Murder by Mocha (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #10)

Murder by Mocha (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #10)

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Overview

Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a "Mocha Magic Coffee," billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at its launch, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who's gone loco for mocha?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609983697
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #10
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 9
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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Murder by Mocha 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Nanc-e More than 1 year ago
Best selling author, Cleo Coyle (the husband and wife team of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Ceresini) proves once again why readers love this series. This series continues to captivate the reader with its smart and engaging story line along with its eclectic cast of characters. This series has an urban edge that isn't found in most cozies and that makes it unique! Readers will not be bored by idyllic country towns but will instead find themselves on the edge of their seats as they are transported through the boroughs of New York. The Village Blend is a coffee house located in a historic building in NYC. Its owner Madame Dubois is a real charmer and a shining example for women of a certain age. Her former daughter in law Clare Cosi is the current manager of "the Blend" as well a dear friend of Madame's. Along with Clare are her ex Matteo, their daughter Joy, Clare's love, Detective Mike Quinn and the lovable band of baristas. With each book these characters have become richly developed and easier to love. It is wonderful to learn more of Madame's back story in this edition...she continues to intrigue this reader. A clever twist to this series is the fact that we are introduced to the killer's thoughts as each book opens...right from the start the reader will begin to gather clues and a few red herrings along the way. This reader has yet to figure "whodunnit" until Ms. Coyle decides the time is right! The story this time focuses on Madame and her friend Alicia becoming partners in an online community that will market a Mocha love potion created with Village Blend's famous coffee, high end Voss Chocolates and a select blend of herbs...hmmmm! Clare has a sense of foreboding that proves to be more than true as bodies begin to fall and the magic elixir is found to be more than dangerous. Ms. Coyle's engaging writing combines humor, romance, wonderful history along with fabulous recipes heavy on the cocoa and coffee bean! This book is a wonderful continuation of a fine series...ideal for the reader that enjoys an edgier plot and a well developed cast. I'm already waiting for book 11!!!
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multi-published author who collaborates with her husband to write the best-selling Coffeehouse Mysteries. In "Murder By Mocha," the latest installment in this series, Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend Coffee House, is expanding her business in a very enterprising way. Her Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion.Mocha Magic Coffee, billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, which is expected to rake in millions of dollars, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the web's most popular on-line communities for women. But the launch party for Mocha Magic Coffee turns sour before it can get started when the Aphrodite editor responsible for the product wakes up the morning of the party and finds a dead man in her bed. Or is he really dead? Squaring her shoulders, Clare decides the launch party, which Village Blend is catering, must go on-a very bad idea when another Aphrodite editor is found dead. Followed shortly by another one. And what the heck is the secret ingredient in Mocha Magic anyway? Coffee-making tips and yummy recipes are also included in this cozy, which is a delicious edition to a fun series. Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of "Moving Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Opening the pages of MURDER BY MOCHA is like stepping inside my favorite coffeehouse with friends there waiting and a few new faces to greet. The sights, sounds and smells are brought to life by the talented writing of author Cleo Coyle. Readers who aren't coffee drinkers don't need to shy away from this tantalizing book and series. While there are references to coffee and all it's amenities; there is murder, mayhem, and suspense all wrapped up with a splash of romance, a dollop of humor and a lot of love for family and friends. Clare Cosi is the manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Clare's boss, Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubbors (who is also her former mother-in-law) has gone into partnership with an old friend. Madame has agreed to use the Village Blend coffee beans to create a new java love potion, 'Mocha Magic Coffee,' billed as an aphrodisiac. The new product will be sold exclusively online at Aphrodite's Village, a popular website community for women. At the launch party, however, one of the website's editors is murdered. When tragedy continues to strike the website's Sisters of Aphrodite, Clare thinks the secret formula behind the 'Mocha Magic Coffee' is the key and could be illegal. Clare works to find the answers to the murders and save her beloved Village Blend's reputation at the same time. Can she uncover the killer before she becomes the next victim? The twists and surprises will keep you guessing. To add to her mounting problems Clare's boyfriend, police detective Mike Quinn, is asking 'that' question; her daughter, Joy, is home from Paris and closer than ever to Sergeant Franco; and a cold case involving a slain police officer has surfaced that implicates Madame. Author Cleo Coyle has created a group of multifarious characters who are intriguing and likeable. She also introduces a group of eclectic minor characters who further add dimension to the story. As Clare undertakes to solve the murders, she also maintains her determination and loyalty to keep her family safe. MURDER BY MOCH is the 10th installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series and each new adventure just keeps getting more captivating. Readers are able to pick up any books in this series and not feel as though they are missing half the story. There's just enough back story to help new readers understand, while reminding returning fans of exciting past adventures. An extra feature of the book is the coffee-making tips and recipes included at the end. The scrumptious recipes include such treats as 'Aphrodisiac Brownies,' and 'Roasted Rock Cornish Game Hens with Rosemary and Lemon Butter.'
