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Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, can brew a beverage to die for. But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who’s gone loco for mocha? Clare’s Village Blend beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a “Mocha Magic Coffee” billed as an aphrodisiac. Clare may even try some on her boyfriend, NYPD dete Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, can brew a beverage to die for. But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who’s gone loco for mocha? Clare’s Village Blend beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a “Mocha Magic Coffee” billed as an aphrodisiac. Clare may even try some on her boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn—when he’s off duty, of course… The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite’s Village, one of the Web’s most popular online communities for women. But the launch party ends on a sour note when one of the Website’s editors is found dead. When more of the Website’s Sisters of Aphrodite start to die, Clare is convinced someone wants the coffee’s secret formula—and is willing to kill to get it. Clare isn’t about to spill the beans, but will she be next on the hit list? Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!


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Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, can brew a beverage to die for. But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who’s gone loco for mocha? Clare’s Village Blend beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a “Mocha Magic Coffee” billed as an aphrodisiac. Clare may even try some on her boyfriend, NYPD dete Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, can brew a beverage to die for. But can she stir up some evidence against a bitter killer who’s gone loco for mocha? Clare’s Village Blend beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a “Mocha Magic Coffee” billed as an aphrodisiac. Clare may even try some on her boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn—when he’s off duty, of course… The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite’s Village, one of the Web’s most popular online communities for women. But the launch party ends on a sour note when one of the Website’s editors is found dead. When more of the Website’s Sisters of Aphrodite start to die, Clare is convinced someone wants the coffee’s secret formula—and is willing to kill to get it. Clare isn’t about to spill the beans, but will she be next on the hit list? Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!

30 review for Murder by Mocha

  1. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    In book ten of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, for once a case is pushed onto her instead of her walking into one. And I have to mentioned this up front but it doesn’t change the tone of this book a little bit. When one of Madame’s friend wakes up beside a dead man, she freaks out. All this is understandable but what isn’t is the fact that it seems like deaths are happening because of a drink, an aphrodisiac drink made by the same java that Clare sells in her Village Blend. I thou In book ten of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, for once a case is pushed onto her instead of her walking into one. And I have to mentioned this up front but it doesn’t change the tone of this book a little bit. When one of Madame’s friend wakes up beside a dead man, she freaks out. All this is understandable but what isn’t is the fact that it seems like deaths are happening because of a drink, an aphrodisiac drink made by the same java that Clare sells in her Village Blend. I thought I would like this book a lot because it has a bit of a sexier tone to it dealing with aphrodisiac but this entire book felt quite different from the others. Like I mentioned, this case is thrust upon Clare instead of her walking into it, which kind of takes her out of it a little bit. I didn’t feel like she was that connected to the case as others where the victims are friends of hers or something like that. Additionally, the writing also feels a little different too. It’s a little more all over the place. There’s quite a lot of dialogue which I don’t mind but this is one of Clare’s more tougher cases I think and for whatever reason I wasn’t that into it as some of the other books in the series. I just felt like this one as a little more choppy than the others but still enjoyable. So while it’s not my most favorite of the series, I have to say it’s probably the most imaginative cases from what we’ve seen from Cleo Coyle so far.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mason

    Opening the pages of MURDER BY MOCHA is like stepping inside my favorite coffeehouse with friends there waiting and a few new faces to greet. The sights, sounds and smells are brought to life by the talented writing of author Cleo Coyle. Readers who aren’t coffee drinkers don’t need to shy away from this tantalizing book and series. While there are references to coffee and all it’s amenities; there is murder, mayhem, and suspense all wrapped up with a splash of romance, a dollop of humor and a lo Opening the pages of MURDER BY MOCHA is like stepping inside my favorite coffeehouse with friends there waiting and a few new faces to greet. The sights, sounds and smells are brought to life by the talented writing of author Cleo Coyle. Readers who aren’t coffee drinkers don’t need to shy away from this tantalizing book and series. While there are references to coffee and all it’s amenities; there is murder, mayhem, and suspense all wrapped up with a splash of romance, a dollop of humor and a lot of love for family and friends. Clare Cosi is the manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Clare’s boss, Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubbors (who is also her former mother-in-law) has gone into partnership with an old friend. Madame has agreed to use the Village Blend coffee beans to create a new java love potion, ‘Mocha Magic Coffee,’ billed as an aphrodisiac. The new product will be sold exclusively online at Aphrodite’s Village, a popular website community for women. At the launch party, however, one of the website’s editors is murdered. When tragedy continues to strike the website’s Sisters of Aphrodite, Clare thinks the secret formula behind the ‘Mocha Magic Coffee’ is the key and could be illegal. Clare works to find the answers to the murders and save her beloved Village Blend’s reputation at the same time. Can she uncover the killer before she becomes the next victim? The twists and surprises will keep you guessing. To add to her mounting problems Clare’s boyfriend, police detective Mike Quinn, is asking ‘that’ question; her daughter, Joy, is home from Paris and closer than ever to Sergeant Franco; and a cold case involving a slain police officer has surfaced that implicates Madame. Author Cleo Coyle has created a group of multifarious characters who are intriguing and likeable. She also introduces a group of eclectic minor characters who further add dimension to the story. As Clare undertakes to solve the murders, she also maintains her determination and loyalty to keep her family safe. MURDER BY MOCH is the 10th installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series and each new adventure just keeps getting more captivating. Readers are able to pick up any books in this series and not feel as though they are missing half the story. There’s just enough back story to help new readers understand, while reminding returning fans of exciting past adventures. An extra feature of the book is the coffee-making tips and recipes included at the end. The scrumptious recipes include such treats as ‘Aphrodisiac Brownies,’ and ‘Roasted Rock Cornish Game Hens with Rosemary and Lemon Butter.’

