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Christmas time has come to the Village Blend, and Clare Cosi is up to her elbows in sweet treats. The Blend is providing lattes and other caffeine ladened treats during the New York Cookie Swap, where top chefs, bakers and candy makers provided very best sugary treats, for charity. The shine of the season is dulled when Clare discovers the body of her part-time baker M, on a carousel just outside of the event. Having solved her fair share of mysteries, Clare isn‘t afraid to step and help out the police. Clare has a vested interest in seeing justice done, not just because M was her employee, but because the detective investigating the murder, well, “Mr. DNA” Clare feels is not overly competent. Before this mystery is solved Clare will be faced with a vintage rock star, a couple of reality housewives, a slimy Cajun chef, a stalker, and an irritated wife, just to start with!
This was a great Christmas read! The story NEVER became so sweet it gave you got a tooth ache just by reading it, as some Christmas books can. Cleo Coyle did a great job of working the season in without it overshadowing the mystery itself. The same great job she does with working in coffee and food into the books, without it becoming cloying and distracting to read. There are a number of mysteries to solve and culprits to catch, this book never dragged! It was great catching up with the inhabitants of The Blend (the coffee house) and see how their lives and relationships have progressed. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great holiday read. Don’t let the pun filled name fool you, this cozy series has teeth!--Amber
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY
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 baker’s 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 isn’t so sureand when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target. Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and she’s not going to rest until justice is served. Includes holiday and cookie recipes!
About the Author
Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multipublished author who collaborates with her husband to write the nationally bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries. Although they did not meet until adulthood, Cleo and her husband had very similar upbringings. Both were children of food-loving Italian immigrants, and both grew up in working-class neighborhoods outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to the Big Apple to begin their postcollege careers: Cleo as a journalist and children’s book and media tie-in author; and her husband as a magazine editor and writer. After finally meeting and falling in love, they married at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. Now they live and work in New York City, where they each write books independently and together, cook like crazy, haunt local coffeehouses, and drink a lot of joe. Among their many coauthored projects are the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, written under the pen name Alice Kimberly.
Cleo enjoys hearing from readers. Visit her virtual Village Blend coffeehouse, where she also posts recipes and coffee industry news…
Praise for Holiday Buzz…
Praise for HOLIDAY BUZZ:
"Coyle’s coffeehouse series (A Brew to a Kill, 2012, etc.) captures the New York experience, from high-society parties to gritty back-street deals. The fine mystery is followed by some holiday recipes that will even pack the pounds on readers who are only browsing them." --Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse mysteries: “Coyle’s Coffeehouse books are superb examples of the cozy genre because of their intelligent cast of characters, their subtle wit, and their knowledge of the coffee industry.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“[A] frothy cast of lovable eccentrics."—Publishers Weekly
“Like a great cup of coffee, I can’t get enough of Cleo Coyle’s coffeehouse mysteries.”-Cozy Corner
"Clare and company are some of the most vibrant characters I've ever read."—Mystery Scene Magazine
"What a pleasure to read a book by this author."—Portland Book Review