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Murder by Mocha (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #10)

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Every Coffeehouse amateur sleuth is a specially blended mystery

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, ...
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

posted by harstan on June 16, 2011

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good, not great

I have read all the Coffeehouse Mystery books. I love the coffeehouse, the characters, the mystery, and the recipes. What I don't love is all the sex, in this one especially. I feel that it takes away from the story and cheapens the whole book. Is it porn or a mystery n...
I have read all the Coffeehouse Mystery books. I love the coffeehouse, the characters, the mystery, and the recipes. What I don't love is all the sex, in this one especially. I feel that it takes away from the story and cheapens the whole book. Is it porn or a mystery novel? More mystery, less sex please.

posted by lattes4me on September 14, 2011

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Five Chocolate Stars!

    Best selling author, Cleo Coyle (the husband and wife team of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Ceresini) proves once again why readers love this series. This series continues to captivate the reader with its smart and engaging story line along with its eclectic cast of characters. This series has an urban edge that isn't found in most cozies and that makes it unique! Readers will not be bored by idyllic country towns but will instead find themselves on the edge of their seats as they are transported through the boroughs of New York.

    The Village Blend is a coffee house located in a historic building in NYC. Its owner Madame Dubois is a real charmer and a shining example for women of a certain age. Her former daughter in law Clare Cosi is the current manager of "the Blend" as well a dear friend of Madame's. Along with Clare are her ex Matteo, their daughter Joy, Clare's love, Detective Mike Quinn and the lovable band of baristas. With each book these characters have become richly developed and easier to love. It is wonderful to learn more of Madame's back story in this edition...she continues to intrigue this reader.

    A clever twist to this series is the fact that we are introduced to the killer's thoughts as each book opens...right from the start the reader will begin to gather clues and a few red herrings along the way. This reader has yet to figure "whodunnit" until Ms. Coyle decides the time is right!

    The story this time focuses on Madame and her friend Alicia becoming partners in an online community that will market a Mocha love potion created with Village Blend's famous coffee, high end Voss Chocolates and a select blend of herbs...hmmmm! Clare has a sense of foreboding that proves to be more than true as bodies begin to fall and the magic elixir is found to be more than dangerous.

    Ms. Coyle's engaging writing combines humor, romance, wonderful history along with fabulous recipes heavy on the cocoa and coffee bean!

    This book is a wonderful continuation of a fine series...ideal for the reader that enjoys an edgier plot and a well developed cast.

    I'm already waiting for book 11!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    Every Coffeehouse amateur sleuth is a specially blended mystery

    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

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    A delicious edition to a fun series

    Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multi-published author who collaborates with her husband to write the best-selling Coffeehouse Mysteries. In "Murder By Mocha," the latest installment in this series, Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend Coffee House, is expanding her business in a very enterprising way. Her Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion.Mocha Magic Coffee, billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, which is expected to rake in millions of dollars, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the web's most popular on-line communities for women.
    But the launch party for Mocha Magic Coffee turns sour before it can get started when the Aphrodite editor responsible for the product wakes up the morning of the party and finds a dead man in her bed. Or is he really dead?
    Squaring her shoulders, Clare decides the launch party, which Village Blend is catering, must go on-a very bad idea when another Aphrodite editor is found dead. Followed shortly by another one. And what the heck is the secret ingredient in Mocha Magic anyway?
    Coffee-making tips and yummy recipes are also included in this cozy, which is a delicious edition to a fun series.
    Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of "Moving Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    Just Gets Better & Better

    Opening the pages of MURDER BY MOCHA is like stepping inside my favorite coffeehouse with friends there waiting and a few new faces to greet. The sights, sounds and smells are brought to life by the talented writing of author Cleo Coyle. Readers who aren't coffee drinkers don't need to shy away from this tantalizing book and series. While there are references to coffee and all it's amenities; there is murder, mayhem, and suspense all wrapped up with a splash of romance, a dollop of humor and a lot of love for family and friends. Clare Cosi is the manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Clare's boss, Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubbors (who is also her former mother-in-law) has gone into partnership with an old friend. Madame has agreed to use the Village Blend coffee beans to create a new java love potion, 'Mocha Magic Coffee,' billed as an aphrodisiac. The new product will be sold exclusively online at Aphrodite's Village, a popular website community for women. At the launch party, however, one of the website's editors is murdered. When tragedy continues to strike the website's Sisters of Aphrodite, Clare thinks the secret formula behind the 'Mocha Magic Coffee' is the key and could be illegal. Clare works to find the answers to the murders and save her beloved Village Blend's reputation at the same time. Can she uncover the killer before she becomes the next victim? The twists and surprises will keep you guessing. To add to her mounting problems Clare's boyfriend, police detective Mike Quinn, is asking 'that' question; her daughter, Joy, is home from Paris and closer than ever to Sergeant Franco; and a cold case involving a slain police officer has surfaced that implicates Madame. Author Cleo Coyle has created a group of multifarious characters who are intriguing and likeable. She also introduces a group of eclectic minor characters who further add dimension to the story. As Clare undertakes to solve the murders, she also maintains her determination and loyalty to keep her family safe. MURDER BY MOCH is the 10th installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series and each new adventure just keeps getting more captivating. Readers are able to pick up any books in this series and not feel as though they are missing half the story. There's just enough back story to help new readers understand, while reminding returning fans of exciting past adventures. An extra feature of the book is the coffee-making tips and recipes included at the end. The scrumptious recipes include such treats as 'Aphrodisiac Brownies,' and 'Roasted Rock Cornish Game Hens with Rosemary and Lemon Butter.'

