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January 10, 2020

Coffeehouse Mystery series?

I have all of the books from this series. I would be so thrilled if this were made into a series for television. Wow!


Cleo's reply -

Marc and I are thrilled to know that you're enjoying our work. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to drop by and let us know!

January 4, 2020

Brewed Awakening


I have been a fan since the start - Brewed Awakening was an absolutely stellar read. Thank you so much. I tired not to devour it, but savored the story and all the antics of our Coffeehouse friends. As always can't wait for the next installment.


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January 2, 2020

Thank You!!!


I want to thank you so much for the prize package I won! Such a wonderful surprise! I have tried some of the recipes and they turned out as good as they look!

   I’ve had several compliments and questions about my Brewed Awakening tote bag! I directed them all to your cool website and asked them to be sure to go buy any one of your books to start their wonderful reading adventure!

   And last but not least, I loved, loved, loved the newest Coffeehouse Mystery, Brewed Awakening. Another outstanding edition to this series! Again thank you so much!!!



Cleo's reply: 

Marc and I are absolutely delighted to know you are enjoying your prizes, Ronda. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to stop by and let us know. Your sweet note made our day!

   We are tickled that you are getting compliments on the tote bag, happy to know you are enjoying our recipes, and especially thrilled about your reaction to our brand new Coffeehouse Mystery. 

   Brewed Awakening was a very special story for us, so we're truly grateful for your kind words. 

   We are working on our New Year's Newsletter now and plan to send it out over this weekend (Jan 4-5). We'll be announcing you as one of our winners. If you are subscribed, keep an eye out for it in your email box. If you are not subscribed (or if anyone reading this would like to sign up), simply click the link at the end of this note.

   Marc and I hope you'll keep reading, Ronda, and keep in touch! We wish you peace and joy always.




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January 1, 2020



Thank you for another wonderful coffeehouse mystery. I couldn’t put it down! (Brewed Awakening) when is the next one coming out?



Brewed Awakening:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
by Cleo Coyle

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Cleo's reply - 

Thank you so much for the kind note, Susan! Marc and I are delighted to know that you enjoyed Brewed Awakening, which was a very special entry for us. (For anyone who hasn't read the book, be sure to read the acknowledgements, and you'll learn why it was so special to us as a married couple.)

    To answer your question, our next Coffeehouse Mystery is coming in late 2020.

    We'll have more news soon about the next adventure with Clare and Company. Until then, I hope you'll keep in touch through our newsletter and/or my facebook page.


Sending our warmest wishes to you, Susan. Thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to let us know you enjoyed our work. It means a lot to us.

~ Cleo


December 24, 2019

Author Alert

Will newer Haunted Bookshop mysteries be under Cleo Coyle from now on? Rosa

Cleo's reply: Yes, Rosa. Look under CLEO COYLE for our new Haunted Bookshop Mystery, coming in August 2020. More info to come soon. In the meantime, Merry Christmas!


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December 12, 2019

Will there be more Coffeehouse Mysteries?

Will there be more Coffeehouse Mysteries?

I hope so.






Brewed Awakening
Coffeehouse Mystery #18
by Cleo Coyle

Just Released!
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Cleo's reply:  

Hello, and...

     YES! Absolutely there will be more Coffeehouse Mysteries! Brewed Awakening (#18 in our series) was just released, and I am now writing the next Coffeehouse Mystery with my husband (and partner in crime-writing).

     I hope you'll keep in touch with us through our free E-newsletter, so you won't miss any updates about our next release in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, coming next year (2020). ~ Cleo


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December 3, 2019

Haunted Bookshop question

I'm wondering if Jack and Pen will have many cases as Clare does and will continue to do so. Rosa

Cleo's reply: Don't worry, Rosa, we have many more Jack and Pen books in store for you. My husband and I are already writing the 7th book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. I'll be posting more about it soon. (Our publisher is working on the cover right now and we'll be able to display it soon, a well.) Stay tuned for more news on Jack and Pen and their next case, coming in fall 2020!







November 3, 2019

New to Coffee


I sure hope you can help me! After reading your Coffeehouse books, I would love to try drinking (good) coffee. I've tried before, but the only way I could stand coffee was to put so much stuff in it that it wouldn't even taste like coffee. After reading your books, you seem like a true expert. Is there some coffee you would suggest I try? I don't eat sugar or dairy, so would love to try it 'plain'. Thanks in advance!



