Decaffeinated Corpse (Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Aug 2011
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About the Author
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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Anyway, to recap for those new to this series: Clare Cosi is manager of the Village Blend, a historic coffee shop in New York's Greenwich Village. Her life is a complicated blend of managing the Village Blend; pleasing the customers with delightful espressos, lattes and other kinds of coffee; worrying about her daughter Joy who's now grown and gone but has a knack for getting into trouble; her attempts at managing the difficult, headstrong Village Blend's coffee buyer and also her coffeeshop-partner (AND ex-husband) Matt Allegro, not to mention the other beaus in her life like NYPD-detective Mike Quinn; and handling Madame, the Blend's flamboyant, elderly owner. To add something extra to this complicated brew, she also has a tendency to have things "happen around her", like murders.
Of course, in "Decaffeinated corpse" it doesn't take long before the first dead body shows up as she gets involved when an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean, which seems a great business opportunity for the Blend's international kiosks which have recently been started up by Matt. And after that, it really starts to get complicated as casualties start piling up and high on the suspects-list are those near and dear to her... But I leave it to the reader to find out how Clare manages to find the murderer...Read more ›
This is the fifth Coffeehouse Mystery (after On What Grounds, Through the Grinder, Latte Trouble and Murder Most Frothy). I was a little disappointed in the last one which left me apprehensive of beginning this one. Thankfully this is both a return to form and to the usual NYC setting.
The mystery this time revolves around the world of decaffeinated coffee and is full of infomation on how coffee beans are decaffeinated, and even touches on biopiracy and the intellectual property rights of new breeds of plant. Beginning with what appears to be a simple mugging, Clare's investigation quickly involves Madame and Quinn who is back for this book. Matt's relationship with Breanne is blossoming, as is Joy's inappropriate new relationship. The mystery takes centre stage though, and leads up to a brilliant ending.Read more ›