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NEW READERI am new to your coffee house mysteries and I find them very very interesting. I have now reserved a place for your books on my permanent bookshelf, right next to Agatha Christie!! Kuddos to you and your writing!!!!
coffee house questionHi! I am a huge fan and I was wondering if the Village Blen is based on a real coffee house, and if so, what is it called? thanks! Melissa
THANK YOU!Your signed copy of A Brew to Kill was waiting for me when I got home from vacation. You have made one coffee drinker/reader a VERY happy person. By the way, when we were in Wyoming we had some of the best locally blended coffees. They say it's the altitude. We were in the Grand Tetons. When the boxes we mailed back to us (darn airline fees) arrive I will give the name of the one we got. Thank you again and keep the books coming. But of course in a timely manner! Toni
A Brew to a Kill
Just finished A Brew..... Love story lines and characters...
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Hi Cleo, I am an old fan of yours and yor books, but I am wondering if and when you will bring Penelope and Jack back!! I really enjoy the Haunted Bookshope mysteries!!!! Thank You, Bea
note to CleoHI Cleo, Am I still your oldest reader?? Or has another taken that honour.?? Take Care A2
Note to CleoI had a chance to make Nonna Cosi’s Linguine with White Clam Sauce for a group of friends last night.. I came out Fabulous... The only change I made was substituting some freshly dug clams. Everyone left here with a full belly. My favorite of the series is Murder most Frothy as I live in the Hamptons. You certainly capture the essence of the area Thank you for so many hours of reading pleasure. Sue Kaye
Greatest novel line ever(OK, maybe "My dear, I don't give a damn" was better, but only slightly.) "I pictured Brooks coming in for a cappucino--and me pointing the steam valve at his face." OK, you have to be there. But for where that is in Through the Grinder, I really was laughing out loud, which I never do while reading a book (unless it's one of my husband's). Great book so far, and I can't wait to finish it.
Coffee FlavoringsJust wanted to pass on a great site for specialty coffee flavorings, especially for those of us that need sugar free versions. It's www.coffee-authority.com. They frequently have really great sales prices. I highly recommend the sugar free English Toffee, either Torani or DaVinci. It's wonderful in coffee and I use it in my sweet potato casserole to get that great brown sugar flavor without the added sugar! ~~Nurse JudyMac
Love "A Brew to Kill"!I just finished "A Brew to Kill" and it's another great CoffeehouseMystery!! I especially enjoyed the crosscultural flavor of this book. And I always like learning more about coffee and the coffee business! Thanks!!
A Brew to a Kill - Another great book!
I just finished "A Brew to a Kill" and was on the edge of my seat the entire book! I am never disappointed with your Coffeehouse Mysteries and this one is particularly good. I'm also anxiously awaiting the next book in your Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipes in the book...some great muffin recipes just in time for fall. Keep writing!
Thank you, Cindy!
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Note to Cleo - Specialty Coffees
I have only made it to book 4 (I just found your series a week ago), and I have noticed that Every Single Book has a coffee recipe I would LOVE to try... but there is never a recipe listed for those (that I have found). Is there some place for me to get these amazing sounding recipes?
Thanks for dropping by my online coffeehouse -- and thanks especially for reading my books!
If it's primarily coffee drink recipes that you're after, the book you want is Holiday Grind. That very special entry in my Coffeehouse Mystery series has an extra-large recipe section with cookie and candy recipes, but its primary focus is on coffee drink recipes.
You'll get instructions on how to make your own espressos and lattes at home, recipes for making your own delicious coffeehouse syrups, even a large glossary of coffeehouse terms.
Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you continue to read and enjoy the Coffeehouse books (and recipes)!
May you read (and drink) with joy...
I just finished your first book in the Coffeehouse series and loved it - which is very impressive since I generally do not like mysteries.
Is there a blueprint of The Village Blend on this site? I'd love to see one. I'm excited to start your second book.
FYI for the general public >>>
The first 2 books in Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series are: #1 On What Grounds and
#2 Through the Grinder
Hi, BK, thank you for your note!
Over the years, I've heard many intriguing things from readers. The two comments that always make me grin are when readers say: (1) They are surprised how much they like the Coffeehouse Mysteries because they don't like coffee, and... (2) They are surprised how much they like the Coffeehouse Mysteries because they don't like mysteries!
Of course, not every book is for every reader, and that includes both of my series, but I'm forever grateful to readers (like you) who enjoy and support my books. Cheers to you for taking the time to drop by my online coffeehouse.
