Joanna Coffee is hiding from her past, which includes an ex who cheated on her with her best friend. Too ashamed to go back home to Bennett Falls, Jo is living with her aunt clear across the country.
But a crime occurs in the coffee shop where Jo works, and it makes Jo rethink what she’s doing with her life. She’s determined to solve the crime and the problems in her own life.
Joanna Coffee is living up to her name, planning the grand opening of her coffee shop in Bennett Falls. At least until local millionaire Sherman Cromwell winds up dead in the street holding a macchiato from Jo’s shop. Not exactly the kind of press she wanted for her new business.
Now the prime suspect in Cromwell’s murder, Jo is determined to prove her innocence, even if it means donning her own detective cap and solving this mystery herself. If she doesn’t clear her name soon, she’ll be turning in her apron for an orange jumpsuit.
New business, new boyfriend, new murder investigation?
Joanna Coffee is just getting used to life in her hometown after a three-year hiatus. She’s come to terms with being around her ex and his fiancée, who happens to be Jo’s former best friend. She’s even doing well with her new business, Cup of Jo, and her new boyfriend. The last thing she wants is to be wrapped up in yet another murder investigation.
Two dead bodies are discovered, both with cappuccinos from Jo’s coffee shop. The only difference is Jo isn’t a suspect this time around. Instead, she thinks the supposed accident was actually murder, and she’s determined to prove it even if it means working with her ex, Detective Quentin Perry.
After teaming up with her boyfriend Camden Turner to open a coffee shop with an amazing bakery, Joanna Coffee gets a job catering an engagement party at the local bed and breakfast that will surely be a big success—until there are several fatalities.
An entire table of guests is poisoned, and the victims all have one thing in common. They drank the frappes served by Cup of Jo. Once again a suspect in a murder investigation, Jo has to find the real killer before her ex and current police detective, Quentin Perry, charges her for the crime.
Joanna Coffee’s business couldn’t be going better, especially when Cup of Jo becomes the hangout spot for two famous boy bands visiting Bennett Falls for a charity concert. That is until the lead singer of Big Time Crush winds up murdered, seemingly the victim of a lynching.
Worse, Zeke Taylor, while worshipped by his fans, was hated by just about everyone he worked with—Jo being the exception since she kept him well-caffeinated in lattes, his favorite drink. When local police detective, and Jo’s ex, Quentin Perry rules the death a lynching, Jo feels like something is off.
Jo’s compelled to don her detective hat once again and find out who really killed Zeke. But a high-profile case like this, might put her in the limelight and on the killer’s hit list.
With the success of her coffee shop, Cup of Jo, Joanna Coffee is living the life she’s always dreamed about. If only people would stop dragging her into murder investigations.
Someone leaves Jo’s glaces and an apology letter on the graves of two local teen girls, and Jo feels it’s a sign she’s meant to solve their murders. The problem is the police don’t believe it was murder. They think the girls were unfortunate drowning victims.
Once again, Jo will need to don her detective’s hat and team up with her ex, Detective Quentin Perry, to put the guilty party behind bars.