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Murder, Coffee, and Chocolate - what more could a mystery bookworm want? This is the tenth installment in the Coffee House Mystery series and I enjoyed this book just as much as all the ones before it. They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but it can also be as bitter poorly brewed coffee. And bitter revenge is at the heart of this story. In addition to a well crafted (if slightly darker) mystery, we also get a glimpse into Madame's back story. Even if coffee is not your thing, mystery Murder, Coffee, and Chocolate - what more could a mystery bookworm want? This is the tenth installment in the Coffee House Mystery series and I enjoyed this book just as much as all the ones before it. They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but it can also be as bitter poorly brewed coffee. And bitter revenge is at the heart of this story. In addition to a well crafted (if slightly darker) mystery, we also get a glimpse into Madame's back story. Even if coffee is not your thing, mystery lovers will still enjoy this series and this installment in particular. Readers who find cozy mysteries to be a little too light, but are not quite ready for a true blood and guts thriller will find Murder by Mocha a nice compromise. What I liked about this book: Personally, I like the inclusion of recipes and coffee brewing tips. However, if they are not your "cup of tea" you can easily ignore them as they are included at the end of the book rather than scattered throughout the story. I love all the regular characters. Reading about them is like having coffee with family. I also especially like that there is no "irritating, pain in the butt character." Many cozy mysteries include an annoying character as a foil for the heroine or maybe for comic relief. I'm never quite sure. Coyle's characters are well developed and in my opinion very interesting. I would love to learn more about any of them. What I didn't like about the book: OK. The new barista, Nancy seems a little goofy. It was hard to figure out if she was truly the bumpkin she appears to be or if maybe she is hiding something. I wasn't sure why she was added to the story, but it certainly didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. If you have read any of my previous reviews of the Coffee House Mysteries you will know that I am a big fan. When I find a series I enjoy this much, I always begin to worry if the series will eventually get boring or annoying or just lose something. I'm very pleased to say that is not the case with this series. Murder by Mocha is a must read for Coyle fans and anyone who likes a mystery with a good cup of Joe.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Why I read the book: Murder by Mocha was part of a mystery book display at my local library. Since I enjoy all things coffee, I decided to give it a read. It is the tenth book in the Coffehouse Mystery series. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but I had no trouble reading Murder by Mocha as a stand alone book. Synopsis of the book: Clare Cosi is the manager and head barista of Village Blend, a popular coffeehouse in New York City. The Village Blend’s specially roasted coffee bea Why I read the book: Murder by Mocha was part of a mystery book display at my local library. Since I enjoy all things coffee, I decided to give it a read. It is the tenth book in the Coffehouse Mystery series. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but I had no trouble reading Murder by Mocha as a stand alone book. Synopsis of the book: Clare Cosi is the manager and head barista of Village Blend, a popular coffeehouse in New York City. The Village Blend’s specially roasted coffee beans are being used in a new Mocha Magic Coffee touted as a caffeinated aphrodisiac. The company launching the product has a huge online presence as an online community especially for women. Things come screeching to a halt when one of the editors of the website is murdered. Against her will, at first, Clare finds herself drawn into the mystery. As things progress, questions are raised about the Mocha Magic Coffee, and Clare works to prove that her specially roasted coffee beans are above suspicion. What I thought about the book: Overall the book was good. The storyline kept me interested and guessing at who the murderer was right up to the end. Despite the excellence of the book, I am giving it a 2-star rating because the romance side of the story was far too steamy. Some of the kissing scenes were downright awkward in the way they were written, and some of the other allusions could have been left out without hurting the story in any way. If the romance hadn’t been such overkill, I would have given this book a 5-star rating, compared the author to Agatha Christi and Donald Bain, buying my own copy, and making space on my murder mystery bookshelf. One final note: Some of the other Goodreads reviews of this book say that Murder by Mocha is very different from the other Coffeehouse Mystery books. The general speculation seems to be that the different tone is because of the aphrodisiac product the plot centers around. Because of that, I am willing to try at least one other book in the series, rather than write it off completely. I plan to update this review after reading another book in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Holy Smoke and Rockets this book is twisty and the reader is going to have to pay close attention to the plotline if there is any chance of understand who is responsible and why. I love when a well-liked series expands a character just a bit more; a character that you thought you knew, but come to find out that you only saw the tip of the iceberg. That is what happened with Madame Allegro DuBois in Murder by Mocha. I thought I knew her from the previous _____ books, but it appears that there was Holy Smoke and Rockets this book is twisty and the reader is going to have to pay close attention to the plotline if there is any chance of understand who is responsible and why. I love when a well-liked series expands a character just a bit more; a character that you thought you knew, but come to find out that you only saw the tip of the iceberg. That is what happened with Madame Allegro DuBois in Murder by Mocha. I thought I knew her from the previous _____ books, but it appears that there was more to the instant love and friendship that she had with her daughter- in -law Clare. We now understand why after Clare’s divorce from Mateo, Madame still holds Claire closer than anyone one else. As we know from the previous books, Clare is the manager of a coffee house that is owned by Madame, but there is more to Madame’s past and she had decided to help an old friend Alicia Bower who is trying to sell an aphrodisiac through an online consortium. Mocha Magic uses village blend coffee with a few other added ingredients. There is something more to these ingredients that literally leaves a person unable to control their libidos. Mateo is concerned, Officer Mike is concerned and now there are dead bodies piling up. Not all are associated with the drink, but there is history with the woman that runs the online group and people keep dying. That might be a bit misleading, the storyline is a tad interwoven and at the end, you really have to pay attention as to how the different characters are tied together and who is on the killers list and why. I adore every character in the Coffeehouse mystery books. Cleo Coyle has a way of bringing out their personalities and quirks allowing the reader to differentiate between them. New love abounds and comfortable love settles in.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I recently discovered this cozy mystery series. I have read some of the later books but would like to eventually read the whole series. All of the recurring characters are present in this book. I really like Clare (the main character) and her relationships with all the other characters, especially her lover Mike. Clare Cosi along with her ex-husband and mother-in-law run a coffeehouse in NYC. She actually gets along with her exes. Matt (ex-hub) and Clare share a grown daughter, Joy, who is study I recently discovered this cozy mystery series. I have read some of the later books but would like to eventually read the whole series. All of the recurring characters are present in this book. I really like Clare (the main character) and her relationships with all the other characters, especially her lover Mike. Clare Cosi along with her ex-husband and mother-in-law run a coffeehouse in NYC. She actually gets along with her exes. Matt (ex-hub) and Clare share a grown daughter, Joy, who is studying to be a chef in Paris. She is home for this story. Mike Quinn, a NYC police detective, and Clare have a very loving and modern relationship. Along with her day job Clare assists the police in solving murder mysteries. There are two mysteries to be solved in this book and both are intriguing. I would highly recommend Murder by Mocha or any of the books in this series. If you enjoy reading Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries I think you would like these books. Think of Clare as a modern day, younger, Italian-American version of Miss Marple.

