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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Once Upon a Grind comes an exciting new installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.

Clare's visit to the nation's capital is off to a graceful start. Her octogenarian employer is bunking with her in a charming Georgetown mansion, and a Smithsonian curator invites her to work on its culinary salute to coffee in America.

Clare's new village blend, called DC, is struggling to earn a profit until it attracts a high-profile fan: the college-age daughter of the president. Clare's stock rises as the first lady befriends her, but she soon learns a stark lesson. Washington can be murder.

First she finds a dead body in a back booth. Then the president's daughter goes missing. Is she a runaway bride, or is something more sinister in play? After another deadly twist, Clare is on the run with her NYPD detective boyfriend. Branded an enemy of the state, she must piece together clues and uncover the truth before her life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness come to a bitter end.

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I had a couple of issues with this one.

I found this story slow and predictable. I saw the end far too early.

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Tired plot lines

How many times will Claire or Mat be accused, arrested for, and/or charged for murder? Perhaps Cleo Coyle should look to murder she wrote for ideas about suspenseful plot lines that do not grow so weary. I love the characters, by in large. But I wish the stories would take a strong hit of the espresso they so lovingly describe.

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A win, with a few caveats

This book was much different in storytelling style. It book hops around between present day & flashbacks until the two coincide and the crime is solved at the end. I really liked that new approach up to this series. Also, at first I didn't like the story being set in D.C... I missed a lot of the old characters, but this book does find a way to bring them in, so it blends things together nicely.
I only had one qualm about the story line, and it has to do with Claire. She seems to think it's her right to be privy to classified info. She sneaks to into Mike's highly confidential phone to read emails, and is annoyed when Mike gets private info delivered to him from a female detective. Like she was beside herself that the info wasn't just automatically shared with her. Is this for real? He works for the special PD in the Capitol. It's not her right & would be super illegal in real life.
Then, Claire gives the head CIA security agent tips on how to do their job. We are to believe she had security ideas the highly trained secret service team didn't... Because yeah, that's reasonable. This book pushed the limits of realism to a level that ruined it in certain ways. If this book was going to be set in DC with the CIA, FBI & President of the US, then I expected Cleo Coyle to do a better job with those plot details.

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Dead to the Last Drop

A different approach in the writing style was refreshing. Very entertaining and intriguing to the very end. On to the next book.

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Riveting Plot Woven with Multi-story Lines

Unbelievable new style of story telling blending time-lines and plot in spellbinding excitement. Best yet!

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Best story ever!

I loved the story. The end was a surprise and I can't always say that!

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great read

Great series and easy to read . i would recommend this book highly to people how like twisted.

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Excellent! Engaging! Good to the last drop!!!

I loved Rebecca Gibel's narration of this book; she is extremely talented! Excellent inflections throughout

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A little convoluted

The plot had so many twists and turns, I got lost a few times. Also, the way the story was told, looking back from the present to the past just didn't work well for me. I would think I'd heard the whole story and then back we'd go for more plot. Very busy.
I did like the way it ended.

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Nice to have a new addition

It's nice to have a new addition to the Coffeehouse Mysteries. I had a difficult time trying to decide how to write this review. I've been a fan of this series since the very first book. I found this particular installment a bit of a reach, but I still found it enjoyable. One problem I had made my skin tingle. As a retired deputy sheriff, the pronouncing of individual letters, B-O-L-O, (be on the lookout for) law enforcement officers usually say, bolo, as a word, not letters. Even so, I still highly recommend this book as well as the entire series. I also recommend starting with the first book, On What Grounds?