I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery, #16) by Cleo Coyle
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #16
Published by Berkley on January 10th 2017
Number of Pages: 432
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
I loved this one! The ship that sank reminded me of the Titanic, and it was pretty funny about how the police thought a crime was being committed by someone in a superhero costume.
The book was fast paced, without being so quick moving that you miss important bits of plot. As usual, there are side mysteries tied into the main one. And while I had a few suspicions about who had done what during the book, not all of them ended up the way I expected.
I liked how there was just enough back story to the Andrea Doria shipwreck (which apparently happened! It wasn’t just made up for the book.), as well as the Eye of the Cat that it made everything feel real. It was never an info dump, it helped to suck me in. I pretty much read the book in a single day, because I had to know what was going to happen next!
I like how Clare and Mike are growing closer with every book. It really gives the feeling of the relationship evolving. Clare and Matt on the other hand seem to be stuck in a loop sometimes. Matt was flirting with Clare and seemingly trying to rekindle their relationship. Even though Clare has been shooting him down in nearly ever book, AND Matt is currently married. So that part gets a bit old. But everything else? Loved! If you haven’t started this series yet, you need to!
Recipes Included: How To Make Cold Brew Coffee, Mason-Jar Cold Brew Coffee, Cannoli Cream Cupcakes, Golden Cupcakes, Cannoli Cream Frosting, Farmhouse Apple Cake Muffins, Cinnamon-Vanilla Glaze, Pecan Pie Muffins, Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies, Baileys Irish Cream Glaze, Chocolate-Espresso “Globs”, “Pretty in Pink” Cookies, Pink Chocolate Icing, Perfect Pumpkin Bread with Brown Sugar and Maple Syrup, Cream Cheese Glaze, Coffee Bacon with Maple-Espresso Glaze, Sweet and Savory Mustard-Maple Bacon, Fried Mozzarella Sticks, Magic Meatless Spaghetti Sauce from Canned Tomatoes, Three Cheese (meatless) Baked Ziti, American Fettuccine Alfredo, Skinny Pumpkin Alfredo, 21 Club-Style Steak with Creamy Peppercorn Sauce, 21 Club-Style Chicken Hash, Chicken Cacciatore, Southside, Irish Coffee, Blueberry Mate Bait.