Holiday Buzz – Cleo Coyle

5/5 Long-Distance Relationships

On The Back:

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—and when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target. Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and she’s not going to rest until justice is served.

My Thoughts:

Ms. Coyle has a real talent! Every mystery in this series gets bigger and better.

The characters were great, I like how some of the characters introduced in the last few books are reappearing more and more. I also liked the quirky detective, though I wasn’t supposed to. I also loved that Quinn’s kids, Molly and Jeremy had a slightly bigger part in this book, though I still want to see more of them.

The only downpoint in this book was Breanne. In Espresso Shot I thought the authors were going to have her as a recurring characters, and she didn’t seem as bad in that book, she was quite likeable, actually. But now she’s taken a 180 degree turn and the small part she plays in this book is almost hateful.

Besides Breanne this book was another great installment in an amazing series. Great mystery, great setting, great characters. What more could you ask for in a book?

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