Author: Cleo Coyle

Visit Cleo Coyle at her *virtual* coffeehouse: www.CoffeehouseMystery.com where she posts coffee picks, bonus recipes, and maintains a message board.

CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com. Scroll down the left column of the site's Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews that Cleo has given.

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Shot in the Dark - A Coffeehouse Mystery, #17

Shot in the Dark
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B07465ZYKT
  • Release: 2018-04-17
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Dead Cold Brew, comes a delicious new entry in the "fun and gripping" (The Huffington Post) Coffeehouse Mysteries.

A new smartphone dating game turns the Village Blend into a hookup hot spot, until one dark night, when a gunshot leaves a dead body behind and the landmark coffeehouse becomes the center of a whole new scene--a crime scene.  

As Village Blend manager Clare Cosi attempts to finalize a date for her wedding, her ex-husband becomes addicted to making dates through smartphone swipes. Clare has mixed feelings about these quickie matchups happening in her coffeehouse. Even her octogenarian employer is selecting suitors by screenshot! But business is booming, and Clare works hard to keep the espresso shots flowing. Then one dark night, another kind of shot leaves a dead body for her to find. 

The corpse is a successful entrepreneur who became notorious for his "hit it and quit it" behavior: prowling for women on dating apps, then devastating his conquests with morning-after insults. Though the NYPD quickly arrests one of his recent victims, Clare finds reason to believe she's been framed. 

Now, with the help of her ex and crew of quirky baristas, Clare starts "swiping" through suspects in her own shop, determined to find the real killer before another shot rings out. 

Includes a bang-up menu of tempting recipes.


Dead Cold Brew - A Coffeehouse Mystery, #16

Dead Cold Brew
  • 5 Stars Stars
  • Number: 9780425276112
  • Release: 2017-01-10
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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THE PERFECT PROPOSAL LEADS TO A CHILLING COLD CASE...

Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear...

After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare's finger, Clare's eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.

First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange, hidden treasure to Clare's daughter. Next, the renowned jeweler who designed Clare's ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a suspiciously charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York's most secret places before an old vendetta starts producing fresh corpses.

With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!


Dead to the Last Drop - A Coffeehouse Mystery, #15

Dead to the Last Drop
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425276105
  • Release: 2016-09-06
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Grind comes an exciting new installment in the "highly satisfying"* Coffeehouse Mystery series. *Publishers Weekly

After the White House asks coffeehouse manager and master roaster Clare Cosi to consult on the coffee service for a Rose Garden Wedding, she discovers a historic pot was used as a CIA "dead drop" decades before. Now long-simmering secrets boil over, scalding Clare and the people around her...

Clare's visit to the nation's capital is off to a graceful start. Her octogenarian employer is bunking with her in a charming Georgetown mansion, and she's invited to work with a respected curator on the Smithsonian's culinary salute to coffee in America.

Unfortunately, Clare's new Village Blend DC is struggling to earn a profit--until its second floor jazz club attracts a high-profile fan, the college-age daughter of the U.S. President. Clare's stock rises as the First Lady befriends her, but she soon learns a stark lesson: Washington can be murder.

First a stylish State Department employee suspiciously collapses in her coffeehouse. Then the President's daughter goes missing. Is she a runaway bride or is something more sinister in play? After another deadly twist, Clare is on the run with her NYPD detective boyfriend. Branded an enemy of the state, she must piece together clues and uncover the truth before her life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness come to a bitter end.

Includes great American recipes!

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Once Upon a Grind - A Coffeehouse Mystery, #14

Once Upon a Grind
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425270868
  • Release: 2015-09-01
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Blend comes an enchanting new entry in the "satisfyingly rich" Coffeehouse Mystery series. Includes wicked good recipes. When coffeehouse manager turned amateur sleuth Clare Cosi serves "magic" beans for a Fairy Tale Fall event, she brews up a vision that leads to a sleeping beauty in Central Park; a big, bad wolf of Wall Street; and an East Side enclave with storybook secrets...

Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The Musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi and her merry band of baristas give their coffee truck a "Jack and the Beanstalk" makeover for a Central Park festival. Clare's coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties. His octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds, but Clare remains skeptical--until she receives a vision that helps her find a young model's body in the park's woods. The police dismiss "sleeping beauty" as the victim of a drug overdose. Then Clare uncovers evidence that points to a list of suspects--from a New York Giant to quite a few wicked witches--and a cold case murder that reaches back to the Cold War. Now Clare is really in the woods with a dangerous predator on her heels and an investigation that leads from a secret Prince Charming Club right back to her own NYPD detective boyfriend. If she doesn't solve this mystery, those magic beans predict an unhappy ending.


The Cozy Cookbook - More than 100 Recipes from Today’s Bestselling Mystery Authors

The Cozy Cookbook
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425277867
  • Release: 2015-04-07
  • Authors: Laura Childs, Jenn McKinlay, Cleo Coyle, Julie Hyzy, B.B. Haywood
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, Food, Home, Style and Travel, Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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MORE THAN 100 RECIPES FROM

AVERY AAMES/DARYL WOOD GERBER - ELLERY ADAMS - CONNIE ARCHER - LESLIE BUDEWITZ - LAURA CHILDS - CLEO COYLE - VICTORIA HAMILTON - B. B. HAYWOOD - JULIE HYZY - JENN McKINLAY - PAIGE SHELTON

Great meals don’t have to be a mystery?but they can come from a mystery. Selecting the most delicious recipes from some of the most popular names in crime solving, The Cozy Cookbook serves up mouth-watering appetizers, entrèes, and desserts that will leave your family or book club group asking, ?Whodunit?”

In addition to recipes, choose a sleuth du jour from our menu of mystery series and get a taste of each of our authors’ bread and butter?page-turning puzzles and stay-up-all-night suspense in excerpts from their bestselling works.

Whether you like your meals sautéed, roasted, baked, or served cold like revenge, The Cozy Cookbook has something to satisfy every mystery fan.

This book contains previously published material.


Once Upon a Grind - Coffeehouse Mystery, #14

Once Upon a Grind
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425270851
  • Release: 2014-12-02
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Blend comes an enchanting new entry in the "satisfyingly rich" Coffeehouse Mystery series. Includes wicked good recipes!

When coffeehouse manager turned amateur sleuth Clare Cosi roasts "magic" beans for a Fairy Tale Fall event, she brews up a vision that leads to a sleeping beauty in Central Park; a big, bad wolf of Wall Street; and an East Side enclave with storybook secrets...

Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The Musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi and her merry band of baristas give their coffee truck a "Jack and the Beanstalk" makeover for a Central Park festival. Clare's coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties. His octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds, but Clare remains skeptical--until she receives a vision that helps her find a young model's body in the park's woods. The police dismiss "sleeping beauty" as the victim of a drug overdose. Then Clare uncovers evidence that points to a list of suspects--from a New York Giant to quite a few wicked witches--and a cold case murder that reaches back to the Cold War. Now Clare is really in the woods with a dangerous predator on her heels and an investigation that leads from a secret Prince Charming Club right back to her own NYPD detective boyfriend. If she doesn't solve this mystery, those magic beans predict an unhappy ending.


Billionaire Blend - Coffeehouse Mystery, #13

Billionaire Blend
  • Number: 9780425252918
  • Release: 2013-12-03
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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*Starred Review --Kirkus  Top Pick --RT Book Reviews 

Includes a wealth of delicious recipes. In this 13th entry of the Coffeehouse Mystery series, we return to the Village Blend, a charming coffeehouse in the heart of New York's picturesque Greenwich Village. When a car bomb goes off outside this landmark shop, single-mom and manager Clare Cosi comes to the aid of an anonymous customer, one who turns out to be billionaire tech whiz Eric Thorner. In gratitude for saving his life, Eric hires Clare to create the most expensive coffee blend on the planet. But as Clare is pulled deeper into Eric's world--a mesmerizing circle of cutting-edge luxuries and cutthroat rivalries--she begins to wonder: Is this charming young CEO marked for termination? Or is he the one making a killing? 

