Dead Cold Brew

Dead Cold Brew

by Cleo Coyle

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The perfect proposal leads to a chilling cold case in this novel in the New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series.

After everything Clare and her NYPD detective boyfriend have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. But while Mike's marriage proposal to Clare is steeped in perfection, the celebration of their engagement is not long lived.

First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a hidden treasure to Clare's daughter. Next, the world-famous jeweler who designed Clare's ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York's most secret places before an old vendetta produces fresh corpses.

With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425276129
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #16
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 92,634
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries—now celebrating more than ten years in print. As Alice Kimberly, they also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together.

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Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #16) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Nanc-e More than 1 year ago
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in this series and I have to say this one is the best! I was a tad bit confused in the first chapter or so, but quickly fell into step. I am never disappointed by the direction the storyline goes when dealing with Claire Cosi and her boyfriend, Mike Quinn. I always laugh at how Claire’s ex-husband and business partner somehow goes along for the ride; whether asked or not. So many twists and turns in this installment that I was second guessing myself throughout the book. Must buy!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Although I have heard of the Andrea Doria disaster, I didn't really know much about it, and liked the way the action from the past wove into the plot right away. With many short chapters, I found that I was quickly swept up into a story that had an interesting historical angle, coffee making and jewelry info galore. I was expecting the same sort of cozy I have come to expect from covers such as these, but Coyle really takes the narrative beyond that cozy genre into something fans of 'regular' mysteries should be checking out. Clare Cosi has such a good relationship with her ex, Matt, and her ex mother in law, that it is easy to see why they would help one another almost without question. Don't let the fact that this is a long running series stop you from picking up this well written, grown up mystery. Coyle does such a wonderful job of keeping her characters and storylines current.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would read it just for the recipes. Good story.
stickerooniDM More than 1 year ago
I had gotten on the band wagon for a different mystery series that revolved around coffee and I thought it only fair to check out this series, which has clearly been around for a lot longer as this book, Dead Cold Brew, is the sixteenth in the series. Clare Cosi is the owner of a hip New York coffeehouse. Clare's boyfriend, Mike, is a New York police detective. Right now that's disconcerting because someone is shooting at NYPD officers. But the police have an eye-witness at the first shooting - Clare. But when Clare gives the sketch artist her description, things don't go too well. Clare describes a popular comic book superhero, complete with cape. Clare's description makes a laughing-stock of the PD, so she's determined to get to the bottom of this by herself. But not all is going wrong. Clare's boyfriend, Mike, finally proposes to her and her employer promises a coffee-colored diamond for the wedding ring. But the ring's designer is found killed and an attorney appears with a strange letter promising a hidden treasure to Clare's daughter (from a first marriage). Clare has to come up with a special blend for a brew to be served on a cruise ship that is a rebuild of the Andrea Doria. Is it wise to remake a ship that was part of one of the most famous maritime disasters in American history? One of the things that really surprised me about this book is how involved the story was. This was not a simple story with a character moving from point 'A' to point 'B' with an obstacle or two in the way. This was a story that changed, evolved, and wound its way around the central characters. There are two or three different stories going on here, which is quite a task to control given that the story is told in the first person from Clare's point of view. I enjoyed the history that worked its way into this story. When the idea of the Andrea Doria was first brought up I know that I rolled my eyes, anticipating a rather cheesy connection, but author Cleo Coyle works this angle in quite well. I haven't been a fan of a lot of 'cozy' mysteries, typically finding them to be much to 'simple' and lacking some bite, but Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series (based on this, volume 16) shows that a cozy can be an engaging, exciting, and even educational read. I look forward to checking out more from this series. Looking for a good book? Dead Cold Brew, by Cleo Coyle, is a cozy mystery that steps up to deliver an engaging mystery with a coffee-theme. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Editing_Pen More than 1 year ago
