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Fresh Brewed Murder (A Ground Rules Mystery #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the A Ground Rules Mystery series.

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Set in Portland and percolating with mystery, FRESH BREWED MURDER sucked me in from the first chapter. When new coffee truck owner Sage Caplin discovers a former customer dead beside her place of business, she's distraught. When the murder weapon is identified as her own box cutter, Sage knows she must toss back an espresso and learn who is behind this death. Brimming with coffee puns and satisfyingly concluded, readers will not want to miss out.

— Local Author, Elle Marr


With its entrepreneurial, 20-something protagonist, focus on a hipster-run food truck pod in Portland, Oregon, and real-world issues involving homelessness and gentrification, Fresh Brewed Murder is a trendy, updated cozy mystery that offers strong appeal to Millennial and Gen Z readers.

“Coffee-lovers, this book is for you…I foresee many enjoyable Ground Rules mysteries to come.” —Criminal Element

Master barista Sage Caplin is opening a new coffee cart in Portland, Oregon, but a killer is brewing up a world of trouble. . . .
Portland is famous for its rain, hipsters, craft beers . . . and coffee. Sage Caplin has high hopes for her coffee cart, Ground Rules, which she runs with her business partner, Harley—a genius at roasting beans and devising new blends. That’s essential in a city where locals have intensely strong opinions about cappuccino versus macchiato—especially in the case of one of Sage’s very first customers. . . .
Sage finds the man’s body in front of her cart, a fatal slash across his neck. There’s been plenty of anger in the air, from longtime vendors annoyed at Ground Rules taking a coveted spot in the food truck lot, to protesters demonstrating against a new high-rise. But who was mad enough to commit murder? Sage is already fending off trouble in the form of her estranged, con-artist mother, who’s trying to trickle back into her life. But when Sage’s very own box cutter is discovered to be the murder weapon, she needs to focus on finding the killer fast—before her business, and her life, come to a bitter end. . . .
“Lively characters help propel the intricate plot. Cozy fans will hope to see a lot more of Sage and friends.” Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Emmeline Duncan is the Portland, Oregon-based author of the Ground Rules Mystery Series, as well as YA novels written under the name Kelly Garrett. She is a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellow, a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and co-organizer of the Friends of Mystery's Bloody Thursday lecture series. She's also a member of Sisters-In-Crime, Willamette Writers, and SCBWI. Visit her online at EmmelineDuncan.com, on Instagram and Facebook as @writeremmelineduncan, and on twitter as @duncanemmeline.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496733399
ISBN-10: 1496733398
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: March 30th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: A Ground Rules Mystery