Book #1 in Cleo Coyle's 
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Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Cleo's reply -

Hello back! I'm so glad you are enjoying our Coffeehouse Mysteries. Coffeehouse culture is a specific culture that my husband and I researched well before we wrote our very first Coffeehouse Mystery ON WHAT GROUNDS.

     We continue to research the developments in the coffee business and celebrate the passionate people who work in it. I'm happy to know that you enjoyed that basic background aspect of the coffee trade. (And there are, of course, many more aspects to our Coffeehouse books, especially with a primary cast that includes three generations of women and a supporting cast of hard-working NYPD officers and detectives who frequent the Village Blend, no surprise since cops practically live on coffee.)

    As for your request, I cannot turn you into a happy coffee drinker simply by suggesting that you buy a certain coffee: e.g. Rwandan, Kona, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or Sulawesi (<< click the link), which are all excellent coffees if roasted and brewed properly. There are also many excellent blends that are hand-crafted by master roasters, like the Billionaire's Blend (<< click the link) from One Good Woman Fine Coffees and Teas.

     Many people around the world consider coffee to be an intangible but important aspect of their culture. But it's not for everyone. Some people like dark roasts while others despise them and prefer lighter roasts. You would need to experiment to find what you prefer. You would also need to properly (burr) grind the freshly roasted whole beans for the particular method of brewing that you choose, and you would need to have the proper equipment to brew it. All of this will cost you money and these techniques will take time to learn. We like what we like. Here's what I can suggest for you (and it's the reason people like Clare are in business)!

    Find a local coffeehouse that appears to be popular. Review their menu and try a few drinks from it. Most coffeehouses have alternatives to dairy (such as soy or almond or coconut milk) and I would suggest you try a plain latte using one of those alternatives. With lattes, the milk is steamed and the steaming brings out the sweetness, so you probably don't need sugar. However, if you consume sweet things often (fruits or honey), then you will probably need to have some kind of sweetener added in there to make the drink taste good to you. 

    People in the coffee trade (and millions of others who don't make it their profession) enjoy the smell, taste, and experience of this beverage, which is beloved worldwide. But it's not for everyone, so don't feel pressured to like it yourselfRemember, most people wouldn't drink cocoa (hot chocolate) without dairy and sweetener mixed into it. The coffee bean is not unlike the cocoa bean. You can think of it that way, if you like. You don't have to drink coffee black if you don't enjoy it that way.

     We have many happy readers who do not drink or even like coffee, but they tell us they absolutely love reading our Coffeehouse Mysteries all the same, and that's a good thing indeed. Don't forget that coffeehouses, Clare's included, also serve tea, cocoa, steamers, and other beverages. The coming together of the cast and the warm, cozy atmosphere of the setting is what's most important to these readers. And it makes us happy to know that our fictional world is a place they want to live. For a little while, anyway. 

May you drink (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo


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October 28, 2019

Made my day!

Hello, I was going to ask if there would be a #7 in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series but wanted to read what other fans had been asking. Thank goodness I did!!!! I’m so happy to hear that there WILL BE a #7.

This truly made my day!

Thank you,



Cleo's reply - 

Thank you, Bonnie, for the lovely note. And, yes, our 7th Haunted Bookshop Mystery (title to be revealed) is coming in 2020, and I'm happy that *you're* happy!

     (For anyone who'd like to keep in touch with us, so you won't miss the latest news on our upcoming books, click here to subscribe to our Cleo Coyle Newsletter.)

     Bonnie, enthusiastic readers like you have inspired us to keep writing the characters we love so much. We even dedicated our 6th book, The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller, to our long-suffering readers, who waited nearly ten years for the series to return after a hitatus.

     For anyone who'd like to know more about the origins of the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, why we took a break from writing them, and why we recently decided to make our ghost "reappear," you are welcome to read our Criminal Element feature article by clicking here.

     My warmest wishes to you for the happy note, Bonnie. If you are on Facebook, be sure to friend or follow Jack (our ghost PI). To see his Facebook page, click here or on Jack's fedora above. 

     In closing, Jack and Pen (and I) hope you'll keep reading...and keep in touch!

~ Cleo


October 16, 2019

Once Upon a Grind, celebrating with Crochet and Recipe make-a-long

I just love your work. So much, that I'm hosting a project based on your book, Once Upon a Grind, on my YouTube channel! The ladies are excited. We will be making crochet Fall ponchos using the book cover colors and baking desserts from the book.

