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Sunday, April 13, 2008
Book: Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery #5) by Cleo Coyle
In this fifth installment of the Coffeehouse Mystery series, Matt, Clare’s ex-husband, and their old friend Ric Gostwick are about to unveil a breakthrough coffee plant, an actual botanically decaffeinated bean. Ric was attacked on his way to the Village Blend the night of their tasting, and refuses to go to the police about it, making Clare suspicious (although we know it doesn’t take much to do that!) that something is going on.
Clare and her baristas are amazed at the taste and agree to serve at the official unveiling of the coffee a few days later. Not everything is on the up and up however, as Claire soon discovers as she investigates the situation, getting back in touch with old friend Ellie Lassiter, who was assisting Ric in the development and registering of the new plant.
Detective Mike Quinn is back, and things start heating up a bit between he and Clare, finally!
I’m really enjoying this series, despite the fact that there’s not a cat, ghost or archaeological ruin to be found! ;) Lots of interesting coffee history and facts, fun characters, and some tasty sounding recipes at the back! I highly recommend. They reference past history, but the mystery itself can generally be stand alone in my opinion.
This order thus far is:
1. On What Grounds (2003)
2. Through the Grinder (2004)
3. Latte Trouble (2005)
4. Murder Most Frothy (2006)
5. Decaffeinated Corpse (2007)
6. French Pressed (2008)
7. Espresso Shot (2008)
I’m looking forward to the next ones in the series!
Interesting note: Cleo Coyle is also Alice Alfonsi, and 1/2 of Alice Kimberly, along with Marc Cerasini, who write the Haunted Bookshop series, starting with The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, which I'm looking forward to reading!