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Holiday Buzz (A Coffeehouse Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – December 4, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews
Book 12 of 15 in the Coffeehouse Series

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Clare Cosi is busy with offsite holiday cookie functions while keeping her coffee shop running. After holiday helper Moirin goes missing from one party, Clare finds the woman’s dead body outside, near a carousel. Police see the crime as the latest in a series of holiday attacks (the “Christmas Stalkings”) and suspect one of Clare’s employees of being the guilty party. Clare responds by delving deeper into Moirin’s background, convinced that this murder of the young immigrant with musical aspirations is different. Clare’s boyfriend, Mike Quinn, commuting from D.C. on weekends, lends some advice while the couple struggles to keep their relationship going. Nearly every scene lends clues, and Coyle (pseudonym for a husband-wife writing team) ties up the pieces in clever style. Readers may get distracted a bit from the many-tentacled plot by the food and drink references and the delicious-sounding recipes. Fans of Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef series will enjoy the action and energy of the Coyle novels. --Amy Alessio

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Praise for HOLIDAY BUZZ:
"Coyle’s coffeehouse series (A Brew to a Kill, 2012, etc.) captures the New York experience, from high-society parties to gritty back-street deals. The fine mystery is followed by some holiday recipes that will even pack the pounds on readers who are only browsing them." --Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse mysteries:
“Coyle’s Coffeehouse books are superb examples of the cozy genre because of their intelligent cast of characters, their subtle wit, and their knowledge of the coffee industry.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“[A] frothy cast of lovable eccentrics."—Publishers Weekly

“Like a great cup of coffee, I can’t get enough of Cleo Coyle’s coffeehouse mysteries.”-Cozy Corner

 "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
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Product Details

  • Series: A Coffeehouse Mystery (Book 12)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; A Coffeehouse Mystery edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425255352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425255353
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Usually, when I read a book from the Coffee House Mysteries series, I cannot get enough coffee. As I said before, I swear they are in cahoots with my favorite independent café, but this time, I am lusting over the cookies at my local bakery.

I guess I should be glad that the writing team of Cleo Coyle changed it up, but let's face it, there are more calories in cookies than in coffee so I cannot win either way.

The busy little baristas from the Village Blend, complete with holiday hats, are knee deep in the Great New York Cookie Swap when Clare notices that one of her crew has wandered off; taking a cold winters night stroll she discover the body of Moirin Faigan dead on the carousel. What ensues brings out both the best and the worst in people.

The NYPD are quick to point their fingers at a serial assaulter referred to as "The Christmas Stalker", but Claire thinks there is more to it. When a second body appears and there is an attempt on Claire's life people begin working double time to solve this. Unfortunately, she runs into a major nemesis, Detective Fletcher Endicott A.K.A Mr. DNA, that is too busy trying to write another book than to take Claire seriously. Add in two "Real Housewives", an ex-rocker turned retirement home entertainer, a detective boyfriend only available on alternate weekends, a narcissistic hockey player and soon you will have a fun filled winter cozy full of wild antics that Lucy and Ethyl should be starring in.

If you love mixing your foodie tendencies with cozy mysteries, this is a perfect series. Just be forewarned that you will spend an inordinate amount of time drinking coffee and lusting over baked goods and mile high roast beef sandwiches.
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I am a big Cleo Coyle fan -- own all of the books in the series either in the print or Kindle version. Therefore I have to ask -- who wrote THIS book? It doesn't have the charm of earlier books. The characters don't act like themselves. The dialogue is choppy. The plot seems contrived rather than unfolding lyrically as in previous books. Usually, when I pick up a new book in this series, I can't put it down. This time, I'm having a hard time finishing it.
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Once again Clare is in the thick of things. If you're looking for a great holiday mystery, this is it. Cleo Coyle's style of writing transports her readers right into the book. With her guy, Mike, in Washington, Clare is making the rounds of holiday parties and serving up her famous holiday drinks. What she doesn't plan on is finding the body of one of her part-time employees. From there things get crazy. It's another great book with sadness, excitment, anticipation, love and fun.
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It's Christmastime in New York and murder takes no holiday off in this action packed drama. As usual, Clare gets caught up in a murder when she finds the body of her part-time employee and has to contend with an obnoxious detective. Clare is at her best in this delightfully charming tale that has us traipsing after a killer from Manhattan to Brooklyn to Long Island to Washington DC, while successfully participating in a Holiday Cookie swap. What I like most about this book is the relationship between the main characters and how they all pitch in to help Clare in her pursuit of justice in this character-driven mystery. With a lovable cast and good dialogue, this is one of the best books in this wonderfully terrific series.
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These books are fun to read --- try to read them in order!! Coyle does recap past history and does not dwell on the past events, but it adds to the book when you are aware of the past. Fun, smart, and fattening --- hey, you can make
all the wonderful food that is cooked in the book!!!
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Cleo Coyle's books aren't like most of the mystery books with a side of romance mixed in. The characters are all part of the catch-the-killer mindset that you're turning the page just to see if everyone is going to be okay. The coffee shop seems so real that you literally wants to go there and try the coffee. The recipes at the end of the books is the best part! You can try them out for the holidays or just because occasion and see what the characters mean when they say "mmm"
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I was beginning to tire of this series and seriously contemplated whether I wanted to buy this new book. I finally did, and I don't regret it. I enjoyed it very much. In some of the previous books, I was beginning to find the protagonist's actions too unrealistic -- almost stupid -- and not stupid funny like in Janet Evanovich's books. Didn't feel that way about this book. Glad I read it.
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This is an excellent entry.to an excellent series. If you like mystery, family, a motley assortment of characters and darn good writing, this one is for you. Oh, did I mention a little bit of love, sex and food to add even more fun to the mix. What's not to like? PS I've tried a few of Claire's recipes and you can't go wrong with them, either!
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