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Murder by Mocha: 11/27/19

Murder by Mocha

Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle is the tenth book in the Coffeehouse mystery series. The Blend's special beans are being used in a new instant mocha mix, "Mocha Magic Coffee." being sold through Aphrodite's Village. Just before the official launch, things start going wrong: there's a faked murder scene in the hotel where Claire's client is staying; then at the launch, another of Aphrodite's "sisters" ends up murdered.

The Mocha Magic Coffee mix is billed as an aphrodisiac. The stuff Claire has tasted during the development is chocolatey and spicy, but not anything amazing in the love department. But at the launch, the stuff they are giving out as samples ends up being startling potent.

So the questions are who killed the associate and why? Who changed the formula and why?

But these two big questions and the actual mystery itself gets bogged down first in the extended prolog feeling start of the book with the fake murder and its investigation. Then things get further side-tracked with long scenes of people acting weird under the influence of the doctored Mocha Magic, including a dream sequence from Claire's own first person point of view.

The eleventh book in the series is A Brew to a Kill (2012)

Four stars

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