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the holidays 
are murder...

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Sprudge by

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August 12, 2012

NOTE TO CLEO - Muffins

Have you worked out the recipe for "Irish Whiskey muffins"? I finished "A Brew to a Kill". Excellent! I just sent your first two books to a friend. I know that she'll love them!!

Cleo's reply -

You've got me grinning on your query about Clare's Irish Coffee Muffins (double the whiskey!). For those who haven't yet read A Brew to a Kill, Clare jokes about making these muffins for her stewing NYPD detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn.

    Tell you what... When the weather gets a tad chillier (like a few degrees less than the surface of the sun :)), I'll get back to you on those. I think they'd be an especially fun bonus recipe for my St. Patrick's Day newsletter, so stay tuned.

    I'm joking about the heat because we're cooking in a non-air conditioned New York City kitchen right now, and it's pure heck. I can't wait for the fall and cool weather to come so I can get back to baking.

     Thx for the great question and thanks a million for turning your friend on to my series. Indeed, I hope she does love them, and joins you in hanging out with us coffee geeks here at the Village Blend.

Java joy to you,

~ Cleo 

P.S. Can't let you go without a parting gift!

    As far as muffins go, these are delicious. I featured them in Roast Mortem, a Coffeehouse Mystery that pays tribute to the FDNY and inlcudes firehouse recipe favorites. Click the link below to download a free, illustrated PDF of the recipe and...

Eat with joy!



Recipe PDF!

(Click link below...)


Cleo Coyle's 
Coffee Shop 
Doughnut Muffins


Tender and sweet, these
cinnamon-sugar dusted muffins
taste like old-fashioned
cake doughnuts, the kind you might 
order at a diner counter with a fresh,
hot cuppa joe...  




My amateur sleuth, Clare Cosi,
bakes these babies in
my Coffeehouse Mystery,

 Roast Mortem, 

now a national bestseller
in paperback... 

To download a free PDF
of my recipe, just...



Bake with joy! 
~ Cleo



To see more recipes 
featured in
Roast Mortem
click here.



To get more of my recipes,
jump to the Recipe Page
of this site by 
clicking here.



August 12, 2012

Holiday Buzz (question)

The pre-order option on amazon for "Holiday Buzz" is for a paperback. Is "A Brew to a Kill" your last hardcover book? I'll certainly continue to buy your Coffeehouse Mysteries either way, but I very much prefer them in hard cover.


Cleo's reply -

Next year, we have a new hardcover coming in the Coffeehouse series, no worries! Our regular series is indeed still in hardcover. So why is HOLIDAY BUZZ in original paperback form?

Let me explain...

I'm sure you've noticed that some publishers and authors are putting out "e-specials" (digital-only books) between the regular, physical books in their series. Well, Holiday Buzz is a "paperback special" -- a paperback original (and e-book) that is coming out between our hardcover releases. It's like an e-special, only it has a physical component in the form of a paperback so indie bookstores and readers without electronic devices won't miss out!

Frankly, our readers have been urging us to write faster. HOLIDAY BUZZ is for our fans who've been asking for a double shot in a single year. :)

Thank you for dropping by my message board with that question. If you had it, I'm sure others did, too--and thanks also for reading my books. That's about the best gift anyone can give an author--simply reading her work.

Warmest java wishes,

~ Cleo 


December 4th


Coffeehouse Mystery
#12 - Holiday Buzz


A holiday
paperback special!

And next year

Coffeehouse Mystery #13
will be published.

What is the title?

You'll learn it in
Holiday Buzz!

This brand new title in the
Coffeehouse Mystery series, will be
published in
hardcover next year.
Pub date to come.


Read with joy!

~ Cleo

August 12, 2012

Note to Cleo



Just finished Murder By Mocha, and am looking for the recipe for Brooklyn Blackout Cake mentioned in the book. Can't find it. I'm interested because I was born in Brooklyn, and never heard of Brooklyn Blackout Cake. Spent lots of time in the Village in the 60s, so excellent books bring back memories. Already started A Brew To a Kill.

Cleo's reply - Thanks very much for your question. I'll be posting that recipe on my main page very soon (possibly as early as next week). The writing deadlines have delayed my finalizing the recipe for this Web site, but that cake is my priority now that Murder by Mocha is on sale in paperback! Thank you for your patience, and I'm looking forward to you (and so many other readers) finally enjoying the recipe.

