A Guest Blog Post by Cleo
What would you do if a handsome federal agent burst into your shop, offered you his hand, and told you: “Your life is in danger, and you must come away with me now, no questions asked.”
If you’re coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, and the agent is decorated Detective Mike Quinn, on special assignment with the US Justice Department, you would take his hand and go.
A divorced, single mom in her forties, Clare Cosi is a coffeehouse manager by day, a relentless snoop by night. In Dead to the Last Drop, now available in its new paperback edition, Clare sets out to caffeinate our nation’s capital and becomes embroiled in a capital crime—one that involves the disappearance of the President’s college-age daughter.
Is this troubled young woman a runaway bride? Or is she in grave danger?
To answer that question, Clare takes readers on a suspense-filled ride through Washington, DC; and although this murder mystery has plenty of thrills and page-turning twists, it’s also laced with humor, heart, and hearty good food. Because you can’t save the world on an empty stomach—at least Clare and Detective Quinn can’t. And as food lovers ourselves, neither can my husband and I!
If you are new to our Coffeehouse Mystery series, don’t let that discourage you from picking up Dead to the Last Drop. You can certainly read it as a stand-alone story, and if you like the ride, you have fourteen more books to enjoy.
But don’t miss this Washington entry. It’s embedded with hidden secrets about our nation’s capital that were inspired by my own experiences while living, studying, and working in DC.
And as you enjoy the book, be sure to drop by our new Jazz Space, www.VillageBlendJazzSpace.com, a virtual extension of the relaxed jazz supper club featured in Dead to the Last Drop. Listen to some of the music mentioned in the book, visit the locations, sample some recipes, and even listen to free live jazz, any night of the week.
To read the prologue and first chapter
of Dead to the Last Drop, click here.
Dead to the Last Drop is also a culinary mystery, with an appendix of more than 25 delicious recipes, including Double-Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes, Easy “Cake Pan” Cheesecake, the best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe you may ever bake, and a fantastic version of Black Magic Cake with a “secret ingredient” chocolate frosting.
To see the book’s free Recipe Guide, click here.
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CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print. Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and New York City, and has written popular fiction, young adult and children’s books. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the national bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.
2—Alice Alfonsi and her husband, Marc Cerasini, who write as Cleo Coyle. Photos by Alice Alfonsi