A Caffeine Conundrum- A Book Review

A Caffeine Conundrum (The CafFUNated Mysteries Book 1)

Solving a murder mystery is harder when you don’t trust your partner…or their taste in beverages.

About the Book:

A Caffeine Conundrum (The CafFUNated Mysteries Book 1) by [Strong, Angela Ruth]

Sassy city girl Tandy Brandt moves to the small town of Grace Springs to start a coffee shop, never imagining she’ll be competing with local beauty queen Marissa Alexander and her dream of running a tea house. Unfortunately, the current store owner dies before selling the location to either of them, and they both become murder suspects.

The unlikely pair team up in an attempt to discover the real killer, though with the secrets in Tandy’s past and Marissa’s infamous clumsiness, they could be their own worst enemies. Despite their differences, they follow clues to question a sweet, apple pie baking antique store owner, a GQ Santa in the retirement center, and a hipster millionaire with no social skills. Will they be able to figure out whodunit and prove their innocence before one of them goes to jail…or worse?

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FRXWSVM

My Thoughts:

If I was to describe A Caffeine Conundrum in one word, that one word would be UNIQUE. From Ms. Strong’s writing voice to the characters to the plot to the choice of murder weapon, this is one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read. A Caffeine Conundrum is a murder mystery with some romance and family drama thrown in the mix. The main character’s personalities are very different from mine, so at first, I found them unlikeable, but as I got to know them better, I could appreciate their journeys and enjoyed watching them grow in their understanding of God’s grace and bestowing that grace on other people. The plot will keep you guessing, as these two amateur sleuths soon accuse every character in the book of committing the murder. Although, I did suspect the killer in the beginning, I loved watching the story unfold and was still surprised. The adventures and conundrums these two find themselves in will bring a smile to your face and a pick-me-up to your day. I appreciated the fact that while this story was humorous, it wasn’t over-the-top. I would classify this book as more Clean than Christian, but a faith message is there, it’s just not as fore-front as I prefer. While there were some elements of the book that I struggled with, over all I enjoyed this quirky, light-hearted mystery, and am looking forward to reading book two of the CafFUNated Mysteries by Angela Ruth Strong.

I received a copy of this book from the author. A review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Angela Ruth Strong writes light-hearted and life-changing love stories. The “light-hearted” part comes from her ability to get into interesting situations–such as a hamster ball race or riding on the shoulders of a unicyclist. The “life-changing” part comes from the power of God’s love and the beauty of her very own romance. The “story” part comes from her passion for books that she got from her writer mama. And there’s nothing else she’d rather do than share these stories with you. Find out more (than you ever wanted to know) at http://www.angelaruthstrong.com.

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