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Murder by Mocha (A Coffeehouse Mystery) Hardcover – August 2, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: A Coffeehouse Mystery (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425241432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241431
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Coyle's Coffeehouse books are superb." --Library Journal (starred review)


"Clare and company are some of the most vibrant characters I've ever read." --Mystery Scene Magazine


"What a pleasure to read a book by this author." --Portland Book Review
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter forThe New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting CoffeehouseMystery.com. Scroll down the left column of the site's Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews that Cleo has given.

More About the Author

Visit Cleo Coyle at her *virtual* coffeehouse: www.CoffeehouseMystery.com where she posts coffee picks, bonus recipes, and maintains a message board.

CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com. Scroll down the left column of the site's Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews that Cleo has given.

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I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.
Books and Chocolate
Her Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion...Mocha Magic Coffee, billed as an aphrodisiac.
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My first exposure to the series came in 2006 when I read the first three books in a two week period and LOVED them!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If it's late summer/early fall, then I know it's time for a new installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle. I am a huge fan of the cozy mystery genre but sometimes they cross the line into "too silly" for me and just too fluffy. This series has been wonderful from the start, the quality has remained exceptional throughout, and none of the books have crossed my personal "silliness" line.

My first exposure to the series came in 2006 when I read the first three books in a two week period and LOVED them! Now, I eagerly look forward to the next installment, waiting to get my coffeehouse fix. I have to say that I open each new novel with a moment of hesitation, afraid that my love affair with the series may be about to end since it won't meet my hopes and expectations; it has yet to happen. As with all books, some I like better than others largely based upon the subject matter but they are all well-written and I rate them from very good to great. The quality is consistently high which is pretty amazing for a series ten books long. To cut to the chase, I was pleased again and impressed that this writing team has been able to keep it fresh and interesting over the years.

As with all the Coffeehouse mysteries, our main character is Clare Cosi, the manager and operator of The Village Blend, an independent coffee shop in the heart of Greenwich Village. Clare is a character with a bit more maturity (she has an adult daughter named Joy who is one of the characters) and it really helps keep these out of the silly arena. The time out, The Village Blend is providing coffee beans to be used in creating Mocha Magic Coffee which is being launched as an effective aphrodisiac.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Annie B VINE VOICE on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Often when an author has written a series for a quite a while, the stories get a little, well, tired. This isn't true for Cleo Coyle. Murder by Mocha continues to keep the series' spark with another great story. It's a fun cozy mystery with all the trimmings. There's mystery, of course, friendship, family, twists and turns, everything needed for a completely satisfying cozy read.

The book is well written and, as usual, filled with a great, colorful cast and a solid mystery. To get the most out of this series, though, you want to start at the beginning, so you can see how the coffee house mystery characters grow and change. For sure, Murder by Mocha will hit just the right spot with fans of the series. Overall, good, fun cozy mystery!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Deret on August 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Murder by Mocha
By Cleo Coyle
Copyright August 2011
Publisher Berkeley

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?

Clare is not happy about the contract with Aphrodite's Village, not one bit. Unfortunately there's nothing she can do about it since it was Madame who signed it. She has a feeling that this could destroy the Blend if anything goes wrong.
With the death of one of the Aphrodite "Sisters" Clare has to bring out all the big guns and find out who the actual killer is, the real motive and make sure that none of her "extended family" are hurt in the process. With the help of Matt, Mike, Franco, Madame and her staff of baristas Clare will winnow out the answers to each level of the mystery and come out smelling like a rose.
This is the tenth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, and to my mind, the most complex storyline to date. In this book Cleo Coyle has fully shown the depth of her ability as a mystery author, not just a cozy one. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series with baited breath.
Writing as Alice Kimberly she is also the author of the "Haunted Bookshop Mysteries". Cleo Coyle can be found hanging out at [...]... and also at [...]

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the author, who hoped I would consider if for review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In the Village is the popular Village Blend coffeehouse managed by Clare Cosi and owned by her mother-in-law Madame DuBois. It was Madame's idea to go into business with her friend Alicia Bower to sell the drink for Aphrodite's Village Online. They market a new java, Mocha Magic Coffee, using the Blend's coffee beans, Voss' chocolate, and an herbal aphrodisiac. When Madame and Clare meet with Alicia at the hotel, Claire has a feeling trouble is brewing.

The man Alicia was seeing is found dead in their bed, blood everywhere and a knife protruding from his chest. When the police arrive, there is no body and Clare realizes fake blood was used to scare Alicia. When the drink is introduced at a special gala, Clare finds the corpse of Patrice Stone who demanded a share of the profits of the new drink and worked for Aphrodite's Village. As other members of the popular online business is killed or arrested, Clare searches in the shadows for the perpetrator orchestrating these events.

Every Coffeehouse amateur sleuth (see Roast Mortem) is a specially blended mystery with the latest entry affirming that opinion as the key characters are fully developed inside of an action-packed series. Single mom Clare holds the percolating story line together as she courageously and foolishly searches for the murderous culprit. Series fans learn a bit more about the people in her life like her daughter Joy, her lover Mike, her former husband, his mom Madame, and the battling baristas. Filled with twists, used coffee beans and false leads, readers will wonder who the killer is (over mocha).

Harriet Klausner
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