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Am Snowed in..plenty of food and lots of coffee..BUT NO NEW BOOK TO READ. HURRY UP GIRL. GET MARC TO HELP YOU.!!!! Take Care Anonymous
Cleo's reply: LOL. We're working on our next book now. Hang in there, snuggle up to that heater, re-read Holiday Grind and Roast Mortem, and try to keep warm! Love, Cleo
Book reading order
Cleo, you are so right, your books can all stand alone. Bob and I both read Murder Most Frothy first and discovered, to our delight, that we could get the first three books.
Nothing was lost reading these in this order, but they also didn't read like "Previously On" clips at the beginning of TV shows to bring the newcomer up to date (some book series are guilty of this method as well).
Crystal opted to read them in order and began with On What Grounds; she is currently reading Holiday Grind. She is enjoying reading the recipes -- to the extent that when she reads about some of Clare's cooking, she says that sounds good and immediately turns to the recipe section to get the recipe and then copies the recipe/s (can't stand the thoughts of messing up our precious book) and immediately prepares them or makes a shopping list. She still keeps giggling as she reads the novel.
-- Catherine Lane
Cleo's reply: LOL - you guys are great!
i'm so glad i found this website!!!
i literally just finished reading French Pressed, last night at 1am. i'd already read Espresso Shot & all the others. so, when i finished French Pressed, i was sad. the book said that you have a website, so i decided to check it out. i'm so glad i did!!! i had NO IDEA you'd already written TWO MORE BOOKS -- with another one due to release in 2011.
i'm so happy!! (and really glad i noticed this website in the book last night.) **ps...i've recommended your books to all my family and friends. several of them have asked to borrow my paperback copies. i told them "get your own!" i won't give them a chance to ruin mine by spilling coffee (hahaha) on them. =)
-- Amy Richmond VA
Cleo's reply: Amy, thank you for that wonderful note. French Pressed is one of my very favorite books of the series.
You had me ROTFL with the "coffee spilling" on the book pages. You're right -- so many people tell me they just have to have a cup o' joe when they read the Coffeehouse series. I'm so glad you found my web site. I'm on Facebook as Cleo Coyle. I hope you'll keep in touch.
Cheers to you...and
Happy Holidays to you, your friends, and your family!
I just found Holiday Grind at my favorite book store and can't wait to read it. I do, however, have Decaffeinated Corpse to read first. I am wishing for a kindle for Christmas so I can download as many of your books as I can and read them as they should be read....in order. Your books are my favorite series probably because I love a good cup of coffee and also love cooking.
Cleo's reply: Aw, thank you for the very nice words. I'm not sure if you know this but...in hopes of being helpful: Holiday Grind can be read as a stand-alone book. You don't have to read the series in order to enjoy it.
Many readers tell me they've read Holiday Grind and then had a great time going back and starting the series from the beginning, so they can find out how these characters first met and what happened in their lives to move them into to the "place" you see them in Holiday Grind.
I often wonder what it would be like as a reader to begin the series and read it from book #1 onward. As the writer, I can't erase from my mind what I already know about the characters -- so that's an experience I can never have. Yes. It's strange but true. You, as a reader, can have a relationship to my books and characters that I can never have as the writer! Almost surreal, isn't it?
In any event... If you (or any other reader) would like read the complete series, from book #1, here are titles in order:
Book #1 - On What Grounds
Book #2 - Through the Grinder
Book #3 - Latte Trouble
Book #4 - Murder Most Frothy
Book #5 - Decaffeinated Corpse - (the one you mentioned :))
Book #6 - French Pressed (one of my personal favorites of the entire series)
Book #7 - Espresso Shot (starred review from Library Journal - another favorite of mine)
Book #8 - Holiday Grind (lots of heart in this book -- important entry -- the one and only holiday-themed Coffeehouse Mystery)
Book #9 - Roast Mortem (the very latest book published, this one was inspired by "New York's Bravest" and their heroic actions during the tragic events of 9/11. New York's Bravest is what we call our firefighters in NYC. We call all our police officers, like detective Mike Quinn, New York's Finest.)
