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Is there a portion on your website for recipes
I would love to have the recipe for the chuck roast with coffee. Unfortunately I've misplace my copy of on what grounds. could someone please post it. thank-you
Margaret, Ferndale Ca
Cleo here. Hi Margaret in Ferndale, CA. Thank you for posting! The recipe that you're looking for is "Coffee Marinated Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Hearty Coffee Gravy."
It's a delish recipe--very earthy and it's got a real jolt in there from the caffeine. However, that recipe is not found in the back of ON WHAT GROUNDS (there are other great recipes in the back of that book, too, just not that one). The coffee marinated steak recipe is in the recipe section of Coffeehouse Mystery #2: THROUGH THE GRINDER. (Cover is pictured left.)
I'm thrilled that you're interested in the recipe, but please understand, the recipes are part of the book purchase. So no one should be posting the Coffeehouse Mystery recipes on this site or any other site without permission. To answer your question about recipes on this site, I do occasionally post recipes on the Home Page. And I'll also be sending those out via my e-newsletter. The newsletter is free, and you are most welcome to subscribe to that. In the coming months, I may very well be sharing the popular Coffee Marinated Steak recipe in my newsletter, too. Great idea!
To get the recipe faster you can always borrow THROUGH THE GRINDER from the library or (eee gad!) even purchase a copy for yourself because as I said, even if you misplaced your copy of ON WHAT GROUNDS (woops), it isn't in there!
Warmest wishes and thanks sincerely for taking the time and effort to post a message. I've just launched this site, but you make a good point that a section of the site devoted just to recipes might be something for me to consider in the next year or so. I hope you'll come back to the virtual Village Blend again, Maragret. Enjoy a vritual cup of java just for stopping by!
Next Haunted Bookshop Mystery?
Hi, I was wondering when the next Haunted Bookshop mystery will be released. I also love the Coffehouse mysteries.
Cleo here. I dont know where you're from, so I'll just say hi YOU! Thank you for your nice words, believe me they mean a lot to me.
The next Haunted Bookshop mystery (the series that I write under my other pen name "Alice Kimberly") will be released in May 2008. The title is THE GHOST AND THE FEMME FATALE. For anyone interested in that series, here are all the titles in order (click on the first book to go to the Amazon page if anyone reading this wants to know more about the first book in the series...)
THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES by Alice Kimberly
2. The Ghost and the Dead Deb
3. The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library
4. The Ghost and the Femme Fatale (coming in May 2008)
I'll be sure to post a cover and tell you more about the story in my new Haunted Bookshop mystery (#4 The Ghost and the Femme Fatale) when we get closer to its publication date in May of 08. Stay tuned! And thank you again for posting!
love your series
Just wanted to drop by and let you know how much I love both of your series (The Coffehouse and The Haunted Bookshop). Can't wait for the next ones.
Cleo here. Well, dang! You made my day! Bless your heart for taking the time and effort to let me know that you're enjoying the books. I truly, TRULY appreciate it!
Come on back to my virtual coffeehouse anytime. Here's a virtual blueberry tart for you to enjoy with your latte!
Interested in a recipie you mentioned breifly in Through the Grinder
Hello, You mention a recipie for Three Chocolate Mocha pudding in the book Through the Grinder. I was looking for it in the back of the book, but it wasn't their. Could you post it or send it to me via e-mail. Thank-you. Have stared my next coffee mystery Latte Trouble and am enjoying it. Thank-you
Margaret Meister firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleo here. Hi, Margaret M.! I'm so glad you are enjoying the Coffeehouse Mysteries! Thank you for reminding me about the Three Chocolate Mocha Pudding. Here's the thing about that recipe--Clare never actually gets to serve it to Mike or Bruce in the book, she plans to but never does, so the recipe never made it to the back of the book, either. I figured she'd finally get to serve it to Quinn in a future book and then I'd pub the recipe. But there's another reason it isn't in the book--I just wasn't happy enough with the recipe yet. Still working on it.
