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September 23, 2009

1960's Coffee Recipes

Hi Cleo

My mom is in the middle of moving and brought over some books she doesn't want anymore. In the pile were three cookbooks. and all were very VERY! old lol 2 were from the late 70's and one of those actually had a recipe for turtle soup! eeeew! it actually called for 1 can turtle soup LOL! but the one that I was drawn to was a better homes and gardens bread book from 1966.

At the back of the book there where a few pages of Coffee recipes headlined perfect coffee every time. LOL! every single one called for instant coffee in them. They even mentioned instant espresso! I don't think I've ever heard of instant espresso. The recipe for iced coffee sounded AWFUL! it called for makeing double strength coffee and then pouring it hot over ice cubes and drinking it like that. Never fear though all the tea recipes used Instant tea too! hahahaha lol, never have I laughed so much reading cookbooks. They were such fun to read.

:-) Chelle

September 22, 2009

I am a rabid fan of your books

Hey Cleo,

I've written you before 4 info on coffee grinders. I did buy the burr-grinder and love it. I am also a rabid fan of your books. I have all of them and loan them to my gal peeps. Don't understand why they aren't on audio yet. Audio book form is what my husband listens to. He doesn't have time to read fiction/bio-autobio books. He is an Electrical Engineer-Nuclear and studies theology. Have waited long and anxiously for the latest in both mystery series. Barnes and Noble doesn't have them as yet. I get the feeling that Jack is in love w/Pen. How would that work with a ghost? I hope she never loses his nickel! Keep Writing and I'll still be reading them while I HAVE TO drink my decaf. I don't have a choice. If decaf is all I can get to stay in coffee heaven, I'll do it! Keep those fingers writing and the mind sharp we/coffee.

My best to you!

September 22, 2009

Thank you so much!

Thanks so much for your feature about my recommending the coffee pick of the month. What fun to see it! Love the feature. Eager to share with friends and family!

Have a java day!!!!
~Mary T
Appleton WI

Cleo's reply:

You are most welcome, Mary! Thanks again to you and your daughter Shelley for the recommendation of Gimme! Coffee. I can really feel the love when I order from them. They are true professionals in the trade and sincerely care about giving customers the absolute best coffee experience possible.


September 22, 2009

Drinking up Cleo's books and Coffee Picks...

Re-posting an e-mail from "Dotty" to Cleo's e-mail box VillageBlend@aol.com (Dotty recently won Cleo's Free Coffee Drawing...)

Hi Cleo,

I was just sitting down with my first cup of Dallmayr prodomo, which I bought on your recommendation, when I decided to check my email. I'm thrilled that you picked me this week (that's right, I have no life)LOL. I recently finished reading your 2 Pink Panther books. They cracked me up. You and your husband really captured the bumbling French detective. I've read all your Coffeehouse Mysteries as well as the Haunted Bookshop ones (I love The Ghost and Mrs Muir movie too) and I'm anxiously awaiting the paperback release of Espresso Shot next month.

Weymouth, MA

Part of Cleo's reply to Dotty:

Wow, Dotty, I don't think there could be a more deserving recipient of this coffee than you. THANK YOU for being such an enthusiastic reader of my (and my husband's) work...

Java joy to you,

September 20, 2009

Banana Muffins

Hi Cleo,

I saw your banana muffin recipe, and would love to try it out to see how it compares to the one I already make, but I don't like Walnuts, can they be skipped? is there another nut that might work?


Cleo's reply: Hi Chelle - try pecans. Nuts bring a nice additional flavor note to cookies and muffins and I really like them, but I realize not eveyone does - or they have nut allergies. You can go nutless if you like, too. (Gee, that sounds funny.)  LOL!  ~Cleo

September 18, 2009

My Question Answered Before I Asked


How wonderful! I came here to ask Cleo and got the answer before I had a chance to type it. How cool is that? I love this place. What was my question?

Can a barista be male or female?


September 16, 2009

Charleston!!! I have left the planet again and again!! Coffee & Books


Ms. Cleo:

You are truly the nicest person in the whole wide world and I appreciate you writing back to me. Boy, now I know why people love your books, you are a gracious and beautiful woman and very blessed. I would like to introduce my self, I'm VaLinda. The volunteer at the library in Charleston and, thank goodness, still a full time employee with the Federal Government.

I still love volunteering at the library and when I completed the first Pen and Jack book, yes I went back to the library and got the others. Just completed "The Ghost and the Femme Fatale" and fell in love all over again with Jack. Love Sadie and Bud (I hope and hope they get together), and cannot get enough of Seymour and Brainert.

I just went and bought "The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion." I could not wait for the library. Besides, I try to buy books every two weeks when I get paid to keep our stores alive. Boy!!! I'm trying to hold out and wait with the most extreme anticipation before I jump in and start reading it as well as forgetting to get some sleep. I will wait with extreme pressure for the next Haunted Bookshop Mystery. In the meantime, going out to buy all of your other books. I need another job. It's expensive, but it's worth every single "C-Note", according to Jack. And he should know!!!

