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Released: December 6 2016
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #16
“I’d say this is a definite must read if you’re a little more adventurous with your mysteries.”
~ Under the Covers
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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