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Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #16)

Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #16)

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by Cleo Coyle

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The New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries return, as 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


The New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries return, as 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!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A murder aboard the Andrea Doria, after the doomed luxury liner’s collision with another ship off the coast of Nantucket in 1956, propels Coyle’s satisfying 16th Coffeehouse mystery (after 2015’s Dead to the Last Drop). Flash forward 60 years. Clare Cosi, the manager of the Village Blend, a Greenwich Village coffeehouse, which she runs with her ex-husband, Matteo Allegro, is the only witness to get a look at a sniper who has been picking off New York City cops. Unfortunately, to Clare the shooter looked exactly like the cartoon superhero Panther Man—complete with cape and pointy ears. Will her policeman boyfriend, Mike Quinn, think she’s lost her mind? The plot’s blend includes a fabulous diamond, blackmail, embezzlement, surprise inheritances, murder, and a decades-old family scandal. Along with this spicy mix, the reader gets a generous helping of coffee lore and over a dozen lusciously rich recipes. Coyle is the pseudonym for the husband-and-wife team of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune. (Jan.)
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Praise for the Coffeehouse Mysteries
“A delicious mystery!”—Woman’s World
“Fun and gripping.”—The Huffington Post
“Mix[es] clever and intricate plots with a regular cast of characters who become more enjoyable with every episode.”—Booklist
“Among the best of the foodie/cozy mystery genre.”—Fresh Fiction
“Clare and company are some of the most vibrant characters I’ve ever read.”—Mystery Scene
Library Journal
After Dead to the Last Drop, the New York Times best-selling "Coffeehouse Mysteries" series returns for a 16th cup. Clare and her NYPD detective boyfriend are living it up at their engagement party when a letter arrives (via a stuffy-looking lawyer) announcing that Clare's daughter will receive a mysterious treasure. Then the jeweler who designed Clare's engagement ring is found poisoned. It's all linked to a cold case murder, a sunken ship, and a debonair jewel thief.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #16
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6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries (Dead to the Last Drop, Once Upon a Grind, Billionaire Blend)—now celebrating more than ten years in print. As Alice Kimberly, they also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together.

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Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #16) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Nanc-e 2 days ago
csrsvivr 8 days ago
I have read every book in this series and I have to say this one is the best! I was a tad bit confused in the first chapter or so, but quickly fell into step. I am never disappointed by the direction the storyline goes when dealing with Claire Cosi and her boyfriend, Mike Quinn. I always laugh at how Claire’s ex-husband and business partner somehow goes along for the ride; whether asked or not. So many twists and turns in this installment that I was second guessing myself throughout the book. Must buy!
ethel55 8 days ago
Although I have heard of the Andrea Doria disaster, I didn't really know much about it, and liked the way the action from the past wove into the plot right away. 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 cozy genre into something fans of 'regular' mysteries should be checking out. 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.
KrisAnderson_TAR 7 days ago
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.