  7. 5 out of 5

    candice

    I enjoyed this series when I started reading it, but I am starting to get tired of it - it's just not that interesting anymore. I love the coffeehouse setting but the murders are now getting pretty contrived. It was also overly long. Disappointing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Another entertaining murder, intrigue, corporate sabotage mixed with coffee and chocolate, what more could you want to entertain you for an afternoon!?! Claire and her cast of baristas, ex-husband, detective boyfriend and more are on the hunt to figure out multiple mysteries and each separate investigation could lead to the death of them all if they don't figure out the mystery in time. As always an entertaining mystery wrapped in humor and compassion to keep you loving the time you spend at the Another entertaining murder, intrigue, corporate sabotage mixed with coffee and chocolate, what more could you want to entertain you for an afternoon!?! Claire and her cast of baristas, ex-husband, detective boyfriend and more are on the hunt to figure out multiple mysteries and each separate investigation could lead to the death of them all if they don't figure out the mystery in time. As always an entertaining mystery wrapped in humor and compassion to keep you loving the time you spend at the Village Blend!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mysteryfan

    Too many subplots spoiled this book. The main mystery involved a mocha drink, a mysterious web diva, and the murder of one of the website's organizers. The solution involves going back into the history of some of the women involved in the website. There's a subplot of corruption in the police department and another of a past love for Clare's ex-mother-in-law. And the mocha drink has a controlled substance in it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amara

    Maybe this is rated higher because I have read a few subpar books lately, but it was nice to dive back into the Village Blend. The last book got a little steamy, but this one was back to charming. I like hanging out with these characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    This book is definitely in the top ten for worst endings ever written. Just appalling. (view spoiler)[ The killer shoots a woman in the head right before Clare's eyes. This is the most violence that's even been on the page in one of these Coffeehouse Mysteries - we get a lot of descriptions of how people died, but this is the most graphic description of a death by far: "Before I could react, she pressed the gun against Minthe's head and pulled the trigger. The blast was deafening. One second Mint This book is definitely in the top ten for worst endings ever written. Just appalling. (view spoiler)[ The killer shoots a woman in the head right before Clare's eyes. This is the most violence that's even been on the page in one of these Coffeehouse Mysteries - we get a lot of descriptions of how people died, but this is the most graphic description of a death by far: "Before I could react, she pressed the gun against Minthe's head and pulled the trigger. The blast was deafening. One second Minthe's thin, pale face was there--and then it wasn't. The body flew sideways and struck the plank floor with a hollow thud." Like, holy shit, that is so brutal. Like, really really gory and shocking. Kind of a somber, intense moment. Right? Right? Nope. In the most ridiculous, inappropriate, stupid turn of events, the next paragraph has -- and I am not joking about this -- Matt-the-slutty-ex-husband jumping through the skylight pretending to be an entire SWAT team. Not a joke. Literally that happens. Shards of shattered skylight rained down. Along with the glass came a figure clinging to a thin black cord. "POLICE! SWAT TEAM! FREEZE! WE'RE ARMED! DROP YOUR WEAPON! GIVE IT UP!" Unfortunately, it wasn't a real SWAT team--it was Matt, all alone. He'd heard the shot, freaked, and taken a reckless chance. For a moment he hung suspended above the factory floor, yelling that he was the police, the army, SEAL Team Six, and whatever else popped into his head. Then (and once again I would like to stress that this is not a joke) the rope breaks and he falls to the floor and gets knocked out. I laughed during this. I cracked up. And it was the awkwardest laughter imaginable, because all I could think about was the fact that a girl's gunshot-decapitated body was lying right in front of everyone this whole time. What a fucking absurd juxtaposition here. I hate it you guys, I fucking hate