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LOVE AND ROSES
I happened to read to Espresso Shot first, then just finished reading French Pressed. I’ve enjoyed all of your Coffeehouse Mystery books, but somehow I really identified with these 2.
I lived in Brooklyn Heights in the 60s, and the exploits of Clare, and especially her employees at the Village Blend, feel so much like what we were doing and feeling then. So, so much fun to read, remember and experience!!! Thank you.
By the way, I don’t always share this, but I will tell you: 2 friends and I formed the Brooklyn Heights Hyacinth Club when we were living there. "If but 2 loaves of bread be your dole, Sell one and buy some hyacinths for your soul."
Our signature was to sign letters with "Roses". When we wrote to each other, which we did regularly, even though we saw each other daily, we would footnote our letters, only we would call them "Rose Petals". I’m the only one still living, and I miss my pals terribly, but I keep up the tradition. Actually, when the President of BHHC died, I tried to stop because it hurt so much – and discovered that "Love and Roses" had become identified with me so deeply that I couldn’t stop signing my letters that way!! So it became my private and personal tribute to a super lady and a wonderful man.
Love and roses,
Thank you, Geri! Thank you for your amazing note and also for letting me re-post it on my message board to share with others.
As I mentioned in my e-mail to you, when I first lived in the East Village, it was above a little bakery called "Bread and Roses," and my late mother's name was Rose, so that flower has a lot of meaning for me.
I could not agree more with your wonderful "Hyacinth Club" motto. In fact, I'd like to become a member--and invite all of my readers to join your club, too! That motto could not be more apropos during these unsteady economic times.
Some say, you can't eat a book or a piece of art or music, but the things that inspire us and let us dream feed us as much as the bread in our stomachs. They make us want to keep going; to get up another day and try again. Give us bread but give us roses. Amen! And keep in touch!
Love and roses to you as well!
Cleo Coyle/Alice Kimberly
From a coffeehouse in Kodiak Island (Alaska)hi! just finished espresso shot (via our library) and loved it. am a brand new barista, just opened a new coffee shop here in kodiak island, alaska. have worn many hats in my first year here on kodiak, working for one company-- front desk at the airport, driving the airport van, air cargo coordinator, running the charter tour bookings booth, and now getting the new airport coffee shop up and running. In a very small airport in a very small town that already has six other cool coffee shops... what a blast! am in my second month of learning the art of espresso, cleaning madly, organizing stock, pricing, hours, creating signs and blackboards on a remote island with little to no retail (very fun- we have to make our own everything). it has been so fun to read Espresso Shot and get a glimpse into the coffee business while doing the coffee shop start up in person. thanks for writing such fun interesting books,,, can't wait to go to the beginning and read them all from start to finish... reading is one of those huge alaskan hobbies as you can imagine! kudos from kodiak! Karen Gear Up coffee shop at island air Kodiak, Alaska
Everyone always asks what are you thankful for on Thanksgiving, welll that is such a silly question the answer is....Cleo's and Alice's books of course!!!! Did I butter you up enough to talk you into getting that new book out a little earlier??? It would make such a great Christmas present for everyone that bugs me to death wanting to know if I have finished reading the new book yet so they can have it. Oh well, I guess a person will resort to anything to get something they really want, huh? Seriously I hope you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving.
P.S. A book signing in Indy would be great!! Just a little thought May at Indy 500 time is fantastic.
Cleo's Reply: LOL, Grandma Rusty! Thank you SO much for wishing me a happy Thanksgiving! You're the sweetest! Of course, I send my blessings to you and yours for today and the entire holiday season. It's readers like you who make me want to KEEP writing!
Java joy to you,
P.S. The Indy 500 rocks!
Love the series
I am a library director, and have asked my staff to order all of your books, including the Ghost series, as well as the coffeeshop mysteries. I am a big fan. Keep them coming.
I am now officially YOUR fan, Ellen! (And, of course, everyone knows librarians got it goin' on.) No kidding. Thank you. You made my night!
Java joy to you & Happy Thanksgiving!
—Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Kimberly)
Hi from Coffee Talk Band~
my friend recommended your site. It is GREAT~ so many interesting topics, I don't know where to begin. So.....I guess I just brew a cup of java and sit down and enjoy. Please stop by our myspace when your get a chance. I started the page just to talk about one of my passions, coffee and meet others.
Cleo's reply: Thanks, Donna! I activated your link. Great page! (If anyone would like to visit Donna's page, click on her myspace link above.)
I am trying to find each coffee house mystery in large print. Can you tell me if each one is available in large print? I have the first three but am getting no where with Murder Most Frosty......
Cleo's reply: Hi Trudi. For sure, all of the Coffeehouse Mysteries were published in Large Print. I'll try to find a link for you to the Large Print of Murder Most Frothy...
My new High School Book Club is going to be reading "On What Grounds" after the Christmas Break. It will fun to hear these young peoples take on your stories. I'll keep you posted! P. S. I use to receive your email newsletter but do not get them anymore. Please be sure I am on your send out list. Thanks so much!
