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Great book!!!I just finished reading The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait. I could not put it down. It was a great read and a great ending. Keep the books coming. I really enjoy the characters and the plot. You are a gift to all mystery readers.
PLEASE PLEASE A COOKBOOKOMG I love Clare and her crazy adventures!!! But I would SERIOUSLY love a cookbook with ALL her recipes in it!!! Could this be possible?? PLEASE say it is!!
Love Clair and companyI just listened to all of the Coffee House Mystery books in order! Loved how the stories flow from one to the next. Really enjoyed Brewed AWakening. So many twists and turns. Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us.
If you wrote a book a week, I still couldn't get enough!I started with your coffeehouse series and when I found the Haunted Bookshop, I was thrilled! What an interesting pair of sleuths :) My sister loves them too (I've been her lending library). Your stories are thrilling and the characters are hilarious and relatable. Makes me wish they were next door neighbors...Take care!
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Would you say Quinn's family likes Clare better than they ever did Leila, his ex-wife? After the events of Once Upon a Grind, do they resent Leila even more for (SPOILER ALERT) the fact that she was, although unintentionally, working beside a murderer and almost getting Molly and Clare killed? And what of Molly and Jeremy? Do they prefer Clare to their own mother? I mean, Leila did admit to putting her own needs first to Clare in that underground club.
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Your books deserve to have a movie or TV crime series. They would win awards hands down.
Cleo's reply: Wouldn't that be fun.
I've noticed that quite a few of the Coffeehouse books take place during the autumn months. Is that your favorite season?
Cleo's reply: Yes.
Have you considered a book where Clare is approached by her mother who walked out on her or someone who knows her mother? And what ever happened to the relatives Clare was staying with in Italy during the time she met Matteo?
Cleo's reply: In a long-running book series like the Coffeehouse Mysteries (book #19 will be published soon), developping plotlines from any character's past is always a possibility. What you've suggested has always been a possibility in our minds as writers. It's nice that you're invested in the characters and their stories and want to see more development from past threads. Keep reading and you may see those storylines appear again. You never know. Thank you!
Is Joy aware of what her father tried to pull in Brewed Awakening with her mother? If so, what are her feelings?
(WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD FOR BREWED AWAKENING)
In answer to your question about Joy, that would make a good Book Club Question, don't you think?
Let's do it now...pretend I'm leading your book club group.
If you've read the previous books, then you know Joy dearly loves her dad. He's been Joy's champion and protector, and she never liked the idea of her parents splitting. Children often have very different views of things than their parents. So... Given Joy's background and feelings about her father, how do you think she would have felt about Matt trying to win her mother back?
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I would think that Joy would have been as annoyed as her mother. While, as a kid, she would have been thrilled by her father trying to win her mother back, she isn't blind to her mother and Quinn's love for each other. I don't think she would hate her father either, but I can't imagine she's too happy that her dad lied and also tried to ruin things for Clare and Mike. She has come to accept that her mother doesn't want her father back. She even fancied the prospect of Mike and Clare marrying back in Murder by Mocha.
Thank you so much for your thoughts! There are no "right" or "wrong" answers to a Book Club-like discussion question like this. Only subjective opinions and good conversation. Thank you so much for your point of view, and thanks especially for reading our work. We very much appreciate that you've continued to think about our story and characters after that last page is turned. And we hope you continue to enjoy our Coffeehouse Mystery world for years to come. Keep reading...and keep in touch. If you are not already a subscriber to our periodic newsletter, click the cup (below) to join us. Cheers!
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Hello Cleo, I'm almost ready to start your Coffeehouse mysteries and I'm so excited. The problem is I can't find the first 3 books in audio... =( Thanks, Sylvia
Hi, Sylvia - ALL of our books are available on audio, including every one of our Coffeehouse Mysteries and our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, hooray!
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Every women needs a ghost like Jack!! Please keep writing about Jack.
My husband and I agree, and we love writing about Jack and Pen and all the characters in our Haunted Bookshop world. We certainly do plan to keep writing our Jack Shepard mysteries. We hope you'll keep reading, too. If you're not already subscribed to our newsletter, we hope you'll sign up, so you don't miss news of our next Haunted Bookshop Mystery. SIGN UP HERE. And take care!
Hello, I have so enjoyed reading and in some cases re-reading your books! Covid has given me the time to get back into reading and your books are number one on my list. Looking forward to the new book!
Belated but heartfelt thank you! That is so gratifying to read. Cheers for the time you took to stop back and let us know how much you're enjoying our work. Please fogive the amount of time it's taken to reply here. We've been a bit crazed with the new release and a deadline in front of us, but we hope you see this reply, and enjoy our newest releases, as well.
THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT (publishing May 4th) is the 7th entry in our recently re-launched Haunted Booskhop Mystery series.
And HONEY ROASTED (now available for pre-order) will be the 19th book in our long-running Coffeehouse Mystery series.