The poncho ruffles to match the dessert recipe each lady decides to make. Thank you so much for writing these books, and putting such love into these characters. I can't wait to read them all! XO, Mimi Cozy Fox Atelier P.S. I posted your book link on my page





A Coffeehoues Mystery
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How do you solve
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Thank you kindly, Mimi! I am so pleased to know that you enjoyed Once Upon a Grind enough to pay tribute to it in such a creative way. Have a delicious fall, and...

Happy Halloween!

Love, Cleo


Join coffeehouse manager Clare as she
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October 12, 2019

great book

great book, i love it, thank you so much.

Cleo's reply: Thank *you* so much for the nice note. 

October 11, 2019

Haunted Bookshop Mystery series

I've just read the entire series and, as a fledgling romance writer with one indie book published, I would love to see Pen and Jack hook up... (text deleted)



Cleo's reply:

Thank you kindly for caring enough about our characters to imagine a future for them. Years ago, my husband and I discussed that same scenario as a possibility. It's a logical dramatic narrative line, of course, but we rejected it for many reasons, and we doubt anything like it will come about for the series (which is why we edited your comment). Apologies for that, but we don't want fans assuming that the future for our characters will be taking that course.

Nevertheless, we thank you sincerely for reading our work and taking the time and trouble to let us know you enjoyed it enough to offer us ideas for the future of Jack and Pen. Cheers to you, we both wish you great good luck in your own writing career!








October 4, 2019

Thank you for bringing Jack and Penny back

I just found out about these terrific books earlier this year. I’ve enjoyed all six, and don’t know how long I can wait for number 7.


Cleo's reply: 

Thank *you* for taking the time and trouble to let us know how much you enjoyed our Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. And we're happy to report that the next entry, Haunted Bookshop Mystery #7 (title to be revealed soon), will be released next year (2020). The publisher is creating the cover for the work as I type this. More info to come.

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September 30, 2019

Just finished Shot in the Dark...

Just finished Shot in the Dark. I enjoyed it (as well as all of the others in the series). In addition to the multilayered plots and character development, as a native Brooklynite transplanted to New England, I appreciate the references to landmarks of my childhood. Thanks also for the shout out to Stony Brook, my Alma Mater. Looking forward to Brewed Awakening.

Shot in the Dark
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Cleo's reply:

Thank you sincerely for taking the time and trouble to stop by our message board and share your thoughts. (Stony Brook has a beautiful campus. Marc and I went to other schools, but we loved visiting SB.)

     I'm delighted to know that our Coffeehouse Mysteries bring back good memories for you. New York is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, from people and settings to culinary *and* criminal activity. My husband and I will never tire of setting our stories where we live (literally and metaphorically). 

     Thanks again and we hope you enjoy Brewed Awakening. It's quite a unique entry for the series, and we're excited to get it into the hands of readers. We hope you'll keep in touch and let us know what you think of the upcoming release. Till then, be well...

Wishing you java joy!

 ~ Cleo


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September 25, 2019

Clare's Irish Cream Poke Cake Recipe

In Billionaire Blend they mention finding this recipe on your site to go with the frosting Baileys Irish Cream Frosting.




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Billionaire Blend

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Hi, Deb - The link to the bonus recipe that you are seeking is on my recipe blog (which you'll find that I linked to on the Recipe Page of this site).

For the cake recipe that you mentioned, simply click the link below or the photo below that...

As our Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter subscribers know, I am a longtime food blogger, and it gives me great joy to share bonus recipes with my readers, absolutely free. I'm happy to provide them to you, in addition to the recipes you already received in the recipe section of Billionaire Blend, speaking of which...


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Thanks, Deb, and may you read and eat with joy!

~ Cleo


August 28, 2019

Next Village Blend Book

I am in withdrawal. Please, when will there be more Village Blend books????


Cleo's reply: Thanks for asking! 

This December 3rd, look for BREWED AWAKENING, which will be our 18th Coffeehouse Mystery.



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August 28, 2019

Cold brew location requirements

I am looking to start my own cold brew business and all the regulations online are not black and white more grey. The question is: what regulations must a building meet in order to manufacture cold brew coffee from?

Cleo's reply: That would depend on your state and local laws. You need to consult an attorney who can properly advise you. It's wise not to cut corners were the law is concerned on starting a business, especially one that involves consumable products. Good luck!

August 28, 2019

Bonus Recipes Question



I just finished reading Dead Cold Brew And where your recipes are listed at the end of the book it says to visit your site for even more recipes...