Cleo's reply: I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to reply to your post! I hope you see this. Post again so I know you did! I'm THRILLED that your high school book club is going to read my first Coffeehouse Mystery: ON WHAT GROUNDS.
I would really enjoy hearing what your book club says about it, too, and I look forward to your "report"!! LOL!
As for the newsletter, by now you should have received my Fall 2008 newsletter. If you did not, then write to me at VillageBlend@aol.com and tell me that you did not receive it. I will send it again to you and we'll try to figure out why you aren't receiving it. Maybe it goes into a Spam folder or you have a firewall up to prevent it from going to your box.
In the meantime, I want to thank you for dropping by my *virtual* coffeehouse.
I whipped you up a *virtual* cappuccino and baked you a plate of *virtual* Italian biscotti to enjoy. There's even enough for you to *virtually* bring to your book club!
Warmest java wishes to you,
0n page of 15 of French Pressed you indicate that Joy's chef jacket is covered in brown sauce. On page 18 you note that the Sous-chef threw Bearnaise sauce. Bearnaise sauce is yellow. Later on in the book you note that the dried blood looked like the the sauce on Joy's jacket. I believe the sause you wanted to highlight was bordelaise sauce which is a brown sauce that is brown sauce and is generally not served with vegatables so there would not have been a reason for Joy to be using the sauce if she was doing the vegatable service two nights a week as you wrote in your book. I am a professionally trained chef so these little things make me crazy. All this being said I love your books and can't wait to read the next one.
Cleo's reply: Hey, there! Great to hear from you and thanks for the note! Good catch! You are absolutely right. The sauce should have been bordelaise! It was correct in an early draft and through the editing process was changed to Bearnaise in error - but I'm happy to report that this is going to be corrected in the next printing. (Great news, too -- French Pressed is indeed going into a new printing! Wee-haaa!)
The vegetable station thing is not a factor, however. The sauce was thrown on Joy by her enraged boss during a dressing down in the restaurant kitchen. There were many sauces used in the kitchen that night, of course, and it was never stated that the sauce came from Joy's veg station. Still, I'm glad you were able to enjoy the book anyway! Because you are a pro, I'd love to hear from you again with kitchen tips or favorite recipes - feel free to e-mail me at VillageBlend@aol.com. I'd be glad to post them with your name/background, etc...
Java joy to you,
Hello!! I'm Japanese your fan!! I'm going to reading 5th book just now!! (not finished),very exciting, interesting!! Your books are so nice!! I buy it on every sale 1st day!! I'm wating for your 6th book!! Thanks...
Cleo's reply: Thank you for posting, Miho!
I am so happy that you enjoy my books! I love my Japanese editions. I especially love the cover art.
To everyone reading my books in English: The Japanese editions feature Java, the coffeehouse cat. Check out the Japanese cover of LATTE TROUBLE -Coffeehouse Mystery #3). >>>>>>>>
Notice Java holding the bottle of "Latte" and reading a "New Fashion" magazine! Too cute!
Thank you for posting, Miho! I hope you continue to read and enjoy my little books. My publisher in Japan (Random House Kodansha) just picked up the rights to publish my latest Coffeehouse Mystery - ESPRESSO SHOT. Clare goes through a lot in that book, and I think you'll really enjoy it. Look for the Japanese edition to hit print in 2009!
Joy to you,
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Just finished Through the GrinderI just finished the second book to the coffeehouse series (I read the haunted bookshop series first) and it's my favorite so far. I love when Clare invents 'Fuego', I laughed out loud. Mostly because Matteo sounds like my ex-husband (sad for me) and for a moment I pictured him rather than Matteo and couldn't contain myself. I also love how you observe the difficulties of a relationship-especially when Clare recalls meeting Matteo for the first time and realizes that he wanted her most when she was walking away. I had a dysfunctional marriage myself; and Clare's character gives me a little hope that maybe I can start over too. It may be just a mystery series, but Frued said that we internalize what we see, hear and read to make the image of ourselves and heal what ails us. Thanks for the wonderful therapy! ---Amanda W in Tennessee
Working my way up!!!
Congratulations on Espresso Shot. I'm currently reading Decaffinated Corpse and trying to get to the newest as soon as possible. I've recently started classes for my Associates in Paralegal and dumped the job from hell for a low stress one all at the same time. This is still only half of the plans that I have to complete for the year. I just love when the watershed years finally turns into that year when you do the so called "house cleaning" before you go bonkers. But then againg I am 35 and WHOOO. I was worried that "finally" would be my only posting for this sight and I really enjoy this spot. Especially with my early morning coffee from The Little Coffeeshop of Horrors. Its a caramel blend called Shock a Rama. Anyway, thank you for the warm comfort of the books and recipes. They have been a sanity saver.