I hope that list is helpful to you! Again, you don't have to read these book in order - Holiday Grind and Roast Mortem can be read as stand-alone novels.
Cheers, thank you for taking the time and trouble to drop by and post on my board. And thank you especially for reading my books -- it's the best gift you can give to any author. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Internet made world borderless!Cleo, Thanks for the link back. You are right on the magic of internet. I've many virtual friends from US which I known for more than 6 yrs!
After reading below, I can't wait to read Holiday Grind! I just bought it yesterday, I like to read holiday stories around the holidays (I guess that would make sense). I have been reading your books in order, but I will have to skip a couple to get to Holiday Grind. I just love this site too!...
Just wanted to add I am making the Colonial Cranberries with dinner tomorrow and I can't wait to make the Cappuccino Muffins! Also, I am going to a Christmas Cookie Party and I'm going to choose a couple recipes from Holiday Grind. Just can't decide...definitely the rum balls, but I have to choose one more.
Cleo's reply - Marylisa, thank you so much for dropping by and leaving such a kind note. I hope you enjoy Holiday Grind, and the recipes, too. :) The Colonial Cranberries are a sweet-tart treat. Very good when served over ice cream or smeared on raisin toast. Also delicious as a sweet chutney with meats. They smell delicious when baking, too. I hope you enjoy them and the other recipes! Keep in touch and...Happy holidays to you and your family. ~ Cleo
Ceo's Colonial Cranberries. Get this free, bonus recipe from Cleo in PDF form by clicking here.
To get more of Cleo's free recipes, visit her Recipes page on this site by clicking here.
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Hi Cleo: Thanks for your add in Foodbuzz, love your blog with all those cute little flash images :-) regards, Yin http://www.yinhomemade.blogspot.com
Hi, Yin! Thanks for dropping by. You have a sweet blog! Your recipes look absolutely mouth watering. I made your link live so others can click and visit you, too. (And I posted your picture.) Cheers and keep in touch!
~ Cleo in Queens, New York, USA
Hi Cleo! We know the recipes are for Lattes, however, they are so GOOD we couldn't help but use them with other things like pancakes. We play an action adventure game called "FATE, the Traitor Soul" -- it uses coffee to counter slow spells. Crystal doesn't use the game's coffee because she likes to taste her coffee. When we picked up Holiday Grind, Crystal had a glass of ice tea. She had to change to coffee when she got to the tasting at the Village Blend. Bob says our coffee bill has gone up, but it is well worth it. We can't get enough of your writing. Thanks so much for introducing us to coffee we can drink.
Cleo's reply: FATE - using coffee to counter slow spells! LOVE IT! Interesting... Many people admit they drink more coffee when reading the CM series. Actually, I'm glad to hear this -- there are so many coffee farmers who live in developing countries. I'm always glad to see roasters working to improve conditions in these poor communities and give them a hand up (like the Haitian coffee I'm featuring now - Kafe Lespwa from www.JustHaiti.org - an org. that's helping the subsistence farmers sell their crops in America). You guys are the best. Cheers!
You probably don't remember me at all, but a while ago I came by a couple different times. Anyway, I just finished Latte Trouble and wanted to tell you that it was phenomenal!! I was shocked by the twist you threw in at the end! Lol....can't wait to find out what's going to happen next with Joy and the rest of the gang.
I am going to be sending you out an email also because I had another question in it. So hopefully you'll be able to answer that sometime too : ) I just wanted to pop back in and say FABULOUS job!! I will definitely be checking out the next one really, really soon!
Cleo's reply: Hannah, thank you! You made my day. That twist at the end of Latte Trouble was a great deal of fun for Marc and I to write, and we're always happy when someone gets a charge out of it. I received your e-mail and replied. Looking forward to doing something for your blog in January or February for Valentine's Day! In the meantime, keep in touch and... Happy Holidays!
