For Clare coffee isn't just her profession, it's her life. Lured out of a self imposed exile to manage The Grind, Manhattan's premier café, she arrives one morning to discover the body of her assistant manager. The police are convinced it's an accident but things aren't adding up and Clare (with the help of her ex-husband and an exhausted detective) begins her own investigation. On What Grounds is so much more than just a cosy fireside mystery, it's an education in coffee from beans to espresso. The book is populated with characters you want to get to know and it even managed one or two surprises.