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The perfect poison… Kirby Jackson is excited when Memaw’s book club plays host to his favorite mystery author. But the night ends on a sour note with the death of Memaw’s friend, Barb. The only secrets Barb Simone ever kept were those about herself. No one knew she had cancer. No one knew she had a boyfriend. And no one knew she was the basis for a character in a bestsel The perfect poison… Kirby Jackson is excited when Memaw’s book club plays host to his favorite mystery author. But the night ends on a sour note with the death of Memaw’s friend, Barb. The only secrets Barb Simone ever kept were those about herself. No one knew she had cancer. No one knew she had a boyfriend. And no one knew she was the basis for a character in a bestselling mystery series. But it wasn’t cancer that killed Barb. Kirby suspects foul play. Can the sleuth and his dog solve another case? Find out today! Comics and Coffee Case Files are short mysteries of 35k words. The bite-sized chapters are perfect for commutes and other short stints away from the real world.


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The perfect poison… Kirby Jackson is excited when Memaw’s book club plays host to his favorite mystery author. But the night ends on a sour note with the death of Memaw’s friend, Barb. The only secrets Barb Simone ever kept were those about herself. No one knew she had cancer. No one knew she had a boyfriend. And no one knew she was the basis for a character in a bestsel The perfect poison… Kirby Jackson is excited when Memaw’s book club plays host to his favorite mystery author. But the night ends on a sour note with the death of Memaw’s friend, Barb. The only secrets Barb Simone ever kept were those about herself. No one knew she had cancer. No one knew she had a boyfriend. And no one knew she was the basis for a character in a bestselling mystery series. But it wasn’t cancer that killed Barb. Kirby suspects foul play. Can the sleuth and his dog solve another case? Find out today! Comics and Coffee Case Files are short mysteries of 35k words. The bite-sized chapters are perfect for commutes and other short stints away from the real world.

30 review for Lattes and Lies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terric853

    Cute enough, especially since it was free. Kirby Jackson owns a comic book/coffee shop. His Memaw invites him to a book club meeting with one of his favorite childhood authors. During the book club meeting, he encounters Avett, Memaw's friend Barb's niece, with whom Kirby previously had one date. They decide to go out for pizza after the meeting and when he takes her home, they find her aunt dead. Since Barb had cancer and told very few people, Kirby, Avett and everyone else assume the cancer was Cute enough, especially since it was free. Kirby Jackson owns a comic book/coffee shop. His Memaw invites him to a book club meeting with one of his favorite childhood authors. During the book club meeting, he encounters Avett, Memaw's friend Barb's niece, with whom Kirby previously had one date. They decide to go out for pizza after the meeting and when he takes her home, they find her aunt dead. Since Barb had cancer and told very few people, Kirby, Avett and everyone else assume the cancer was the cause. But, it turns out that she was poisoned. Kirby's best friend, Felicia, is a detective for the local police department and gives him some information about the case, but gets angry and refuses to talk with him when he confronts a suspect. The plot twist was good and I liked how it was handled. Don't let my 3-star rating sway you; I've discovered that I'm not really a fan of "cozy mysteries." If I were a fan of the genre, I probably would have give this 4+ stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Poole

    Very enjoyable story about an owner of a cafe/comic book story and his adventures. Along with Gambit, his adopted dachshund, they tackle this latest mystery, namely, the death of his girlfriend’s aunt. Very easy read, with relatable characters and a believable plot. This series is definitely worth checking out. And yes, I will be looking into the next installment! Great job, guys!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    kindle unlimited, did not like it as well as book 1 ditto 3, rating it 3 here but 4 zon, because they have 3's as negative, js, and writing review after finished 3 Comics and Coffee Case Files Marvels, Mochas, and Murder 1 Lattes and Lies (Comics and Coffee Case Files 2 A Foodie Files Mystery The Salty Taste of Murder 1 A Choice Cocktail of Death 2

  4. 4 out of 5

    Clarence A Corter

    Lattes and Lies I really enjoyed reading this book. It took me the first chapter to really get interested in the storyline but each following chapter kept getting better. Great ending!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    A fun cozy. I loved the chance to get back into the adventures of Kirby, Meewaw and Gambit.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura King

    Enjoyed reading about Kirby and Gambit’s adventures. The author knows how to bring the reader into the story and keep us guessing until the end. Excited to read the next book in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ette

