Author: Cleo Coyle
Series: A Coffeehouse Mystery #12
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Synopsis (from bn.com):
Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice
At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker’s assistant.
Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as “The Christmas Stalkings.” Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn’t so sure—and when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target. Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and she’s not going to rest until justice is served.
My thoughts: Anyone who has ever read this blog knows that Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery series is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series. Perhaps this is because I am an absolute coffee addict . . . nah, that can’t be 🙂 This cozy series most definitely meets my two criteria for a great cozy:
1. The main character, Clare Cosi, is a strong, empowered female character. She has a head on her shoulders and isn’t a ditzy character (which drives me crazy).
2. The main setting in the series has to be ultra inviting and I have to want to be in that place. The Village Blend definitely qualifies. Every time I read a Coffeehouse Mystery, I long to be in that very place. I have a vivid picture in my head of what The Village Blend looks like to me, where the tables are, what the coffee bar looks like, what the upstairs looks like! The more I read this series, the more I just know The Village Blends exists . . . somewhere . . . and I need to be there!
I love the characters in this series as well. I love their friendships and their camaraderie. I want to know more, especially where the relationship between Mike Quinn and Clare is going 🙂
This book includes some delicious looking recipes in the back for cookies and other sweet treats! Can’t wait to try some!
In short, this series is an absolute MUST read! I can’t wait for the next installment – “Billionaire Blend” due to be released in October 2013!
Go out and get this book along with the previous 11 in the series. You won’t be sorry!
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