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Holiday Grind (A Coffeehouse Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
In the charming eighth coffeehouse mystery from the pseudonymous Coyle (the husband-wife writing team of Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi), Clare Cosi, owner of the Village Blend, is preoccupied with creating flavorful and memorable drinks for the upcoming holiday season. Then one snowy December day, Clare discovers a beloved customer, Alf Glockner, shot to death in a nearby alley. Doubtful of the police conclusion that Alf, a part-time comedian who was working as a charity Santa, was the victim of a random murder, Clare sets out to find out what really happened. To her peril, she must do so on her own because her boyfriend, NYPD Det. Mike Quinn, is busy with his own homicide investigation. This light cozy will keep readers guessing until the end, while the drink and accompanying treat recipes will send anyone to the kitchen in search of a candy cane brownie and a caffe mocha latte. (Nov.)
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Starred review. "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 used to add depth and flavor to the stories...Highly recommended for all mystery collections." --Library Journal, Starred Review --Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I had kind of lost interest in this series, but I'm glad I picked up this holiday themed installment. The author really captures the atmosphere of Manhattan during the holiday season, and the characters, even the ones who play only minor roles, are quite engaging. I enjoyed catching up with the series regulars and loved all the little Christmas details.
As for the mystery itself...well, this is a "cozy" so set your expectations accordingly. The idea of NYPD detectives actively supporting a civilian's investigation into a homicide is ridiculous, but that's pretty standard "cozy" fare. Putting that aside, there is quite an assortment of possible suspects and motives, so if you're an armchair sleuth the storyline should keep you guessing.
I did have a few eye-rolling moments when just about every male in the story comes on to 40-something Clare - Hello Mary Sue! - But I didn't let it spoil what was overall a nice holiday read that gave my Christmas spirit a little boost.
For those not familiar with the Coffeehouse Mysteries: Clare Cosi is a 40ish single mom with a grown daughter (Joy) and a charming ex-husband (Matteo). Clare manages The Village Blend, an iconic coffee house in historic Greenwich Village. She lives in a to-die-for duplex above The Blend and is dating a recently divorced NYPD detective (Mike Quinn). In addition to serving up a mean latte, Clare has a knack for solving crimes.
This is the 8th installment in the series, and while I suppose it could work as a standalone story I'd highly recommend that you start at the beginning with On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 1) (Coffeehouse Mystery). There is little or no strong language or sexual content.
Included at the back of the book is an expanded version of the usual collection of recipes, both for coffee and food described in the book, as well as information on coffee syrups, coffeehouse terms, and information on brewing. This was a good mystery and a nice addition to the series.
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