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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. :)
Note to Cleo
"" Writing Deadline"" you used these words about the same time last year.IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!!!!.. will keep my fingers crossed for the same results for next year..Take Care. Anonymous.
Cleo's reply - LOL. Your note made my weekend. Thank you.
LOVE the series...
Really love this series! "Started with On What Grounds"...found 3 more of the books at Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor yesterday! Can't wait to catch up on the series! Thank you!
Cleo's Reply - Aw, thank YOU for writing such a kind note. I hope you continue to enjoy your trips back to Clare's Village Blend. I'm glad to know that you're an enthusiastic reader. Our industry can use as many avid readers as we can get!
Aunt Agatha's is a tres cool indie mystery store! For anyone in the
Read with joy!
Love the series and have hooked many others on them as well. Just finished Holiday Grind (and I'm into Roast Mortem) and was trying to locate the recipe for strufoli. I grew up with that delicacy in Brooklyn and have to make it this year! Where is it?
Cleo's Reply -- First of all THANK YOU! -- for your very kind comments AND for spreading the word about your enjoyment of the series. I sincerely appreciate it. As for the strufoli -- glad you asked! I plan on doing a special post on how to make strufoli very soon -- stay tuned. It will be posted here at this web site in November.
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