December 8, 2015

Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle - Review and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: December 1, 2015
Number of pages: 432
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Coffee House Mystery #15

From the New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Grind comes an exciting new installment in the “highly satisfying”* Coffeehouse Mystery series. *Publishers Weekly

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.

Includes great American recipes!

What did I think of this book:
This is another great addition to a long running fun mystery series. I always enjoy returning to visit with Clare and seeing what adventures she is getting herself into next. Like the other books in this series once you start reading you will not want to put the book down. The book is full of new adventures and plenty of mystery to keep you going right up until the end of the book. I liked how we got to go on a virtual tour of DC while reading this book. That gave it a little added bonus for me. Even though I am not a coffee drinker I have fun with this series and I love the recipes that are included. This is a perfect book to read on a day when you have to be stuck inside due to the winter weather. Even though this book is a part of a series you can read this as a stand alone and not be confused. 

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

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  1. Thanks, Angela, and congratulations to Cleo (Alice/Marc)!

  2. Thanks for the review. Can't wait to catch up with Clare and her adventures!

  3. I really enjoy this series! =)
    I havent read this book yet.

  4. Your books are consistently good reads!!

  5. Angela - Thank you so much for the lovely review! Marc and I are delighted that you enjoyed Clare's trip to Washington. The story was exciting to write, and we're thrilled to hear you felt it was a book you did not want to put down.

    We are also grinning at your comment that you are a fan of our series despite the fact that you don't like coffee. You would be surprised how often we hear that. But then the Coffeehouse Mysteries are about so much more than coffee. We strive to give readers great characters who they'll think of as friends, as well as exciting plots, and stories with heart. And then, of course, there's the food!

    Marc and I are foodies so we love to cook, bake, and write about all things edible! Speaking of which...

    We recently finished an illustrated Recipe Guide for DEAD TO THE LAST DROP. If you’d like to print, save. or share it, just click here.

    Thanks again for the lovely review, and may your holiday season be bright!

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I can't wait to take a look at the recipe guide

  6. Very cool review, I love this series