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I'm looking for the (...) recipe that was mentioned at the end of Murder by Mocha. I can't find it on the site anywhere. I'd love to make them.
Jenny (in Australia)
Cleo's reply - Helloooo Australia! Jenny, thank you for stopping by my message board. That recipe is delicous and (in a slight change of plan) it's now going to be published. A BREW TO A KILL, coming this August, will feature it. In the meantime, please enjoy the many bonus recipes you'll find on my Recipe page here and by scrolling down the center column of this site's home page here.
Thanks for reading, Jenny!
Happy late Birthday
computer was down sorry for the late wish Thank God it wasn't the Coffee Pot. My hubby and I really enjoy your books,and website.
Cleo's reply - LOL on the coffee pot. (That would be my reaction, too.) Thank you kindly for the birthday wishes. I'm so glad to know that you and your hub enjoy my books and site. Keep in touch and...
May your year be fully caffeinated!
Note to Cleo
Hi Cleo Loyal reader of all of the Coffeehouse Mysteries. I have read all and am almost done with Roast Mortem. They are fantastic. I also love the recipes and cannot wait for the next book.
Minnesota Mystery Reader
Cleo's reply - Helloooo Minnesota!!! Julie, I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying my Coffeehouse Mysteries (especially Roast Mortem, which was a tribute to New York's Bravest, our firefighters). Thank you for taking the time and trouble to leave such a lovely note. It makes my daily writing that much more meaningful to know such kind readers are out there.
and keep in touch!
NOTE TO CLEO
A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Cleo's reply - A very happy thank you!
Just wanted to drop by and wish you a very Happy Birthday!!!! Hope your day is filled with all the things you love.
Sue (in Iowa)
Cleo's reply - Helloooo Iowa!!! Belated thank you, Sue, for the lovely birthday note. You'll be happy to know that my birthday went without incident -- the many candles did not burn the house down, not this year, anyway! :)
Blowing you caffeinated kisses
for the sweet sentiments,
Note to Cleo - Struffoli Recipe Question
Loyal reader and fan of all the Coffeehouse Mysteries. I'm awaiting the arrival of Murder by Mocha and drooling over those delicious looking chocolate cookies!! I wrote awhile back wondering if you had a struffoli recipe anywhere but I never could find it. Anyway I can get it? Thanks again for great mysteries, awesome recipes and wonderful characters.
New Yorker for life even if I live in PA now!
Hi, Tracy, thank you so much for buying and reading my books. That means a lot to me. (I hope you'll drop back after you read Murder by Mocha and let me know how you like it.) As for your question...
For anyone wondering what "struffoli" is,
see my photo below...
Java joy to you and keep in touch,
Your amazing cornbread
Just wanted to let you know that I've made the cornbread recipe you posted on Mystery Lover's Kitchen twice now. The first time I used the orange zest. Yesterday when I made it for the second time, I didn't have an orange, so I used 4 tablespoons of orange marmalade instead. It was really good with just the right amount of an orange taste. Thanks for the recipe. I'll be using it with and without the orange flavor from now on...
Sue (in Iowa)
Thank you so much, Sue! I'm delighted to hear it, and the marmalade idea is wonderful for anyone who doesn't have fresh oranges handy.
For everyone who missed the recipe we're talking about, click the link below to download a free recipe PDF and...
Eat with joy!
Note to Cleo- Great books
I love your books and I am on the seventh one. I am going to be sad when I get caught up with all of them. The books keeps you guessing until the end, then you are surprise as to who done it. Keep up the good work.
Anna from Maryland
Thank you, Anna, you are such a sweetheart for taking the time and trouble to stop by and let me know that. You made my day!
Wishing you java joy...
and a Happy New Year!
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NOTE TO CLEO - Recipe Question
I love all of your books, and the recipes included! I've scoured your website for the Vietnamese Slaw recipe that is included in one of your books (not sure exactly which), but have come up empty. I remember it has fish sauce in it, and I also remember it is DIVINE! I made it while reading the book, forgot to copy down the recipe, and then returned book to library. :( Please let me know where I can find it....
Desperately Seeking Slaw
(Jentri) in California
Thank you so much for posting. I am thrilled to hear that you are enjoying my books and also delighted to hear that you like the recipes, too. Cheers!
The slaw recipe that you are seeking (Clare's Sweet and Tangy Thai-Style Coleslaw) is indeed delicious (and, you're right, could easily have been called Vietnamese-inspired!). You will find that recipe in my 9th Coffeehouse Mystery: Roast Mortem.
