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August 9, 2013

Brooklyn Blackout Cake

I found the history of this cake but not the actual recipe. If it is available, could you tell me where to find it?

Cleo's reply - You will find many versions of this recipe in cookbooks and online. I'll be posting my own version of this recipe with step-by-step photos next month. I'm really looking forward to finally getting it online! (The baking and photographer take some time and my writing schedule and  personal issues this year put me behind on getting it up on the net...) I hope you enjoy it when it posts, and be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss it! Thanks for dropping by to ask and I hope you'll keep in touch...

~ Cleo


August 7, 2013

Chocolate steamer recipe

Hi, I would like the recipe for Chocolate steamer please.


Cleo's reply:

Hi, back! 


from Coffeehouse Mysery...

Murder by Mocha

(To learn more about this book, click here.) 

A chocolate steamer is steamed milk with chocolate syrup, hold the espresso. That’s right, a latte would include one or two shots of espresso. A steamer is simply steamed milk and a flavored syrup.


In the opening of Murder by Mocha, Clare Cosi makes a very special Chocolate Steamer for Detective Mike Quinn by steaming (or texturing) cold, fresh whole milk with the steam wand on her espresso machine. She then coats the bottom of his mug with her special chocolate syrup, adds the steamed milk, stirs it well, bringing the syrup up from the bottom of the cup, and serves it.


Clare’s chocolate syrup is made from tem­pered bittersweet chocolate (the very finest in the city), turbinado sugar (also known as “sugar in the raw”), a kiss of sea salt, vanilla, pure almond extract, and canela (Mexican cinnamon).


For a method of making your own homemade chocolate syrups (dark and milk), turn to the recipe section in the back of...

HOLIDAY GRIND (to learn more about this book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, click here),

Holiday Grind includes many step-by-step recipes for making your own delicious flavored coffee drink sryups, including Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Gingerbread Syrup, Caramel, Chocolate-Caramel, and more...

Drink with joy!

~ Cleo

July 10, 2013

Holiday Buzz in Audio?

I loved the Audiobooks for the Coffee House Mystery Series. Will the Holiday Buzz be available in Audio in the near future?


Cleo's reply:

Yes! I am happy to report that AudioGo (BBC AudioBooks America) has bought the rights to produce Holiday Buzz in audiobook form. Look for the audio version later this fall. It should be out in time for the holidays of 2013. Thanks for asking and I hope you continue to enjoy the audio versions of our works. AudioGo is a great partner and their productions of our work has been top notch. 

Read (and listen) with joy!

~ Cleo


June 16, 2013

Need more Jack

Need more Jack.

Yeah, I know he's a ghost, but he is still the sexiest thing that ever walked on two legs. Besides, I'm a widow, so in a weird way, it works!

~ Claudia


Cleo's reply -

Belated thank you, Claudia, for the lovely note. We're working on getting you more Jack, too...hang in there, okay?

     For anyone wondering what we're talking about, pay a visit to my HAUNTED BOOKSHOP PAGE of this web site. You'll learn more about the second series that my husband and I write under the name Alice Kimberly, featuring a young widow and bookshop owner named Pen (Penelope) and the hard-boiled ghost who haunts her shop. Together they solve murder mysteries in the little town of Quindicott, Rhode Island. It's an afterlife that suits the spirit of dead PI Jack Shepard just fine...

To visit the
Haunted Bookshop Page



...and read with spirited joy!

~ Cleo (Alice)


June 11, 2013

Large Batch Eggnog Muffin recipe

In Holiday Buzz it says that a recipe for Eggnog Muffins using a cake mix would be on the website but I haven't been able to find it. Have you posted it? If so, please tell me where I can find it. Thanks!

Cleo's reply:

No problem! I'm on deadline right now, but I'll post the recipe here for you soon. (Eggnog is not widely available at this time of year, and I do plan to blog the recipe later this fall, but here is a photo for you to see in the meantime.)



Stop back again!

~ Cleo


June 2, 2013

Janelle's Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have searched the entire website and cannot locate the recipe. Please advise


Cleo's reply: 

It's on my Recipe Page and my Pinterest recipe page, but you can download a free PDF of the recipe right now by clicking here or on the photo of the cookies below...

Thanks for asking about Janelle's cookies from my recent Coffeehouse Mystery Holiday Buzz.

