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Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery #18) (Hardcover)
From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Dead Cold Brew, comes a delicious new entry in the “fun and gripping” (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.
About the Author
Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM.
Praise for Brewed Awakening by Cleo Coyle
“Told from multiple points of view, this sometimes poignant page-turner satisfies with plot twists, humor, and nicely rounded characters.”—Booklist
“Engrossing…Amid the delightfully twisty mystery, Coyle (the husband-and-wife team of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini) poses an intriguing question: if you lost all memory of your beloved, would you fall for him all over again?” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Coffeehouse Mysteries
"A gripping and entertaining mystery"—Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Sure to delight"—Publishers Weekly
“Clare and company are some of the most vibrant characters I’ve ever read.”—Mystery Scene
“Fun and gripping.”—The Huffington Post
“A delicious mystery!”—Woman’s World
“Cleo Coyle is by far one of the best…” –Fresh Fiction
“Mix[es] clever and intricate plots with a regular cast of characters who become more enjoyable with every episode.”—Booklist