On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #1)

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Introducing a delightful new series featuring Carolyn Cosi, manager of the historic Village Blend coffeehouse...

Carolyn arrives at work to discover the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Two detectives investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Still, Carolyn is not convinced. And after the police leave, ...
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Overview

Introducing a delightful new series featuring Carolyn Cosi, manager of the historic Village Blend coffeehouse...

Carolyn arrives at work to discover the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Two detectives investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Still, Carolyn is not convinced. And after the police leave, Carolyn can't help wondering...If this was an act of murder, is she in danger?
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After an extended stint in suburbia raising her now-grown daughter, Clare Cosi is ready for a change, but she expects complications when she agrees to take over as manager of the historic Village Blend coffeehouse. After all, her ex-husband is the importer responsible for buying coffee for the shop, and she's been hired to undo the damage caused by a manager who has practically ruined a reputation more than a century old. There aren't many problems Clare doesn't think can be cured by the perfect cup of coffee -- but that theory is about to be tested. When she and her cat, Java, arrive, the shop is locked, the baked goods cases are empty, there's no coffee ready...and the assistant manager who was supposed to be opening the shop and handling the morning rush is sprawled at the bottom of the basement stairs, critically injured. The police want to write it all off as a tragic mishap, but Clare has grounds to believe the trouble brewing at Village Blend is no accident. Coffee lovers will delight in Clare's tips on roasting, grinding, storing, and preparing the perfect cup of coffee (and using the grounds to tell the future). And her luscious recipes and captivating anecdotes about the important role of coffee in the history of civilization are a perfect accent to the rich blend of characters and plot that make On What Grounds such a satisfying mystery. This new series is off to a piping-hot start, and we can't wait to see what new cases the author has percolating! Sue Stone
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Clare Cosi decides to come back to the historic Village Blend Coffeehouse because life in the suburbs has lost its glow after ten years. Her ex-mother-in-law wants to play matchmaker with her son and Clare and offers her the job of managing the coffeehouse and using its upstairs apartment. Clare is not back long when her assistant manager is found unconscious and Clare and her ex-husband set off to find the culprit. Scattered throughout are coffee-making tips, and some recipes are added as an appendix. A fun, light mystery. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Berkley, 276p., Ages 15 to adult.
— Barbara McKee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587246470
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 5/3/2004
  • Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #1
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.01 (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 May 10, 2010

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    Great read - even for non-coffee-lovers!

    I enjoy reading mystery novels, and I'm always surprised by the inventive settings and plots for murder and mayhem. Recently, while I was waiting for the latest book in my current mystery series, I decided to try something new. I was browsing the mystery shelves, before sitting in the B&N cafe to have my morning hot chocolate and scone, when the cover with "Coffeehouse Mystery Series" caught my eye. I was intrigued, since, here I was at a coffeehouse, looking for a mystery series... Could it be fate? Apparently so! I picked up 'On What Grounds' to read in the cafe, and I was instantly hooked by the novel setting, the interesting cast, and the colorful writing style. I especially liked that it was written in 1st-person, so I felt truly connected with the main character. Of course, the descriptions of coffee-related beverages and food made my mouth water - and I don't even drink coffee! The recipes and tips, related to all things coffee, at the back of the book are a unique touch that makes this series useful as well as entertaining. I have already purchased the second and third book, and can't wait to continue reading!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

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    Not much in the plot

    The plot didn't move much. There were some "teases" but it didn't go anywhere with them. There were some interesting twists. Good information for those who love coffee. The average coffee drinker would say, "Neat information" and then hope to get on with the plot soon.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    You have to really LOVE coffee!

    I won't be reading the next book. It took 178 pages to actually get started with the story! I'm a tea drinker anyway :)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

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    Caffeine without the coffee

    Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries are as close as you can get to coffee without actually drinking it. I bought this first in the series because I had check out a couple of others in the series from the library. Clare Cosi is a single mom who used to manage the Village Blend Coffeehouse in NYC for her mother-in-law, lovingly referred to as "Madame". But when she and her cocaine-indulging husband are divorced, she leaves NY and raises their daughter on her own. Now, her daughter is grown and Madame asks Clare to come back and take over managing the Village Blend again. Only, very shortly after taking over the coffeehouse, she finds a body in the basement, and an historic plaque has gone missing. Thus begins Clare's new career as an amateur sleuth. Along the way, she deals with the globe-trotting ex-husband, a very handsome, though somewhat hard-boiled detective, and the college hijinks of her daughter. All the while, serving up gourmet espresso to customers and coffee facts to anyone who will listen. I learned more about coffee in one book than I ever imagined. And while reading it on a rainy autumn evening, I could practically smell the fresh coffee. I think I'll have another cup.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Murder with your Coffee

    If you are a fan of mysteries and coffeehouse coffee blends, this is a fun book to read.
    Clare Cosi is the manager of the Village Blend. A 100 year old coffeehouse in Greenwich Village, NY. Clare is running the Village Blend for her ex-mother-in-law and lives above the coffeehouse. The problem is Clare has to share this living arrangement with her ex-husband,Matt, who is the coffee buyer for the Village Blends specialty roasts and a womanizer. Joy,their daughter is in culinary school. What happens at the Village Blend next....you have to read for yourself. Follow Clare's curiosity at the events that surround her and the Village Blend.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    I really hoped for the best with this series. I like the other s

