Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Dead To The Last Drop by Cleo Coyle

On the Run in Washington with Coffeehouse Mystery author Cleo Coyle

 What would you do if a handsome federal agent burst into your shop, offered you his hand, and told you: “Your life is in danger, and you must come away with me now, no questions asked.”

If you’re coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, and the agent is decorated Detective Mike Quinn, on special assignment with the US Justice Department, you would take his hand and go.

A divorced, single mom in her forties, Clare Cosi is a coffeehouse manager by day, a relentless snoop by night. In Dead to the Last Drop, now available in its new paperback edition, Clare sets out to caffeinate our nation’s capital and becomes embroiled in a capital crime—one that involves the disappearance of the President’s college-age daughter.

Is this troubled young woman a runaway bride? Or is she in grave danger?

To answer that question, Clare takes readers on a suspense-filled ride through Washington, DC; and although this murder mystery has plenty of thrills and page-turning twists, it’s also laced with humor, heart, and hearty good food. Because you can’t save the world on an empty stomach—at least Clare and Detective Quinn can’t. And as food lovers ourselves, neither can my husband and I!

If you are new to our Coffeehouse Mystery series, don’t let that discourage you from picking up Dead to the Last Drop. You can certainly read it as a stand-alone story, and if you like the ride, you have fourteen more books to enjoy.

But don’t miss this Washington entry. It’s embedded with hidden secrets about our nation’s capital that were inspired by my own experiences while living, studying, and working in DC.

And as you enjoy the book, be sure to drop by our new Jazz Space,, a virtual extension of the relaxed jazz supper club featured in Dead to the Last Drop. Listen to some of the music mentioned in the book, visit the locations, sample some recipes, and even listen to free live jazz, any night of the week.

Click HERE to read the prolouge and first chapter.

Dead to the Last Drop is also a culinary mystery, with an appendix of more than 25 delicious recipes, including Double-Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes, Easy “Cake Pan” Cheesecake, the best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe you may ever bake, and a fantastic version of Black Magic Cake with a “secret ingredient” chocolate frosting.


To see the book’s free Recipe Guide click HERE.



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 Black Magic Cake photo by Alice Alfons

Guest post provided by the publisher.

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deadSeries: A Coffeehouse Mystery (Book 15)
Publisher: Berkley (December 1, 2015)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425276090
ISBN-13: 978-0425276099
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


From the New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Grind comes a new installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.

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!

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Dead to the Last Drop to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on September 21st

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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Cleo Coyle is the pseudonym for the New York Times bestselling wife-and-husband writing team of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini. In addition to their 13 Coffeehouse Mystery novels, their 5 Haunted Bookshop novels (written under the name Alice Kimberly), are popular works of amateur sleuth fiction for Penguin. Their latest release, Billionaire Blend, was honored with a starred review by Kirkus, a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews, and is a Featured Alternate Selection of the Mystery Guild. When not haunting coffeehouses or hunting ghosts, Alice and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. Alice is a former journalist and author of children’s and young adult books. Marc is an author of military nonfiction and thrillers. They live and work in New York City. 

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  1. Gloria Walshver says:

    Sounds like a good book.

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