In Emmeline Duncan’s Fresh Brewed Murder, master barista Sage Caplin is opening a new coffee cart in Portland, Oregon, but a killer is brewing up a world of trouble. With its entrepreneurial, 20-something protagonist, focus on a hipster-run food truck pod in Portland, Oregon, and real-world issues involving homelessness and gentrification, this book is a trendy, updated cozy mystery that offers strong appeal to Millennial and Gen Z readers.
Portland is famous for its rain, hipsters, craft beers…and coffee. Sage Caplin has high hopes for her coffee truck, Ground Rules, which she runs with her business partner, Harley—a genius at roasting beans and devising new blends. That’s essential in a city where locals have intensely strong opinions about cappuccino versus macchiato—especially in the case of one of Sage’s very first customers.
Sage finds the man’s body in front of her truck, a fatal slash across his neck. There’s been plenty of anger in the air, from long-time vendors annoyed at Ground Rules taking a coveted spot in the food truck lot, to protestors demonstrating against a new high-rise. But who was mad enough to commit murder? Sage is already fending off trouble in the form of her estranged, con-artist mother, who’s trying to trickle back into her life. But when Sage’s very own box cutter is discovered to be the murder weapon, she needs to focus on finding the killer fast—before her business, and her life, come to a bitter end.
This captivating book pairs well with a cup of your favorite tea blend and this tasty Oregon French Toast served with maple syrup and fresh fruit!
- 1 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup whole milk*
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 4 thick slices day-old challah bread**
- Butter or canola oil
- Put hazelnuts in a wide-mouth bowl.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt.
- Heat a griddle or a skillet over medium heat. Melt butter in the pan, or rub canola oil across the surface.
- Dip each bread slice in the egg mixture, taking care to soak both sides, and then dredge the bread in the hazelnuts.
- Cook the bread slices until brown, approximately 2 minutes per side.
- If you want to up your “Oregon cred,” serve your French toast with marionberry jam. Or serve it with maple syrup, other jam, butter, or fresh fruit.
**Brioche or French bread also works.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emmeline Duncan is a writer based out of Portland, Oregon. The author of the Sage Caplin Mystery Series, she also writes YA novels under the name Kelly Garrett. She is a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellow, a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and co-organizer of the Friends of Mystery’s Bloody Thursday lecture series. She’s also a member of Sisters-In-Crime, Willamette Writers, and SCBWI. You can find her online at EmmelineDuncan.com, on the following social media platforms.