Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #2)

Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #2)

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by Cleo Coyle
     
 

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Business is booming at Clare Cosi's Village Blend, until her female customers start to die. Lieutenant Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, and, unfortunately, his prime suspect is the new man in Clare's life.

Now Clare will risk her heart—and her life—to follow the killer's trail to the bitter end.

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Overview

Business is booming at Clare Cosi's Village Blend, until her female customers start to die. Lieutenant Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, and, unfortunately, his prime suspect is the new man in Clare's life.

Now Clare will risk her heart—and her life—to follow the killer's trail to the bitter end.

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When Clare Cosi returned to New York City to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse, she forgot what a grind the Big Apple's dating scene could be. Between juggling her grueling schedule and dealing with infrequent and always inconvenient visits from her handsome but impossible-to-live-with ex-husband (who owns an equal share of the apartment over the shop where she lives), it's a wonder Clare manages to date at all.

Right now, the romantic situation is even more complicated, because Clare has decided to check out the dating services her daughter Joy is using…by trying them herself. As she moves from dark and dangerous on-line hookups to the fast-paced "power meets" at the Cappuccino Connection upstairs in her own coffeehouse, Clare gets more and more steamed about the bitter blend of losers, geeks, and freaks that seem to be the mainstays of the dating menu for her and her beloved daughter. Out of all the guys she's met, she's only found one strong yet mellow one who really appreciates her…and shares her love of fine coffee.

But caffeine and romantic frustration aren't the only things making customers and staff of the Village Blend jittery lately. Clare is determined to find out whether the seemingly unrelated deaths of several recent customers are truly suicides or accidents…or if something dark, dangerous, and deadly is brewing for the Village Blend. Cleo Coyle's Coffee House Mystery series (which got off to such a potent start last fall with On What Grounds) builds strength in Through the Grinder with a delightfully robust and complex plot enhanced by richly drawn characters. Sue Stone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425197141
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Coffeehouse Mystery Series, #2
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
127,707
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After divorcing her husband Matteo, Clare took their daughter to New Jersey where they went suburban for a decade until Joy accepts a school in Manhattan. Clare eagerly agrees to a job offer by her former mother- in-law in the family owned business The Village Blend so that she can be near Joy. She relocates to a duplex above the store while her daughter and her former mother-in-law hope that is the first step in binging Clare and her ex-husband Matt together....................................... Clare is more interested in monitoring Joy¿s men rather than meeting any males for herself. During a social gala hosted above the Village Blend, Clare meets and falls in love with Bruce Bowman; he reciprocates her feelings. Clare¿s friend Detective Mike Quinn warns her to avoid Bruce because he is the prime suspect in the murders of three women that he knew whose deaths were disguised as suicides. Clare refuses to believe Bruce is capable of homicide and with the help of Matt sets out to affirm her belief.............................. THROUGH THE GRINDER is a fascinating mystery mostly because readers see the killer¿s point of view as he strikes at the victims. Though the logic why Bruce is a lead suspect seems thin, Quinn¿s jealousy forces him to rationalize his opinion. Though the tale takes a little time to introduce the cast once Clare takes Manhattan, readers gain an engrossing amateur sleuth serial killer that stars a brave, quirky heroine................................ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This husband and wife team definitely writes one of the best cozy series going.  The mystery is exciting and I learn more and more about coffee and New York with each continuing book.  My favorite type of cozy!  This is the second in the series and unlike some cozies, there is nothing repetitive or unnecessary within the story line. There is someone calling themselves "The Genius" pushing women to their deaths, making it look like a suicide.  Meanwhile, back at The Village Blend coffee shop, finding interesting and deserving men to date becomes a topic in the shop.  Clare, store manager and divorced from the store's owner's son, Matteo, is trying to monitor her grown daughter's dating choices.  In doing so, the store hosts a social gathering where men and women can meet and match themselves with potential dates.  While checking out men for her daughter, Clare meets  her own "Mr Right", but her policeman friend warns her that this man is a suspect in these recent murders.  Clare believes he's not the murderer and sets out with Matteo to find the real murderer. Suspense builds as we read the inner thoughts of "The Genius".  Clare's relations continue with her divorced husband, cooking school student daughter, and meddling mother-in-law which is a fun story in itself.  Clues point to a variety of people, with a shocking surprise in the end.  Definitely will continue with this fun series! 
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
Oh what a great read! Not only was it a surprising ending- but I learned a lot about coffee and NYC history
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CheliD More than 1 year ago
Clare Cosi, who manages the coffee shop the Village Blend, is concerned when her daughter Joy decides to look for a new beau through the Internet and other new dating groups. Trying to check out the groups, Clare signs up and finds a new man in her life. At the same time, several of the Village Blend regulars are mysteriously found dead and the talk is suicide except that the police think it's murder and that the murderer might be the new man in Clare's life. Clare sets out to clear the suspicion from her new beau with the help of her ex-husband Matteo. The situations that they find themselves in are amusing and at times over top but the story was fun and entertaining.
misschriss More than 1 year ago
Extremely boring! I love coffee but don't need a million descriptions on it's history and how to brew it!
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Loved this book. Will continue to read series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting series, and I will follow through on all of them. It makes me want coffee about every third page, but it is very informative about different types and how different coffee drinks are made. However, it is not OBSESSED with coffee to the detriment of the story itself. I enjoy the main character as well as the other characters in this series... and I enjoy the descriptions of New York City. The mystery is also very good, and keeps you guessing. I recommend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page-turner! I could not put this book down. If you like coffee, and mysteries, this book is for you.
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