Holiday Grind (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #8)

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When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa's slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice.

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Overview

When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa's slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the charming eighth coffeehouse mystery from the pseudonymous Coyle (the husband-wife writing team of Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi), Clare Cosi, owner of the Village Blend, is preoccupied with creating flavorful and memorable drinks for the upcoming holiday season. Then one snowy December day, Clare discovers a beloved customer, Alf Glockner, shot to death in a nearby alley. Doubtful of the police conclusion that Alf, a part-time comedian who was working as a charity Santa, was the victim of a random murder, Clare sets out to find out what really happened. To her peril, she must do so on her own because her boyfriend, NYPD Det. Mike Quinn, is busy with his own homicide investigation. This light cozy will keep readers guessing until the end, while the drink and accompanying treat recipes will send anyone to the kitchen in search of a candy cane brownie and a caffe mocha latte. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Santa is gunned down on his way to a coffee tasting at the Village Blend. Owner Claire Cosi is not happy with the way the NYPD is handling the case, so she launches her own investigation. This eighth caffeinated series title (after Espresso Shot) gives readers a rundown on coffee syrups and how to make them, roasting coffee, and many holiday recipes while throwing in a good plot and an in-your-face look at life in the Big Apple for good measure. VERDICT Fans of culinary cozies by Joanne Fluke and JoAnna Carl will want this. Coyle also writes the "Haunted Bookshop Mysteries" under the name Alice Kimberly. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/09; for more holiday mysteries, see Rebecca Vnuk's holiday fiction roundup, "Deck the Shelves," LJ 10/1/09.—Ed.]\
Kirkus Reviews
Amateur sleuth Clare Cosi investigates the murder of a Santa who gave her a tip on how to rev up coffee sales. The cops write off the shooting of charity Santa Alfred Glockner on the chilly streets of lower Manhattan as a mugging gone wrong. His daughter, claiming he owed big bucks to their tough next-door neighbor, begs Clare to investigate. Since the Village Blend manager and barista profited from Alf's advice about creating holiday lattes, she feels obligated. Clare's boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, has no time to help; he's immersed in his own case and may be hiding other problems. The cop on Alf's case, who has an odd reputation, ignores Clare until she turns up some possible suspects, one of whom pushes her off the Staten Island ferry. Emerging from the waters, she assesses divorce, double dealing and drugs as potential motives in this complicated case. Though her former husband is afraid she'll be killed, stubborn Clare soldiers on until she and daughter Joy, home for the holidays, become the killer's next target. Coyle's coffeehouse mysteries (Espresso Shot, 2008, etc.) are packed with believable characters and topped with serious coffee lore and holiday recipes. This one will keep your cup piping hot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425237885
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 298,013
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multipublished author who collaborates with her husband to write the nationally bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries. Although they did not meet until adulthood, Cleo and her husband had very similar upbringings. Both were children of food-loving Italian immigrants, and both grew up in working-class neighborhoods outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to the Big Apple to begin their postcollege careers: Cleo as a journalist and children’s book and media tie-in author; and her husband as a magazine editor and writer. After finally meeting and falling in love, they married at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. Now they live and work in New York City, where they each write books independently and together, cook like crazy, haunt local coffeehouses, and drink a lot of joe. Among their many coauthored projects are the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, written under the pen name Alice Kimberly.

Cleo enjoys hearing from readers. Visit her virtual Village Blend coffeehouse, where she also posts recipes and coffee industry news…

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    A Frothy Good time for the Holidays and beyond!

    Holiday Grind is number eight in this delicious cozy mystery series, A Coffeehouse Mystery. I have been hooked since the very beginning with On What Grounds. I even have to confess to reading Murder Most Frothy while in labor with my son, lol. Let me tell you, it helped pass the time and those pains! I even managed to finish the last word before my little man entered the world. Okay, too much information, lol. In any case, this is one of my very favorite cozy mystery series and this latest installment, Holiday Grind, was like the yummy colorful sprinkles sitting merrily atop a minty, chocolaty and unforgettable peppermint mocha!

    Often times as a series goes on, it may begin to drag or lose some of its appeal. This is definitely not the case with this series. At number eight, Claire, Mike, Matt and the entire coffeehouse gang are better than ever. True to the season, Holiday Grind focuses around the painful murder of Clare's friend and traveling santa, Alf. Tossed aside as a random mugging, Alf's murder is not considered priority; clever sleuth, Claire, knows differently. At the urging of Alf's daughter, Claire takes matters into her own hands and does her own investigating and searching into what really happened to jolly Alf.

    Claire's ex-husband, Matt lends his assistance, trying to protect Claire, much to her chagrin, which in turn leads to a few moments sure to bring a smile to the reader's face. Meanwhile, Claire's relationship with sexy Detective Mike Quinn heats up, until a mysterious redhead enters the picture to bring doubts to Claire's mind. Then to top things off, there is a killer that will stop at nothing to silence Claire and end her latte making days forever.

