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I just discovered your books. They look really good and I can't wait to read the first one!! I believe someone recommended the Haunted Bookshop mysteries to me, but I've never heard of the Coffeehouse Mysteries...I'm headed out to see what they're about. Hopefully I'll find those too!
P.S. Do you think that these books are interesting/okay for high school age? I'm a senior in high school...I like to think that I have a good variety in what I like to read and this sounds really good : ) Let me know if you would recommend this to me! Thanks!
Hi Hannah! Yes, my books are fine for high school age readers. In fact, a respected review magazine for young adults called Kliatt, recommended my first mystery On What Grounds for readers of high school age and above. I think the Coffeehouse Mysteries may appeal to you more than the Haunted Bookshop mysteries. Or maybe neither will.
Not every book is for every reader. The important thing is to keep searching for the books and authors that "connect" with you, Hannah. There are so many benefits to being a reader: exposure to new vocabulary; exanded awareness of people and places.
Good books can be good friends; they can make us think and stimulate our own imaginations, spurring us to make up our own stories—whether or not we ever write them down!
Good readers also make good students and good students have a much better chance of success in this difficult world. If you do like my work, drop back again sometime and say hey.
The bookstore I frequent had a copy not yet reserved of Holiday Grind, so although I didn't get in queue early on, I am all set for airport reading. I'll be at the door waiting when they open Nov 3. Thanks for making my life richer...
still hoping Jack shows up at my door.
Cleo's reply: Geekette!!!!! I am so happy to hear from you and delighted that you are going to read the new entry. I hope you enjoy the "slay" ride, (ho-ho-ho). Wait a sec, Jack's in my ear again...
What's that, Jack? The ghost says he's already been down to Florida for a visit. If you felt a cool breeze swirling around you in recent weeks, well...probably not the weather...!
Cheers, be well...and come on back now, y'hear!
Note to Cleo - and a Question
I recently discovered your Coffeehouse Mystery series, and I am very impressed with how you mix a good mystery with lots of useful information about the world of coffee. I'm glad I started reading the books in the order in which you wrote them. I enjoy seeing how each book refers back to the ones written previously. I feel like I'm reading a continuing adventure story that's narriated by Claire Cosi.
On my days off from work, I have a hard time forcing myself to put the book down and do my chores! Here's my question: In Chapter 12 of Decaffeinated Corpse, Claire mentions that one way a person can test to see if coffee is fresh is to splash a little cream in it. If the cream instantly "blooms" to the top of the coffee, the coffee is fresh. What did she mean by "bloom?" Is this a real test, or is it something that you created for the story?
I would like to use this information (to impress the customers) in the cafe where I work, but first I need to know if it's really a useful test of the freshness of coffee. Can you tell me what I should be looking for in regards to "bloom"? I am so glad I discovered your book series! Besides being thoroughly entertained by the mystery, I am also absorbing all the interesting coffee related information like a sponge! Usually I give my books away or donate them to the library, but I plan to hold on to your Coffee House Mystery books for a long time to come!
Cleo's reply: Hi Jane! It is so nice to *virtually* meet you. What a wonderful post. I'm delighted that you stopped by to share your thoughts today and I'm very happy that you're enjoying the series, esp. given your job! Thank you!
As to your question: "The Bloom" is absolutely real. Not made up at all. Try it yourself sometime. Using cream or half-and-half, splash some in fresh coffee. Notice how quickly the "bloom" of white appears at the surface of the dark coffee. Now leave a cup of coffee for 30 minutes or more. Try the same splash of cream or half-and-half. You will see a noticeable difference. As coffee gets old in the cup, oils float to the top creating a filmy barrier. That's why there is no quick "bloom" of white in old coffee. Instead, the cream sinks to the bottom of the cup and slowly clouds it. This is a good test of whether coffee is fresh. (My source for that info was the CIA -- no, not the spy guys -- The Culinary Institute of America!
