After the White House asks coffeehouse manager and master roaster Clare Cosi to consult on the coffee service for a Rose Garden Wedding, she discovers a historic pot was used as a CIA “dead drop” decades before. Now long-simmering secrets boil over, scalding Clare and the people around her…
Clare’s visit to the nation’s capital is off to a graceful start. Her octogenarian employer is bunking with her in a charming Georgetown mansion, and she’s invited to work with a respected curator on the Smithsonian’s culinary salute to coffee in America.
Unfortunately, Clare’s new Village Blend DC is struggling to earn a profit–until its second floor jazz club attracts a high-profile fan, the college-age daughter of the U.S. President. Clare’s stock rises as the First Lady befriends her, but she soon learns a stark lesson: Washington can be murder.
First a stylish State Department employee suspiciously collapses in her coffeehouse. Then the President’s daughter goes missing. Is she a runaway bride or is something more sinister in play? After another deadly twist, Clare is on the run with her NYPD detective boyfriend. Branded an enemy of the state, she must piece together clues and uncover the truth before her life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness come to a bitter end.
About the Author:
CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com.
Review of Dead To The Last Drop
Review (5 Stars): Dead To The Last Drop was a delicious mystery with entertaining characters, edge of your seat suspense that kept me turning the pages all through the night. Clare is struggling to make Village Blend DC a success but is finding that things aren’t going as she planned with her new temperamental chef and a jazz club that is slowly coming to life. When she finds out that the president’s daughter has been secretly playing at her club, Clare can’t believe that this talented young woman is hiding her true identity. Soon, Clare finds another dead body and she becomes involved in a murder that may bring her new life to an end if she doesn’t find a killer before it is too late.
The Coffeehouse Mysteries are the main reason I fell in love with cozy mysteries and I enjoy each one of these stories. Clare is an absolutely wonderful character and I love how far she has come with Mike since the beginning of the series. This story was entertaining from beginning to end and the complex plot twists in the nation’s capitol had me all turned around and I had no idea who was the killer until the final reveal. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series and I hope to read more about Clare and Mike for many years to come.