Murder by Mocha

Murder by Mocha Clare Cosi manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse can brew a beverage to die for But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who s gone loco for mocha Clare

  • Title: Murder by Mocha
  • Author: Cleo Coyle
  • ISBN: 9780425255360
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, can brew a beverage to die for But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who s gone loco for mocha Clare s Village Blend beans are being used to create a new java love potion a Mocha Magic Coffee billed as an aphrodisiac Clare may even try some on her boyfriend, NYPD deteClare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, can brew a beverage to die for But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who s gone loco for mocha Clare s Village Blend beans are being used to create a new java love potion a Mocha Magic Coffee billed as an aphrodisiac Clare may even try some on her boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn when he s off duty, of course The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite s Village, one of the Web s most popular online communities for women But the launch party ends on a sour note when one of the Website s editors is found dead When of the Website s Sisters of Aphrodite start to die, Clare is convinced someone wants the coffee s secret formula and is willing to kill to get it Clare isn t about to spill the beans, but will she be next on the hit list Includes recipes and coffee making tips

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    • Cleo Coyle

      Cleo Coyle is the New York Times bestselling pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini Under the name Cleo Coyle, they ve written 16 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, including the latest, DEAD COLD BREW, a national bestseller in hardcover from Penguin Random House, a Most Wanted selection of the Mystery Guild, and a Top 10 Best Mysteries for Book Clubs 2017 Their previous bestselling mystery, DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, was chosen as a Baker Taylor Fall Trends Pick and honored with four Best of Year list picks, including the Examiner s Best Mystery Books for Book Clubs.With well over 1 million books in print, Cleo Coyle has gained an enthusiastic following The first in their bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series is now in its 20th printing two entries have earned starred reviews, including BILLIONAIRE BLEND, which was honored with a Kirkus Star and called a highly satisfying mystery by Publishers Weekly Every book in the series has hit national bestseller lists, including HOLIDAY BUZZ, which was a Top 10 New York Times bestseller Cleo also writes a mystery series set in a New England book shop THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES are published under the name Alice Kimberly There are five books published thus far with under contract The first book in the series, THE GHOST AND MRS McCLURE, is now in its 12th printing and all of the titles were national bestsellers.When not haunting coffeehouses or hunting ghosts, Alice and Marc are NY Times bestselling media tie in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM Cleo Coyle enjoys hearing from readers Visit her virtual Village Blend coffeehouse at CoffeehouseMystery, where she also posts recipes and coffee picks You can keep in touch with Cleo by signing up for her free E newsletter Simply write an e mail that says Sign me up and send it to CoffeehouseMystery gmail Although both Alice and Marc were born and raised in small towns near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, they did not meet until they moved to New York City, where both began their post college careers After falling in love, Alice and Marc were married Now they live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, cook like crazy, care for their stray cat rescues, haunt coffeehouses, and hunt ghosts.

    827 thoughts on “Murder by Mocha

    • In book ten of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, for once a case is pushed onto her instead of her walking into one. And I have to mentioned this up front but it doesn’t change the tone of this book a little bit. When one of Madame’s friend wakes up beside a dead man, she freaks out. All this is understandable but what isn’t is the fact that it seems like deaths are happening because of a drink, an aphrodisiac drink made by the same java that Clare sells in her Village Blend.I [...]


    • Opening the pages of MURDER BY MOCHA is like stepping inside my favorite coffeehouse with friends there waiting and a few new faces to greet. The sights, sounds and smells are brought to life by the talented writing of author Cleo Coyle.Readers who aren’t coffee drinkers don’t need to shy away from this tantalizing book and series. While there are references to coffee and all it’s amenities; there is murder, mayhem, and suspense all wrapped up with a splash of romance, a dollop of humor an [...]


    • Murder, Coffee, and Chocolate - what more could a mystery bookworm want?This is the tenth installment in the Coffee House Mystery series and I enjoyed this book just as much as all the ones before it.They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but it can also be as bitter poorly brewed coffee. And bitter revenge is at the heart of this story. In addition to a well crafted (if slightly darker) mystery, we also get a glimpse into Madame's back story. Even if coffee is not your thing, mystery [...]


    • Holy Smoke and Rockets this book is twisty and the reader is going to have to pay close attention to the plotline if there is any chance of understand who is responsible and why. I love when a well-liked series expands a character just a bit more; a character that you thought you knew, but come to find out that you only saw the tip of the iceberg. That is what happened with Madame Allegro DuBois in Murder by Mocha. I thought I knew her from the previous _____ books, but it appears that there was [...]


