Double Shot Death (#2)

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Sage Caplin is taking her Portland coffee cart on the road to a sustainable music festival, but murder is an unwanted special guest . . .

At Campathon, an annual eco-friendly festival held on a farm outside of Portland, fans celebrate the Pacific Northwest’s music scene in quintessential PDX style—with gourmet food carts, reusable utensils . . . and lots of coffee. How else to get through three days of nonstop entertainment? Sage has scored a coveted place for her Ground Rules coffee cart thanks to her new-ish boyfriend, Bax, who’s friendly with Maya, one of the musicians performing.

The festivities begin with a stream of customers, friends, and acquaintances stopping by for Ground Rules’ world-class blends, expertly brewed by Sage and her newest barista. But there are tensions between Maya and her former bandmates, who are on the cusp of making it big, and with Ian, the band’s manager. When Sage stumbles upon Ian’s dead body in the nearby woods—his hand still clutching one of her coffee mugs—it’s clear that someone’s grudge boiled over into murder. Can Sage work out who’s responsible before another innocent life fades out, and the curtain falls on Campathon, and maybe her own future, for good?


“Solid prose, a well-crafted plot, and plenty of coffee lore draw the reader in. A socially liberal vibe—Bax happily mixes with his ex-wife, their young son, and her husband—sets this cozy apart.”

Publisher's Weekly

"A clever sleuth, music trivia, and plenty of West Coast vibes add up to an enjoyable read."


"This is a well-written mystery that kept me guessing all the way to the end, filled with a delightful and diverse cast of characters, and of course, lots of coffee."

Kings River Life Magazine

"The possible killers and motives are well juggled and Duncan’s (AKA young adult author Kelly Garrett) writing is fresh and realistic."

First Clue

"I’m looking forward to reading the second installment of this cozy mystery series set in a food cart pod in Portland. This time, master barista Sage has brought her coffee cart to an eco-friendly music festival, where she finds the body of one of the band’s managers. I expect this story will bring the same great cast of characters and very real Portland vibe that made Fresh Brewed Murder so much fun to read."

Jennifer H of, staff pick

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