Since you're bringing it to my attention again, however, I'll make a note to go back to the recipe and keep working with it...once I get it right, I'll publish it on this site and also in the e-newsletter (and I probably should include it in a future recipe section for another Coffeehouse Mystery, too). After all, Quinn never did get to eat it! Thanks for stopping by Margaret M. Your input is greatly appreciated!
Greetings from Destin Florida!! I am a single mother who loves her coffee! I love the Kona blends and all kinds of flavored coffees. I have made some of your recipes and love them. I also have a cappuccino machine and use it often. Thank you so much for my 2 favorite things: you coffee recipes and a good mystery!! Can't wait till Fench Pressed is in book stores. Thanks for writing these excellent books.
Leah from Florida
Cleo here. Hi Leah from sunny Florida! What a great post! Thank you for your very kind words. Sending props and snaps to you for being, like Clare, a single mother. If there's a harder job on the planet, I ain't heard about it. Blessings to you and thank you for supporting the series! I hope you enjoy the upcoming books--and since you're a cap lover, here's a virtual one for you to take with you. Looking forward to seeing you back at the Village Blend again, Leah!
Read them and loved them too!! Thanks for telling me
Cleo here. Hi again Barbara! You're very welcome. Thank you for asking. Because you did, I'm sure other readers heard about the series for the first time, too. Drop back again anytime for a virtual cuppa!
Please lighten up on us decaf drinkers - it's not always a happy choice!
I've just discovered your coffeehouse mystery novels, and I love them. On the way up to my lake cabin for an extended Labor Day weekend, I picked up the first two books. I read them both yesterday! Now I can't wait to get home and buy the rest. I have two adult children who work at coffeehouses. My 19 year old son is truly a "coffee geek." (He spent 3 months in Brazil backpacking through the Amazon. While there he switched to tea because the coffee they had tasted like "Brazilian Folgers.") I chuckled at the discriptions of the different coffee beverage drinkers. My son has come home with the same descriptions! Last night I called him to tell him about the recipe for Coffee Marinated Steak and Coffee Gravy (he's also an excellent cook), and he can't wait to try them out. This son also feels the way you do about decaf. Which brings me to my headline... About five years ago I apparently hit pre-menopause. The first thing that happened was that whenever I drank caffeine (or alcohol) my nose and cheeks lit up like Rudolph's on Christmas Eve. I could live with that, I found a great makeup that toned them done effectively. Then the hot flashes hit!!!! Big Time!!! After traveling down the estrogen route and the soy and black cohash route (the estrogen worked on the hot flashes, but at the cost of extremely painful boobs). The soy and black cohash are only moderately successful. So that leaves altering my diet. The one thing that seems to consistently induce major hot flashes is caffeine. So, to make a long story short. Until I get past this ungodly time of my life, decaf makes it bearable. Thanks for letting me vent.
Kathy C Plymouth, MN
Cleo here. Howdy, Kathy C. in Plymouth, MN, your post totally cracked me up, painful boobs and all! I'll chalk you up as a DD - Decaf Defender.
Loved hearing about your son's adventures! Not surprised about his experience with the Brazillian coffee since a good bit of their crop is robusta and not of high quality (although there are highly-rated farms in Brazil now, too). The Third World nations in general don't consume their own product to the degree of the first world. It's too expensive for some of them to consume what brings in the major money for their annual income.
Thank you for sharing Kathy C.! I hope you'll drop back again at the virtual Village Blend! And if your son has any favorite coffees (single-origins or blends) or online coffee vendors or roasters he'd like to recommend, be sure to post and let me know.
Wishing you (decaf) java joy,
when will french pressed be in the book stores
Cleo here. Thanks for asking! For those of you wondering...FRENCH PRESSED is my next Coffeehouse Mystery (#6). It will be published in 2008 (most likely the spring). I'll let you know more in the coming months! Stay tuned for the cover and more about the book's story!
GERD & Coffee
Greetings from Amarillo, TX. I also have GERD and have always loved coffee, but could not drink it without becoming very sick. I've been a tea drinker for years, both hot & cold & have discovered even some blends of tea bother also. I take Priolizac OTC (2 each day). I have found since I read the coffee house mysteries that if I buy the Hawaiian blend & grind the beans, I can drink up to 2 double lattes a day. Hope this helps other GERD sufferers like Jeanne in NM.