Cleo's reply: If you click the link below, you will have your answer. Roast Mortem is the Coffeeehouse Mystery that includes Clare Cosi's Doughnut Muffin recipe. (You will also find a "jelly doughnut" muffin recipe in the book, which happens to be part of a running culinary joke with the character named Franco.)
Eat with joy (and thanks for asking)!
CLICK ME -> LINK TO
ROAST MORTEM RECIPE LIST.
Holiday Grind Recipes
Hi Cleo! We tried the pancakes with the Apple Cider Syrup today, though Mom had Gingersnap. It works great with them, you just have to take into account it's a bit thinner than most pancake syrups. I plan on trying some in a milkshake next. crystal Lane
Cleo's reply: Thanks, Crystal - and, of course, you know those recipes are for making lattes (not for pouring over pancakes)! That's totally your decision, lol. Good idea to use them in milkshakes -- Clare Cosi would use them in "steamers" at her coffeehouse, which are lattes without the espresso, in other words, flavored hot milk drinks. So that's an even better idea you have there. Cheers and thanks for posting. ~ Cleo
Love the Book Trailer
We also enjoyed the interview on Roast Mortem. Bob Lane
Cleo's reply: Thanks, Bob. :)
We met with our friends again for "coffee" (tea & DP, we fix "real coffee" currently KAUAI Hawaiian Single Estate when we get home). Ann said she's really enjoying On What Grounds. I admit, we tell everybody about your books so we can keep reading them!
I still think it's a Crime to SPILL COFFEE. We never cry over spilt milk, but coffee on the other hand . . . well, that's a different story. We realize that someone who would murder would probably not even think twice about a Coffee Crime and its still a shame! Crystal swore you'd know that was my unsigned post. She also told me I should probably not write posts at 3:33 am, so I'm posting at 12:53 am instead. The artist in us (Crystal & myself) enjoy the cover art and would love the see the Japanese editions’ featuring Java, the coffeehouse cat in your latest books. Speaking of Japanese, Crystal just finished translating the stovetop method of Latte into Japanese for an e-mail pen pal. Still haven't made any pancakes. Catherine
Cleo's reply: Well, it's after 1 AM as I type THIS, and I'm crashing myself. :) Thanks again, Catherine, and cyber-hugs to Ann, Crystal, and Bob!
It's Gotta Be Some Kind of Crime!
Everybody keeps SPILLING COFFEE on the cover art!
Cleo's reply: You know, you have a point, at least for three of the titles. Holiday Grind...
And now we have....
MURDER BY MOCHA
that's the 10th book,
coming next August -
early cover art >>
And the third coffee-spilling cover would be...
This was a #1 IMBA Bestseller when it was published. :)
Again, coffee spilling!
I see what you mean. But don't sweat it too much. Clare's always around to brew up more. :)
Gettin you new fans...
Hi Cleo, Catherine again. As to being psychic, I plead the 5th! Crystal is totally enjoying Holiday Grind. I'm next, then Bob will get to read it. We visit with friends at a local restaurant (we call it going for coffee because some of our friends drink "coffee-like stuff" while we opt for ice tea and Bob gets sodas). We were discussing your books with our friend Ann Parker. Crystal was telling her about the wonderful recipes and Ann liked them too. She said she likes mysteries so we lent her our precious copy of On What Grounds.
We all agree that the books are a great value for coffee knowledge, mystery, and recipes all in one. She is a senior citizen and has trouble with her eyes, so she rarely reads books that aren't in Large Print. She uses a full page magnifier to read the others. I know this book will hook her. We also tell everyon about your site. I'm working on ours and hope to have it ready soon.
