Book Reviews for 2012,  Recipes

A Brew to a Kill by Cleo Coyle

To see one of the recipes from the book click here!

Coffee. It can get a girl killed.

A shocking hit-and-run in front of her Village Blend coffeehouse spurs Clare Cosi into action. A divorced, single mom in her forties, Clare is also a dedicated sleuth, and she’s determined to track down this ruthless driver who ran down an innocent friend and customer. In the meantime, her ex-husband Matt, the shop’s globetrotting coffee buyer, sources some amazing new beans from Brazil. But he soon discovers that he’s importing more than coffee, and Clare may have been the real target of that deadly driver. Can ex-husband and wife work together to solve this mystery–or will their newest brew lead to murder? Includes recipes.

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425247872
ISBN-13: 978-0425247877

My thoughts:

A Brew to a Kill is the 11th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery Series. I have read them all and this has to be one of my favorites. Mike helps both Clare and Matt and even though Matt baulks at the idea of Mikes help, he takes it and is grateful for it in the end.

After one of Clare’s friends is run over by a van, she takes it upon herself to find out what is going on and who would want to hurt Lilly Beth. Matt finally confesses to Clare about the new Ambrosia coffee which has a hidden treasure in the bags of beans. Not only does Clare take care of these two problems, she has a rival Kaylie the Kupcake Kween. Things heat up all around Clare as usual and makes the story pop.

Matt and Clare are taken into custody after the beans are found out. Clare does well in the interrogation until Mike comes in “Unleashed”. For all the loyal fans this is the best part of the book. Clare and Matt are released into Mike’s custody as his assets.

As always the author does a wonderful job of keeping the villain unknown until the end.  The characters are all great even the evil Kaylie.  Each one brought out something a bit new.  Ester and her poetry to help inner city kids was a nice touch.  Dante and his painting of the truck was interesting you could almost picture the scenes in your head.

Another great read from Cleo Coyle.  I am looking forward to Holiday Buzz.

 

About the Author:

Biography

Visit Cleo Coyle at her *virtual* coffeehouse: www.CoffeehouseMystery.com where she posts coffee picks, bonus recipes, and maintains a message board.

CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com. Scroll down the left column of the site’s Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews that Cleo has given.