it. I wish I was reading a physical copy of this book instead of an ebook because I wanted to shred something into a million pieces when I read this. Oh, and then Clare calls Matt a "hero" and he tells her he got BIT IN THE BUTT BY A GERMAN SHEPARD ON THE WAY TO HELP HER and I was dying because that girl's corpse is laying there leaking blood and brain matter the whole time they are talking about this comical turn of events. It is so unbelievably fucked up, I just can't with this. Like, that woman's gory remains are not even mentioned again. Like, that character wad introduced purely so she could die instead of someone more important so no one even mourns her super detailed demise. That was the worst part. Would you like to know the second worst part? Nancy roofies Dante. She puts Mocha Magic in their drinks because he has been resisting her advances in pretty clear terms but she wants to fuck him when he comes over to talk about the tattoo he is still willing to do for her even though she makes him really uncomfortable. She literally drugs him. She is planning to date rape Dante. This is barely discussed, but all of the characters know about it. It is clearly stated that she drugged him and Matt even says it's "the definition of date rape. . . . It's also a felony." Clare dismisses this as "The poor girl is lovesick. . . She's not thinking straight." :| So after she drugs them both, she gets sick. Dante, at this point, knows that she drugged them both with the Mocha Magic. Still, he takes her to the hospital and stays in the ER with her for three hours. A championship level of forgiveness here, since he knows this girl just roofied him. And that's it. Nothing else happens to this bitch. She continues to work with Dante. Everyone is glad she moves on from her crush on him. No one says anything to her. It is fine somehow. This fucking blew my mind. (hide spoiler)] I just... I hate this book so much. I hate it, guys. I am deeply disturbed by the fact that this made it through the writing, editing, publishing, and printing process with no one putting a stop to it. Money was made from this drivel. Real people paid real hard-earned cash to acquire this book and then be subjected to its contents. It's absolutely and in every way fucking inconceivable. I gotta take a break. I'm down for the count. This book just murdered me. I gotta put em down and recover my sanity.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    Murder by Mocha By Cleo Coyle Copyright August 2011 Publisher Berkeley Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a "Mocha Magic Coffee," billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at its launch, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who's gone loco f Murder by Mocha By Cleo Coyle Copyright August 2011 Publisher Berkeley Clare's Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a "Mocha Magic Coffee," billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite's Village, one of the most popular online communities for women. But at its launch, one of the website's editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who's gone loco for mocha? Clare is not happy about the contract with Aphrodite’s Village, not one bit. Unfortunately there’s nothing she can do about it since it was Madame who signed it. She has a feeling that this could destroy the Blend if anything goes wrong. With the death of one of the Aphrodite “Sisters” Clare has to bring out all the big guns and find out who the actual killer is, the real motive and make sure that none of her “extended family” are hurt in the process. With the help of Matt, Mike, Franco, Madame and her staff of baristas Clare will winnow out the answers to each level of the mystery and come out smelling like a rose. This is the tenth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, and to my mind, the most complex storyline to date. In this book Cleo Coyle has fully shown the depth of her ability as a mystery author, not just a cozy one. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series with baited breath. Writing as Alice Kimberly she is also the author of the “Haunted Bookshop Mysteries”. Cleo Coyle can be found hanging out at https://www.facebook.com/HelpNameMyBa... and also at http://www.CoffeehouseMystery.com FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the author, who hoped I would consider if for review. A twisting and turning plot with more up and downs then a Coney Island Roller Coaster. A must read book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suspense Magazine

    Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multi-published author who collaborates with her husband to write the best-selling Coffeehouse Mysteries. In “Murder By Mocha,” the latest installment in this series, Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend Coffee House, is expanding her business in a very enterprising way. Her Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion…Mocha Magic Coffee, billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, which is expected to rake i Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multi-published author who collaborates with her husband to write the best-selling Coffeehouse Mysteries. In “Murder By Mocha,” the latest installment in this series, Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend Coffee House, is expanding her business in a very enterprising way. Her Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion…Mocha Magic Coffee, billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, which is expected to rake in millions of dollars, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite’s Village, one of the web’s most popular on-line communities for women. But the launch party for Mocha Magic Coffee turns sour before it can get started when the Aphrodite editor responsible for the product wakes up the morning of the party and finds a dead man in her bed. Or is he really dead? Squaring her shoulders, Clare decides the launch party, which Village Blend is catering, must go on—a very bad idea when another Aphrodite editor is found dead. Followed shortly by another one. And what the heck is the secret ingredient in Mocha Magic anyway? Coffee-making tips and yummy recipes are also included in this cozy, which is a delicious edition to a fun series. Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of “Moving Can Be Murder” for Suspense Magazine

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    One of the main reasons that I enjoy this 'Coffeehouse Mystery' series is the complexity of every individual novel within it. This latest publication, "Murder By Mocha" is a fine example of layers upon layers of mysteries that blend a fine cup of coffee reading. Our heros, Clare and Mike are joined in this episode by Joy and Matteo. To my continued delight is Madame and the Village Blend's crew,joined by a new member, Nancy. Finally, we have our additional cast of NYPD's finest. Madame has entere One of the main reasons that I enjoy this 'Coffeehouse Mystery' series is the complexity of every individual novel within it. This latest publication, "Murder By Mocha" is a fine example of layers upon layers of mysteries that blend a fine cup of coffee reading. Our heros, Clare and Mike are joined in this episode by Joy and Matteo. To my continued delight is Madame and the Village Blend's crew,joined by a new member, Nancy. Finally, we have our additional cast of NYPD's finest. Madame has entered the "Village Blend" into a new contract with a Chocolate maker and a corporation,Aphrodite to make an instant coffee that contains an aphrodisiac. Clare and Matt are shocked and dismayed as they are coffee perfectionists and can not approve of any 'instant' no matter how well made, what is Madame thinking. This was only the second mystery inside this finely crafted book. We already knew someone has faked their own death, are the stories mixed? And, what is inside Madame's past that is considered a police cold case file that Mike is ordered to re-open? Humor, as is to be expected is present. This book has witches, and munchkins and flying monkeys galore to keep you on your toes. Treat yourself to some excellent writing, storytelling, and recipes! Welsh Rarebit was my personal instant favorite. I can barely wait for the next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I hadn't read this series in a bit, and I had forgotten how easy it was to read. It was like visiting an old family member again. The book had a great cast of new characters. The Sisters were interesting and I loved the fact that they were extremely two-faced, I felt that it made the Sisters more 3D, because they probably would be like that in real life. I loved the different settings. From the Village Blend, to the Rockefeller Center, to a ship this book had no shortness on interesting settings. I I hadn't read this series in a bit, and I had forgotten how easy it was to read. It was like visiting an old family member again. The book had a great cast of new characters. The Sisters were interesting and I loved the fact that they were extremely two-faced, I felt that it made the Sisters more 3D, because they probably would be like that in real life. I loved the different settings. From the Village Blend, to the Rockefeller Center, to a ship this book had no shortness on interesting settings. I really hope that in the next few books we see more of Breanne and we finally meet Mike's kids. The author's been casually mentioning that Clare spends time with his kids a few times in this book and in the last one, but yet we never meet them. I'd love to see how they act around Clare, Joy, and Madame. I also thought the author made Breanne more 3D in Espresso Shot, but then Breanne has barely appeared or even been mentioned since then. I loved learning more about her and I was hoping she'd become a regular character. Overall an amazing, fast, light read. Looking forward to reading book 11!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tofu Fairy

