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Murder by Mocha (A Coffeehouse Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Cleo Coyle
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Book Description

The New York Times bestselling author of Roast Mortem serves readers a fresh new Coffeehouse Mystery.

Includes chocolate recipes!

A divorced, single mom in her forties, Clare Cosi is a coffee shop manager by day, an irrepressible snoop by night. When something is wrong, she considers it her mission in life to right it, and murder is as wrong as it gets.

Can coffee enhance your love life?
Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a Mocha Magic Coffee that's laced with an herbal aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at the product's launch party, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced someone wants control of the coffee's secret formula and is willing to kill to get it. Can she stir up evidence against this bitter killer? Or will she be next on the hit list?

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 482 KB
    • Print Length: 379 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425241432
    • Publisher: Berkley (2 Aug. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004TS7ZDY
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5.0 out of 5 stars I love Cleo's books 31 Mar. 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I love Cleo's books. I was introduced to them a while back and found I really enjoyed the characters, the mysteries and Cleo's passion for coffee and all things yummy. Mocha's are my favourite drink so this book was an obvious choice. In her books there is always a new murder to investigate but Cleo also develops the main characters through the books. They become like friends that you get to catch up with in each installment. These characters often bring a subplot to the story keeping things interesting and the story more complex.
    To sum up reading a Coffeehouse Mystery is like time spent on a comfy sofa with a delicious coffee drink, that is, comfortable, familiar with a bit of zing that you get from a caffeine hit. Highly recommend.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars This Series is Awesome. 7 Oct. 2013
    By edel
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have been following this series from the beginning and I can honestly say it keeps getting better and better. Great characters, great setting , great plot. What more could you ask for.... Oh and P.s there is some extra content at the back of the book.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun - a relaxing read! 7 Jun. 2013
    By J-Ro
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    The husband/wife team that put these stories together do a great job - a rollicking good way to pass some restful time. Good fun!
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great series. "Thank you" Cleo Coyle for hours of entertainment 10 Aug. 2011
    By Holly - Published on
    If it's late summer/early fall, then I know it's time for a new installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle. I am a huge fan of the cozy mystery genre but sometimes they cross the line into "too silly" for me and just too fluffy. This series has been wonderful from the start, the quality has remained exceptional throughout, and none of the books have crossed my personal "silliness" line.

    My first exposure to the series came in 2006 when I read the first three books in a two week period and LOVED them! Now, I eagerly look forward to the next installment, waiting to get my coffeehouse fix. I have to say that I open each new novel with a moment of hesitation, afraid that my love affair with the series may be about to end since it won't meet my hopes and expectations; it has yet to happen. As with all books, some I like better than others largely based upon the subject matter but they are all well-written and I rate them from very good to great. The quality is consistently high which is pretty amazing for a series ten books long. To cut to the chase, I was pleased again and impressed that this writing team has been able to keep it fresh and interesting over the years.

    As with all the Coffeehouse mysteries, our main character is Clare Cosi, the manager and operator of The Village Blend, an independent coffee shop in the heart of Greenwich Village. Clare is a character with a bit more maturity (she has an adult daughter named Joy who is one of the characters) and it really helps keep these out of the silly arena. The time out, The Village Blend is providing coffee beans to be used in creating Mocha Magic Coffee which is being launched as an effective aphrodisiac. Blended with chocolate and herbs, not only does it taste very good, the impact on the love life have the developers convinced it will bring in huge amounts of money. It's going to be sold on-line as part of Aphrodite's Village, a web community catering to women. As in all murder mysteries, not everything is as it seems on the surface and people are being attacked and killed. Exactly who is committing the murders and why are important to Clare as the reputation and future of The Village Blend could suffer.

    Each installment seems to be written with a slightly different twist (which is part of the success I am sure) and this one is a bit edgier and moves a bit more toward the Janet Evanovich style. The product that starts all this mess is an aphrodisiac so I will leave it at that for you to figure out my meaning. It also is interesting how periodically we are in the mind of the murderer to see how he/she is feeling and reacting to what is taking place. The identity remains a secret until the very end, but it is a helpful tool in adding some dimension to a genre that is often very linear. Also, the murders are a bit more graphic and happen "on screen" so to speak which is different from traditional cozies but it works well and adds action and variety. For folks who have complained before about the novels containing too much information on coffee, it is handled more lightly this time and there isn't as much in this book.