Cleo here. Thanks C. Lane! Java snaps and props to you for helping out a fellow virtual Village Blend visitor. I don't know much about GERD, so I appreciate your helping out Jeanne in NM. Your suggestions sound great!
I baked you a virtual box of biscotti for your trouble!
Greetings from Amarillo, Texas
I just wanted to post how my family loves the coffee house mysteries. We have been telling everyone we know about them. Since my husband originally found Murder Most Frothy, we have been hooked. We bought all that are out, and are eagerly awaiting the next! We also found out about the haunted bookstore series; my daughter and I went to Hastings & bought the only one on the shelf. We ordered the other two available and already have them. We can't wait for the new ones. However, we realize it is impossible for you to write as quickly as we can read & it takes time to have them published. We will buy them as they are available.
C. Lane (the 2nd of 3)
Cleo here. With fans like you, I'm feeling like I might actually get to keep writing for a living. Thanks C. No kidding. I appreciate your support! And thanks again for the other post about GERD! Drop back anytime to the virtual blend and let me know what's up!
Have you heard of this site called www.coffeefool.com? I wonder if their coffee tastes as good as they say. The site says that most of the coffee we buy at the stores is already Stale. Anything in your knowledge banks about that?
Cleo here. Hi Chelle! I just answered your Cat Poo post LOL. I just checked out CoffeeFool.com With a name like that how can I not be intrigued?!
I do agree with what they're saying... that the coffee bought on grocery store shelves is usually sitting there for far too long to be considered fresh. And anything that's pre-ground has also lost a lot of flavor. It's all about keeping as much flavor in the beans as possible from roast to cup.
Before buying from Coffee Fool, I'd consider what other customers have said about them. I found this string of comments on Coffee Forum (click here). What's good about this string is that there are suggestions for which of CoffeeFool.com's coffees and blends were great and which were disappointing (at least in the opinions of these few customers).
Some of theCoffee Fool blends do sound intriguingto me, especially the African beans. Thanks for the tip, Chelle! I'm always interested in checking out coffees and coffee vendors...I'll post again after I give them a try!
The Best Coffe/ Mystery Ever!!
Thank you so much for my two favorite things in the whole world - coffee and mysteries. My local bookstore knows when I walk in, to let me know the release date of your next book! I look forward to each and every new book to find out what will happen next to my favorite people! Keep 'em comin'!
Cleo here. HOW COOL IS YOUR POST?! Julie, you are exactly the reason why the Coffeehouse Mysteries have been growing in sales. The series has been a quiet little engine, running along without much notice or fanfare, but year after year, more and more people have been catching up to the coffee train and swinging on board. (How's that for a sappy metaphor!) Oh, well, I'm tired and getting over a nasty head cold so you'll have to forgive. But, no kidding, Julie, it's people like you, asking about the new title at your local bookstore, that have made the orders go up and up with every new book. Thank you sincerely and stay tuned for more adventures with your "favorite people"--(I love that!) You know, of course, they're mine, too!
Warmest java wishes,
haunted book shop!
I just finished reading Ghost and Mrs. McClure under Alice Kimberly. I absolutely loved it. Love the lingo of old and all the charecters. There is so much rich charecters and great plotlines. I laughed outloud when Fiona "overheard" other woman anna falactic! Can't wait to read the next one. Thank you
l in jersey
Cleo here. Hi I in Jersey! I'm so glad you liked Pen, Jack, and Fiona Finch "the bird lady" - that series really is a hoot to write. New one out in May 2008. I'll post the cover when I receive it from the publisher. Here are the titles for the entire haunted bookshop series in case you need...
1 The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (you read that one)
2 The Ghost and the Dead Deb (a send up of debu-tramps like Paris)
3 The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (a tribute to Poe)
4 The Ghost and the Femme Fatale (a film noir frolic)
Thanks again for letting me know you liked the book!
