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Just wanted to say I love the books, and it has actually inspired me to work harder at my own job where I deal with food and beverages(probably cos she is so passionate about coffee and her store). Cant wait for the next outing with Clare and the gang.
Cleo here. I know in today's snarky, cynical culture that "sappy" isn't hip, but let me just say that your post LITERALLY brought tears to my eyes. (As sappy as that sounds, it's nonetheless true.) I know how hard it is to make a living these days, pay bills, keep relationships from blowing up in your face, withstand the onslaught of freakishly bad-mannered bosses. So it means the world to me that Clare and her stories can inspire you even a little bit. And I can tell you that Clare is not a stretch. I've met men and women in the food and bev industry who've inspired me to draw her just the way she is--caring passionately about the job she does because she knows it's her way of connecting to people and the community around her. Making that connection the best it can possibly be (even if it's just pulling a perfect espresso or making sure the cafe tables are clean for the next customer) is what matters most to her. Thanks SO much for posting and reading the books. Stop by the "virtual" coffeehouse here anytime! --Cleo Coyle
Coffee before exercise
I always have a cup or two of coffee before I meet my trainer to lift weights (actually I have coffee every day anyway!). My trainer thinks that is not so good but I see from you post on Exercise and coffee that caffeine decreased muscle soreness. HA. Thanks Cleo for sharing that tidbit. Can't wait to tell my trainer! Gracie
An old boyfriend of mine who was a serious marathon runner (and a high school gym teacher), had NO problem with drinking coffee! So there you go! Java continues to rule. --Cleo Coyle
Loved Decaffeinated Corpse!
Hi Cleo, Although I absolutely hate coffee, I LOVE you books! I'm a book-a-holic and when I found your 1st book I thought it sounded interesting. I loved it and have anxiously awaited every book since then, I read "Decaffeinated Corpse" this afternoon and it was great! Do you do book tours and if you do, will you be coming through North Carolina anytime? I would love to have one of your books autographed. One of my hobbies is collecting autographed mysteries books.
Hi North Carolina! I love your state. It's so beautiful! If the Coffeehouse Mystery books continue to do well, a book tour is not out of the question. My pipe dream is to do a book-signing and coffee tasting with B&N cafes, local independent coffeehouses, and any other bookstores that think it's a bright idea. I'll cross my fingers that enough fans come on board to make that possible. Then we can all get together and have a moveable coffee feast (and for fans who hate coffee, I'll be sure to have pastries and tea on hand, too!). If you subscribe to my newsletter, I'll let you know when and if that takes place. Maybe in 2008 or 2009. Lots to look forward to! Thanks for posting and thanks in the extreme for reading the series. You made my day!
Ms. Coyle...Village Blend Inspiration?
I just wanted to thank you for "blending" two of my favorite things...reading mysteries and drinking coffee! I am currently a grad student in the New York City and spend a lot of time doing work while getting my favorite caffeine fix. I was wondering if you based the idea for the "Village Blend" on any specific coffeehouse in New York City. Thanks and keep up the great work!
Cleo here. Hi New York grad student! You have asked a great question. So great that you have inpsired me to write a longer post for the home page with photos to show fans of the series Clare's village. I'll answer you briefly now but stay tuned for a longer version in the next month or so. When I lived in the East Village, it was 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 but right next door the "horseshoe" bar (or at least that's what we called it) still is - it was used in the movie Rent, even though they called it Life Cafe in the movie and even though Life Cafe is on the other side of Tompkins Square park. Anyway! I've hung out at various Village cafes over the years. The Peacock Cafe at 24 Greenwich Ave. is now a sushi restaurant (sadly), and the Lantern cafe (I believe it was on MacDougal) is now a wine bar. But Cafe Reggio gives you a sense of just how old a cafe can be in the Village. It was started in 1927 and it's full of atmosphere, although I wouldn't say it's what I had in mind for the fictional Village Blend. A cafe that's more in keeping with the Village Blend's atmosphere and philosophy is a newer one. It's called Joe the Art of Coffee and it's located on Waverly (they also have a storefront near Union Square). It's a small place, much smaller than the fictional Blend, but the people who run it are just as passionate as Clare Cosi. There are other coffeehouses in or near the Village that I'll write about in the future. Lots of great places to sit down with a hot Joe (or cup of same). Thanks for posting your great question and thanks in the extreme for reading the books!
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Just wanted to say that I truly love the series and look forward to more!
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The paperback question
Okay, although I am more than thrilled that the coffeehouse mystery series isn't going anywhere anytime soon do we really need to make that switch to hardcover. Don't get me wrong, I will reluctantly make that hardcover purchase but the paperback prices are definitely easier on the wallet, especially when your husband has put you on a bookbuying budget...lol -Heather the Jersey girl
Cleo here. Oy. I know what you mean about hardcover prices, but never fear. There will be 2 Coffeehouse Mystery books out in 2008 - a paperback releasing early in the year as Coffeehouse Mystery #6 French Pressed, and a hardcover releasing later in the year as Coffeehouse Mystery #7 (the price on the hardback will be reasonable), but you can always borrow the book from the library or wait for its subsequent PB release a year later. Believe me, I know how tough it is to be on a budget, but...it's very hard to earn a living as a full-time pro writer. Moving into hardcover helps the profit margin. It takes extraordinary numbers to get "rich" as a writer, so I don't expect to be giving Dan Brown or J.K. Rowling anything to worry about anytime soon. I would like to keep earning my living though! So while I feel for your budget, I also feel for mine! Little known fact: paying the electricity bill actually prevents laptop screens from going black. LOL Thanks in the X-treme for reading my books now and in the future (whether paper or hardback, I'll take it!) Thanks also for posting, neighbor. Come on back now y'here!
