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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (7 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042519213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425192139
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are" New York Times" bestselling authors of The Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

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My first 'shot' at a so-called 'Cozy Mystery' if you'll excuse the pun, and I have to say that it had me hooked. For a coffee-lover like me, this book was just the ticket to curl up with on a cold winters day- I'm glad I already have the rest of the series to trawl through, because I can't wait to read the others.

The book centers around 'Village Blend,' an old popular coffee store in New York and Clare Cosi, a former manageress who returns to work there, lured by the temptation of Blue Mountain Jamaican coffee from her former mother-in-law and the promise of a rent-free apartment above the store. Well, who could resist?

Clare, along with her cat Java, dutifully returns to work to find that Annabel, one of her trusted barristas, appears to have fallen down the stairs under suspicious circumstances one morning. Fallen... or was she pushed? Thrown headlong into investigating the mystery with her annoying ex-husband Matteo- Clare is determined to discover the truth- and prevent any damaging lawsuits that come their way in the meantime.

I have to say that this book isn't just a mystery book, just like Clare isn't your typical chicklit heroine- it's quirky and fun and filled with deliciously fun facts and information about coffee that will simply have you drooling. If like me, coffee is your beverage of choice and you enjoy a non-too-taxing novel then you have to check this one out.
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I found this book recommended on the blog of another writer I admire, and I love series, and quirky detective type stuff. But sadly this was flawed. The idea was OK and the plot wasn't bad. But the characters were terribly cliched, the coffee thing was beyond annoying, it was far too invasive. You got the impression the main character showered in coffee, sprinkled it on her pizza and drove a coffee coloured car. Tea drinkers were disapproved of and those who drink decaff downright insulted. That is me by the way, some people cannot tolerate caffiene for medical reasons, it's not exactly good for you, nor is it great to insult your readers perhaps? But the thing that really put me off was the terrible Mills and Boon type sugary sickly romancey stuff running through the whole thing. I won't be buying any others from this series, and this one is off to the charity shop!
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I really enjoyed this first book in the Coffeehouse Mysteries series.

It was amusing in parts, and had loads of really interesting information about coffee (how to make it, how to tell good coffee from bad etc.) which was why i had to go out to Cafe Nero to get myself a cup of their new Amaretto Latte to drink while reading!

I would definately recommend this book to cosy mystery readers, i didn't guess the culprit until the very end (although i wasn't really trying to figure it out i was enjoying it too much!).
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2016
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I sort of liked this book but never really got into it; seemed to me the author did not really get into it. Cleo Coyle (a pseudonym) writes each chapter with an obligatory lecture on coffee blends or brewing even when the protagonist, a coffee shop owner, is supposed to be in shock from discovering a dead body. She also ends a chapter midway through a conversation and the next chapter picks up the next line. Why? Word count per chapter? If this was a scene in a stage play the curtain would not fall midway through a dialogue.

Our coffee shop owner Clare Cosi is a midlife lady who left New York to raise her daughter in the suburbs after divorcing, but now her former mother in law urges her to come back and run the shop in place of a dud manager. As said daughter is off at college and leading her own life, this suddenly appeals and Clare returns to improve matters. But her ex husband is also back thinking he has an equal share in the shop. When the young night manager who is working her way through dance school falls down steps and is discovered by Clare in a sorry state, it's the ex who learns that they don't have proper insurance cover. Clare decides to try to find if someone malicious pushed the girl, which might shift liability.

I've read one or two more in the series, many chats about coffee and the skills of baristas, nothing that gripped me. But others may enjoy the style more than I did.
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I started out by reading the 5th coffeehouse mystery and enjoyed it so much that i have had to purchase all of the series so far, totally loving the relationship between Clare her ex Matt and Mike the detective, just finished reading Holiday Buzz and now i can't wait for the next in the series which is not due out till later on in the year boo hoo!! :-)
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I really wanted to like this book and I do enjoy cozy mysteries in general but this one didn't deliver.

It's clearly been written to a formula (divorcee starts a new - or in this case, old - life, meets handsome detective who's married of course, has trouble with husband/daughter etc and stumbles upon a crime which the police are reluctant to see ... etc etc).

Some coffee-making tips would have been nice if only they had been a bit more subtle, not on every single page. The whole coffee theme was stretched too far - even the cat was named Java and if the main character has a cocktail, guess what it'll be? Coffee liqueur, naturally. She bakes a cake with - yup, coffee in it, and so on.

Also, with a mystery this light a bit of humour would have been nice. I'll give the rest of this series a miss.
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