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
Murder by Mocha By Cleo Coyle Copyright August 2011 Publisher Berkeley Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a "Mocha Magic Coffee," billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at its launch, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who's gone loco for mocha? Clare is not happy about the contract with Aphrodite's Village, not one bit. Unfortunately there's nothing she can do about it since it was Madame who signed it. She has a feeling that this could destroy the Blend if anything goes wrong. With the death of one of the Aphrodite "Sisters" Clare has to bring out all the big guns and find out who the actual killer is, the real motive and make sure that none of her "extended family" are hurt in the process. With the help of Matt, Mike, Franco, Madame and her staff of baristas Clare will winnow out the answers to each level of the mystery and come out smelling like a rose. This is the tenth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, and to my mind, the most complex storyline to date. In this book Cleo Coyle has fully shown the depth of her ability as a mystery author, not just a cozy one. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series with baited breath. Writing as Alice Kimberly she is also the author of the "Haunted Bookshop Mysteries". FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the author, who hoped I would consider if for review.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Village is the popular Village Blend coffeehouse managed by Clare Cosi and owned by her mother-in-law Madame DuBois. It was Madame's idea to go into business with her friend Alicia Bower to sell the drink for Aphrodite's Village Online. They market a new java, Mocha Magic Coffee, using the Blend's coffee beans, Voss' chocolate, and an herbal aphrodisiac. When Madame and Clare meet with Alicia at the hotel, Claire has a feeling trouble is brewing. The man Alicia was seeing is found dead in their bed, blood everywhere and a knife protruding from his chest. When the police arrive, there is no body and Clare realizes fake blood was used to scare Alicia. When the drink is introduced at a special gala, Clare finds the corpse of Patrice Stone who demanded a share of the profits of the new drink and worked for Aphrodite's Village. As other members of the popular online business is killed or arrested, Clare searches in the shadows for the perpetrator orchestrating these events. Every Coffeehouse amateur sleuth (see Roast Mortem) is a specially blended mystery with the latest entry affirming that opinion as the key characters are fully developed inside of an action-packed series. Single mom Clare holds the percolating story line together as she courageously and foolishly searches for the murderous culprit. Series fans learn a bit more about the people in her life like her daughter Joy, her lover Mike, her former husband, his mom Madame, and the battling baristas. Filled with twists, used coffee beans and false leads, readers will wonder who the killer is (over mocha). Harriet Klausner
sabre-woman More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy the coffeehouse mysteries and this was no exception. Good story line, fewer conflicts between characters in this book (I'm not sure if that's good or bad), excellent recipes. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
loved it. One of the main reasons that I enjoy this 'Coffeehouse Mystery' series is the complexity of every individual novel within it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed+it
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
10th in the Clare Cosi Coffeehouse Mystery series.No one expects that ¿cozy¿ mysteries provide convoluted plots, hard-core police work, or carefully developed characters. Their charm and attraction lies in their themes; there are cozies set in bookstores, tea houses, coffee shops, libraries, pastry shops and others. Their attraction lies in the way the authors can creatively use such settings to provide adequate mysteries that depend a great deal on locale and the details of such enterprises Being a coffee addict myself and fortunate enough to live in one of the world¿s premier coffee growing areas, I have really enjoyed Cleo Coyle¿s Cofffeehouse Mysteries series. A major attraction of the books has been the inclusion of appendices that have tips on coffee grinding, preparation, and recipes for cookies, coffee drinks and, at times, main entrés, all of which feature coffee in one way or another.But while no one expects Jamie Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, or Laurie King in her many guises, still there is an expectation that the story line will be at least adequate without too many areas where the reader has to suspend belief too violently in order to carry on. There is also a need for a reasonable level of quality writing.Murder by Mocha falls down seriously in these areas. The premise of the plot--a new product line involving chocolate for the Village Blend that is supposedly aphrodisiac combined with a revenge motif--is decent, but the development of the plot is too loose. Coyle also has to decided whether she is writing in the mystery or chick lit genre, because as far as I¿m concerned, she fails badly in the combination. She also uses a plot gimmick that she¿s used before, far more successfully than in the current book; we meet the villain right away (although we don¿t know the identity), and we get flashes of her thoughts and plans along the way. Coyle this time has not done it well. The villain comes off as a cardboard character with no life.One of the real attractions of the series has been Coyle¿s locales; she has taken us all over the City of New York in other books, introduced us to ethnic neighborhoods and small businesses, writing with real love for the city she and her husband live in. That¿s not present in this book. There¿s a little bit about Rockefeller Center, but that¿s about it.Even the recipes are disappointing, at least to me. I love chocolate as much as the next person, I suppose, but the total emphasis on desserts leaves me wishing for some of her pasta recipes.I think series authors always have a major challenge in keeping their series and characters fresh. In addition, it¿s clear from Laurie King¿s blog and other writings that authors now have to take over too much of the promotion of their books. For a successful series, publishers demand a book practically every year of a certain length. These are problems without question, and only the best, it seems to me, are able to perform to standard under such pressures. I think this time, Coyle has found the challenge too much.Recommended for fans of the series.