Coffee and Books oh! my!
God! I'm loving it!

Charleston, SC


Cleo's reply: Hello VaLinda!!! I am so happy to hear from you again. Please forgive how long it has taken me to reply. I hope you see this!

I loved your second post here, and I am so happy and proud to count you among my readers. Thank you for purchasing my books. Jack and Pen can use all the help they can get to stay alive on the page.

You made my day! I hope the reading experience is worth your hard-earned money and I could not be more honored that you chose my books to read.

Thank you again and keep in touch!




September 15, 2009

Ahoy....tis Pirate Day on the 19th!!!

ahoy..and avast.....

Pirate Day is coming up this Saturday! Talk like a pirate..and enjoy several cups of coffee also.

(Click here link to learn more.)


Mary T
Appleton WI

September 15, 2009

I'm a library manager...I have just read Decaffeinated Corpse


Dear Alice (aka Cleo Coyle),

I have just read Decaffeinated Corpse; my first coffee shop mystery. It's very different from the Haunted Bookshop novels, but I really enjoyed it. I've just ordered the first 3 of the series over the internet and can't wait for them to arrive. I'm a library manager, who loves her crime books! (I'm also studying the American Civil War and have over 200 books on the subject, but that's another story!) I read the excerpt from your new book and enjoyed it very much. Keep writing!!!

Harefield, England


September 14, 2009

You have a new reader :-)

hi Cleo

Chelle here again, just got back from going to the beach for the last time this summer and my sis wanted someting new to read so I gave her the first coffeehouse book to read as she's a coffee addict herself, (every Christmas she seems to get at least 3 Starbucks gift cards lol) and she was already on Chapter 4 when we left the beach, I think you have a new reader

:-) Chelle

September 12, 2009

Coffee helps lose weight?

I got my Canadian Living Magazine yesterday and in it there's an article that says drinking coffee helps you lose weight because it gives you an energy boost that gets you moving, there is a catch however, you have to drink it black (yech!) as the cream and sugar defeat the purpose.

This issue also had a section with lots of delicious looking Italian recipes with names I can't pronounce, so they must have been transmitting the essence of Cleo when they were putting this issue together :-)

To you and your fellow New Yorkers God Bless you all on this anniversary.

in Canada

September 12, 2009

a lovely tribute!

Just watched the video tribute to the firefighters and police! wonderful. Also enjoyed the cookoff they did. I have a nephew who is a firefighter, and I am so proud of him.

Several years ago he rescued two twin boys from a fire..and he is still in contact with them.

~Mary T
Appleton, WI

September 11, 2009

I have already preordered Holiday Grind


I received your Holiday Grind excerpt but I am way ahead of you as I have already preorder for your next book, and then will probably order another one for Christmas, for a stocking filler for my daughter. Loves mysteries so I have read all of your coffee mysteries and all of your Alice Kimberly books. Your books are better than television so you see, I am a bookworm. My son-in-law likes some of the tips I slip to him when I read them from your books. I love your mysteries. Grin. Bear hugs,

~Shirley F.

September 11, 2009


I have never written to an author before, but you are so talented. I read lots of mysteries and usually know the killer by the end. I never really guess correctly with your books. Almost everyone is a suspect.

Just love it.
Thank you.

September 10, 2009



      I thought that was so sweet that a fan of yours (MASAKO the coffee shop owner in Japan), contacted you!

       I was wondering if Japan has their OWN brand of coffee? I see you listed several PICKS, so would MASAKO have any suggestions?

in Keyport NJ

September 10, 2009

Casting Matteo


On Casting Matteo:

      Ed Quinn who played Nathan Stark on Eureka. And played on True Blood as vampire in Dallas.


September 10, 2009

Coffeehouse Writing?

Hi Cleo!

I was wondering if you ever write in coffeehouses. Are they too noisy for you to concentrate, or does the activity (and delicious aromas) there inspire you?

~Elizabeth Craig


Cleo's reply:

Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for dropping by my little *virtual* coffeehouse!

     Before I answer your quesitons, I'd just like everyone to know that Elizabeth Spann Craig is one of my fellow Mystery Writing Cooks at the Mystery Lovers' Kitchen group blog.

      She's also a fantastic writer and has a wonderful new mystery out right now: PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DIES, the first in a series introducing the lovably feisty amateur sleuth Myrtle Clover. I've put up a link to the book's Amazon page so you can see the hilarious garden gnome cover and read more about the book by clicking the link below.

     If you have any interest in writing mysteries yourself, I think you'll find Elizabeth's blog about writing fun and fascinating. Many published writers often stop by to comment (me included)! Elizabeth's blog is Mystery Writing is Murder.

     As for E's question about writing in coffee shops. Yes, I do. Considering the theme of one of my mystery series, they are an inspiring place to work.

