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.
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.
Coffee quotations from classic literary works, including novels, poetry, and more, highlight coffee’s longstanding popularity. Here’s a small sample of favorite coffee quotations from classic literature.
The 2012 German film A Coffee in Berlin tracks a day in the life of Niko Fischer, a law school dropout in Berlin. This day is no doubt similar to many other days over the past year or two of Niko’s life, as he struggles to find direction and purpose. On this particular day, he even struggles to find a cup of coffee. A Coffee in Berlin is funny, ironic, and melancholy, and in the end, hopeful. For coffee lovers, it validates the notion that sometimes all you need is a cup of coffee to make the world right again.
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.
On a near-freezing night three weeks before Christmas, holiday festivities are interrupted when a young baker’s assistant is murdered in a dark corner of a New York City park. Coffeehouse manager and amateur sleuth Clare Cosi believes the young woman was targeted for a reason. She is determined to discover the truth and bring the killer to justice.
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.
Mocha Magic Coffee is about to become the hot new product featured on Aphrodite’s Village, a popular online community for women. “Hot” in more ways than one: the mix of coffee, chocolate, and herbs is guaranteed to improve your love life. But as the international product launch for Mocha Magic Coffee approaches, trouble is brewing. And it’s up to Clare Cosi, manager of the Village Blend coffee shop and amateur sleuth, to sort it out.
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 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.