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Murder by Mocha hits the spot

    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". FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the author, who hoped I would consider if for review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Good, not great

    I have read all the Coffeehouse Mystery books. I love the coffeehouse, the characters, the mystery, and the recipes. What I don't love is all the sex, in this one especially. I feel that it takes away from the story and cheapens the whole book. Is it porn or a mystery novel? More mystery, less sex please.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Must read for coffeehouse mystery fans!

    I always enjoy the coffeehouse mysteries and this was no exception. Good story line, fewer conflicts between characters in this book (I'm not sure if that's good or bad), excellent recipes. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    Great

    loved it. One of the main reasons that I enjoy this 'Coffeehouse Mystery' series is the complexity of every individual novel within it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    Coffee..chocolate..and mystery

    Just another in a list of great books by Cleo Coyle. Action packed and full of surprises. Loved this story! And did I mention the coffee and chocolate?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    If terrific coffee drinks were not enough, the. Village Blend Co

    If terrific coffee drinks were not enough, the. Village Blend Coffee shop in New York has decided to team up with a superb chocolate company to market a new blend guaranteed to get the romantic juices flowing.  Clare, the store's manager, is not convinced that this is a great idea but the store's owner, Madame, also Clare's mother in law, has already set the deal up with one of her long time friends--Alicia.  But when the event to publicize the product brings Alicia running to Clare's hotel room because of a dead body in her bed, Clare really knows mischief is stalking this product. 




    Someone is definitely trying to defeat the start of this new product as more bodies appear.  There is also something suspiciously wrong with this new blend. Could there be an illegal substance hidden within this new yummy drink?  Clare and all the usual characters from these coffee house mysteries team up again to find the culprit.  Clare and her daughter are also becoming more involved with their love interests--both policeman.  This time, the police department is having problems of it's own. 




    Always fun and intriguingly involved with coffee facts and New York life, once again the Cleo Coyle husband and wife team have created a fascinating cozy mystery filled with recipes!  The personal lives of the characters become more and more involved with every book, but the mystery always drives each story.  I find that the audio version of these books really adds drama to already excellent books. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Love it!

    I have read every book in this series and I love them! They keep your interest and are easy to read. Can't wait until #13 comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Table 6

    Wipes it down with pine wood cleaner she made herself. And sets it with silverware an napkins for the next cat.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I have read all the books except #11 and #12. Plan to read these too. I love this mystery series by husband and wife writing under Cleo Coyle. The author keeps you guessing and I really like the main characters that are woven throught this series. In addition the information at the back of the book regarding coffee, coffee drinks and the recipes are nice added bonus. I have suggested these books to several friends who read mysteries and they said they have enjoyed
    them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    A

    I don't have a whole lot to say. But this is a great series. When you're feeling like a visit with friends and none are around, pick up a coffeehouse mystery and there you find a roomful of them. I do have admit though, I didn't care for the roof top sex. I'm looking forward to the new book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great read

    She keeps the story going, doesn't drag on and on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Res

    *looks down she is bleedimg like crazy*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Freakin awesome

    Cant wait to read the next one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Great series.

    Very entertaining. Have read them all to this point and will have the others soon.

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  • Posted November 9, 2011

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    Cleo Coyle brews up a winner!

    Clare Cosi finds herself embroiled in yet another murder in this, the 10th book in the Coffeehouse Mysteries. Clare gets a call from her ex mother in law to come to a hotel and help with a sticky situation. The situation turns out to be a dead body, which subsequently disappears when the police arrive. The supposed murderer is Alicia, a woman that Clare is working with on an aphrodisiac coffee using beans from the Village Blend. The Magic Mocha coffee has an interesting effect on several characters in the book and the company distributing it, Aphrodite¿s Village, is central to the murder and mayhem in this book. Aphrodite¿s Village is quite the little hotbed of intrigue and backstabbing as Clare learns to her dismay. Like the earlier books in the series, this is a solid mystery with interesting characters and more than one subplot winding through the book. Clare is finally in a stable romantic relationship but her history makes her unable to commit to the other person. In this book, she works through many of her issues and the relationship grows in a realistic way. Madame Dubois, Clare¿s former mother in law, plays a big part in this book and we learn more about her earlier life. In previous books, she spoke about events in her past and we get a look at the history behind the events in this book. Madame is the driving force behind the contact with Aphrodite¿s Village to sell the Magic Mocha coffee, as she is friends with Alicia. Clare has doubts about the whole deal but has to go along, as Madame is the boss. A twist in this book is that the murderer has a point of view in the book and we get to see the motivation for the crimes beforehand. Ms. Coyle skillfully blends all of the twists, turns, and keeps the reader guessing right up until the end. One of the best things about this series is all of the information about coffee and the recipes that are included in the book. I myself am not a coffee drinker but I still enjoy all of the information so I can play coffee snob with my friends and have the facts to back it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    A cozy coffee mystery to curl up with, and a cup of coffee.

    Always entertaining and coffee and goodies with recipes but a good mystery.Centered around the Village Blend coffeehouse, Clare, the manager, is helping Madame, the Blend's owner, help an old friend with her new Chocolate concoction that added to coffe or pastries and gives an extra lift which turns out to be murder. Clare's boy friend, a police detective and her ex husband, Madame's son, help out with investigations and Clare's protection, from a chocolate high and a murderer.

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