Java joy to you,
Thanks for Decaffeinated Corpse
I am an avid mystery reader and discovered your mysteries and read them all along with a friend who was, at the time, managing a coffee house. We had such fun sharing your books! Last November I became seriously ill and continue to recover, although I am permanently disabled. Besides losing a lot of physical ground, it has been difficult for me to regain some of my short-term memory. This has made reading very difficult and frustrating. Thank you for Decaffeinated Corpse. My friend and I picked it up last week and I was able to read the entire book without losing track of the story, not to mention that I enjoyed it thoroughly. Not only was this latest book another delight in a thoroughly wonderful series, but it gave me my first full step back into doing what I love most - reading mysteries. Please keep the books coming.
Karen C. in NE
Cleo here. Hi Karen C. in NE. OMG! Your post didn't just make my day, it made my month, my year, my writing LIFE! Thank you for sharing your situation and thank you from the bottom of my java-loving heart for your wonderful words. I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for you to face the challenges in your life. Yet instead of giving up on reading, you plowed ahead and kept trying. How brave you are and how inspiring! I'm so incredibly proud that Decaf Corpse could have helped you in any way.
I'm also so very pleased that you stopped by the virtual Village Blend to say hello. I hope you'll come back again and again, Karen. Thank you and please keep in touch. Post again anytime!
Wishing you the warmest, freshest java joy,
P.S. I baked you a big-hearted cookie to thank you for your brave-hearted post!
My Two Favorite Things!!
You have managed to put together my two favorite things in the whole world besides my husband—Coffee and Mysteries! I love your books and the recipes are fantastic. The coffee syrup was great. Thank you and keep the books coming.
Cleo here. Thanks, Trish!! I'm so glad you liked the coffee syrup--and impressed, too. That's definitely a recipe for people who LOVE LOVE LOVE the bean!
Java joy to you!
P.S. Loved the husband qualification! (I feel that way about mine, too.)
FROTHING AT THE BIT...
... for Clare's next adventure! As a former caterer, I'm a big fan of culinary mysteries, and often peruse Amazon.com for books I might find interesting. After devouring your first, I quickly ordered the rest. I've been taking them with me on Saturday mornings to some of the wonderful coffeehouses in Providence and Boston, and savor them while I'm savoring rich, dark espresso with a twist of lemon, or a sweet mocha latte... As a 50+ woman who has managed to live a fabulous life in the 14 years since my divorce, I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for Clare in the future!
Cleo here. Hi Carol C. This is a great time for culinary mysteries, so I'm more than thrilled that you're reading mine. I'm also tickled to hear that you're a former caterer. Sounds to me like you and Clare have a lot in common--especially the adventurous life AFTER divorce part!
Thanks for your very kind words about the CM books. Thanks also for telling me about your coffee-drinking rituals! I love hearing what types of coffee people enjoy drinking and about the coffeehouses they like to frequent.
I heard about an intriguing coffeehouse in Cambridge, MA, called 1369 Coffeehouse. I've never been there, but do hope to pay a visit someday. Any chance you've been to it? Here's a tres cool mural from their site...
Come on back anytime Carol. Feel free to share more about the coffeehouses you've discovered, too. This board is a great place for people to learn more about the bean and the people and places who treat it right!
Wishing you java joy,
New Fan; Read the books twice in a month!
I love your books! I'm 40, and totally identify with Clare. I'm still married, but it has been rocky, and I'm living through Clare's dating experiences. I'm also married to a Michael.... I do have a question - I have GERD, and limit myself to two cups of coffee a day. I really shouldn't have those, but I love coffee. Do you have any recommendations on brews that I could enjoy more of??
Jeanne in NM
Cleo here. Hi Jeanne in NM! What a great post. Thank you for your very kind words about the Coffeehouse Mysteries. I'm especially happy to hear that you identify with Clare. Per the dating experiences--LOL it's rough out there! I'm very happily married now, but it took many years to find him (and I went through a divorce before I did).
I also know what it's like first-hand to go through the dating mill (I even posted a personal ad in the Village Voice once upon a time--how kitschy New York can you get?). At the moment, I have a few female and male friends looking (in different cities) for Mr. and Ms. Wonderful respectively. It's a trip, all right, but also a real adventure. And, hey, let's face it: if life's not an adventure, then it just may be so dang safe it bores you into a state of living death (you remember George Romero's zombies, don't you? Hey, nobody wants to be trolling a Pittsburgh mall with glazed eyes for eternity! - okay, maybe Paris Hilton.)
