* * * *

 * * * *


Click here 
to visit Cleo's Facebook Page. If you read her books, she will be delighted to accept your friend request. See you there!











For Clare Cosi, 
the holidays 
are murder...

Holiday Buzz

To learn
more or buy

 Or to find an 
near you, 










Click here to learn about Cleo's Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, written under the name Alice Kimberly








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

Click here
to read it.






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

Click here
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"

Click here
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





Book Club





How to Clean
Your Drip
Coffee Maker...

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





For more coffee
tips, scroll down
this left column...






Click »  NYPD: Official Website for New York's Finest

Click »  NY Crime File (Daily News)

Click »  Police Blotter (NY Post)



 How to Make
Cuban Coffee

for video

* * *

For more
info on the
Moka Express
stovetop pot
used in the
above video,

Click Here






 *Starred Review*
~Library Journal


To learn more 
or buy...







How to Make
Coffee in a
French Press

To see video
click here.








Cleo's Past 
Coffee Pick was...


Kafe Lespwa
"Coffee of Hope"
from Haiti

Click here to
visit Just Haiti.org
and sample the
coffee for




See more of
Cleo's past
coffee picks
by scrolling
down the 

right column.












“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."
~ Kirkus
















































































Welcome to Cleo's

Coffee Talk

Message Board!



 Readers are also welcome to 
"Friend" or "Follow" Cleo on
Facebook by clicking here.

You can also e-mail Cleo at this address... 

jazzy egg * donut egg * haunted egg

Leave this field empty Headline:

January 25, 2010

New book club...what would be the best book to read first??

Hi, Cleo,

it is my turn to pick the book for our bookclub this month and I'd like to start the coffeehouse mysteries. Do you have a suggestion as to which book would be the best to start with, or should we just start w/ On What Grounds since it was first?

Thanks for answering!!



Thank you so much for your comment! Cleo's reply will be posted here this week. Check back again.

January 22, 2010

Love Your Books!!

Just finished Holiday Grind. I read all the Coffeehouse Mysteries in order and am truly hooked. I am now going to start the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

Two of my three favorite things: coffee and mysteries. The third favorie is wine, maybe you could incorporate it into one of your next mysteries?!? I also love NY, I have been there afew times over the last few years. About five years ago, I visited a bookstore called "Murder Ink", it was filled with great mysteries.

Thanks for the great reads. I will check back soon.

~ Kathy
(Brighton, MI)


Kathy: Thank you for your comment! Cleo's reply will be posted right here later this week. Be sure to check back again.


January 18, 2010

Book Club loves a good Mystery! + Coffeemaker Question


I belong to a mystery book club and chose the first book,THE GHOST AND MRS MCCLURE, in the haunted bookshop series when it was my turn to introduce a new book and author. We all loved it!

Everyone wants to now read the series along with the Village Blend books. We meet monthly on the first Monday, mid- morning for coffee and treats which brings me to my question.

I am in the market for a new coffee maker. I just want an everyday drip version. I have plenty of the 'fancy' types--french press, espresso, etc. and don't want to break the bank! Do you or any of your readers have any suggestions? Thanks for 2 great series and the help!

~Pam in Nebraska


Cleo's reply: 




Hi, Pam,

Thank you for posting. I am very happy to hear that your book club is enjoying my books. Please wish them a Happy New Year from me!

     OK - Here is an answer to your question about drip coffeemakers...

     With the understanding that I am not officially endorsing any products and the understanding that no drip maker is perfect, here is what I can tell you...

     We buy economical drip coffeemakers in our house--because my husband and I are writers and not investment bankers, LOL :). FYI - this is why Clare's "democratization of luxury" philosophy is a lot like ours. Murder Most Frothy and French Pressed are the books in which she speaks about this the most: When folks can't afford a $5,000 trip to the South of France, they take a $5.00 trip to a cozy coffeehouse to enjoy an excellent coffee drink. And that's what the coffeehouse experience is really all about: an oasis in the middle of a hectic day; a place to relax and rejuvenate for people who cannot afford the time and money for a full body massage at a day spa!