Hello from Appleton WI
My daughter works at a bookstore...and she knows I LOVE coffee...and mysteries...so.. she gave me for Christmas one year... your first coffee house mystery...which I just enjoyed soooo much. I have purchased each one since..such fun reads. Yesterday..July 3...I bought the new one..and am most eager to read it... especially since seeing something about.. handcuffs. I was hoping more would develop between Clare and Mike !! Recently I discovered a delightful place to visit...the Aspen Coffee and Tea Co.. here in town. A really fun place...to have lunch...read...and enjoy....coffee !
Hi Appleton, WI! You sound like one adorable mom--not unlike Clare--and I'm extremely happy that you found the series. A big shout-out to your daughter who works in the bookstore and noticed the books! It's people like your daughter who have helped the series blossom in sales. The series started below the public's radar but booksellers like her started reading them and quietly recommending them to customers. Many thanks to her for that and to you for posting. If I'm ever in your neck of the woods, I'm going to stop by Aspen Coffee and Tea Co to get a cuppa for myself. To steal a phrase from Philip Marlowe "Coffee is my business" -- so it's no surprise that I'm always happy to hear about a cool coffeehouse! --Cleo Coyle
Handcuffs and more, stay tuned!
Hey, Cleo! Just finished your latest book!! can't wait for the next one. I found your coffeehouse series by accident and have loved each one. It will be interesting to see what happens with you and "the handcuffs"
Cleo here. I'm so glad you found the series! It's been below the radar, but building slowly over time, and it's readers like you who are helping it grow and succeed. Thank you for reading the books and also for stopping by my "virtual" coffeehouse. As far as those "handcuffs" of Detective Mike Quinn's...you ain't see nothing yet. Clare and Mike are just getting started. Stay tuned for "French Pressed" in 2008! (P.S. For those of you who are wondering "What handcuffs?", the answer is in the epilogue of Decaffeinated Corpse).
Hi Cleo! I have been reading your coffee house series since the first book. My husband is active duty Air Force (23 years and still serving). Once he retires, we are planning to open our own coffee shop. I love all the great tips in your book and eat them up as I read. We plan on having a couple of book cases in our place so that patrons can come in and relax. Naturally, your books will have priority since they are our main source of OJT at the moment while we are still in the dreaming phase. Please keep the mysteries coming. By the way, any plans to publish them on audio? I love to listen to audibooks while I work. Lora in the UK (for now...lol)
Cleo here. Hi, Lora in the UK! God bless your husband for serving in the Air Force and God bless you for the often thankless work of sticking by and constantly worrying about him. I have the utmost respect for anyone serving in the military, especially at this time. And their families deserve every honor. Please stay safe! As to your coffeehouse aspirations, they sound wonderful. Let me know when and if you open and I'll be sure to announce it on this site and link to your Web address. As to audio books, that's something I would love to see done in the future (my sister's a doctor and has very little time to read so audio is her thing too). After next year's release of the 6th Coffeehouse Mystery (French Pressed), the series is moving into hardcover. Audio may be on the horizon as well. We'll see! Thanks for writing! I hope to hear from you again soon.
Hey Cleo! Just Got Your Latest Book!!!!
I can't wait to start it. I had to come down to my grandparents for the weekend and brought it with me. PS.. What's your fav coffee drink? Lori in MO....
Cleo here. Hi Lori in MO! Thank you for buying my latest book and keeping me and my husband in coffee beans! My favorite coffee changes with the season, time of day, etc. In general, I like a hot vanilla latte at a coffeehouse (lattes are statistically the most popular drink at American coffeehouses, so I guess I'm in the majority!). In the summer I enjoy frozen coffee fappes. I also enjoy drip brews at home and drink a variety of blends and single-origin beans. One blend I'm enamored with lately is the Magnolia Grill blend, which is made for the Magnolia Grill restaurant in NC by Counter Culture Coffee (I've linked to them in the right column). My favorite Starbucks blend over the years has been Yukon. Your question's great. I'll definitely post more in the future about favorite cups! Thanks for posting, Lori! I hope you like the latest book.
Coffeeshop in McLean, Virginia
I live in Arlington, Virginia but often drop by a great coffeeshop, Greenberry's, in a small shopping center in McLean. The coffee is very good! The place decor is mostly brown wood and some green painted details, lots of interesting mugs and teapots on shelves. I think there are quite a few writers (or students maybe), with laptops who stay there for hours. They also serve tea in a pot if you request it and will make the tea extra strong too! A few shops away is The Old Book Company, which sells a fantastic selection of old books on all subjects, in several languages. And you are allowed to take your coffee into this shop with you, sit on the comfy armchairs and read! So if Greenberry's if full, inside or outside on the patio, you can go to the bookshop. Greenberry's always has a display of framed photographs by local photographers, some who have apparently travelled a great deal. By the way, great books, great site, I can't wait for the next book! Mary
Cleo here. Hi Mary! Thank you for telling us about your favorite coffee shop! If I'm ever in McLean, I'll be sure to stop by Greenberry's for a great cuppa J. I LOVE what you said about the Old Book Company letting Greenberry's customers bring their coffee with them to look for a good read. I'm thrilled you like the series, too! Anyone else have a favorite coffeehouse or bookstore they'd like to tell us about? Go for it!
Congrats! I'm so excited that there is a website for one of my all time favorite series.