Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice.
At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working bakers assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as The Christmas Stalkings.
Clare's boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isnt so sureand when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target. Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and shes not going to rest until justice is served. Includes holiday and cookie recipes!
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The opening of the pseudonymous Coyle's sprightly 12th coffeehouse mystery starring Manhattan coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi (after A Brew to a Kill) is replete with foreshadowing: "I didn't plan on interrogating a reality show diva; hoodwinking a New York hockey player; or butting heads with a conniving Cajun cook. And I certainly wasn't expecting to trump one of the biggest forensic freaks in the NYPD." Those events follow Clare's discovery of the bludgeoned corpse of Moirin Fagan, a baker's assistant who was helping Clare prepare Christmas cookies. The investigation culminates in, unsurprisingly, an angry Clare choosing to put herself in danger, as well as a dramatic section whose punch is undermined by more foreshadowing and some familiar genre conventions. The lead doesn't always use common sense, but her pluckiness and overall good spirit make her engaging company. Coyle is the husband-wife writing team of Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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December 03, 2012
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