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...)
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!
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.
I enjoyed this book, the first in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare Cosi returns to her job as manager of the historic Village Blend coffeehouse after 10 years, part of Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubois' scheme to get Clare back together with her son, Matteo, Clare's ex-husband. Together, Clare and Matt try to solve the mystery behind the tragic 'accident' that landed the Blend's assistant manager, Annabelle, in the hospital in the ICU. Was it an accident? I loved the coffee-making tips and recipes in the back of the book and I look forward to reading the next book in this "cozy" mystery series by Cleo Coyle.
I love these books. Humor, mystery, nothing heavy, just good fun. Beware--if you are not currently a coffee drinker, you will be after you read this series. You can almost smell the coffee as you read.
I love coffee and I love cozies so this was an easy choice for me. This is the first book in the series. I found it an easy read, but it kept me guessing until the very end. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
I loved this first book in the fun cozy series. It combines two of my all-time favorite things -- coffee and mystery!
Clare Cosi has just come back to manage The Village Blend coffeehouse at the request of Madame, the wonderful, loving eccentric who just so happens to also be her ex mother-in-law.
When Clare arrives, it's to find the unconscious body of her assistant manager, Annabelle, lying at the bottom of the service stairs. What the police (led by hunky yet aloof Detective Quinn) assume is a tragic accident seems to clearly be foul play to Clare, and she sets out (with the help of her ex-husband, Matteo) to prove it.
I can't wait to read the next book in this series! I loved the information on coffee, and I really enjoyed the characters. This is a great read.
I love coffee--that's what originally drew me to this book. This is the first in a series of coffeehouse mysteries. It was a great story/mystery, even if you don't drink coffee. Can't wait to read the others that follow.
Newly divorce Claire Cosi has just returned to her old job of managing the historic Village Blend coffee house in Greenwich Village. When Claire discovers the unconscious form of Annabelle, one of the shop's baristas, at the bottom of the shop's basement stairs, Claire suspects that Annabelle's fall is more sinister than just a workplace accident. Claire searches for the truth behind Annabelle's fall.
It's true that this book contains a lot of information about making espresso coffee drinks, a little too much for my taste. Other than that, though, I loved the setting and the characters and look forward to spending more time with this series!
I loved it, wanted to go out and try some "good" coffee and I don't drink coffee. Been a tea drinker all my life but the way she writes it entices you to not put the book down. Places she describes bring back fond memories of the NYC village and her characters are true to life.
I enjoyed the first in this series. I liked the main character, Clare Cosi. She has agreed to return to NYC, after raising her daughter in the "wilds" of New Jersey, to take over management of a coffee house she had previously managed for 10 years. Her daughter is now in culinary school in NY so she will be closer to her and gets a wonderful rent-free apartment, to boot. Of course she finds out the apartment comes with "strings attached" in the tune of her ex-husband, who has been told he can live there as well. Complications there, of course. Her ex-mother in law owns the business and apartment.
Her first day back Clare arrives from NJ only to find the doors locked and the shop not open. When she enters she finds the assistant manager has fallen down a flight of stairs and is unconscious. The police investigate and rule it an accident - but Clare thinks it doesn't feel right so looks into it herself.
I had a hard time getting into this book. I do not sympathize or relate to the main character at all and in the end the poor victim that I felt bad for 200 pages turns out to really have deserved what she got!
Although I enjoyed the book and liked the way Ms. Coyle wrapped up the end with a great surprise, I could have done without all the detailed information about making different types of coffee. Not only did she tell us, but she repeated some processes! I like the protagonist, Clare Cosi, and looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I am hoping that the coffee-making info is behind me. Clare sells her house in New Jersey and moves to New York to live above the The Village Blend coffee house only to find out that Madame (owner and ex-mother-in-law) has also put her son in the duplex. Madame's fondest wish is that Clare and Matt reunite but Clare wants no part of it...well, most of the time. She takes on the job of amateur sleuth when one of her star assistant manager is pushed (in Clare's opinion) down the stairs. The police are convinced that Annabelle just fell but Clare is sure it was homicidal intent. The interaction between Clare and Lt. Quinn and between her and her ex, Matt are fun sidelines too.
What a fun mystery! And since I like coffee a lot, I enjoyed all of the tips and information about coffee. I may even try an espresso drink next time I go to a coffee shop (though I mostly make my own coffee at home). The book was a quick read, but the mystery kept me guessing most of the way through. There was enough romantic tension to be interesting as well. I plan to read the next book in the series.
This was a nice "cozy" mystery. The protagonist is a divorced, single mom, and runs a small business (a coffee shop). I really liked the protagonist - she was believable and likeable. I found myself rooting for her to solve the mystery and also to make some progress in her love life!