Details. I love the details in Cleo Coyle’s books. Not just how good the hot, cheese-covered ziti smells or how smooth the dark espresso is, but unobtrusive moments of character details: from Clare quietly squeezing Madam’s hand in reassurance, showing us it’s Clare’s turn to be in charge, to Sophia’s always well-manicured nails, showing us her affluent lifestyle and concern for appearances, to the way a minor character dabs his mouth with a dinner napkin, showing us his state of mind. Those moments give us information and insight into character and draw in the reader to connect to the characters. And these characters are intriguing, fun, and worth getting to know. From Clare to Matt to Madam to Tucker to Quinn – everyone has a place, everyone is necessary, and there are plenty of well-placed lines that will elicit a chuckle, a gasp, and an outright hoot or two. The plot is always sound in these books, and the mystery itself is a good challenge of piecing together clues and enjoying the turns through “pay attention” alley. I also appreciate the mouth-watering descriptions of treats, and those recipes are gifted to us at the back of the book. A few times I quickly flipped to the back pages just to make sure the recipe was there after all the yummy teasing in the chapter. And finally, along with the details and delights of these books, the authors themselves are a special reward. They are attentive to fans, responsive and open to feedback and conversation, and offer a newsletter filled with giveaways, videos, coffee info, NYC posts, and recipe sheets. Maybe that’s why I read every word in these books. For the connection. Not just to the well-rounded, engaging characters within the story… but to the truly kind, warmhearted authors holding the pen.
YogiSam More than 1 year ago
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. Although just posting the review now, I got this directly after it came out because I had been counting down the days until it was released. This has to be my favorite series I've ever read/listened to. There were a few parts towards the end of the book where the narrator could be heard making comments to the director so that could have been fixed but honestly to me, that did not ruin or really effect my view of the book. I can not wait until the next book. I am so excited for wedding and hope that it can happen in the next book. I really don't know what else to say about this book except that I thought it was amazing!!!! I hope they're are many more to come still.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
A coffeehouse setting takes on fact and fiction when author Cleo Coyle’s protagonist Clare Cosi uncovers old family secrets and brews up a delicious pot of coffee. The characters in the coffeehouse mystery series are well-developed, likable, and realistic. The author gives the characters traits and faults readers can relate to. Returning fans of the series will see the characters continue to grow and evolve. New readers of the series can easily keep up with the background knowledge provided. The New York backdrop for the story adds depth and draws the read in. With an eye for details, the author enhances the story with real morsels of history, lore, and landmarks. Moving at a steady pace, the story offers suspense, mystery, murder, romance, humor, and the bonds of family and friends. While you may be able to glimpse a few directions, the story is going in, you’ll find there are still numerous surprises and twists in store before the end. Blending a fascinating murder mystery with tidbits of coffee facts and instructions makes for a well-balanced adventure. You don’t have to be a coffee lover to appreciate this intriguing tale. A bonus at the end will tempt your taste buds as the author shares several of the recipes mentioned throughout the story. COLD DEAD BREW is a captivating mystery that combines history with fiction as you’re drawn into a warm, friendly coffeehouse atmosphere with zany characters you wish were real people. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher and the author. However, receiving the complimentary copies did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This series just keeps getting better and better! In this installment the authors take us back in time to connect a present mystery to a very old mystery. A jeweler is found unconscious and a letter is delivered that brings family secrets to light. What does a sunken ship and a precious jewel that supposedly went down with it have to do with the happenings today? All this just as Mike finally pops to question to Clare. Congratulations are definitely in order but first Clare is on the trail trying to determine what it all means before more people end up dead. Dead Cold Brew is the 16th installment in this long running series and it is still brewing at a fevered pitch. These characters are so strong, current and real. The drama starts with an event that could be ripped from real life headlines. There is a sniper gunning down cops, thankfully only wounding them, but Mike’s unit is one of the group’s being targeted. Clare is also working with her ex Matt find on who targeted his godfather after he is found poisoned in his home. Clare fears the cases may be related. The story is very fast paced, so many things are happening but these authors are pros, the drama does not overwhelm the reader. We are drawn in a clues are solved and twists take us in different directions. I loved the way the history of Matt’s family is integral the the story. Clare is so close to her ex mother in law and the woman has been so generous to Clare it was wonderful to get some of her back story. There is also part of the story the reminds me of my son and that made the book extra special for me. All this together makes this an extremely hard book to put down. I now have a new book that is my favorite in this series. The special thing is that the authors give us plenty of details so no matter whether you have read this series from the start, or missed a couple in the middle or if this is your first time visiting with Clare and her friends you won’t be lost or feel like you have missed something. I can’t promise that you won’t want to go back and read this series from the start after reading this one. In fact I am almost positive you will. I think you will love these characters and want to read everything that you can about them. Oh and don’t forget the recipes. The fantastic recipes. Brew yourself a nice cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy Dead Cold Brew.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Another mystery to unwind with the Coffeehouse gang this one involving a sordid past involving a sunken ship and the treasure that went down with it or so it was thought! As the mystery of the sunken ship and it's secrets gets untwisted, the crew is also on the lookout for a cop shooter dressed as a super hero! The humor continues with the plots melding and the characters enhancing the story at each step along the way. If you are looking for a fun cozy mystery that also weaves the coffee culture into the story then you won't want to miss this one!
