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I received the free Amaro Gayo that I won in your coffee drawing and i'm lovin it! Even my unsophisticated palate can taste the mild fruity flavor. It went great with the blueberry muffin i had for breakfast this morning. I'm thinking of working my way through all your coffee picks. Book i'm currently reading: A Penny Urned by Tamar Myers (great series), next up: Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy (coz i liked her first White House chef book).
Thanks for the great coffe and your great books,
from Weymouth, MA
Notes of Praise
I am a professional classical guitarist and spend much of my time buried in sheet music (now there's the title for a murder mystery). I worked as a barista while doing my undergrad studies and now coffee is my friend during long days of teaching and practice sessions.
Your books are so great in the way they celebrate art...whether it's brewing the perfect cup, supporting the historic community, addressing visual arts, or recognizing The Blend's employees as artists, I really appreciate your perspective. Please keep the books coming!
Cleo's reply: An amazing note, Candice! Thank you! I apologize for taking so very long to answer. If you read this, I hope you will e-mail me at VillageBlend@aol.com I would love to do one of my "coffee break" CM reader features on you!
adding to why I love coffee
I just have to say I found your first book by luck while I was home for a visit (this was several yrs. ago). It was in a coffee shop/ bookstore in San Diego. It was the only copy and it was MINE. I have not stopped reading the coffeehouse books since.
I have been a Barista for 12 yrs. (?). With hubby being active duty this has been a great job to have as you have coffee everywhere. I love the customers and trying new things. I have even gotten my best friend hooked on your books too.
We work in a bookstore with a coffee shop so we are always looking up when your next book is due besides this site. She doesn't even drink coffee. LOL
Thanks for such entertaining books and teaching me new things when I read your books. Love the site and I actually picked up the first book in the Haunted Bookshop Series. Can't wait to get that one started. Even though it is only a couple months away, I cannot wait for Holiday Grind. Thanks again and keep up the great job,
now in Florida
Cleo's reply: LOL, Gloria! Thank you for posting and especially for reading my books.
Drink with joy always,
1960's Coffee Recipes
My mom is in the middle of moving and brought over some books she doesn't want anymore. In the pile were three cookbooks. and all were very VERY! old lol 2 were from the late 70's and one of those actually had a recipe for turtle soup! eeeew! it actually called for 1 can turtle soup LOL! but the one that I was drawn to was a better homes and gardens bread book from 1966.
At the back of the book there where a few pages of Coffee recipes headlined perfect coffee every time. LOL! every single one called for instant coffee in them. They even mentioned instant espresso! I don't think I've ever heard of instant espresso. The recipe for iced coffee sounded AWFUL! it called for makeing double strength coffee and then pouring it hot over ice cubes and drinking it like that. Never fear though all the tea recipes used Instant tea too! hahahaha lol, never have I laughed so much reading cookbooks. They were such fun to read.
I am a rabid fan of your books
I've written you before 4 info on coffee grinders. I did buy the burr-grinder and love it. I am also a rabid fan of your books. I have all of them and loan them to my gal peeps. Don't understand why they aren't on audio yet. Audio book form is what my husband listens to. He doesn't have time to read fiction/bio-autobio books. He is an Electrical Engineer-Nuclear and studies theology. Have waited long and anxiously for the latest in both mystery series. Barnes and Noble doesn't have them as yet. I get the feeling that Jack is in love w/Pen. How would that work with a ghost? I hope she never loses his nickel! Keep Writing and I'll still be reading them while I HAVE TO drink my decaf. I don't have a choice. If decaf is all I can get to stay in coffee heaven, I'll do it! Keep those fingers writing and the mind sharp we/coffee.
My best to you!
Thank you so much!
Thanks so much for your feature about my recommending the coffee pick of the month. What fun to see it! Love the feature. Eager to share with friends and family!
Have a java day!!!!
You are most welcome, Mary! Thanks again to you and your daughter Shelley for the recommendation of Gimme! Coffee. I can really feel the love when I order from them. They are true professionals in the trade and sincerely care about giving customers the absolute best coffee experience possible.
Drinking up Cleo's books and Coffee Picks...
Re-posting an e-mail from "Dotty" to Cleo's e-mail box VillageBlend@aol.com (Dotty recently won Cleo's Free Coffee Drawing...)
I was just sitting down with my first cup of Dallmayr prodomo, which I bought on your recommendation, when I decided to check my email. I'm thrilled that you picked me this week (that's right, I have no life)LOL. I recently finished reading your 2 Pink Panther books. They cracked me up. You and your husband really captured the bumbling French detective. I've read all your Coffeehouse Mysteries as well as the Haunted Bookshop ones (I love The Ghost and Mrs Muir movie too) and I'm anxiously awaiting the paperback release of Espresso Shot next month.