BTW: I do love a good pun (as you, no doubt, already surmised from my punny CM titles, lol). Well, that "bloom" comment in the book was an opportunity to play on a double meaning, too. Clare explains this trick to testing fresh coffee while enjoying a good cuppa in the middle of the blooming flowers of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden cafe...
To anyone visiting NYC, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a lovely, peaceful spot for lunch with tasty food and good coffee, too. Or check out your local botanic garden. It's a beautiful way to slow down, take a breath, and relax for a few hours in the middle of a busy week or weekend.
To locate a botanic garden
in your own state, click here.
Thank you so much for stopping by, Jane! If you'd like to let other Coffeehouse Mystery readers know where you work (so they can drop by and say hi), just send me a picture of your cafe. Feel free to show yourself in the pic, too, if you like! And I'll be happy to post it (and any Web site the cafe may have, as well)! My e-mail is VillageBlend@aol.com
Java joy to you and...
Come on back now, y'hear!
Shopping trip tomorrow night
I haven't posted since July 22nd when you promised to send my favorite ghost to FL to find me. He hasn't shown up so those snowbirds who arrived this month don't have very lose lips.
note to Cleo
I have been loving coffee milk for years, using Ice Java, but it is out of production. Googled it and learned about it being the state drink in Rhode Island..!!
Then I started your book Decaffeinated Corpse and you have a recipe to make coffee syrup. Is it available on the web site? Really missing it-only way I can drink milk...
Hi, Dianne - Right you are: The recipe to make coffee syrup (two different ways, actually) is in the back of Decaffeinated Corpse. Coffee syrup is the basis for making your favorite drink, coffee milk, which is indeed also the Rhode Island state drink.
NOTE: If a recipe is already available in the back of my book, then I rarely re-post in on the Web. I like to provide bonus recipes on the Web instead. That way, my readers, who already have my recipes in the back of my books, won't be bored reading them twice! So just turned to the back of Decaf Corpse and you're all set with two ways to make your favorite drink.
New CoffeeHouse Mystery a Big Hit!!!
I just finished reading your new book Holiday Grind!!! I loved it!!! It was worth waiting for!!! Three cheers for the new coffeehouse mystery. Two thumbs up as well!!
I saw this link on facebook, and thought you'd like it. That is if you haven't seen it already! :) http://www.gocoffeego.com/ there are a lot of choices there!
~Kim (caffeine is life blog)
Thanks, Kim! I just love your "scrap your day" idea at your Caffeine is Life blog. Anyone who wants to see this creative idea of Kim's, should click here.
I have not tried the "go coffee" site that you have posted. They appear to be an online seller and not a roaster themselves -- but I am VERY keen on trying PT''s Coffee Roasting Company soon, which I see "go coffee" carries. PT's Coffee, based in Tokpeka, Kansas, recently won a Best Roaster of the Year Award. They have their own site, too, where customers can buy directly online and that's what I would suggest. To visit PT's, click this link...
Cheers, Kim, and thank you SO much for stopping by with the java suggestion! Who better to make one than a babe who runs a blog called "Caffeine is Life" LOL!
NOTE TO CLEO
MY NAME IS DARRYL,PLEASE SIGN ME UP FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER,I WOULD APPRECIATE IT,I ALSO WANT TO LET YOU KNOW I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR NEXT BOOK HOLIDAY GRIND.
Cleo's reply: Hi Darryl, nice to E-meet you - lol. You are all signed up for my newsletter and free coffee drawings. Rest assured that I received your e-mail and you're all set. I'm so happy to hear that you are enjoying my books and looking forward to Holiday Grind! Stop back and let me know how you like the book.
Warmest java wishes,
I found more books
I just happen to see On What Grounds and it intrigued me so bought it and I was hooked immediately, Shortly got my box from Amazon with rest of Coffeehouse Mysteries. Now recently went back to Amazon and ordered Haunted Bookshop collection because coffeehouse is soon to end, at least what I have(I read faster than Cleo writes). Thru surfing around different places just from here I found she has some other books on the paranormal genre, gonna be lookin them up too............I do love a good book.
