A Brew to a Kill (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #11)

A Brew to a Kill (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #11)

by Cleo Coyle

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Greenwich Village coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi is rolling with a popular new trend, until someone close to her is driven to kill…
The Village Blend’s Muffin Muse coffee truck is all the rage. But a fatal hit-and-run and a shocking death at a food truck–catered wedding give Clare a clue that something bitter is brewing.

Then she opens a bag of imported coffee beans and finds ten pounds of rocks—the kind that will earn you a twenty-year jail sentence. Is her ex-husband and business partner smuggling Brazilian crack? Is her staff now in danger?

To clear up this murky brew, Clare must sweet-talk two federal agents, dupe a drug kingpin, stake out a Dragon Boat festival, and teach a cocky young undercover cop how to pull the perfect espresso—all while keeping herself and her baristas out of hot water.

Coffee. It can get a girl killed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425255506
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #11
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 125,107
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of The Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

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A Brew to a Kill 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Lindy_Gervin More than 1 year ago
A Brew to Kill is the eleventh book in the Coffeehouse mystery series. Clare Cosi might think her life will settle down after all the mysteries she has solved, but she once again finds herself involved in some questionable circumstances. After a hit-and-run accident-turned-fatal, and when Clare discovers what might be smuggled crack, the coffeehouse heats up a lot faster than a shot of espresso. Cleo Coyle once again stays true to readers and doesn’t disappoint or falter in this eleventh installment. Coyle has a knack for developing quick-witted characters which become familiar and loveable. She has the ability to blend mystery and social interactions that will leave readers wanting more. The descriptions of the different coffee blends throughout the novel don’t hurt either. You might need to brew your own cup in advance to satisfy the craving Coyle leaves you with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a light read, but a fun one. Easy to pick up on the characters and feel like the coffee house, it's owners and staff are friends. One of the "comfort reads" that I enjoy.Of course, it helps that I am a coffee lover. Clare Cosi is a well fleshed out character, and I am hoping this comes out in audio book soon.
hacscrap More than 1 year ago
Loved this one in the Coffeehouse series. As a social media consultant, I loved how she so cleverly worked in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It's a testament to how current her writing is and how up to the moment the story lines are. These books have everything - suspense, romance, great food . . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hit and run. Drug smuggling. Food truck wars. This is what faces Clare in her latest adventure as I quickly turn the pages in this tour de France around the boroughs. Clare is up to her eyeballs in sleuthing as well as keeping the two men in her life civil towards one another. Set at a fast and fury pace, this engaging and entertaining mystery did not let up from the first sip of java until that last drop. I could not put this book down as the author did a good job in keeping me in suspense with plenty of twists and turns to throw me off track. Clare is at her best tackling the many obstacles that will keep her and her friends safe in their search for the perpetrator. What truly outshine is this delightful series is the relationship that Clare has with those that come into her life, even if briefly. Boasting a lovable cast, lively conversations including Clare’s own snippets and a great city to venture out in, this was a terrific read and I’m looking forward to more exciting exploits with Clare and her friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Clare Cosi's newest adventure for what seems like forever! When I saw on my library website that 'A Brew To Kill' was finally released, I couldn't get on the Amazon website fast enough to order my copy! (the best part is, I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas so if I want to re-read it, I'll never have to go looking for my copy again) Right from the beginning, it grabbed me, and through out the whole book, never let go. I kept thinking I knew what the plot was going to be, and then: BAM! A change in direction! I had in mind who I thought the killer was, and again, I was proven wrong. The romantic twist in Clare and Mikes relationship, their temporary long distance separation, the reunion of previous characters, all add up to making this one of the best books that I've read this year. Keep them coming, Cleo.....Now, excuse me, I have to go find a great cup of coffee!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Truly the best cozy series around!  I especially love the audio versions of these books as the narrator adds so much to an already terrific story.  