On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mysteries (Berkley Publishing Group)) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jan 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!).
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book a little tedious. The coffee theme is massively over done and got boring very quickly. Read morePublished 16 months ago by L
I enjoyed this setting in New York and the story itself.
Really liked the characters in the book they became friends. Read more
I liked this, more for the data on coffee and how to store and make different blends, brews, and grinds, than for the characters and -plots, which were fun and light, but not great... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by Sojo
This book was recommended to me as I've read most of the Agatha Raisin books. Its was very easy to read and I was engrossed in it very quickly. I was surprised at who had done it. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by Mrs. E. J. Taylor
1. It is a really good read.
2. I like that you can gradually grow with the Claire Character as she learns to be a detective.
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A great start to a new and what I hope will be a long series. A must for all cozy mystery fans.Published on 2 Nov. 2011 by CJ WOOD