Can coffee kill you? If it’s valuable enough, the answer is yes. In the entertaining murder mystery Coffee to Die For by Linda French, coffee plants provide a motive for murder. Dr. Leo Faber, a botanist at the University of Washington with funding from biotech giant AgroGene, has developed a naturally chocolate-flavored coffee plant. Coffee expert Luigi Oliveri hosts a cupping of Leo’s hybrid coffee and loves it. But before Leo can enjoy his success, he is murdered, and his coffee plants have disappeared. It’s up to Professor Theodora Morelli to locate the missing plants and find out whether Leo in fact died for coffee.
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