A Brew To a Kill by Cleo Coyle
GoodReads 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?
Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle
GoodReads Summary: At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker’s assistant.
Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as “The Christmas Stalkings.” Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn’t so sure—and when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target. Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and she’s not going to rest until justice is served.
As I’ve said many times before this is one of my all time favorite series. If Clare Cosi were a real person, I would want her as a friend. I bet Starbucks wishes they could snag Clare Cosi as their spokeperson.
These mysteries will keep you engaged, wondering if you have solved the mystery until the very end. I enjoy the pictures Coyle paints of New York. She just doesn’t just serve a good slice of mystery, she gives you a generous slice of the New York community while educating you on the world of coffee.
Both these stories were an excellent read and I am now caught up on the series, at least until December, when Billionare Blend will be released. I can hardly wait.