“Dead Cold Brew” is the sixteenth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, New York Times Bestselling author. Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi and her husband Marc Cerasini who jointly write this series, which is set in New York City, where the authors live.

Clare Cosi, the Coffeehouse Manager’s longtime boyfriend, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn, surprises her with an engagement ring.  Mike has enlisted the owner of the Coffeehouse to assist him in selecting the ring. The owner recommends a world famous jeweler who is also a family friend and donates some coffee colored diamonds to use in the setting.

But the celebration is not long lived as there is a cop killer on the loose, which Mike is determined to catch.

Meanwhile, Clare is charged with coming up with an outstanding new espresso blend to serve on a new cruise ship, the Andrea Doria.  A letter is delivered which bequeaths a hidden treasure to Clare’s daughter.  Then the jeweler who designed Clare’s ring is found poisoned in his shop.  Of course, Clare steps in to investigate and resolve all of these issues.

The Coffeehouse Mystery series is one of my favorite series and each time I read a new book ,I swear it is the best yet.   I love the characters and enjoy following the progression of their lives throughout the series.  However, you don’t need to start at the beginning of the series to follow the story, but once you start, you will eventually want to read them all.

In this book, Cleo Coyle masterfully weaves the history of the Andrea Doria, an Italian Cruise Ship that was the flagship of the Italia line, before it sunk with a fabulous stolen diamond, the Eye of the Cat.  During Clare’s search for the diamond we visit some of New York’s secret and interesting places such as the jewelry shop with backhouse and the 21 Club.

Fascinating history, fabulous diamonds, cool places to visit in New York and an intriguing mystery – what more could you want?  Food you say?  Well, that is there too – over thirty five pages of delicious recipes including directions on how to make cold brew coffee, other coffees and sweet and savory dishes.

Five Star out of Five.


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