Decaffeinated Corpse

Decaffeinated Corpse

Paperback - 2007
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When an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare Cosi, manager of Village Blend, believes it's a business opportunity she needs to investigate... at least until the first dead body shows up.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2007
ISBN: 9780425216385
0425216381

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RebelBelle13
Nov 05, 2018

This was a quick read, albeit not very memorable. I finished this yesterday and already I'm trying to recall what happened. Clare is back at the Village Blend in Manhattan (in the last book she was in the Hamptons) and it's Halloween time (no, I didn't plan that!) Her ex, Matt, is staying her ex, thank goodness, and Clare is moving on with her life. Matt and his friend from Brazil, Ric, are investing in a new, biologically, naturally decaffeinated coffee plant. Ric gets mugged, PI's get involved, there's a car chase, we learn about the history of smuggled coffee plants, and as usual, are educated on coffee brewing. I'm glad that Clare's back in the Village. Most of the charm and appeal of this series is in the atmosphere of Manhattan and the detail of the coffee, and the brewing and grinding and pressing process. Clare and her mother-in-law are their nosy sleuthy selves, Matt continues to be a player, and Joy continues to be the annoying, lacking all common sense, spoiled foible for her mother to play off of. The murder doesn't occur until page 200 out of a 260 page book. There's then two more in rapid succession- and it feels very rushed.
Honestly, this was OK. It read quickly and kept me entertained, but there's not much sticking power here. I'll continue with the series, because I finally like where Mike and Clare are headed, and I can always read more about coffee.

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nidofito
Feb 05, 2015

This was a lot better than her previous book. Clare's involvement into the murder mystery was introduced more smoothly than in the last one. I prefer having my protagonist stumble upon trouble rather than consciously go looking for it. Another big factor for my enjoyment was having both Madame and Matt part of investigative team. And as always, the educational factor regarding coffee, its history, manufacturing and trading etc. is always a big plus for me.

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