    • I recently discovered this cozy mystery series. I have read some of the later books but would like to eventually read the whole series. All of the recurring characters are present in this book. I really like Clare (the main character) and her relationships with all the other characters, especially her lover Mike. Clare Cosi along with her ex-husband and mother-in-law run a coffeehouse in NYC. She actually gets along with her exes. Matt (ex-hub) and Clare share a grown daughter, Joy, who is study [...]


    • Too many subplots spoiled this book. The main mystery involved a mocha drink, a mysterious web diva, and the murder of one of the website's organizers. The solution involves going back into the history of some of the women involved in the website. There's a subplot of corruption in the police department and another of a past love for Clare's ex-mother-in-law. And the mocha drink has a controlled substance in it.


    • 11th in the Clare Cosi Coffeehouse Mystery series.No one expects that “cozy” mysteries provide convoluted plots, hard-core police work, or carefully developed characters. Their charm and attraction lies in their themes; there are cozies set in bookstores, tea houses, coffee shops, libraries, pastry shops and others. Their attraction lies in the way the authors can creatively use such settings to provide adequate mysteries that depend a great deal on locale and the details of such enterprises [...]


    • Murder by Mocha is the tenth book in the Coffeehouse mystery series by the husband-and-wife writing team Cleo Coyle, set in current-day NYC. All the familiar characters are back: Clare Cosi, manager of The Village Blend, her NYPD detective boyfriend Mike Quinn, her ex-husband Matteo Allegro, her daughter Joy, her ex-mother-in-law and coffeehouse founder Madame, and the Blend's offbeat crew of baristas. The story begins with the unlikely premise that Madame has contracted with an old friend to pr [...]


    • Murder by MochaBy Cleo CoyleCopyright August 2011Publisher BerkeleyClare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a "Mocha Magic Coffee," billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at its launch, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who's gone loco f [...]


    • Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multi-published author who collaborates with her husband to write the best-selling Coffeehouse Mysteries. In “Murder By Mocha,” the latest installment in this series, Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend Coffee House, is expanding her business in a very enterprising way. Her Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion…Mocha Magic Coffee, billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, which is expected to [...]


    • One of the main reasons that I enjoy this 'Coffeehouse Mystery' series is the complexity of every individual novel within it. This latest publication, "Murder By Mocha" is a fine example of layers upon layers of mysteries that blend a fine cup of coffee reading.Our heros, Clare and Mike are joined in this episode by Joy and Matteo. To my continued delight is Madame and the Village Blend's crew,joined by a new member, Nancy. Finally, we have our additional cast of NYPD's finest. Madame has entere [...]


    • I hadn't read this series in a bit, and I had forgotten how easy it was to read. It was like visiting an old family member again.The book had a great cast of new characters. The Sisters were interesting and I loved the fact that they were extremely two-faced, I felt that it made the Sisters more 3D, because they probably would be like that in real life.I loved the different settings. From the Village Blend, to the Rockefeller Center, to a ship this book had no shortness on interesting settings.I [...]


    • Really enjoyed this book. I loved that it is the first of the cozy mystery genre that I have read that actually had a mild sex scene in it rather than only sexual tension and I liked that of course. LOL I loved all the coffee and dessert references too, as I love that stuff IRL. I was impressed with the recipe section at the end of the book too, as it was like everything even mentioned in the book rather than just one recipe like in so many other books of this genre. I was also impressed that th [...]


    • So, this was actually the first book in the series that I read. I picked it up at a local book store because it looked fun, and I noticed there were recipes in the back. Excellent, I thought, coffee and chocolate and recipes in cozy form? This book will be mine. And so it became. I found it to be an enjoyable bit of escapism. I've only tried one of the recipes in the back thus far--the Italian Mole (with chocolate in it!)--but it was delish, and I fear how much I will likely eat when I move on t [...]


    • Another enjoyable entry in the coffeehouse mysteries. I like the slightly racier romance steaming up. I hope that wasn't entirely due to the Mocha Magic and that some of that sticks around. Having an extra plot of mystery was great too.


    • This series is usually entertaining, but this entry had particularly stiff dialogue, and the drug storyline was chemically unsound. Her research is usually better than this, and the last few books have had much better plots. I'm not dropping the series, but I did not like this entry very much.


