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love both series
I have read all of your books and always look forward to the next. I just finished French Pressed and finished it quickly. I read in the middle of the night since daytime reading is challenging. I have two babies. Anyway I really enjoyed the book!
I am anxiously awaiting the release of the next Haunted Bookstore Mystery. I love the chemistry between Jack and Penelope. I live in a suburb called Scarsdale right outside of NYC and, well, there are not many local coffee shops, so I am a fan of a Starsbucks French vanilla latte. Always yummy. Anyway please keep serving up the fun with both of these great cozy mysteries. I enjoy them sooo much!
Cleo's reply: Hi, Michelle! Sending out major props to you for taking care of two babies AND finding time to read. I could just see you sneaking a few pages between feedings and diapers, LOL! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for the very kind words about my books.
Scarsdale is a really lovely area, and it must be even lovelier now that spring has sprung. Here in the city we're finally seeing leaves on the trees and flowers blossoming. It's a relief after the many gray days of winter.
Happy Mother's Day (a little early) and thanks for taking the time and trouble to stop by my virtual coffeehouse. Come on back and let me know what you think of the new Haunted Bookshop Mystery. Jack and Penelope must solve 2 mysteries in the new book (The Ghost and the Femme Fatale): a cold case from Jack's past as well as a very hot one in Penelope's present.
Thanks again for stopping by, Michelle, here's a chocolate croissant for you to enjoy with your fave French vanilla latte! (No calories, too 'cause it's virtual! LOL!)
Coffeehouse in NYC
(This post is a follow-up to an April 10 post, asking Cleo to suggest some New York coffeehouses. Scroll down and hit the "NEXT" button to see the original post and Cleo's answer.)
Of all of your recommendations, the only one we had a chance to try was Junior's. The coffee was good (and plentiful). However, the REAL treat here was the cheesecake we had which accompanied our coffee. We certainly recommend this to other readers, both for coffee, atmosphere (we were seated near window and saw Laurence Fishburne outside signing autographs), but most especially for the cheesecake. Isn't it funny that we went on your recommendation for coffee, but ended up wanting to revisit Junior's for the cheesecake? I can't wait to return to NYC to try out some of your other recommendations. Hopefully, as I write this note to you, you are hard at work on your next coffeehouse mystery. You can't write them fast enough for me!
New Freedom, PA
Cleo's reply: Awsome, Sherry! (Hey, you're a PA homegirl, too, I see! Shout-out to the Quaker State.) Indeed, the cheesecake is to-die-for at Junior's, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Coffee is good but the cheesecake is truly outstanding.
I laughed outloud to hear the location allowed you to celebrity spot Laurence Fishburne. What a great actor. SUCH a range. I loved him in so many things, but my favorites of his movies have to be The Matrix (as bad-ass Morpheus) and Akeelah and the Bee (as the English professor who is Akeelah's sweetly geeky but heartbroken spelling coach).
(Click here to read more about Akeelah and the Bee, a truly uplifting movie...)
Thanks for posting Sherry! It was great to hear about your trip! Come back again anytime to my virtual coffeehouse.
Books made for coffee
I love your books they are wonderful. I couldn't find that right mystery book until I first read Latte Trouble, then I started reading the other novles of the coffehouse books and I was hooked! You are a very talented writer and you really have a 9th grader (me) reading much more than I used to. Thanks for the very very interesting mystery books because I can just sip on some coffee, relax and read your books Thanks Cleo!!!
Clayton County, GA
Cleo's reply: Hi, Cierra! Thank you for stopping by my "virtual" coffeehouse. And thank you especially for reading my books. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoy them, and I'm absolutely delighted to hear that you're in 9th grade.
When I was your age, I discovered some of my favorite authors, many of whom I continue to read today. I can only hope you will continue reading me for years to come, too!
I had the greatest time in your state when I visited Atlanta to attend "DragonCon" - that's a wonderful convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comics, and pop culture, among other things (all of which I love). So, in that spirit, I've baked you a "virtual" Georgia peach pie! This is actually a Maple Cappuccino Peach Pie, if you can believe it. There's a site on the Internet that sells a Maple Cappuccino SAUCE and this recipe uses it to create a peach pie with some very interesting flavors. Click here for the recipe or to find out how to get the sauce.
Thanks again, Cierra, for taking the time and trouble to stop by and post. Keep reading and I'll keep writing!
Java joy to you,
I cant wait till your next book!
I love all your books, French Pressed had me hooked. ive always loved coffee, but after reading your books i'm more determined to find good quality coffee! thanks, good reading!
