A Brew to a Kill: A Coffeehouse Mystery

Berkley Prime Crime. Aug. 2012. c.372p. ISBN 9780425247877. $25.95. M
Clare Cosi's new food truck (the Muffin Muse) is motoring along through New York City, but the good times grind to a halt when her friend Lilly Beth Tanga is critically injured in a hit-and-run accident just on the other side of the truck. Second bombshell: Clare's business partner (and ex-husband), Matt Allegro, informs her that she was probably the target because of his involvement in a shady coffee-cum-drugs import deal from Brazil. Clare's no fool; partnering with the DEA, she runs a sting.
VERDICT Coyle is not sitting back with the 11th entry (after Murder by Mocha) in her popular series. She has taken the coffeehouse on the road, cleverly incorporating the food truck fad into her plot and introducing fresh characters. Newcomers to the series can easily pick up the storyline. A collection of astonishingly varied and drool-inducing recipes is included.
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