Dead Cold Brew

Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
Series: The Coffeehouse Mysteries, Book 16
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (538 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times best-selling author of Dead to the Last Drop, comes a gripping new entry in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.

The perfect proposal leads to a chilling cold case. 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!

©2017 Cleo Coyle (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I love this series and have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book. It was splendid. Rebecca Gibel is excellent. However, there is one small problem. The editing wasn't finished. The last 2 or 3 chapters had outtakes and comments that weren't part of the story. It was rather amusing and illustrated the skill of the narrator because you could clearly hear her step out of character and make a comment and then seamlessly slip back into character. It wasn't bad enough to ruin the story, but producers might want to revisit the book and finish the editorial process for other listeners.

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Enjoyed the book but the editing was incomplete

Enjoyed the book. The narrator brings the characters to life. It's unfortunate that the editing of the that's 2-3 chapters did not remove corrections or comments to the director or the person recording the reading.
Though this can be considered a minor flaw, if I bought clothing, furniture or other item that was not properly finished, I would return it for refund or exchange.

The narrator's performance was excellent, even finding errors in the text and questioning them before making the changes required to ensure the proper name or word was used. Unfortunately, the comments made at these instances were not edited out.

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great overall but poor editing.

It was distracting that the last part of the reading left in multiple correction comments that should have been cut. otherwise very enjoyable.

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Final copy needs editing

There are a number of mistakes where you can hear the narrator make verbal corrections and then redo them.

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Amazing Series!!

Wonderful author and narrator! Wish this recording didn't have unedited correction interruptions. Still a 5

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I enjoyed this book.

The book was good easy listening. Followed a good storyline that kept me interested. The characters are likeable and entertaining. The author has a good sense of humor.

Please check the editing of the audio. There several times the performer was checking words (Fontana v Fortuna) and (she knew instead of something else) that was left in the audio book. This is mostly towards the end of the book.

Overall good book I'm checking now for the ones I didn't read yet!

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What happened

What happened to the promised recipes. And during the last part of the book in four places the narrator was speaking to the director. These should have been edited out.

But all in all a good book

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Coffee House Mystery

I have totally enjoyed this coffee house mystery series. I have listened to all the books available to date and plan to stick with the series.

A note to the editor on this particular book: There are two places towards the end where the narrator is clearly talking to herself or someone else trying to work out how best to read the passage. It would have been good if this had been edited out as it distracts from the story and from the otherwise excellent narration.

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Wonderfully Entertaining!

A delightful story. Emotionally poignant in places. Laugh-out loud worthy in other places. Just fantastic.

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What has been hidden in a tiny box for decades?

“Friendship has no legal status.” Clare Cosi didn’t know what significance that statement would have when her boyfriend, New York City Detective Mike Quinn, pushed her back into the shadows of The Village Blend, the coffee shop Clare co-managed. A sniper was taking shots at New York’s finest including Mike and his squad. When one member of the squad was hit, Clare and Mike went to the hospital after the paramedics, and the nurse would talk to Mike as commanding officer, but she would tell Clare nothing since she was “just a friend.”

Clare’s ex-husband Matt Allegro, also co-manager of The Village Blend, brought Clare a newspaper about all the recent cop shootings as well as news of a special opportunity. Clare had recently created an exquisite coffee blend with the many kinds of coffee that Matt scouted around the globe. Available on a limited basis, the Billionaire’s Blend held just the qualities the owners of the newly replicated Andrea Doria were seeking. An exclusive blend was needed for her maiden voyage; could Clare do it?

While the cop shootings remain unsolved, Clare enticed Mike to an evening of sheer delight after a 36-hour shift. She began to ask him to propose again while Mike began to break things off for a while to help her worry less. She professed that she would only worry more. What will they do now?

In researching the possible Andrea Doria coffee blend, Clare went straight to a good source: Matt’s Italian godfather, Gus Campana, who was on the ship when it sank. In today’s world Gus is a world-famous jeweler running his family business in the Diamond District of New York City. It seemed odd that shortly after that visit, Matt received a summons to meet an attorney in the massive complex of vaults embedded in Manhattan’s bedrock underneath the Diamond District. The summons was issued on behalf of Gus Campana and Silvio Allegro, Matt’s godfather and father. What could they have had in common that would bring this attorney, Matt, and Gus’s daughter Sophia together sixty years later in a tiny room of private safe-deposit boxes guarded by Lyons Global Security guards?

If you want to answer these questions and more, enjoy this 16th entry in the coffeehouse mystery series by Cleo Coyle, real-life husband and wife team Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini. I asked them the oft-asked question about a series – “Do I need to read them in order?” Their answer is no. They told me what this means to them: “When we sit down to write a new Coffeehouse Mystery, we do our best to provide enough background on the characters and storylines to give longtime readers a quick refresher and new readers the chance to enjoy our work without feeling lost … anyone can feel comfortable picking up each book as standalone reads.” I believe they do a beautiful job of this by writing an intriguing mystery with charming characters in a city large enough to house any number of stories. I think this series has longevity because the authors make each entry a self-contained story but leave the long-term relationships flowing from book to book. Each book carries a different theme while they all engage in a bit of social satire and have a biting sense of humor.

Narrator Rebecca Gibel does an excellent job portraying the multitude of characters with varying accents. I love how she reads Madame, and her effort with Gus and Silvio are equally compelling.

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