I enjoy experimenting with chocolate chip cookie recipes. This one was very nice, and I'm happy to share it. I think Janelle would have enjoyed baking and selling it, as well.

I do plan to continue experimenting with more chocolate chip cookie recipes in the future and will publish variations when I have them written up and photographed. I hope you'll drop back to my website again to see them, or you can subscribe to my newsletter so you don't miss them.

Cheers and thanks for reading...

~ Cleo


May 27, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cobbler

I made these this weeken, doubled the recipe thank goodness HUGE hit Books and recipes are wonderful Thank you
May 14, 2013


I'm so sorry about your beloved cat. The post was beautiful. You will meet again. I believe that.
May 9, 2013

Love your books

I have read all the books you have written about Claire and the Village Blend....could you write faster :-) Love the recipes too. Rhonda A.
May 9, 2013

Would there ever be audiobooks of the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries?

Hi, Cleo! I love Rebecca Gibel's narration of the Coffeehouse Mysteries that's why I'm wondering if there would ever be audiobook versions of your Haunted Bookshop series. Would be really nice to hear Jack Shepard's voice. :)
May 7, 2013

In Love With Your Books!

The first book I picked up and read a little bit of was Latte Trouble. I red the back, prologue, and a little of chapter 1. I then proceeded to check out the books from my local library until I am able to own them to read over and over, and I must tell you that I am so hooked! On What Grounds grabbed my attention and lately these days, its hard to find a good book that grabs my attention. I just absolutely love it and I wanna read more and more! :D Sincerely, Holly T.
May 5, 2013


Do you serve the Indonesian coffee Kopi Luwak? Sells at $500.00 a pound. However, in Indonesia a cup of it only costs @1.00.You might include this info in one of your novels.
May 5, 2013

Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

Would someone please address the "mystery" of the missing Haunted Bookshop book - The Ghost & the Bougus Bestseller?...


Cleo's (Alice's) reply -

Sure, I'll address it...(I'm the co-author, Alice Alfonsi...) 

Marc and I are looking forward to getting more Haunted Bookshop titles into your hands. We appreciate our readers' patience. The books are coming...maybe not as fast as you would like, but the new titles are in the works, and (as I said), we appreciate your kind patience.

In the meantime, thanks for asking, and you can always check in with our ghost. He's on facebook and you might enjoy talking with him. Click here to see: https://www.facebook.com/JackShepardGhost

For those of you wondering what we're talking about: Cleo Coyle writes a second mystery series under the name Alice Kimberly. Five books have been published thus far in the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, with many more under contract with our publisher Penguin.

       If you count yourself among the readers waiting for more books in this series, including the new one, The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (which, in fact, has not yet been published), be sure to look for the ones that actually have been published to date. These books, listed below, tell a story in order, and you may have missed reading one or two of the titles. As the authors, we hope you'll support the series as active fans by buying and reading all of the books.

Here are the titles in order...


The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries 

Book #1 - The Ghost and Mrs. McClure

Book #2 - The Ghost and the Dead Deb

Book #3 - The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library 

Book #4 - The Ghost and the Femme Fatale 

Book #5 - The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion


The books can be purchased online in either print or e-book format. Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com and many other bookstores sell the titles. Your local bookstore can also order them directly from Penguin.

As for the next book in the series...


Book #6 -
The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller...
This new titles is in the works with many more titles under contract with Penguin.


More news to come on the publication dates of these books. In the meantime, sign up for my newsletter by clicking here, and/or follow me on facebook, and...


Read with "spirited" joy!

~ Cleo (Alice)


May 4, 2013

Note to Cleo - haunted bookshop

Hi Cleo, when will the next bookshop mystery be released? I love Pen and Jack!
May 4, 2013

Best Author Website!

This website is incredible. I'm reading "A brew to a kill' and came here to find caramel latter cupcake recipe. Do you have cats in any of your books. Only joking, but cozy mysteries usually have food and cats, and I love both. I plan to now read the rest of your books. Amy I blog very short stories at http:/amy-solittletime.blogspot.com
May 2, 2013

Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Did you ever post the recipe for Brooklyn Blackout cake? I hope I didn't miss it!!
April 30, 2013

Note to Cleo

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April 29, 2013

Home made Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Crystal and I were looking for a good recipe for homemade cranberry sauce. We, of course, thought of your wonderful recipes in the Coffee House books and in hopes you would have an index of recipes in them, came here to check. The first thing we saw was the post for the Leftover Cranberry Sauce Holiday Pastries. There is the recipe we wanted! We Never have Leftover Cranberry Sauce. This recipe looks Great too, so I did get the PDF. The 3 Lanes Catherine of Texas
April 27, 2013

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Holiday Pastries

I would like this recipe. 
Thanks Brenda


Cleo's reply - Hi, Brenda, that recipe is now on my new blog: CleoCoyleRecipes.com


You can also click the link below to download the recipe in a PDF format that you can print, save, or share.

