The first charming mystery in the New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series—where caffeine and crime are always brewing...
Clare Cosi used to manage New York City’s historic Village Blend coffeehouse, until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years away she’s back in action and back to the grind, serving up steaming hot caffeine one cup at a time.
With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the coffeehouse, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work—until she discovers the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.
NYPD Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or foul play and deems the whole thing an accident. But despite the attractive investigator’s certainty, Clare isn’t convinced. Now, if she wants to get to the bottom of things she’ll have to do some sleuthing of her own—before anyone else ends up in hot water...
Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!
“Good to the last drop”
“‘When we drink coffee, we drink its history, which is also our own history.’”
After recently reading the 18th book in this series, I decided to go back to the beginning again. I first read this book as a library loan in 2003, long enough back that I’d forgotten the actual mystery involved so, with a set of “fresh eyes”, I went back to when Joy had moved out of the home Clare had worked hard to keep her safe in, and Madame Blanche DuBois had offered Clare her old job of managing The Village Blend along with the furnished duplex above and a percentage of the business.
Then, in a horrible accident, Annabelle, the night manager, is found near the rear exit of The Blend, unconscious and near death having apparently fallen on the stars. But the story doesn’t ring true for Clare and thus begins her first sleuthing “job” as she tries to fit the puzzle together with missing pieces scattered far and wide. Past, present and a strange future come together in dis/harmony as Clare works around, as well as with Matt: her ex husband, and Lt. Quinn, the homicide cop that she is growing to respect.
After reading this a second time, I realize just how much I’ve learned about coffee from these books over the years, even subconsciously. I read this in 2 sittings- normal for this type of book, revisiting why I love this series so much. Whether your first or your 31st time, come back and enjoy a cup of mystery at the Village Blend. Highly recommended 5/5
Struggled to get interested in this book but may not be the same for others.
I HATE reading, so it's really hard for me to find any books that I like. But this book is truly AMAZING!!! When I started reading it for first time I couldn't put it down! I love this book!!! Best series ever!!!!