In this book, 40 something NY Village Blend Coffee shop manager, Clare Cozy has invested in a the newest big fad --a food truck.  Fortunately, or maybe not, Matt, her ex and co-manager of the Village Blend, has just returned from Brazil where he purchased a new exotic, and very expensive, coffee bean.  While they are discussing each other's new enterprises with a friend of theirs, a van runs down and seriously injures the friend.  But who was the real intended victim? Food truck competition, artistic expression, imported contraband, Chinatown, and the continuing love lives of the characters of the Village Blend continue to regale my mind with mystery, foodie fun, interesting facts, and a terrific story.  I love the idea of destiny that happens in this book too.  Two more books before I catch up with the authors.  Please write faster!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best yet
SrJean More than 1 year ago
Great addition to a great series. I can't wait for the next installment.
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Excellent Read, I recommend all 12 books
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AddieB56 More than 1 year ago
This book was far from the quality of the previous ones.
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mtra11 More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire series of the coffeehouse mysteries, and I have enjoyed each and every one !!!! Cleo Coyle never fails to provide fun reading for the reader ! This one is no exception. The "usual characters" are there..plus the addition of a few more to entertain you. The story line is done well as usual. So...do yourself a favor. Curl up on the sofa..or in your favorite chair...with a cozy throw.....and a coffee of course, and enjoy A Brew to a Kill !
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jrhodes20 More than 1 year ago
You have to read this book. It is a great cozy mystery. Cleo Coyle just keeps writing wonderful books. It is a book you won't be able to put down until the end. You will love the humor yet the store line will keep you reading.
KAS61 More than 1 year ago
Cleo Coyle always delivers with her Coffee House Mysteries, and A Brew to a Kill is no exception. Really liked how Matt's character was front and center in this book, and the dynamics between Matt and Quinn are well done.
RachelKramerBussel More than 1 year ago
I'm a relatively new reader of Cleo Coyle's coffeeshop series, but it has everything I like about cozy mysteries: family, romance, small business, food and smart investigation. It also has plenty of coffee trivia and New York City ambience and in this case, food trucks, along with a dose of city politics and rivalry! The Village Blend decides to branch out with a coffee and dessert truck, which causes internal strife before Clare and her ex-husband Matteo, as well as external strife when her rival sees her as stiff competition. When her friend gets run over outside the Village Blend, it gets personal and Clare takes on a new mission to hunt down the hit and run driver, which includes posing as a wedding cake buyer. Once again, this series stays extremely current while also giving us insight into the Village Blend's and New York City's past, and ups the intrigue and personal drama between Clare, Matteo and Clare's partner Mike Quinn, when the three have to share living space. This is a fast-paced mystery with an amateur sleuth who proves she's tough but also has quite a heart, one that foodies especially will enjoy.
pamdodd More than 1 year ago
Another winner in my opinion! I couldn't put it down (as usual)! The only problem that I have is that I have to wait another year to be able to read the next one. The way the characters interact with each other is hilarious, touching and just plain entertaining. Definitely a 5 star!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cleo Coyle comes through again with the very best book in this series yet! You will not grind your way through this book, more like you will espresso you way to the end and have quite the jolt when you get there!! From the beginning you are swept back into the lives of Clare, Mike and Matt, old friends who cannot wait to tell you their latest adventure. The Barista crew is just waiting downstairs to fill you in on the details the others might have left out and Madame will be there as well with her quiet strength and wisdom to oversee it all. This story grips you from the very beginning and leaves you gasping for air at the end. I highly recommend the Coffee House Mystery series and a Brew to a Kill is the best one yet!
memorymaker More than 1 year ago
Well Ms. Coyle is at it again, this time with the most exciting book of her series. Mateo is losing his cool again and new characters are abounding everywhere. This book will have your heart pounding (I needed o get up and walk around from time to time) and romance is in the air. All your favorite charters are back in one way or another. Tucker is as cute as ever. This book includes action on the rising drug scene that befalls all of us and coffee?...wow what I wouldn't give for a cup of their new brew! This is a hit and run book. Once you hit it you're off and running! Too much suspense to lay it down you're going to want to know how this twisted mess is settled right away. Everytime you think you've got an idea of whodunit you realize you have no idea. Great writing! Cleo Coyle never lets you down!