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On What Grounds (Coffeehouse, Bk 1)
On What Grounds - Coffeehouse, Bk 1
Author: Cleo Coyle
Introducing a delightful new series featuring Carolyn Cosi, manager of the historic Village Blend coffeehouse. — Carolyn arrives at work to discover the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Two detectives investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. S...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425192139
ISBN-10: 042519213X
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 535 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed On What Grounds (Coffeehouse, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
Clare Cosi's first book makes you want to be there and drink the espresso. The on-going relationships with her ex-mother-law,Madame, her daughter(Joy), her ex husband(Matt) and her hunky oft called upon detective/friend Mike Quinn as well as her baristas make this a Cozy cozy. I want to be part of the crowd sipping espresso at her Village Blend coffeehouse. The who-dun-its are believeable(except for the shear volume throughout the series...)
reviewed On What Grounds (Coffeehouse, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
As a lover of books and a lover of all things coffee, this book was right up my alley. It was a fun read; nothing heavy and yet kept me guessing until the end. I can't wait to try out the coffee recipes too!
reviewed On What Grounds (Coffeehouse, Bk 1) on + 82 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
A lot of coffee information slows down this book, but it's otherwise a fun cozy.
reviewed On What Grounds (Coffeehouse, Bk 1) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I really enjoyed this 1st in a series. Cleo Coyle Coffeehouse Mysteries Series books are hard to find.

She also writes under the name of Alice Kimberly for the series of Haunted Bookstore Mysteries....Cute and not sci-fi as it sounds.
reviewed On What Grounds (Coffeehouse, Bk 1) on + 86 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
The first in the Clare Cosi series..Clare is the manager of a historic New York coffeehouse who solves mysteries on the side. I read the sequel first and must say I enjoyed it more. The sequel (whose name escapes me) is a little edgy, bordering on the non-Cozy which made it a little different for me. Still, this is an enjoyable Cozy read.
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reviewed On What Grounds (Coffeehouse, Bk 1) on + 134 more book reviews
Glad I finally started reading this series. If u r a coffee person u will enjoy this book. Like the references to coffee. Also enjoyed the characters. Look forward to reading the next book in the series.
reviewed On What Grounds (Coffeehouse, Bk 1) on + 23 more book reviews
The book was well written, but I did not expect the level of detail on coffee, so I skimmed a lot. I don't usually read "food fiction," so this may be routine.
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Great Book!

Clare Cosi, the main character, returns to the Village Blend, a coffeehouse she used to manage, at the urging of it's eccentric owner & her ex-mother in law. One of her employees has fallen down the stairs & lands in a coma. The police think it was an accident; Clare suspects otherwise, and decides to do some sleuthing herself.

This is a GREAT read. Great characters, interweaving relationships, & LOTS of coffee information.
If you are not a coffee lover, you will probably find youself skipping over coffee-specific details. Fortunately for me, I LOVE everything coffee related and hung on to every word. Even includes recipes for cocktails, coffee drinks & other dishes (coffee related, of course) made by the characters.

The perfect cozy mystery. All you need is a fireplace, a comfy chair, and a cappuccino. Ahh.. heaven.

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Coffeehouse  1 of 9
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Clare Cosi (Primary Character)
Matteo Allegro (Primary Character)
Madame (Major Character)
Detective Quinn (Major Character)
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