Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cozy Review - Roast Mortem (Coffeehouse Mystery #9)

Title:  Roast Mortem (Coffeehouse Mystery #9)
Author:  Cleo Coyle
Pages:  316
Publisher:  Penguin Group
ISBN:  9780425234594

Synopsis (from  After local firefighters pull Clare out of a blazing café, she happily comes to their rescue by teaching them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But matters really heat up when somebody is torching cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways...

Believing the two events are related, Clare investigates, staking out a five-borough bake sale and sniffing out clues in the pizza ovens of Brooklyn. When her detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn, is pulled into the fire of a false accusation, Clare is desperate to put out the flames. But will she be able to come to Mike's rescue before someone tries to extinguish her?

My thoughts:
Cleo Coyle returns with her 9th installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series - another great book in a great series!  In this book, the author pays tribute to the firefighters and heroes of September 11, 2001.

Clare, the owner of the Village Blend, finds herself being rescued from a burning cafe owned by one of her ex-mother-in-laws friends, Enzo.  Many believe it may be an accident, but Clare has her suspcions from the very beginning that it may be arson?  Soon, cafes all around town are being torched.  Clare is of course on the case.

I don't know if it's my insane love of everything related to coffee, but I really enjoy these Coffeehouse mysteries.  I do find myself wishing this one would have been set more in the Village Blend.  The characters spent more time out and about in the city and the firehouse than in the coffee shop.  I felt like it was a little disconnected from the actual cafe and lost that feeling I love about the Coffeehouse Mysteries.  I love imagining what the interior of the cafe looks like and the wonderful smell that would come when opening up the door of the Village Blend to smell the fresh roasted coffee!

And as always, the author includes coffee-roasting tips and great recipes at the end! 

Overall, a really good read.  Relaxing, renewing, and I am already looking forward to the next one . . . Murder  By Mocha release date August 2, 2011!!!!

Happy reading!

My Rating:  :-)  :-)  :-)  :-)  Liked it!

And remember,
Books Are Life,

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