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  • Mass Market Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin USA (31 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425216381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425216385
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multipublished author who collaborates with her husband to write the nationally bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries. Although they did not meet until adulthood, Cleo and her husband had very similar upbringings. Both were children of food-loving Italian immigrants, and both grew up in working-class neighborhoods outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to the Big Apple to begin their postcollege careers: Cleo as a journalist and children's book and media tie-in author; and her husband as a magazine editor and writer. After finally meeting and falling in love, they married at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. Now they live and work in New York City, where they each write books independently and together, cook like crazy, haunt local coffeehouses, and drink a lot of joe. Among their many coauthored projects are the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, written under the pen name Alice Kimberly. Cleo enjoys hearing from readers. Visit her virtual Village Blend coffeehouse, where she also posts recipes and coffee industry news...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Stolk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2009
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"Decaffeinated corpse" is the fifth mystery novel in the Coffeehouse Mysteries-series by Cleo Coyle, and by far the best. (Not that the others weren't good; just that this one is even better). This series has grown with leaps and bounds, and especially the setting, for the most part in other parts of New York, away from the Village Blend makes this for a far more entertaining, energetic read.
Anyway, to recap for those new to this series: Clare Cosi is manager of the Village Blend, a historic coffee shop in New York's Greenwich Village. Her life is a complicated blend of managing the Village Blend; pleasing the customers with delightful espressos, lattes and other kinds of coffee; worrying about her daughter Joy who's now grown and gone but has a knack for getting into trouble; her attempts at managing the difficult, headstrong Village Blend's coffee buyer and also her coffeeshop-partner (AND ex-husband) Matt Allegro, not to mention the other beaus in her life like NYPD-detective Mike Quinn; and handling Madame, the Blend's flamboyant, elderly owner. To add something extra to this complicated brew, she also has a tendency to have things "happen around her", like murders.
Of course, in "Decaffeinated corpse" it doesn't take long before the first dead body shows up as she gets involved when an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean, which seems a great business opportunity for the Blend's international kiosks which have recently been started up by Matt. And after that, it really starts to get complicated as casualties start piling up and high on the suspects-list are those near and dear to her... But I leave it to the reader to find out how Clare manages to find the murderer...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Manning on 6 Mar. 2011
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At the Village Blend, Clare and her baristas refer to a decaffeinated espresso as a "why bother?" but Clare knows that a growing percentage of customers prefer decaf at least part of the time. So when an old friend of Matt's develops the first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean, Clare leaps at the exclusive opportunity to distribute the beans. But then Matt's friend is attacked and Clare begins to investigate as the body count begins to rise.

This is the fifth Coffeehouse Mystery (after On What Grounds, Through the Grinder, Latte Trouble and Murder Most Frothy). I was a little disappointed in the last one which left me apprehensive of beginning this one. Thankfully this is both a return to form and to the usual NYC setting.

The mystery this time revolves around the world of decaffeinated coffee and is full of infomation on how coffee beans are decaffeinated, and even touches on biopiracy and the intellectual property rights of new breeds of plant. Beginning with what appears to be a simple mugging, Clare's investigation quickly involves Madame and Quinn who is back for this book. Matt's relationship with Breanne is blossoming, as is Joy's inappropriate new relationship. The mystery takes centre stage though, and leads up to a brilliant ending.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2013
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Something about this series stops me getting into it completely. I found this better than some of the others, mainly because there is a lot of interesting information about growing coffee plants and cultivating different strains for the beans. As can be guessed from the title, a strain with no or low caffeine has been developed and while the coffee shop owner in NY prefers her coffee rich and strong, she agrees to sell the new blend. However this plant is valuable and someone appears keen to kill for it. If I fell over as many corpses as this lady, I'd move, but she keeps on selling coffee and asking questions. The characters never really grew on me but it is nice to see this corner of the big city.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2010
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Book 5 in 'The Coffee House Mystery' series and thank goodness it seems to be picking up again after the somewhat disappointing Book 4. If you're a Clare Cosi fan you'll be glad to know that she's back to her sleuthing best in this novel, which centers around The Village Blend's attempts to introduce decaff coffee into their store (shock horror!). To Clare, decaff has always been a strict no-no, but when a friend of her ex-husband Matteo proves he's produced a hybrid plant whose beans are de-caff but actually taste really good, she decides to give it a shot (no pun intended). However, when an attempt is made on the man's life, she has to wonder just who else wants the hybrid and if it really is worth murdering for...