    Really enjoyed this book. I loved that it is the first of the cozy mystery genre that I have read that actually had a mild sex scene in it rather than only sexual tension and I liked that of course. LOL I loved all the coffee and dessert references too, as I love that stuff IRL. I was impressed with the recipe section at the end of the book too, as it was like everything even mentioned in the book rather than just one recipe like in so many other books of this genre. I was also impressed that th Really enjoyed this book. I loved that it is the first of the cozy mystery genre that I have read that actually had a mild sex scene in it rather than only sexual tension and I liked that of course. LOL I loved all the coffee and dessert references too, as I love that stuff IRL. I was impressed with the recipe section at the end of the book too, as it was like everything even mentioned in the book rather than just one recipe like in so many other books of this genre. I was also impressed that this book totally stood on its own. I think it is like the 10th in this series or something like that and I had not read any of the previous books before reading this one. But I never felt lost or like I had missed something, so that is a credit to the authors. I think it is cool that a hubby and wife team write this series together too. Overall, this book was way more edgy and adult than the other cozy mysteries I have read and I really liked that. I will def read the other books in this series and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery with some yummy food thrown in for good measure. Good storyline, great plot development, characters are very well rounded, and the ending was not too predictable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I have struggled with this entire series. But this book absolutely floored me. Claire decides to go along with her mother-in-law's business deal. Of course it involves Shady characters from her past and she immediately steps onto a crime scene. I can't stand that she doesn't have enough faith in her cop boyfriend. then of course she becomes the most knowledgeable person about murder and chocolate and aphrodisiacs. this entire book I was hoping the characters would all be massacred in the series I have struggled with this entire series. But this book absolutely floored me. Claire decides to go along with her mother-in-law's business deal. Of course it involves Shady characters from her past and she immediately steps onto a crime scene. I can't stand that she doesn't have enough faith in her cop boyfriend. then of course she becomes the most knowledgeable person about murder and chocolate and aphrodisiacs. this entire book I was hoping the characters would all be massacred in the series would be over. Unfortunately that did not happen so I'm going to call it and quit reading this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    So, this was actually the first book in the series that I read. I picked it up at a local book store because it looked fun, and I noticed there were recipes in the back. Excellent, I thought, coffee and chocolate and recipes in cozy form? This book will be mine. And so it became. I found it to be an enjoyable bit of escapism. I've only tried one of the recipes in the back thus far--the Italian Mole (with chocolate in it!)--but it was delish, and I fear how much I will likely eat when I move on t So, this was actually the first book in the series that I read. I picked it up at a local book store because it looked fun, and I noticed there were recipes in the back. Excellent, I thought, coffee and chocolate and recipes in cozy form? This book will be mine. And so it became. I found it to be an enjoyable bit of escapism. I've only tried one of the recipes in the back thus far--the Italian Mole (with chocolate in it!)--but it was delish, and I fear how much I will likely eat when I move on to making a batch of something sweet.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caramelia

    Horrible. No other way to describe this book. Badly written (grammatical errors, switching times, unnecessary repetition of words, bad prose), very very very thin plot, unbelievable characters, inconsistencies on every other page, completely unnecessary details that in no way further the "story" ... no, simply no. Please stop "writing" and selling this crap as murder mysteries.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    Another enjoyable entry in the coffeehouse mysteries. I like the slightly racier romance steaming up. I hope that wasn't entirely due to the Mocha Magic and that some of that sticks around. Having an extra plot of mystery was great too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This series is usually entertaining, but this entry had particularly stiff dialogue, and the drug storyline was chemically unsound. Her research is usually better than this, and the last few books have had much better plots. I'm not dropping the series, but I did not like this entry very much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clara Baker Baldwin

