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A Brew to a Kill: 12/25/19

A Brew to a Kill

A Brew to a Kill by Cleo Coyle is the eleventh in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Like Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien (2019), the mystery focuses on the food truck industry.

Clare Cosi with the blessing of her ex-mother-in-law and boss has purchased a food truck for the Blend. Called the Coffee Muse, it's combining gourmet coffee, healthy snacks, and slam poetry. But Clare has a rival in the form of a bacon-crazed French themed food truck that offers caloric time bombs and an annoying sound track.

After an encounter with the rival food truck in front on the Village Blend, Clare's friend and consultant for the Coffee Muse is brutally struck by an unmarked white van in front of dozens of customers.

While Clare is trying to piece together what happened to her friend, Matteo has gotten mixed up with a gang of drug importers. His mistake might cost him and Clare their lives, and the coffeehouse.

To be honest, I found the drug side plot a bit too far fetched. But it's the key to the next step in Clare and Mike's relationship. I personally wish there were fewer scenes with Mateo.

Nonetheless, it was still an entertaining mystery to listen to. I listen while I'm painting or doing chores.

The next book in the series is Holiday Buzz (2012).

Five stars

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