Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dead Cold Brew {+ Giveaway}

Don’t you just love a good cup of coffee no matter what time of year it is? Speaking of coffee, you may remember last week (Wednesday, Jan. 11) author Cleo Coyle visited Thoughts in Progress to talk about the recently released sixteenth installment in her Coffeehouse Mystery series, DEAD COLD BREW, and hosted a great giveaway.

Well, today I’m sharing my thoughts on that tantalizing mystery and thanks to the lovely Roxanne and the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, you have another chance to win a copy of this mysterious tale.

DEAD COLD BREW by Cleo Coyle
◊ Series: A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 16
◊ Hardcover: 368 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: Berkley (January 10, 2017)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425276112
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425276112


 From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Dead to the Last Drop, comes a gripping new entry in the "highly satisfying"* Coffeehouse Mystery series. (*Publishers Weekly)


Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear...
          After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare's finger, Clare's eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.
          First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange, hidden treasure to Clare's daughter. Next, the renowned jeweler who designed Clare's ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a suspiciously charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York's most secret places before an old vendetta starts producing fresh corpses.

With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!

A coffeehouse setting takes on fact and fiction when author Cleo Coyle’s protagonist Clare Cosi uncovers old family secrets and brews up a delicious pot of coffee.

The characters in the coffeehouse mystery series are well-developed, likable, and realistic. The author gives the characters traits and faults readers can relate to. Returning fans of the series will see the characters continue to grow and evolve. New readers of the series can easily keep up with the background knowledge provided.

The New York backdrop for the story adds depth and draws the read in. With an eye for details, the author enhances the story with real morsels of history, lore, and landmarks.

Moving at a steady pace, the story offers suspense, mystery, murder, romance, humor, and the bonds of family and friends. While you may be able to glimpse a few directions, the story is going in, you’ll find there are still numerous surprises and twists in store before the end.

Blending a fascinating murder mystery with tidbits of coffee facts and instructions makes for a well-balanced adventure. You don’t have to be a coffee lover to appreciate this intriguing tale.

A bonus at the end will tempt your taste buds as the author shares several of the recipes mentioned throughout the story. COLD DEAD BREW is a captivating mystery that combines history with fiction as you’re drawn into a warm, friendly coffeehouse atmosphere with zany characters you wish were real people.

Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle, A Coffeehouse Mystery (Book #16), Berkley, @2017, ISBN: 978-0425276112, Hardcover, 368 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher and the author. However, receiving the complimentary copies did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of DEAD COLD BREW by Cleo Coyle to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Friday, Jan. 27.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you enjoy visiting coffeehouses? What’s your favorite drink when you visit a coffeehouse?


  1. Sadly I can no longer drink coffee (a food intolerance). The smell is still a joy though. And a coffee and chocolate shop smells like heaven on a stick.

  2. I love coffee houses! I always try to get a mocha latte.

  3. Old family secrets make some of the best stories! This is terrific series and I'm looking forward to the latest installment.

  4. I love this series. I would love to get back to it. I still remember the first book. I loved the decor of the shop. Maybe I like the series because of my love for coffee.

  5. I don't like coffee either. I usually get some kind of fruit smoothie when my wife drags me into a coffee shop.

  6. Oh, another Coffeehouse Mystery! The 'Cleo Coyle' team does this series quite well, I think. And what a fun setting for the series, too...

  7. I've been wanting to read this cozy series for ages. I love the covers! Thanks for the chance :) BTW, I LOVE coffee :)

  8. i enjoy visiting coffee houses but don't do it very often, usually only when I have a gift card to redeem. I enjoy cold coffee and hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream.

  9. I enjoy visiting coffee houses every so often. This series is wonderful.

  10. I would like to visit a coffee house but there are not any nearby. I would love to read this book! Thank you!

  11. I love latte's, I also like to try whatever new seasonal item they have going.

  12. Fun giveaway! Good luck all! <3 - http:/

  13. I love coffee, and I've loved this series from the first. Just when you think they can't come up with a book even better than the last they do just that. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. My favorite series. Have them all in hardback!!!!!
    After surgery could not have coffee for 18 months. TORTURE!!!!!! Thanks for a wonderful series!!!!!!

  15. First, I am so glad about the romance between Clare and Mike...I was always rooting for them. Coffee? My passion as well. This series has helped to stir my interest as I now grind my own beans and have become better at using my French press. I love coffeehouses...always thought I'd love to run one myself. The best one locally was "Safari." With its intimate sitting, dark environment, and the intoxicating scent of on-site roasting I was thrilled to spend a relaxing time sipping a cappuccino and nibbling on a homemade cheesecake or chocolate delight. They had piped in music softly in the background that didn't interfere with conversations or a quiet read...I love coffeehouses!

  16. I almost never go to coffeehouses, just not my thing I guess. I think the last time I did, I had an apple juice. The book sounds good though, thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  17. Coffee goes with everything! I love the old-fashioned coffee shop-coffee houses. They are so cozy. This is such a cute series.

  18. I love this series and am a bit behind on reading it. One of my goals this year is to catch up on it!! And I'm glad to be back reading your blog again!

  19. I absolutely love this series and the recipes


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