I was stumped on your GERD question but then one of the other virtual Village Blend visitors came to the rescue. Look for the post with the headline GERD AND COFFEE from Catherine Lane (posted on 8/29), she'll tell you her remedy for this problem. She says that she hopes it's helpful to you, and so do I.
Also, here is an interesting blog on GERD Click here by a doc who says he likes coffee and still drinks it and (according to his blog) a survey of GERD patients in Italy show that Italians with GERD have no problem with coffee. Go figure. Certainly, it sounds like a problem that can vary greatly from patient to patient. (By the way, I don't know this blogging doctor personally, and I cannot vouch for what he's saying. I just found it interesting and am passing along as food for thought.)
If you're looking for a good, reliable decaf, however, I can defiitely recommend Starbucks House Blend Decaf. Click here to go to the Starbucks site and read customer comments on this coffee. You can also purchase it via their online store but most Starbucks coffee shops sell it, too, and you won't have to pay postage.
I find the House Blend decaf to be a reliably smooth coffee that is consistently good and very easy to find since Planet Starbucks is everywhere these days. So if caffeine is what worries you, then that's my two cents.
Thanks again for supporting the series, Jeanne, and thanks for dropping by and posting, too. I hope you'll drop back to let us know how your dating goes!
Java Joy to you,
Don't drink coffee, but love the coffee house mystries
I do love your coffee house novels and wish you could write them faster. Just finished Dechaffeinated Corpse and it was great as usual. But I have to admit that I do not drink coffee (although I do love the smell) I am a tea drinker and I don't think that being a coffee drinker is a required for loving your books. Keep up the great work.
Cleo here. Hi Carolyn! Of course, I agree with you...
Jeopary question: "A culinary mystery series, set in Greenwhich Village, that is enjoyed by tea drinkers as much as coffee drinkers."
Jeopardy answer: "What is the Coffeehouse Mysteries?"
"CORRECT! Alex, tell her what she's won!"
She's won a big shout-out from Cleo Coyle!
You, go, tea-drinking girlfriend! More power to the Leaf Lover.
I actually enjoy a good cuppa tea, too. In fact, it's the only thing I can drink when I have a head cold (which is right now). I'm drinking American Classic, the only tea that is grown on U.S. soil, on a tea farm outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
I visited there recently and had a wonderful time. I'll try to post about it with pics in the future (FYI...I also took a cooking class on low country cuisine at a store called Charleston Cooks! and I'll write about that too soon and post a delish rice pudding recipe).
Click on the link above and it will take you to the Bigelow site for the Charleston tea plantation (Bigelow blends and distributes this U.S. tea). They have tours, too, so if you're ever down there, you should definitely check it out!
Happy tea drinking, Carolyn, and happy coffee reading too! Thanks for dropping by, come on back now, y'hear?!
P.S. I made you a virtual pot of tea to enjoy for stopping by my virtual coffeehouse!
I got all 3 ordered so am waiting now for them to come & read them right away. Thanks for telling me about them.
You're very welcome!
EEEEEEEW!!!!! Cat Poo Coffee
Yuck, Yuck, Yuck ewwwww who would even try that out in the first place YUCK!!!. Hi Cleo, Chelle from Canada again. I just saw an article on AOL about this cat poo coffee someone came up with, apparently the "Enzymes in the cats' stomach break down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste, thus enhancing its flavour and creating a brew many consider superb. A cup of the special civet cat or luwak coffee costs $50." !!!! 50 dollars a pop for a cup of cat poo coffee? Gawd that's gross. Lol thought you'd be interested. I'd send a link but I'm not sure where to send it.
Chelle of Canada's Coffee Coast
Cleo here. Hi Chelle! How are you! Of course I laughed out loud when I read your Cat Poo post. Yes, I've known about this coffee for a few years now, and I'll be writing about it in an upcoming CM (the one after French Pressed). I DON'T think I'll be featuring it as a "coffee pick" giveaway simply because I doubt too many people would consider it a valuable prize!!