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Cleo's reply - 

Click this link to CLEO'S RECIPES, which is a page on this site where I share recipes with my readers and tell them about where to find more.

I hope you enjoy the bonus recipes that I've already posted at this site, and on my food blog (that link is posted on this site, as well, sorry you missed it), including the Maple-Glazed Oatmeal Muffins (Best Ever!) and Snickerdoodle Muffins (aka tender cinnamon-sugar muffins which I also call my "Coffee Shop Donut Muffins"), and I hope you enjoyed reading DEAD COLD BREW, as well as the many recipes already published in that book. For a free illustrated guide to DEAD COLD BREW's recipe section, click here or on the image below.

I have been a food blogger for over ten years, and continue to post new recipes periodically, sharing them with my newsletter subscribers. I plan to post that delicious biscotti recipe you mentioned later this fall (in time for Christmas Cookie season). I hope you'll keep in touch through my newsletter to receive a notice when that particular recipe goes live. But you have good things coming to you right away. When you sign up for my newsletter, you'll recieve an auto-reply with even more recipes immediately. Click this link for the FREE NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP.

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~ Cleo 

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August 26, 2019

Missing Breanne

I was surprised Breanne didn’t go to the Smithsonian opening in book15. Did I miss something?


Cleo's reply:

When you move on to the next book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, #16 DEAD COLD BREW, your question will be answered, and that answer will impact book #17 SHOT IN THE DARK and book #18, coming out this December (2019), BREWED AWAKENING. 

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August 2, 2019

Clare and Company


I'd just like to take a moment to sincerely thank all of our dedicated readers for your continued messages and emails, hundreds of them over these many years, telling us how much you've enjoyed our mysteries and especially our cast of characters.

     Your love of Clare and Co. is the primary reason our Coffeehouse Mystery series has lasted 15 years with 18 titles, and has over one million books in print (with more to come) thanks to our longtime publisher Penguin Random House.

     We are also grateful to the many book reviewers for honoring our series with three starred reviews and so many best-of-year list mentions. Thanks again, everyone. :)


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July 13, 2019

Loved Clare's cornbread

I made Clare's cornbread after finishing French Pressed. I gave my husband 2 pieces and, like Mike, he had to have more!

Cleo's reply - Thank you so much for letting me know, you made my night!

For anyone who'd like to learn more about our Coffeehouse Mystery French Pressed, click here or on the book cover. Clare's easy cornbread recipe is included in the recipe section of the book.

May you eat and read with joy!

~ Cleo

July 2, 2019

New Coffeehouse Mystery

Will there or when will there be a new book where Mike and Claire get married? Judy


Cleo's reply - Hi, Judy, good question. Readers of the Coffeehouse Mystery series will have to continue reading the story of Mike and Clare to see when and if they get married. That's not a question with a certain answer just yet, as you will see when you read the next book in the series, coming December 2019. The title is Brewed Awakening.

Thanks for stopping by our message board, and thanks especially for reading our books. 

Wishing you java joy,

~ Cleo 



June 16, 2019

List of films referenced in the Haunted Bookshop mysteries

Is there a list of the films referenced before each chapter? I'd love to watch some of them! Deborah

Cleo's reply: Hi, Deborah, thanks for your question. Can you be more specific? There are quotes before each chapter in every book of the series. Which of the books are you reading? See the free title checklist (of books in order) below...




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May 29, 2019

Amazing books

Just wanted to say how much I love the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Up to Murder by Mocha. Can't wait to read the rest.





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Murder by Mocha:
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Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to drop by and leave such a lovely comment. It's always a joy to hear from readers like you. 

You may have this already, but if not, I'm happy to share a free, downloadable checklist of my Coffeehouse books in order. Just click here or on the image below. Thanks again for your kindness. I hope you will...

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May 21, 2019

"Frappuccino-like" recipe? - Cleo Replied

I just finished "Billionaire Blend" and it's great! But, in the back of the book, it tells me to come to this website for a recipe to make a homemade version of a Frappuccino... so, how do I find it?







Billionaire Blend
Starred Review ~ Kirkus

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Cleo's reply:

Click the link below and enjoy!  Easy homemade copycat Frapp recipe below... 

Also happy to know you were pleased with Billionaire Blend. Thanks for stopping by my message board. If you'd like to try a tribute version of the Billionaire Blend coffee from a master roaster who is also a fan of our series, click the link below...

Billionarie's Blend coffee: 

Billionaire Blend recipe guide:


Read with joy!

~ Cleo


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