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  • Mass Market Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin USA; Reprint edition (31 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425230767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425230763
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.5 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multipublished author who collaborates with her husband to write the nationally bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries. Although they did not meet until adulthood, Cleo and her husband had very similar upbringings. Both were children of food-loving Italian immigrants, and both grew up in working-class neighborhoods outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to the Big Apple to begin their postcollege careers: Cleo as a journalist and children's book and media tie-in author; and her husband as a magazine editor and writer. After finally meeting and falling in love, they married at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. Now they live and work in New York City, where they each write books independently and together, cook like crazy, haunt local coffeehouses, and drink a lot of joe. Among their many coauthored projects are the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, written under the pen name Alice Kimberly. Cleo enjoys hearing from readers. Visit her virtual Village Blend coffeehouse, where she also posts recipes and coffee industry news...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Real Deal Reviewer on 18 Nov. 2009
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When I read the blurb for this book I knew immediately I should have given it a pass, but I'd read all the previous Coffeehouse Mysteries so I took a chance on it. I wish now I would have gone on to the new book and got a quick catch-up from it. This book centers on the upcoming wedding of lead character Clare's ex-husband Matteo. From the previous books, we know his future wife is a verbally abusive, arrogant high flying executive who believes the world revolves around her. Someone is trying to kill Breanne and of course Clare is ready to investigate. In this book, Matteo has turned into a spineless wimp who trembles when Breanne cracks her whip. At the same time, he is still chasing after Clare in hopes of reconciliation while taking every opportunity to act the part of a jealous fool, taking verbal shots at Clare's detective boyfriend Mike Quinn. Clare Cosi is a strong independent woman. Her getting anywhere near this situation is a real stretch. Often she says she does things for Matteo because he is her adult daughter Joy's father. Well, you can only take that so far. I was rooting for the killer in this installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Manning on 9 Mar. 2011
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Clare Cosi has been roped into creating a gourmet coffee and dessert bar at the wedding of her ex-husband and business partner Matteo to his beautiful ice queen fiance Breanne Summour. When Breanne has a near miss with a hit-and-run driver, and people around her begin to die Matt becomes concerned that his wife-to-be is the target of a deranged killer. Clare is reluctant to get involved, but when her boyfriend Quinn urges her to take the case she jumps in to action and discovers things about Breanne that might just be worth killing over.

This is the seventh Coffeehouse Mystery and as a big fan of the series I was looking forward to reading it, especially as I was hoping it would end the love triangle. Although I love the books, I've never really believed the love triangle to really be one. Clare has never had any intention of getting back with Matt, so the triangle was always more about how Matt affected Clare and Quinn's relationship.

I didn't like Breanne in the previous books as she just seemed like a stuck-up drama queen who is too image obsessed so I was a little nervous reading about her as a main character. However the book allows Breanne to develop as a person, and lets the reader see that she is human after all - just one with a large attitude problem. I did like how the 'fish squad' returned for this book, and I liked how the mystery was full of little twists and red herrings. As usual the book had a dramatic conclusion and the ending caught me by surprise.

My one criticism is that the book seemed overly long (it's about 50-75 pages longer than the others in the series) and at times the narrative seemed to drag. A couple of the aspects of the investigation could easily have been shortened or removed with little impact.
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As a big fan of the Coffee House Mystery series, I can admit that some of the books have been fairly hit and miss and unfortunately this is one of them. It was a fairly enjoyable, untaxing read but nowhere near as funny or clever as some of the others in the series have been. I'm not saying I hated it, I'm just saying that it is weak compared to some of the others.

In this novel, wannabe sleuth and Village Blend manager Clare Cosi becomes embroiled in yet another murder hunt when people close to her ex-husband Matteo's fiance (the snobbish Breanna) start getting bumped off. Matteo is convinced that Breanna is in danger and enlists Clare (and her boyfriend, Cop Mike Quinn) to help him. Will this Bridezilla actually survive to make it to the altar?

Things I liked: Clare and Mike's relationship (though there isn't enough of it in the book), the lack of Joy (Clare's irritating step-daughter) and Madame, Clare's former mother-in-law trying to sabotage this wedding by faking a heart attack!

Things I hated: the author dangling the carrot of Matteo and Clare getting back together (please, no!), Clare's unresolved feelings for her ex-husband and Matteo *really* being under the thumb of his spouse-to-be. Matteo used to be a strong character, but not any more. He's actually quite pathetic in this story!

If you're a fan of the series then this is worth a read, just don't expect it to be as good as some of the earlier books.
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