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Thank you! Our new Coffeehouse Mystery (#19 in the series) will be released December 2021. Pre-order links from all booksellers will be widely available in about a month and we'll share them as soon as they go live. Amazon now has the pre-order page up (early) for the title, which is HONEY ROASTED.
In the meantime, our new Haunted Bookshop Mystery, THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT, is coming out in just two months on May 4, 2021. To learn more about our Haunted Bookshop Mystery series or pre-order the brand-new title before release, click here.
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Holidays are a part of my life. So they absolutely will be part of my amateur sleuth's life, too. When I write my books (in collaboration with my dear husband), I do so from the heart and from my authentic experiences living in New York City.
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I’m new to your world of awesome books! I mostly listen to audio books, I love that these are long entertaining books with a great reader! Coffee, mystery , delicious food and deserts, my favorites! I love that you have receipt guides on your website with beautiful photos, but where do I find the actual receipt?
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Greetings to you. I'm delighted to know that you are enjoying the audio editions of my Coffeehouse Mysteries. In answer to your question about the recipes: When you purchase an audio book, you are buying a performance of the story by an audio reader, and (again) I'm truly happy to know that you are enjoying these performances. The recipes, however, are not read aloud in these audio works. Reciting ingredients and directions for twenty different recipes at a time would be a little strange! However, I am happy to tell you that you can find all the recipes mentioned in my stories in the back of the print and ebook versions of my Coffeehouse Mystery titles. I created my free Recipe Guides so that readers would be able to "see" what the finished recipes look like. I hope that helps, and I hope you'll enjoy the many free bonus recipes that I have added to this website. Find the bonus recipes by clicking here; find the Recipe Guide recipes in the print and ebook versions of my works.
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Matteo in the Dog House
Will Matteo play a major role in the new book or will Clare keep him at a far distance? Especially considering his attempt to take advantage of Clare's amnesia and push Mike out of the picture in the last book (Brewed Awakening)? I can honestly say that I am a ClarexMike fan and what Matteo did put him in the doghouse indefinitely in my perspective.
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Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your perspective. I always appreciate what readers have to say.
On Matt and his future, I'll be happy to share some thoughts...
Matteo "Matt" Allegro still loves and cares for Clare. That's never going to change. He is a devoted father to their daughter, Joy. And he respects and appreciates Clare as a partner in their coffee business. Matt will always come through when his friends and family need him. He's that kind of guy. He's also got his faults.
Clare understands all that. She still cares for Matt as a friend and will never give up on him as someone whom she can count on for support. His actions toward her in Brewed Awakening were really a flattering result of his continued affection for her and his wish that he could find a way to win her back. She understands that, too, and is a person who understands the value and virtue in forgiveness. From Clare's perspective, Matt is her oldest friend, business partner, and father to their dauther. For all those reasons, he won't be in the doghouse forever or even for long, not in Clare's mind, anyway.
Quinn, however, is another matter! Mike Quinn will likely never trust Matt again, not that he ever did, from their very first meeting, that really hasn't changed much at all.
Again, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed hearing a few of mine. Take care, keep reading...and keep in touch!
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Sometimes we even have to stay in our rooms when we have covid. Your books have been such a help during this time. I am an avid reader of mysteries, classics and others. Your level of writing is what I like and I am just so happy with the whole idea and theme of your books; just a little lighter weight mysteries. Congratulations to you!
Cleo's reply -
Please forgive my delay in posting this reply, which I do hope you see! I want to thank you sincerely for taking the time to stop by my message board and express your kind words about the books I write in collaboration with my husband.
Marc and I are both so pleased that our stories have given you some escape and entertainment during these difficult days. Writers write for different reasons. In the end, Marc and I tell stories to uplift our readers, and there is no better need in the world right now than for people to find a way to be mentally uplifted and reassured and to find emotional connections.
We are so very glad to know that we've done that for you. We send our very best wishes, thoughts, and prayers your way for strength of spirit, health in body and peace of mind.
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Don't ever stop writing the series.
"Don't ever stop writing the series."
Personally I usually read period mysteries. Time frame of 1920's and British. But I stumbled onto your audiobooks. I thought what the heck I will have a listen and see what it is about. Wow! I was so caught up in it I couldn't stop listening. I have now gone through 9 books and still can't get enough. So thank you so much for being a great story teller I have many more to go.
Cleo's reply -
What a wonderful note. Thank you so much! My husband and I have been writing the Coffeehouse Mysteries for nearly twenty years now, and we don't have any plans to stop. God's plans are sometimes different for us, of course, and we always accept that. But for now, we are inspired to know that our work is continuing to reach new readers (or listeners) like you. Cheers for taking the time and effort to let us know. That means a lot to us. If you'd like to keep in touch, our free newsletter keeps readers informed of new releases in both of our series.
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How many more books do you have planned or have considered for the Coffeehouse series? I am honestly scared of the day where we reach the end. The characters and plots are incredible!