To solve this case, Clare will have to bribe a bomb squad lieutenant; conjure up a menu for a "billionaire's potluck"; fix her daughter's love life; stop a Slayer while working with one; and stay alive while doing it. Coffee: it can get a girl killed. Penguin hardcover release: December 3, 2013.

The New York Times bestselling author of Holiday Buzz serves readers a fresh new Coffeehouse Mystery.


Holiday Buzz - Coffeehouse Mystery, #12

Holiday Buzz
  • Number: 9780425255353
  • Release: 2012-12-04
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Cleo Coyle writes "a foodie's delight...and a satisfyingly rich mystery" (Kirkus), and now the New York Times bestselling author of  A BREW TO A KILL serves up a yuletide treat in her new Coffeehouse Mystery HOLIDAY BUZZ. 

Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice... At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker's assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as "The Christmas Stalkings." Clare's boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn't so sure, until she finds a second bludgeoned baker and becomes a target herself. Now Clare must investigate "Saint Nick," crash a pro-hockey party, and dodge a pair of reality TV divas--because she's not going to rest until justice is served.

Includes holiday and cookie recipes!


A Brew to a Kill - Coffeehouse Mystery, #11

A Brew to a Kill
  • Number: 9780425247877
  • Release: 2012-08-07
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Berkley
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"Coyle's Coffeehouse books are superb" (Library Journal), and now the New York Times bestselling author of MURDER BY MOCHA serves up a hot new Coffeehouse Mystery with A BREW TO A KILL. 

Coffee. It can get a girl killed. A shocking hit-and-run in front of her Village Blend coffeehouse spurs Clare Cosi into action. A divorced, single mom in her forties, Clare is also a dedicated sleuth, and she's determined to track down this ruthless driver who ran down an innocent friend and customer. In the meantime, her ex-husband Matt, the shop's globetrotting coffee buyer, sources some amazing new beans from Brazil. But he soon discovers that he's importing more than coffee, and Clare may have been the real target of that deadly driver. Can ex-husband and wife work together to solve this mystery--or will their newest brew lead to murder? Includes recipes.


Murder by Mocha - Coffeehouse Mystery, #10

Murder by Mocha
  • Number: 9780425241431
  • Release: 2011-08-02
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The New York Times bestselling author of Roast Mortem serves readers a fresh new Coffeehouse Mystery.

Includes chocolate recipes!

A divorced, single mom in her forties, Clare Cosi is a coffee shop manager by day, an irrepressible snoop by night. When something is wrong, she considers it her mission in life to right it, and murder is as wrong as it gets.

Can coffee enhance your love life? Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a Mocha Magic Coffee that's laced with an herbal aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at the product's launch party, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced someone wants control of the coffee's secret formula and is willing to kill to get it. Can she stir up evidence against this bitter killer? Or will she be next on the hit list?


Roast Mortem - Coffeehouse Mystery, #9

Roast Mortem
  • Number: 9780425234594
  • Release: 2010-08-03
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The national bestselling author brews up another mystery-and this time, it's New York's Bravest that get burned

After local firefighters pull Clare out of a blazing café, she happily comes to their rescue by teaching them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But matters really heat up when somebody is torching cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways...

Believing the two events are related, Clare investigates, staking out a five-borough bake sale and sniffing out clues in the pizza ovens of Brooklyn. When her detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn, is pulled into the fire of a false accusation, Clare is desperate to put out the flames. But will she be able to come to Mike's rescue before someone tries to extinguish her?


Holiday Grind - Coffeehouse Mystery, #8

Holiday Grind
  • Number: 9780425230053
  • Release: 2009-11-03
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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There's nothing cozier than a winter evening in Greenwich Village. Streetlights shimmer through icy flakes, cafés glow with welcoming warmth, and a layer of snow dusts historic townhouses like powdered sugar on holiday confections. Murder has no place in such a pretty picture, until now...

Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has grown very fond of Alfred Glockner, the part-time comic and genuinely jolly charity Santa who's been using her Village Blend as a place to warm his mittens. When she finds him brutally gunned down in a nearby alley, a few subtle clues convince her that Alfred's death was something more than the tragic result of a random mugging--the conclusion of the police. With Clare's boyfriend, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn, distracted by a cold case of his own, and ex-husband Matt investigating this year's holiday lingerie catalogs (an annual event), Clare charges ahead solo to solve her beloved Santa's slaying. Then someone tries to ice Clare, and she really gets steamed. But she'd better watch out, because if she fails to stop this stone cold killer, she may just get the biggest chill of her life.

This very special holiday entry in New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle's culinary mystery series includes a bonus section of delicious holiday recipes as well as a glossary of coffeehouse terms, instructions on making espressos and lattes without an expensive machine, and tips for creating tasty coffeehouse syrups at home.


Espresso Shot - Coffeehouse Mystery, #7

Espresso Shot
  • Number: 9780425221778
  • Release: 2008-09-30
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Book #7 in New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series...Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has been hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for her ex-husband?s wedding. But her main problem is bridezilla Breanne Summour. When people close to Breanne begin to suffer fatal accidents, it?s Clare who may get burned. 

This culinary murder mystery includes delicious recipes from the story.


French Pressed - Coffeehouse Mystery, #6

French Pressed
  • Number: 9780425220498
  • Release: 2008-04-01
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Book #6 in New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series...

Clare Cosi's daughter, Joy, is interning-and falling- for a top New York chef when his kitchen turns cutthroat, and Joy becomes a murder suspect. Clare knows she must catch the real killer-even if it lands her in the hottest water of her life.


Decaffeinated Corpse - Coffeehouse Mystery, #5

Decaffeinated Corpse
  • Number: 9780425216385
  • Release: 2007-07-03
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Book #5 in New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series...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.


Murder Most Frothy - Coffeehouse Mysteries, #4

Murder Most Frothy
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425211137
  • Release: 2006-08-01
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Book #4 in New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series...

Clare Cosi's new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she'll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee--for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer...

Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David's bathroom--a botched attempt on the millionaire's life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone's safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night--and it's not the java jitters...


Latte Trouble - Coffeehouse Mystery, #3

Latte Trouble
  • Number: 9780425204450
  • Release: 2005-08-02
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Book #3 in New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series...When one of her baristas unwittingly serves a poisonous latte to a prominent figure on the fashion scene, Clare Cosi must uncover some jolting secrets to save her shop.


Through the Grinder - Coffeehouse Mystery, #2

Through the Grinder
  • Number: 9780425197141
  • Release: 2004-10-05
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Book #2 in New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series... Business is booming at Clare Cosi's Village Blend, until her female customers start to die. Lieutenant Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, and, unfortunately, his prime suspect is the new man in Clare's life.

Now Clare will risk her heart--and her life--to follow the killer's trail to the bitter end.


On What Grounds - Coffeehouse Mystery, #1

On What Grounds
  • Number: 9780425192139
  • Release: 2003-09-02
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Book #1 in New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series..."The perfect cup of coffee is a mystifying thing. To many of my customers, the entire process seems like some sort of alchemy they dare not try at home...."

Ten years ago, Clare Cosi left an unhappy marriage along with a job she loved: managing the historic Village Blend coffeehouse in New York's Greenwich Village. For a decade, she was happy raising her daughter in the quiet suburbs of New Jersey; but now that Joy is grown and gone, life has gotten way too quiet for Clare. With a little cajoling from Madame, the Blend's flamboyant, elderly owner, Clare agrees to return to her old job, and right from the start she gets one heck of a jolt. On her first morning back as Village Blend manager, Clare unlocks the front door to find her beautiful, young assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. As Anabelle is rushed to the hospital, police arrive to investigate, but Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or foul play, and he deems it an accident. Clare disagrees; and after Quinn leaves, there are a few questions she just can't get out of her mind, like why was the trash bin in the wrong place? If this wasn't an accident, are her other baristas in danger? And are all NYPD detectives this attractive?


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