Holiday Grind (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #8)

Holiday Grind (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #8)

by Cleo Coyle

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ISBN-13: 9781101151143
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #8
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 71,404
File size: 840 KB
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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Holiday Grind (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
ajpohren More than 1 year ago
Holiday Grind is number eight in this delicious cozy mystery series, A Coffeehouse Mystery. I have been hooked since the very beginning with On What Grounds. I even have to confess to reading Murder Most Frothy while in labor with my son, lol. Let me tell you, it helped pass the time and those pains! I even managed to finish the last word before my little man entered the world. Okay, too much information, lol. In any case, this is one of my very favorite cozy mystery series and this latest installment, Holiday Grind, was like the yummy colorful sprinkles sitting merrily atop a minty, chocolaty and unforgettable peppermint mocha! Often times as a series goes on, it may begin to drag or lose some of its appeal. This is definitely not the case with this series. At number eight, Claire, Mike, Matt and the entire coffeehouse gang are better than ever. True to the season, Holiday Grind focuses around the painful murder of Clare's friend and traveling santa, Alf. Tossed aside as a random mugging, Alf's murder is not considered priority; clever sleuth, Claire, knows differently. At the urging of Alf's daughter, Claire takes matters into her own hands and does her own investigating and searching into what really happened to jolly Alf. Claire's ex-husband, Matt lends his assistance, trying to protect Claire, much to her chagrin, which in turn leads to a few moments sure to bring a smile to the reader's face. Meanwhile, Claire's relationship with sexy Detective Mike Quinn heats up, until a mysterious redhead enters the picture to bring doubts to Claire's mind. Then to top things off, there is a killer that will stop at nothing to silence Claire and end her latte making days forever. Holiday Grind is filled to the brim with the series' trademark humor, sassiness and mystery. Though number eight in the series, Holiday Grind is so well written that it easily could be read as a stand alone. Perfect for the holiday season, indulge in this rich and frothy mystery and I'll guarantee that if you have not read the other books in this series, that that will quickly change! At the end of each book, Cleo Coyle includes great coffee tips as well as some of the recipes mentioned throughout the book. Well, hang on to your coffee mugs because Holiday Grind contains a nearly recipe book length bonus section at the end! I'm talking recipes for coffee syrups, baked goods, coffee drinks, tips and tons more! As a coffee drink fanatic, this pleased me to no end! I was giddy with excitement - yes, it's the simple things in life that please me, lol. With the excellent story and delightful bonus gift of recipes, Holiday Grind is the perfect way to treat yourself, a friend or family member. Also, I have to say that I love the cover! I can't wait for the next in the installment of the Coffeehouse Mystery Series, though *sigh* I have a long wait since Roast Mortem (don't you just love the title?!) is not due out until Aug. 2010! Until then, grab a cup of your favorite caffeine induced treat, sit back, relax and spend some time with Claire and the gang in Holiday Grind!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as others in series. Too much useless information.
campionSM More than 1 year ago
Cleo Coyle's latest myster, Holiday Grind, is a wonderful read. It's difficult to set the book down. I really enjoy the characters that appear in this book, especially Claire and Mike Quinn. They make a really wonderful team. This book deserves a five star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have read all the coffehouse mystery books and have become attached to the characters. I am surprised each time i read a book and find myslef giggling while reading. I can lose myself in the characters. It even made me want to be coffee drinker! good books, fun to read and you will always remember the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holiday Grind is a real holiday treat ! Cleo Coyle has done it again. I have enjoyed all of the coffeehouse mysteries.This one is again...pure enjoyment,especially when reading it with a cup of coffee. Enjoyed the story, the characters, and the chemistry between Mike and Clare.
momelaine 10 days ago
I have only read a couple of books in this series and I quite liked this one. I didn't feel that I had to have read the preceding books. I liked that the story took place at Christmas time and it is winter. I enjoyed reading about the coffee making methods and the recipes. It was a fun read and I will most likely read more in this series.