Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
About Brewed Awakening
Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
18th in Series
Berkley (December 3, 2019)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GQHK51D
From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Shot in the Dark and Dead Cold Brew, comes a delicious new entry in the “fun and gripping” (The Huffington Post) Coffeehouse Mysteries.
When coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi awakens on a bench in Washington Square Park, she has no idea she’s been missing for the past week, or that her friends and family have been frantic with worry. Now that she’s back, everyone is overjoyed, including a handsome NYPD detective who claims to be her fiancé. But to Mike Quinn’s crushing distress, Clare doesn’t remember him, or much of anything about the last decade of her life.
Clare’s missing memory is tied to a crime she witnessed. An acquaintance of Clare’s elegant employer–and fellow member of an exclusive Gotham circle known as “The Ladies Who Brunch”–invited Clare to her posh hotel to sample gourmet wedding cakes. The pair took a stroll after their indulgent tasting and, according to security camera footage, a masked figure snatched the hotel heiress at gunpoint with Clare looking on. Did the kidnapper take Clare, too? The camera went dark, just like Clare’s memory. Soon authorities grow suspicious. Is Clare really a victim? Or merely acting like one? Evidence is mounting that she set the woman up.
To clear her name, Clare must find a way to reclaim her memories and rescue the heiress before this high-stakes crime ends in tragedy. Otherwise, instead of walking down the aisle, Clare may find herself perp-walking to prison as an accomplice to kidnapping and murder.
Great read with an interesting take on memory loss! I really enjoyed it!!!!
Clare is a newly engaged woman at the very beginning of the book, and she is happy and ready to start her new life with Mike. All that changes when Clare wakes up on a bench in Washington Square Park. All her family and friends are scared because she has been missing, but none of them are expecting the Clare they get back. She has lost her memory of the last 15 years. This is just part of the story. It may be connected to the missing hotel heiress, Annette Brewster. Then, there Dr. Lorca, the man who is supposed to help her regain her memory, but with a very controversial method, isolating her from all her family and friends.
The interconnected mysteries are great. Many writers may not be able to pull off those separate yet connected plotlines, but not Cleo Coyle. It was fantastic! There were many plot twists I didn’t see coming.
While the mystery was wonderful, Coyle also pulled my emotions into the storyline as well. I cannot imagine how Clare was feeling. This woman didn’t even know what a smart phone was! She thinks her daughter is 11 when in reality she is now a grown woman, not to mention, her complicated past with her ex. She doesn’t even know she is newly engaged to the sweet, strong Mike.
Not only is she suffering but so are her family and friends…poor Mike. The woman he has loved and spent time gaining her trust and love doesn’t even know him. It broke my heart. I did like the premise of her getting to know him and falling in love with him all over again…that warmed my heart!
To make the book even better, there are a ton of recipes and tips from The Village Blend!!!! I can’t tell you how much I LOVED Brewed Awakening!!!!
About Cleo Coyle
CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. 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.
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Cleo Coyle Gives her Characters a Brewed Awakening + Recipe and Giveaway
Brewed Awakening marks the 18th Coffeehouse Mystery that my husband and I have written. Like every entry in our long-running series, this story centers on Clare Cosi, a single mom in her forties with a complicated personal life and a talent for amateur sleuthing.
Clare manages a charming, century-old coffeehouse in New York’s historic Greenwich Village, and she’s often in a position to know more than the police about the quirky and creative community she serves. When crime happens and the professionals hit dead ends, Clare goes to work.
For her latest case, Marc and I began our story development with a conversation over (you guessed it) coffee. As a married couple, we’ve been through decades of ups and down. But what if those years were wiped from our memories? Would we still be drawn to each other? If so, how exactly does “like” deepen into something more? When does love happen?
With Clare on a path to be married to her longtime boyfriend, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn, we decided to explore those questions in Brewed Awakening, and we agreed that Clare would suffer from a traumatic memory loss. Her damaged memory is tied to a crime she witnesses, one that lands her in a great deal of hot water. To get herself out, and reclaim the love of her life, Clare must find a way to recover what she’s lost. But will she? Or is her life, as she once knew it, gone forever?
If you’re a newcomer to our Coffeehouse world, don’t hesitate to pick up Brewed Awakening. Every Coffeehouse Mystery can be read as a stand-alone story. And, if you like one, you’ll have seventeen more to enjoy. But don’t miss our latest. We hope you’ll find this mystery about memory to be unforgettable.
“Amid the delightfully twisty mystery, Coyle poses an intriguing question: if you lost all memory of your beloved, would you fall for him all over again?”
—Publishers Weekly on Brewed Awakening
FREE RECIPE GUIDE
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Cleo Coyle’s new culinary mystery, Brewed Awakening, includes an appendix of recipes that will show you how to prepare the delicious foods and drinks mentioned in the story. To see, print, or download the free, illustrated guide to the book’s recipe section, click here
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FREE CHECKLIST OF CLEO’S 18 TITLES
Coffeehouse Mysteries in Order:
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