Hi JaneAnn - Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post that amazing note. And thank you especially for reading my books.
I'm always fascinated to hear how any reader begins reading -- what book may have caught his or her eye, where it led, what he or she liked the most about the characters or plotlines. That's one of the reasons I have this Message Board, to keep in touch.
I'm glad you are a happy "customer" (so far anyway!) of my fictional "Village Blend" coffee shop as well as Pen's "Buy the Book" store in the Haunted Bookstore mysteries. I hope you'll keep coming back, too.
In thanks for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, I've whipped you up a virtual cappuccino and biscotti! Enjoy!
Warmest java wishes,
I want the newsletter
Hi my name is Dee Dee Daugherty. Everytime I hit the newsletter icon I get a message that says the default mail client is not properly installed. I am not computer savy and do not know if I've done something wrong or if the problem is on your side. Either way I would like to receive your newsletter. My e-mail address is deedee(deleted for privacy). Please set me up for the newsletter....
Cleo's reply: Hi Dee Dee! No worries. I have your e-mail address and you are now all signed up for my newsletter and coffee drawings...
CLEO NOTE: Anyone can sign up for my newsletter and coffee drawings at anytime by simply sending a "Sign me up!" e-mail to my e-mail box address, which is: VillageBlend@aol.com
Coyle Coffee Bake off?
Happy Thanksgiving, Cleo!
I saw my sis at our family thanksgiving dinner tonight and she finished the whole Coffeehouse series in about a weeks time. I asked if she checked out the recipes and she said she had and suggested we get together and do a bake off of a bunch of different Coyle Coffee recipes to tryout for fun. Not sure if it will happen but thought it was a fun suggestion. :-) full of turkey and pumpkin pie now so going to sleep it off (I made homemade pie this year, turned out pretty yummy if I do say so myself) things I'm thankful for this year? Authors who spend hours, weeks, month putting together Stories for us to fly through in 2 days time. :-)
Cleo's reply: Shout-out to my girl, way up north! Love your post. Wonderful that your sis is reading, too. Buried under writing deadline but will write more soon...
I don't drink coffee [but] Thanks for giving me a wonderful collection of mysteries
I've never liked coffee except for the delightful aroma. You have taught me more about coffee this summer then I ever knew existed. I am anxiously awaiting the next chapter of Clare Cosi's life. I've gone through a slew of medical tests this summer and Clare has been there with me. If my doctors were as smart as Clare I'd know what's wrong with me by now. Thanks for giving me a wonderful collection of mysteries to keep my mind off me.
Cleo's reply: Hi Dee Dee! I'm really touched by your note and pulling for you, girl! I am so happy you posted. Will write more soon...
Fav Celebrity Chefs Poll
Cleo, I can't believe Bobby Flay is not listed on the Celebrity Chef poll. He gets my vote.
Cleo's reply: Good point!
another Jack suggestion
Thought I'd toss in my choice for an actor to play Jack in a movie - Jon Hamm. He is on "Mad Men" and a complete knock- out. **sigh** Plus we know he looks good in a suit!
Happy Columbus Day!
Cleo's reply: This is a great suggestion. Will write more here soon and put a YouTube link...stay tuned...
note to Cleo
Got my write up on you and books in Fresh Fiction.
Looking for Espresso Shot tomorrow and then will be waiting for the next one. But next week got ALL the Haunted Bookshop to look forward to. Keep scribblin girl I just read faster than you write.
Coffee Makers, Espresso Makers, Lattes... Oh MY!
I'm a big fan and I've read - or is that devoured? all the coffee house series and have started to nibble on Penelope's bookstore as well. I need your advice about coffee makers and espresso makers and thought your research would qualify you as a go to person for this info. Can you advise?
~ Rose C.