I hope you'll keep in touch!
No blueprint yet exists for the Village Blend coffeehouse. The idea is a nice one, however, and I'll consider working on something like that for this website.
Certainly, if any fan of the series wants to create one, I'll be happy to display it! Thx again for your kind suggestion and interest.
Chocolate Zombie Clusters - Murder by Mocha
Chocolate Zombie Clusters - Murder by Mocha
These are so easy and so good! I made my 2nd batch today because the 1st batch disappeared - duh! I plan to try the Aphrodisiac Brownies next.
I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed one of my recipes. Cheers to you for taking the time to let me know.
For my readers and site followers: Below is a photo of the candy we're talking about (Chocolate Zombie Clusters). The recipe is published in the appendix of my 10th Coffeehouse Mystery: Murder by Mocha.
Eat (chocolate) with joy!
Chocolate Zombie Clusters,
a recipe from the (mostly chocolate)
recipe section of Murder by Mocha
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Brooklyn Blackout Cake
I keep checking back here for news of and the recipe for the Ebinger's style Brooklyn Blackout Cake. I grew up on it among other Ebinger's specialties and would love to see if it is really as amazing as I remember it. Can I look forward to your perfected version soon? Thanks for your wonderful series which brings me back to Manhattan each time I read one of the books.
Cleo's reply -
YES! I am very much looking forward to posting the recipe. My publishing duties called before I could finalize the photos and create the post, so I had to postpone finishing the recipe. But I should have it up for you before October. I will post it here on this website's main page and on my new recipe blog Cleo Coyle Recipes.com. I'm so glad to hear that you're looking forward to the recipe. Thank you for your patience and stay tuned for chocolate heaven!
WHERE O WHERE CAN I GET A COFFEE JUG LIKE THE ONE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE??? AS OFTEN AS YOU POUR IT ALWAYS REMAINS FULL!!!I COULD USE ONE LIKE THAT.
Cleo's reply --
Thank you, A2! You made me laugh this morning. Yes, I wish we all had a "bottomless" pot of coffee. I can't tell you where to get one in real life, but I'm happy to give you the online equivalent--and more coffeehouse stories, as long as you want to read them. :)
Cheers and hugs,
Note to Cleo
I don't do facebook, so thank you for this alternative. I love your Coffee House mysteries and always look forward to the "next one". The characters are exciting, you never know what Matt will do next. It's so much fun to imagine what they look like, and what the coffee house looks like. Thank you also for all the recipes. I enjoy cooking and they're wonderful.
Cleo's reply --
Thank you so much for reassuring me that this message board is useful and appreciated for those of you not on Facebook or using other social networking sites! That's exactly why it's here. :)
I'm also delighted to know that you're enjoying my mysteries (including Matt Allegro) as well as my recipes. Cheers!
On the recipes, you should know that I just started a new Recipe Blog to give me a little more flexibility in posting some fun things--recipes, photos, news, so stay tuned for lots of fun this fall and in the coming year. Be sure to check the right column of my new blog. You'll see a brand new poll there, asking readers which of my characters (in Clare's world) you'd most like to have dinner with (I think I can guess). To jump there, just click here...and keep in touch!
When your books come out, I make a day of it, can't seem to put them down, finished Brew to a kill in 12 hours, had to pick up the kids, LOL. Made egg custard tarts, they were a hit. Have all 11 novels will continue to try the recipes,patiently waiting for Holiday Buzz!!
Aw, you are awesome, thank you! I am grinning ear-to-ear at your description of each new book being an "event" for you. That is just wonderful. Of course, I'm delighted to hear that you not only enjoyed A Brew to a Kill, but that you've already tried the egg custard tarts from its recipe section. Glad to hear they were a hit, too.
I'm so happy you stopped by my message board. I love the community of readers who post here every so often, and I hope you'll continue to be one of them.
For those who are wondering what the tart recipe looks like, I have a photo for you...
Egg Custard Tarts
from the recipe
A Brew to a Kill
In my above photo, you see the "rustic" version of my tart recipe. They were very easy to make using my regular old muffin pans and my easy tart crust recipe, which I included in the recipe section of A Brew to a Kill. (My recipe also gives you the option to use pre-made tart shells or your own more fancy tart pans.)
Thx again for posting that note, and I hope you enjoy Holiday Buzz. I've included plenty of fun recipes in that book, too, including holiday and cookie recipes. More to come soon as we draw closer to the holidays!
