Coyle really ups the ante in book 6 of the Coffeehouse Mystery series. This time, there are 5 bodies (as opposed to Decaffeinated Corpse's 3) and relationships are finally moving forward from their holding pattern for the last five installments. That's not to say that this one was so much better than the last one, but it was interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading to figure out whodunnit. I was absolutely sure I knew who the murderer was, and I was totally wrong. I really enjoy when an author can do that, because way too often in a mystery you figure out who the murderer is before the protagonist and you're just waiting for them to catch on. There was plenty of coffee talk, as usual, and the setting wasn't just the backdrop of the Village Blend. Clare was all over the place in this one- the restaurant Solange, a nightclub called Flux, a restaurant that's home to the russian mob, and even all the way out to Queens. The change of scenery was great and gave me more of a feeling of my surroundings, having been to NYC many times myself.
That being said, there were a few things here I didn't like- Matt trying to push himself onto Clare and cause angst, and Clare's daughter Joy who just rubs me the wrong way every time she's on the page.
Other than that, there's a lot of story threads here, and Coyle meshes them together rather seamlessly. The constant bouncing of setting kept the story fresh and interesting, and the high body count certainly doesn't hurt. I love where Mike and Clare's relationship is headed, too. All in all, a great little mystery that really benefits from the reader having read the first 5 in the series.
After reading some not-so-good reviews, I was a little scared going into this book. But one-third into the book, I was really into it and I remembered all the good things with its' pleasant writing. The murder was fun to read, the characters not so interesting (especially the newer ones) but certainly very familiar as we are into the seventh book of the series. I love how Coyle is willing to bring disappointment and failures in her characters' life. It's not always picture perfect for them. I will say though that on the investigative side of things, I don't generally like Clare's method of investigation. It's sorta the opposite of how the forces do, no? But maybe that's why she get the answers every single time.
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