Cold Brew Corpse: A Coffee Lover’s Mystery by Tara Lush

Espresso bar owner Lana Lewis returns in Tara Lush’s second Coffee Lover’s mystery, a stimulating read that fans of Cleo Coyle and Laura Childs will savor to the last drop. 

It’s a steamy September, and business is brisk at Perkatory, the hottest coffee shop in Devil’s Beach, FL. Much of the clientele pours in from Dante’s Inferno, the hot yoga studio next door. But the bright, sunny Gulf Coast days turn decidedly dark-roast when the body of the studio’s owner turns up in a nearby swamp.

Between running Perkatory and training Stanley, her golden Shih Tzu puppy, reporter-turned-barista Lana Lewis is too busy to go sleuthing. But when the editor of the local paper asks her to write about the murder, Lana’s dreams of getting back into journalism start to percolate.

Lana discovers that the yogi has a nefarious past and her share of mug shots, so grinding her way through the suspect list is a large task. She learns that the victim was fatally beaned by an SUV before she was dumped in the swamp. But was the killer one of her students? An envious yoga teacher? Or a local photographer who seems to know too much?

But no one tells Lana Lewis what to do. Hunting the caf-fiend who killed the yogi puts Lana and Chief Noah’s relationship–and Lana’s life–in very hot coffee.

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In COLD BREW CORPSE, heroine Lana Lewis is obsessed with making the perfect cup of cold brew coffee.

As the author of the Coffee Lover’s Mystery series, I’ve experimented with cold brew at home. It’s pretty easy, and I can make a huge batch for the week, which saves me expensive trips to Starbucks.

Lately I’ve been taking my at-home coffee drinks up a notch, and I’d like to share my go-to Iced Mocha recipe with you.


  • 1 cup cold coffee. I brew my own cold brew, or you can buy a bottle of it at the store. My favorite brand is called STOK, and it can be found in the milk/creamer aisle of your grocery.
  • 2-4 tablespoons chocolate syrup (I’m giving a range because you may prefer it more or less sweet).
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I like Trader Joe’s Almond Vanilla, personally)
  • 1 cup ice


Place the coffee and the chocolate syrup in a cocktail shaker or container with a tight lid. Mason jars work well for this! Then pretend you’re on staff at Perkatory, the coffee shop in my series, and shake the mixture while listening to Fleetwood Mac.

When the coffee and chocolate are well combined, pour into a cup with ice, then add the milk.

I also like to add a touch of cinnamon powder on top. Enjoy while reading a good book!

About the Author

Tara Lush is a Florida-based author and journalist. She’s an RWA Rita finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow, and the winner of the George C. Polk award for environmental journalism.

She was a reporter with The Associated Press in Florida, covering crime, alligators, natural disasters, and politics. She also writes contemporary romance set in tropical locations under the name Tamara Lush.

Tara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, seashells, iPhones, Art Deco, telenovelas, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee, and newspapers. She lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband and two dogs.

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  1. This sounds like something I would enjoy. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  2. thank you for sharing the recipe. oh but this sounds like a wonderful book.

  3. Congrats on your release of Cold Brew Corpse, Tara, it sounds like a great mystery for me to solve and I cant' wait to get started! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it and have a fantastic day!

  4. This sounds like a really good book!

  5. Thank you for featuring my book and the recipe! I hope you enjoy!