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Murder by Mocha (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #10)

Murder by Mocha (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #10)

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by Cleo Coyle

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Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, can brew a beverage to die for. But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who’s gone loco for mocha?
Clare’s Village Blend beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a “Mocha Magic Coffee” billed as an aphrodisiac. Clare


Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, can brew a beverage to die for. But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who’s gone loco for mocha?
Clare’s Village Blend beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a “Mocha Magic Coffee” billed as an aphrodisiac. Clare may even try some on her boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn—when he’s off duty, of course…

The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite’s Village, one of the Web’s most popular online communities for women. But the launch party ends on a sour note when one of the Website’s editors is found dead.

When more of the Website’s Sisters of Aphrodite start to die, Clare is convinced someone wants the coffee’s secret formula—and is willing to kill to get it. Clare isn’t about to spill the beans, but will she be next on the hit list? Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Coyle's Coffeehouse books are superb." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Clare and company are some of the most vibrant characters I've ever read." —Mystery Scene Magazine

"What a pleasure to read a book by this author." —Portland Book Review

Publishers Weekly
La vita is definitely dolce these days for feisty Clare Cosi in Coyle's 10th coffeehouse mystery (after 2010's Roast Mortem): she has an exquisitely furnished, rent-free duplex above Village Blend, the Greenwich Village coffee shop she manages for her former mother-in-law; steamy amore with NYPD detective Mike Quinn; even a lucrative deal to use some of her Village Blend beans in Mocha Magic, a new love potion being pitched to women by a Web powerhouse, Aphrodite's Village. Of course, there's trenta-sized trouble brewing. Indeed, the Mocha Magic launch gala turns into a crime scene with Clare's discovery of a slain Aphrodite's Village exec. She soon finds a second murder victim—and herself in the line of fire. Until the pseudonymous Coyle (the wife-husband writing team of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini) starts stirring in too many subplots, this is a tasty espresso-dark tale of multigenerational crime and punishment lightened by the Blend's frothy cast of lovable eccentrics. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Can a coffee concoction touted as a love potion be the reason the website editors for the Sisters of Aphrodite are being killed? This is taking "coffee to die for" too far, thinks Clare in her tenth outing (Roast Mortem).
Kirkus Reviews

Mocha may be the inspiration for a series of murders.

Even though Clare Cosi is long divorced from Matt Allegro, she still works for Madame, his mother, running the Village Blend coffee shop and living over the store. But she doesn't usually have to work so hard to earn her overtime. While she's spending some quality time with her policeman lover Mike Quinn, Madame phones and orders her to rush over to the New York hotel where her old friend Alicia has awakened to find a blood-soaked corpse in bed with her. The cops Clare calls, however, arrive to find a room stripped of all clues, including any trace of a body. When she's not sleeping with the dead, Alicia is promoting her new Mocha Magic coffee, which she claims contains an herbal aphrodisiac. Clare is concerned because the Village Blend is providing the beans and she and her staff are offering up the brew along with some chocolate treats at several publicity parties. The new formula is being introduced by the enigmatic Aphrodite, whose entire female staff fiercely compete to rise in her organization. When the first party brings another murder along with the treats, Clare continues to probe despite her worries about her daughter, who's just returned from France, and Mike, who's involved in a nasty case of police corruption.

An overly busy plot keeps this from being the best of Coyle's coffeehouse mysteries (Holiday Grind,2009, etc.). But foodies will doubtless enjoy the appended recipes.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #10
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"What a pleasure to read a book by this author." —Portland Book Review

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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Murder by Mocha 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Nanc-e More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
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
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
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.'
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
sabre-woman More than 1 year ago
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.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
loved it. One of the main reasons that I enjoy this 'Coffeehouse Mystery' series is the complexity of every individual novel within it.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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KelelaCR More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She keeps the story going, doesn't drag on and on.
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Cant wait to read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining. Have read them all to this point and will have the others soon.
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