     Okay, so the brands we use (at the moment) to make our drip coffee are Cuisinart and DeLonghi. Both coffeemakers sit side by side on our counter. The Cuisinart (12-cup, model DCC-1200 series) is for larger pots. This pot has an automatic turn off, a good and safe feature. It also beeps you when the coffee is ready and when the burner is about to turn itself off. We also use a DeLonghi (Twenty Four Seven model). This is a 4-cup maker for very small pots. This model does NOT have an automatic turn off so you have to remember to turn it off yourself. But it's great for a small pot of joe.

     Just like you, we have other methods of making coffee: French press, Moka express pot, but you were asking about drip.

     We have also used Braun and Krups brands in the past and were happy with both of them. We don't think the expense of a thermal pot or grind-and-brew combo is worth it for us. We like to grind our coffee separately with a burr grinder. A burr grinder, by the way, (and not a blade grinder) is the very best way to grind whole bean coffee. Whole bean is the only kind we make because after coffee is ground in rapidly loses its flavor and aroma.

     Anyway, what concerns us most when we shop for a drip coffeemaker is the SHAPE of the filter. A CONE filter is a more economical way to make premium coffees and that's what we use. Flat-bottomed filters do not concentrate the flavor as well and you end up using more coffee to get the same strength as you'd get with a cone filter. Pot after pot, using more coffee adds up, so a cone filter is more economical. Both our Cuisinart and DeLonghi brand drip makers have cone-shaped filters.

     You can also look into "pour-over" methods for economical drip coffee making. This is when you heat the water yourself, then pour it over a cone-shaped filter and the coffee drips down into the carafe. Two popular pour-over brands are Mellita and ChemEx.

    You can always check out the Consumer Reports run down of drip coffeemakers. Here is a link for you if you're interested...


Consumer Reports often gives
ratings on coffeemakers.

CLICK HERE to read their
general buying guide,
which will give you an overview
on the brands and types
of features on today's coffeemakers.

NOTE: Consumer Report ratings are for subscribers only, but their very informative general buying guide is freely posted
on the Web.

Thank you so much for posting, Pam, and especially for reading my books...

Java joy to you and your
Mystery Book Club
in beautiful




January 13, 2010

Village Blend Website Rocks

Village Blend website rocks! Coffee, Mysteries, Cats - life is great! Love it all - my local Starbucks knows me - I walk in with my Coffeehouse Mystery book, get my coffee, settle in with both, and chill - no pun intended - winter time, 'ya know!

Cleo - Keep on brewin'!!

~ Michelle
in Antioch, California


January 13, 2010

My own remedy to winter


My own remedy to winter...

1.) Thermal underwear- check!

2.) Polar fleece pajamas- check!

3.) Sweat shirt and pants- check!

4.) Down comforter- check!

5.) Leave all of these behind and go to the Bahamas- CHECK!!!


~~Nurse JudyMac





January 11, 2010

Thanks for the jolt I've been looking for...

I LOVE your books. I so want to spend a day with Clare Cosi. I have found a new interest in coffee again. I've even created some new coffee drinkers!


While I was a 2nd grade writing teacher for six weeks, my lunch consisted of coffee and about two or three chapters of Holiday Grind to get me through the day. I even got some other teachers hooked, and or they bought your first book in the series for Christmas presents. Thanks a-latte!

Addicted to the Village Blend,
~ Rebekah


Cleo's reply:

Dear Rebekah:

I have such respect and admiration for teachers. I grew up as a working class, public school kid. Without the amazing dedication of my teachers, I doubt very much I would have been able to become a professional writer. 

I am so happy that you posted. In thanks to you for stopping by my *virtual* coffeehouse, I whipped you up a *virtual* doughnut to enjoy with your next hot cuppa joe!

Cheers! Happy New Year...
and Keep in touch!



January 11, 2010

Ode to Winter

Sing to the tune of Patsy Cline's "Crazy"

"I'm freezing, freezing 'cause I am so co-old! I'm freezing, my fingers and toes are so blue!"

Okay, all of you who's fingers are still warm enough to type, add your own verses! ~~Desperately seeking global warming...

~Nurse Judy Mac


Cleo's reply:

My solution? Baking. Roasting. All day.(Excuse for oven to be on, thus warming little kitchen and entire second floor of our row house.) And my cheap fireplace DVD on the TV at night. Tricks my brain into thinking (via that primeval DNA strand)...fire, good, warmth, ah...

