Holiday Grind; Cleo Coyle
In Coffee House Mystery #8, Clare Cosi is back along with some of the characters from her earlier series mysteries. Clare is a single mom, girlfriend to a NYPD detective, and coffee house manager of the Village Blend in New York City. When Clare's friend Alf, a traveling, charity Santa is missing at the Holiday Latte tasting party, Clare becomes concerned and decides to go and look for him. She finds him dead in an alley. Murder or mugging gone wrong? Clare is convinced it is murder, but the police are not so sure. When the victim's daughter asks Clare to help investigate what really happened, she can't resist.
My Thoughts - If you enjoy cozy mysteries, then I think you will enjoy this book. It was an entertaining holiday read. One of my favorite things about this book (and others in the series) is the wonderful coffee recipes, and other goody recipes included in the back of these books. By the way, it is NOT necessary to have read the previous books in order to enjoy Holiday Grind. Personally, I have read books 1, 2, 3 and now 8. (I was glad to see some of my favorite characters were still around, and I look forward to reading more by this author. RECOMMENDED
(sent to me by the author)
I was pleased to see book 9 is scheduled to be released in August of 2010: Roast Mortem (LOL)