Orange County, CA
Cleo's reply: Thanks, Maribel! You are sweet in the extreme for taking the time and trouble to let me know you liked French Pressed. I hear you on the good quality coffee thing. That became important to me years ago. During my college years (pre Starbucks), I was already a big coffee drinker and there was nothing available to me on campus but the typical old, stale mud on the burner of the campus canteen. I drank it since there was nothing else around, added milk, plenty of sugar, and forced it down but I VOWED never to drink dreck coffee again once I was back in control of my enivornment. Mission accomplished!
I know it may sound like a trivial thing to some people, but subjecting yourself to disappointment on a daily basis can eat away at you. If something as simple as a really good cuppa joe can lift you up, rejuvenate you (and it's no big dent on your budget, just a few extra dollars for a better quality pound o' beans), then I think it's worth taking the trouble. (Thus endeth the Book of Cleo.)
Have a good one, Maribel! Here's a big, delish "virtual" muffin in thanks for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse. If your search for better beans or a great coffeehouse yields some good suggestions, come on back and tell us about it!
Loved French Pressed!
Just finished French Pressed and it was great. I loved all the other ones but this was the best. Can't wait to see if there really is a wedding and what happens if there isn't. How long do we have to wait to find out? I hope not to long.
Thanks for a great book,
Cleo's reply: Thank YOU, Jean, for making me smile today. In answer to your question, ESPRESSO SHOT will be published on September 30 of this year, so you won't have to wait too terribly long to find out what happens with Matt and Breanne and Clare and Quinn. I'll be posting the VERY cool cover of Epresso Shot in the coming weeks. So stay tuned!
Thanks again for dropping by. Here's a delish plate of "virtual" chocolate brownies in thanks for dropping by my virtual coffeehouse.
Is there a place on the website where the recipes from the books are all posted together... I can't seem to find any of them. I share the books with my aunt and we eagerly await each new edition.
Cleo's reply: First of all, thank you for reading my books! Please thank your aunt, too. I'm glad you enjoy them. It's so great to hear that.
At the moment, I don't have a place on the Web for the recipes published in my books. My advice is to KEEP my books on your bookshelf (LOL!).
Don't resell them or give them away. That way, you'll be able to keep the recipes—and I'll be able to make the sale of a new book to a new reader, which is how I pay my electric bills, which is also how I power my laptop and can continue to write the books that you read, LOL!
Yes, sadly, authors only get a profit from a NEW book sale. A used book sale leaves us without any compensation for our hard work (sniff).
I DO share BONUS recipes with my newsletter subscribers. So subscribe to my newsletter and watch for bonus recipes in the future.
Maybe I'll be able to publish a cookbook in the future or a book on coffee with recipes. If I do, I'll be sure to include the recipes from my Coffeehouse Mysteries. And I'll be sure to post info about it on the site, too. Thank you for your question and thank you (and your aunt) especially for supporting my writing. It means the world to me!
Warmest java wishes,
French Pressed is Double Plus Good
My local Borders FINALLY put "French Pressed" on the shelf this weekend. I devoured the book in one sitting, sipping iced lattes and lounging on the patio. I'm looking forward to trying the borscht recipe. My favorite borscht recipe is from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and includes a half shot of vodka in every bowl. I'm glad that Clare and Mike's romance has taken off, but I was seriously bummed at the idea of Matt and Breanne tying the knot. Of course, I know a timely murder might prevent the actual nuptuals. (I hope.) Congratulations that "Espresso Shot" will be published in hardback! I'm glad I only have to wait until September for your next book. Waiting for your next book is as difficult as waiting for the pot of coffee to finish brewing.
Cleo's reply: Great post, KJ! Thank you! You've got me intrigued with your CIA borscht recipe. A shot of vodka, huh? I've got to try it! I know Russian rapper BB Gun would approve.
Interesting to hear your thoughts on Breanne and Matt's plans to tie the knot. I won't give anything away, but I can assure you that the next CM Espresso Shot, will have as many ups and downs for the characters as French Pressed.
Thanks for the congrats on going hardback. Authors always want to see this step happen with their series, but it's also unnerving to wonder whether or not readers will shell out hard earned $$ for the new format.
I will hold out hope that the Coffeehouse Mystery readers will show the world that Clare and Madame and Matt and Quinn are as worthy of being sold in hardcover as so many other mystery characters already in that format. LOL!
So thanks for brightening my afternoon. Here's a nice "virtual" forthy coffee frappe for you to enjoy for stopping by my virtual Village Blend. Come on back anytime, y'hear?
Find it on my website.... http://nlcommunities.com/communities/mendez_shuxi/feeds/490/805.aspx —Denise
Willow Grove, Pa.
PS. I finished French Pressed! You got me! I thought I had it figured out....but you got me! Now that's what I call a good mystery!
Cleo's reply: LOL, PA homegirl! Thanks for the mystery props! It's not easy to surprise an avid mystery reader; but I'll keep trying to do my best - because I know how important it is to readers to be challenged. The challenge makes it interesting for me, too!
