Cleo Coyle is the pen name for author Alice Alfonsi, who collaborates with her husband Marc Cerasini to write the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Books. This series of cozy mysteries is set in and around a fictional coffeehouse in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.
Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini grew up with Italian parents in working class neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alice Alfonsi graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Marc Cerasini graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In New York, Alice Alfonsi worked as a journalist and book author; Marc Cerasini as a magazine editor, literary critic and fiction and nonfiction author. The couple met in Manhattan and married at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas.
The writers live in New York City where they publish books independently and together. Alice was the ghost writer for Hidden Passions, ISBN 0-06-107605-8, a novel based on the off-beat, then-NBC soap opera Passions. The book spent seven weeks on the 2001 New York Times hardcover fiction best sellers list. Marc Cerasini has written four novels in the Declassified series of original Jack Bauer adventures based on the Emmy-winning Fox Broadcasting television show 24. Marc has also written two original prose novels featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. His nonfiction includes The Future of War: The Face of 21st Century Warfare (Alpha Books, 2003, ISBN 0-02-864431-X), with an introduction by Colonel Jimmy Butler, United States Air Force (Ret.).
Among their co-authored projects are the Haunted Bookshop mysteries, written under the pen name Alice Kimberly.