Audiobook Review - Marvels, Mochas, and Murder

Marvels, Mochas, and Murder by Christine Zane Thomas
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Comics and Coffee Case Files #1
Publisher: William Tyler Davis
Publication Date: April 15, 2019
Date Read: April 25, 2019
Length: 3 hours 20 minutes
Source: Audiobook Boom
The only suspect to his best friend’s murder…

When Kirby Jackson’s friend Ryan is found dead in the comics and coffee shop the two co-own, Kirby quickly becomes suspect number one.

Perhaps things wouldn't look so bad had Kirby not been planning to cut Ryan out of the business.

The only witness to the crime, Ryan’s stubborn dachshund, might hold the keys to solving the case. But his attitude toward anything and everything that isn’t his warm doggy bed is less than helpful.

With a local detective and former high school crush investigating the murder, it's up to Kirby to put together the clues. Otherwise, he's doing twenty-five to life.

Comics and Coffee Case Files is the perfect series for dog-loving fans of The Cat Who. Check out the first installment in this quirky series today.
My Review

I really enjoyed this cozy!  I decided to listen to this book because I was in the mood for a cozy and I liked the sound of this story.  I also was drawn to the fact that this audiobook was just a few hours long because sometimes a shorter book is exactly what I am looking for.  Once I started this book, I knew that I had made a good decision because I was hooked by the story immediately.  I just really had a lot of fun with this one until the very end.

I really like the fact that the main character in this cozy is a man.  I think that every cozy I have read prior to this one has been lead by a female so this was a nice change.  I loved the coffee and comic book store that Kirby owned along with his friend, Ryan.  Of course, a little case of murder makes things interesting just as I was really getting to know the characters.

I thought that the mystery in this story was very well done.  This is a fairly complex mystery especially considering that this is a shorter piece.  I had a few guesses but I was never quite sure exactly how things would work out and loved the fact that the mystery was able to keep me guessing. 

Jeffrey Kafer did a fantastic job with the narration of this book.  I thought that he really brought Kirby to life very well and all of the character voices that he used seemed very natural.  His pacing was great and he had a very pleasant speaking voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time.  I think that his performance added to my enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this book to others.  This was a fun little cozy filled with great characters, an interesting mystery, a little bit of romance, and a cute dachshund.  I would not hesitate to read more installments in this entertaining series.

I received a digital review copy of this book from the author/narrator via Audiobook Boom and have voluntarily left this review.
About the Author

Christine Zane Thomas is the pen name of a husband and wife team whose love of mystery and sleuths spurred the creation of their own mysterious writer alter-ego.

While not writing, they can be found in northwest Florida with their two children and schnauzer, Tinker Bell. When not at home, their love of food takes them all around the South. Sometimes they sprinkle in the occasional trip to Disney World. Food and Wine is their favorite season.

Their series include The Food File Mysteries starring Allison “Allie” Treadwell and Comics and Coffee Case Files starring Kirby Jackson and his beloved dachshund, Gambit.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads 


  1. I am adding this to my list. Great review , Carole.

  2. I always love a good cozy and this one sounds fun

  3. that dachshund looks really cute! I am glad it is a good book to listen to

  4. That does sound like a fun setting for a cozy. I enjoy Kaffer's audio work, too.

  5. I've only read one cozy, but I liked it. I used to be a huge fan of Murder She Wrote back in the day and they're sort of the written version of that. I'll have to give this one a try. :)

  6. I've never read a cozy yet but this sounds good.

  7. I do like the fact that the MC is a man. You are right, that is quite rare in cozies!

  8. A comic book shop. That's a first for a cozy. Sounds so fun!

  9. Not to mention a man as the main character! I hit publish before I finished typing. LOL

  10. I am so bad, I need to read more cozys

  11. Oh this looks fun and how different to have a man as a main character in a cozy. Adding to my TBR.

  12. I'm glad it was the right fit for your mood. Jeffrey Kafer is a great narrator.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  13. Just think, if animals could talk, there would be fewer unsolved crimes! These are the dumb things I think about during bouts of insomnia at night!


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