SHOT IN THE DARK
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Cleo's reply -
Many more! I always accept that God may have another plan for me, but my own plan is to keep writing for years to come. As long as you keep reading, I'll keep writing, and I hope you will be returning to our beloved Village Blend for years to come, too.
Thank you so much for your kind support. Knowing you're out there waiting for my next book makes all the difference!
I adore your Coffeehouse series. Here are the ones I enjoy the most from the series.
A Brew to Kill
Murder by Mocha
Once Upon a Grind
Shot in the Dark
Dead to the Last Drop
Dead Cold Brew
I wish your next book was closer to being released. -K.L.
Cleo's reply -
Thank you, K.L.! I'm happy to know you're enjoying my Coffeehouse series so much. And I'm equally glad to know you're looking forward to my newest Coffeehouse title, coming in December 2021. More to come soon about that. Thank you for your kind support...and reader patience! xoxo
OF BOOKS IN ORDER
For anyone who would like to learn more about all the books in my Coffeehouse Mystery series, click here or on the image below for a free PDF of my title checklist with books in order.
This is a handy little helper for checking off books in order or finding out which titles in the series you may have missed.
There are also links in this checklist to my free recipe guides and online extras. Have fun exploring my Coffeehouse world. ~ Cleo
What an awesome Holiday Buzz
I just finished Holiday Buzz and it is my favorite book, thus far. It is the perfect blend of suspense, with varying essences of humor that kept me rolling. C.C. outdid herself this time, and the [guilty party] even had me fooled in this mystery. Keep it up, I am already hooked on this strongly caffeinated book series.
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Thank you, Russ, your kind note is much appreciated. See below for our free, illustrated guide to the Holiday Buzz recipe section, and...
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Do you ever plan to write a Coffeehouse book that takes place before the first book of the series like how some cozy mystery authors have? Like a pre-divorce or pre-New York returned Clare solving a mystery?
Hi, there. I'm not sure why you're asking, but our longtime readers know that ever since we started our Coffeehouse Mysteries, back in 2003 with ON WHAT GROUNDS, we've been giving readers glimpses of Clare's past via memories and flashbacks to her life before the start of the series. That's been our style of storytelling throughout the series.
On What Grounds:
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If you've picked up our latest release, BREWED AWAKENING (18th in the series), you'll see that same style of storytelling at work throughout the book, even more so. Because of her memory loss, Clare's past was never more important than in the narrative we undertook in this latest entry, Brewed Awakening. As far as creating an entire book set in Clare's past? Here's our answer...
We have many more Coffeehouse Mystery books planned for the future. And we'll be continuing what we've always done, moving our characters forward in time but with glimpses into their pasts that help reveal to our readers some of the experiences and events that helped form the layers of these characters and influence who they are today. I hope that helps with your question, and I hope you'll continue to enjoy our books for years to come.
Happy New Year to you and happy reading!
coffee/espresso machine question
... I am wanting to find the best coffee/espresso maker within my budget. And, I have been able to get phenomenal recipes from your books, soooooo, do you have suggestions on coffee/espresso makers? Here is hoping you do. Russ G.
Greetings to you, Russ!
As for your question...
Personally, I use an inexpensive stovetop espresso pot to make espresso-style drinks. This is what my Italian-American family has used for generations, and my amateur sleuth, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, uses one too; that is, when she's not making true espressos (with crema) via her professional coffeehouse machine.
If you want a true espresso experience on a budget, my advice is to patronize your local coffeehouse and enjoy espressos and espresso drinks one cup at a time. Otherwise, there's always the stovetop "moka" espresso pot. "Inexpensive" espresso machines cannot produce the proper bars of pressure needed to make you a true espresso, sorry but you can't have everything. If you shop around, you may find other opinions.
As for the drip coffee maker, I use a cuisinart. You can see the model I own at this link, which is in the Amazon store. This model is also sold by Costco and other vendors.
Happy New Year and happy reading. My best to you...
When will Brewed Awakening come out in paperback? I have all the coffeehouse books in paperback. Buying hardback will mess up the esthetic of my bookshelf!
Cleo's reply -
I understand about wanting to have the same format. The Brewed Awakening paperback will be out in late 2021. I don't know the exact month yet. My publisher will let me know soon enough, and I'll let my newsletter subscribers know, as well. I hope you are one of them! If not, you can sign up (and learn more about it) by clicking the cup below...the newsletter is free, and I send it out to keep in touch with readers. Enjoy!
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Where can I purchase the COVID edition of Brewed Awakening or is that just a joke?
Cleo's reply -
Just a joke. :) Although...for anyone who has not yet read BREWED AWAKENING, you may find it ironic that although my husband and I wrote the book before the Covid Pandemic of 2020, there are moments that feel as if a pandemic is happening. Clare is quarantined in the book (you'll see why when you read it) and (at one point) she's isolated in a remote area, forced to remain inside with a limited number of people. Sound familiar?!
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Cleo's reply - My newsletter and the "sign up" for it are both free. I hope you decide to sign up and enjoy being a part of my Coffeehouse Community. Cheers!