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For Clare Cosi, 
the holidays 
are murder...

Holiday Buzz

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more or buy

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near you, 










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For a free checklist of the Coffeehouse Mystery books in order click here.





To read Cleo's
essay "Brewing
up Murder"


 The essay
appeared in
the Quarterly
Issue of Mystery
Readers Journal  



To read
Cleo Coyle's
WIki Entry
Click Here



Cleo Coyle

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to read it.






What is a
cozy mystery?
The Cozy
List tells you!

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to learn more...




Cleo Here




is the "most popular
coffee publication
on the planet."

Read Cleo's 
interview with
Sprudge by

clicking here.




Hosted a chat
with Cleo.


Read it by...





Read Cleo's
Guest Post at

Mystery Writing
Is Murder

"Genre Blending
and Your Character's
Love Life"

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to read.


Cozy Murder
Mysteries Blog

Part 1
click here

Part 2
click here


Fun Foodie
Book Resort
with Cleo


Cleo's Q&A
with the





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How to Clean
Your Drip
Coffee Maker...

Your best tasting
cup of java will
come from a clean
coffee maker!





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tips, scroll down
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~Library Journal


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How to Make
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Cleo's Past 
Coffee Pick was...


Kafe Lespwa
"Coffee of Hope"
from Haiti

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visit Just Haiti.org
and sample the
coffee for




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“Fun and gripping…”
~ Huffington Post


 "Some of the most
vibrant characters
I've ever read."
~ Mystery Scene

"This one will keep
your cup
piping hot."
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August 5, 2011

Awesome Recipes!!

I just wanted to say the recipes you have on your website are awesome!!! The books you write are too!! Keep up the great work.!!!


Thank you!
Cleo's reply to come shortly...


August 4, 2011



I have to say it is VERY hard to immerse myself in reading a great new book when I keep getting distracted by the food mentioned in the book! I want to cook immediately but I want to read but I want to cook...and so on. BUT now I've finished the book and start cooking! Best of both worlds!


~ Nurse Judy Mac


August 3, 2011

It's Finally Here!

I will be enjoying every word this weekend, hopefully without interruption. I wish it was Fall (the perfect cozy setting to read your books), but I couldn't possibly make it till then!!




August 3, 2011

Murder By Mocha a Great Mystery!!!!



Hi Cleo,

Believe it or not, I just 

finished reading Murder By Mocha!!! It was a book that was extremely difficult for me to put down!!! Wow!!!! A triumph!!! 5 stars and two thumbs way up!!!





August 2, 2011

New Book!

Please hold all my calls, someone else pet the cat (otherwise she bites hands that should be petting her), feed yourselves, I have Murder by Mocha in my hot sweaty hands and I do not wish to be disturbed!


Nurse Judy Mac,
now officially national
board certified nurse practitioner!


August 2, 2011

new countdown begins!!!!

the countdown to when the new Jack and Pen book comes out begins!!! yay-finally. i've been waiting to start this countdown for awhile now. now it begins. can't wait. :)



Thank you, Rosa! You are so sweet. Cleo will reply to you later today...

For anyone wondering who Jack and Pen are. Visit Cleo's Haunted Bookshop here.



August 2, 2011

So excited



I was so excited about the book coming out today I woke up at 4:30 this morning!!! When I checked my email there was a note from Amazon saying that it had been downloaded to my kindle. Now as soon as I get a cup of coffee I plan on reading til my eyes cross and I have to nap for a little while. WOOOO HOOOO Finally it's here :D 


Sue in Iowa


Thank you, Sue! What a fun comment! Cleo will post a reply here later today...


August 2, 2011


Dear Cleo,

I came upon Holiday Grind in the library in 2010. The Cover Art was so good, I could not pass it up. This book was my first mystery in years! I really loved it! I smelled coffee the whole time I read it!

Your books have turned a staunch romance reader & tea drinker into a tea drinker who loves coffee:} and have read all your novels except two. I am working on reading those.

The scenery is described with such clarity that I began to know the New York that my New Yorker husband has described all these years. We have had many conversations about the landmarks and neighborhoods in your books.

When I went to NYC and crossed the Verrazano(?) Bridge, I looked at my hubby's happy face and thought of your books. Thank you so much for turning this Texas girl onto Clare in the Village Blend!

from Texas



Cleo's reply: Charlotte, this is an amazing note. It made my week! I am going to share it on my home page soon. Thank you!



August 1, 2011

Looking for hardcovers

Have been looking for hardcover copies of your coffee house mysteries for my collection. Not much luck!! Any suggestions?



Cleo's reply:

That's a very easy one to answer! If your local indie or chain store can't help you, then I can. Here are the links from my ABOUT THE COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERIES PAGE. That page is found on my Web site by clicking here.

The first in my series initially published in hardcover was #7 Espresso Shot (previous titles were originally published in paper, so note that).

Again: There were never any hardcovers on the market for #1 On What Grounds, #2 Through the Grinder, #3 Latte Trouble, #4 Murder Most Frothy, #5 Decaffeinated Corpse, or #6 French Pressed. You can purchase all of those book in paperback form. Links to purchase those titles can be found here on my About the Coffeehouse Mysteries Page...


As for the titles that were
originally published in hardcover...


Coffeehouse Mystery


If you want to buy Espresso Shot
in its original hardcover
format then click the link below...

Espresso Shot (Coffeehouse Mystery)





Coffeehouse Mystery


You can still buy the
beautiful hardcover edition
by clicking the link below...

Holiday Grind
(Coffeehouse Mystery)






Coffeehouse Mystery


You can still buy the
gorgeous hardcover
by clicking the link below...

Roast Mortem
(Coffeehouse Mystery)







Named as a Reviewer's Pick
"Favorite Book of the Year"
~ Bookreporter.com



Thanks for asking and happy collecting!
I hope I can sign them for you one day soon...

~ Cleo



August 1, 2011

Plans for Tuesday August 2

Tomorrow I plan on staying inside all day. The heat index is going to be between 110 and 115 so I won't want to go out. That's not the main reason I'll be inside all day....No I will be reading MURDER BY MOCHA!!!!! I hope by the time I get up in the morning it will be downloaded onto my kindle (yes, I preordered it) so I can start it along with my first cup of coffee. Hope nothing important happens on the news between tonight and tomorrow morning, because I won't hear about it until I put the book down!!!!!....

Sue in Iowa



Cleo's reply:

Wonderful, Sue! Stop back and let me know how you like the book. (There are plenty of twists and turns. Enjoy the ride!)





July 29, 2011

Tuesday Morning at Blackbird Bakery on Bainbridge Island

This coming Tuesday,
August 2nd I will be at Blackbird Bakery sipping on a wonderful mocha and reading the prologue and chapter one of your new mystery on my nook!!!


Cleo's reply:

Sweet! Here's hoping you'll want to read more than the free sample, lol! :) If you do, drop back and let me know how you liked this entry in the series. Cheers and thanks for dropping by my virtual coffeehouse.








July 27, 2011

Having withdrawal

I sure hope August gets here soon...not just because it's so dang hot here in Iowa, but I'm having Coffehouse Mysteries withdrawal. I've preordered it, but it's still taking a LONG time to get here LOL...I miss Pen and Jack to When will they be making another appearance?

Sue (in Iowa)


Cleo's Reply --

Sue - I'm blowing you chocolate kisses for counting down the days with me on my new release. I hope you have as much fun reading Murder by Mocha as I had writing it. Chocolate and coffee made for some fun "pairings" in this new Coffeehouse Mystery. I think you'll see what I mean as you read it.

     As for Jack and Pen, thank you for asking about them! A new Haunted Bookshop Mystery (aka, my "Ghost and..." series, written under the name Alice Kimberly) will be making an appearance next year, so stay tuned...

     And be sure to check back on the Home Page of this Web site next week for my Virtual Release Party! I'll be linking to contests with fun prizes (like the one below) to celebrate the milestone publication of #10 in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, Murder by Mocha! :)


Enter to win
an autographed
copy of...

by Mocha!



And get Cleo's
recipe for...


Frozen Hot


Get my new recipe and
enter to win a signed copy of
Murder by Mocha

and the
Serendipity Gift Set

by clicking the link below...



See you there!

~ Cleo


July 23, 2011

Note to Cleo

Thank you for this amazing series. I just finished #3 { Latte Trouble } and am starting on #4 { Murdery Most Frothy }. I am recovering from surgery and these mysteries are helping me heal. I loved the description of the London plane trees only to discover an article about them in the Wall Street Journal the very next day. Keep it up. This is THE BEST mystery series I've ever read.



Cleo's reply:

Dear Sharon,

I'm so happy when someone tells me that my books help him or her escape from pain (mental or physical). It's the strongest motivation you could ever give me to continue writing, and I thank you. ( No kidding. You made my day. :))

     I am sending positive thoughts, prayers, and good karma your way for fast, longstanding healing, and I hope anyone who reads this will do the same. In a way, we're all frequent vistiors to a fictional Villgae Blend, and it's nice to raise a cup to each other when we can.


Wishing you java joy,

~ Cleo


P.S. I'm also pleased to know that you appreciated the mention of the London Plane Trees in Latte Trouble

New York City makes for an exciting setting (and place to live). The details of Clare Cosi's world (which also happens to be my real one!) are a pleasure to share. It's an even greater pleasure to know a reader appreciates it. Thank you again, Sharon!

~ CC


July 23, 2011

im new reader

cleo, theres nothing more that i like is jo and cats, so u will probably be my third favorite author.

lynda baker


Cleo's reply:

With so many talented authors publishing today, let alone the number of authors in the known universe, color me thrilled to make your top three, especially if one and two are Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë (kidding, kidding...).


Honestly: Java cheers to you, Lynda, for posting on my board. You are very kind to let me know that you're enjoying my books, and I sincerely appreciate it.

Come on back now, y'hear?! 

~ Cleo


July 22, 2011




-- LL/AB


Cleo's Reply: 

      We will be with you in spirit! GO, JOE!

      To those of you wondering what we're talking about, Joe the Art of Coffee, whose flagship store is in Greenwich Village, is branching out to Brooklyn for the first time! ("Joe" was one of my inspirations for the Village Blend. I took classes and did research at two of their stores.)

       The "Dekalb Market" is a brand new idea for Brooklyn, New York, a kind of upscale food and flea market in which vendors retrofit shipping containers (yes, big, metal shipping containers!) to serve as stalls.

      Check out Joe's "coffee bar(ge)" below...courtesy of Joe's recent newsletter announcement about their participation in the Dekalb Market launch...

     To find out more about Joe the Art of Coffee, click here and visit their Web site. (You can also order coffee beans from their roaster and have them shipped to you.)

     To read more about Brooklyn's Dekalb Market, click here or read the NY Times story here.


Drink with joy!

~ Cleo


July 9, 2011

To Karen

You have remained in my thoughts and will continue to be. So glad to hear your daughter is getting along well and will be able to get out in comfort. Please keep us up to date on her.


July 8, 2011

Hi Everyone!

It's been a LOOONG time since I have stopped in but I wanted to let all of you know how well my daughter is doing.

She has been very stable lately and we got the good news that she does not need any more surgery at this time. We had an ER visit in May (on Mother's Day, unfortunately) but other than that she has been doing well.

We recently purchased a van with a wheelchair ramp so we are now able to take her on little outings, which we all enjoy very much. She truly enjoys getting out and seeing the world, and she loves people-watching!

We know that it's still a long, hard road ahead for us but we're really enjoying this respite for as long as it lasts. Thanks to all of you for your good wishes and prayers. We truly felt the love.

As with everyone else, I eagerly await the next books in both series! Thanks to Cleo/Alice for the effort of keeping them coming. They are a welcome diversion in the bad times and a pure pleasure in the good. I hope everyone is having a good summer and thank you all once again for every warm thought you ever sent our way.

Your friend,
Karen in Pennsylvania


Cleo's reply: Quick reply to say HOORAY for you and your daughter! I'm so glad you dropped back, Karen! We all missed you!

Marc and I are sending good prayers, positive thoughts, and loving karma to you and your daughter. I am thrilled to hear she's doing well. I hope everyone will join me who reads this in sending positive thoughts your way! :)



July 8, 2011

Question about series

Hello Cleo I have a question when writing a series...

Cleo's reply: Odd pub business question to put on this board anonymously. Not sure if you are an author, a reader, or an aspiring author. Would you like to email me? CoffeehouseMystery@gmail.com Can't promise I'll be able to properly answer, but I'll try. Thanks for dropping by. :) ~ Cleo


July 8, 2011

Would you tell Jack

Would you please tell Jack next time you talk to him that my stomach was in my heart because I was worried about the big lug!!! He's such a hottie and Pen is such a sweetie it would be a shame to see them seperated. BTW, you've probably said before but when is your next Jack and Pen book coming out???? I've read all of both of your series so I'm in dire need for a Jack or a Coffeehouse fix. Thanks again for the time and talent you put in each of your books I recommend them to my friends all the time :)

Sue in Iowa




Cleo's reply:

I will let the ghost know! :)

As for your question: The next book is coming out next year. I'll have more info on the new book later this year.

Thank you so much for your kind words about the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Pen and Jack appreciate knowing that you'd like to pay yet another visit to their little New England bookstore.

~ Cleo/Alice


For those who don't know what Sue and I are taking about...

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure

Book #1 of
The Haunted Bookshop

(5 in print thus far. I write these
under the name Alice Kimberly.)

This mystery series features a prim New England widow (Pen), a lifelong fan of noir fiction, who one day realizes that her quaint Rhode Island bookshop is haunted by the ghost of a hardboiled private investigator.

Jack Shepard was gunned down in Pen's shop over sixty years before; and, because murder was his business in life, Pen discovers he's a handy partner when she finds herself facing true crime!


Click the link below to learn more
or purchase from Amazon:

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure
(Haunted Bookshop Mystery)



To buy from Barnes & Noble.com,

Click Here.



July 7, 2011



Cleo's reply - I have not heard from Karen in a little while. I hope she stops by to say hello soon. :)


July 6, 2011


I read about 20 books a week and got The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion in a book of books once i read it had to go to local book store and get the rest they are really great books I can't wait for another one to come out.


Cleo's reply:

Thank you! There are five books in print in my Haunted Bookshop series, published under my other pen name (Alice Kimberly). The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion is book #5. If you liked it, I hope you'll read the others, too. :)

For anyone wondering what we're talking about, here is a description of this book from the Haunted Bookshop page of my web site.



Bookshop owner Penelope never believed in ghosts, until she met the spirit of Jack Shepard. Then Pen’s mailman, Seymour Tarnish, gets into deep trouble, and Pen not only believes in her ghost, she asks him for help...


     An elderly lady has been found dead on posh Larchmont Avenue, her will recently (and suspiciously) revised to name Seymour as heir to her mansion. Many eyes turn to the hapless mailman as the murderer, but Seymour doesn't care. He's too busy settling into his new digs.

      Unfortunately, Seymour's new mansion appears to be haunted and when the ghosts begin plaguing him, he tries to hire a team of parapsychologists to exorcise every last spirit from the town of Quindicott. Now Pen must not only solve a murder, she must act fast to save her beloved ghost, because if these spirit zappers actually do their job, then the ghost of Jack Shepard finally will be history. And that scares Pen a lot more than rattling chains and cold spots.

Click the link below to learn more
or purchase from Amazon:

 The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion
(Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, No. 5)



 CLICK HERE to download an exlcusive excerpt.


The other books in my
Haunted Bookshop
series include:


Book #1: The Ghost and Mrs. McClure
Book #2: The Ghost and the Dead Deb
Book #3: The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library

Book #4: The Ghost and the Femme Fatale

All of these books are available for order at
Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



Click here for the links to these
books at Barnes and Noble.

All titles are also out in e-book form.

Find out more by jumping
to my Haunted Bookshop page.
click here.



