This is the eleventh book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, and not only does it follow in the others’ footsteps by offering a fun and entertaining mystery, but it provides more ‘killer’ recipes that every chef and pastry lover in the world wants to own.
Clare Cosi, manager of The Village Blendlocated in New York City, is busy watching her new idea get off the ground. She and her employees have been working on launching their coffee truck, which will extend their business by letting them drive their amazing coffee and treats across the cityscape. The new truck is called Muffin Muse, and is all the rage.
One night however, a fatal hit-and-run accident occurs that very badly injures a coworker of Clare’s, just as she was trying to send a coffee truck that was owned by a rival business away from an affair that she was catering. Clare, whose ‘significant other’ is a police detective, gets to know the policemen that come to investigate the accident and finds out that there’s a ‘new group’ in the NYPD that has already figured out the scene of the crime down to the minute of impact.
While Clare is trying to help the police find the person who ran down her friend, her ex-husband and partner, who is the coffee buyer for Village Blend, looks more and more like he is involved in the drug trade because drugs are found in his coffee warehouse. He is immediately accused of smuggling by the FBI. In order to clear this problem up, Clare gets involved with the Bureau and a drug lord, while trying to keep her employees safe and out of even more trouble that seems to be coming from an unknown suspect.
As always with this series, this newest cozy is a definite fun, one-day read. First class writing and characters, with recipes for scrumptious coffee cake and muffin treats that will make readers’ mouths water, equals a definite ‘must-read’!
Until Next Time, Everybody,
(First Reviewed by Amy Lignor for Suspense Magazine)