Your Buttermilk Apple Snack Cake RecipeI am so into instant gratification. So I took your snack cake recipe and nuked it. I used an 8 inch by 1 1/2 inch round pan (microwaving cooks corners into bricks) and microwaved it at 50% power on the rotating turntable checking every 2 minutes until it was done. Since microwave ovens vary so greatly I won't attempt to tell anyone an exact time but it was in the "less than ten minutes" range. I let it rest until I could handle it reasonably safely. Not until it was cool (see first line). Yummy. Not chocolate, but still yummy. Thanks!
I love your books!
I just wanted to say I love both the Coffee Shop and Haunted Bookshop series. I was wondering if you ever considered writing a murder book combining all the characters from both series. I can't wait til January for your next book.
Reading your books in order using the Kindle.I am partway through "Through the Grinder". Just wanted to drop you a note that ALL seven of your books are available for the Kindle on Amazon.com. I don't think your books are lightweight at all. Please put me on your mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike, Fairbanks, AK
BLOG BOOK REVIEWHey, I have a web site which includes reviewing food related murder mysteries and I just encountered the first of your series, ON WHAT GROUNDS? So, please stop by and check out the site? The url is http://www.cookingwithideas.typepad.com -- leave a note and/or let me know if you'd be willing to do an interview.
I love your books,as I finish one, I want to read another pronto!YOur books are wonderful mysteries. I like the way the coffee information is interspersed throughout, and Claire's amateur detective pursuits.I so admire her ex mother-in-law, Madame Dubois. She jumps right in to assist whenever a crime needs to be solved. And of course, there's Matteo, her ex, and partner of the Village Blend, and last but not least. Detective Mike Quinn, who really cares for Clair, but is married. For me, each book is better than the last. Thank you for your mystery stories. Marion Philadelphia, Pa
LOVED FRENCH PRESSED
This is the first book I've read by you and couldn't put it down. In fact, I finished in 2 days. I'm a coffee lover and loved it. Can't wait to read your others now.
Thanks so much! : )
I just wanted to thank you for your fabulous and very thoughtful reply to my earlier post (Rallying for Matteo). I can't wait to see where you take the story next, and I'm definitely in for the journey! I think it's awesome that you have this forum and take the time to communicate with your fans. I really appreciate it, and for the record, your stories count as literary works in my book. : )
She's Back--With Another New Coffee MakerWas gone gone gone (volunteer gig) for a while and missed my daily dose of your Coffee House chat. . . . I was really grateful to the coffee goddess when my new coffee pot went toes up after less than a week! And even better, my BFF bought me a new Grind and Brew with a thermal pot. The costly model! Drinking great coffee once again and not at all afraid of breaking the pot. After a month of bad hotel coffee. . .Isn't life grand! But the instructions for the new maker were weird. All about setting the clock, the timer, the brew settings and then??? Huh! What? "To fill reservoir, unplug coffeemaker." Um, uh, well, um, doesn't that just undo all the settings you walked me through? Reading the 'Fine' Manual doesn't always get you to your goal. Thanks again for the virtual brownies, Nessie in my cup and the always delightful newsletter in my Inbox, but most of all for finishing your next book for my next reading fix come January!
Wonderful ReadsI love everything you write! I hope you keep the series going for a long time because I fully plan to pass these down to my kids, when I have them.
Making the perfect cup.I was just wondering if you have any advice on making the perfect cup of coffee? I have an auto-drip and a french press. I make the coffee just like the instructions but sometimes it seems really weak. Do you think that buying whole beans makes a difference in the final cup? Thank you --Kathy, Cottonwood Hieghts
That Jack is a bad bad ghost. I certainly hope he didn't enjoy any treats last night and got a few tricks for his mischief. Actualy I guess we should thank him since that "Alice Babe" is so stingy with her previews. Now the waiting is all the harder. Could you possibly talk to Alice and have her pass along a request from me to Penelope, the next time Penelope and Jack are in his office, kick his ghostly behind for tampering with Alice's computer and leaving her readers in dyer distress. That was the best Halloween e-mail I got.
Thanks for the preview.
—Rusty in Plainfield
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Coincidence? or is it?
I am in the middle of reading The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library and low and behold I get a message from Jack. Spooky! I am just starting the Bookshop series and I've read all but Espreso Shot but I do have it to read soon. I'm hooked and I envy both of their jobs. I'm looking forward to reading them all. I may even read a little Poe again. Thanks for the great reads.
Thank you for posting, KES!
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Thanks for the Halloween treat !!!
Just read the excerpt from the new Ghost book....most intriguing ! Jack and Pen make a great pair! look forward to reading it. Hope you had a "boo-tiful" Halloween ! and got lots of treats!!!
—Mary T Appleton WI
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This was a GREAT book. I just love Mike. He and Clare are a great team, of course Clare and Matteo are a great team also. The plot was amazing. I read the book in a few hours. I can't wait for the next one. The haunted bookshop books are just as amazing. What is better than coffee and a good bookshop mystery.
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