Anyone who has been to a white elephant gift exchange understands that some people just don’t know how to give good gifts. Considering the usual criteria that the gifts brought to these events are to be “re-gifts”, I assume an inability to give good gifts is the reason the gifts are so crazy – or at least inappropriate for the receiver.
I have a number of people in my life who have a love language of gift-giving. My sweet husband is one of them. One of the ways this becomes clear is the way the gifts are always spot on. It isn’t just that they love giving gifts, the gifts they give are fitting and good and desirable.
God is also a gift-giver. Not just spiritual gifts. We know that:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
A Cuppa Trouble
Series: The CafFunated Mysteries #2
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date July 1, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Ohio Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Can a couple of baristas chase down a car thief without spilling a drop of their favorite drink?
Plans for a Valentine's Day grand opening of a small town coffee shop go awry when the first customer is killed. Evidence points toward the victim being mixed up in a car theft ring, but shop owners Tandy and Marissa have reason to believe he was framed. An assortment of suspects--from a pink-haired heir to Tandy's charming ex--all seem to know a little too much about grand theft auto.
Without approval from either their boyfriends or the gum-chewing FBI agent in charge, the shop owners go on stakeouts, plan stings, and pursue justice in a high-speed car chase. If they don't find the killer soon, it might be more than their love lives in trouble.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: A Caffeine Conundrum, A Latte Difficulty, A Mug of Mayhem
Marissa hated the snow boots Conner gave her. After all, they were ugly. If only they were pink, they would have been much better! And of course, these practical yet undesirable boots ended up playing a significant role in this madcap adventure!
As the cars began disappearing, the mystery increased. Author Angela Ruth Strong mastered misdirection as the myriad of murder suspects multiplied. I enjoyed seeing each person and their potential motive and means.
I am still a great fan of Conner’s. His care for clumsy Marissa and the sweet way he was always watching out for her made me cheer. He wasn’t perfect and kept secrets from her. His motivations were good yet he shouldn’t have done this.
Conner and Marissa and her business partner Tandy and her boyfriend Greg all needed to learn lessons about communication, honesty, and trust. Billie, the antique shop owner, and George, the body shop owner, shared truths that helped them grow in this area, though it did take most of the story. These lessons were integrated well overall, though some seemed a little forced in places.
I don’t often feel strongly that the first book of a series needs to be re-read before reading the ensuing stories, but I certainly wished I had read A Caffeine Conundrum more recently. I actually appreciated this as too many books try to retell the highlights of the previous story and waste too much time on it. In this case, I just didn’t remember some of the backstory and while it didn’t take away from my enjoyment, it did mean that I kept finding myself wondering what had happened.
I wasn’t as much a fan of Marissa and Tandy this time around. They struck me as immature, shallow, and insecure. Both were so afraid to admit that they liked the other’s beverage of choice and found ways to sneak it instead of confessing their newly discovered preference. Tandy went so far as to help Conner swap the tea Marissa gave him with coffee so he wouldn’t have to admit he didn’t like tea. There was another situation where Marissa found she liked something that was out of character for her and so she wasn’t willing to tell anyone.
Overall, A Cuppa Trouble is a fun story for anyone who enjoys reading sweet mysteries.