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Dead Cold Brew (A Coffeehouse Mystery) (edition 2017)

by Cleo Coyle (Author)

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Title:Dead Cold Brew (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
Authors:Cleo Coyle (Author)
Info:Berkley (2017), 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:New York - New York City, Coffeehouse Mystery Series, read 2017, audiobook 2017, new release 2017

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Claire is back in NYC at her regular coffee house and apartment. And her lover Mike is also back from his assignment in NYC. All seems to be going well for her. But no so much for her ex, who needs money fast. So Claire is now under pressure to design a brew for the new replica of the Andrea Doria, who is launching soon. And there is a sniper who is targetting cops. Of course, Claire is determined to solve the crime.

Wow, this was a good one. The stories of the sniper and of survivors of the original Andrea Doria keep you guessing. How are they tied together? Are the tied together? And who is that lady with the designer sunglasses anyway? Lots of fun and some surprises. As always lots of recipes and instructions for making cold brew. ( )
  TheLibraryhag | Apr 6, 2017 |
This coffeehouse mystery opens with a scene from 1956 inside the sinking luxury cruise ship Andrea Doria where abused wife Angelica Campana and her 4 year old daughter Perla escape, but not until after Angelica holds her husband Gus's head down in the water rising in their stateroom. The story then moves to the present with coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi and her business partner/ex-husband Matteo Allegro discussing a new business opportunity. Matt and Clare have been invited to prepare a new coffee blend for a competition among coffee houses to sell the blend to a cruise ship revival of the old Andrea Doria. Wanting to do some research on the sunken ship, Matt suggests to Clare that she talk to his godfather Gus Campana who had been a passenger on the old ship.

While working on the blend Clare accepts an engagement ring from her cop boyfriend Mike Quinn. The ring has special coffee colored diamonds in its setting. The plot moves in many directions. A subplot concerning cops getting shot at by snipers is prominent and there is a lot of background information on the diamond trade which the Campana family is a part of.

Dead Cold Brew is a welcome addition to the coffeehouse series. The book is fast paced. It is a modern cozy mystery where there is mention of characters having sex. You would never see that in a traditional cozy. The subplot about cops getting shot is currently prominent in our American national life. The book also includes coffee and pastry recipes at the end. Simply a great read. ( )
  Violette62 | Feb 19, 2017 |
Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle is the sixteenth book in A Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare Cosi is the manager and master roaster at Village Blend in Greenwich Village, New York. Clare loves the job despite the contact with her ex-husband, Matteo “Matt” Allegro. Matt visits to tell Clare about a great opportunity. Victor Fontana is the head of a consortium that has built a new ship that is a re-creation of the S.S. Andrea Doria. The original ship sank sixty years ago in 1956. Village Blend is one of five companies competing to be the exclusive supplier of coffee for the ship. Clare needs to come up with a unique blend for the competition. Clare is thrilled until she reads the morning paper. Someone is going around shooting cops. Clare’s boyfriend is Lt. Michael “Mike” Quinn and he is the head of the OD Squad for the NYPD. Mike stops by Village Blend with Detective Sully Sullivan to reassure Clare. Sully leaves and they hear a gunshot. Sully has been shot and Clare sees someone resembling Panther Man leaving the area (this does not go over well with the police). Matt receives a visit from an attorney. It seems a special inheritance has been left for Matt and Sophia Campana (and their children). Upon opening the lockbox, the discover a letter and the Occhio del Gatto (Eye of the Cat). This gem was supposedly sunk with the Andrea Doria. The one person who may have answers is Gustavo Campana. He was on board the Andrea Doria. When the group goes to visit Gus, they discover him unconscious in his apartment. Gus was poisoned and Clare sees someone fleeing the scene. Someone is after the diamond. Clare wants to find out what happened sixty years ago on that ship, but she is also worried about the safety of Mike with a cop killer on the loose in New York. Will Clare be able to unravel this mystery before the killer strikes again?

Dead Cold Brew is nicely written and full of action. The novel is packed with characters and activities (I did not tell you everything that occurred in this book). I found it difficult to keep track of the various people and their plot lines. The pace of the novel is slow (the book seemed to go on forever). The author is very descriptive and includes details of drinks, scenery, food items, etc. Some information is repeated throughout the book. I give Dead Cold Brew 3 out of 5 stars (it is okay). I wish the author had picked just one storyline for this book (either the sunken ship along with the gem or the cop killer). I do, though, like how she ended up tying the events together. While both mysteries may seem complicated, the solution is simple. I was able to solve the mysteries early in the book. The clues might as well have been neon arrows pointing to the perpetrator. While Dead Cold Brew is the sixteenth book in the series, it is the first book in the series that I have read (I was hoping to discover a new cozy mystery series). Dead Cold Brew can be read alone (you will be a little confused in the beginning). The author provides the needed background details on the main characters. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Jan 14, 2017 |
With many short chapters, I found that I was quickly swept up into a story that had an interesting historical angle, coffee making and jewelry info galore. I was expecting the same sort of cozy I have come to expect from covers such as these, but Coyle really takes the narrative beyond that small genre into something fans of 'regular' mysteries should be checking out. Although I have heard of the Andrea Doria disaster, I didn't know much about it, and really liked the way the action from the past wove into the plot right away. Clare Cosi has such a good relationship with her ex, Matt and her ex mother in law, that it is easy to see why they would help one another almost without question. Don't let the fact that this is a long running series stop you from picking up this well written, grown up mystery. Coyle does such a wonderful job of keeping her characters and storylines current. ( )
  ethel55 | Jan 6, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425276112, Hardcover)

From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Dead to the Last Drop, comes a gripping new entry in the "highly satisfying"* Coffeehouse Mystery series. (*Publishers Weekly)

THE PERFECT PROPOSAL LEADS TO A CHILLING COLD CASE...
 
Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear...
 
After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare's finger, Clare's eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.
 
First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange, hidden treasure to Clare's daughter. Next, the renowned jeweler who designed Clare's ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a suspiciously charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York's most secret places before an old vendetta starts producing fresh corpses.
 
With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!

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