Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #5)

Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #5)

by Cleo Coyle

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Overview

When an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare Cosi, manager of Village Blend, believes it's a business opportunity she needs to investigate...at least until the first dead body shows up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425216385
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2007
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 99,056
Product dimensions: 4.42(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #5) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clare Cosi's cozy life is interupted by a man knocked out near her shop. The man is her husband's partner in developing a botanically decaffeinated coffee bean, with the potential to be a huge money spinner. However bodies associated with the entire affair start accumulating.It really didn't have a sense of peril or suspense (apart from wondering for a while who was going to die) and really seemed to putter along like a long-running series that is depending on familiarity rather than suspense in keeping reading going.Overall not bad but not great.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fifth in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.Back in New York at the Village Blend, Clare is contemplating the incontemplatible--decaffeinated coffee at the Blend. Her research has unearthed the fact that nearly 20% of customers for coffee drinks want decaf, a segment of the market Clare has lost because of the poor quality of beans processed according to standard methods. Thus, her horrified baristas, assembled for a taste test, are certain of disaster. Instead--an excellent cup of coffee ensues. How? Not from beans subjected to processing but those from a plant that naturally produces a decaffeinated bean. This is a horticultural breakthrough from a friend of Matt¿s, Ric Gostwick, who after years of research has come up with the plant. The Blend is to have exclusive rights to the beans during its introductory phase.But coffee is a competitive market, and when Clare discovers Ric unconscious outside the back door of the Blend, she immediately assumes that Ric¿s assault was motivated by business rivalry. Matters go from complicated to worse, a murder results, and Clare goes into full-blown private eye mode.As usual, the story is enriched by snippets of New York history and items of interest; in this book, Brooklyn is the star borough. Featured are the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (yes, Botanic, not Botanical), the Brooklyn Art Museum, Gowanus, Red Hook and other neighborhoods.The strong supporting cast of characters is back. Esther the Snark Girl has an eyebrow-raising boyfriend. Joy continues to drive her mother crazy. And Madame Dubois once again serves as Clare¿s Assistant Amateur Sleuth, resulting in a hilarious chase scene through the streets of Brooklyn.Good, solid plotting, snappy writing that has an attractive urban edge, wonderful dialogue: Tucker: Omigawd, Esther! There¿s something you don¿t know! Esther: Put a designer sock in it, TuckTucker: Don¿t get snarky, goth girl and authenticity in ambience characterize this installment in a delightful series.Highly recommended.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very much an interesting read, and the pace was kept on the go throughout the entire book. However, I did get a bit confused at times between all of the theories presented in the book, and I really got annoyed with the ex-husband for not being upfront and honest about what he was doing. Overall, good book and worth reading!
averitasm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this series so far I have read all that have been published, A nice cozy mystery, with coffee tips and romance a bit. Does get slightly repetitive when you hit the middle of the series but I always learned something new about coffee and recipes in the back. I would recommend for anyone who likes cozy's.
adeptmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Too much heavy handed hammering home of Coyle's intimate knowledge of the NY "scene" drags down this otherwise enjoyable entry into the Coffeehouse mystery series.
SheilaDeeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve just read my second Cleo Coyle book and I can smell the coffee. I still can¿t grind or brew the sacred bean half as well as the author, but I¿m learning some facts. I know how to test whether the beans were fresh when I get my cup¿never knew that before. And I know a little more about where they grow.Cleo Coyle sets her mysteries around the Village Blend coffee house in New York. Decaffeinated espresso is described as a ¿why bother,¿ but it seems there may a new brew on the block that¿s decaffeinated and delicious. Clare Cosi runs the store and lives upstairs with her ex-husband, son of the delightfully quirky French owner and close friend of the seller of decaffeinated beans. But there¿s more than coffee in the air, and would a mugger really just be trying to steal a plant?Business opportunity might turn to disaster, and scheming lovers might end up in jail on charges of murder, but Clare¿s friend the policeman drinks his latte and keeps his feet on the ground while others fly through the air. The story¿s fun, exciting and mysterious. The background (and scent of coffee) is delightful. The relationships are cool and intriguing, Madame ever the coolest of course; and the book is great fun.Time for some caffeine now I think before I go shopping for more.
DianeS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've now read all of the books available so far in this series, and I will watch for more as she continues to write. Clare's ex-husband is, of course, annoying -- aren't all exes? Her ex-mother-in-law is a charmer. Her relationship with her daughter is annoying, if realistic. Maybe it's annoying *because* it's realistic! These books are light and amusing, which is just what I was looking for. The last book of the series is a bit better than the earlier ones, so perhaps the author is growing into her series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Everything you every wanted to know about decaffeinated coffee told in a most exciting way, plus more and more information about New York,  makes up this fifth Village Blend Coffee House cozy mystery.  Sometimes lots of extraneous information overwhelms, but these mysteries seem to blossom with every piece of information.  In this mystery, the development of a coffee plant that actually produces coffee beans with less caffeine than processed decaffeinated regular beans,  becomes a boon that brings out the money developers, and those who will kill for this product. Clare and her octogenarian mother-in-law parole the streets of New York while seeking stalkers and murderers.  Clare and her co-coffee shop owner and ex husband remain  friends and loving parents to their 20 something daughter.  Everyone is developing other love lives of their own, which cause intriguing conflicts and problems within this book.  I loved the car chase scenes, even the left turn on red that nearly put a couple of them in jail.   If you're a coffee lover, New York loves, cozy lover, or just a plain book lover, you will definitely enjoy this decaffeinated joy ride of a mystery!   
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Great
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As always, I just love this cozy mystery series!
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