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Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle
A Coffeehouse Mystery #15
From the New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Grind comes an exciting new installment in the “highly satisfying”* Coffeehouse Mystery series. *Publishers Weekly
After the White House asks coffeehouse manager and master roaster Clare Cosi to consult on the coffee service for a Rose Garden Wedding, she discovers a historic pot was used as a CIA “dead drop” decades before. Now long-simmering secrets boil over, scalding Clare and the people around her…
Clare’s visit to the nation’s capital is off to a graceful start. Her octogenarian employer is bunking with her in a charming Georgetown mansion, and she’s invited to work with a respected curator on the Smithsonian’s culinary salute to coffee in America.
Unfortunately, Clare’s new Village Blend DC is struggling to earn a profit–until its second floor jazz club attracts a high-profile fan, the college-age daughter of the U.S. President. Clare’s stock rises as the First Lady befriends her, but she soon learns a stark lesson: Washington can be murder.
First a stylish State Department employee suspiciously collapses in her coffeehouse. Then the President’s daughter goes missing. Is she a runaway bride or is something more sinister in play? After another deadly twist, Clare is on the run with her NYPD detective boyfriend. Branded an enemy of the state, she must piece together clues and uncover the truth before her life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness come to a bitter end.
Includes great American recipes!
Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle is the 15th installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Apparently, I’m late to this awesome party, as this is the first book in the series that I have had a chance to read. This series follows Clare Cosi as she gets tangled up in a DC mystery that has you turning pages fast as can be.
The mystery goes back and forth between recent events and the present to put together the story. Clare is on the run with her detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn, and we have to find out why, how and what happened that led to their need to be on the run. I thought the author did a nice job of keeping the story straight even with the back and forth.
I really enjoyed the plot of this mystery. The setting was great and I really loved the characters. I cannot believe I haven’t read any other books in this series, but I plan on rectifying that ASAP! I didn’t feel ‘lost’ reading this story. The author makes the story easy to understand even if you haven’t read the previous installments. The mystery was plotted out brilliantly and I loved all the little twists and turns. I highly recommend Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle to anyone who loves a top notch cozy mystery with a touch of romance.
About Cleo Coyle
CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. 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.