Oops, I forgot to tell you... Crystal and Bob had the Pumpkin Spice Latte (from Holiday Grind's recipe section); they say YUMMMMMM. (Well, that's the basic reaction, my wording. Crystal says she's never actually said "YUMMMMM" to anything). We ran out of pumpkin, so I tried the Gingersnap Latte. YUMMMMM!!! We made the Apple Cider Syrup, tastes good from a spoon, but somebody hasn't made the pancakes yet. (I plead the 5th again). I want to use the Gingersnap Syrup on pancakes too. Crystal says she'll let me.
Cleo's reply -
Aw, thanks for telling me about Ann. I hope she enjoys her first Coffeehouse Mystery. And thanks, as always, for being such enthusiastic readers. The only reason I can continue to earn my living as a writer is because of wonderful people like you, Bob, and Crystal!
Also glad to know that you all are enjoying my Holiday Grind recipes. I love the Pumpkin Spice Latte, too. And nice idea to use the Apple Cider Syrup on pancakes. That and the Gingersnap syrup are laced with the kind of delicious flavors that evoke wonderful memories at this time of year.
Have a great holiday season,
Catherine, and keep in touch!
Holiday Grind a must!!!
This is a terrific tale, but the extras at the back of the book make it like two books for the price of one! Great recipes, a lexicon of coffee terms and inspiration starting ideas. The story has a great ending (but mistaking parsley for mistletoe? He DOES need help) and is totally engrossing.
Cleo's reply - Aw, thanks. LOL on the parsley vs. mistletoe. Poor Mike. :) Thanks for dropping by -- may you and yours have a delicious holiday season. ~ Cleo
We got our copy of Holiday Grind
Yea!!! It's finally in paperback. We think it's great you have made it to Hardback, but due to lack of room our collection must be paperback. But Cleo, I'm in agony. I have to wait for Crystal to finish reading it and she keeps giggling! We Love the recipes and have already made several. Catherine Lane, Amarillo, TX
Cleo's reply - Hi, Catherine! You must be psychic. I was thinking of you the other day when I answered a post below from Pinkim, who wrote that her husband discovered the Coffeehouse Mysteries and suggested that she try it.
I still remember the story of the 3 Lanes, when your husband, Bob, was in the bookstore one day, picked up Murder Most Frothy, and brought it home for you and Crystal to read. Warms my heart to know that you are still reading the series, especially this latest book, which is a very special one--the first that Marc and I have written with a holiday theme. I hope you and Crystal enjoy it!
Cheers and thanks (from the heart)
for being such a wonderfully loyal "customer"
of Clare's Village Blend... ~ Cleo
#10 Coming Soon? Wooohooo!!!
Oh, that just made my day when I saw your new Coffee House series book will be out in August! I love the title & the cover! Can't Murder by Mocha come out any sooner?! I'll be counting down the days! BJ Miller
Dear BJ, You made mine. Thank you!
MURDER BY MOCHA:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
by Cleo Coyle
Coming August 2011
I read chapters 1-17 yesterday in the early afternoon. Just couldn't stop!
I have just started "On What Grounds" and love it! I have read all the Tea Shop and Scrapbook Shop Murder Mystery books from Laura Childs and recently discovered your books. I will move onto the Bookshop series after the Coffee Shop Books! Thank you and keep them coming! Heather H.
Wow, Heather, you made my day! Thank you for dropping by. Come back anytime. I may not be able to pour you a real cuppa joe, but I can give you a *virtual* one here...
Wishing you java joy
& happy reading.
* Has anyone made the biscotti from Latte Trouble? Is it 1-1/2 cups butter...
* My whole message didn't print before. Thanks, Maggie in NM
Cleo's reply: Hi, Maggie -- Your entire message is not up because I don't want to confuse anyone. Yes. >>>> 1-1/2 cups butter is correct. Keep this in mind, however: If anyone makes the recipe with less butter, it still works -- and, in fact, is more in keeping with how the old Italians made biscotti, with much less shortening. Again, the recipe will work either way, but I'd advise using the 1-1/2 cups of butter. BTW - There is also a red-and-green biscotti recipe in Holiday Grind. Clare makes them for Mike in the course of the mystery. Cheers!