    Holiday Grind is filled to the brim with the series' trademark humor, sassiness and mystery. Though number eight in the series, Holiday Grind is so well written that it easily could be read as a stand alone. Perfect for the holiday season, indulge in this rich and frothy mystery and I'll guarantee that if you have not read the other books in this series, that that will quickly change!

    At the end of each book, Cleo Coyle includes great coffee tips as well as some of the recipes mentioned throughout the book. Well, hang on to your coffee mugs because Holiday Grind contains a nearly recipe book length bonus section at the end! I'm talking recipes for coffee syrups, baked goods, coffee drinks, tips and tons more! As a coffee drink fanatic, this pleased me to no end! I was giddy with excitement - yes, it's the simple things in life that please me, lol. With the excellent story and delightful bonus gift of recipes, Holiday Grind is the perfect way to treat yourself, a friend or family member. Also, I have to say that I love the cover! I can't wait for the next in the installment of the Coffeehouse Mystery Series, though *sigh* I have a long wait since Roast Mortem (don't you just love the title?!) is not due out until Aug. 2010! Until then, grab a cup of your favorite caffeine induced treat, sit back, relax and spend some time with Claire and the gang in Holiday Grind!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

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    Cleo Coyle has done it agaom!

    Cleo Coyle's latest myster, Holiday Grind, is a wonderful read. It's difficult to set the book down. I really enjoy the characters that appear in this book, especially Claire and Mike Quinn. They make a really wonderful team. This book deserves a five star rating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

    pick it up

    i have read all the coffehouse mystery books and have become attached to the characters. I am surprised each time i read a book and find myslef giggling while reading. I can lose myself in the characters. It even made me want to be coffee drinker! good books, fun to read and you will always remember the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    a Holiday Treat !

    Holiday Grind is a real holiday treat ! Cleo Coyle has done it again. I have enjoyed all of the coffeehouse mysteries.This one is again...pure enjoyment,especially when reading it with a cup of coffee. Enjoyed the story, the characters, and the chemistry between Mike and Clare.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    Cleo Coyle writes some of the best amateur sleuth tales

    It is the holiday season and Clare Cosi, manager of the Village Blend Coffee House in Greenwich Village, is gathering up a group of friends to help her decide what lattes will remind her patrons of Christmas. A red-headed beauty crashes the party, but turns vicious when Clare insists it is a private affair. Clare wonders where Alf, a traveling Santa, is as he promised his good friend he would be there.

    Her ex husband and café partner Matteo Allegro tells her he has seen Alf and Clare goes to look for him. She sees his sleigh in an alley so she enters only to find his corpse near the dumpster. The police assume a mugging robbery occurred, but Clare ponders what she saw at the crime scene and thinks otherwise. She returns to the alley in daylight and climbs up a fire escape to the fourth floor where she finds a bullet on the windowsill. She is arrested as an accomplice, but the lead detective has her released based on their discussion the night before. Clare investigates and almost gets killed.

    Cleo Coyle writes some of the best amateur sleuth tales with her Greenwich Village coffeehouse mysteries and her Haunted Bookshop mysteries written as Alice Kimberly. Clare is a breath of fresh air with her honesty, caring nature, and her perhaps naive belief in the goodness of people. The whodunit contains red haired herrings and amusing scenes, but her top rate percolating investigation, which causes friction between her and her police detective boyfriend, remains the key to HOLIDAY GRIND.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Great mystery

    Good book

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    Clare Cosi's and all the other characters from the Village Blend

    Clare Cosi's and all the other characters from the Village Blend Coffee shop are back for a Christmas themed mystery.  Clare is hosting a party with her friends to decide on some new Christmas blend coffees.  But as always, things never go smoothly, and this time one of Clare's good friends, a charity Santa Clause, I'd found shot dead in a back alley.  The police believe it's a mugging, but Clare is sure that more is going on there.  




    This mystery centers around the photographers and gossip columnists who chase after the rich and famous.  It also melds into Dicken's a CHRISTMAS CAROL's idea of just doing good for others.  There is explosive action between Clare and her new love, Detective Mike Quinn as his ex wife causes issues of her own. 




    This continues to be a great series, though for me, the topics of following the rich and famous wasn't as interesting as most of the other bases for these mysteries.  Though the holiday coffee blends definitely got my digestive juices going.  The authors also suggested a couple of Christmas charities that are definitely worthwhile too. I have been listening to the audio version of these books, and find the reader adds exponentially to my enjoyment of these books.  Hope this series goes on and on forever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Jade

    Gtg see ya tomorrow

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    Posted August 24, 2012

    George

    Youre a blessing in disguise my dear... *grins and sheds his shirt*

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Fun Book

    Enjoyable book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Good Read!

    I've enjoyed all the Coffeehouse Mystery Series. Good characters, good plot a little predictable but a good read. I would recommend this book if you enjoy a good mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

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    Enjoyable

    This is the eighth book and our book club has enjoyed them all. Her books are quick reads and I have passed the book on to others to also read. The story moves at an even pace, even if you guess the ending, it is still a good read. The story is interesting, as are the coffee tips.

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