Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle

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Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle. A Clare Cosi Coffeehouse Mystery.

Review summary: This is an entertaining, holiday-themed cozy mystery. The festive atmosphere provides a colorful backdrop to the well-structured murder investigation storyline, which moves along at a brisk pace. As always with the books in this series, there are recipes for cookies, cakes and pies as well as main dishes. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holiday Buzz Cleo Coyle

Holiday Buzz
Cleo Coyle
A Clare Cosi Coffeehouse Mystery
Berkley Prime Crime (December 2012)

Publisher synopsis: Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice... At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker's assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as "The Christmas Stalkings." Clare's boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn't so sure, until she finds a second bludgeoned baker and becomes a target herself. Now Clare must investigate "Saint Nick," crash a pro-hockey party, and dodge a pair of reality TV divas--because she's not going to rest until justice is served.

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