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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY
Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice
At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working bakers assistant.
Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as The Christmas Stalkings.” Clares boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isnt so sure—and when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target. Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and shes not going to rest until justice is served.
Includes holiday and cookie recipes!
"The opening of the pseudonymous Coyle's sprightly 12th coffeehouse mystery starring Manhattan coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi (after A Brew to a Kill) is replete with foreshadowing: 'I didn't plan on interrogating a reality show diva; hoodwinking a New York hockey player; or butting heads with a conniving Cajun cook. And I certainly wasn't expecting to trump one of the biggest forensic freaks in the NYPD.' Those events follow Clare's discovery of the bludgeoned corpse of Moirin Fagan, a baker's assistant who was helping Clare prepare Christmas cookies. The investigation culminates in, unsurprisingly, an angry Clare choosing to put herself in danger, as well as a dramatic section whose punch is undermined by more foreshadowing and some familiar genre conventions. The lead doesn't always use common sense, but her pluckiness and overall good spirit make her engaging company. Coyle is the husband-wife writing team of Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Business is booming at Clare Cosi's Village Blend, until her female customers start to die. Lieutenant Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, and, unfortunately, his prime suspect is the new man in Clare's life.
Now Clare will risk her heart--and her life--to follow the killer's trail to the bitter end.
Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, can brew a beverage to die for. But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who’s gone loco for mocha?
Clare’s Village Blend beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a “Mocha Magic Coffee” billed as an aphrodisiac. Clare may even try some on her boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn—when he’s off duty, of course…
The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite’s Village, one of the Web’s most popular online communities for women. But the launch party ends on a sour note when one of the Website’s editors is found dead.
When more of the Website’s Sisters of Aphrodite start to die, Clare is convinced someone wants the coffee’s secret formula—and is willing to kill to get it. Clare isn’t about to spill the beans, but will she be next on the hit list? Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!
About the Author
Cleo Coyle is a resident of Queens, New York. Her Coffeehouse Mystery series is quite a unique hook, that includes recipes, coffee making tips, and fabulous historical facts.
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