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Honey Roasted: 03/11/22

Honey Roasted

Honey Roasted by Cleo Coyle and Rebecca Gibel (Narrator) is the nineteenth book in the Coffeehouse mystery series. While showing off the Village Blend's new batch of honey-processed coffee (which doesn't involve honey) the coffeehouse is invaded by swarming bees. Their strong smell of lavender alerts Clare to their origin, Bea Hasting's penthouse greenhouse and apiary.

The swarming bees brings Clare and Matt into the middle of an attempted murder scene. It's also a missing persons case. Where is Bea's niece Susan? Why can't she be contacted?

Meanwhile Clare and fiancé Mike Quinn are on the outs. He's swamped at work with a case involving dumped bodies and a deadly street drug. He's pulling away and their rough patch provides lots of padding for this otherwise straightforward mystery.

With the previous eighteen books as a foundation, it was pretty easy to see how all the different plot threads fit together. I even recognized the mastermind behind it all when they were first introduced. If the unnecessary relationship drama weren't there, Clare and Quinn could have put together their pieces of the larger puzzle.

Four stars

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