MasonCanyon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Opening the pages of MURDER BY MOCHA is like stepping inside my favorite coffeehouse with friends there waiting and a few new faces to greet. The sights, sounds and smells are brought to life by the talented writing of author Cleo Coyle.Readers who aren¿t coffee drinkers don¿t need to shy away from this tantalizing book and series. While there are references to coffee and all it¿s amenities; there is murder, mayhem, and suspense all wrapped up with a splash of romance, a dollop of humor and a lot of love for family and friends.Clare Cosi is the manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Clare¿s boss, Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubbors (who is also her former mother-in-law) has gone into partnership with an old friend. Madame has agreed to use the Village Blend coffee beans to create a new java love potion, `Mocha Magic Coffee,¿ billed as an aphrodisiac.The new product will be sold exclusively online at Aphrodite¿s Village, a popular website community for women. At the launch party, however, one of the website¿s editors is murdered. When tragedy continues to strike the website¿s Sisters of Aphrodite, Clare thinks the secret formula behind the `Mocha Magic Coffee¿ is the key and could be illegal.Clare works to find the answers to the murders and save her beloved Village Blend¿s reputation at the same time. Can she uncover the killer before she becomes the next victim? The twists and surprises will keep you guessing.To add to her mounting problems Clare¿s boyfriend, police detective Mike Quinn, is asking `that¿ question; her daughter, Joy, is home from Paris and closer than ever to Sergeant Franco; and a cold case involving a slain police officer has surfaced that implicates Madame.Author Cleo Coyle has created a group of multifarious characters who are intriguing and likeable. She also introduces a group of eclectic minor characters who further add dimension to the story. As Clare undertakes to solve the murders, she also maintains her determination and loyalty to keep her family safe.MURDER BY MOCH is the 10th installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series and each new adventure just keeps getting more captivating. Readers are able to pick up any books in this series and not feel as though they are missing half the story. There¿s just enough back story to help new readers understand, while reminding returning fans of exciting past adventures.An extra feature of the book is the coffee-making tips and recipes included at the end. The scrumptious recipes include such treats as `Aphrodisiac Brownies,¿ and `Roasted Rock Cornish Game Hens with Rosemary and Lemon Butter.¿
bailey9189 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second of the Coffeehouse mysteries that I have read and so far have not been impressed. I doubt that I will read or listen to anymore. I listened to this on audio. It was okay except for the fact that the narrator didn't know the correct pronunciation of the word "archivist." Also, one scene of the story takes place in a college library. Because I work in one, I was appalled at the way the library staff was portrayed. Students would be reprimanded if they did not follow the rules and there is no way that a patron would be allowed to see the circulation history of an item. I'm assuming that the author has no experience with college libraries. Overall, the mystery was good but parts of it sidetracked into areas that weren't necessary.
FMRox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Latest in series with Clare Cosi, Manhattan coffee shop manager helping the police solve local mayhem and mishap and of course murder.This is my only go to cozy that I am reading. I don't usually do cozy mysteries by I enjoy this character and her cast mates. There's always bonus recipes at the end of the book as well.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
If terrific coffee drinks were not enough, the. Village Blend Coffee shop in New York has decided to team up with a superb chocolate company to market a new blend guaranteed to get the romantic juices flowing.  Clare, the store's manager, is not convinced that this is a great idea but the store's owner, Madame, also Clare's mother in law, has already set the deal up with one of her long time friends--Alicia.  But when the event to publicize the product brings Alicia running to Clare's hotel room because of a dead body in her bed, Clare really knows mischief is stalking this product.  Someone is definitely trying to defeat the start of this new product as more bodies appear.  There is also something suspiciously wrong with this new blend. Could there be an illegal substance hidden within this new yummy drink?  Clare and all the usual characters from these coffee house mysteries team up again to find the culprit.  Clare and her daughter are also becoming more involved with their love interests--both policeman.  This time, the police department is having problems of it's own.  Always fun and intriguingly involved with coffee facts and New York life, once again the Cleo Coyle husband and wife team have created a fascinating cozy mystery filled with recipes!  The personal lives of the characters become more and more involved with every book, but the mystery always drives each story.  I find that the audio version of these books really adds drama to already excellent books. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in this series and I love them! They keep your interest and are easy to read. Can't wait until #13 comes out.
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KelelaCR More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books except #11 and #12. Plan to read these too. I love this mystery series by husband and wife writing under Cleo Coyle. The author keeps you guessing and I really like the main characters that are woven throught this series. In addition the information at the back of the book regarding coffee, coffee drinks and the recipes are nice added bonus. I have suggested these books to several friends who read mysteries and they said they have enjoyed them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't have a whole lot to say. But this is a great series. When you're feeling like a visit with friends and none are around, pick up a coffeehouse mystery and there you find a roomful of them. I do have admit though, I didn't care for the roof top sex. I'm looking forward to the new book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She keeps the story going, doesn't drag on and on.
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Cant wait to read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining. Have read them all to this point and will have the others soon.
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