Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mysteries (Berkley Publishing Group)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2004
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"Cleo Coyle is a bright new light on the mystery horizon."
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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'Through the grinder' sees 'Village Blend' coffee shop manager Clare becomming embroiled in another murder investigation- or three, following the suspicious 'suicides' of some of her female coffee house regulars. Along with Matteo, her ex-husband, and the lucious Detective Mike Quinn, Clare is determined to prove that it wasn't suicide... it was murder. The only trouble is, in solving these alleged suicides, it may implicate Bruce Bowman as a suspect- the sexy new architect Clare has recently hooked up with.
Clare's life is never easy, is it? Suffice to say, I won't spoil the ending for you. What I *will* say is that this book is a highly entertaining read, but I think you need to read 'On what grounds' (book 1) before you pick up this one, just to get a feel for the characters first. Be warned: You may not be able to put them down!
Clare joins an online dating website as a way of ensuring her daughter is safe, she then hosts at the coffeehouse, a series of what we in the UK would call speed dating events, but then three murders happen, all that are possibly made to look like suicide.....Clare then meets and falls in love with someone known to the three victims, is there a chance that Clare could be number four?.....
Really really terrible.
For a start the "mystery" of the story is so blindingly obvious that even the writers of Scooby Doo would have dismissed it as too insulting to the audiences intelligence.
But that's not the real problem. The real problem is the fact that the author uses the setting of a coffee shop as it as a gimmick with which to repeatedly beat the reader round the head until they beg for mercy.
I honestly don't think there is a paragraph in the book which doesn't contain a coffee reference of some sort. I'd give examples but I seriously can't bring myself to open it's pages again. This is the second book in a series of twelve, and I shudder to think of what appallingly bad coffee related metaphors are dredged up towards the end of the series as quite honestly I'd have thought these were about as low as you can go.
On the rare occasion that the book isn't talking about people's hair being the colour of hazelnut lattes it starts spewing up dreadfully incongruous and dry mini lectures about the history and architecture of New York.
I could go on. The blindingly obvious (and shallow) red herrings. The appalling coincidences without which the plot couldn't survive. And the fact that at no point does anyone actually do any detecting.
But I won't. Instead I'm just going to recommend you never start reading this book.
I loved On What Grounds, the first book in the series, and I was really looking forward to this. I was not disappointed. This time the focus is on the New York dating scene. Clare joins a dating site with her daughter, and attends a singles night meeting the gorgeous, creative Bruce along the way. The murders are deftly plotted and the mystery is full of twists and turns, packed with red herrings and finishes up in a dramatic conclusion I never saw coming.
This time the section from the killer's perspective isn't limited to the prologue but is scattered throughout the book featuring each victim. I loved this in the first book, and it's great how it continued through this one. I'm not sure which way I prefer it though, as it was a single crime in the first book and a serial killer in this book.
All my favourite characters are back for this adventure, and other characters from the first book return and get a bit more development, Esther Best in particular. A lot of new characters are introduced from the single's night and some are a bit cookie-cutter-ish, although there isn't really time to develop them more.Read more ›
My verdict - a light, easy but ultimately unsatisfying read. Read the Queen of M&B crime, J.J. Robb's 'In Death' series instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the coffeehouse setting recommend these books to my sister a very comfortable read for last thing at night before lights go outPublished 23 months ago by Grace Callaghan
This is the first book I've read in the series, I can't wait to read the rest. Lots of fun, and a lovely twist to the end.Published on 1 Jun. 2011 by Helen Heath