    I really hoped for the best with this series. I like the other series (Haunted Bookshop) and wish she would go back to it.
    This series had potential but it drifted too far into the dissertation on the correct procedures to roast, grind and brew coffee. The mysteries are lost. I read the first one and thought...ok, not bad...a little to heavy with the description of the perfect espresso...maybe the next book will be better. Unfortunately, I was wrong, again too much time on coffee and not enough time on the actual mystery. I actually read the first two books and part of the third. I did the classic skip to the end to find out whodunnit and went...huh??? I had to go back and find out who the murderer and the supposed murderer were...they are not introduced until way into the last third of the book because again she spent far too long describing the perfect espresso.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Luke Warm

    This is a murder mystery that takes place in a coffee house in New York. Clare is the old/new manager of the coffee shop when she finds one of her employees dead. She is determined to find out what happened to her. I found the plot slow and the story dull. It was missing everything I like in a mystery and the coffee recipes were - well just okay. I wouldn't go out of my way to read any more in this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    A great read!

    I really enjoyed this mystery, a great introduction to the characters and their lives in this book. It is a must read for someone who enjoys a light mystery and coffee! The story itself is well written with the reader believing that they are right there on the scene.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Hook, Line, and Sinker

    This was a nice introduction to the series. I was hooked right away and loved the incorporation of the different coffee recipies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

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    Swing... We Have a Winner!

    Grab your chocolate. Latte. Cocoa. Chi. Chocolate liqueur. Kahlua® coffee liqueur

    Swing batter batter swing... We have a winner!!!

    I am not a coffee connoisseur, but the aroma of a heady brew gets my blood boiling.

    I love the potent bouquet that attacks my senses whenever I step foot inside a coffeehouse.

    *Sigh*

    I love to soak up the atmosphere ~ I sip on delicious hot tea, Poland water &/or grab a bite to eat ~ soup, panini... scones. Oh, those yummy desserts.

    I relax, read, listen to music, poetry or tune into people engaging in conversations ~ ok, eavesdrop... =Q

    I just like to settle in & marinate in the creative & energizing ambiance.

    Clare Cosi is an absolute delight. She is not one of those amateur sleuths you wonder, "where'd she go to school ~ KoKo Puffs U". She is a charming, intelligent & witty protagonist.

    Clare does not rely on anyone to be her superhero. Her cape is right next to the Sumatra in the storeroom.

    All of the the impressive characters leap from the page. Oh, Matteo...

    Joy, Madame, Matteo... *oops, back on track* Tucker, Detective Mike Quinn are absolutely compelling, expressive & irresistible.

    I love how the coffee info is scattered throughout the book. Some complain this is annoying, but I don't find it irritating or distracting in the least.

    On What Ground's is the 1st coffeehouse mystery & is a delightful, picturesque, sparkling, lighthearted cozy.



    Now, I'm in the mood to visit a coffee bar & order an iced raspberry, bottle of Poland & a lemon raspberry bar.

    Come to mama, baby.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    If you love coffee and riveting drama, this is the book for you!

    I took a chance and purchased the first two books of the Coffeehouse Mystery series, even though I was not familiar with the author, and I am glad I did. Taking on the running of a celebrated coffee bar owned by her ex-mother-in-law and finding out her ex-husband is part of the package was the first shock. Then finding one of her employees at the bottom of the basement stairs barely alive, complicated matters. Add in some shady characters and a handsome police detective, well, need I say more? Interspersed throughout this riveting story are tips for making the perfect cup of coffee and, at the back of the book, recipes you will want to try. Like the one for a Black Russian. This is a case where you should try it at home...and with a chair nearby! Can't wait to start series #2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Wanted to Like It

    I wanted to like this book, but it just never really engaged me. I love mysteries and cozy coffee shops, so I gave this book a shot (so to speak). From the description of the characters, I presumed they'd be interesting, but, somehow, they never seemed to develop any depth. They felt shallow, self-involved, and uninteresting. I stuck it out through 16 chapters, but then had to concede defeat. I flipped to the last chapter, saw "who dunit", and gratefully tossed it aside.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Recommended

    Its a good read. I will look for the next one in the series and more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    A fun read

    Although this book is rather poorly written and painfully predictable, I enjoyed it very much. It's cute and fun to read. I will read more in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Hate it. Can't finish it.

    I can't get into the story or the characters. The story stops abruptly to describe some coffee in ridiculous detail or describe some as being like a coffee which is then described in ridiculous detail. I know this is set in a coffee shop and that a certain suspension of disbelief is required for cozies, but this is a little too much. I really wanted to like this since I enjoy cozies and work in a coffee shop. Now, I just really want my money back.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    7/26/12

    Going to try the 2nd book to see if the goodness continues.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Just Ok

    I am a retired coffee taster and this book took a lot to get thru. I understood the coffee terms, but it took forever to get to the villian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Ahhh...

    Too slow and boring and waaayyyy too much talk about coffee. I wanted a mystery, not a manual on how to grind and brew coffee. Thought this book was kind of stupid.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    2 Thumbs Up

    Yet, another cozy mystery enjoyed! A great rainy day read :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Great book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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