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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Trouble is brewing at the Village Blend coffeehouse in New York's Greenwich Village, where manager Clare Cosi is busy serving coffee and helping detectives find out who's after her ex-husband's fiancee. This engaging and deliciously detailed mystery plays out nicely against the New York backdrop. Clare's evolving relationship with her ex-husband creates tension in her new relationship and keeps readers guessing as to where her heart truly lies.
The Village Blend has been hired to create an elaborate coffee and dessert bar for Matteo's upcoming wedding to fashion magazine editor Breanne Summour. Clare's grappling with her own feelings about her ex-husband's fiancee when Breanne is nearly run down by an SUV, and a young Breanne look-alike stripper is gunned down after performing at Matt's bachelor party.
These events convince Clare that someone has it in for Breanne. Can she uncover the culprit before the wedding? Or will Matteo lose his second shot at love? (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Sep., 352 pp., $22.95)
Reviewed By: Sandra Martin
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Published: September 2008