    Very complicated group of suspect/characters in this one. I like her version of the sandwich and making the soft cheese spread with coffee. I'm definitely going to try that.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Such a fun book. Great addition to the series, kept me guessing and kept me hungry.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Scott

    I really enjoyed this book. I was a little confused at first, but things became clear as the book went along.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    In book ten of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, for once a case is pushed onto her instead of her walking into one. And I have to mentioned this up front but it doesn’t change the tone of this book a little bit. When one of Madame’s friend wakes up beside a dead man, she freaks out. All this is understandable but what isn’t is the fact that it seems like deaths are happening because of a drink, an aphrodisiac drink made by the same java that Clare sells in her Village Blend. I thoug In book ten of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, for once a case is pushed onto her instead of her walking into one. And I have to mentioned this up front but it doesn’t change the tone of this book a little bit. When one of Madame’s friend wakes up beside a dead man, she freaks out. All this is understandable but what isn’t is the fact that it seems like deaths are happening because of a drink, an aphrodisiac drink made by the same java that Clare sells in her Village Blend. I thought I would like this book a lot because it has a bit of a sexier tone to it dealing with aphrodisiac but this entire book felt quite different from the others. Like I mentioned, this case is thrust upon Clare instead of her walking into it, which kind of takes her out of it a little bit. I didn’t feel like she was that connected to the case as others where the victims are friends of hers or something like that. Additionally, the writing also feels a little different too. It’s a little more all over the place. There’s quite a lot of dialogue which I don’t mind but this is one of Clare’s more tougher cases I think and for whatever reason I wasn’t that into it as some of the other books in the series. I just felt like this one as a little more choppy than the others but still enjoyable. So while it’s not my most favorite of the series, I have to say it’s probably the most imaginative cases from what we’ve seen from Cleo Coyle so far. *Reviewed by Annie❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marita

    Murder by Mocha is the 10th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series written by Cleo Coyle, the pseudonym for the husband and wife writing team of Alice and Marc Cerasini. The series first caught my eye at my local library, when I spotted book one, On What Grounds, with a delicious looking cup of coffee on the front. Since I am a huge coffee addict I was very intrigued by the promise of mystery with a side of coffee. This was actually my first real foray into the cozy mystery genre, and I’m glad t Murder by Mocha is the 10th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series written by Cleo Coyle, the pseudonym for the husband and wife writing team of Alice and Marc Cerasini. The series first caught my eye at my local library, when I spotted book one, On What Grounds, with a delicious looking cup of coffee on the front. Since I am a huge coffee addict I was very intrigued by the promise of mystery with a side of coffee. This was actually my first real foray into the cozy mystery genre, and I’m glad to be here. What I love about the Coffee House Mystery series is that they are well written and intriguing mysteries, they are perfect for when you want to settle in with a good cozy book. Typically, I read a book from this series within a couple of days, curled up under a blanket, with a cup of coffee. The series is set in modern day New York, revolving around the life of The Village Blend manager, Claire Cosi. This seemingly innocuous barista somehow manages to become ensconced in a variety of murder mysteries to which she is drawn like a moth to a flame. In the 10th book, Murder by Mocha, Claire finds herself entrenched within the corporate politics of a very unusual female focused corporation. As with anything that involves high levels of competition, and high stakes for those involved, tempers flare, schemes are hatched, and murder soon finds its way into Claire’s life. The subsequent investigation leads Claire to the unraveling of a decade long grudge and gets herself caught up in the path of the killer. Not only is Claire in the crosshairs of a serious vendetta, she is also juggling personal troubles of her own. In addition to keeping her ex-husband clear of her daughter’s brewing romance with a young police officer, Claire’s own officer love, is hinting at questions of commitment If that wasn’t enough, Claire is also concerned over the involvement of her mother-in-law in a cold case that has now become a little hotter. In the fashion that I have come to expect from a Coffeehouse Mystery, this story captured my attention while still allowing me to play along at a leisurely pace. Claire Cosi is the reluctant sleuth that one can’t help but cheer for as she stands her ground and defends those she holds dear to her heart.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    Let me start by saying I love this series, and I am deeply saddened to only give this book 3 stars. This is by far my least favorite. Madame has brokered a deal with a friend from her past to mix their coffee with a chocolate aphrodisiac. It starts off a little weird with Madame handling everything behind Claire and Mateo's back. Then, this aphrodisiac is part of a web enterprise from a woman who calls herself Aphrodite, and her web ventures Sisters of Aphrodite. We find that the Sisters don't w Let me start by saying I love this series, and I am deeply saddened to only give this book 3 stars. This is by far my least favorite. Madame has brokered a deal with a friend from her past to mix their coffee with a chocolate aphrodisiac. It starts off a little weird with Madame handling everything behind Claire and Mateo's back. Then, this aphrodisiac is part of a web enterprise from a woman who calls herself Aphrodite, and her web ventures Sisters of Aphrodite. We find that the Sisters don't work well together, and they are all trying to push each other out of the way to maneuver to the top spot. I didn't really like the whole storyline, and the characters were awful. In addition, this "aphrodisiac" had our characters acting very unusual. I especially did not like one seen with Claire, Mike, and a pair of handcuffs. I don't want to say more, because I don't want to spoil anything. But I didn't think the characters I have come to know and love would really behave like that. So, not my favorite, but it was okay.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dlora