Part of Cleo's reply to Dotty:
Wow, Dotty, I don't think there could be a more deserving recipient of this coffee than you. THANK YOU for being such an enthusiastic reader of my (and my husband's) work...
Java joy to you,
I saw your banana muffin recipe, and would love to try it out to see how it compares to the one I already make, but I don't like Walnuts, can they be skipped? is there another nut that might work?
Cleo's reply: Hi Chelle - try pecans. Nuts bring a nice additional flavor note to cookies and muffins and I really like them, but I realize not eveyone does - or they have nut allergies. You can go nutless if you like, too. (Gee, that sounds funny.) LOL! ~Cleo
My Question Answered Before I Asked
How wonderful! I came here to ask Cleo and got the answer before I had a chance to type it. How cool is that? I love this place. What was my question?
Can a barista be male or female?
Charleston!!! I have left the planet again and again!! Coffee & Books
You are truly the nicest person in the whole wide world and I appreciate you writing back to me. Boy, now I know why people love your books, you are a gracious and beautiful woman and very blessed. I would like to introduce my self, I'm VaLinda. The volunteer at the library in Charleston and, thank goodness, still a full time employee with the Federal Government.
I still love volunteering at the library and when I completed the first Pen and Jack book, yes I went back to the library and got the others. Just completed "The Ghost and the Femme Fatale" and fell in love all over again with Jack. Love Sadie and Bud (I hope and hope they get together), and cannot get enough of Seymour and Brainert.
I just went and bought "The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion." I could not wait for the library. Besides, I try to buy books every two weeks when I get paid to keep our stores alive. Boy!!! I'm trying to hold out and wait with the most extreme anticipation before I jump in and start reading it as well as forgetting to get some sleep. I will wait with extreme pressure for the next Haunted Bookshop Mystery. In the meantime, going out to buy all of your other books. I need another job. It's expensive, but it's worth every single "C-Note", according to Jack. And he should know!!!
Coffee and Books oh! my!
God! I'm loving it!
Cleo's reply: Hello VaLinda!!! I am so happy to hear from you again. Please forgive how long it has taken me to reply. I hope you see this!
I loved your second post here, and I am so happy and proud to count you among my readers. Thank you for purchasing my books. Jack and Pen can use all the help they can get to stay alive on the page.
You made my day! I hope the reading experience is worth your hard-earned money and I could not be more honored that you chose my books to read.
Thank you again and keep in touch!
Ahoy....tis Pirate Day on the 19th!!!
Pirate Day is coming up this Saturday! Talk like a pirate..and enjoy several cups of coffee also.
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I'm a library manager...I have just read Decaffeinated Corpse
Dear Alice (aka Cleo Coyle),
I have just read Decaffeinated Corpse; my first coffee shop mystery. It's very different from the Haunted Bookshop novels, but I really enjoyed it. I've just ordered the first 3 of the series over the internet and can't wait for them to arrive. I'm a library manager, who loves her crime books! (I'm also studying the American Civil War and have over 200 books on the subject, but that's another story!) I read the excerpt from your new book and enjoyed it very much. Keep writing!!!
You have a new reader :-)
Chelle here again, just got back from going to the beach for the last time this summer and my sis wanted someting new to read so I gave her the first coffeehouse book to read as she's a coffee addict herself, (every Christmas she seems to get at least 3 Starbucks gift cards lol) and she was already on Chapter 4 when we left the beach, I think you have a new reader
Coffee helps lose weight?
I got my Canadian Living Magazine yesterday and in it there's an article that says drinking coffee helps you lose weight because it gives you an energy boost that gets you moving, there is a catch however, you have to drink it black (yech!) as the cream and sugar defeat the purpose.
This issue also had a section with lots of delicious looking Italian recipes with names I can't pronounce, so they must have been transmitting the essence of Cleo when they were putting this issue together :-)
To you and your fellow New Yorkers God Bless you all on this anniversary.
a lovely tribute!
Just watched the video tribute to the firefighters and police! wonderful. Also enjoyed the cookoff they did. I have a nephew who is a firefighter, and I am so proud of him.
Several years ago he rescued two twin boys from a fire..and he is still in contact with them.