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Joycepa on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Eight in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.Christmas is on its way, and despite the Great Recession, Clare and the staff are in the mood. Well, most of them, anyway. Besides decorating The Village Blend, they¿re busy dreaming up new, holiday-themed coffee drinks--partly in the spirit of the season and partly because of the coffee house¿s bottom line, which needs all the help it can get from a rejuvenated menu in the tough economic times. But while they create their ¿fa-la-la-la lattes¿ coffee drinks, a regular visitor--a member of the corps of Traveling Santas (cousins of the bell-ringing Santas of the Red Kettles) is inexplicably late on his usual round. Clare goes out into the snow in search--and finds his dead body in a courtyard not far from the Blend.This is not one of my favorites in the series, but it is still a strong entry. The plot is good and as usual, Coyle showcases still another borough, Staten Island, where exists the only home in New York designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Coyle also gives quite a bit of space to the Caribbean community and their traditions. And in another lovely reference to a New York landmark, the main Branch of the New York Public Library with its famous lions, Patience and Prudence (not that many years ago I had my picture taken as I perched atop Patience, I believe) stars briefly.The cast is still one of the best things about this series. Esther, along with her Russian rapper boyfriend Boris Bokunin, has graduated to something of a star role, and adds her acerbic Goth Girl flavor to the menu, making sure that no one is going to drown in sweetness.The appendix contains not just the usual recipes for more or less standard coffee drinks and excellent tips on making coffee, but also a glossary of roasting and barista terms. All the recipes for the Fa-la-la-la lattes are included. There are holiday cookies recipes galore, as well as Clare¿s holiday variant on biscotti (which are actually quite easy to make, just take a lot of time). There is a terrific recipe for linguine with white clam sauce. It¿s a food and coffee lover¿s paradise!Highly recommended.
rphalliburton on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I haven't read any of the other Coffee House books but I intend to now that I have read Holiday Grind. Clare Cose owns a coffee shop and has regular customers. One of these customers, a traveling Santa, is murdered. His daughter begs Clare to look into his murder since the police think it is a random mugging. The daughter and Clare do not think this is the case. Clare happens to date a cop and he helps her gather info. There are quite a few suspects and Clare must sort them out. During her investigations Clare is almost murdered herself. It held my interest to the surprise ending.
cyderry on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I started the Coffeehouse mystery series earlier this year and when I got the chance to read the latest and get a signed copy from the author I had to jump in it. I was not disappointed. The downturn in the economy has Claire Cosi trying to come up with new ideas that will draw customers into the Village Blend coffeehouse so when a Traveling Santa, a frequent customer, suggests the Fl-la-la-la Lattes, Claire is happy to incorporate the idea into their holiday menu. On the night that the new lattes are to be taste-tested, Claire invites the Santa to join the party and when he is a no show, goes out into a snow storm to find him. What she finds is his body and carafes of trouble.The police think it is a random mugging, but Claire sets out to prove it was murder.As she follows the clues, Claire's investigation becomes a sleigh ride of mishaps which eventually land her in some cold water as the t rail gets hotter.The story is entertaining and will hold your interest until the end. Definitely a great addition to this series.
Brian55 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was a good light (if murder mysteries can be light) for the holidays. A fun read. Good characters and plot twists. I'll read more of Coyle.
bookwoman247 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was another extremely enjoyable installmehnt of the Coffeehouse mystery series.In Holiday Grind, Village Blend co-owner and manager Clare Cosi sets out to discover who wanted jolly old St. Nick, AKA the kindly Alfred Glockner, dead.What Clare discovers amidst the fa-la-lattes, kitsch, carols, elves, and mistletoe leads her into danger. Has she bitten off more than she can chew, or will she be able to finger the killer before he puts her on holiday ice?This series is as enjoyable and addicting as the first whiff or sip of coffee in the early morning!
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Another wonderful read by Cleo Coyle. This is the 8th book in the Coffeehouse series. Claire really gets herself into some interesting situations and some are hilarious. It is nice to see all the characters again and some old. Always nice to see a closer relationship with Mike Quinn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Clare Cosi's and all the other characters from the Village Blend Coffee shop are back for a Christmas themed mystery.  Clare is hosting a party with her friends to decide on some new Christmas blend coffees.  But as always, things never go smoothly, and this time one of Clare's good friends, a charity Santa Clause, I'd found shot dead in a back alley.  The police believe it's a mugging, but Clare is sure that more is going on there.   This mystery centers around the photographers and gossip columnists who chase after the rich and famous.  It also melds into Dicken's a CHRISTMAS CAROL's idea of just doing good for others.  There is explosive action between Clare and her new love, Detective Mike Quinn as his ex wife causes issues of her own.  This continues to be a great series, though for me, the topics of following the rich and famous wasn't as interesting as most of the other bases for these mysteries.  Though the holiday coffee blends definitely got my digestive juices going.  The authors also suggested a couple of Christmas charities that are definitely worthwhile too. I have been listening to the audio version of these books, and find the reader adds exponentially to my enjoyment of these books.  Hope this series goes on and on forever!
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