Coffee, need I say more? Okay coffee, murder, and more fun in the fabulous Coffeehouse Mystery series from the New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Grind. (Which I told you about last year.) Dead to the Last Drop (Coffeehouse Mystery #15) by Cleo Coyle was such a joy read.
From the Back of the book:
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.
Wow, this story picked up right in the thick of things, grabbed me and dragged me along for a fabulous ride. I simply adore when a story doesn't waste a single word like that. Perfect. Like a good cup of black coffee. Aside from having great pacing, and a well plotted mystery, this has wonderful fun characters. I liked that it was like a fresh start too. It seemed almost like reading a part one in a series but it had all my old friends in it. Perfect, did I say that already?
I told you when I found the last part in this series that I was going to make time to read the back parts, and I have found many of them. Each and every one has been a pure joy. I am so excited when I find a new one and even more excited to see the next part released. I do hope you will join me in reading this awesome series.
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