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on June 3, 2013
I've been struggling for a couple days over my review of this novel because I worry whether or not I can express my love of it enough. It is perfect in so many ways. I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, and I was thrilled when The Devil Drinks Coffee reminded me of them.

Heroine Kate Saxee is full of sass and humor, plus she even has two hunky guys that are begging her for attention, which creates sexual tension that will almost set your pages on fire! Add to that some crazy small town gossip, a caffeine addiction we can all relate to, and a mother that is such a train wreck she will make you anticipate her next accident. You will even secretly wish your mother could be as entertaining as Kate's!

You will love Ford's fresh, unique voice and you'll be happy you added this comical caper to your to-be-read pile. You MUST pick this book up. I am even going to give you an, "I told you so," in advance. :) Happy reading!
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on May 29, 2013
Kate Saxee has moved back to her hometown of Branson Falls, Utah to work as editor of this small town's newspaper. When a high school girl turns up dead, Kate wonders if there is a cover up and who is behind the smoke screen. When the Mormon Ladies link her with two good looking bachelors, Hawke and Drake, Kate has to balance work and her "romances" on a daily basis. Throw in a accident prone mom, small town gossip and some unique situations and you have a story worth reading.

This book was a great read! Small town living comes to life through the characters and situations. Enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and some great lines that had me laughing out loud. Had me guessing who done it almost to the very end.

Well written and fun. Looking forward to Kate's next adventure!

And the cover art is pretty cool too!
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on September 15, 2013
Another series to love! Kate Saxee couldn't wait to get out of her hometown when she was a teenager, but when she was offered the job as editor of the weekly newspaper, she couldn't resist! She is drawn to investigate the "accidental" death of a high school senior who left town a few months ago. No one was aware that the girl was back until her body turned up in a nearby lake. When a gorgeous stranger helps get Kate into the crime scene and asks her to work with him, she can't refuse; it is apparent he has resources the newspaper doesn't have, as well as a body that won't quit. Things get really tense when the governor's name gets tossed into the mix.

The humor of the book balances the serious subject. The most humor of the novel comes both from things that happen to Kate and the way the small town watches every move and gossip blows everything out of proportion. Kate's naivety is a little over done but I know people like that so I can deal with it. I haven't explained this well, but this book belongs in the TBR of every reader of light or cozy suspense. I bought it because it was highly recommended by friends on one of Shelly Fredman's Facebook pages. Thanks for the recommendation guys!
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Being a former Mormon myself, I was curious about this story set in a Mormon town in Utah. I was surprised... it was EXCELLENT! Well written, with believable and good characters, very good dialogue (I'm BIG on dialogue), and a murder to solve.
Kate is a clever, witty, VERY funny and gutsy heroine whom you'll like immediately. All the other characters are very good indeed, and when The Ladies appeared I could picture them so vividly they became real from the beginning.
You don't have to be a former Mormon like me, or even a present one, to understand the mentality of "small town Utah" --- the way of thinking of some characters like Mrs. Olsen who told Kate that "only the devil drinks coffee" --- and the way the author portrays everybody - especially Hawke, Dylan, and Spence.
Great reading! Great writing! Great plot!
I am a writer myself and I want all my stories to have an impact on readers like this one had on me.
I'd give this story TEN STARS if I could.
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on February 24, 2015
This is a great book. Kate is a perfect sleuth and reporter. She is the small town girl who moved away and has come back. She can now see through the polite veneer of the Mormon townspeople and their standards and values.The characters are compelling and very well written. Dylan, the fascinating rich politician, Hawke, the bad boy superhero, and Spence, the boy next good boss/friend and all seem to be in some tangled form of love with Kate. There is also Officer Bobby, the overweight cop, unwilling to do his job. Taking up Officer Bobby's job, Kate investigates the case of a murdered teenage girl, someone is trying to stop her from discovering the truth. With the help of all the men protecting her and her crazy and accident prone mother defending her she might just figure out the case despite someone after her and all the saccharine society Mormon women trying to marry her off.
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on August 16, 2013
I found the characters of little depth. The prose drags on with lots of emphasis on the sexual attractiveness of the main characters and their entertaining flirtations and exploits. Imagine one small-town gal having three super "hunk" men in tight fitting jeans rivaling for her attention, and referring to her "boobs" as a useful weapon to solve a possible murder. I would have preferred focus on the crime: This book has none of the nervous tension associated with a really good murder mystery, substituting instead an extensive amount of humorous sexual tension. It could easily be categorized as a romance rather than a mystery novel.
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on May 4, 2018
This book had a little bit of everything included. There was detective work, jealously, love on many levels, betrayal, lies, basic life. The story took place in a small town that was predominately a Morman community, so the town tried to protray itself as a good town. There was all kinds of secrets going on behind closed doors. It made you laugh.
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on July 2, 2013
So, I finished this book at 4 a.m. this morning and I can not tell you how very much I loved it! I really can't.

There's purple pigs, cowcides, scary - but hilarious - revolving doors, and a mother who should be the new spokesperson for Allstate Insurance!

Also, one of the very best things, is Ms. Ford's ability to truly capture small-town life and all it's hazards...erm, pitfalls, no wait, that didn't come out right.

Ms. Ford truly captures small-town life and all it's wonderful hospitality!

Oh, did I mention the very handsome, very sexy, very mysterious Ryder Hawkins? I didn't? For shame on this reviewer. If for no other reason you must read this book to get a formal introduction! You won't be sorry.

Seriously though, if you've ever lived in a small town, heard about a small town, or know someone who's spoken about a small town, you will enjoy this book.

It has all the elements that make a story great. Mystery, intrigue, some hot, sexual tension between leading characters...oh, and one very surprising twist that even as a fellow Author I didn't seem coming till the very end!

Well done Ms. Ford. Well done indeed. Now, get to work Missy Ma'am! The cookies are awaiting Book 2!
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on February 28, 2015
I accidentally found this book after reading another book. This was listed in books to try. I love it when I find an author who has started a new series because if it's good, you know more will follow. I got attached to the main character and her adventures became mine. I liked her! She is caught between liking two guys who are always in the right place at the right time. She has a lot of people who don't like her and it was great when she would get help from one or the other. I was so happy when the second book was ready but I whipped through it so fast because I couldn't put it down. I hope the author is working on the next book.
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on May 26, 2013
Turns out the title is a reference to living in a Mormon town where drinking coffee is a no-no (Many people seem to get around that prohibition by putting the coffee in a thermos and referring to it as "cocoa." But doesn't cocoa have caffeine just like coffee?)
Very believable. Nicely convoluted story. Interesting characters. Satisfying resolution.
I look forward to more adventures here

And her mom is a total hoot! And her father has the patience of a saint.
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