No steamy sex scenes - which was nice for a change. Sometimes I get so sick of those!
And of course, this is the first in a series of coffee shop mysteries, so it was nice to know I didn't need to say goodbye to the characters when the book ended.
A bit darker than the regular cozy mystery, but not bad. Way too much coffee info. More than was needed or even interesting. The characters are ok. Clare has potential if the author develops her personality further.
The first in "The Coffeehouse Mysteries". I really enjoyed this book. I LOVE Coffee and a Mystery, so this was just what the Doctor ordered!! Usu.ally at least three quarters of the way through a book, if not before, I can figure out "who did it", but this one kept me guessing a little longer. I plan to read the whole series.
Absolutely wretched. I couldn't even finish this book, and I finish everything! Only read this book if stilted dialogue, long and uninteresting diatribes about coffee making methods, snobbery towards anyone who is not a full-on coffee afficianado, and random, out of the blue flashbacks to 9/11 are your thing. Otherwise, throw it on the recycling pile. Or perhaps it could help steady a wobbly table.
This is the first in the new sereis of coffee house mysteries, with Clare Cosi as manager. I would have enjoyed this series more if there had been a little less explantion of brewing coffee, but over all it was good.
With a sprawling rent - free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java at her side,and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. 3 stars.
Clare Cosi is the manager of the historic Village Blend Coffeehouse. One morning she discovers her assistant manager inconschiou in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. The police think it is merely an accident, but Clare isn't so sure! Clare becomes very busy serving coffee and solving the crime...one cup at a time.
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. Still, Carolyn is not convinced. And after the police leave, Carolyn can't help wondering...If this was an act of murder, is she in danger?
A great book for coffee lovers. A good read and part of a series of mystery stories. Clare has to investigate the attack on one of her workers and meets a handsome detective, and, of course, her ex-husband shows up as well.
Clare Cosi is excited about running her new historic Village Blend Coffeehouse until she finds her assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store...What is going on? And is the very handsome detective sent to look in to it married?
I love the books by this author written under the name Alice Kimberly, so was anxious to read these coffee house mysteries. This is the first one in the series and the first I read. There is way too much info about coffee in it and the story moves quite slowly, but I did like it well enough to try others in the series.
Not too bad for a cozy. A quick read with a plausible plotline. Occasionally, the author seemed to discuss more about the inner workings of moneyed New Yorkers than the mystery, so the plotline was a little weak at times. She leaves several loose ends (personal life not mystery), so you can tell she is really trying to draw you into reading the next in her series. I haven't decided yet, as the characters weren't really all that compelling.
Great series. This is the first one. If you love laura childs tea mysteries and Tim Myers soap/candle series you will love this one. Cleo Coyle does an amazing job to create characters you will love and want more of. This book is addicting -you won't put it down til its done.
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.
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.
I enjoyed this fist entry in the Coffeehouse series. There was a surprise twist at the end of the story. The characters were interesting and the collf trivia informative. Recipies are at the end of the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment of the Coffeehouse mystery series. Will definitely read the next one! Interesting characters, nice setting! Made me want to find a house similar to frequent!
This book is a great cozy mystery. I don't drink coffee or have any knowledge about it. I felt the author did a good job in making sure even a non-coffee drinker could understand some of the things mentioned in regards to the coffee shop. The mystery itself was very good!
This is the first I have ever read Cleo Coyle. This was a fun book - had a main story and then a sub plot going on. This is the first book in a multiple book series - all surrounding the Village Blend Coffee Shop and the main characters in this first book. I know there are 8 books in this series, as of November 2009. I have books 2 and 3 on my wish list - which means book number 1 was interesting enough to want to read further....
I LOVE good coffee, and I love a good mystery, so this book was a double treat for me. The main character, Clare, is very 'real' and likable, someone most of us could probably relate to. The interplay between Clare and her ex-husband is funny at times, so it will be interesting to see where that relationship goes in future books. I will definitely read the other books in the series. There is a lot of info about coffee thrown into the story, but I found that to be helpful. In fact, I had one of those screw-top Italian espresso pots that I was about to throw out because I couldn't get it to work, but I learned how to use it properly from reading this book!
Good light reading. Loaded with plenty of information about coffee and good recipes. If I were a coffee drinker, I would really use the recipes. Good explanation of what goes into making a good cup of coffee. They mystery part is pretty good as well.
Love this series. Believable characters and relationships. The most fascinating to me, is the author goes into detail about different types of coffee. I'm not a big coffee fan, so I think if I was, I would still be impressed with the coffee bean details. I'm reading all the books in this series.