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  • Mass Market Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin USA (Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042519714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425197141
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I fear I'm slowly becomming addicted to the 'Coffee House mysteries' but no matter- this book was far better than the first one in my opinion- filled with even more delicious recipes and fun, informative coffee facts. The characters are developed more too and the plot had slightly more depth than the first in the series.

'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!
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A slightly different tempo to the first book in the series,which I think made it a better and stronger book.

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?.....
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Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle is a cozy murder mystery starring New York coffee shop manager Clare Cosi. And it's terrible.

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.
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Clare's enjoying her new life running the Village Blend, until she gets an early morning wake-up call to inform her one of her customers jumped to her death on the subway shortly after picking up her usual cup of joe. Clare thinks it's a tragedy, until Detective Quinn drops by the Blend. He's suspicious of the circumstances surrounding the death, especially as another female customer has recently died through "suicide". Soon Quinn is on the trail of Clare's new love Bruce, and Clare decides to find the real killer before Bruce gets arrested.

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.
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i have read the first two of this series and i won't buy any more. There's quite a few in the series, which is a real shame, as i love discovering a new author. Oh, don't get me wrong, they're an easy read - kinda the Mills & Boon type of murder mystery - and most of the characters have the potential to be interesting but the main character is as bland as her lattes. We get to know something of who she is but she really didn't grab me or her irritatingly macho, hairy ex-husband. It might have worked better for me in the third person; you have to be Sue Grafton to do it best.

My verdict - a light, easy but ultimately unsatisfying read. Read the Queen of M&B crime, J.J. Robb's 'In Death' series instead.
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