Here's a virtual latte art pour for you, Denise, in thanks for dropping by my virtual coffeehouse. Come on back anytime, homegirl!
(Who live in NYC now but was born and raised in Western PA)
Coffeehouse in NYC
I am SO appreciative of all of the recommendations you have given me for coffeehouses in NYC. Certainly, I did not expect you to send me this much information and I truly appreciate it!! Can't wait to experience some of your recommendations. This is not my first trip to NYC, so I am familiar with the crowds in Times Square. Thanks again for all of your help,but most importantly, for all of your writing prowess!
Cleo's reply: So many coffee shops, so little time! It was my pleasure to help out with a few suggestions. Drop back and let us know how your NYC visit goes. I'm sure everyone on the board will enjoy hearing what you think (pros/cons/other suggestions). (And thanks again, Sherry, not only for reading my books but for being so supportive. It is much appreciated!)
A Toast to Clare and the Village Blend
Just bought French Pressed. I'm looking forward to the read. I "discovered" you with Decaffeinated Corpse and have been looking for other books in the series ever since. Stopped by to check out the recipes because I so enjoyed the ones from "DC" that I jumped to the recipe section before I ever left the store.
My favorite coffeehouse is my own kitchen. I usually drink either Italian or French Roast and pull out the French Market Coffee with chickory for special occasions. Since I'm also a foodie, I shall try all of your recipes found here and tomorrow will try one of your coffee desserts.
I live in a small Oregon Coastal town where the bookstores don't carry many paperbacks and I have to buy what's available at my local retailer. I can't complain much, though, except for the long wait between books by my favorite authors. So, I toast you here and add a French Press to my shopping list (it's been on my Christmas Wish List for three years now, but nobody wants one besides me!)
I shall now start looking for your Haunted Bookshop books also. Your books are intriguing, fun, and thoroughly enjoyable reads! I've always wanted to open a bookshop that caters to mysteries, new and used, common and rare, with conversation areas, a hearth, an espresso machine and a few bakery goods.
Cleo's reply: Thanks for the toast from the coast of Oregon (a truly beautiful area of the country)! Here's a virtual toast right back at ya from NYC!
LOL on buying the coffee ("French") press. I hope it gives you many a delish cuppa joy. I love your dream of opening up a bookshop with a hearth, espresso machine and fresh-baked pastry. Pretty awesome. Come to NYC and open one, please. I'll never leave.
In the meantime, thanks in the EXTREME for reading the CM series, giving the Haunted Bookshop mysteries a try, AND for stopping by to write a post that really brightened my day. Good karma is heading your way via cyberspace!
Java joy to you and stop on back now, y'hear?!
Marc's Alma Mater
Just read your interview re: writing the 2 series, and noticed Marc graduated from Ohio University! My daughter received her Bachelor's and Master's there--I hope Marc loved it as much as Shanna did!! Too bad that other Ohio school gets so much attention!! LOL! Meanwhile, keep up the great work on BOTH your series! If anyone is in Toledo, a small roaster called "Flying Rhino" has truly EXcellent coffee-and no, I'm not involved with them, except to drink up the product!
First of all thanks for the kind words about both series (Cleo's and Alice Kimberly's). Believe me when I say every single verbal thumbs-up is MUCH appreciated.
I excitedly told my husband, Marc, about your post and he sends his best Ohio U greetings to you and your daughter. He enjoyed his years in Athens, Ohio, and he almost ended up staying there as a professor (there's a long story as to why he didn't), but I'm VERY glad he ended up coming to NYC instead and beginning his career as professional writer, or else I never would have met and married the guy!
It's a strange twist of fate that he and I both grew up in Pittsburgh (PA), but didn't meet until we were both living and working in NYC.
Thanks for stopping by—and for telling us about your favorite coffee roaster in downtown Toledo, Ohio: FLYING RHINO. Excellent name. I stopped by their website and am interested in trying their coffee blends in the future, not to mention their homemade chocolate! (If anyone's curious to beat me to the punch, click here for their website.)
Coffee & Chocolate of Toledo, Ohio
Java joy to you,
JUST FINISHED FRENCH PRESS
I just hate it when I finish one of your books! I get so involved in the story that I feel like I'M Clare! I live across the river from NYC and sometimes convince myself that the Village Blend actually exists. You sure make it real to me, and I'm sure your other readers agree.
I loved how you finally brought Clare and Mike together in this book. I agree with another writer, please don't kill of Mike! Now I have to wait for your next amazing addition to this fantastic series. Keep them coming! You are amazing!
Unfortunately, I am a decaf drinker, not by choice though...I have a heart condition that prevents me from enjoying a java jolt! Oh well, but I do get to savor the aromas and can almost taste the delicious brews that you whip up at the Blend so thanks! I just ordered the first Haunted Bookshop Mystery. Looking forward to it!
