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Holiday Grind (A Coffeehouse Mystery)

Holiday Grind (A Coffeehouse Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Cleo Coyle
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There's nothing cozier than a winter evening in Greenwich Village. Streetlights shimmer through icy flakes, cafés glow with welcoming warmth, and a layer of snow dusts historic townhouses like powdered sugar on holiday confections. Murder has no place in such a pretty picture, until now...

Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has grown very fond of Alfred Glockner, the part-time comic and genuinely jolly charity Santa who's been using her Village Blend as a place to warm his mittens. When she finds him brutally gunned down in a nearby alley, a few subtle clues convince her that Alfred's death was something more than the tragic result of a random mugging--the conclusion of the police. With Clare's boyfriend, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn, distracted by a cold case of his own, and ex-husband Matt investigating this year's holiday lingerie catalogs (an annual event), Clare charges ahead solo to solve her beloved Santa's slaying. Then someone tries to ice Clare, and she really gets steamed. But she'd better watch out, because if she fails to stop this stone cold killer, she may just get the biggest chill of her life.

This very special holiday entry in Cleo Coyle's nationally bestselling mystery series includes a bonus section of delicious holiday recipes as well as a glossary of coffeehouse terms, instructions on making espressos and lattes without an expensive machine, and tips for creating tasty coffeehouse syrups at home.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 795 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425237885
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (3 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DW935G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fa-la-la-la-la Lattes 10 Mar 2011
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Clare's grown fond of local charity Santa Al Glockner whose good will means he not only raises money for charity, but also takes his Santa stand-up routine into local homeless shelters to spread festive cheer. But when he fails to show for Clare's tasting party for her fa-la-la-la-la lattes, she goes to look for him and finds him gunned down in a nearby alley. When the police decide his death was the result of a random tragic mugging, Clare decides to investigate and soon finds Santa had a few secrets hidden in his closet.

This is the eight Coffeehouse Mystery and is the first holiday focused book of the series. It seems all cozy mystery series end up doing a Christmas-type book at some point and this series is no exception. Using the somewhat standard Santa gets whacked storyline, I still found this enjoyable even though I read it at the wrong time of year (March). The author has given the story it's own unique twist, dealing with dodgy loan sharks, two-faced celebrities and even blackmail.

The mystery is well-thought out and full of twists and turns, and I didn't see the ending coming at all. Clare herself is put in more danger because of her snooping this time, resulting in several close encounters. Hopefully this will mean she's more cautious in future books, and I'll be interested in seeing whether this is carried through. I was a little disappointed to see tiny hints of the love triangle between Clare, Matt and Quinn sneaking into the storyline here, especially as I thought that had been concluded in the last book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coffee lovers 14 Jun 2013
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Great story and lots of information about coffee! I enjoyed it very much indeed. Have now read all of Cleo's series.
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By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I waited AGES for this book to come out in paperback so it could match the rest of my set (I'm a bit weird like that) and am happy to confirm it was worth the wait, though in my opinion it's not *quite* as strong as the rest of the series.

The 8th book in the Coffee House mystery series has a festive theme and sees owner of NYC's Village Blend (and amateur sleuth) Clare Cosi trying to find out just who murdered the local travelling charity Santa Claus, Alf. Aided by her friends, Clare is determined to find out just who would want to ice Father Christmas, but after an attempt is made on her own life in retaliation, Clare starts to lose her own cool...

As I've said, this was a good read but for me didn't quite stand out as much as some of the others in this brilliant series. The plot seemed a bit jumpy and stop-start in places and I couldn't quite pick out who the murderer was as easily as usual, so I think this was the reason why- it just didn't seem to flow as easily as usual. Nevertheless, it was really good catching up with all the Blend regulars again, including Barista Tucker and of course Madame.

There were some aspects I enjoyed however: brattish daughter Joy was hardly in this one (hurrah!) and there were some good awkward comedy moments between Clare and ex-hubby Matteo. Not to mention the introduction of a `vigilante' cop (Franco) who I actually thought was a well-written character and.. dare I say it... another potential romantic interest for Clare in future books?

