ARC Review: Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle

Posted December 7, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle
Dead Cold Brew
by Cleo Coyle

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 6 2016
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #16
Published by Berkley
Format: eARC
 

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“I’d say this is a definite must read if you’re a little more adventurous with your mysteries.”
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Can you tell I’m in a Cozy Mystery phase? Yeah. I’m absolutely loving them right now and this newest book by Cleo Coyle is actually the first of this writing duo that I’ve tried.

DEAD COLD BREW is a little more elaborate than your typical cozy mystery. Coyle brings up a shipwreck from the past and uses it as the genesis for this story. It’s really quite interesting and fun. It definitely makes it unique to all the other cozies I’ve read.

Clare Cosi is the owner of this little coffeehouse in New York and it’s immediate when you first start this book that it’s going to be a little more fast-paced than the other mysteries that you might read. New York has that upbeat, never-stop attitude and I think the book carries that as well. Cops are being targeted by a shooter who is dressed like a superhero. Clare is the only one who has seen this person so she takes it upon herself to get down to the bottom of this.

Meanwhile, she also has to figure out a blend that will be presented to a luxury ship. There’s also a jewel thief and other secrets she needs to figure out. As you can tell, there’s quite a lot going on. Coyle spins a very well thought-out story but I also don’t think a lot of the details were necessary. The book would’ve just been good if they just stuck to the sunken ship story OR the cop stuff. I think merging too much can complicate the story when it doesn’t need to be. That being said, I would suggest this to readers of cozy mysteries who are little more advanced and find other cases to be too simple for them. This one has a lot of things going on so it might not be something for a newbie.

Nevertheless, this is one of my new favorite series. I’m still growing on Mike, but I like that the authors explore this relationship in the books. It keeps things interesting while creating depth in Clare’s character. I’d say this is a definite must read if you’re a little more adventurous with your mysteries.

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About Cleo Coyle

Cleo Coyle is the New York Times bestselling pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Under the name Cleo Coyle, they've written 15 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, including the latest, DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, which was chosen as a Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick, a "Most Wanted" selection of the Mystery Guild, and honored with four Best of Year list picks, including the Examiner.com's Best Mystery Books for Book Clubs.

With well over 1 million books in print, Cleo Coyle has gained an enthusiastic following. The first in their bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series is now in its 20th printing; two entries have earned starred reviews, including BILLIONAIRE BLEND, which was honored with a Kirkus Star and called "a highly satisfying mystery" by Publishers Weekly. Every book in the series has hit national bestseller lists, including HOLIDAY BUZZ, which was a Top-10 New York Times bestseller.

Cleo also writes a mystery series set in a New England book shop. THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES are published under the name Alice Kimberly. There are five books published thus far with more under contract. The first book in the series, THE GHOST AND MRS. McCLURE, is now in its 12th printing and all of the titles were national bestsellers.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts Annie

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Too many mysteries can take away from the story. I’ve read a few like this.

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Coyle’s writing is a bit more advanced and layered which I really love. Out of all the other ones I’ve read so far, I think they are still one of the top.

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Thanks for the review.