Book Review – “A Brew to a Kill” by Cleo Coyle (Coffeehouse Mystery #11)

  Title:  A Brew to a Kill (Coffeehouse Mystery #11)

Author:  Cleo Coyle

ISBN:  9780425247877

Publisher:  Berkley Publishing Group

Synopsis (from

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.

My thoughts:  I have found myself in a bit of a reading slump lately.  For an avid book reader and lover of books, this feels like a day without sunshine or if you should check if something is really wrong 🙂  So I decided to delve into some of my favorite cozy series to see if that could give me the jumpstart I needed.  This 11th book in the Cleo Coyle Coffeehouse Mystery Series did the trick and definitely did not disappoint.  I have to say hands down that this has got to be my favorite cozy series.  Perhaps it is because of my excessive love of and addiction to all things coffee – yes in fact I am enjoying a nice warm, strong cup of Kona directly from Hawaii as I write this 🙂  In my opinion, cozy mysteries are supposed to be just that – cozy!  Isn’t that why we read them, because we want to be transported away from our everyday life to that cozy spot, that bookstore, that sewing shop, that . . . whatever it is for you.  The coffeeshop in this series, The Village Blend, does just that for me!  I have this vivid picture in my head of how the coffee shop is all set up and where I want to sit as I tuck in with my warm coffee and a favorite book!  When I read this series, I can literally smell the coffee roasting in the basement, can taste the perfect espresso shot, and can taste the decadent desserts that are whipped up in the kitchen!  This series provides the perfect escape!

The characters are just plain delightful!  They are quirky, fun, creative, strong, and just plain likeable.  Everytime I open the pages of the books in this series, I feel like I’m somehow walking back into people I know and love!

I really enjoyed the overall storyline and plots in this particular book.  Let’s face it, cozy mysteries can seem rather cheesy and formulaic at times, but this series just doesn’t feel like that to me!

I highly recommend you make yourself a cup of coffee, a latte, a cappuccino, or whatever your drink of choice is and start this series!  you won’t regreat it!

Book #12 “Holiday Buzz” is available December 4!  A perfect way to take some time to relax during the busy Christmas season.

And remember,

Books Are Life,



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