Coffeehouse Mystery #1
Berkley Prime Crime
On Sale: September 1, 2003
Featuring: Clare Cosi
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Ten years ago, Clare Cosi left an unhappy marriage along
with a job she loved: managing the historic Village Blend
coffeehouse in New York’s Greenwich Village. For a decade,
she was happy raising her daughter in the quiet suburbs of
New Jersey; but now that Joy is grown and gone, life has
gotten way too quiet for Clare.
With a little cajoling from Madame, the Blend’s flamboyant,
elderly owner (not to mention a persuasive pot of Jamaica
Blue Mountain), Clare agrees to return to her old job—and
right from the start she gets one heck of a jolt.
On her first morning back as Village Blend manager, Clare
unlocks the front door to find her beautiful, young
assistant manager, Anabelle Hart, unconscious in the back
of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. As Anabelle
is rushed to the hospital, police arrive to investigate,
but Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or
foul play, and he deems it an accident. Clare disagrees;
and after Quinn leaves, there are a few questions she just
can’t get out of her mind, like why was the trash bin in
the wrong place? If this wasn’t an accident, are her other
baristas in danger? And are all NYPD detectives this
The first entry in the nationally bestselling Coffeehouse
Mystery series and a #1 paperback bestseller of the
Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
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