After I read your post, I had to tell my husband what you said—that when you're reading the book, you get so involved in the story that you feel like YOU are Clare. That is one of the nicest compliments I've ever head about the book series. Thank you. That's exactly what I want readers to feel—that they are right there inside the story, the "dream" world of the fiction. It's so great to hear the CM books are connecting with you!
I am truly sorry that your heart condition makes it imposible for you to become a java junkie, but there are plenty of hot, delish beverages out there that I hope will satisfy your cravings instead! In the meantime, thanks for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse. Here's a big, delish virtual cookie for you to enjoy with a cup o' cocoa!
I hope you enjoy the Haunted Bookshop series, too. Stop on back and let me know...
Warmest decaf wishes,
Loved French Pressed
My husband and I just finished French Pressed and we both loved it. It's great to see that your books are being translated into Japanese. Are they being translated into any other languages?
—Marcia from NJ
Hi, Marcia! I'm so glad you enjoyed FP! The Japanese editions are really beautiful little books. It's surreal to see the Coffeehouse Mysteries written in Japanese characters and the books reading right to left instead of left to right. There are adorable little pieces of black-and-white line art inside the books, too.
I do hear from people in other countries, but they are reading the Coffeehouse Mysteries in English. So far there are no other translated editions (other than the Japanese).
I'm no expert on foreign sales but after Espresso Shot pubs in hardcover this fall (Sep. 30), maybe there will be more countries interested. It would be great to see an Italian edition or even one in "Pre-Talian" (as they say on the Dunkin' Donuts commercials, poking fun at Starbucks). LOL!
Thanks for posting (and for reading). And thanks also for the great John Adams quote, too!
Here's a fresh-baked virtual banana muffin and hot cuppa virutal joe for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse.
Warmest java wishes to you and your husband!!
Coffee House Mysteries
I have to say I can't remember having so much fun reading since I read all my Nancy Drew Books! I still read them and I have a feeling I will be reading the Coffee House Mysteries over and over again. I love the way you write. Through your books I have "visited" the Village Blend and become one of your best customers. When I am reading I can actually "hear" the scenes you are describing and smell the coffee being made. Can't wait to read French Pressed and get copies for our library! I'd give the "thumbs up" signal to you, but I have them wrapped around a marvelous macchiatto, so I'll just say, "Bravo, Barista Babe!"
What a wonderful post! Thank you. You had me laughing out loud with the Nancy Drew reference. Intrepid girl-sleuths are indeed grown women now. I loved Nancy, too. LOL! And thank you for letting me know how the series "reads" for you - that the place feels like a real one that you can visit again and again. This is SO helpful for me as a writer, to know what readers are connecting with...
So here's a plate of delish Italian cannoli to enjoy with your marvelous macchiatto. Thanks again for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse. Come on back and post again!
Java joy to you,
Coffeehouse in NYC
I have read all of your "Coffeehouse Mysteries" including "French Pressed" and have enjoyed all of the immensely. Your books are treasured by me and I look forward to each newly published one so much that I am at my local bookstore the very day each is published.
I am going to be in NYC soon and would like any recommendations anyone may have for a coffeehouse in the midtown area which we can visit after seeing a Broadway show in the evening. We are tired of the chain coffeeshops, and would like to have a true NYC experience in a true NYC coffeeshop. Thanks for any response you can give me! Thanks also, Ms. Coyle, for the many enjoyable reading hours you have given me.
First of all thank YOU for taking the time and trouble to let me know you enjoy my books. The world is a hard place for writers, but readers like you make it worth taking on the rougher parts of the road.
I'm so happy to hear you're visiting my beloved Big Apple! OKAY...You've given me a nearly impossible challenge. You see, a true NYC experience in a true NYC coffeeshop would not take place in the theater district!
Midtown Manhattan is a GREAT, must-see place for anyone who visits Manhattan island. It's full of fantastic life and color, Blade Runner size digital billboards, theaters, restaurants, and crowds, crowds, crowds. It is NOT a place that New York residents frequent (unless they are working at one of the major companies based in the area).
Years ago, I worked at the New York Times (as a cub reporter), so I remember Times Square and 42nd street when it really was notorious! These days, the place is well cleaned up and a family fun enviornment. But be patient and be warned: You will be dealing with an absolute CRUSH of CROWDS. More people than you can imagine. They pack the restaurants, shops, and sidewalks. (Greenwich Village will give you charm. In this area "authentic" New York can mean rundown digs, iffy clientele, etc.. This ain't Clare's neighborhood.)
That said, I STILL have some suggestions for you...