Getting Around in New York
I went to New York in June for the first time, in order to visit my daughter. The great descriptions of the city in your books, the trains and subway made me feel like I really knew the area. My daughter was surprised at how well I did and how much I knew about the geography and all. It's great when a 50something Mid-west mom can surprise her world-traveling almost 30 daughter.
This post just made my week! Thank you SO much for dropping by to let me know. Fantastic!
I hope you will keep in touch and follow my new recipe blog, as well. (I think it will give me a little more flexibility in keeping in touch with readers throughout the year.)
I look forward to posting more about food, New York, and my books, and I welcome you to "hang out" with me there and here, which means you can virtually visit New York again, anytime you like. :)
My warmest java wishes
to you (and your daughter)!
Love your books!
LOVE YOUR BOOKS!
I have your first 6 coffeehouse mysteries in paperback. When I finished the first one (I am currently reading #5 - Decaffeinated Corpse) I eagerly ordered the rest in the series, including Holiday Buzz, for my kindle.
These books are a joy to read! I love the recipes and I love coffee. I have learned much about coffee since I began reading your books. Thank you so much! Keep them coming!!
Central Valley of California
Thank you so much, Vicki. Writing for a living has its challenges, I can tell you, but when readers like you say such nice things, believe me, it makes even the difficult days worth it.
I'm excited to see that you are from California. I've heard from so many readers in your lovely state, and this week, I have a fun, little article published in a California online magazine called King's River Life. If you'd like to read it, click here.
Thx again for dropping by. I hope you continue to read and enjoy my books -- and I also hope you'll keep in touch!
Warmest java wishes,
So glad to see that you will be sharing the recipe for the lavendar ube cake on this web site and in your newsletter. I've just finished reading all of your coffeehouse mysteries (A Brew to Kill) and anxiously await the Holiday Buzz in December. Thank you for your writing: creative, entertaining, and delicious too!
Thank you! More to come soon. In the meantime, here's a look at a whole Ube Cake!
Murder by Mocha recipe
I am interested in getting the recipe for Tiramisu Bars (based on Canada's Naniaimo Bars)... I also noticed the picture of the ube cake. I would like the recipe for that also. Thank you. By the way--I love your books.
Thx for asking and stay tuned for those recipes; they're coming up on this Web site and in her newsletter this month. Read the text below the Ube cake and you'll see more details. In the meantime, enjoy Cleo's posted recipes here.
I loved your latest book, A brew to a kill. I was getting nervous that Mike was going to be out of the picture but was relieved when he showed up. I love their relationship and i sure hope that it will last. I eagerly wait for their conversations in the book.
Thank you so much!
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HelP..cant find the recipe...thanks
You mean this Ube Cake? :)
I will be posting my Ube Cake recipe, along with many other bonus recipes from A Brew to a Kill, this month!
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I'll be alerting you when the Ube Cake, the Black Bean Brownies, the Blue Velvet Muffins, the Maple Bacon Cupcakes, and many more recipes are ready and fully photographed for you to download.
I have also started a blog as an annex to my recipe page so I have more room to get these recipes online for you. Thank you for your patience as I get up to speed with photographing the recipes and uploading them.
In the meantime, I hope to build a community with readers like you, share recipes and stories, and have fun as we move into the baking and cooking season...chilly weather, warm ovens, and holiday goodness from my kitchen to yours.
Although it's not quite final yet,
you are welcome to preview my blog at...
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More recipes will be
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See you there!
Am I showing my age?
I got quite a chuckle and giggle at the reference to Hop Sing while reading "A Brew to a Kill" last evening. Thanks for another brilliant book...
One of my photos from
our research in Chinatown. Remember the dumpling shop across from Mrs. Li's kitchen? This is it! ~ Cleo
Thanks, Nancy. In reply to your comment: I'm sure you're remembering the beloved character from the Bonanza TV show (who was more of a family member than an employee to the Cartwrights), but I have to tell you that there really IS a restaurant here in New York's Chinatown with (close) to the same name, and that's where we got the idea for the restaurant name: http://www.yelp.com/biz/hop-shing-restaurant-new-york#query:hop%20sing
This restaurant is actually located near the statue of Confucius that Mr. Hon mentions when Clare and co. are taking that sleuthy ("Follow that Dragon truck!") cab ride to Manhattan's South Street seaport.
Thx for the very nice words on A Brew to a KIll. Marc and I are delighted to hear you enjoyed the read. I hope you'll pick up the Dec. release, too (Holiday Buzz), and let us know what you think of that one, as well.
Warmest java wishes,