Also back was delectable Mike Quinn, gruff cop and Clare's boyfriend who amusingly tolerates her sleuthing and never fails to believe in her, bless him.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner 3 Nov 2009
By Holly - Published on
This is my favorite mystery series and the most recent installment does not disappoint. I am not sure how the quality has consistently remained so high, but it has. This is the eighth installment and it is just as good as all the others.

It's Christmas time in New York City and at the Village Blend Coffee House. Snow is falling, lights are twinkling and a charity Santa is found dead in the alley by Clare Cosi. Clare is the co-owner and manager of the Village Blend, an independent coffee house in the heart of Greenwich Village. She has a propensity for finding dead bodies and a strong need to help solve the murder. Since the expired Santa was an acquaintance of hers that often came into the Blend to warm up from his rounds, this time is no exception.

As with all the Coffeehouse mysteries, the setting is paramount. The holiday season and all its craziness is written about perfectly with the scenes coming alive in the reader's mind. Many of the characters we have come to love (and hate) are back including Matt and Bree, Mike Quinn and many of the baristas at the Blend. A great, believable mystery is at the heart of this book and it kept me guessing until the end.

While I love the series and would encourage the reader to read all of them from the beginning, it would be possible for someone to pick this one up as it stands on its own.

Another winner in a winning series !
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coffee Lady is back 4 Nov 2009
By Marilyn T. - Published on
I've been a reader of this series from the beginning, as well as a frequent visitor to the virtual Village Blend coffeehouse, [...]. This latest installment is a winner. She really brings the feel of Christmas in the city, in particular, the Village, alive. I won't recap the bones of the story, as that's been handled by the other reviewers. Suffice it to say, the mystery is a particularly good one, and I didn't see all the aspects of the end, coming. Clare gets in some comical situations, as well as some dangerous ones, which gives the book a good balance. I enjoy the way her relationship with her ex-husband is handled,: "We'd run our wagon wheels over this road so often, the grooves reached the earth's mantle", as well as her current relationship with Detective Mike Quinn, who comes with an ex as well as two children. It gives a realistic look at a mature relationship that comes with baggage. I'm not a huge fan of similes, and she uses a few, but contains herself, unlike some other authors I could name HA! A special bonus is the last section of the book meant to serve as a primer of all things coffee related: history, terms, drink recipes. She includes recipes for holiday baking as well, and infuses those with things related to characters in the story. Her directions are very specific as well and easy to follow. Well done! I'm waiting (impatiently) for the next book!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Does Christmas Taste Like? 3 Nov 2009
By J. Anderson - Published on
What Does Christmas Taste like? (opening line of Chapter one)

And smell like and make one's mouth water for drinks and treats not usually part of one's normal diet.

This December Holiday entry in Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse mystery series, with Clare Cosi, head barista and sleuth, has the gift for the reader of additional recipes for various special holiday coffee drinks as well as desserts: And, much information on the growing and selling of coffee and how it is made.

But the real treat is the excellent writing and character development from author Coyle.

Coyle has the ability to describe characters in terms of appearance, personality, and even their relationships to each other in a few words, so they become instantly recognizable.

And, it is a large cast, with more than one red herring.

I usually solve mysteries early in books and was delighted that it took me half the novel to know for certain the identity of the red haired woman, after discarding three other possibilities.

Even the coincidence of Clare also solving the death from a cold case gnawing at boyfriend and NYPD detective Mike Quinn does not detract because of the realism under the frothy fun.

This is not an English country house mystery in which a set number of characters are involved, but a large city with an ever expanding cast, many with secrets to hide and less than stellar motives.

This could have been a shorter book, a slighter book, and it still would have been a good standard crime novel, but the fleshing out of events and relationships adds substance to the pleasure in the reading.

The ongoing lives of the main characters are also interesting, and I look forward to more. Even secondary characters such a Claire's former mother-in-law and Sgt. Franco add delight and depth to the novel.

There is also the encouragement to actually read Dicken's Christmas Carol, which far too many of us only know from various movie adaptations, so that we might discover the real lesson in the story.

