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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 (438 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $0.99

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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
  • ASIN: B005MUEXWE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning October 11, 2011
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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!
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83 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plain horrible January 15, 2012
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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.
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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one December 17, 2011
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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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars January 4, 2012
By kacee
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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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morning Cup of Murder July 18, 2012
By Joyce
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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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting good time December 18, 2011
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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.
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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
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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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, easy read January 8, 2012
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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?'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro novel--series has potential
A good read--would have liked to see a little more character development, but was good enough to be worth trying the next book in the series.
Published 1 day ago by J. Abernathy
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ !!
Great story, kept my attention from the first line up until the last storyline!! It was full of surprises, great characters you never knew what surprise was in their background... Read more
Published 7 days ago by terilee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beach read
This book is an easy read and the ending was unexpected. I will probably read more of Vanessa's books this summer.
Published 10 days ago by SHARON L BOYNTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good doing business with
Published 12 days ago by liz bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and compelling novel
Lacy has to deal with her loving Grandma who is sitting in jail for a crime she did not commit
Published 13 days ago by wilma shipman
5.0 out of 5 stars Walkingwithhim
Wholesome read good character development. Looking forward to read book #2 Vanessa layers
Plots masterfully. !!!!!
Strongly recommend good read
Published 24 days ago by walkingwithhim
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I liked that the story had an element of attraction without using panting after sex to move the story forward. I am looking forward to the next story in the series.
Published 24 days ago by Margaret M Shirk
3.0 out of 5 stars Book was just okay.
It was an okay read. Didn't care for it as much as I thought I would. I did not really like the characters.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by it's cover - It's AMAZING!
Lacy Steele returns to her hometown after a bad breakup with her ex who strangely enough gets together with her sister, Riley. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Toni Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed
I'll be getting the remaining stories. I enjoyed this one very much. Good writing, you learn more about the characters as the story goes on.
Published 26 days ago by ann
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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!

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