Title: Decaffeinated Corpse
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (2007)
This is the 5th book in the coffeehouse mystery series and fits squarely in the cosy category. In this outing Clare Cosi and the crew at the Village Blend coffee shop are doing the unthinkable: becoming major players in the decaf coffee business. An old friend has developed the world’s first botanically decaffeinated bean and, if they can all stay alive and out of prison, it should set the coffee-drinking world on fire.
I have all sorts of motivations for choosing particular books and my reasons for reading this series include the fact I love New York and I’m also a bit of a coffee addict and I enjoy all the ‘inside-baseball’ coffee facts the series offers. This book did have the usual amount of coffee trivia and featured a couple of ‘only in New York’ moments but, even so, it wasn’t as enjoyable as the others in the series. It seemed to have a long and fairly pointless build up (the first murder doesn’t occur until half way through the book) and then a very rushed, barely comprehensible resolution. To me it felt like this book fell victim to the ‘writing by formula’ disease that, unfortunately, some series fall into. The great characters, like Clare’s ex mother-in-law Madame Dubois, weren’t given room to shine and the plot was just pedestrian.
I admit that with work being frantic and seasonal madness I’m not at my reading best right now but that’s the time I usually love to escape with a good cosy and this one just didn’t grab me.
My rating 2.5/5