Title: Dead to the Last Drop Author: Cleo Coyle Published: December 1st 2015 by Berkley Format: Hardcover, 432 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #15
This is not a straightforward story. Like most cozies that have a definite beginning, middle, and end, Dead to the Last Drop jumps around quite a bit. Chapters alternate between earlier events so the reader can understand the set-up, to present day happenings and then consequences of those events.
There is something very familiar about the new performer currently playing on the second floor Jazz Space of Clare’s new Village Blend DC., when she finally puts it all together a few more pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Clare now finds herself embroiled in a bit of Washington history and shenanigans. Not only is a man barging his way into her commercial kitchen, but he collapses on her floor and as she is trying to not get involved, since she has her own problems with a wayward chef, the president’s daughter goes missing at the same time as does one of her musicians. Add in Mike’s new boss getting too friendly and a Georgetown mansion with a bit of history of its own plus an upcoming culinary salute of coffee in America and you have quite a frantic book in the Coffee House Mystery series.
With the writing team of Cleo Coyle, not only does the reader delve into a mystery but also there is a bit of history involved. This time around, the reader received an in depth lesson in Jazz and a wee dusting of the Underground Railroad.
As I said, this book does jump around quite a bit and there was a time or two that I had to stop and remember which part of the story I was in. The Coffeehouse Mysteries are not your typical cozy, at times, they take a bit of concentration and puzzling, but in the end, through humor and a large pot of coffee, the reader reaches a satisfying end.