by Lorie Lewis Ham
Details on how to win a copy of Billionaire Blend at the end of this review.
Billionaire Blend is the latest coffeehouse mystery by Cleo Coyle featuring New York coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi. This series is set in the charming Village Blend coffeehouse.
In this book, a bomb goes off outside the Village Blend injuring tech whiz billionaire Eric Thorner who was inside quizzing Clare and her staff about coffee. Clare comes to his aid after the explosion, which is the beginning of an interesting relationship. Eric hires Clare and her ex husband Matt Allegro, to create the most expensive coffee blend on the planet. Clare agrees not only because of the money and the excitement of creating the new coffee, but also so she can investigate the bombing. After a dear friend of the Village Blend’s owner (who is Matt’s mom) is accused of setting off the bomb, Clare is even more determined to find out what happened.
Billionaire Blend takes Clare on an exciting adventure into the world of the elite where she finds herself flying all over the country in a private jet, bribing a bomb squad lieutenant with her cooking, hobnobbing with high society, battling the unwanted advances of Eric, fixing her daughter’s love life, catching a killer, and struggling with some problems in her own romance with mostly absent Detective Mike Quinn who is on assignment in DC. At first Clare is determined Eric couldn’t be involved, but she begins to wonder if this charming and incredibly bright young billionaire is actually a murderer, instead of being the intended victim. Throw in some corporate espionage and you have a great mystery filled with twists and turns that leave you guessing until the end.
This series is filled with delightful characters and a great setting. In each book, Cleo makes you feel like you are really inside this charming coffeehouse. I can practically smell the coffee. And speaking of coffee, Cleo also includes some great coffee and pastry recipes at the end of the book.
The Coffeehouse mysteries is one of my absolute favorite mystery series and I can’t wait to have the time to go back and read the ones I’ve missed. With the cold winter weather outside there’s no better companion than Billionaire Blend and a great cup of coffee to warm you up.
To enter to win a copy of Billionaire Blend, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Dives,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 28, 2013. U.S. residents only.
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