CUPCAKE CAFE (Pre-theater)
The Cupcake Cafe closes at 7 PM, but it's practically a New York institution and is the best bet in the congested midtown area for an authentic NY coffeehouse experience (again, authentic doesn't mean pretty, perfect, new and suburban). Authentic in new york means old, sometimes rundown, funky and eclectic.
It's located just west of the theater district (about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the heart of Times Square).
Walk west on 41st street and turn south on Ninth Avenue. Cupcake Cafe is on Ninth between 40 and 41st Streets.
Madonna and Mick Jagger have bought birthday cakes from this place. Everyone in NYC knows about it. It's a small cafe and it closes at 7PM, so it won't be open AFTER the theater, but it might be fun for you to stop in for a pre-theater cupcake and coffee.
The founders and owners are Mike and Ann Warren. Ann is an artist and her buttercream "painting" of the cupcakes with elaborate designs is partly what's made the place famous--along with their respect for a really good cuppa joe! The couple started the place as an espresso bar and they have the best equipment and take coffee very seriously.
Here is the website for the Cupcake Cafe in NYC. Ann Warren has a cupcake cookbook, too! www.cupcakecafe.com
#2 JUNIOR'S (post-theater)
(click here to visit their site)
Junior's is not a "chain" even though, on first glance, you may think it looks like one. In 1950, restaurant Founder Harry Rosen and Master Baker Eigel Peterson, created and produced the best NY cheesecake in the city. The recipe is still a secret and has been part of the Rosen family for three generations.
There are exactly 3 locations in the world: 1 in Brooklyn (the orignal) and 2 in Manhattan. The one in the Times Square area is perfect for an after-theater coffee and an authentic New York cheesecake experience. (Really, the best I've tasted. I send one to my sister at least once a year - she lives in Colorado!)
Junior's cheesecake cafe in Times Square
Junior's location in Times Square: West 45th Street between Broadway & 8th Avenue
Hours are good for after-theater snacking, too: Monday-Thursday 6:30am-12am, Friday-Saturday until 1am, Sunday until 11pm
#3 Cafe Un, Deux, Trois (post-theater)
(click here for their site)
Located on 44th Street, just east of Times Square, this restaurant has been around for over twenty years. It serves complete dinners, but it also serves dessert and coffee for the after-theater crowd. I haven't been there in awhile, but it used to be a very convenient oasis in a very crowded, loud area. They have a delish menu of French desserts!
The Coffee Pot (post-theater)
327 West 49th Street (at Ninth Avenue)
Should be open till midnight. I'd call and ask for sure before showing up after theater. But this place is a joint where NY actors hang between auditions. It's in Hell's Kitchen (the area west of Times Square), has good joe, couches, a comfy atmosphere. Some people like it, some don't, but it's definitely a NY coffeehouse that is not Starbucks. Click here to read more and get basic info including phone.
EMPIRE COFFEE AND TEA
(CLICK HERE FOR SITE)
BEST bet for what you're looking for but NOTE the hours. You must go here before the theater. Here is a review from Eric Asimov (nephew of the late, great writer Isaac Asimov.
I met Eric briefly years ago when I worked at the Times as a cub reporter. Really nice guy!)
The Empire Coffee and Tea Company was founded in 1908. So it's been around long enough to weather changes in fashion when it comes to coffee drinking. This unpretentious, low-key place on Ninth Avenue will never be mistaken for a Starbucks or any of the other slick coffee shops than now dominate the city. And for me, at least, that's a great part of its appeal.
Service is winningly Bohemian, and among the many charms of Empire is the honesty of its presentation. Unlike Starbucks, where the smallest cup of coffee is called a large -- small means small, and large means large at Empire.
The coffee beans, displayed in burlap sacks, are labeled by type of bean and by roast...Empire coffees are a model of careful handling. Prices for the full line of coffees and teas are extremely reasonable, as well.
568 Ninth Ave. (near 42nd Street)
Mon - Fri: 7:30 - 7:00PM
Sat: 9:00-6:00 PM
Sun: 11:00-5:00 PM
BIS.CO. LATTE (Go to site here.)
Hand-made biscotti shop and latte cafe near Times Square area. Yum. Also pre-theater because they close at 7 PM.
OTHER THAN MIDTOWN...
Okay, if you want to talk about authentic new york coffeehouses, you have to move downtown, no question.
When I lived in the East Village, I resided in a building on 7th Street between Avenues A and B. Right below me was Bread and Roses, a little bakery that also sold coffee. It was great living above a place like that, very cozy. It's not there any longer (sadly), but I've hung out at various Village cafes over the years. The Peacock Cafe at 24 Greenwich Ave. is now a sushi restaurant (sniff), and the Lantern cafe (on MacDougal) is now a wine bar (my husband and I had one of our first dates at the Lantern so I was really sorry to see that one go, too).
