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Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #5)

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When an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare Cosi, manager of Village Blend, believes it's a business opportunity she needs to investigate...at least until the first dead body shows up.

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Overview

When an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare Cosi, manager of Village Blend, believes it's a business opportunity she needs to investigate...at least until the first dead body shows up.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425216385
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/3/2007
  • Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 204,848
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Good book

    Good book

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    Everything you every wanted to know about decaffeinated coffee t

    Everything you every wanted to know about decaffeinated coffee told in a most exciting way, plus more and more information about New York,  makes up this fifth Village Blend Coffee House cozy mystery.  Sometimes lots of extraneous information overwhelms, but these mysteries seem to blossom with every piece of information.  In this mystery, the development of a coffee plant that actually produces coffee beans with less caffeine than processed decaffeinated regular beans,  becomes a boon that brings out the money developers, and those who will kill for this product.




    Clare and her octogenarian mother-in-law parole the streets of New York while seeking stalkers and murderers.  Clare and her co-coffee shop owner and ex husband remain  friends and loving parents to their 20 something daughter.  Everyone is developing other love lives of their own, which cause intriguing conflicts and problems within this book.  I loved the car chase scenes, even the left turn on red that nearly put a couple of them in jail.  




    If you're a coffee lover, New York loves, cozy lover, or just a plain book lover, you will definitely enjoy this decaffeinated joy ride of a mystery!
      

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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Enjoyed

    As always, I just love this cozy mystery series!

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

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    Smelling the coffee

    I've just read my second Cleo Coyle book and I can smell the coffee. I still can't grind or brew the sacred bean half as well as the author, but I'm learning some facts. I know how to test whether the beans were fresh when I get my cup-never knew that before. And I know a little more about where they grow.
    Cleo Coyle sets her mysteries around the Village Blend coffee house in New York. Decaffeinated espresso is described as a "why bother," but it seems there may a new brew on the block that's decaffeinated and delicious. Clare Cosi runs the store and lives upstairs with her ex-husband, son of the delightfully quirky French owner and close friend of the seller of decaffeinated beans. But there's more than coffee in the air, and would a mugger really just be trying to steal a plant?
    Business opportunity might turn to disaster, and scheming lovers might end up in jail on charges of murder, but Clare's friend the policeman drinks his latte and keeps his feet on the ground while others fly through the air. The story's fun, exciting and mysterious. The background (and scent of coffee) is delightful. The relationships are cool and intriguing, Madame ever the coolest of course; and the book is great fun.
    Time for some caffeine now I think before I go shopping for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2007

    This series is a winner

    I've read all of the books in the Coffeehouse Mystery series and this one does not disappoint. Detective Mike Quinn has a bigger role this time out as Clare must not only solve two murders but also get her ex-husband off the NYPD's 'persons of interest' list for both of them. It all starts with a mysterious coffee tree cutting. This cutting is the first of its kind and very valuable because it can grow a decaffeinated coffee plant. Someone wants this cutting so badly that he or she is willing to kill for it. Is it one of Clare's baristas? An associate of the man who discovered the plant? Or a business rival? Clare takes us to Brooklyn's Botanic Garden, an international coffee industry party near the UN, the Village Halloween Parade. Lots of interesting info about coffee trees and how coffee is grown and farmed. There's also a return of favorite characters. I love Madame and she is back and is as entertaining as ever. There's also a big leap for Clare in her relationship with Detective Quinn that fans of this series should not miss. I really enjoyed this installment and I'm actually glad the author went back to the original coffeehouse setting after taking us to the Hamptons in Murder Most Frothy. There's just something wonderful about Clare's coffeehouse. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2007

    Predictable

    The newest coffee house installment mimics the same plots found in the first three books of the series. Although the main characters make changes in their lives, I did not find them as interesting as they were in previous books. The mystery has a few unique twists and turns, but the book ends in the same pattern used in each one of the other coffee house mysteries. This a true 'cozy' mystery without much depth.

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