Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery) by Tara Lush & Recipe


Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)
by Tara Lush

About Grounds for Murder 

Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (December 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1643856189
ISBN-13: 978-1643856186
Digital ASIN: B0871KTTMC

When Lana Lewis’ best — and most difficult — employee abruptly quits and goes to work for the competition just days before the Sunshine State Barista Championship, her café’s chances of winning the contest are creamed. In front of a gossipy crowd in the small Florida town of Devil’s Beach, Lana’s normally calm demeanor heats to a boil when she runs into the arrogant java slinger. Of course, Fabrizio “Fab” Bellucci has a slick explanation for jumping ship. But when he’s found dead the next morning under a palm tree in the alley behind Lana’s café, she becomes the prime suspect.


Even the island’s handsome police chief isn’t quite certain of her innocence. But Lana isn’t the only one in town who was angry with Fabrizio. Jilted lovers, a shrimp boat captain, and a surfer with ties to the mob are all suspects as trouble brews on the beach.


With her stoned, hippie dad, a Shih Tzu named Stanley, and a new, curious barista sporting a punk rock aesthetic at her side, Lana’s prepared to turn up the heat to catch the real killer.


After all, she is a former award-winning reporter. As scandal hangs over her beachside café, can Lana clear her name and win the championship — or will she come to a bitter end?

About Tara Lush

Tara Lush is a Rita Award finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow, and a George C. Polk Award-winning journalist. For the past decade, she’s been a reporter with the Associated Press, covering crime, alligators, natural disasters, and politics. She also writes contemporary romance set in tropical locations. A fan of vintage pulp-fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, and 1980s fashion, she lives with her husband and two dogs on the Gulf coast.

Author Links

WEB: www.taralush.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LushBooks

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20274256.Tara_Lush

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/lush_books/

Purchase Links 


Lana Lewis' Favorite Recipe


INGREDIENTS (This is so simple that I promise this will be your go-to recipe!)

1 and 1/4 cups Nutella, microwaved until soft and gooey (about 30 seconds)

2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk. These should be room temperature.

1/2 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Or you can grease the pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the gooey Nutella and all the eggs until smooth.
  3. Gently fold in the flour until everything is combined. It will be thick!
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, then bake for 20 - 25 minutes. The center should not jiggle or wiggle, and a toothpick or knife should come out almost clean.
  5. Allow to cool completely in the pan before eating (yeah, right).
  6. Enjoy with coffee and a good book!

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  1. I really enjoyed the description of the book. I'm looking forward to reading the book. It's already on my TBR list.

  2. Thank you for all the love! I really appreciate it!

  3. Thank you for spreading the word about my book!

  4. Thanks so much for featuring my book!


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