     Thanks for dropping by, Elizabeth. "See you" at your own blog soon.


September 9, 2009

Dang it! I just shorted out my keyboard!

Just got done watching the clip on Antonio for the role of Matt and ten thumbs up! He'd be perfect, so perfect I can't stop drooling and s*liva.. isn*t goo` for..keybo#rd*

~Nu$s@ Jud&Ma!


Cleo's reply:

Well, you've got me rolling on the floor laughing, Nurse Judy! Anyone who missed what Nurse Judy Mac is talking about, see below. A fellow CM reader (Janet from PGH) suggested a Casting Choice for my character Matteo Allegro. Click it to see...if you want to risk shorting out your keyboard, too!

Casting Matteo Encore 

CLICK HERE  to jump to YouTube to 
see Janet's hot "pick" for my 
Coffeehouse Mystery character Matteo Allegro

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Thank you!



September 8, 2009

Breanne Casting?


You know, I can see Tilda Swinton as Breanne (as a blonde, with makeup on and swanky clothes, of course) or even--maybe--Gwyneth Paltrow. Whaddya think?


Cleo's reply:

Love, love, love Gwyneth Paltrow. Great pick! 

CLICK HERE to see more about Gwyneth Paltrow.




September 8, 2009



 Hi homegirl!

Ohhhh, that's right! I wonder if Matt's stint as Zorro at the Halloween party (in Decaffeinated Corpse) colored my perception. But you know, maybe not. I think I've envisioned Matt as an Antonio-type since the beginning. :o)

(from Pittsburgh, PA)

September 8, 2009

I run a small coffee shop in Hiroshima, Japan, I read the Coffeehouse Mysteries in Japanese.


Re-posted from Cleo's e-mail box
at VillageBlend@aol.com


Hello Village Blend staff,

I am running a small coffee shop in Hiroshima, Japan. I read the Coffeehouse Mysteries in Japanese.They were fun to know about coffee...

from far Japan

Cleo's reply:  


Hello, Masako!

I am so happy that you wrote to me "from far Japan," and I am even more excited to learn that you are running your own coffeehouse, just like my Clare Cosi.
For my readers here in America, I have posted some of the Japanese versions of my books that you are reading and enjoying. I am so proud of these beautiful, little Japanese editions of my books. The interiors are fantastic, too, and even include illustrations.
Thank you again for writing, Masako. Please keep in touch. Send a photo of you and your coffee shop and I will post it for everyone to see.

Warmest java wishes,
~Cleo Coyle
from far New York City


Japanese cover for...

 Coffeehouse Mystery #1:

On What Grounds
by Cleo Coyle

Published in Japan by Random House Kodansha

cover for...

Coffeehouse Mystery #2:

Through the Grinder
by Cleo Coyle

Published in Japan by Random House Kodansha



cover for...

Coffeehouse Mystery #3:

Latte Trouble
by Cleo Coyle

Published in Japan by Random House Kodansha





September 8, 2009

Big fan from Texas



I am a big fan of both your Coffee House Mysteries and your Bookshop Mysteries. I just discovered your website too and want in on the recipes (I am especially looking forward to trying the Italian stew as I am 2nd generation Italian) Thanks for the great stories. Keep them coming!

Katy, Texas


September 8, 2009

What a pleasant surprise!


Thanks for the excerpt of Holiday Grind! It was such a lovely treat after sleeping in this morning (waking up naturally at 6:30 a.m. instead of the alarm clicking on 5:20 a.m.!), flipping on my laptop and discovering the special Labor Day e-mail.

After settling down with my mocha latte I dug into the chapters you provided. The excerpt was just enough to whet my appetite for November 3 – I found especially hilarious your description at the very end of Matt’s annual investigation of the holiday lingerie catalogs – it was nice to know that Breanne hasn’t been able to tame him!

I was disappointed that your excerpt did not contain any reference to the Fish Squad. Please tell me they are in the book? Also, I’ve noticed people suggesting actors for Matt.

When I read the books I’ve always pictured Mark Consuelos as Matt. And I’d like to make my suggestion for Mike: William Fichtner. He’s got that cool, tough guy attitude down, the icy blue eyes and I can just picture him comforting Clare through all of their investigations …. Thank you, again, for sharing the excerpt. And I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day and an excellent autumn!

(from Michigan)




September 7, 2009

Pass me a Venti iced something!




Somebody pass me a Venti iced something! After watching that video clip I am convinced that Antonio Banderas is THE man to be Matt! Great choice!

~Annette, the RN (and former barista)
Chicago area



September 6, 2009

Jack and Penelope

Reply to : Chelle

I can definitely see the resemblance between Tom and the "picture" of Jack but I think there's a fair amount of resemblance between Philip and "Jack" plus he's got the shoulders (sigh, I love great shoulders on a man!). Coming up with a Penelope is harder. Gotta think on it...

~~Nurse JudyMac


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