Along with her former mother-in-law Madame, who also seems to be developing a penchant for crime solving, and a reluctant Matteo, Clare is determined to solve this mystery. Readers of the series will also be pleased to see the regular characters back (something sorely missing in the last book), especially brooding Detective Mike Quinn. I will say though, that Clare's irritating daughter Joy does make an appearance too, and Clare's nosy, pushy mothering skills bugged me a little in this one. Nevertheless, for a fan of the series you should definitely continue with this book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A Cuppa Joe and a good read 9 July 2007
By Curious Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Cleo Coyle has once again delighted us with a fast-paced mystery using the Village Blend coffee house as the center of activity. Her charcters, including bumbling ex hubby, Matt, and her delightful octogenarian former mother-in-law as well as her wanna be future love interest, Mike Quinn,are fascinating and funny and interesting.

Sometimes, Coyle gives us more information than we would ever want to know about growing coffee beans, properly processing coffee beans and the art of serving java. But it is easy to get past those moments simply because of the story line. She never stalls or gets bogged down, and instead keeps the reader glued because of the pace.

Finding yourself with a quiet Saturday afternoon or wanting a quick read during mobility, this is the one. You will not be disappointed.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
The coffee gets better and better... 23 July 2007
By Lizz A. Belle - Published on Amazon.com
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I own all of the coffeehouse mysteries and this one did not disappoint. Cleo Coyle has created believable characters and added coffee trivia to boot. I love that no matter how minor a role the character has, Coyle always seems to give a great deal of thought and detail to this person, even if they are only in the book for a minute number of pages.

I have noticed that the plots improve with every novel, as do the recipes. Coyle's whodunits are not so obvious as some other mystery writers and she often keeps me guessing right until the end.

I agree with another reviewer who said that she provides her readers with coffee tidbits and trivia, but she does not get bogged down and I never feel like the book stalls at these times. She never uses a term that might not be familiar to all without explaining it (Rita Mae Brown did this in her last novel) and her dialogue is funny, witty and easy to read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A decaf as good as the real deal? 25 May 2008
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It's approaching Halloween and the events of Murder Most Frothy have had some consequences. There's tension between Clare and her daughter Joy. Otherwise, it's business as usual at the Village Blend, the coffeehouse Clare manages in the Greenwich Village. Matt, Clare's ex-husband and partner in the coffeehouse, has brokered a deal with an old friend, Federico Gostwick, to be the exclusive distributor's of his naturally decaffeinated coffee. Clare just needs to convince her baristas that this decaf, known as 'why bother' in the coffee world, is truly worth the bother since they'll be serving the new decaf at a coffee tasting for ICGE (International Coffee Growers Exhibition) at the Beckman Hotel. Of course, that's before Federico was found unconscious in the alley alongside the Blend by Clare who was also knocked out as she checked to see if the body had a pulse. Neither Matt nor Ric want to report the attack which leaves Clare wondering what's really going on.

Clare's learned a thing or three about recognizing a lie or a stretched truth -- and Matt and Ric aren't telling her everything. Det. Quinn is no slouch in picking up clues and Tucker already mentioned the mugging in the alley; so Quinn gives Clare a bit of advice to keep her out of trouble. However, Clare can't just ignore it as more and more it begins looking like Matt may have pulled them into something that could backfire on them all. Once the bodies start to pile up, even Matt has to agree something is wrong and maybe, just maybe, Clare might have a point, or even two.

The characters are becoming more finely drawn as the series continues and as backstory and emotional history are layered in with the plot. Ric and Matt were friends when Matt and Clare were married so a few flashback memories add to the texture of the story.

Previously, coffee has been only a side issue to the crime and investigation, in Decaffeinated Corpse it's all about the coffee: who buys it, who controls it, who develops it, and how soon it can come to market. Coyle manages to fill the reader in on the history and tangled commercial business of the coffee world, or at least enough to allow the reader to understand what is involved and how it could be seen as a deadly serious enterprise.

The series keeps getting better and better and you should try the recipe for Clare's Cappuccino Muffins -- perfect with a nice cup of coffee and a good book, preferable Decaffeinated Corpse.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
decaffinated corpse 4 Aug. 2007
By Francesca Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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For me, two of the main draws of this series are the New York City setting & the information on coffee. This particular mystery was nothing special, & I enjoyed scenes at the Village Blend much more. As with most series, I've become attached to the characters, & I was very pleased to see a little tension in the Clare- Joy relationship. All in all, for me, the characters & the coffee made the mystery.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not one of her best 28 July 2007
By W. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read the entire series and do not feel this is one of the better. As has been noted by another reviewer, I also felt she got a bit heavy handed on the coffee trivia--and I am a coffee/coffeehouse lover. The problem with Decaf Corpse is that Ms. Coyle allows her main character to become a bit obnoxious in her nosiness in other people's lives. If this character were real, I don't think she'd have a friend in the world.... To me, the two in the series before this one were the best and I easily raced through them. This one did not hold my attention as those did. Of course, I'm not a decaf fan.... :-)
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