    Bottom line: A great mystery with a plausible motive for the murder. A cast of characters that are evolving and growing. A strong sense of place and setting. In my opinion, another winner and remains the best series out there.
    28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great installment in the series 2 Aug. 2011
    By Annie B - Published on
    Often when an author has written a series for a quite a while, the stories get a little, well, tired. This isn't true for Cleo Coyle. Murder by Mocha continues to keep the series' spark with another great story. It's a fun cozy mystery with all the trimmings. There's mystery, of course, friendship, family, twists and turns, everything needed for a completely satisfying cozy read.

    The book is well written and, as usual, filled with a great, colorful cast and a solid mystery. To get the most out of this series, though, you want to start at the beginning, so you can see how the coffee house mystery characters grow and change. For sure, Murder by Mocha will hit just the right spot with fans of the series. Overall, good, fun cozy mystery!
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars specially blended mystery 2 Aug. 2011
    By Harriet Klausner - Published on
    In the Village is the popular Village Blend coffeehouse managed by Clare Cosi and owned by her mother-in-law Madame DuBois. It was Madame's idea to go into business with her friend Alicia Bower to sell the drink for Aphrodite's Village Online. They market a new java, Mocha Magic Coffee, using the Blend's coffee beans, Voss' chocolate, and an herbal aphrodisiac. When Madame and Clare meet with Alicia at the hotel, Claire has a feeling trouble is brewing.

    The man Alicia was seeing is found dead in their bed, blood everywhere and a knife protruding from his chest. When the police arrive, there is no body and Clare realizes fake blood was used to scare Alicia. When the drink is introduced at a special gala, Clare finds the corpse of Patrice Stone who demanded a share of the profits of the new drink and worked for Aphrodite's Village. As other members of the popular online business is killed or arrested, Clare searches in the shadows for the perpetrator orchestrating these events.

    Every Coffeehouse amateur sleuth (see Roast Mortem) is a specially blended mystery with the latest entry affirming that opinion as the key characters are fully developed inside of an action-packed series. Single mom Clare holds the percolating story line together as she courageously and foolishly searches for the murderous culprit. Series fans learn a bit more about the people in her life like her daughter Joy, her lover Mike, her former husband, his mom Madame, and the battling baristas. Filled with twists, used coffee beans and false leads, readers will wonder who the killer is (over mocha).

    Harriet Klausner
    15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Murder by Mocha hits the spot 3 Aug. 2011
    By Nora A. Deret - Published on
    Murder by Mocha
    By Cleo Coyle
    Copyright August 2011
    Publisher Berkeley

    Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a "Mocha Magic Coffee," billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women.

    But at its launch, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who's gone loco for mocha?

    Clare is not happy about the contract with Aphrodite's Village, not one bit. Unfortunately there's nothing she can do about it since it was Madame who signed it. She has a feeling that this could destroy the Blend if anything goes wrong.
    With the death of one of the Aphrodite "Sisters" Clare has to bring out all the big guns and find out who the actual killer is, the real motive and make sure that none of her "extended family" are hurt in the process. With the help of Matt, Mike, Franco, Madame and her staff of baristas Clare will winnow out the answers to each level of the mystery and come out smelling like a rose.
    This is the tenth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, and to my mind, the most complex storyline to date. In this book Cleo Coyle has fully shown the depth of her ability as a mystery author, not just a cozy one. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series with baited breath.
    Writing as Alice Kimberly she is also the author of the "Haunted Bookshop Mysteries". Cleo Coyle can be found hanging out at [...]... and also at [...]

    FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the author, who hoped I would consider if for review.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but darker than rest of series 16 Oct. 2011
    By Cherie M in EP CO - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This was a good read that was hard to put down, but it had a more violent tone than other books in the series. There were too many murders for a "cozy". It felt a little like an infusion of Rizzoli and Isles. While those are also good reads, the tone of this book was darker and more violent than what I expect from a cozy.
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