The book includes many other recipes, as well, including a Thai-Style Dipping Sauce, which is the base for Clare's Slaw as well as a Thai-Style Seafood Sauce.
Roast Mortem, which began its life as a bestselling hardcover, is now available in paperback form and very affordable. To see some of the other featured recipes in the book (along with a few photos of the end results), click here or on the link below, which will open an illustrated PDF.
The mystery is an entertaining one, taking Clare Cosi (my amateur sleuth) into the lives of New York City firefighters as she attempts to answer the question of who's torching local coffee shops--a crime of arson that leads to murder. To read more about Roast Mortem or to purchase it, click here or here or here.
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I do share many bonus recipes right here on my website. The free, illustrated recipes that you see on my site are extras that I giveaway happily as a gift to my readers.
Most of my recipes, however, are published already in my books, which is why I don't need to share them here. (My readers already have them, lol!)
I do realize that you borrowed the book from the library and returned it, but I also hope that you will consider it worth a little more than the price of an elaboate greeting card (no kidding) to purchase my book in paperback as a keeper for your shelf.
Thank you again for posting, Jentri, and thank you especially for reading my books. I wish you and your loved ones a...
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question about the newsletter
Hope your New Year is going well! I have a quick question about your terrific newsletter...do I need to sign up every month to be included in the coffee drawing and to receive the newsletter? Thanks so much for 2 great series and now the newsletter...not sure you do it all but I'm glad that you do.
Nancy from Michigan
Hi, Nancy -- You don't need to sign up every month or every week. You need to sign up only once for my newsletter, which, yes indeed, I write myself just as I'm writing this now. (For those of you wondering how to sign up for my monthly newsletter, simply write an e-mail that says "Sign me up" and send it to this address: CoffeehouseMystery @ gmail.com.)
Again, you need to send only one e-mail and you are signed up for my monthly newsletter and you are also signed up for my weekly coffee drawings. The only thing that would keep you from being entered in my weekly coffee drawings is if you unsubscribed from the newsletter because every week the winner is randomly selected from active subscribers only. I hope that answers your question, Nancy. Thanks for dropping by and thank you especially for reading by books!
Warmest java wishes,
Note to Cleo on bogus bookseller
... I love all your books that u have written with your different pen names and can't wait for more to come. Thanks for letting me know about bogus bookseller.
Thank you for the very kind words about my books. I will be answering your questoin in my next newsletter. If you need to susbscribe, send an e-mail that says "Sign me up" to CoffeehouseMystery @gmail.com
Note to Cleo
I have read all the Coffeehouse Mysteries. I JUST finished Murder by Mocha and it was entertaining as always! I can't wait for the next publication! I bought all of the Haunted Bookshop novels and I am looking forward to reading them as well. PLEASE keep up the GREAT work!
Cleo's reply --
I had a great deal of fun writing Murder by Mocha, and I'm delighted to hear that you had fun reading it! Thank you for taking the time and trouble to stop by and let me know.
The Haunted Bookshop novels are close to my heart, and I hope you enjoy them, too. They're very different from the Coffeeouse Mystery series and not all readers enjoy both, but if you do, I thank you for your support.
(For anyone who is curious about these books, The Ghost and Mrs. McClure is the first in my Haunted Bookshop Mystery series and can be found at your local bookshops and libraries.)
Thanks again for dropping by and thanks especially for reading my books. Warmest wishes and happy new year...
Reorganizing the shelves
Well I am temporarily losing my mind and reorganizing my bookshelves since I am thinking of purchasing a Nook Color and need to get an idea of who has eBooks, anyway Cleo you are in some sage and august company here LOL...Colin Dexter, Dame Agatha, Ellis Peters, Donna Leon, Rita Mae Brown, Alexander McCall Smith, J Winspear, Anne Perry, PD James et al. Not to shabby company you are keeping at my house Cleo and Marc keep up the great work I wait patiently for your next one.
Darn fine literary company! What a fantastic message to share. Thank you! You are very kind, and I promise you that Marc and I will do our very best to remain worthy of your reading time.
Warmest wishes to you
and keep in touch!
Note to Cleo about Ghost and the Bogus Bookseller
Hi, Can you please tell me the release date for The Ghost & the Bogus Bookseller? Amazon had it listed as Jan 3, 2012, but Barnes & Noble had no listing for it. Thanks!
