Daily Archives: October 25, 2012

A Brew To A Kill by Cleo Coyle

A Brew To A Kill by Cleo Coyle is the 11th book in the “Coffeehouse” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley, August 2012

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?

A hit and run. Drug smuggling. Food truck wars. This is what faces Clare in her latest adventure as I quickly turn the pages in this tour de France around the boroughs. Clare is up to her eyeballs in sleuthing as well as keeping the two men in her life civil towards one another.

Set at a fast and fury pace, this engaging and entertaining mystery did not let up from the first sip of java until that last drop. I could not put this book down as the author did a good job in keeping me in suspense with plenty of twists and turns to throw me off track. Clare is at her best tackling the many obstacles that will keep her and her friends safe in their search for the perpetrator. What truly outshine is this delightful series is the relationship that Clare has with those that come into her life, even if briefly. Boasting a lovable cast, lively conversations including Clare’s own snippets and a great city to venture out in, this was a terrific read and I’m looking forward to more exciting exploits with Clare and her friends.

Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine

Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine is the 11th book in the “Jaine Austen” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington Books, August 2012

Jaine is the cops’ number one suspect when her witch of a neighbor, Cryptessa Muldoon, is found stabbed to death on Halloween night with her own Do Not Trespass sign. Will Jaine exonerate herself and find the true killer? Will she win the affections of a hottie new neighbor up the street? And most important, will she make it through the night without eating all her Halloween candy?

Jaine once again triumph in the face of danger in the delightfully entertaining whodunit. This is such a great story with Jaine trying to find a killer, go on on date with the hunky new neighbor, and read the email interplay between her parents. This is a laugh out loud riot from the beginning to an ending befitting Jaine. As always I can’t wait to read the next adventures with Jaine and see what she gets into next.