Start reading Morning Cup of Murder (A Lacy Steele Mystery Book 1) on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
Read for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Morning Cup of Murder (A Lacy Steele Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Vanessa Gray Bartal , Rebecca Tocheff
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (482 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $0.99
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Hero Quick Promo
12 Days of Kindle Book Deals
Load your library with Amazon's editors' picks, $2.99 or less each today only. Learn more

Book Description

After a disastrous few years trying to make it on her own, Lacy Steele returns to her tiny hometown. Feeling like a failure, she moves in with the one person guaranteed to make her fat, her beloved grandmother--a woman who uses food as love. As if to make her already depressing life more confusing, she reconnects with Jason, the former Adonis of their high school. Now a cop, Jason seemingly doesn't remember the frizzy-haired band geek Lacy was. Instead, he sees her as a potential problem, especially when someone she loves is arrested for murder. Lacy won't stop until the murder is solved, even if it means putting herself in danger. Somehow, Lacy is determined to clear a name, put her life back together, and heal old hurts. But more than anything she's determined not to fall in love with Jason Cantor.

Product Details

  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Vanessa Gray Bartal (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning October 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the heck out of this book! I thought I had an idea of who the 'bad guy' was, but I was totally wrong. I loved the fact that there were two love interests for Lacy, but I rooted for one over the other (not going to give any spoilers). I found myself liking the main characters and believeing in the story. Its a quick read, or at least for me, but satisfying. I can't wait to see how the romance plays out and what mystery Lacy might find herself in next. Since the title indicates this is Book 1- I hope there is more to come and soon!
Was this review helpful to you?
87 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plain horrible January 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I should have known better than to buy a book with only 7 reviews. This book was slow, boring and redundant. The supposed romance just doesn't sizzle. I really wanted to throw my Kindle at the wall the 100th time I read "He slipped his arm around her waist..." or "He placed a finger on her lips and lingered just long enough to make her wonder..." Ok, those aren't actual quotes from the book but they're close. Chapter after chapter of this.... just KISS her already! It got ridiculous. There was nothing exciting about this whodunit...and the plot was weak. I laughed out loud when the motive and killer were revealed. As another reviewer mentioned, there are many stereotypes and the main character is downright annoying. Who gets bashed over the head...knocked unconscious... then immediatly goes about his or her day to day life as if nothing ever happened? There was hardly any mention of the incident again. I'm sorry to be harsh, but I pushed myself to finish the book hoping it would get better. It didn't.
Was this review helpful to you?
66 of 77 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one December 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love murder mysteries, so I was pleased to get this on my Kindle for only .99, but even that was a waste of money. Lacy Steele isn't even a very likeable character. For someone who sees herself as a sophisticated former New Yorker, in many ways she still seems like an insecure high school sophomore. Her character vaccilates from tough to blubbering just too much to be believable. She obviously expects former acquaintances to be frozen in time, just as she seems to be. As for the plot, it is weak at best. Too many things just aren't credible, and it seems that the author is really reaching just to come up with a plot. There are also many, many tired stereotypes: senior citizens who ALWAYS eat bran muffins with their coffee, the blustering police detective who won't listen to reason and tries to intimidate everyone else, the mean high school queen who was still mean in her 70's--well, you get the picture. I'm sorry to seem so unsympathetic here, but there was hardly any suspense at all, and Lacy Steele, who apparently will be the star of more books in this series, is just boring. I just wanted someone to shake her and say, "Get a life, for Pete's sake!" What could have been an interesting book just fell flat for me.
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars January 4, 2012
By Basil
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really did like this story! It kept my interest all the way through without my usual skimming over parts. It was well written, and I thought there was a good plot right from the start.

I usually don't buy books that are in a series, but this one can stand alone, so don't let that throw you off.

The ending was very satisfactory, and all of the different parts and characters came together at the end. I would definitely buy the next book in a series.

Others have written more about what this book is all about, so I won't. I will say that it isn't about the paranormal, and it doesn't have any sex scenes. I especially liked that -- it was interesting on it's own without these props.
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morning Cup of Murder July 18, 2012
By Joyce
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was first time for reading Vanessa Gray Bartal and I will enjoy more books by her. I wa very happy there was no cursing and no uncomfortable sex scenes. Very enjoyable.
Was this review helpful to you?
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting good time December 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is for all those that want a likable character and a read that is satisfying. Lacy is a real woman with doubts and insecurities as well as a huge sweet tooth. No cookie cutter glamozons that are so unrealistic in most books. This book is appealing to real women with real emotions. The reader can instantly connect with the characters and put themselves in their place. If you liked "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and other books with relatable heroins you will love Morning Cup of Murder! Vanessa Bartal can make you forget reality while still being a believable story.
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't get past the first couple chapters November 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really did't like this book. I was very disappointed, I expected it to be a mystery but it was more like a romance. I couldn't get past the the first couple chapters because i thought it was boring and poorly written.
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, easy read January 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you like books like the High Heels Mysteries or Evanovich's Plum Series, you'll enjoy this. It is my no means a hard hitting mystery/thriller but more a blurring of mystery and romantic tensions. I enjoyed this more than High Heel Mysteries as Bartal built a female character that was more grounded and realistic. The plot was pretty simple but did have me guessing for a bit as to 'who done it?'.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good mystery.
Published 3 hours ago by C. Cornelius
5.0 out of 5 stars Morning cup of murder
I did not read this in sequence, that Riley is married and has a baby bump: get on with Jason n Lacy. This is a good series getting mucked in words.
Published 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Quick Read
Nice quick read - not too thought provoking nor is it too fluffy. I was shocked by the ending, which rarely happens!!
Published 1 day ago by lizarvin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good characters
I liked the characters and they seemed believable, except maybe the two boyfriends. Kept me with her til the end. I enjoyed it.
Published 2 days ago by Donald Dryden
4.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite
Lacy Steele has become a new favorite heroine for me, I like her spunk, her humor and her imperfections. A winner!
Published 18 days ago by psyprof73
5.0 out of 5 stars It is an excellent read. I read this one and had to ...
This is the first of this series. It is an excellent read. I read this one and had to read the rest of the series.
Published 19 days ago by Darlene E. Lerum
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A nice little cozy mystery! It was great not having to deal with sex and swear words. I hope the rest of her books are as good!
Published 20 days ago by Candace J Toomey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of Mocha
It seems like the author had to try to hard. I read the first few chapters and just went to the end of the book, to see who did it!
Published 20 days ago by pandora
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Entertaining
An exceptionally well written book that reminds me of the Nancy Drew mysteries from my childhood. I enjoyed those and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Read more
Published 22 days ago by R. Hyde McDowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun book to read. Easy but I couldn't put it down
Published 1 month ago by Brigitte Dawson
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Vanessa Gray Bartal is an avid reader who also loves to write. After a few years working as a 911 dispatcher, she quit her job and began writing full time. She has written over fifty novels. While she considers herself primarily a romance author, she also likes to dabble in other genres, including mystery and fantasy. In addition to writing, Vanessa loves to bake (for which her astoundingly handsome husband is truly grateful).

During her time in college at Olivet Nazarene University, Vanessa developed a love for big cities and the cultural kaleidoscope each provides. She currently resides tucked away in the Ohio countryside, but she enjoys traveling. Vanessa is a bit of a foodie and loves searching out the hidden gems in each place she visits.

She would love to hear from you. Check out her Facebook author page for upcoming new releases, and drop her a line while you're there!

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category