This rich and entertaining mystery blends atmosphere, unforgettable characters and a killer plot that will keep readers hooked until the very end. This is a strong addition to a series that keeps getting better and better.

Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi is summoned to a hotel to find a dead man with a knife in his chest in her former mother-in-law’s friend Alicia’s room. Clare leaves to call the police, but the corpse is gone when she returns. Clare believes someone is trying to frame Alicia and that it ties in to her launch of “Mocha Magic,” an aphrodisiac coffee drink to be sold on a website called Aphrodite’s Village. When one of the website’s editors is murdered at the launch party and a second woman is killed shortly after, Clare knows she must uncover the secrets Aphrodite and her sisters are hiding before the killer strikes again. (PRIME CRIME, Aug., 384 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin