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December 13, 2009

On the fifth day of Christmas...

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me 5 cups
of joe! 4 cappuccinos,
3 french presses, 2 doppios,
and a new Coffeehouse mystery!

~Nurse Judymac
(aka the midnight punster)

December 12, 2009

No Problem...

Hey! Lol, just responding back to you again : ) It is absolutely NO problem reading your books (I now know)! I am really enjoying it. Everyone keeps asking me, "What's this?" and I go off on a huge tangent about it! It's pretty suspensful. Definitely not sure what's gonna happen next (with Matteo!?)... Thanks for writing so creatively! I'm hoping my friends might get the hint of what to get me for Xmas this year ; D

Talk to you later,
~ Hannah

Cleo's reply: Thank you, Hannah.
LOL! and...

This is my version of :)   ------ >

~ Cleo


December 12, 2009

A Bit of Heaven ~ Chocolate & Orange

Looks like I can now make my favorite candy too. Will dip the orange peels in some dark chocolate and then I'll be in heaven.

All of your yummy pictures make me want to cozy down with some coffee, an afghan and the lastest, Holiday Grind, of course. Also looking forward to more about Pen and Jack too. Wishing all of you and your characters a most Merry Christmas and the best new year ever!

COL Sandy
(chocolate orange lady)

Cleo's reply:

Thanks again, Sandy!

Merry Christmas to you
and a Java New Year!!

December 11, 2009

I'm back!

Hey, Cleo!

I left a message for you last month...

{Click here to see Hannah's original message}

...I was asking if you thought the books were good for high schoolers. Well, I started On What Grounds 2 days ago and am almost halfway through it!

I LOVE it!! Love the coffee tips too, by the way. I have been passing them onto my mom. I have (now) added them to my Xmas list and bragged about them to my friends!


Cleo's reply:

Hi, Hannah! Just other day, I was wondering whether you decided to give my books a try. I am so happy to learn that you did. BTW: That is the absolute best holiday gift that you can give to an author: read her book! LOL!

Thank you for dropping by to let me know. I'm delighted to hear that you are enjoying my first Coffeehouse Mystery (so far, anyway)! :-)

Keep in touch and... Happy Holidays to you, your mom, and all of your friends and family...


December 10, 2009

On the fourth day of Christmas...


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
4 cappuccinos, 3 French presses,
2 doppios, and
a new Coffeehouse mystery!

~ Nurse JudyMac


December 10, 2009

Gingersnap Latte!


Hi Cleo,

Blizzard warning here in Michigan today, so a perfect time to try one of your Fa-la-la-la latte recipes. I made the Gingersnap Latte with your homemade gingersnap syrup--perfect! It's not too sweet, with just the right amount of spice. I'm not usually a fan of sweetened lattes, but this one is delicious.

~ Judy

Cleo's reply:

Judy! I am THRILLED to hear that you liked my Gingernap Latte recipe...(for anyone who wants to try it, you can find it in the recipe section of Holiday Grind, my latest Coffeehouse Mystery).

I so enjoy baking gingersnap cookies at this time of year and a "Gingersnap Latte" just made sense to me. Developing the syrup was a lot of fun. Thank you for letting me know you tried it and enjoyed it.

Stay warm, now and Happy Holidays to you and your family!



December 9, 2009

Even the Cats liked it!

Hi Cleo,

My sister sent me a picture via my cellphone so I Can't post it for you unfortunatly, my cell won't do that for me. While she was reading the copy of Holiday Grind I lent her from the library, she left it on her bed to go do something, When she came back her cat (Nike) was cuddling with it, his head in the pages lol. and her other cat (Meowf) was cuddling with Nike.

:-) Chelle


December 9, 2009

On the third day of Christmas...


On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 3 French presses, 2 doppios, and a new Coffeehouse Mystery!


~ Nurse JudyMac

December 8, 2009

Happy Holidaze


I enjoyed Holiday Grind. Thanks for a great read. Have a great holiday and enjoy your feast of seven fishes.

In our house, we do the "feast of seven porks" since I dropped a pan of stuffed calamari between my apron and bare skin a few years back. My friends enjoy all the salami, capicola, speck, coppa, proscuitto, sopressata di Calabria, and mortadella with buffala de mozzarella and other traditional cheeses, breads and salads while vegan me eats the veggies.

Hoping that the new year brings you more success and me more of Jack and Pen. (please)

 Cleo's reply: LOL! Love the fishy tale. Thank you for sharing. And as to the next Haunted Bookshop mystery...

Never fear,
Jack is near
and will appear
in the New Year!





December 8, 2009

Can't Wait for Christmas


Hi Cleo, I asked "Santa" (my hubby) for Holiday Grind for Christmas. Glanced through a copy at the book store. Can't wait to settle down with your latest story and a cup of Southern Comfort coffee as well as absorb all of your coffee goodies in the back.

Your loyal Chocolate Orange lady,
~ Sandy

P.S. Your cappuccino and biscotti looks wonderful. ~ COL (chocolate orange lady)


Cleo's reply: Shout-out to my Chocolate-Orange Girl! I am honored and flattered to be one of your asked-for Christmas gifts! Thank you! And I hope you enjoy my latest.

Happy Holidays to you and your family,
~ Cleo

P.S. I actually thought of you and smiled as I worked on the final recipe in this book. When you get the book, just turn to the last recipe and you'll see what mean! LOL!







December 7, 2009

On the second day of Christmas...


On the second day of
Christmas, my true love
gave to me 2 doppios
and a new
Coffeehouse Mystery!


~ Nurse JudyMac
aka the Midnight Punster


December 7, 2009






The above gorgeous photo of my Cappuccino Muffin with Sweet Frothy Top is courtesy of and copyright (c) 2009 by Brandi Evans of
who also baked my muffins and posted the following message to my board...
~Cleo Coyle



I have a food/healthy living blog and I made your Cappuccino Muffins today out of one of your Coffeehouse Mystery books. They turned out wonderful! ...





Cleo's reply:

Thanks, Brandi! I am so glad that you liked the recipe. For anyone interested in making my Cappuccino Muffins with Sweet Frothy Tops, Brandi used the recipe out of my 5th Coffeehouse Mystery: Decaffeinated Corpse.

BTW: Clare served these muffins to a character just before interrogating him. (Yeah, I'd say these muffins are just about good enough to make anyone talk. :-)

To read Brandi's post about making my Cappuccino Muffins, including some amazing step-by-step photos, CLICK HERE, and you will jump to her recent "mysterious muffins" post at her delightful "Branapetit" blog.


Java joy you, Brandi!
Thank you again not only for
making my muffings but also
for blogging about them! Woot!


December 6, 2009

On the first day of Christmas...


On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a new CoffeeHouse Mystery!


Cleo's reply:  (emoticon smile)


December 4, 2009

Merry Christmas, and a happy new book to me! :-)


Hi Cleo,

I just got Holiday Grind from the library and as soon as I finish typing here, I'll be hunkering down under a blanket by the light of my little christmas tree and the flickering of my fireplace DVD to read it.

     Going to visit my sis at work tomorrow to give it to her to read when I'm done, will get two reads for the length of one check out period at the library :-) all that's needed is some snowflakes to complete the mood in here. We're having those cold, nippy, bright blue winter days that start with Jack Frosts art everywhere in the mornings right now. My Presents are Wrapped, My decorations are up, stocking is hung and my cards are all mailed too! Aren't I disgustingly efficient this year?

Merry Early Christmas
~ Chelle


Cleo's reply:  Chelle! My favorite Canadian reader! Thank you for the lovely post. (I added some snow f/x for you!) I hope you enjoy Holiday Grind and...

Happy (early) Christmas
to you, your sister, and family! Stay warm now,



December 2, 2009


I got your latest book from our library and finished it in three days . .. I love your books....

~ Minnesota

Cleo's reply: Helloooo Minnesota!! Thank you for your comment. (I will be happy to reply to the deleted portion of your query via e-mail -- it was not appropriate for this board.) You can e-mail me by sending a "NOTE TO CLEO" at Thank you for reading my books and for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse.

~ Cleo

November 27, 2009

A german reader

Hey, my names's Kerstin and I love your books their just great!! I saw them the first time on a trip to America, loved it and read every one of them since :-). thanks

Cleo's reply:  Danke, Kerstin! I am honored and flattered to hear from a German reader. Your country is so beautiful with such a rich history. I am so happy that you found my books as well as my website. You are very sweet to let me know that you have enjoyed my mysteries. And in thanks for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, I am *virtually* pouring you a latte...with latte art, of course!

Drink with joy and keep in touch!




November 24, 2009

Great site

Love it!!!


Cleo's reply: Thank you!



November 15, 2009

A Mystery in the Morning

I love the early morning with a good mystery and a cup of coffee too! Now my earlier mornings just got better since I discovered your Coffeehouse Mysteries. Also can't wait to read the Haunted Bookshop ones too.

I plan on retiring in the near future so your books are on my life to do list. Thanks for helping me enjoy my favorite things - books, coffee and mysteries.

~ CW



November 15, 2009

A japanese reader


I have just started reading the newly published coffeehouse mystery,”Holiday Grind”. Reading a book written in English is not easy for me, for I haven’t read English books long time. But I ordered it at Amazon bookshop.

The heroin Clea is a coffee store manager like me, and I feel sympathy with her and the store workers. The former Japanese translated books are very fun even murders happen so often. In addition, interesting recipes introduced in those are useful to know what are popular in New York. So I decided to purchase the original book, and I try to read it through. I will also try to make Masako’s Fa-la- la-la Latte someday.

~ Masako

November 10, 2009

I Pose A Challenge

OK Cleo I have a challenge, come up with a better combo than a new book, a bathtub full of hot bubbles, some candles, and a box of chocolates :-)

The only one I can think of that comes close is drop the tub and put in a roaring fireplace. :-) I did the former tonight a candlelit bubble bath and a new book I picked up tonight. all relaxed now and off to bed with me.

:-) Chelle

Cleo's reply: Sounds good to me!

November 9, 2009


I absolutely love your coffee house mysteries!!! I am a huge mystery fan and a lover of coffee as well. You have not only entertained me but improved my coffee knowledge. How about a published copy of all your recipes, including the alcoholic beverages as well. I stumbled upon your books on Amazon while looking for a new read on my Kindle.

Cleo's reply: I am so happy that you found my books and my Web site. Welcome!

Yes, I do think a cookbook would be a great idea. None in the works for now but if you pick up a copy of HOLIDAY GRIND, I think you'll be happy with the amount of recipes and also the colleciton of coffee info. What info? In the back of the book you will find 80 pages of tips and recipes, including a guide to coffeehouse terms, roasting terms, recipes for espresso drinks and lattes, homemade latte syrups, and plenty of holiday goodie recipes, too.

Click over to my "Get Cleo's Recipes" page HERE, scroll down and you will see what I mean. At 80 pages, the Recipes and Tips section of Holiday Grind is practically a mini cookbook in itself, so be sure to pick up a copy if this interests you.

Finally, I want thank you sincerely for reading my books. And in thanks for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, here's a *virtual* cappuccino and biscotti! Drink with joy! And come on back now, y'hear?!

Cheer and Happy Holiday,

~ Cleo


November 8, 2009


When will the next haunted bookshop mystery come out. I am waiting anxiously.


Cleo's reply: It's coming in 2010. When I have the pub date from my publisher, I'll post it here. Hang in there...and thanks for reading!  ~ Cleo

November 8, 2009

Thank you for the early Christmas gift!


Holiday Grind was a wonderful read! I loved the story and the character development was fantastic. I don’t want to give anything away for those who have not read it yet, but here are some of my favorite parts: Page 52--Mike was in true swoon-worthy form here!
Chapter 15 - I wish I had someone like Madame in my life. Someone who has impeccable taste, cuts to the chase, and has connections everywhere! It’s also amazing how well she knows her granddaughter!
Page 189 - was a delightful surprise. From the title of the next book, can we assume that we will get more of New York’s bravest? I hope so! 
Page 252 - was a complete shock, but I still liked it—it explained so much
about Mike. Wonderful writing and development here!
     And of course, I’ll be trying out some of the coffee tips and recipes from the back of the book. (Your cornbread recipe is still one of my favorites.)
My only complaint was that the Fish Squad were missing! Will we see them in Roast Mortem? Perhaps Bass or Sole (or both?!?! Unbeknownst to each other!) could start dating The General? The whole story was a true holiday treat. I really enjoyed how I was unable to figure out the criminals and connections until everything was revealed. I am looking forward to the next one!

in Michigan


Cleo's reply:  Awesome, Nicole! Thank you for your wonderful post. Thank you especially for commenting on the story elements here without giving away any spoilers. An ingenious way of doing it, too, with the page numbers. Brava! As to your specifics...

* Chapter 15 - I could not agree more. I just love Madame and I enjoy writing her. (And I'm never surprised how well someone like Madame would know her granddaughter. She's been around more than a few blocks, ran her own business for years, and has good insight into what makes people tick, especially people she loves like Joy.)

     * Page 189 - I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed this sequence in the book! And, yes, you guessed right! Good call!


      * Page 252 - Thank you for the nice words on the writing and development. This background about Detective Mike Quinn was in place for his character (in my writer's mind) from Book One of the series (On What Grounds). This revelation was a long time coming, and it should help readers better understand some of Mike's behaviors and attitudes in the earlier books.


The Fish Squad - LOL! Great to know that you enjoyed their previous appearances enough (in French Pressed and Espresso Shot) to want them back again. And Soles and Bass will be back for an encore, I promise you! (BTW: In Holiday Grind, as you probably noticed, it was Sergeant Franco's character who sort of stole the NYPD show!)
      Glad to know you enjoyed the "puzzle" aspect of the mystery plotting, too. Thank you again, Nicole! And in thanks for dropping by my *virtual* Village Blend coffeehouse, here is a *virtual* hot, fresh doughnut just for you. Enjoy it with your next, hot, fresh cuppa joe!

Cheers and Happy Holidays to you!

(Your post was a gift to me - thank you!)



November 7, 2009

Thank you, Jack!

Jack, so sorry I didn't recognize you when you passed through Orlando and me. We had a hot summer and fall, so all cool air was sincerely appreciated.

Got my copy of Holiday Grind packed in my carry-on bag, and so tempted to sneak a peak! Thanks for the idea of hardback copies, it's a topic I was wondering about. Will certainly try to add them to the library in Burg I am visiting for six weeks (and get copies for my bookshelf, too.) C'mon, fans, lets bombard the publisher so Cleo's and Alice's backlist get re-released in hardback and optioned for TV, too.

November 7, 2009

Okay where's Jack?

Okay I know I asked you before, but now I'm asking again when is 'Haunted Bookshop #6' coming out!!!!!!!!!!! I need it. You have nine Coffeehouse Mysteries and only five Jack and Penn mysteries. What's going on?

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