by Lorie Lewis Ham
Details at the end of this post on how to enter for a chance to win a great giveaway, a link to Cleo’s free recipe guide, and a link to purchase the book from Amazon.
The Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle is one of my absolute favorite series, so every time there is a new book out, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The latest book, Honey Roasted, is book 19 in the series and it did not disappoint!
Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi is busy trying to find a romantic, and affordable, destination for her upcoming honeymoon. Soon she will be marrying NYPD police detective Mike Quinn. She is also excited to share with her customers their new honey based coffee drinks and desserts, made possible by the amazing honey produced by Madame’s (her boss and former mother-in-law) old friend “Queen” Bea Hastings. The rare, prize-winning nectar from Bea’s rooftop hives commands a premium price, and top chefs compete for a chance to use it in their signature seasonal dishes.
A swarm of escaped bees put a wrench into everything when they blanket Village Blend’s chimney! When Clare tries to sort out what’s up by visiting Bea, she finds Bea’s unconscious body after she seems to have fallen from her high-rise rooftop-hive setup. The police think it is an accident or attempted suicide, but Clare doesn’t believe it and sets out to find the truth. Clare is shocked to learn that the world of urban beekeepers is very competitive and cutthroat. Could this actually have been a murder attempt in order to steal Bea’s special bees? As if all of this wasn’t enough, something is going on with Mike, and Clare is worried that he might be getting cold feet!
I love everything about this series! Every time I crack open one of these books I feel like I’m visiting my favorite coffeehouse—I can almost smell the heavenly aroma of Village Blend’s wonderful coffee and desserts. Cleo Coyle has a gift not only for writing a clever mystery filled with twists and turns, and creating wonderful characters, but for coming up with unique ideas! The beekeeping and honey world that this story revolves around was unique and fascinating.
While I was a little sad to see less of Mike in this book, the issues the couple were having were very realistic and it added extra depth to the characters and story. I also liked how her ex-husband Matt Allegro rallied around her and was there for her—I love how their relationship has grown over the series to now being very close friends, and in some ways still family.
If you enjoy a great mystery with unique and wonderful characters do not miss this series! Honey Roasted is delightful, and I can’t wait for the next book! Even though there are now 19 books in the series, it is still just as good as ever! If you are also a coffee lover, then you have even more reason to pick up this series. Not only do you get to visit the amazing Village Blend, but Coyle also shares recipes in the back of each book!
Because Honey Roasted is a culinary mystery, Cleo Coyle has created a free, illustrated guide that gives readers a chance to see and learn more about the food and drink recipes included in their new book. Click on the image below for Cleo’s free guide. This is a downloadable PDF that you can print or save.
To enter to win the following:
* Autographed 1st edition hardcover of Cleo Coyle’s Honey Roasted
* Sturdy canvas Coffeehouse Mystery tote bag
* Autographed set of Cleo’s recipe cards
* A mystery prize!
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