It is not necessary to have read previous Clare Cosi mysteries to understand or enjoy this book. This was my first foray into this series, and I did not need previous knowledge of the characters or setting to enjoy it from the beginning. Naturally, now I am on the hunt for the rest of the books.

I want to know more about what happened with Clare and international coffee buyer Matteo (And, one can only hope, his new wife) as well as how Clare met Mike Quinn.

I confess to coming from a family of tea drinkers and considered this a bit of an adventure in entering a foreign culture. I am also allergic to wheat, so with one exception (Which requires knowing how to make espresso, which I sadly do not) the desserts were also impossible for me, but I read them all eagerly anyway, salivating all the while.

Anyone who wants more recipes and information should check the author's website at [...]. There is also a link there for this author's other delightful mystery series, Haunted Bookshop, written as Alice Kimberly.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun! 3 Nov 2009
By Esther Schindler - Published on
As my previous reviews of her books surely demonstrate, I've enjoyed every one the Clare Cosi mystery series, set in a Greenwich Village coffee shop. So when the author offered me an advanced reading copy of this latest book, I said YES with the enthusiasm I might ordinarily reserve for answering, "Would you like a free chocolate-hazelnut biscotti?" I'm so very glad I did.

This installment is set soon after Thanksgiving, when Clare is trying to invest her staff with a little holiday spirit. She's adding new items to the coffeehouse menu, flavored lattes that capture "what Christmas tastes like" to different people -- a suggestion made by a "traveling Santa," one of the charity-money-raising Santas whom she's befriended. When Al is found dead -- by Clare -- she's certain that it was murder, NOT a mugging gone wrong. And after Al's daughter pleads with her to help... Well, you know what happens. Clare has to investigate!

The result is, easily, as enjoyable as the rest of the series: good storytelling, believable situations (with the nit-picking exception that I don't buy that the holiday-loving Clare wouldn't have read the original Dickens Christmas Carol), and regular characters who each have their own story arcs. I'm glad to see more of barista Esther Best, for instance, and even Java the cat gets a few walk-on parts. The mystery is fun to puzzle over, certainly. And you'll continue to learn more about coffee, along with enjoying a large section of recipes for holiday treats (from latkes to Italian cookies) which could probably supply most office parties for the entire season.

While most cozy mysteries do really demand that you start with the first in the series, I think this one could be read standalone more than most. If the premise appeals to you (I know some people really love Christmas-time mysteries) don't be dissuaded by the fact that you don't know What Has Gone Before. It'll be fine.

All in all: a good book to curl up with in front of a roaring fire.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed the Spark 16 May 2011
By Nancy - Published on
I have read all of the Coffee House Mysteries to date and this one let me down a bit. Once the story got going it was good, but the slow beginning and the jumpy feel lacked that initial spark for me.

When traveling Santa Alfred Glockner fails to show at the Village Blend for Clare Cosi's fa-la-la-la-la latte holiday party, Clare takes it upon herself to go out in the freezing snow to find him. Unfortunately, she finds him dead in a nearby alley from what appears to be a random mugging. A couple of things just do not add up and once again, Clare sets out to do her Nancy Drew thing.

As the story falls into place, it is not just Santa that has a couple of secrets this holiday season and with the help of Madam, who just happens to know the right people, plus Clare's usual cast of characters - not to mention a new vigilante cop - the story slowly unfolds until you hit the end and think "that was it, this long meandering book and boom it's over".

As I said, it was not my favorite of the series, the beginning did not seem as well laid out as the previous books and the writing was a bit roundabout. Parts were thrown in, Mike's ex-wife, that were not necessary. There did not seem to be as much humor as the other books - so over all I would say that this is only "so-so" as compared to her previous offerings.

Do not be misled by the page count in this book. It says 384 pages but in truth the story itself is only 279 pages. The remaining 105 pages are recipes, tips and information concerning holiday gift giving organizations. Not that that is wrong, it just misleads the reader when you know the story is ending, but there is quite a bit of pages to go.
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