#Review A Brew to a Kill by Cleo Coyle @CleoCoyle #Mystery
I am going to try and change my reviews to be better than just an ‘I like this book’. So if an author has discussion questions posted on their website I will be using some or all of them to talk about the book.
I had one major problem with this book. The author put in safety harness in place of a seatbelt. Granted the car was a BMW but to my knowledge BMW’s have a seatbelt and not a safety harness. I wonder if this was an editor’s mistake or what.
1. The prologue introduces readers to “the Driver,” a character intent on committing murder. What is the Driver’s mood? Are there clues that attach the Driver to the victim? What did the victim do for a living?
The driver seems calm, cool, and collected. He does project a little bit of anxious about the cyclist not knowing what is coming and when the cyclist slowed to ogle a female. The victim was a doctor, a plastic surgeon to be exact but that is not known until later in the story.
2. “Change lanes or run it down…” What do you think the Driver meant by this? Did this idea come up again in the story?
A driver needs to change lanes or they will run over something. To me the driver meant that if he had a last-minute change of heart he could have moved to a different lane. I honestly thought this phrase was added to another part of the story but in my search I could not find it.
3. Clare’s story opens in the middle of a lesson in business management—and Clare is the pupil. What is Madame trying to teach Clare? How well does Clare apply the lesson in the book?
Madame is trying to show Clare that no matter how much you and your business partner might disagree on something each of you need to find a compromise. Clare learned this lesson well in her dealings with Kaylie and her Kupcake Kart
4. Why does Clare end up “investigating” Mad Max along with the case? How does Mad Max change the direction of the story?
Clare thought that Mad Max might have a specific agenda to uphold instead of getting justice for everyone. Then Clare thought Mad Max was crazy man who hated females. Max shows Clare that just because bad things happened in the past does not mean good things will never happen to the person again in the future.
5. Why is Clare’s love interest, Mike Quinn, in Washington, D.C.? Why does Clare quiz him about Mad Max? Did anything she learn change your opinion of Mad Max?
Mike went to D.C. to talk/work with the DEA. She asks Mike questions about Max because he called Mike a nickname she did not understand. Clare wanted to know everything possible about Max so she would know who and what she was dealing with. Yes the questions and answers changed my opinion. No matter what we as humans need to look at people and not judge them based on looks or how they speak.
6. What does “Two Wheels Good” mean? Do you have an opinion about this group’s philosophy? How about their tactics?
To mean ‘Two Wheels Good’ means that the two wheels on a bicycle are better than the four wheels on a car. Honestly think the philosophy of this group sucks. Something they want would not really work not matter how large or small the city. The tactics of this group is beyond reprehensible. The group wants justice for wrongs that happen to them but they refuse to hand over evidence when they see something wrong happening. Then the group joyfully commits a crime.
7. Aspects of this mystery show the colorful diversity of New York’s food and ethnic culture. Did you learn anything new while reading this book?
Two cultures can work together without have a war. I have always heard that New York City is the City of Hope. I have never visited the city but I believe this to be true. Just look at all the different cultures living in this great city.
8. What do you think will happen at the end of this story with some of the characters—Max, Lily Beth, Clare, Quinn, and Matt? What would you like to see happen?
I would like for Max and Lily Beth to become a couple. Clare and Quinn need to move forward in their relationship. Matt needs to sell or give his part of the coffeehouse to Clare or Joy.
This was a good read. I really enjoyed how the author took readers to so many different areas of the city.
This book was part of the BookBunny challenge read.