Through the Grinder

Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle (2004, Berkeley Publishing Group) is my first ever Cleo Coyle novel but this is the author’s second book in her Coffeehouse Mystery series.

It centers on Clare Cosi who manages The Village Blend, a coffeehouse in New York City. However, as the business booms, customers are dying. One jumped at the subway track, another jumped off the building, and another flung herself to a truck. All of them have two things in common: they were Village Blend regular customers, and had met Bruce Bowman a few days before they died.

Bruce is an architect who specializes in restoring historic architectural homes and buildings and shares a special interest in coffee and art with Clare. Meanwhile, Detective Mike Quinn, after confessing his marital problem with her, is not convinced that these were suicides but homicide and he’s suspecting Bruce.

A love triangle brewing? Perhaps. But wait, Clare’s ex-husband Matteo has just returned!

Reading a good romantic mystery plus doses of knowledge on coffee and recipes (I want to try the Coffee-Marinated Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Hearty Coffee Gravy), I’ll give it 5 out of 5 stars. I’m now a Cleo Coyle fan.