    Oh, and, yes! The Blackout Cake was indeed invented in Brooklyn. More history when I post... (hopefully next week)!

Cheers and thx again,

~ Cleo

Can Chocolate and Coffee
Heat up your Love Life?
For Clare Cosi, finding out
will be murder...

by Mocha!


The bestselling hardcover
is now on sale in paperback!





August 10, 2012

Note to Cleo

I just finished your latest coffeehouse mystery book A Brew to a Kill!! Boy, was it worth the wait!! Can't wait for the next one!!! Two thumbs up for A Brew to a Kill!!!


Cleo's reply -

I'll take those two thumbs-up and throw in a high-five hand-slap! W00t!

     Thank you kindly. I truly appreciate your enthusiasm, and I also thank you for taking the time and trouble to stop by this board and let me know.

Java you to you and...

Keep in touch!
~ Cleo




August 9, 2012

Stocking stuffers!

Hi Cleo,

So excited to savor the new book! I love to linger at the Village Blend with the gang and enjoy some "me" time. Usually not one to shop early I'm so happy to hear about "Holiday Buzz" :-) It will be the perfect stocking stuffer gift for my reading friends. I always read with Joy...and Clare, Mike, matt and my fave Esther!


Cleo's reply -

What a sweet note! Thank you--and I love Esther, too. Cheers for stopping by. I have to say, I'm very happy that you're happy about my upcoming holiday mystery. Pub date is December 4th, and I'll start the countdown at Halloween! Don't miss this one. It's a wild ride for Clare...and it picks up where A Brew to a Kill leaves off...

    Sending you my warmest java wishes 
and thx again for dropping by!

~ Cleo


For Clare Cosi,
the holidays are


Holiday Buzz

Coffeehouse Mystery
by Cleo Coyle

Book #12
On sale 
December 4

 Pre-Order via your 
local Bookseller or...



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August 8, 2012

Question :-)

Congratulations on your latest book. I have read all of the coffee house mysteries and anxiously awaited A Brew to A Kill. I ordered the Kindle version first thing yesterday...

I have a question... (deleted to prevent spoiler...)


Cleo's reply:

In answer to you question, yes. It's a surprise when that character enters the book, so I can't say more here, but he plays a vital role in this story (and the next book, too, Holiday Buzzcoming in December).

Also pay attention to Chapter 22 because you'll learn some key background on that character, which was never before revealed in the series. 

(My apologies for the deletions in your message. I just want to make sure no spoilers are revealed here.)

Thank you so much for dropping by my board, and thanks especially for buying the book! I truly appreciate it!

Warmest java wishes,

~ Cleo

Holiday Buzz

For Clare Cosi, 
the holidays...are murder!




August 6, 2012

so excited

I just found out about your books. I am so excited. My husband and I dream of going to NY one day and these books will just make it more real. I need a list of the books in order because I want to start with no. 1 and read them all.

Thanks, Judy

Cleo's Reply:

Hi, Judy, I'm so glad you found me. Thank you for your question. I'm happy to answer. Below are the Coffeehouse Mysteries in order.

Book  number one is On What Grounds. It introduces the characters and setting of Clare Cosi's landmark coffeehouse in New York's picturesque West Village. The title is in its 17th printing, and the first book in my series has been highly popular for going on 9 years now. It gives you a window into the internal world of single mom Clare Cosi, who has a real passion for coffee. But note: Book #2, Through the Grinder, has a more gripping plotline -- a serial killer is preying on Clare's female customers and the man she meets during a speed-dating session may just be the killer.

My advice: If you mainly read thrillers, romance, or urban fantasy, you might want to start with Book #2 - THROUGH THE GRINDER. On the other hand, if you're familiar with the cozy mystery subgenre, then On What Grounds should be an enjoyable read. Totally up to you and your subjective preferences as a reader.



P.S. I hope you and your husband do make it to the Big Apple. The city that never sleeps is an unforgettable trip -- don't miss Chinatown, Broadway, and the Statue of Liberty. I still get a thrill when I take a ride on the Staten Island ferry and float by Lady Liberty, still lifting her lamp in a harbor of hope and promise.



Here are
the Coffeehouse Mystery
titles in order...

