My Musing ~ Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle

Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle is the 16th book in the “Coffeehouse Mystery” series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, January 2017


Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear…

After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare’s finger, Clare’s eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.

First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange, hidden treasure to Clare’s daughter. Next, the renowned jeweler who designed Clare’s ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a suspiciously charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York’s most secret places before an old vendetta starts producing fresh corpses.

With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!

I love this series and every time I open the latest book, I know it’s going to take me on a journey in my beloved city. Someone is targeting cops and things get a little bit too close for Clare, both in her personal and professional life. It is with great determination that sets Clare on a path to find who is behind all that is happening.

This fast-paced drama kept me engrossed in all aspect in this well-written tale. The narrative was well-defined and visually appealing putting me in the middle of all the action, right alongside Clare. The mystery was nicely done, ratcheting the suspense and intrigue up a notch that kept me glued to the pages. And those surprising twists. . .love them. The beauty of the NYC trivia enhanced the telling of this tale and I loved that all the characters played pivotal roles that led to the outcome of this satisfying tome. The author does a great job in setting this story up with pieces here and there that challenged me and added to my reading pleasure. They consistently deliver a fresh story and I applaud them because as with every book release, this is the best one yet in this delightfully charming and endearing series.

6 responses to “My Musing ~ Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle

  1. A coffee based series! I must check it out!

  2. Barbara Hackel

    I Have missed a few in this series, but Dru Ann, you make me want to jump right back in and read this new one! Wow! Sounds terrific. Thanks for your input!

  3. Alicia Farage

    I love this series!

  4. You are so right that they consistently deliver a fresh story — even through 16 books! I adore Clare and the Coffeehouse Mysteries ~

  5. Looks Great Thanks for sharing

  6. Cynthia E. Blain

    I had one of my trips down memory lane recently while reading this fabulous book in Cleo and Marc’s phenomenal DEAD COLD BREW in their Coffeehouse mystery series. I am aware that trends all resurface in some way and I had to smile broadly when I thought about when I was doing cold brewing 52 years ago. We were married at the end of November in 1963 and between our living expenses and with the additional cost of paying tuition for attending college nights and weekends, we just knew we weren’t going to have the money to go on many vacations for the next 5 or more years. So after a lot of scraping together of money to buy a 35 ft. Long X 8 ft. wide mobile home, we had it set up in a mobile home park on the Cape. (Cape Cod, MA). the summer of 1964. Everything was built in so that was great but we still needed small appliances. Well, after a series of trials and tribulations with coffee pots and making coffee where there was a tiny propane stove with two burners and maybe another 12 inches of counter top on either side of the sink, I decided to try cold brew. I love iced coffee so cold brew was great to have in the fridge but this was a time before microwaves so warming coffee meant a pan on the stove. But it also meant having coffee available all the time especially nice chilled coffee for iced coffee to take to the beach. Prior to everyone drinking soda as they do now and us being partial to coffee and tea, this worked out great for us. Side note is that Kool Ade was popular and we both disliked that intensely. So cold brew “rocked”. I can even picture my huge glass container with its white cap that I made and then stored my cold brew in each weekend or vacation. I didn’t realize then that I was either cold brewing as perhaps other people were doing or that I was just ahead of the times out of necessity and not having an outlet that didn’t blow fuses with an electric coffee maker or the storage or counter space and/or enough burners to make coffee AND breakfast on one tiny stove top each day. I will just consider being a modern cold coffee brewer with my fresh ground A & P bagged coffee over 50 years ago and still remembering these wonderful times so fondly.