But Cafe Reggio is still kicking (see photo below)...
Cafe Reggio will give you a sense of just how old an Italian cafe can be in the Village. It was started in 1927 and it's full of atmosphere.
A newer coffeehouse in philosophy and decor is called Joe the Art of Coffee and it's located on Waverly (they also have a storefront near Union Square).
Joe The Art of Coffee is much smaller and newer than the fictional Village Blend, but the Bohemian people who run it are JUST as passionate about coffee and espresso as Clare Cosi. Their very sweet head barista and director of coffee, Amanda Byron, (with whom I've taken classes) even appeared on Martha Stewart to demo latte art. Joe holds classes periodically on coffee tasting and espresso making. Just sign up for their newsletter to learn more. Click here for their website link.
Cafe Grumpy in Manhattan's Chelsea (and also in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which was the original store) is another superior coffeehouse with a pro staff that is very serious about coffee and service - they are friendly and will happily answer questions about the coffee they serve. They also have cupping classes open to the public. Cafe Grumpy also has the famous Clover machines (pictured right).
The Clover is an amazing device that makes a single cup of coffee for a customer. It's bascially a machine-driven French Press that presses upwards instead of down and regulates temperature and many other factors, depending on the roast, for the best cup possible.
You simply cannot get a bad or old cuppa joe at Cafe Grumpy! To sign up for their newsletter, which also alerts you to classes, cuppings and events, click here and you will go to their official website.
There's my two cents for ya...
Have a great trip!
French Pressed from SL
Like everyone else, I loved this book. It's my favorite so far. I typically only read on my lunch hour, but this one I couldn't put down. I just had to know if Clare and Mike were moving to the next stage. I admit that I skimmed the book to make sure Mike's name kept showing up later in the book, but not to worry I read the whole thing (some pages twice). One thing I have to request...please don't kill Mike off. As silly as it seems, it happened to a character in a similar situation in another series I WAS reading. I'm looking forward to the next coffeehouse book.
Hi, SL! Okay, you know I'm guessing which pages you read twice?! LOL! Yeah, it's been a LOOOONG time for Clare, waiting to work things out with Mike. It was a great relief to me to finally be able to get them together, and I'm really glad the reaction has been very positive from the readers. I really appreciate hearing from you on this.
My first love was playwrighting, believe it or not (I studied it, along with journalism and professional and creative writing at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA). In theater, you know right away whether your writing is clicking with the audience. I mean, if you write a joke and nobody laughs, you KNOW the joke bombed! Pretty definitive.
Part of the reason I put up this Website was because I'm a philosophical follower of the Bard. The play's the thing. I enjoy telling stories, creating characters, but it's important to know that what I'm writing is connecting with readers...so far so good! And it's readers like you, who take the time to stop by and post that help me know that. So thank you! (And Clare Cosi would kill ME if I killed Mike, so don't worry. I have no plans to do the man in! LOL!)
I fixed you a hot cuppa virtual joe for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse. Enjoy and come on back now, yhear?
French Pressed - from Viviana NYC
Oh my god I would like to say that I love you, I love Clare, I love coffee, and I love you, Clare, and coffee! I am sooooo happy and sooo hyper after drinking a large espresso while reading F.P. I love this series especially now with Clare and Mike's hot relationship! I pratically ran to the bookstore after the school bell rang. Keep up the super great work! Can't wait for Espresso Shot!
Hi, homegirl! Thank you for posting. Your enthusiasm really lifted me up tonight (even if it was fueled by caffeine - LOL!). As Esther Best would say, "Girl, maybe you ought to think about a SMALL espresso next time. Or maybe a latte?" (Actually, Esther would probably say that in a hip-hop rhyme, now that she’s hooked up with B.B. Gunn. But I can’t think of a rhyme for latte. Hott-tay?)
Anyway... I’m also very glad to hear that you’re liking the Clare and Mike storyline. I was holding my breath, waiting for reader reaction to Clare’s finally getting together with the man. I felt so guilty, making the woman wait for five books. Not that the road ahead won’t be without bumps for Clare and Mike – all relationships have them. And, of course, Clare is a real magnet for trouble, as we all know. (Trouble equaling murder in the cozy "Cosi" universe!)
Thanks again for dropping by my virtual coffeehouse, Viviana. I baked you a batch of virtual brownies to enjoy with your next espresso. I just wish I could bake them for real for you.
Who knows, if I sell enough books maybe my dream of opening a real New York coffeehouse can come true, too...stranger things have happened! Then you can visit me there, too, not just in cyberspace...
Java joy to you,
I finished reading "French Pressed" last night and it was great. This book had a little more excitement and I had a hard time putting the book down. Loved the way that Clare and Mike hooked up as well. I am really looking forward to September to see what happens with Matt and Breanne. Thanks for the biscotti, I enjoy that with my coffee too. Keep the books coming and I will surely keep reading.
