Another outstanding novel by Cleo Coyle which will keep you busy reading, cooking, or eating! In any case, this is one novel you will not want to put down once the story is over as the recipes look as yummy as they sound in the book. With great diversity of action, plot devises and nefarious things happening throughout this novel this reader could not put it down until the last page was turned. All in all a whale of a tale to be thoroughly enjoyed!
Clare Cosi gets the surprise of her life when Mike Quinn slips her an engagement ring of coffee diamonds. It's no surprise that they love each other; what is surprising is how messed up things get when bullets start flying or fireworks sound off as the police are being targeted by a comic hero: Panther Man. No one knows who he is, why he's singling out the NYPD, or even when the next attack takes place. So the police are understandably too busy to help Clare and her ex-husband, Matt, find his mother, Madame as Clare calls her, whom Clare suspects was kidnapped.
During this moment Clare is under time constraints to make a new blend in time for a cruise ship's maiden voyage. Matt hopes to secure the contract as he is going through a rough patch in his life: Breeanne is divorcing him and the IRS conducted an audit which results in him needing a small fortune to pay off the government. And with family friends needing help at the drop of a hat, time and coffee are two things that are always needed in life as Clare, Quinn and Matt rush off to the rescue.
Loved this story from the get go! Could not put it down until this reader closed the book on the case. After looking over the recipes, there are several in here an inexperienced cook might be able to make without problems. The recipes seem complicated, but looking at the directions with the tips included makes it easier to do.
THE PERFECT PROPOSAL LEADS TO A CHILLING COLD CASE...
Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear...
After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare's finger, Clare's eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.
First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange, hidden treasure to Clare's daughter. Next, the renowned 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 suspiciously 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 starts producing fresh corpses.
With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!