Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Brew To Kill-Cleo Coyle

A Brew To Kill

Cleo Coyle

Berkley Prime Crime, Aug 7 2012, $25.95

ISBN 9780425247877

Clare Cosi manages the Village Blend coffeehouse owned by her former mother-in-law Madame DuBois. Business has been slow so Clare decides to bring coffee to the customer via a kart-truck that upsets the shop’s coffee buyer Matteo Allegro. The Kupcake Kart’s obnoxious owner Kaylee Crimini retaliates as she makes it loudly clear she will not drive idly by while the “Bobbsey Twins” steal her business.

Someone deliberately runs over Clare’s friend Lilly Beth Tanga as she leaves the Village Blend. With Detective Mike Quinn out of town, Mad Max Buckman leads the inquiry. He concludes the intended target was Clare but has no motive why. Clare decides to look into the incident that has left her friend hospitalized.

The latest Coffee House amateur sleuth (see Roast Mortem and Murder by Mocha) is a superb whodunit that is refreshed by the heroine blending with a different detective on the hit and run case. Fast-paced and breezy with a touch of UBE, readers will enjoy this caffeine cozy as Mad Max and the coffee queen team up to investigate the attempted vehicular homicide.

Harriet Klausner

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