Cleo's reply: Very glad to hear you liked Clare's latest sleuthing adventure. You'll be learning a lot more about Breanne and her relationship with Matt in the next book. And, of course, Clare and Mike are just getting started on their new relationship--and as anyone who's started a new relationship knows, there's always A LOT to work out. Here's a cap to go with that box o' biscotti. Cheers and thanks for stopping by to let me know what you thought of the book. It means the world to me.
Love these Books!
I reserved my copy of French Pressed last week, picked it up Saturday & finished it yesterday. They just keep getting better & better! Can't wait for Espresso Shot to find out how Clare & Mike's relationship progresses. I'm just waiting for May for the new Haunted Bookshop Mystery.
Wish we had a real Village Blend in York Co. PA.
Cleo's reply: Shout-out to a PA homey! (Although I've been living and working in New York for years, I grew up in a small town, just outside of Pittsburgh, PA - a beautfiul state that I visit when I can.)
I'm very glad to hear you liked the latest CM. Clare & Mike are just getting started and, in many ways, so is the Coffeehouse Mystery series! Lots of tales to come...
The new one in my (Alice Kimberly) Haunted Bookshop series (The Ghost and the Femme Fatale) was great fun to write. Lots of humor in this one and also some great background on the history of the film noir genre. When May rolls around and the new Alice Kimberly hits the shelves, I'm going to do some features on the site about my favorite movies in this classic film genre (which, of course, inspired the character of the series ghost, Jack Shepard, hard-boiled private eye).
So here's a nice fat slice of virtual New York Cheesecake for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse! The cheesecake's from Junior's - my favorite NY cheesecake company. (They send cheesecakes via mail and online orders, too. Click here or on the cheesecake to visit their site.)
Java joy to you,
Wow I Got My Copy Of French Press.
I was glad to get my copy. I hate it when i have to wait for the next book. This is the best series i have ever read. Good work. Keep them coming. You even got me started on the creamers you get for your coffe. I know i will go nuts till the next book comes out. Cause when i start the book i just seem to not be able to put it down and when I do put down I have to come back to it. The characters in the book just keep me so entertained. I love Joy and how she is doing so well at her cooking class, and the ex hubby how he is always in trouble.
I really loved the last book Decaffeinated Corpse. That one i just could not put down. I had to keep going and going. So as I have to say I can't wait to dig into the new one.Yes I can't wait to start the other series that you have. They look so good. Well i also have to say they are great books to sit in front of a fireplace. Well I have to go before my coffee gets cold.
Hi, Holly, your post made my day!
My primary goal is to entertain you, to give you a world to escape in for a little while, so it made me very happy to hear that my books were hard for you to put down and easy for you to come back to. (Makes me feel like I'm actually doing the job you paid me to do when you bought my book.)
Thank you for lifting me up today. I hope Clare and her Coffeehouse will continue to lift you up for years to come.
Here's a big, freshly baked virtual Village Blend muffin for you to enjoy with your coffee in front of that fireplace you mentioned..
Java joy to you - come on back now, y'hear!
Just got your new book
Hi, I picked up your new book the day it came out. I loved all your other ones and can't wait to start this one. Just keep those books coming!
Hi, Jean. Thank you for dropping by my virtual Village Blend! You are a very sweet person to let me know that you like my series--it is MUCH appreciated, believe me!
As for keeping the books coming, I have one thing to say to that: As long as you keep reading 'em, I'll keep writing 'em!
Here's a virtual latte art pour for you to enjoy. Come on back anytime to visit my virtual coffeehouse.
Why I read CoffeeHouse Mysteries....
1). I love coffee 2). I love NY 3). I love coffee 4). I love a good mystery 5). I love believable characters in a good mystery 6). I love coffee 7). I love "themed" mysteries 8). I love the bonus recipes and coffee lore 9). I love an author who can make her characters so believable that I feel I know them and miss them after I've finished the book 10) Did I mention I love coffee? Thanks Cleo! Keep up the good work...I can't wait to read French Pressed (although then I'll have to wait until September to read the next...oy! I know... I'll start all over again!
from Willow Grove!
(My favorite coffee is JBM-Jamaica Blue Mountain).
Hi, Denise! I have one very important question for you: Do you love coffee? LOL! (Couldn't help being cute.) Of course, your post made me laugh and it also made my night.
Methinks you would fit in perfectly, trading quips with Esther, Tucker, Gardner, and Dante at the Blend's espresso bar. Thank you for your many compliments. Knowing there are wonderful people like you out there makes me want to work harder as a writer to deliver better and better stories for you to enjoy (not unlike Clare wanting to give you the best coffee she can possibly roast and brew).
