Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Billionaire Blend

Title: Billionaire Blend
Author: Cleo Coyle
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (December 3, 2013)
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 386
Genre: Mystery
Series: Coffeehouse Mysteries #13

Was it just a coincidence that Billionaire Tech Whiz Eric Thorner was in the Village Blend when a bomb went off or was that the plan all along?

Eric credits Clare with saving his life and in return, he takes care of her most pressing needs. A new espresso machine is delivered and a long dreamed of trip is made a reality. Matt Allegro, Clare’s ex-husband and co-business owner does not like this Eric guy one bit, that is until Matt is offered a business opportunity that he cannot pass up. Eric Thorner is trying to create the world’s most exquisite and costly coffee blend. Matt cannot pass up this challenge and with Eric’s billions and Matt’s talent and contacts they are soon jetting around the world.

Back home, Clare is trying to figure out why the bomb exploded and who was the true intended target. That car should not have been parked where it was when the bomb exploded. Was Eric the intended target or the destination that he was headed to? When you are dealing with high tech games and apps, the rules do not apply and the last man standing is the true winner.

As Clare begins to untangle the web of wealth and rivalry, she soon discovers that it does not matter how far you travel, it is the people at home that you must concern yourself with.

I look forward to the Coffeehouse Mysteries, but if truth be told, a week after I read them, I cannot remember what they are about. The main characters stick with me only because they are familiar, but any new character is quickly forgotten. Plot lines seem tired and predictable and as the page counts increase, I do not feel that substance was added.

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