    I think Cleo Coyle is a good writer and I like her Coffeehouse Mysteries starring Clare Cosi who manages the Village Blend. We get fascinating details about roasting coffee beans, making the perfect lattes, and cooking perfect accompaniments for your morning--or afternoon or evening--cup of joe. She begins this installment in the series with a prologue that describes the faked suicide of a woman, which launches her vendetta. That heightens the tension from page 1 and we scrutinize each character I think Cleo Coyle is a good writer and I like her Coffeehouse Mysteries starring Clare Cosi who manages the Village Blend. We get fascinating details about roasting coffee beans, making the perfect lattes, and cooking perfect accompaniments for your morning--or afternoon or evening--cup of joe. She begins this installment in the series with a prologue that describes the faked suicide of a woman, which launches her vendetta. That heightens the tension from page 1 and we scrutinize each character in the book, wondering if she is that crazy lady out to murder the people that have wronged her and her mother. However, despite the good writing, I found this particular book a bit too complex with so many story lines crossing and weaving around each other. What happened that set the mystery lady on a killing spree? Why is Madame insistent on helping her friend launch a new product that combines coffee, chocolate, and herbs with aphrodisiac properties (and just when did Madame make this friend? and are those herbs really illegal drugs?). Who is the mysterious older man with a scar on his face that seems interested in Madame (is he an old lover or a threat to her life?). Joy and Franco's "friendship" seems to be changing to something warmer but will he go off the tracks chasing a drug pusher when the department higher ups have told him to stand down? What scares Clare about a closer relationship with her policeman Mike when everyone keeps bringing up the marriage question? Is the new barista--fresh, innocent Nancy, with her ill-judged crush on Dante--really as naive as she seems and will she ever assimilate to the New Yorker character (is she a red herring or the crafty serial killer?). And how can Clare untangle the Sisters of Aphrodite's competitive business relationships to be sure that her collaboration with one branch of the web business doesn't cause her own Village Blend to crash. And then bodies start appearing all over the place, usually the ones Clare is thinking is the suspect until they get murdered. Lots of actions and lots of lines of inquiry . Whew, maybe I just needed to read this with more attention and longer blocks of reading time. It seemed too jumbled. But then I'd run into little gems like this and think, Yep, I like the way Cleo Coyle writes: "Most of our days are spent in ritual and routine, at least until some dramatic event jerks us off our hamster wheels, puts us on brand new ones."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    #10 in the series, MbM is based on the premise that Madame contracts with an old friend (neither Clare nor Matt know this old friend) to create a new product: instant coffee from The Village Blend combined with "herbs and spices" to be sold as Mocha Magic, an aphrodisiac. Why Clare doesn't question Madame's sanity is beyond me, as she's the manager and supposed to be in charge. This questionable product could break the Blend's reputation and shut it down if these "herbs and spices" are what Clar #10 in the series, MbM is based on the premise that Madame contracts with an old friend (neither Clare nor Matt know this old friend) to create a new product: instant coffee from The Village Blend combined with "herbs and spices" to be sold as Mocha Magic, an aphrodisiac. Why Clare doesn't question Madame's sanity is beyond me, as she's the manager and supposed to be in charge. This questionable product could break the Blend's reputation and shut it down if these "herbs and spices" are what Clare suspects they are. Why does Mike allow the fish squad to think Clare is a shield-carrying PI? That piece of deception doesn't fit with his character's reputation. I'll say this: at least Clare seems awake in this one. She's reluctant to investigate and she's questioning everyone's judgment and actions, including Madame's....just not soon enough.

  30. 5 out of 5

    alicia grant

    I think this is my favorite in the series so far. This one actually had me almost tearing up a few times. The relationships with the characters in this one was very emotional. There was twin mysteries in this one. The murder and a hidden mystery of a live affair of Clares mother in law. The mystery had me guessing until the very end when I did figure it out. Even though it did try to throw you off. Can't wait to read the next one that I have sitting at home.

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