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A Brew to a Kill

A Brew to a Kill, August 2013
Coffeehouse Mystery #11
by Cleo Coyle

Berkley
384 pages
ISBN: 0425255506
EAN: 9780425255506
Kindle: B008EXK5YQ
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
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"The Food Truck Business Can be Deadly"

Fresh Fiction Review

A Brew to a Kill
Cleo Coyle

Reviewed by Diana Troldahl
Posted August 18, 2013

Mystery Cozy

As the story opens, Clare's biggest problem is convincing her business partner and former husband Matteo (Matt) Allegro of the wisdom of Village Blend's newest investment; a food and coffee truck called Muffin Muse. All that shifts when a speeding van fells her friend and colleague Lilly Beth Tanga before her eyes.

When Detective 'Mad Max' Buckman of the NYC Accident Investigation Squad deems the incident foul play, Clare is not surprised.

Lilly had been an extremely vocal opponent to the abominable nutrition found aboard most food trucks, especially when the companies running them brought their poison to the schoolyard. One of the worst offenders, Kaylie Crimini and her obnoxious Kupcake Kart has declared war on the Village Blend. Could Lilly have been a casualty of culinary conflict?

Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series is among the best of the foodie/cozy mystery genre and A BREW TO A KILL is no exception. For those familiar with the series it provides a contented visit with old friends. If this is your first foray into the Coffeehouse Mystery series that's just fine and dandy too. As always it can be a richer, deeper experience if you have read much of the back story before picking up the latest but Coyle manages to pull off the difficult balance of pleasing faithful fans while bringing those new to her work up to speed in an entertaining fashion. Each book can and does stand on its own.

I think what I enjoyed most was the glimpse of New York City from an insiders point of view. Coyle's vivid use of place made the city almost another character. Book eleven in the series, A BREW TO A KILL provides a very pleasant, undemanding read threaded with a fascinating mystery, plus more than twenty mouth-watering recipes to keep the enjoyment going for some time to come.

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SUMMARY

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.


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1 comment posted.

Re: The Food Truck Business Can be Deadly

great review, will have to look for this book, has two of my
favorite things, food, mystery and of course a little romance
(Sharon Salituro 10:18am August 29, 2013)

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