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.
Books for Coffee Lovers
Coffee has stimulated the creation of some terrific books. Choose one of these books from the coffee lover's bookshelf, pour yourself a good cup of coffee (or have your favorite barista pour one for you), and enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
Amateur detective Clare Cosi gets another chance to employ her sleuthing skills in Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle, the fifth book in the author’s popular Coffeehouse Mystery series. The mystery begins when Clare discovers a body in the alley behind the Village Blend, the venerable coffeehouse that she manages in New York City’s Greenwich Village. It’s not a dead body, though. The corpse of the title will arrive later. The unconscious man is Brazilian coffee grower Ric Gostwick, who has developed a botanically decaffeinated coffee plant. As Clare knows, in the competitive coffee business, that may be enough to get him killed.
The Various Flavors of Coffee by Anthony Capella is an engrossing, first-rate historical novel that follows the life and loves of Robert Wallis, a bohemian would-be poet whose life is dramatically changed by a cup of coffee. In 1896, the 22 year-old Wallis is living in London, frequenting coffeehouses and whorehouses and affecting a dandy's style although he has no income. One morning, a coffee merchant overhears his remark to a waiter that his coffee is “rusty” and offers him a job to help develop a standard “vocabulary of coffee.” Accepting the challenge, Wallis embarks on a journey in the coffee trade that will transform his life.
In the opening chapter of Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle, the Village Blend’s best barista, Tucker Burton, is not happy. “Men are pigs. They should die!” he exclaims in the middle of a Fashion Week party in the coffeehouse. And within a matter of minutes, one does, apparently poisoned by a lethal latte that Tucker served him. Tucker, of course, becomes the prime suspect, but Clare Cosi, the manager of the Village Blend, knows he’s innocent and vows to find the murderer. Clare’s investigation takes her from her familiar milieu of baristas to the exotic world of the fashionistas, giving readers an entertaining mini-tour of New York along the way.
In Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle, the Village Blend coffeehouse is losing women customers. Not because of its coffee, which everyone agrees is excellent, but through murder. The first to die is Valerie Lathem. On a Saturday morning, Valerie stops for coffee at the Village Blend. Soon afterward, she falls from a subway platform and is killed by the oncoming train. Although the media presume it was suicide, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn thinks otherwise. When other Village Blend customers die in suspicious circumstances, Village Blend manager Clare Cosi knows she needs to find the killer, if only to protect her business.