I just discovered you!!!
I am so excited to get started...Haven't read a word yet,well except for the write ups...I can't wait...I love this site and can't wait to get started on my kindle! I have the first in both series. My husband found them for me and said I have something I know youe'll love! He knows me well. Pinkim
Greetings, Pinkim - I hope you enjoy my books, web site, and recipes. Stop back anytime to my *virtual* coffeehouse. I post recipes every week and the messages on this board always get lively around the holidays. I'm also on facebook as Cleo Coyle. Finally, thanks to your husband for the recommendation. You'd be surprised how often I hear that!
Cheers and thanks for dropping by,
As addicting as my morning coffee
Your first two books are as addicting as my first cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning I can't seem to get enough even though I have just recently found them and am only on the second one Will they ever be available on the Kindle or any other ebook readers?
On What Grounds
Cleo's reply -
First of all, thank you so much for your kind words. As I always say, simply reading an author's work is the best gift you can give her -- and I consider every note on this board a gift. In answer to your quesiton, all of the Coffeehouse Mysteries (and Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, which I write under the name Alice Kimberly) are available in Nook, Kindle, and various e-reader formats.
Through the Grinder
To see the Coffeehouse Mystery NOOKS, click here. To see the Coffeehouse Mystery Kindles, click here. For other e-readers, a simple search on google, using the book title you want and the format should get you the info you need.
For a list of the titles in the Coffeehouse Mystery series (and short descriptions of each book), click here to jump to my About the Coffeehouse Mysteries page. For the Haunted Bookshop title and description list, click here. I hope I've anwered your question...
Thanks for dropping by my *virtual* coffeehouse
and thanks especially for reading my books,
Murder By Mocha has a wonderful cover, Can't wait to read it. :-) Can't wait to viset Jack and Pen again either.... Chelle in Canada
Cleo's reply - Thanks, Chelle! I love that cover, too. Always nice to hear from my girl up north. :)
I have finished all nine Coffeehouse Mysteries and am on the second Haunted Bookshop mystery. Absolutely love your writing and can't wait for your next Village Blend mystery. KathyB
Cleo's reply: Kathy! You sweetie, you. I'm delighted to learn that you're enjoying my books -- and equally thrilled to hear that you've discovered my lesser-known second series (what I often refer to as my "ghost" mysteries).
THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES (published under the name Alice Kimberly) have developed a loyal following and I'm looking forward to seeing the new one (Book #6) published. But before that happens, you'll be seeing the new Coffeehouse book: MURDER BY MOCHA will be out next August (that's the 10th book in my Coffeehouse series - check out the early cover).
-----------------MURDER BY MOCHA:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
by Cleo Coyle
Coming August 2011
(Note -If you click the cover or hot links, you'll see the early Amazon page. This book also will be sold by Barnes and Noble and Borders and your favorite Indie stores, too. Amazon just surprised me by putting it up early so I'm showing you, that's all. It's so early that there is no cover or price discount yet -- that discount will come in time, of course, and Amazon does have a policy of updating any pre-orders with the latest discount prices. There will also be a Kindle -- and a Nook and e-books as usual. All that will be posted on their sites in the coming months.)
Thanks for droppping by, Kathy, and thank you especially for simply reading my books. It's the best gift you can give to any writer.
Warmest java wishes,
Absolutely adore these books!
The gang at the Village Blend has kept me company many times in the middle of the night while feeding my new baby. Couldn't have done it (so happily, anyway) without your books...thanks!!
Cleo's reply - You are more than welcome and I must thank YOU for making me feel that what I do is worth it (because there are indeed significant sacrifices that come with attempting to make a living as an author). Thank you from the bottom of my java-lovin' heart and please kiss that baby for me. Congrats on being a new mom. May an angel always be on your shoulder when you need one. :)