Title: Dead Cold Brew
Author: Cleo Coyle
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #16
Synopsis (from bn.com): 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.
My thoughts: I absolutely LOVE this series, in fact it is one of my favorite cozy mystery series – since I am an avid coffee drinker. However, I can’t believe I’m typing this and admitting this, but this book in the series feel quite a bit short for me. Not my favorite, by any means.
I felt like the whole storyline was just a bit disjointed for me. It seemed to go all over the place for me. Not to mention, I personally just didn’t enjoy the whole family history storyline so that didn’t help matters much.
And what bothered me most about this one is that Claire and the coffeehouse gang really never hung around the coffeehouse in this book, they were out and about in the city, etc. I know this seems incredibly odd and petty perhaps, but one of my favorite parts about reading cozy mysteries is that they are set in their cozy places whether it be a bakery, a tea shop or in this case a coffeehouse.
Please take us back to the Coffeehouse!
All in all, just a so so book in this series for me! Not my favorite!
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