Cleo's reply: To come soon...check back!
JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW I HAVE BEEN READING YOUR BOOKS FOR WEEKS AND ENJOY THEM VERY MUCH. I LOOK FORWARD TO READING THEM. I'M AT BOOK FIVE NOW FRENCH PRESSED. I ENJOY THEM WHILE DRINKING COFFEE.
French Pressed in London
I was traveling back to Bulgaria, my home country, two summers ago and brought along with me French Pressed, which my mom recommended.
I started reading it on the airplane and could not get enough. I had an 11-hour lay-over in London, so I left the airport to take a walk around the center of the city. When I got tired, I sat on a bench in Hyde Park and read until it was time to go back to the airport so that I wouldn't miss my flight. I was a bit paranoid about missing it so I actually got there 2 hours early and spent the entire time finishing the novel. I loved it and can't wait to read the rest of the series (this time in order)!
Best of luck,
in Charlottesville, VA
First timer :o)
I just finished Espresso Shot - my 1st time Cleo Coyle read......loved it!!!!
Now I'll have to work my way backwards and read them all!! Couldn't put it down once I started...although did have frequent cravings for dark, rich caffeine experience while reading that almost sent me to one of the local coffee haunts here.
in San Diego, CA
Karen in Pa. checking in
Had a rough summer. Spent half of it in the emergency room (you know it's bad when they don't need to ask your name) and my dad got sick. To top it off, last Saturday one of the neighbors held a kiddie party and invited everyone except my daughter, obviously because they did not want the special needs kid around their normal kids. My husband wasn't as upset because our daughter doesn't know she was excluded but to me it's a view of what her future will be and it's crushing.
All in all it was very depressing so I really needed the diversion of a good book. I loved Espresso Shot! Thanks Cleo. The next time I can do something as frivolous as go to the bookstore I am definitely checking out the Haunted Bookshop series. Come to think of it, I have a job near a mall later today so I think I'm due for some "me" time.
Everyone here was so nice and supportive and I thank you all so much for that. Just knowing you were here and had good wishes for us got me through some tough days.
Cleo's reply: Karen - I apologize for taking so long to comment here. (I hope you see this!) I think about you and your daughter often and I was so angry to hear about how she was treated in the neighborhood.
Your honesty about your experience has made me more aware of how I look at and treat people who are different . . . I think many of us can use that lesson and your posts here help remind us.
God bless you and your daughter and I can only hope that the books I sent along give you a little bit of an escape from what I know must be a stressful life.
While waiting patiently for Holiday Grind to debut I feel like I am going through major coffee withdrawl. So I decided that I would run out and buy every book in your Haunted Bookshop series.
the quality of writing is still excellent and I am enjoying Jack and Pen's antics which has managed to keep me happy while patiently waiting for November.
Jeanne & Hermi (my white little kitty who is waiting to read about yours in Holiday Grind)
Cleo's reply: Thank you Jeanne! Java joy to you...
And to little Hermi: I think you'll be very pleased to meet the little white kitten in Holiday Grind... ~Cleo
Coffeehouse & Book Store Mystery
Forgot to add, that it's nice to read about of average height and weight for a change. Instead of long, tall, and built like a Barbie doll. Thank you
Cleo's reply: LOL!!
Jack and PenI really enjoyed these books, I read all of them in a week. Like Pen, I love Jack.
Note to Cleo
Hi, Tried to enter info for newsletter, wasn't allowed.
Cleo's reply: Hi Sue. Just send an e-mail that says "Sign me up!" to VillageBlend@aol.com
Haunted Bookshop Series... a real treat.
I have recently discovered your Haunted Bookshop Mysteries and truly enjoy them. As a life long mystery fan and currently working as a tour guide for the...
...it is amazing to be able to see two of my interests combined in such a unique way.
Weirdly enough our haunted Walk office and gift shop full of books was, until very recently, two floors above... a coffee shop!
Please keep the great stories coming.