Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #2
Published by Penguin on October 5th 2004
Number of Pages: 288
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
Business is booming at Clare Cosi's Village Blend, until her female customers start to die. Lieutenant Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, and, unfortunately, his prime suspect is the new man in Clare's life.
Now Clare will risk her heart--and her life--to follow the killer's trail to the bitter end.
Yay more Quinn! We get to know more about Quinn’s life and family in this book. Some of his personality quirks are explained, and he and Clare get closer.
There are a lot of twists, and red herrings. Like the last book, I had no idea who the killer was. I had two suspects, and neither one of them turned out to be correct. I do love mysteries that keep you guessing, and that aren’t super-obvious. Looking back, I can see the clues we were given that point to the true killer, but while reading not so much.
I did like Matteo better in this book. I still don’t want him to get back together with Clare though. And it didn’t seem like that was the way things were heading, so yay! I’d love for her to eventually end up with Quinn, but he’s married and so that would be bad currently.
I liked Bruce Bowman. His interactions with both Clare and Joy were good, and he seemed like a really nice guy.
There was still a coffee focus in this book. But it wasn’t as blatantly in your face. There were still mentions of how to make a proper cup of whatever coffee Clare was serving. And she told you the favorite coffee of choice for the secondary characters. But there weren’t pages and pages devoted to this like the last book. Only paragraphs or a few sentences. Clare takes more risks trying to figure out who the killer is than I liked. I wanted to smack her a few times, and Matteo as well for helping her.
The recipes at the end of the book were for 4 coffee drinks, and 3 food items. Including the coffee marinated steak Clare serves to Bruce on their first date.