Warm hugs to you NurseJudy,
from the the Big (chilly) Apple!

January 8, 2010

Holiday Grind

I enjoyed Holiday Grind as I have all the other books....

January 7, 2010

Adicted to Coffee House Mysteries

Your mysteries are (almost) as potent as caffeine! Each book is good to the last drop! I've read every one of them and can't wait to read the next installment. Please keep them coming.


January 5, 2010

a Holiday Treat!

I saved my copy of Holiday Grind for the holiday. It indeed was a holiday treat. Loved the story, the characters, and the chemistry between Mike and Clare! You have done it...again !!

~ Mary T
Appleton WI






January 4, 2010

Holiday Grind

Dear Cleo:

I have read all of your books. This is the best one yet! I'm looking forward to Clare's next adventure. She is GUTSY LADY for sure. The Village Blend Staff are interesting characters also. Next to Clare, I admire Madame the most. Now there's a lady who knows how to live.

I live in New England, Massachusetts, to be specific, although I was born in Maine and my heart will always be there. We're having a great winter. Snow and wind; can't beat that combination, especially along with freezing temperatures. Looking forward to hearing from you.

~ Snow Lady

January 1, 2010

my bday surprise

the keg brought me a piece of mocha ice cream cake with chocolate cookie crumb crust with a candle in it :-) it was yummmm

Cleo's reply: I'm sure that it tasted better than my *virtual* cake (see below)! LOL! Happy Birthday again to my girl up North!

~ Cleo

December 31, 2009

The Big Three OH!!!!

aaaaah! my bro says I'm Now officially an Adult. I turned thirty today (the 30th of dec) and after going to the gym for the first time in years yesterday, I can feel every last second of the last 30 years! lol

hope you had a great christmas, was Java Claus good to you? My mom copied some recipes from HOLIDAY GRIND and she made the apple cider syrup up as a christmas present for someone. Tonight My bf will take me to the Keg for dinner. Do you have that over there? (it's a very nice steakhouse for those of you who don't know)

Happy New Year, Cleo...

P.S. Will Jack pay us a visit again in the coming year?

Chelle - feeling older than the mountains but younger than the sea! lol


Cleo's reply:


I guess I'm too far away to bake you a birthday cake, so I'll have to resort to a virtual one...


 Wishing you every good thing for your birthday, for the New Year, and the New Decade!

~ Cleo


P.S. Thrilled to hear that your mom made a recipe from HG! Woot! And as to your question about "the ghost" - Never fear, Jack is near, and will be here, later this year!

December 27, 2009

Coffee Primer

Here's a good (and funny) coffee facts primer for your fans:


~ Sharon
from Austin

Cleo's reply: Thank you, Sharon, for a fun link to a fantastically clever java Web page (java as in coffee, not software, lol).

Cheers &
Happy New Year!

~ Cleo

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, yada yada yada


I'm glad you enjoyed the 12 days of Christmas, java style. My pentameter was off a little on some of them but it's the love of coffee, and your books, that counts, right?

Merry Christmas
from one of your biggest fans

~~Nurse JudyMac


December 22, 2009

On the twelfth day of Christmas...



On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
12 pounds of Kona!
11 espresso con pannas,
10 frappuccions,
9 mocha muffins,
8 Irish coffees,
7 caramel lattes,
6 macchiatos,
4 cappuccinos,
3 french presses,
2 doppios,
and a new
Coffeehouse mystery!


~ Nurse JudyMac
(Thank you, my true love, for the wonderful presents. I'm vibrating like a tuning fork, I haven't slept in 3 days, and I'm living in my bathroom, but I have lots of great reading material! Next year, let's talk diamonds!)



Cleo's Reply: An awesome and witty Christmas gift, Nurse Judy. I have been eagerly anticipating your posts every day for the last twelve!

Thank you!

Merry Christmas & Java New Year
to you, your family, and especially...
true coffee lover

of yours!

~ Cleo

December 21, 2009

On the eleventh day of Christmas...



On the eleventh day of
Christmas, my true love gave
to me 11 espresso con pannas,
10 frappuccinos,
9 mocha muffins,
8 Irish coffees,
7 caramel lattes, 6 macchiatos,
5 cups OF JOE!
4 cappuccinos, 3 french presses,
2 doppios, and a new
Coffeehouse mystery!