Leftover Cranberry Sauce
Holiday Pastries (PDF form): 


May you eat with joy!


~ Cleo


April 14, 2013

Blackout Cake

When will the Blackout Cake be on your website? It looks delicious, and I would love to make it.

Cleo's reply: Thank you for your patience! I'm looking forward to posting this recipe soon. ETA - this summer, if not sooner. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you won't miss it. I'll be sure to link to the recipe when it posts. Thanks for asking (and for reading).

April 12, 2013

Note to Cleo - wishing a perfect doppio your way..

I am a delighted fan - I got two of the Coffeehouse Mysteries from my library and I LOVE them!!! Took me about 2 days to get through one (I have writer's brain now). I had no idea there where so many layers to the coffee world. And your writing is just so Entertaining and the recipes are delizioso. Much love and chocolate, Ariana :)


Cleo's reply -

Thank you, Ariana! What a lovely comment...and may I wish you the very same ~ a perfect doppio with a sweet chocolate kiss.

And speaking of chocolate kisses, here is my recipe for Little Chocolate Clouds...enjoy...  


~ Cleo


To download the recipe in a PDF
form that you can print, save, or share,
click here.

(If you cannot see the PDF,
visit my recipe blog by clicking here.
See you there! ~ Cleo)



April 12, 2013

Holiday Buzz not in audio

I spend a lot of time in my car, so I have listened to all of the coffeehouse mysteries in audio. I am disappointed that Holiday Buzz does not offer an audio version. Will it ever be offered in an audio version?


Cleo's reply -

Thank you for the note. I'm delighted to hear that you're enjoying the books in audio. The producer AudioGo (BBC Audiobooks America) has done a terrific job. The books are not just read, they're performed by a very talented actress named Rebecca Gibel. (I especially love her voice for Madame.)

Holiday Buzz will be released in audiobook form at the end of this year (2013), in time for Christmas and Hanukkah. I can't wait to hear Rebecca perform the book, and I hope you enjoy it, too.


In the meantime, for those interested in the audio versions. You can download them via favorite audio online sellers or check out the link to see the entire series in audio at AudioGo's official site by...

Clicking Here.

Thanks again for dropping by my virtual coffeehouse.

May you always drink
(and read) with joy...

~ Cleo


April 11, 2013

Maple Bacon Muffins

I tried this recipe last night using Bob's Red Mill multi-grain pancake mix. THIS WAS AWESOME!!!! It is definitely a keeper... chickypoo@cinci.rr.com


Cleo's reply: 

Wonderful! I'm delighted to hear it, chickypoo, and thank you so much for stopping by to share the foodie love. <3

For anyone who missed this bonus recipe from A Brew to a Kill, you can download it in a free, illustrated PDF by...

Clicking Here 
or on the link below...



A Brew to a Kill
A Top-10 Favorite 
Cozy Mystery of the Year!
(To learn more, click here.)



Cleo Coyle's
Maple Bacon Muffins

This truly is an amazing breakfast muffin. 
My recipe gives you the option to make these 
with flour or with pancake mix, 
as chickypoo did above--you can choose
a plain, buttermilk, or even a 
pancake mix...

To download the recipe in 
an PDF format that you
can print, save, or share,

click here.


Eat with joy!
~ Cleo



April 6, 2013


Just got an audio book for my trip. I was very interested in the name that you use....Cleo Coyle....My father was Tom Coyle and he had a sister Cleo and he was from western Pennsylvania. He had a large family and sisters Frances and Lois and brothers Bert, Bob and John. I don't remember Cleo well but wonder if that is where the name came from. I would be interested in hearing from you. Kay Coyle Gage ......kayegee@aol.com


Cleo's reply to come soon
on this question
and more comments below,
thank you for your patience!

April 4, 2013

on what grounds

I ordered on what grounds this morning. I am looking forward to reading it.
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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
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