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, fun, and full of adventure, this book was over far too quickly. Which is saying something because at 349 pages, it is already longer than many cozy mystery books. The author does a nice job weaving multiple story lines together and keeping you hooked until the very end. There is a massive section of recipes in the back of this book. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen and try them out (especially Clare’s Cannoli Cream Cupcakes!)
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Dead Cold Brew is the sixteenth book in the A Coffeehouse Mystery series. This is one of the most exciting books that I have read in quite a while. The book is loaded with exciting dialogue, action scenes, and many surprising revelations. Matteo Allergo, Clair’s ex-husband and finder of the world’s best coffee beans, has asked Claire to mix coffee blend to be served on a replica of the Andrea Doria. A sniper has been targeting the police department and at one of these incidents, Claire sees the sniper the sniper get away. The most she can give the police is that the sniper was dressed in a superhero costume. Claire also gets to visit with a survivor of the original Andrea Doria who says he will help, if he can, learn who might be behind the police assaults. Clair also gets involved in the search for a valuable necklace that was possibly not lost when the Andrea Doria sunk. Delicious sounding recipes are also included, in fact, 50 some pages. I will be looking forward to reading the next book.
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
I look forward to a new Coffeehouse Mystery all year and they never disappoint! There's a lot going on in this book, but not so much that it's hard to keep track. A 60-year-old mystery, a present-day mystery, attempted murders, kidnappings, romance... this book has it all! It moves along at a good pace, without boring lags or chaotic confusion. As usual, I found myself trying to guess who was behind all the wrongdoing, and suspecting nearly everyone at one point or another, but I didn't find out who until it was revealed. Cleo Coyle is great at writing mysteries that pepper in clues and offering up alternative suspects and alibis, without making anything too obvious. This is the kind of book I read more than once, not only because I enjoy the story and the characters, but also to pick up on the hints and clues after I already know how the story turns out. I can't attest to how well this book stands on its own, without reading the previous books in the series, because I've read them all in order. I feel like the necessary background details are explained, without giving away too much from previous mysteries. But I can say that if this is the first Coffeehouse Mystery you read, I think you'll be intrigued to read more! Another great story from Cleo Coyle!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story went from one tense situation to next, each more unbelievable than the last. Just food talk in between.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it as always
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle is the sixteenth book in A Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare Cosi is the manager and master roaster at Village Blend in Greenwich Village, New York. Clare loves the job despite the contact with her ex-husband, Matteo “Matt” Allegro. Matt visits to tell Clare about a great opportunity. Victor Fontana is the head of a consortium that has built a new ship that is a re-creation of the S.S. Andrea Doria. The original ship sank sixty years ago in 1956. Village Blend is one of five companies competing to be the exclusive supplier of coffee for the ship. Clare needs to come up with a unique blend for the competition. Clare is thrilled until she reads the morning paper. Someone is going around shooting cops. Clare’s boyfriend is Lt. Michael “Mike” Quinn and he is the head of the OD Squad for the NYPD. Mike stops by Village Blend with Detective Sully Sullivan to reassure Clare. Sully leaves and they hear a gunshot. Sully has been shot and Clare sees someone resembling Panther Man leaving the area (this does not go over well with the police). Matt receives a visit from an attorney. It seems a special inheritance has been left for Matt and Sophia Campana (and their children). Upon opening the lockbox, the discover a letter and the Occhio del Gatto (Eye of the Cat). This gem was supposedly sunk with the Andrea Doria. The one person who may have answers is Gustavo Campana. He was on board the Andrea Doria. When the group goes to visit Gus, they discover him unconscious in his apartment. Gus was poisoned and Clare sees someone fleeing the scene. Someone is after the diamond. Clare wants to find out what happened sixty years ago on that ship, but she is also worried about the safety of Mike with a cop killer on the loose in New York. Will Clare be able to unravel this mystery before the killer strikes again? Dead Cold Brew is nicely written and full of action. The novel is packed with characters and activities (I did not tell you everything that occurred in this book). I found it difficult to keep track of the various people and their plot lines. The pace of the novel is slow (the book seemed to go on forever). The author is very descriptive and includes details of drinks, scenery, food items, etc. Some information is repeated throughout the book. I give Dead Cold Brew 3 out of 5 stars (it is okay). I wish the author had picked just one storyline for this book (either the sunken ship along with the gem or the cop killer). I do, though, like how she ended up tying the events together. While both mysteries may seem complicated, the solution is simple. I was able to solve the mysteries early in the book. The clues might as well have been neon arrows pointing to the perpetrator. While Dead Cold Brew is the sixteenth book in the series, it is the first book in the series that I have read (I was hoping to discover a new cozy mystery series). Dead Cold Brew can be read alone (you will be a little confused in the beginning). The author provides the needed background details on the main characters.