    • I enjoyed this series when I started reading it, but I am starting to get tired of it - it's just not that interesting anymore. I love the coffeehouse setting but the murders are now getting pretty contrived. It was also overly long. Disappointing.


    • Very complicated group of suspect/characters in this one. I like her version of the sandwich and making the soft cheese spread with coffee. I'm definitely going to try that.



    • This book is definitely in the top ten for worst endings ever written. Just appalling.(view spoiler)[ The killer shoots a woman in the head right before Clare's eyes. This is the most violence that's even been on the page in one of these Coffeehouse Mysteries - we get a lot of descriptions of how people died, but this is the most graphic description of a death by far: "Before I could react, she pressed the gun against Minthe's head and pulled the trigger. The blast was deafening. One second Mint [...]


    • In book ten of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, for once a case is pushed onto her instead of her walking into one. And I have to mentioned this up front but it doesn’t change the tone of this book a little bit. When one of Madame’s friend wakes up beside a dead man, she freaks out. All this is understandable but what isn’t is the fact that it seems like deaths are happening because of a drink, an aphrodisiac drink made by the same java that Clare sells in her Village Blend.I [...]


    • Murder by Mocha is the 10th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series written by Cleo Coyle, the pseudonym for the husband and wife writing team of Alice and Marc Cerasini. The series first caught my eye at my local library, when I spotted book one, On What Grounds, with a delicious looking cup of coffee on the front. Since I am a huge coffee addict I was very intrigued by the promise of mystery with a side of coffee. This was actually my first real foray into the cozy mystery genre, and I’m glad [...]


    • Let me start by saying I love this series, and I am deeply saddened to only give this book 3 stars. This is by far my least favorite. Madame has brokered a deal with a friend from her past to mix their coffee with a chocolate aphrodisiac. It starts off a little weird with Madame handling everything behind Claire and Mateo's back. Then, this aphrodisiac is part of a web enterprise from a woman who calls herself Aphrodite, and her web ventures Sisters of Aphrodite. We find that the Sisters don't w [...]


    • I think Cleo Coyle is a good writer and I like her Coffeehouse Mysteries starring Clare Cosi who manages the Village Blend. We get fascinating details about roasting coffee beans, making the perfect lattes, and cooking perfect accompaniments for your morning--or afternoon or evening--cup of joe. She begins this installment in the series with a prologue that describes the faked suicide of a woman, which launches her vendetta. That heightens the tension from page 1 and we scrutinize each character [...]


    • #10 in the series, MbM is based on the premise that Madame contracts with an old friend (neither Clare nor Matt know this old friend) to create a new product: instant coffee from The Village Blend combined with "herbs and spices" to be sold as Mocha Magic, an aphrodisiac. Why Clare doesn't question Madame's sanity is beyond me, as she's the manager and supposed to be in charge. This questionable product could break the Blend's reputation and shut it down if these "herbs and spices" are what Clar [...]


    • I have struggled with this entire series. But this book absolutely floored me. Claire decides to go along with her mother-in-law's business deal. Of course it involves Shady characters from her past and she immediately steps onto a crime scene. I can't stand that she doesn't have enough faith in her cop boyfriend. then of course she becomes the most knowledgeable person about murder and chocolate and aphrodisiacs. this entire book I was hoping the characters would all be massacred in the series [...]


    • I think this is my favorite in the series so far. This one actually had me almost tearing up a few times. The relationships with the characters in this one was very emotional. There was twin mysteries in this one. The murder and a hidden mystery of a live affair of Clares mother in law. The mystery had me guessing until the very end when I did figure it out. Even though it did try to throw you off. Can't wait to read the next one that I have sitting at home.


    • Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion, a "Mocha Magic Coffee," billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at its launch, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who's gone loco for mocha?Another Village Blend great. 5 stars.


    • The Blend's beans are being used to create a new love potion "mocha magic coffee" and boy does it work. Billed as an aphrodisiac, everyone that takes a sample suddenly feels very affectionate. While the product could make millions, the woman behind it is being set up as a murderer and it's up to Clare to figure out why. Along side that mystery, a strange man from Madam's past has turned up and has opened up a slew of secrets that Madam has been keeping since Matt was a child.


    • It could be because I was traveling for work when I was reading it but I had some problems keeping characters straight in my head. I kept having to go back to remember who people were. Plus there were actually two mystery plots and I just couldn't seem to keep it all straight. Not sure if the secondary plot is going to have further implications, if not it seemed like a needless complication. Still I always enjoy spending time with Clare and the crew.


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