In Dead to the Last Drop, Cleo Coyle's fifteenth Coffeehouse Mystery, Clare Cosi is doing her best to get the Village Blend's new Washington, D.C. coffeehouse and jazz club up and running. The business gets a major boost when the President's daughter, a jazz pianist, plays at the club. But meanwhile Clare becomes the prime suspect in a murder. Then the President's daughter disappears and the authorities want to question Clare for that too. Clare has to go on the run while she tries to clear her name.
Coffee & the Arts
Coffee and the arts are natural companions, whether you're an artist drinking an espresso for that extra spark to ignite your creativity, or a book lover enjoying a pot of coffee with your book group. And in some cases, like these, the art is all about the coffee.
In Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle, the 14th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, coffeeshop manager and amateur detective Clare Cosi discovers an unconscious fairytale princess in the Central Park woods during a Storybook Kingdom festival. The young woman has been drugged, and unfortunately the police identify Clare's business partner and ex-husband Matteo Allegro as the prime suspect. As Clare puts her considerable investigative skills to work, some “magic” Ethiopian coffee beans help her to envision some clues.
Leonetto Cappiello, often called “the father of modern advertising,” revolutionized the art of poster design in the early 20th century. His modern designs for clients like espresso coffee machine manufacturer Victoria Arduino and Café Martin brand coffee used vibrant colors and bold, dynamic compositions to immediately grab the viewer’s attention.
In Billionaire Blend, the thirteenth Coffeehouse Mystery in the best-selling series by Cleo Coyle, coffeehouse manager and amateur detective Clare Cosi gets an explosive introduction to the world of super-rich tech entrepreneurs. As she attempts to find the perpetrator of a car bomb that exploded outside the Village Blend, she also has an opportunity to create the world’s most expensive coffee.
Mississippi John Hurt loves his coffee. But not just any brand of coffee will do. It’s got to be Maxwell House. Just a spoonful of the coffee that’s “good to the last drop” will do him as much good as two or three cups of some other coffee. But what he’s really got in “Coffee Blues” are the “lovin’ blues.” His girl moved away. He needs to find her, so she can give him the “lovin’ spoonful” that he misses so much.
“Intellectual Cup of Coffee” is one of several beautiful, colorful coffee cup collages created by artist and illustrator Megan Coyle from magazine cut-outs. The collage captures the essence of the “intellectual” cup of coffee. The blue coffee cup and saucer rest on an opened book. The steam from the hot coffee suggests question marks — this cup of coffee is stimulating thought and ideas. Coyle’s coffee cup collages are perfect for any coffee enthusiast with an eye for art.
For coffee shop manager Clare Cosi, coffee can be a dangerous business, even deadly. The coffee business has become more and more competitive, and Clare has decided to expand the Village Blend’s customer base by investing in a coffee truck. Clare’s business partner thinks the investment is too risky, and he may be right. The truck may be driving someone to murder.
Holiday Grind, the eighth book in Cleo Coyle’s popular Coffeehouse Mystery series, provides coffee-loving readers with a special holiday blend of murder and coffee. When Clare Cosi’s friend Alf Glockner, one of New York’s “Traveling Santas,” is found dead near the Village Blend, Clare doesn’t believe he was killed by a random mugger. The holiday season becomes increasingly sinister as Clare’s sleuthing puts her life in danger. She wants to find out who killed Alf, and why, but will she be able to do that without joining Alf as a casualty of Christmas?
In Espresso Shot by Cleo Coyle, the seventh book in the author’s Coffeehouse Mysteries series, murder hits close to home for coffee expert and amateur detective Clare Cosi. Clare’s ex-husband Matteo Allegro, who is also her partner in the Village Blend coffee business, is about to marry influential magazine editor Breanne Summour. As the wedding approaches, a girl who looks like Bree is gunned down while walking on the street with Matt. Although there's no love lost between Clare and Bree, Clare is worried that Bree is being targeted for murder, and she’s determined to prevent that, if only for Matt’s sake.
“The Coffee Song” is a novelty song that Frank Sinatra recorded in an uptempo, swing style. The song lampoons Brazil’s coffee surplus. Its theme is summarized in the line, “They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil” — billions of beans and zillions of tons of coffee. According to “The Coffee Song,” no beverages other than coffee are available in Brazil — no soda, no tea, no tomato juice.