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Dead Cold Brew: 06/10/20

Dead Cold Brew

Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle is the sixteenth book in the Coffeehouse mystery series. Mike has proposed to Clare with a ring made from some of Madam's diamonds. Their celebration is interrupted by a lawyer who has shocking news involving a sunken Italian ship and a missing national treasure.

Meanwhile a beloved family friend who happens to be Matteo's godfather, is poisoned. The crime appears tied to the sunken ship. Things are further complicated by a developer who plans to launch a modern day replica of the ship.

In my head the diamonds and the ship played out like a coffee driven fugue of The Pink Panther and Titanic. It didn't help that the diamonds were cats' eye diamonds, known for their particular flaws.

The historic plot is straight forward. The big reveal is obvious from the get-go and it's just a matter of waiting for the characters to reach the same conclusion. It would have been so much easier on everyone if Madam just admitted she had known the truth for decades.

The modern day mystery is less obvious, though the key players aren't exactly subtle in their machinations. Just go with the reality that this book might also be hiding a Bond villain or two.

Book seventeen is Shot in the Dark (2018).

Five stars

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