    Short but OK Could have been longer and more developed

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carlin

    I liked it! Note: I read this in June 2019 and in June 2020 downloaded a box set of the first 4 in this mystery series (so I can see if I like #1, 3, & 4 as much as #2). I liked it! Note: I read this in June 2019 and in June 2020 downloaded a box set of the first 4 in this mystery series (so I can see if I like #1, 3, & 4 as much as #2).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Harrison

    More Editing, I like the alliteration in the title and the coffee shop name. The story idea is cute. This book would have benefited from either more editing and proofreading or from professional editing and proofreading. I realize that the downside of self publishing is precisely that editors won't edit a book they don't plan to publish. I wonder if the process of self publishing online causes problems like this? The characters have potential, but are not memorable. They remind me of stock charac More Editing, I like the alliteration in the title and the coffee shop name. The story idea is cute. This book would have benefited from either more editing and proofreading or from professional editing and proofreading. I realize that the downside of self publishing is precisely that editors won't edit a book they don't plan to publish. I wonder if the process of self publishing online causes problems like this? The characters have potential, but are not memorable. They remind me of stock characters played by bad actors. Please forgive me for putting it that way! While I won't recommend the book in its current stage, I encourage the writers to keep on! Good writing is difficult at best, especially light hearted cozy mysteries. Don't let the breezy style of good cozy mysteries fool you into thinking they are any easier to write than any other type of good fiction. Write about what you love in a way that is really you. You will improve immensely.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kat Taylor

    A Deadly Reunion I 've found myself another favorite writer or should I say writers some times it takes a group effort and this group dose it in a fabulous way. The caracters , the plots the mysterys. Kirby runs a coffee/comic book shop and we all know what happens in coffee a shops gossiping cops coming for coffee. Tonight Kirby is going to a book club meeting to meet one of his favorite mystery authors hear her read maby get an autograph,run into the woman he had a date with two months ago re A Deadly Reunion I 've found myself another favorite writer or should I say writers some times it takes a group effort and this group dose it in a fabulous way. The caracters , the plots the mysterys. Kirby runs a coffee/comic book shop and we all know what happens in coffee a shops gossiping cops coming for coffee. Tonight Kirby is going to a book club meeting to meet one of his favorite mystery authors hear her read maby get an autograph,run into the woman he had a date with two months ago rekindle the spark. Every thing is going great until tha dead body. Start reading yourself to find what unfolds next you won't want to miss out "Lattes and Lies "🙄😮🤔😏 Kat

  11. 5 out of 5

    Holly A. Woodruff

    Likeable characters, decent plot This is the first book in this series that I have read, and I liked it enough to read more. I read a lot of cozies and it's rare to have a male protagonist. Kirby is a likeable guy with a rescue Daschund dog. The writing is competent and well edited. The mystery is decent, and the story is complete. There are a few references to the first book in the series, enough to give you some background into Kirby's relationships with Felicia and Avett, the two main female c Likeable characters, decent plot This is the first book in this series that I have read, and I liked it enough to read more. I read a lot of cozies and it's rare to have a male protagonist. Kirby is a likeable guy with a rescue Daschund dog. The writing is competent and well edited. The mystery is decent, and the story is complete. There are a few references to the first book in the series, enough to give you some background into Kirby's relationships with Felicia and Avett, the two main female characters. This is a quick read, and a clean one with no sex or foul language.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Saravanan Mani

    A nice follow up to the first one. The crime-solving aspect is a little subdued here, but the overall experience of a leisurely encounter with some interesting characters pretty good. Mee-Maw getting into more hijinks was just what the series needed. Did not expect the story to go the "meta" way so early in the series - but when a writer of cozy mysteries comes into town to visit a friend and a crime takes place, we are given the opportunity to reflect how the genre works as a whole. Overall, a A nice follow up to the first one. The crime-solving aspect is a little subdued here, but the overall experience of a leisurely encounter with some interesting characters pretty good. Mee-Maw getting into more hijinks was just what the series needed. Did not expect the story to go the "meta" way so early in the series - but when a writer of cozy mysteries comes into town to visit a friend and a crime takes place, we are given the opportunity to reflect how the genre works as a whole. Overall, a fun read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Berg