#1 - On What Grounds

#2 - Through the Grinder

#3 - Latte Trouble

#4 - Murder Most Frothy  

#5 - Decaffeinated Corpse  

#6 - French Pressed 

#7 - Espresso Shot 

#8 - Holiday Grind 

#9 - Roast Mortem 

#10 - Murder by Mocha





And new in hardcover
E-book and Audiobook
from AudioGo 
(BBC Audiobooks America)...


#11 A Brew to a Kill

Now a Barnes & Noble
Must-Read book of the Month!



December 4th


#12 - Holiday Buzz

A holiday
paperback special!


And next year...

#13 - What is this title?

You'll learn it in
Holiday Buzz!

This brand new title in the
Coffeehouse Mystery series, will be
published in
hardcover next year.
Pub date to come.


Read with joy!

~ Cleo




August 6, 2012

note to Cleo

I am looking forward to reading "A Brew to Kill". Congratulates on the great reviews.











August 4, 2012

perfect me time - Murder by Mocha

The perfect "me" time? A coffeehouse mystery, a little somethimg sweet or savory, and a great cuppa's Joe. Currently I am reading "Murderer by Mocha""












July 31, 2012

i love your books

im only eleven and im a super fan of your books. i just bought latte trouble yesterday and its great! thanks


Latte Trouble
Coffeehouse Mystery #3


Cleo's reply - Wow, thank you! I am delighted to hear from you, especially because you're eleven! When I was around your age, I first discovered some of my favorite authors, which is why it makes me very proud and happy that you found my books. I hope you'll continue to enjoy the series. My new book is coming out next week. My best to you and keep in touch! 


Wishing you java joy, 

~ Cleo



July 30, 2012

Coffee marinated steak

I want to try this recipe and I can't remember what book it s in. Can you tell me. I didn't see it on the recipes on the website either. I appreciate the help. Looking forward to the new book. I have to say I disagree with Bobbie Q. I prefer them as books, TV or movies often change the "picture" in my head too much. More books are good though.

Cleo's reply to come shortly - for Cleo's coffee-marinated steak recipe, click here!



To get more of Cleo's recipes,
jump to the Recipe Page
of this site by clicking here.

And don't forget to scroll down
the Home Page of this site
to see some of Cleo's
newest posted recipes.


July 22, 2012

made for tv movies

I just love these books. I wish they could be turned into tv movies. Like McBride, Jesse Stone, etc. Hallmark movie channel/Larry Levison. Just a thought.

Bobbie Q.

July 21, 2012

Note to Cleo

'Love your books, and just bought my first French Press, coffee grinder, and Guatamalan whole beans. How many beans per cup do I grind?


Cleo's reply:

Wonderful and thank you for dropping by to let me know. To make coffee in a French press (aka La Cafetièreuse 2 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee for every 6 to 8 ounces of water.

      If you like your coffee stronger, use the 2 T per 6 ounce ratio. If you like it more mellow, then use the 2 T per 8 ounce ratio. As you change up coffees (darker vs lighter roasts, etc), you may want to play with those ratios to get the best tasting cup. Experiment with what you like and...


Watch this video for tips!


How to Make Coffee
in a French Press



Note - When the barista in the video says this is one
of the most "difficult and arduous" ways to make coffee,
he is, of course, joking. This is one of the simplest
ways to make coffee. :) He makes another java joke
in the video, too. Have fun, and...

Drink with joy!

~ Cleo


P.S. If you haven't yet read French Pressed,
a book in which a coffee press becomes
an important prop in Clare Cosi's sleuthing,
then click here or here and read with joy, too!


July 18, 2012

Note to Cleo

I stumbled on to one of your books about 2 years ago. After reading the first one I ran out and bought all the others that I could find. Now, one book a year isn't enough! I just love these books and have told lots of people that they should read them. Thank you so much for these!

Jan Fritsch


Cleo's reply -

I always say that reading an author's books is about the best gift that you can give to her, but you've topped that that by telling others to read them, too! Thank you so much, Jan, I truly appreciate your support. AND...

    (On your comment about wanting more than 1 book a year...) I am pleased to report that you're going to have two new Coffeehouse Mysteries to read this year.

     More on that soon. In the meantime, I hope you'll drop back because I have a fun, online release party planned for A BREW TO A KILL the week of August 7th, when the book goes on sale. Stay tuned, thanks again, and I certainly hope you'll continue to read with joy!

~ Cleo


July 16, 2012

Large Print

I love, love, love your books and recipes. Could you please publish some large print books, that would be great. My daughter who is a 1st Sgt in the Army, a PAO, sent me my first books of yours and so enjoy all of your books. Thank you so much, Gloria Bridgwater, Oklahoma City, OK

Cleo's reply to come soon. Thank you, Gloria!