Audrey in MI
Hi, Audrey - I will be answering your query in my next newsletter. If you need to susbscribe, send an e-mail that says "Sign me up" to CoffeehouseMystery @gmail.com
For anyone curious, you can find out more about my "Ghost" series at the Haunted Bookshop page of this website. Click here to jump there.
Thanks again, Audrey, for asking, and I hope you have a *spirited* new year,
~ Cleo (Alice)
Just finished Espresso Shot! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :) Very kind of you to drop by and let me know.
Wishing you java joy for the new year,
Happy New Year Cleo and Marc and furkids!! I hope this new year brings joy, creativity, a full coffeepot, warm stove and all that you could wish for!!!....
Cyndy in NY
Cleo's reply: Thank you, Cyndy, and a very happy new year to you, too! May it bring you and your loved ones (furry and non-furry) every good thing...and...
May it be fully caffeinated. :)
Happy New Year
Cleo and Marc,
Here's wishing you both (cats included of course) a very Happy and prosperous New Year. May it be full of love laughter friendships and of course more new books from you.
Sue (in Iowa)
Thank you, Sue! And thank you especially for all of your kind notes and encouragement this past year. I hope we can meet in person some day. I also hope the new year brings you and your loved ones good health, good food, and good reading!
Warmest java wishes to a
On What Grounds
Fun series and I plan on making my way through them all!
Cleo's reply - Wonderful review! Thank you so much. Drop back anytime to post review links and I'll make them live for you so other readers can visit.
Happy new year
and happy reading!
What does Christmas taste like?
I am very late with this but I had to answer since I have such great memories and this is my second Christmas since my Pop passed away and the two of us loved the holiday so much to me it tastes like Homemade eggnog with fresh nutmeg, gingerbread men from the tree and coffee, hot cider, fruitcake cookies, glazed ham, homemade bread, rum/black walnut cake, mincemeat pie my dad's fav. All of those tastes among others Cleo what great memories I miss my dad....
A belated but heartfelt reply to you for answering my newsletter questions.
Holidays can be very painful after we've lost someone we love. (I do know what you're going through, having lost my mom and a beloved aunt.) It sounds like your dad was a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing your memories of him with us, along with those very special foods that you both enjoyed.
May the new year bring you good health, good meals, and good memories of your dad. Those sweet memories are the very best way to keep our loved ones with us forever.
Cleo & Marc,
Just wanted to wish you both a very very Merry Christmas and a Super Happy New Year!!! Your books (both series) are two of my favorites. Your characters are as real as my own friends. When I finish one, I can't wait for the next one to come out. Thanks again for two wonderful series....
Sue in Iowa
Cleo's reply -
Aw, thank you, Sue. What a sweet note. Marc and I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, too. Readers like you are the most precious gift of all to us. Your continued kindness keeps us going -- and I'm not kidding. A "little" note on this board is not little to us. On a down day, it can do wonders for our writing spirit. Thank you again for your being such a supportive reader.
May the spirit of the holidays be with you all year long and your new year be fully caffeinated. :)
What does Christmas taste like
Peppermint, chocolate, egg nog, gingerbread, turkey and ham,
Cleo's reply -
Wonderful! And thank you for answering my newsletter question!
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all!!
Wishing magical times to everyone here at the VB!! Curling up with a good book is one of my favorite ways to celebrate this season. Wishing you all the blessings of the season and a wonderful New Year... Nanc
Cleo's reply - Thank you, Nanc, and may the season be a bright one for you and the New Year bring joy to your world.
I'm currently reading *Holiday Grind* and can't wait to try some the recipes. Mike Quinn's Chocolate Cherry Cordials are calling me. My mouth is watering just thinking about these -- I've never had "real" (homemade) ones so am looking forward to the experience.
Cleo's reply -
Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I hope you enjoy making (and eating) the recipes!
Read (and eat) with
joy to the world!
Still knitting furiously trying to finish my knitted gifts before I start the for me projects. Looking for my Gingerbread Men recipe...every year the same thing, it's almost a tradition I look for the gingerbread men recipe and it is always in the most obvious place :)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY!!!!!!!
Cleo's reply - Happy Holidays to you, too! (Knit with joy! :))
Just read my first book
I discovered your book at my local library, and just finished reading it......What a treat! I have now put the rest of your Coffee House Novels on my "reserve at the library list" so I can catch up.
SMOOCH! Yes, that was me kissing you via my website. Thank you so much for leaving such a kind message AND patronizing your local library. Marc and I (heart) libraries and librarians, the hippest people on the planet (keepers of the literary flame)!
Happy holidays and
happy reading always!