Java Joy to you and drop by again!
I really enjoy your books.
Hello, I just wanted to say I really enjoy your books. My two favorite things, coffee and reading, they go hand-in-hand. Thanks for a great and fun read. I'll be on the look out for the next book.
Christi - Bakersfield California
Cleo here. Hi Christi in Bakersfield, CA! You are a sweetheart to take the time and effort to post me about my CM books. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply -- deadlines rule my world. But it's worth it when I read posts like yours! Thanks again.
I hope you stop by the virtual Village Blend again to say hi! In the meantime, here's a cuppa sunshine, which you probably get more than enough of in Bakersfield (but belive me we can always use it in NYC)!
Hi Cleo!! I just got back from a summer internship in NYC and I want to kick myself..Why you ask..because last summer I had read that you often go and write your books in an actual coffeehouse. So I was wondering what coffeehouse do you frequent for inspiration or for just a exhilarating cup of joe. I absolutely fell in love with the Village and went there as much as possible, and I'd love to stop by your favorite shop to experience a soothing latte. Love your books, and the recipe's too!
Cleo here. Hello, Lynsey! For goodness sake stop kicking yourself! I'm sure you'll come back to New York again. No kidding...doing an internship in another city is such a great experience. Now that you've lived and worked in NYC, I'm sure it will be no biggee for you to return for visits since you know how to get around and talk with the natives (that would be folks like moi).
Back in the day, I did an internship in Washington, D.C., and now whenever I go back for a visit, I'm always flooded with GREAT memories of the wonderful time I had there as an intern (and discovering that, for instance, the Rayburn House Office Building and the Depatment of Transportation had great cafeterias). But that's beside the point...my point with you is that I know you'll be back to my fair city and you'll love it even more!
A coffeehouse you might want to check out next time you come by is "Joe the Art of Coffee" in the heart of the Village (on Waverly Place). It's small and not marked by a large sign so go to their website to get the exact address. They serve one of the highest rated espressos in the city (and their latte art is very nice). Joe's head barista (Amanda) grew up in coffee-obsessed Seattle, trained at a coffee roaster in MA, and recently appeared on Martha Stewart's show to talk about and demo latte art.
If you're a foodie, don't miss the cheese and freshly made sandwiches at Murray's Cheese and if you want to try an outstanding brewed coffee made on a Clover machine (that drip brews every single customer's cup TO ORDER in 90 seconds), then go to Cafe Grumpy just north of the Village in Chelsea. I also hang out at Starbucks (Union Square, Astor Place, and Astoria, Queens), and like to roam around for new haunts, too. Oh, and if I want a romantic atmosphere in the evening with live music and a fireplace, there's always Caffe Vivaldi in the Village, too.
So there you go...that should get you started!
Thanks for posting Lynsey! I'm so happy you interned in my beloved Apple. I'm sure you'll be back to Clare's stompin' ground soon enough.
Warmest java wishes,
just a note to let you know i love your web site. the interaction with your fans is great. makes us feel like we have a friend in cleo coyle! i have written before so keep doing what your doing have turned 3 of my friends on to your fab stories. love l in jersey ( they all love madame& matt also)keep the coffee and mysteries coming!
Cleo here. Thanks I in Jersey....sorry it took so long for me to answer, was buried under deadlines. Ugh. But emerging momentarily to find so many great posts (yours included) that I can't help but feel inspired! Made some virtual cannoli** for you! Thanks for stopping by the virtual coffeehouse. Till next time...
Wishing you fresh java joy!
** deep fried pastry filled with sweetened ricotta cheese (for anyone out there who's scratching the ol' noggin on that one).
More Coffee please
I just love your books. So does everyone I work with. I am an RN and work nights, so everyone knows we live on coffee. I can't stand the coffee the hospital provides, so I started bringing my own, with the grinder and making it at work and share it. I bring in Jamaica Blue Mountain every now and then, but then I started reading your books, and if a coffee is featured in your book, then I look for it and bring it to work too. The Ethiopia Harrar was a big hit. Everyone can't wait to taste what the next bag might be....