June 30, 2011

Jack and Pen

I'm reading The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (pg 258 of 281) and my stomach is in knots and my heart in my throat worried about whether or not Jack is going to be able to make it back to Pen. I just Love Love Love these books. Keep them coming

Sue in Iowa


Cleo's reply: HELLOOOO, IOWA!!!!!

Thank you, Sue. I LIVE to put readers' stomachs in knots. :) You made my day. Wait...Jack is going all chilly on me. "What is it, Jack?" He wants me to type something...just a second...


   I'm all for gettin' your panties in a twist, baby. But this stomach in knots stuff is for the birds. If you broads are gonna yammer about me like I'm some kind of ipecac syrup, I'm really gonna take a powder...


Hmmm... for a tough (dead) guy, Jack is sounding awfully sensitive. :)

Thanks again, Sue. (And if you feel a chill on a warm day, don't be alarmed. I'm sure it's just Jack stopping by to say hey.)

Keep in touch!

~ Cleo (Alice)




June 30, 2011


I've always had an addiction to coffee and when I saw your first book I was like why not, and fell in love with the series, I like to just curl up in a chair and read!


Cleo's reply:

I'm so glad to hear that. Coffee and reading go together almost as well as caffeine and murder. :) All kidding aside, thank you for dropping by to let me know. It means a lot to me!

 Warmest java wishes,
~ Cleo



June 27, 2011

From another Librarian Fan

I've recommended your series to so many people here at the Jackson district Library. I hope you're going to St. Louis for Bouchercon 2011!

Jane DeBano


Cleo's reply:

Oh, Jane, thank you!!! Clearly, you are a librarian goddess. :)

     Hey, I'll let you in on a little secret. A librarian plays a key role in solving the crime in my upcoming Coffeehouse Mystery: MURDER BY MOCHA. You'll meet her near the end of the novel. I hope you enjoy my new one, too.

Thank you for dropping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, and thank you again for reading (and recommending) my books. It is the best gift that you can give to any author, and I sincerely appreciate it.

Read with joy!
~ Cleo


P.S. I *virtually* baked you some Aphrodisiac Brownies to enjoy with your next cuppa joe...

Clare Cosi's Aphrodisiac Brownies
One of the many chocolate recipes
featured in my new Coffeehouse

On sale August 2nd!


June 26, 2011

Love the whole series!!

Your books are so wonderful!! You have such a talent of bringing the characters to life. I recently discovered your Coffee House Mysteries and I have all of them. Look forward to each and everyone in the future! At home we are now grinding our own coffee and making espressos etc!! We are hooked on a great cup of jo!! I know normally men don't read these types of books (cozy) but my husband even loves them too! Thanks again for hours of enjoyment reading your books!!


Cleo's reply:

What an incredibly kind message. Thank you! I posted the photo (above) because of your comment: "...normally men don't read these types of books (cozy) but my husband even loves them too!"

      I'd like you (and your hub) to know that he is not alone! I have received countless emails from men who enjoy the Coffeehouse Mysteries. In some cases, their wives put them up to reading the books (and they got hooked), and in some cases they found the books on their own in the Mysteries and Thriller sections of stores (and online).

    Of course, as most of my readers know, I write these books in collaboration with my husband, Marc Cerasini, who has a fantastic resume. Marc wrote original action-fantasy novels for Marvel Comics based on their marquee character Wolverine. He put federal agent Jack Bauer back in action in his original 24 novels (with the approval of Fox's 24 story editors). He's even ghostwritten for Mr. Tom Clancy. Marc is a wonderful cook, too (just like Matteo Allegro).

Below is a pic of my hub and writing partner, Marc Cerasini, doing dishes in our tiny Queens, New York, kitchen. See! Even tough guys do dishes!

So thanks again for posting the message. I hope you'll come back again, and I really hope you'll enjoy my new Coffeehouse Mystery: MURDER BY MOCHA.


Warmest java wishes
to you and your husband,

~ Cleo

P.S. I *virtually* baked you a batch of
Milk Dud Thumbprint Cookies to enjoy with
your next pot of coffee. These chocolate-caramel
treats are sinfully delicious, and the recipe can
be found with plenty of other chocolate
treats in 
coming August 2nd!



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