~Nurse JudyMac


December 20, 2009

On the tenth day of Christmas...



On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
10 frappuccinos,
9 mocha muffins,
8 Irish coffees,
7 caramel lattes, 6 macchiatos,
5 cups of JOE!
4 cappuccinos, 3 french presses, 2 doppios, and a new Coffeehouse mystery!


~ Nurse JudyMac
(with this much caffeine on
board, I don't think I'll sleep
until New Year's!)



December 19, 2009

On the ninth day of Christmas...




On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me
9 mocha muffins, 8 Irish coffees,
7 caramel lattes, 6 macchiatos,
5 cups of joe!
4 cappuccinos, 3 french presses,
2 doppios, and a new
Coffeehouse mystery!

~Nurse JudyMac
(the midnight punster)



 The above photo of Cleo Coyle's Cappuccini Muffins is courtesy of and copyright (c) to Brandi Evans of Branappetit blog. Click here to visit her post on making Cleo's muffins...





December 17, 2009

On the eighth day of Christmas...


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
8 Irish coffees,
7 caramel lattes,
6 macchiatos,
5 cups of joe!
4 cappuccinos,
3 french presses,
2 doppios,
and a new
Coffeehouse mystery!

~Nurse JudyMac
(no, really, officer, I was only
speeding 'cause I REALLY need
to find a bathroom!)



December 17, 2009

My holiday treat!

I have been saving the reading of Holiday Grind as my very special holiday treat...to myself.

My plan is to settle in this weekend...with coffee of course....and enjoy the book.

Happy holidays to all!

~ Mary T
Appleton WI


Cleo's reply:


Thank you for dropping by, Mary! And thanks again to you and your daughter for recommending Gimme! Coffee, my fall coffee pick. I hope you enjoy my latest Coffeehouse Mystery.

Wishing you and your family
a Very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

~ Cleo

December 15, 2009

On the seventh day of Christmas...



On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me 7 caramel lattes, 6 macchiatos, 5 cups of joe! 4 cappuccinos, 3 french presses, 2 doppios, and a new Coffeehouse mystery!

~ Nurse JudyMac
(the overly caffeinated
midnight punster)


December 15, 2009


I was hoping you would have the recipe for making struffoli—I lost my mother's and no other recipe tastes like hers.


Cleo's reply:

I am looking forward to posting the Struffoli recipe! Check back again in the coming weeks or subscribe to my free e-newsletter so I can let you know when it goes live on this site.
     The writing life being what it is, I don't think I'll be able to get that recipe posted before Christmas.
     (I'm under a tight writing deadline at the moment and I have other bonus recipes ready to go first.)
     But...as I explained on my "Get Cleo's Recipes" page (click the coffee cup in the left column to go to that page), I will be posting all of my promised bonus recipes over time right here. My seasonal e-newsletter is your best bet for not missing the chance to get them when they go up. 
I don't keep recipes posted indefinitely. New ones go up and then old ones go down as I need the  space on my site.
     I absolutely know what you mean about a mother's recipe. I can only hope what I finally post will comes close. If not, you should definitely drop back and let me know what you would do to change or improve it!

Cheers, Happy Holidays, and thank you so much for dropping by and posting your question...

~ Cleo

December 14, 2009

On the sixth day of Christmas...

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 6 macchiatos, 5 cups of joe! 4 cappuccinos, 3 French presses, 2 doppios, and a new Coffeehouse mystery!

~Nurse JudyMac,
the midnight punster

(I'm getting a caffeine buzz
from typing this!)


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)


  Item(s) [951-975] of 1694  

On What Grounds Cover Through The Grinder Cover Latte Trouble Cover Murder Most Frothy Cover Decaffeinated Corpse Cover French Pressed Cover Espresso Shot Cover Holiday Grind Cover Roast Mortem Cover Murder By Mocha Cover A Brew To A Kill Cover Holiday Buzz Cover Billionaire Blend Cover Once Upon A Grind Cover Dead to the Last Drop Cover Dead Cold Brew Cover Shot in the Dark Cover
Click here to learn more about the Coffeehouse Mystery novels.
To purchase the books, click here or here or here.

July 18, 2018
Your books are fantastic
July 7, 2018
July 4th