our patrons are asking afor more books like this.  Light mysteries you can read easily in your free time.  These were good stories.
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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This review expresses my personal opinion.

The Coffee Club Mysteries
6 Whodunits Are Brewing in Small-Town Kansas


I think that one of the things is that I like about this book is about a group of normal woman, of different occupations, backgrounds, and age. I like that there is a moment for each one them in their own particular story.  Another thing I can say I found a bit unusual is that even do, romance is not the main topic, man does not have a voice in the story they appear. Only each woman of the story.  While I was reading this book It  kinda reminds me of the TV show of the 80's  Murder she wrote,  that I used to watch with my mom. It shows a group of friends that love God and found themselves in unexpected situations. And somehow they solve it with instinct and brightness. I didn't like some of the situations and plot in some of the story; because in my opinion some of them were a bit boring,  also a bit exaggerated and maybe too obvious. But, overall. Is a good book, I think this could be a good choice for a long trip or just a book for having a good time.
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I apparently didn't read the description of this book carefully, meaning the tagged words. So I didn't realize that this book is Faith based... so there were many mentions of God and times of Prayer. I am typically capable of looking past this, but found it difficult this go round. In addition, I found the mysteries themselves to be a bit redundant in a few cases. They were all also short, predictable, and almost TOO neatly wrapped up in the end of each. This book had serious potential... a book club that meets in a coffee shop? That would definitely be up my alley. Generous rating of 3🌟
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While I didn't realize this was a Christian book when I picked it, please don't let it dissuade you from enjoying this group of mysteries set in the same town with the same characters.  The hardest part for me, was because each story is written by a diffent author, the same characters "sound" different. When I changed my mindset to thinking that is true of life, for example how I hear my inner narrative is different from what people percieve, I was able to enjoy the stories more. While there are references to the bible, they are not gratuitous or in your face, and did not turn me off.  If your are looking for a fun, cozy mystery, give this one a chance.
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Cute, quick read Christian mystery.

This book includes with 6 separate stories by 6 different authors revolving around women in a coffee club in Kansas who are amateur detectives as well as good friends.  The characters were likeable, the mysteries a little predictable, but yet still fun to read.

Because it is categorized as a "cozy mystery", the content isn't graphic or gruesome with its descriptions.  If you're looking for a quick, fun read, then I'd recommend this book. 

**I received a ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
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This is a collection of 6 shorter mystery stories set in small town Kansas.  Six Mysteries Are Brewing in Small-Town Kansas.  I like anthologies with short stories on busy days.  I really like the fact that the 6 different authors write about one book club, and their friends are present in every story.
The coffee shop on the corner of First and Main in Oak Grove, Kansas, seems to attract a series of mysterious events. Or perhaps it is the six women who frequent the shop for book club who are the magnets for trouble. . . .
 Morgan Butler, owner of the Coffee Perk, finds a project worker hanged at her shop.
Evelyn Kliff discovers a church meal organizer dead.
Harper Daggett is being stalked for an antique jade owl she bought.
Baker Jeanine Gransbury’s charity event money goes missing.
Jo Anderson shares hazelnut coffee creamer, sending a man into anaphylaxis shock
Penny Parson finds a gun in one of her beehives.
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I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read this book.  I typically don't like books that take turns telling the story from different character's point of view but this book just may have changed all of that for me.  Wow, this book seemed very long which was nice, and although it is kind of a Christian book, that was enjoyable too.  The characters were an amazing group of women that were members of a book club, although, I don't remember many discussions about books taking place.  The characters were great, and being told by different authors, it somehow worked perfectly.  Each character and story each had a different personality and were described in detail.  Each story building off of and adding to the characters and stories, making each fully developed and detailed.  The setting was wonderful as well and this book more than any I have read, give a real sense of community,  Each character had the freedom to introduce characters and parts of the story that the others would not.  Overall, instead of feeling like a collection of short stories, it weaves together one story, from beginning to end, well, the end of this round of murders at least.  I can't imagine that it was easy to have this seamlessly come together into one book.
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I expect a lot out of books like this. It’s not easy to pull off but if it’s done well it’s such a great thing. I loved the town and Perk. This book didn’t disappoint.
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I Love how all of these cozy mysteries are Christian based, share the same cast of characters and hometown setting in each, and have a group of friends solving a different mystery in each novella. Some are a bit more fast-paced than others, yet they are all well-written, enjoyable mysteries that can be read in one setting. Reminds me of the Hallmark Murder She Baked Series. I’d love to read more stories about the book club girls from the Coffee Perk. 4/5. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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