Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #2)

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425197141
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 218,603
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.81 (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 December 9, 2008

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    A character driven mystery

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Good book

    Great mystery

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    This husband and wife team definitely writes one of the best coz

    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! 

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    Oh what a great read! Not only was it a surprising ending- but I

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

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    Steamy and fun!

    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.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Boring

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Quite Enjoyable!

    Loved this book. Will continue to read series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    A really good series

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Drop everything, and read this book!

    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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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Couldn't put it down

    This mystery kept me reading and I love the coffee references. I found myself wanting a cup while reading. The descriptions are very detailed. All it takes is imagination and you are there..

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    This mystery kept me guessing til the end!

    I loved this book! The story line kept me on my toes til the very end. When you think you have it figured out...guess again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Fun and Quick Read

    I just discovered this series and think its great. The 'who dun it' is always a surprise and I enjoy the references to making coffee throughout the book. In fact it makes me want to have a cup while I am reading. A mystery with some good information. So if you love coffee, than this is a double treat.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Through the Grinder is awesome!!!

    I really enjoyed this book and the rest of the series. I hope the author will add more. The books were quick reads, did not want to stop reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    Extremely Good Story

    New York's 'meet' market is hilariously portrayed in this 2nd colorful coffeehouse mystery. There's also real danger and suspense, and I thoroughly enjoyed this well written mystery. Here's the basic plot: Clare Cosi (the main character/amateur sleuth of this series) joins an online dating site, primarily to check it out because she can't stop her grown daughter from using it. As she uses the site, she meets a man named Bruce. At the same time, someone appears to be murdering women who are attached to the site and making the murders look like suicides. Detective Mike Quinn is very suspicious of Clare's new boyfriend. While he sees evidence that Bruce is the killer, Clare thinks Mike is wrong and sets out to prove it. The characters in this series are wonderfully developed. All of their ups and downs in relating to each other are deftly handled against plotlines of puzzling murders. There are several very good red herrings in this tale. I thought I knew exactly who the killer was, but I was wrong, and I didn't come close to guessing the ending, which is not only exceptional, it sets up the third, fourth, and fifth books in this series very nicely. What Clare Cosi goes through in this installment makes her even stronger than she was before the book started, which is why I like this second book in the 'Coffeehouse Mystery' series so much and can highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read the entire series. Good job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    caf - fiends or coyle's foils

    In this second book in the series, I continued to appreciate the pace of the writing, and the true-to-life descriptions and New York history. The coffee tips are great. However, I found the twist in the story regarding the mother-in-law seen in the hospital predictable, as well as finding the startling grisly body part on a tray in the goth art gallery unnecessary and having nothing at all to do with the mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2006

    disappointed with a grisly display in a great story

    I was very excited to begin Cleo Coyle's second coffeehouse mystery. It is a good, not great, mystery. I love her coffee details and her in-depth characters. However, I found fault with an unnecessarily grisly body part displayed, having nothing to do with the mystery story. I was grossed-out, not what I want to feel during the telling of otherwise-interesting story. Why Cleo why??

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