Cleo here. Hi Kristin! What a GREAT post! I'm totally psyched that the books are giving you ideas for livening up the ol' community coffee maker at work. And you're a night RN, too, which (as you've said) means coffee-talk is right up your alley.
You've definitely come to the right URL address for hearing about interesting coffees. I'll be spotlighting a new blend or single-origin coffee every month (to coincide with the free coffee drawing from my newsletter subscriber list). So stay tuned for more Coffee Picks.
As you can see, I've recommended Magnolia Grill blend this month. I can also give you a quick additional suggestion from Starbucks (which is very convenient for many people). My husband and I are both in agreement that the Rift Valley Blend is a good cup. I'm not sure how long they'll be selling it, but it's a blend of African beans. Click here to read more about it at Starbucks online store. (Typically African beans are roasted medium and have floral and lemony notes with a bright juicy finish.) Not so with the Rift Valley. This blend is roasted dark and has notes of chocolate and pepper with a dry finish. But it's a bold, interesting cup and I liked it.
Thanks again, Kristin, for posting. You definitely made my day!
Wishing you frothy cappuccino dreams,
You've got me hooked
I read Murder Most Frothy, then broke out my French Press - dusted it off - and had to go and get On What Grounds to start from the beginning. These are my first mystery in YEARS!!! I am from NY, and I love that your settings are very familiar to me - easy to imagine because I've been there. Although, I don't venture into the City very often now-a-days. But now I am thinking a trip is in order. I usually read romance and needed a change - a couple of the Coffee House Mysteries were on display at the bookstore so I went for it. But as the saying goes, a tiger can't change her stripes overnight, so I can't help but be interested in the whole Matt/Quinn aspect of the stories. But I can't help but wonder whether Jim will back? Although I think I'm pulling for Matt to change his wicked ways.
P.S. I just realized that I may not have given you my name - Tara. Sorry about that.
Cleo here. I loved you post, Tara! Dusting off the old French Press, eh? LOL! Also loved what you said about the books getting you to think about visiting the City again....per the Matt vs. Quinn debate, it's interesting that you're weighing in with..JIM RAND from MURDER MOST FROTHY. Ha! You're the first fan to do that, and I hear you, girl!
Sure, Jim is totally hot--an ex-Navy SEAL who isn't shy about acting on his attractions to Clare. But I suspect that he's also the sort of guy who'd make a lot of women run for cover. Certainly, when it comes to fiction, I say anything goes with dangerous men (why not!). In reality, I'm betting most women would be wary of Jim since he's such a love-em-and-leave-em type. But Clare's not at a point in her life where she needs a man to make her feel emotionally secure. So getting involved with Jim doesn't scare her.
It's gratifying for me to know that these are the first mysteries you've read in a while. My books are definitely character driven and that could be why you like them--at least I hope so because the characters are very real to me.
As I see Clare, reaching the age of 40 means finally knowing who she is and what she wants. After years of uncertainty, she's finally made that connection with the voice inside herself. At last, she trusts her own instincts. That's a lot of what her sleuthing is really about. She finally trusts herself. She's no longer afraid to be on her own in sketchy situations. In fact, she's curious to see just how far she can push the envelope. Clare WAS once scared of a lot of things, but because she's up for adventure now, she was definitely up for getting involved with Jim Rand in MURDER MOST FROTHY, so I'm very glad you liked that book.
In answer to your question, YES, keep reading the series, and you'll see Jim appear again in a future book. He gave Clare his card at the end of FROTHY for a reason. Clare will definitely be calling him again—when she finds herself in the middle of a very sticky situation and realizes Jim (with his commando experience) is probably the only guy who can help her out of it. But that particular story won't be happening for several books. Clare's got lots of other adventures to live through first.
Thanks for posting, Tara! I hope you enjoy the rest of the Coffeehouse Mystery series. I'm glad to count you among the growing group of readers who are discovering the CM books. Thanks also for taking the time and effort to post. And I hope you'll come back again to visit the virtual Village Blend!
P.S. To visit the official US Navy SEAL Website and see some of what Jim Rand's years in the military involved, click here.