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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review - Billionaire Blend: A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle

About The Book:

Landmark coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has served her share of New York’s rich and famous, but even she is surprised by her explosive introduction to a mysterious Internet billionaire….

When a car bomb nearly kills tech whiz Eric Thorner, Clare comes to his aid and receives a priceless thank you. Not only does the billionaire buy her a barista’s dream espresso machine, he hires her for an extraordinary project: creating the world’s most expensive coffee blend.
The police quickly arrest Eric’s alleged attacker, yet death continues to surround the unlucky mogul, leading Clare to question whether a fatal fall and another lethal mishap are premeditated murders or merely freak accidents. Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, has a theory of his own—one Clare refuses to believe.
Meanwhile, Eric jets Clare around the world on a head-spinning search for the very best coffee, and Clare gets to know his world—a mesmerizing circle of money with rivalries that could easily have turned deadly. But is this charming young CEO truly marked for termination? Or is he the one making a killing?
Includes a wealth of delicious recipes!

My Thoughts:

One of my favorite cozy mystery series is Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries, so I was thrilled to get my hands on "Billionaire Blend," the latest book in this series. And as with the previous books, I was totally impressed and absorbed by this intriguing mystery.

In this installment, Clare Cosi, owner of the Village Blend Coffeehouse, is being courted by baby billionaire Eric Thorner to help him find the absolute best blend of coffee in the world. But someone is out to kill the tech whiz and Clare and her partner (and ex-husband) Matt get caught up in the drama and mayhem. As they travel around the globe seeking the illusive coffee, Clare must also find out just who is about to take the steam out of her new benefactor.

Smart, sassy and full of snappy dialogue, personable characters, and a thrilling mystery, "Billionaire Blend" will delight cozy mystery fans as well as coffee aficionados. And, as always, Cleo Coyle adds a bevy of delicious recipes for foods mentioned in the book - this is one of my favorite parts of the series!

While a continuation of an established series, this novel can be read as a stand-alone story, but do yourself a favor and check out the entire series - you'll be glad you did!

About The Author:

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. In addition to their New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries, their Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, published under the name Alice Kimberly, are national bestselling works of amateur-sleuth fiction for Berkley Prime Crime. Alice and Marc were born and raised in small towns near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They met in New York City, where both began their post college careers, and married in Nevada’s Little Church of the West. Now they live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together.

When not haunting coffeehouses or hunting ghosts, Alice writes young adult and children’s books; Marc writes thrillers and nonfiction—and both are New York Times bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM.
Cleo enjoys hearing from readers. Visit her virtual Village Blend at www.coffeehousemystery.com, where she also posts recipes and coffee picks.

My thanks to the author for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Harvee said...

I've seen a lot of promos for this one and will add it to my list! Have enjoyed others in the series too.

Book Dilettante

Cleo Coyle said...

Sharon - What a lovely review. Marc and I had a grand time writing this entry in our series, and we can only hope readers enjoy the ride.

On a personal note: We're now celebrating ten years in print for the Coffeehouse Mysteries, and your longtime support has meant a lot to us.

Reviewers like you have really made a difference in letting people know about our work, and we can't thank you enough for that.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

~ Cleo Coyle Coffeehouse Mystery.com
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