Coffee shops around New York City are the targets of arson in Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle, the ninth book in Coyle’s popular Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare Cosi, the manager of the historic Village Blend coffee shop in Greenwich Village and an amateur detective with an impressive crime-solving resume, sets out to discover who’s setting the fires, before the Village Blend goes up in flames too.
Coffee and Cigarettes, a 2003 movie written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, is a compilation of eleven vignettes shot in black and white, in which two or three people have conversations over coffee and cigarettes. The scenes feature actors and musicians, usually playing themselves, but in fictional scripted (or sometimes improvised) encounters. The vignettes are often humorous, sometimes sad, often ironic, and sometimes profound. The cast is extraordinary: it’s a real treat to see these performers, many of whom are well known, struggle to connect with another person as we all do.
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.
Coffeeshop manager and amateur detective Clare Cosi is again drinking lots of coffee and solving murders in French Pressed by Cleo Coyle, the sixth installment of Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery series. Although no one is actually murdered with a French press, the action of the story centers on a popular French restaurant in New York where Clare’s daughter Joy is working as an intern. When the restaurant’s kitchen becomes violent, Joy is the NYPD’s prime suspect, and Clare has to use all of her detecting skills — and Lieutenant Mike Quinn’s as well — to clear her daughter’s name.
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.
In Murder Most Frothy, the fourth book in Cleo Coyle’s best-selling Coffeehouse Mystery series, barista Clare Cosi takes a summer break from her beloved Village Blend coffeehouse in New York City. Clare has accepted an invitation from her wealthy friend David Mintzer to train the barista staff at Cuppa J, his new restaurant in the Hamptons. When someone is murdered in David's mansion, Clare jumps in to find the killer. With its Hamptons setting, Murder Most Frothy is indeed a bit “frothier” than the previous books in the series. But murder in the Hamptons, of course, is just as deadly as murder anywhere else.
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 Amsterdam in 1659, as in most of Europe, coffee is virtually unknown. Merchants of the Dutch East India Company have done a little trading in coffee, but most residents of Amsterdam have never seen it, let alone tasted it. Miguel Lienzo, a Portuguese Jew who fled to Amsterdam to escape the Inquisition, is among them, although he is a well-connected trader on the Exchange. When Miguel is offered an opportunity to build his fortune through a bold scheme to corner the coffee market, he can’t resist, despite the many risks. The Coffee Trader makes 17th century Europe come alive in an engrossing, suspenseful tale of coffee intrigue.