It’s a “brewed awakening” for coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi early one morning when she finds herself on a park bench with no belongings and no recent memory. Unfortunately, she may have witnessed a crime—or worse, been involved in it. She has to rely on her sleuthing skills and her friends from the Village Blend both to recover her memory and to find the perpetrator of the crime and clear her name.
Clare Cosi's venerable Village Blend coffeehouse has become a top destination for women and men to meet for dates they've arranged through the hot Cinder dating app. But the shop's business is severely jeopardized after gunshots threaten customers' safety. For Clare, solving the mystery of the “shot in the dark” is not only about justice. It's also about the survival of the Village Blend.
In Dead Cold Brew, the sixteenth book in Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries series, Clare Cosi is confronted by a mystery that mixes jewel theft, murder, and coffee — and which has its roots in a sixty-year old tragedy. Clare works to solve the mystery while perfecting a new coffee blend for a luxury cruise ship.
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, are a testament to coffee’s longstanding popularity and to the enduring link between reading and coffee. This article highlights a small sample of favorite coffee quotations from classic works of literature.
The 2012 German film A Coffee in Berlin tracks a day in the life of Niko Fischer, a law school dropout. This day is no doubt similar to many other recent days in Niko’s life, as he struggles to find direction and purpose. He even struggles to find a cup of coffee. A Coffee in Berlin is funny, ironic, and melancholy, and ultimately 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.