Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Crime 2009

Over the last few years I've posted about a few books each December with a Christmas setting and these can be found here.

Kerrie has a meme, aggregating posts from different blogs suggesting Christmas titles at Mysteries in Paradise. Here's one from me which has nothing to do with euro crime but everything to do with coffee!

There's nothing cozier than a winter evening in Greenwich Village. Streetlights shimmer through icy flakes, caf├ęs 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 Cleo Coyle's nationally bestselling 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.

I haven't read any of this series yet but I have enjoyed the authors'* Alice Kimberley books.
(*Alice Alfonsi and husband Marc Cerasini.)


Bernadette in Australia said...

I've read all but one of this series and enjoyed them...I like books set in New York and these are fun. I must track down this christmassy one - perhaps in time for next year

Dorte H said...

A coffeehouse Christmas crime?

This one sounds like a must for next Christmas :D

Kerrie said...

Thanks for this contribution Karen. Another to look out for

kathy d. said...

Talk about book cover, love this one for Holiday Grind.