Greenwich Village coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi is rolling with a popular new trend, until someone close to her is driven to kill
The Village Blends Muffin Muse coffee truck is all the rage. But a fatal hit-and-run and a shocking death at a food truckcatered wedding give Clare a clue that something bitter is brewing.
Then she opens a bag of imported coffee beans and finds ten pounds of rocksthe kind that will earn you a twenty-year jail sentence. Is her ex-husband and business partner smuggling Brazilian crack? Is her staff now in danger?
To clear up this murky brew, Clare must sweet-talk two federal agents, dupe a drug kingpin, stake out a Dragon Boat festival, and teach a cocky young undercover cop how to pull the perfect espressoall while keeping herself and her baristas out of hot water.
Coffee. It can get a girl killed.
The pseudonymous Coyle (the wife-husband writing team of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini) lavishly details an ethnically diverse New York City in her lively 11th coffeehouse mystery featuring Clare Cosi (after 2011's Murder by Mocha). When a hit-and-run driver grievously injures Lilly Beth Tanga, Clare's Filipina business associate, in front of Clare's coffeehouse, the Village Blend, Clare figures the perp must be their arch-rival Kaylie Crimini, the abrasive and pugnacious owner of a competing food truck. But as quick-acting accident investigation squad member "Mad Max" Buckman cogently reasons, the intended victim was most likely Clare herself. As Clare utilizes her multitalented group of friends-baristas, politicians, cyclists-to find out who wants her dead, she slowly uncovers a fiendish plot involving some Brazilian drug lords. Compensating for the occasional lapses in logic is an addendum of tempting recipes mentioned in the story, including one for homemade Nutella. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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August 07, 2012
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