July 5, 2012

Ready for more

I found your first Coffehouse book a moth two weeks ago and have read them all. Looking forwardmto number 11. I read them in order and I think that was the best way. I like the website as well. Soon I will have time to try some of the recipes, and if my hopes realize I will have a coffeehouse in the near future as well. Not quite the blend, but some similar concepts ( I think that is what drew me to the books). Best wishes to you and yours, thanks for the good reads. Julie

Cleo's reply to come soon. Thank you, Julie!

July 3, 2012

Love your books!

Just wanted you to know that I picked up your book, Espresso Shot, a few years ago and was hooked. Now I'm reading them all, ready to read #6 - French Pressed. So happy to see there are more of your series to read. Please keep them coming. Also, can't wait to try some of your recipes. Thanks, Rosemary

Cleo's reply to come soon. Thank you, Rosemary!

June 27, 2012

I just ore-ordered A Brew to Kill on my nook color

I just pre-ordered A Brew to Kill on my nook!! It is going to be fun reading it as soon as it gets downloaded to my nook!! Yeah!

Cleo's reply - Wonderful, thank you for the comment, and I  hope you enjoy the read!



June 27, 2012

Thank you

I just love your books and can't wait to read them all! Sharon

Cleo's reply - Thank you, Sharon!

June 14, 2012

Note to Cleo

Can't wait for your new book coming out on my birthday. Will I be able to get it on my Kindle? Thanks! Lisa from Katy TX

Cleo's reply to come soon. Thank you, Katy!



June 4, 2012


With not a lot to do I browsed through my recipe file and found one that I had never tried.I did.with just a dash of mint sauce.what a meal.with apple pie strawberries and ice cream to follow. take good care of her Marc she has the makings of a good cook.from her Mum and Aunt I expect.The recipe?? CLEO COYLE'S COFFEE-MARINATED STEAK.FAB... Take Care.V.R.

Cleo's reply to come soon. Thank you V.R.



May 31, 2012

First time reader

I am just reading my first coffee house mystery it is Murder by Mocha. Do I have to read them in order? I am really enjoying this book thanks.


Cleo's reply -

I'm so glad to hear that you're enoying Murder by Mocha. Thank you for letting me know!


In answer to your quesiton: You don't need to read my books in order. Every book introduces the characters with enough background for a new reader to understand the relationships right away. However, the books do have an order to them, and if you ever want to see the "origin" of these relationships and find out how the characters and their relationships progressed from the early books to the later books, then simply start with Book #1: On What Grounds and go from there.


Here are the Coffeehouse Mystery books in order...

#1 - On What Grounds

#2 - Through the Grinder

#3 - Latte Trouble

#4 - Murder Most Frothy  

#5 - Decaffeinated Corpse  

#6 - French Pressed 

#7 - Espresso Shot 

#8 - Holiday Grind 

#9 - Roast Mortem 

#10 - Murder by Mocha




And releasing in
hardcover and e-book
on August 7th

The Audiobook is
coming soon, too!


#11 - A Brew to a Kill



#12 - Holiday Buzz
(a holiday
paperback special, this fall)

#13 - A brand new title in the
Coffeehouse Mystery series, to be
published in
hardcover, August 2013!


Read with joy!

~ Cleo




May 26, 2012

Pen or Clare? Too hard to chose!!!

I have read all your coffee house mystery books and couldn't get enough. I moved on to the haunted bookshop series and loved those as well. I recommend your books to everyone. I can't wait for the newest editions from both series. Elena

Thank you, Elena! 
Cleo's reply to come soon. 

May 21, 2012

August Can't come Fast enough!

Hermi (my white cat) and I are waiting for August so we can curl up with our coffee (I say ours because her head is always in my cup and I have to unplug my pot cause she figured out how to turn it on) to read A Brew to a Kill! Having withdrawal symptoms big time. I would definitely Kill for a Brew now!


Thank you! 
Cleo's reply to come soon. 

May 21, 2012

Love..love your books..

I have ready all of your coffee house mysteries..since we are awaiting A Brew to Kill..I went to Amazon..and now reading two of your other books..Eternal Love and Eternal Vows...love all of your stories.


Thank you!
Cleo's reply to come soon. 

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