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.
Introduced in 1963, the Anthora coffee cup with the friendly “We Are Happy to Serve You” message was ubiquitous in New York City. Coffee shops, diners, bodegas, and street vendors all served their to-go coffee in the blue, gold, and white paper cup with the Greek-inspired design. Even today, the cup is an instantly recognizable icon of New York City and a reminder that the Big Apple can be a very friendly place.
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.
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.
“The perfect cup of coffee is a mystifying thing,” says Clare Cosi, the manager of the historic Village Blend coffeehouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village. So begins On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle, the first book in her Coffeehouse Mystery series. But what is even more mystifying is how the Blend’s part-time assistant manager, young dancer Annabelle Hart, ended up unconscious at the bottom of the basement stairs. Annabelle appeared to be alone, with all the doors locked and no sign of forced entry. Clare is convinced that Annabelle’s fall was not an accident, and she leaves no coffee cup unturned in her quest to learn the truth.