    I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily providing my honest review. You gotta love these books about a coffee/comic book store owner and his dachshund. This was a page turner, just like the first one in the series. A favorite author of Kirby's comes to town and that just starts the ball rolling. I can't wait for the next one to see how Rogue and Gambit manage to live together and also how Kirby and Avett progress. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Kirby is all excited that Memaw's book club is having his favorite mystery author! But the night ends with Barb, Memaw's friend is dead. Kirby didn't know she had cancer, or a boyfriend, and she was the basis character of a bestselling mystery series! Kirby is pretty sure someone killed her before she told her secrets. But who? I know this sound tragic, but this story is written with great humor. It is a refreshing change for your usual murder mysteries.

  15. 4 out of 5

    S. Rouillard

    Young adult book? This book was ok, I did want to finish it after all. I thought it started out well, but got confusing and weak as the story went on. The last few chapters and especially the ending made it feel more like a middle school read. Actually, the whole bit with the dog seemed to be thrown in there, and the cutesy ending didn't seem right at all. I think this would be a good 5th/6th grade read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paula Hanlon

    Pretty good cozy mystery! I like that the main protagonist only has a great head on his shoulders but also takes into account the opinions of people he trusts when confronted with a mystery that needs solving. Even when it involves friends and family. Also he has a cute dog. That always helps. 😁

  17. 4 out of 5

    Remona Hargis Munson

    Interesting and entertaining This book kept my interest throughout the entire book. Usually, I figure out the ending pretty early on and I lose interest shortly thereafter. It took longer than usual for me to figure this one out and I wanted to keep reading even afterwards because the storyline was entertaining. Great cozy mystery.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the second in the series and the first time reading this author. The main character has a coffee shop with a corner for comics. He trips over a body at the end of a date and the murder victim is a friend of his Memaw's. It takes a while for him to figure things out. I enjoyed this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patricia H. Phelps

    A Coffee Shop and a Comic Book Store This is the first book by this author I have read and I really enjoyed it. The ladies of the book club invite an author for a reading. That night one of those members dies. The grandson of one of the deceased's friends is dating her niece and so the investigation begins.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alice Hazelbaker

    A dachshund detective ! This is the second book in the Comics and Coffee series, and a new author for me. But now I’m going to have to go back and read the first book as well as the others! I always enjoy cozy’s with animals including in this book, Gambit, the dachshund. Great characters and a fun read. Even better I didn’t figure out “who done it” beforehand.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Not a regular member of Memaw's book club, Kirby Jackson is excited to attend this evening's meeting. In Lattes and Lies by Christine Zane Thomas, Kirby's favorite author Pam Isley is the guest of honor. But when someone close to them is murdered, Kirby and Avett become the detectives. Clever, cute mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deleen Wilkinson

    Great time waster Just like dogs, this books is a great time waster, it is definitely an easy read and offers light entertainment. I would have loved more of Gambit can imagine him to be quite a character. The conclusion wasn't brilliant but overall, it kept me reading till the end. I would definitely recommend for a rainy afternoon reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen O'Conor

    This is the only book that I've read in the series. I enjoyed the book. The plot is good; the characters interesting. The additional plot lines create a richer environment. This is a very good cozy mystery.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leila Pitchford

    When your favorite writer move to town Everyone’s favorite YA writer has moved to town. And the friend’s aunt turns out to have grown up with her. Then the deaths start. Does authorship play a role?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Cute pallet cleanser I’ve been reading some pretty long and heavier books and needed something cozy and light in between. This fit the bill. Fun, fast and didn’t have to do too much thinking.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Great short audio mystery for a road trip. It didn’t feel short, as there was good character description, including the animals. I will be looking for more in this series, as I’m anticipating more road trips.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lois Mecord

    Cozy mystery As much as I love psychological thrillers, reading a light mystery every couple of books does the trick and I find new authors this way. I thoroughly enjoyed Gambit and Kirby. I'll be back for more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara Eames

    A fun cosy mystery with well-written characters and a plot that moves at a steady pace. It is solvable - I think it is obvious whodunit - but that doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the story. I will probably read more in this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    A cute and fun read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Magi Kyle

    Enjoyable I liked the story. I did have a feeling I knew who did it. But, I didn’t know why. I liked how it all tied up together. Good ending

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