Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 5) by Cleo Coyle

By Cleo Coyle

Whilst an outdated pal of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated espresso bean and smuggles it into the rustic, Clare Cosi, supervisor of Village mix, believes it is a enterprise chance she must least until eventually the 1st lifeless physique exhibits up.

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We stopped our private conversation and glanced at the new customer. Once we saw who it was, however, our responses weren’t even close to identical. “It’s Mike,” I said, my mood immediately lightening. Across the room, Detective Mike Quinn nodded in greeting. His usual glacial gaze warmed as it took me in. Then his attention shifted to Matt and the chill returned. D e c af f e i na t e d Corpse 39 Matt tensed, a scowl cutting lines in his face that I hadn’t seen before. ” “We’re friends,” I whispered.

I’d be in there for hours for absolutely no reason. I’m fine. ” Ric looked up at our con­ cerned faces. ” He handed Joy back the cup of water she’d brought him. “Thank you, love. But I’d like to warm up a bit. ” Matt laughed. “You certainly came to the right place for that. ” “Decaf,” Ric replied. “You have my beans, I take it? ” Tucker spoke up. “Oh, we liked them. ” Ric smiled. “Good, good, excellent. ” He gave a little bow, tossing his newly highlighted hair like a Shakespearean troubadour. ” Ric was obviously pleased by his enthusiasm.

The attraction between me and Mike was something else, something more. Over the past year, we’d flirted reg­ ularly, laughed at each other’s jokes, and shared many a long, quiet conversation. But as long as Mike was trying to D e c af f e i na t e d Corpse 47 make his marriage work, there was no way I was going to allow us to cross that platonic line. Things were different now . . and yet they still weren’t right . . My ex-husband’s little prediction about the man “making moves” on me was quaint, but I didn’t believe it for a sec­ ond.

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