Great Escapes Tour: Dead to The Last Drop by Cleo Coyle

04 Dec


FTC Disclosure: I received an advanced  copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It should also be noted, that I also bought a finished copy of this book. It was a birthday present to myself. 

My Thoughts:  Anyone who knows me and knows my reading habits knows that this series is one of my all time favorites. For the last few years, the release of the new book has been right around my birthday. Purchasing the new book is my yearly treat to myself.  You would think writing the review would be easy. But it’s not – because I can’t think of enough wonderful things to say about this book that haven’t already been said or that don’t make me sound like a junior high cheerleader with a serious crush.

Seriously, the latest installment is an excellent read. I can’t say it’s the best in the series, because I have loved all the books. I will say it’s the best mystery I’ve read this year.

I’m always tired after reading one of The Coffee House Mysteries because they just grab the reader from page one and don’t let go. This book is no exception. Following Clare Cosi around Washington D.C. as she starts a new branch of the Village Blend, deals with an unsavory chef, swims through political intrigue, mayhem and still manages to come up with delicious treats for her customers is exhausting. No wonder the woman is a coffee aficionado.  Dead to the Last Drop is a like a cup of finely brewed coffee. It will fill you with a delicious warmth and you will want to savor it to the last word. And then you will want a refill. Unfortunately, you will have to wait until next year to taste the next offering, but in the meantime you can always check out the other books in the series and maybe try your hand at some of the delicious recipes included in each book. I know my co-workers are wondering which one of the new ones I’ll bring to school for them to sample.

Thanks Cleo for another great treat for my birthday.

Be sure to check out the Great Escapes Tour Page for other stops on the tour and for a chance to enter to win an autographed copy of Dead to the Last Drop, a Coffee House Tote Bag, Recipe Cards and a $25 Gift Card.


Dead to the Last Drop:
A Coffeehouse Mystery

Series: A Coffeehouse Mystery (Book 15)
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley (December 1, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425276099


From the New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Grind comes an exciting new installment in the “highly satisfying”* Coffeehouse Mystery series. *Publishers Weekly

After the White House asks coffeehouse manager and master roaster Clare Cosi to consult on the coffee service for a Rose Garden Wedding, she discovers a historic pot was used as a CIA “dead drop” decades before. Now long-simmering secrets boil over, scalding Clare and the people around her…

Clare’s visit to the nation’s capital is off to a graceful start. Her octogenarian employer is bunking with her in a charming Georgetown mansion, and she’s invited to work with a respected curator on the Smithsonian’s culinary salute to coffee in America.

Unfortunately, Clare’s new Village Blend DC is struggling to earn a profit–until its second floor jazz club attracts a high-profile fan, the college-age daughter of the U.S. President. Clare’s stock rises as the First Lady befriends her, but she soon learns a stark lesson: Washington can be murder.

First a stylish State Department employee suspiciously collapses in her coffeehouse. Then the President’s daughter goes missing. Is she a runaway bride or is something more sinister in play? After another deadly twist, Clare is on the run with her NYPD detective boyfriend. Branded an enemy of the state, she must piece together clues and uncover the truth before her life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness come to a bitter end.

Includes great American recipes!



About This Author

CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini.  CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting


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5 responses to “Great Escapes Tour: Dead to The Last Drop by Cleo Coyle

  1. Patricia

    December 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I can hardly wait to read it!

  2. Dollycas

    December 4, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Great Review!!!

  3. CleoCoyle

    December 5, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Booklady – You made our week! Seriously. This is a review that Marc and I will remember, because of your birthday, because you’ve said Dead to the Last Drop is the best mystery you’ve read this year (and with a few weeks to go, we’ll take it)! But most of all, because you are a passionate fan of the Coffeehouse series, which means you know exactly how to weigh a new book against the others. It also means you’re going to be an insightful judge of whether we’re doing the right thing with characters that you’ve come to love. Because of all that, we’re THRILLED that you so thoroughly enjoyed Dead to the Last Drop. And, needless to say (but we will anyway), we hope you’ll continue to be touched and entertained by your visits with Clare, Quinn, Madame, Matt, and the rest of the crew at the Village Blend.

    We’ll have your birthday table waiting next December, B., and we’ll do our very best to keep the coffee fresh for you.

    ~ Cleo Coyle
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

    P.S. We recently finished an illustrated Recipe Guide for the book. If you’d like it, just click here. And may you always eat (and read) with joy!

    • bevarcher

      December 6, 2015 at 6:34 am

      I’m printing the Recipe Guide and taking it to school to share. I really want to try the Black Magic Cake. Someone in one of my book clubs mentioned a cake by this name from some other book she read, but she didn’t know how to make it. Sounds delicious.

  4. darcyo

    December 7, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Can’t wait to catch up with Clare’s adventures!


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