And speaking of java, here is a VIRTUAL French Pressed pot of Jamaica Blue Mountain just for you. I plan to do a drawing for your favorite coffee later in the year, so stay tuned, maybe you'll be the lucky winner. In the meantime, inhale the love in Willow Grove across Cyberspace from my New York base...
Jamaica Blue Joy to You,
Thanks for a great series...
I happened upon one of your books at the B&N about a year ago...since then I have devourded the series and eagerly awaited the release of #6. It just arrived (via AMAZON) today! I can't wait to read it! I didn't know you had another series (under a nom-de-plume)! I will have to check it out as well. Please keep up the good work! I enjoy the mature mysteries of the "non-perfect" characters. Clare is awesome!
I will NEVER get tired of hearing from readers. THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time and trouble to drop by and post. You made my night! I especially appreciate your saying you enjoy the "mature" and "non-perfect" apsect of the characters. Thank you!
We, none of us, are perfect and I'm so relieved that readers are understanding this and accepting, even appreciating, the flaws in my Coffeehouse Mystery characters. In fact, should you read my next Coffeehouse Mystery, Espresso Shot (publishing September 30 of this year), keep in mind the word "perfect" - You'll see that Clare has some things to say about the drawbacks of perfection (except maybe when it comes to cheesecake...).
P.S. In case you're wondering, the cheesecake pictured comes from my favorite New York cheesecake baker, Junior's. Click here or on the picture to go to Junior's Website. These bakers are based in NYC, but they deliver all over the country and they have a lot of varieties, too. Yum's the word.
Funny you should say that!
I am trying to write a childrens book I have 5 Chapters written and have edited them 10 times I need a ghost writer. My age group is 8-15 and it is a chapter book. Sort of on the mystery side with a twist. Once I get it written I have no idea what to do with it I may just have it bound for my 12 year old grand daughter. I am going to have my daughter read it who by the way is a coffee shop and bookshop fan and if she thinks it has a chance then I may look for publishers. Who knows I have to finish it first. French Pressed was great I won't make any comments in case there are readers out there that have not finished it yet. Good job Cleo and I look forward to September.
POST #2 THE ENDING (no spoiler)
Oh Cleo, I can't keep my mouth shut any longer...Now I have to sit here on pins and needles until September to see what Madame cooks up [in Espresso Shot]... You are a bad, bad girl, if you were my daughter you would be grounded from coffee until September.
Great job even if you left us hanging. I loved it.
Thanks again for posting Grandma Rusty! Again, you made me laugh (Yes, I am a bad, bad girl! We'll leave it at that for the others who are about to read the French Pressed ending).
It's wonderful that you're working on a children's book. You have the right idea to bind it for a child to read first - children are great for getting feedback, very honest about what they like and what they don't!
Publishers in NYC won't look at work unless an agent represents it, but I'm guessing there are smaller publishers around the country who look at unagented submissions. A good resource to research this, if ever you decide to, is the LMP (Literary Market Place - click here to go to the website to learn more about this publication).
Your local library should have a copy of this very big reference book. Ask for the "2008 LMP" - inside you'll find a listing for every publisher in the country and what they publish (children's books or nonfiction or science fiction, etc.). They should tell you how to submit work and whether they accept unagented material.
Ask your librarian to find the 2008 LMP (Literary Market Place) for you. DO NOT BUY IT! No need. Far too expensive and every major library should have a copy or be able to tell you where you can find a library that will have it. In my experience, this is THE BEST source for an UP TO DATE list of literary agents and publishers in the country!
You'll also see a section in the LMP on agents. All serious, professional writers have agents because publishing is a business and publishers want to deal professionally with submissions.
Professional publishing is not for the feint of heart - and it often breaks peoples hearts. First step is the best step for aspiring writers out there - bind your own work and share it with family and friends. Make people happy where you live and you've done your job as a writer, regardless of what a pro publisher or agent decides. Next step is research the market, know how to submit, and you're off to the races. Publishers and agents are always on the lookout for new talent. That's the beauty of this biz: Anybody with imagination, talent, the willigness to work, and not be discouraged (emphasis on the very last two points!) has the potential to become a popular, published writer.
French Pressed Has Arrived
I have been eagerly awaiting "French Pressed" and it arrived today. I am ready to start reading. I am also looking forward to purchasing the Haunted Bookshop series and reading them also. I do enjoy a good cup of coffee while reading. Keep up the writing and will be waiting for your next installment from Coffeehouse Mystery books in September.
I've said it before and I'll say it again—every single reader matters. It means the world to me that you're not only reading my books, but you stopped by to post, too. Let me know how you like Jack Shepard, the hard-boiled PI ghost.
Here's a batch of fresh baked biscotti to go with your coffee!
Java joy to you,
Is coffee that different on the west coast?
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