I have already preordered Holiday Grind
I received your Holiday Grind excerpt but I am way ahead of you as I have already preorder for your next book, and then will probably order another one for Christmas, for a stocking filler for my daughter. Loves mysteries so I have read all of your coffee mysteries and all of your Alice Kimberly books. Your books are better than television so you see, I am a bookworm. My son-in-law likes some of the tips I slip to him when I read them from your books. I love your mysteries. Grin. Bear hugs,
NOTE TO CLEO
I have never written to an author before, but you are so talented. I read lots of mysteries and usually know the killer by the end. I never really guess correctly with your books. Almost everyone is a suspect.
Just love it.
I thought that was so sweet that a fan of yours (MASAKO the coffee shop owner in Japan), contacted you!
I was wondering if Japan has their OWN brand of coffee? I see you listed several PICKS, so would MASAKO have any suggestions?
in Keyport NJ
On Casting Matteo:
Ed Quinn who played Nathan Stark on Eureka. And played on True Blood as vampire in Dallas.
I was wondering if you ever write in coffeehouses. Are they too noisy for you to concentrate, or does the activity (and delicious aromas) there inspire you?
Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for dropping by my little *virtual* coffeehouse!
Before I answer your quesitons, I'd just like everyone to know that Elizabeth Spann Craig is one of my fellow Mystery Writing Cooks at the Mystery Lovers' Kitchen group blog.
She's also a fantastic writer and has a wonderful new mystery out right now: PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DIES, the first in a series introducing the lovably feisty amateur sleuth Myrtle Clover. I've put up a link to the book's Amazon page so you can see the hilarious garden gnome cover and read more about the book by clicking the link below.
If you have any interest in writing mysteries yourself, I think you'll find Elizabeth's blog about writing fun and fascinating. Many published writers often stop by to comment (me included)! Elizabeth's blog is Mystery Writing is Murder.
As for E's question about writing in coffee shops. Yes, I do. Considering the theme of one of my mystery series, they are an inspiring place to work.
Thanks for dropping by, Elizabeth. "See you" at your own blog soon.
Dang it! I just shorted out my keyboard!
Just got done watching the clip on Antonio for the role of Matt and ten thumbs up! He'd be perfect, so perfect I can't stop drooling and s*liva.. isn*t goo` for..keybo#rd*
Well, you've got me rolling on the floor laughing, Nurse Judy! Anyone who missed what Nurse Judy Mac is talking about, see below. A fellow CM reader (Janet from PGH) suggested a Casting Choice for my character Matteo Allegro. Click it to see...if you want to risk shorting out your keyboard, too!
Casting Matteo Encore
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You know, I can see Tilda Swinton as Breanne (as a blonde, with makeup on and swanky clothes, of course) or even--maybe--Gwyneth Paltrow. Whaddya think?
Love, love, love Gwyneth Paltrow. Great pick!
CLICK HERE to see more about Gwyneth Paltrow.
Ohhhh, that's right! I wonder if Matt's stint as Zorro at the Halloween party (in Decaffeinated Corpse) colored my perception. But you know, maybe not. I think I've envisioned Matt as an Antonio-type since the beginning. :o)
(from Pittsburgh, PA)
I run a small coffee shop in Hiroshima, Japan, I read the Coffeehouse Mysteries in Japanese.
LETTER FROM JAPAN
Re-posted from Cleo's e-mail box
Hello Village Blend staff,
I am running a small coffee shop in Hiroshima, Japan. I read the Coffeehouse Mysteries in Japanese.They were fun to know about coffee...
from far Japan
I am so happy that you wrote to me "from far Japan," and I am even more excited to learn that you are running your own coffeehouse, just like my Clare Cosi.
For my readers here in America, I have posted some of the Japanese versions of my books that you are reading and enjoying. I am so proud of these beautiful, little Japanese editions of my books. The interiors are fantastic, too, and even include illustrations.
Thank you again for writing, Masako. Please keep in touch. Send a photo of you and your coffee shop and I will post it for everyone to see.
Warmest java wishes,
from far New York City
Japanese cover for...
Coffeehouse Mystery #1:
On What Grounds
by Cleo Coyle
Published in Japan by Random House Kodansha
Coffeehouse Mystery #2:
Through the Grinder
by Cleo Coyle
Published in Japan by Random House Kodansha
Coffeehouse Mystery #3:
by Cleo Coyle
Published in Japan by Random House Kodansha
Big fan from Texas
I am a big fan of both your Coffee House Mysteries and your Bookshop Mysteries. I just discovered your website too and want in on the recipes (I am especially looking forward to trying the Italian stew as I am 2nd generation Italian) Thanks for the great stories. Keep them coming!