Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery) by Cleo Coyle

 Brewed Awakening

Cozy Mystery 18th in Series 
Berkley (December 3, 2019)
Hardcover: 368 pages 
ISBN-10: 0451488873 
ISBN-13: 978-0451488879
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.

This mystery is so compelling I could not put it down!
This book is very tense yet tempered with hilarity!
At the beginning of the book I was worried that the author had jumped ahead and that we were going to be missing out on YEARS of enjoying this series and the wonderful characters.
As it turns out, the one missing years of great memories is Clare. When she awakens, she turns to the safest place she DOES remember, only to have to go on the run with the one man she doesn't remember being her friend.
It is fascinating watching as her sense of memories slowly drips in, without the actual memories flowing smoothly back. This gives us hope but keeps the suspense high.
Those memories are not restricted to coffee and family moments (both good and bad.)
Clare also seems to know a lot about police procedures which surprises her. Where- why-how would she have come to this knowledge?

A delicious mixture of memory loss, medical mystery, police procedural, missed chances, family betrayal, greed and so much more!
This  fabulous series can be enjoyed whether read book by book or one after another.

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. 
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