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Holiday Buzz (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
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VINE VOICEon March 12, 2013
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As I've said many times before this is one of my all time favorite series. If Clare Cosi were a real person, I would want her as a friend. I bet Starbucks wishes they could snag Clare Cosi as their spokeperson.

These mysteries will keep you engaged, wondering if you have solved the mystery until the very end. I enjoy the pictures Coyle paints of New York. She just doesn't just serve a good slice of mystery, she gives you a generous slice of the New York community while educating you on the world of coffee.

Holiday Buzz is an excellent read any time of the year. I am a bit concerned about how bold Clare is getting in her investigating adventures, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Coyle has a purpose for that. And for some reason, this victim in this story really moved me. Perhaps it was because the young woman was Irish (is that a spoiler?), but it gave me a bit more of a connection to the story.

I am now caught up on the series, at least until December 2013, when Billionare Blend will be released. I can hardly wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
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Interesting plot, good characters. I'd buy another of this authors books. Recipes look like fun but chilling the dough can be tiresome.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
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I have really enjoyed all of these books in her series. Hopefully there will be more coming soon. I will be looking for them.
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on September 26, 2014
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I like to read about the different coffees even if I can't drink it. The Coffee Houses mysteries are well written and the plots are excellent. I have not read many as I seldom find them so I have not develop a strong feelings for the different personalities.
This book takes place just before the holidays and Clare Cosi is busy catering her coffee blends at holiday cookie exchanges. At the first one she find a part time employee murder nearby. The lead detective decides DNA will determine the killer. After finding that is not true he decide she is a victim of the Christmas Stalker and he is sure the stalker is one of the barristers. Cleo must find the answer to help her friends. Ex-husband Matt plays important part while Mike Quinn is in D C. Irish thugs, arson and a senior retirement home are involved.
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on March 22, 2013
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This is the umpteenth in the series about Clare, coffee house prop. and mystery solver. The main characters are stable: she, her ex, her charming beau, occasionally her daughter and her interesting MIL. Greenwich Village is the lively scene for the coffeehouse happenings. The barista staff are part of the story and interestingly, the book is written seamlessly by husband/wife authors. It's been my experience that it's not always the case. There is only one tiny element in which I think it's the Mr. writing, but I'll keep that thought to myself. A cozy who-done-it with some interesting recipes at the end of the tale.
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on April 11, 2013
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I love the Cleo Coyle coffee shop mystery series. Claire Cosi owner of the Village Blend Coffee shop has her hands full with the Christmas time New york cookie swap, where the top chefs, bakers and candy makers provide the very best sugary treats for charity.But the joy of the season is dulled for Clare when she stumbles upon the body of M - her part time baker on a carousel just outside the event. Claire decides to investigate on her own. And find out who killed M and why? A fascinatng read. There are amny suspects to chose from. Will Clare be able to catch the killer before they strike again?
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I really enjoyed this book. It got a little long sometimes but that was probably my fault as there has been a lot of different things going on. But I loved the description of her apartment the night of the snowstorm and the quietness that all that snow makes in a house. I love winter! So reading about that quietness and coziness on a hot summer day was so nice. The story itself was fun, except for the murders, but I like how she interacts with her employees and even her ex-husband and ex-mother-in-law. I will be reading more of her books, for sure!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
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Usually after I read a few in the series it get to repetitive. This series continues to interest me with the characters and the mystery story. The main character, Clair and her love interest are still moving ahead in their relationship. The murder mystery is plausible in the big city of New York. The coffeehouse always has a variety of characters that can come and go in each book. I look forward to the next Coffeehouse Mystery.
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on November 6, 2014
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As usual, Cleo Coyle keeps the reader's interest all through the book in yet another Village Blend Coffee House mystery. She creates characters anyone perusing her series will definitely end up caring about. The writer is good at throwing out red herrings along the way in her stories so as to keep one guessing whodunit. She also puts her lead character, Clare Cosi in impossible situations that keep the reader wondering how she'll ever escape alive. All in all a very fun read.
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on December 23, 2014
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I felt like there wasn't as much emphasis on coffee as in previous novels, but I think this has become such an established series that it can sort of sport different wings now. Loved the little inside joke about the DNA mysteries (naming the various books....which is what this genre is all about!). I don't think Joy appeared once in this installment. Still, this is one of Berkely's best series and I hope it never ends. The authors are obviously very smart.
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