Jan 19, 2016

Review: Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle

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Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle,  published December 1, 2015 by Berkley.
Genre: cozy mystery
First chapter:"Gardner, get off the phone. "
 "Just do it!"
Clare Cosi, coffeehouse manager and master roaster, has moved temporarily to Washington DC to open a new coffeehouse. She is asked to provide the coffee for a White House event, but she has to hide the fact that the President's daughter Abby has been sneaking out of the White House to play piano at the coffeehouse's weekly Open Mike jazz sessions. 

When a mysterious man dies at the coffeehouse and Abby goes missing along with the drummer Stan, Clare becomes a suspect for kidnapping and murder. Clare' boyfriend, Detective Mike Quinn takes her into hiding as Clare tries to clear her name, find the President's daughter, and get back to the business of running her coffeeshop.

Mix in DC politics into this coffeehouse mystery and you have an intriguing and suspenseful read. Kudos to Cleo Coyle for her unusual and entertaining plot and an excellent cozy read.
Teaser: (ch. 80)
"They are going to drag the river in the morning for their bodies. And it's all my fault! It's all my fault!"
Objective rating: Five stars

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book. 


  1. I love this series - love it! And I'm looking forward to reading this one. I'm trying to figure out where I left on in my reading of this author's books. I think I might be 3 or 4 behind. Sigh. Perhaps I should skip over. I like the Washington connection here.

  2. Sounds like it would be fun to read. i enjoy cozy mysteries and haven't read this author yet.

  3. I read and enjoyed one of the books in this series (Roast Mortem), so now you've tempted me with this one. Thanks! Here's mine: “THE EMPTY HOUSE”

  4. I like the opening and teaser you shared, and would definitely keep reading. It's been too long since I last read a cozy.

  5. Sounds interesting - good teaser and the intro definitely caught my interest

  6. I love the opening on this one! I really enjoyed this book as well. It's definitely a series I want to read more of.

  7. I like the storyline and the main character sounds fun. I'll add it to my list to read after April 1 and Triple Dog Dare.

  8. I read the first 3-4 of these and enjoyed the and then stopped. They were fun, so I'd read more.

  9. I've only read the first book in this series (which I loved). I'm so behind!

  10. I think I'd enjoy this, I'll have to check it out and see how many books there are in the series.


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