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I’ve already started with a hard one on this challenge. I am a binge reader. Once I find a book and author that clicks with my brain, I’m going to read everything I can from that person. I’ve read more books from some of my favorite authors than I could count. J. K. Rowling (before I knew she was a hateful transphobic racist but Harry Potter will live in my soul), Stephen King, Cleo Coyle, and Grady Hendrix are at the top of that list. I have read just about every book they have published, except for a couple of King’s newer books. I love their writing style, the worlds they create, and the characters they bring to life.
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If I had to choose just one favorite author, it would be difficult, but I think I would have to go with Cleo Coyle. Her Coffeehouse Mystery series is absolutely incredible and blew me away as a reader.
Clare Cosi is a protagonist like me. Middle-aged. Divorced. Mom. Just trying to make it in the world. These are all things I relate to. The way they write Clare makes me want to be friends with her. As long as I’m not the friend she finds dead. Which happens a lot.
Plus, the recipes she includes at the end of every book make me really want to try out coffeehouse cooking. Even if you don’t like coffee that much and you would want to try these recipes!
I made sure for Christmas I started my collection of the Coffeehouse Mysteries. I bought the first ten from eBay, wrapped each one, and made a little Christmas tree out of the stack.
About Cleo Coyle
Let me tell you a little more about Cleo Coyle. This is from the Amazon description. CLEO COYLE is the New York Times bestselling pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, collaborating with her husband, Marc Cerasini. With more than 1 million copies of their books sold, Alice and Marc have written 19 entries in their long-running, critically acclaimed Coffeehouse Mystery series with their newest, HONEY ROASTED, just released from their longtime publisher, Penguin Random House. They also write the national bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries with THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT (7th in the series) recently released by Berkley Books and selected as one of Aunt Agatha’s top ten cozy mysteries of the year. Cleo’s books have earned starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus, “Best of Year” selection honors from many reviewers, and have been recommended by Booklist as among the best culinary mysteries for core library mystery collections.
Visit Cleo’s online coffeehouse at CoffeehouseMystery.com and her haunted bookshop at http://www.hauntedbookshopmystery.com ~ Keep in touch with Cleo (and receive her latest books news and bonus recipes) by signing up for her newsletter. Simply send a “sign me up” email to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Cleo” (aka) Alice Alfonsi grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study creative and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and bestselling media tie-in writer (who even served as ghostwriter for an Entertainment Weekly media tie-in Best Book of the Year), Alice lives and works in New York City, where she first met her husband and collaborator, Marc Cerasini. Marc was also born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and is a graduate of Ohio University. He is a New York Times bestselling author of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction.
Working independently and together, Alice and Marc have created bestselling tie-in properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, Toho, and MGM. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Alice, her husband, and the books they write by visiting http://www.CoffeehouseMystery.com. Scroll down the left column of the site’s Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews that Alice and Marc have given.
Many of Alice and Marc’s fans know that their HAUNTED BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES were first released under their other pen name, Alice Kimberly. After publishing five titles in this series, Alice and Marc took a decade-long hiatus, but recently resumed writing it for their longtime publisher, this time under their CLEO COYLE name. Their 6th entry, THE GHOST AND THE BOGUS BESTSELLER, became a national bestseller and a “Best Book of 2018” selection by Suspense Magazine. Their latest release, THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT, an Aunt Agatha’s and Kings River Life magazine best of year pick, marks the seventh entry in this popular series. And, yes, Alice and Marc have more Haunted Bookshop Mysteries in the works. Their upcoming entry in the series, THE GHOST AND THE STOLEN TEARS, is now available for pre-order.
The Haunted Bookshop
Oh, my gosh. Yes. The Haunted Bookshop series is so fantastic. I love a good duel POV story and Jack is so much fun to read. Jack is the ghost that makes you think, “I’d love to have a dead 1940s detective hanging out in my bookshop.” OK. It’s me. I think that. Because I would love to have a bookshop. And the one in this series is dedicated to mysteries. And it has a resident ghost who is absolutely out dated in his thinking and behaviors, but I can’t help but love him and wish him the best. I love that series so much. I know it’s not over. We still have much more to go. But I’ve read them all now and need more.
I love Cleo’s writing style – it’s so lyrical and atmospheric – and I always feel like I’m right there with the characters as they go about their business. Her (their) books are always a pleasure to read from start to finish. And they make you want more.
The great thing about being cozy mysteries is you can pick them up at any point in the story and you really won’t miss any of the plot. Yes, you’ll miss some of the relationship building and back story, but overall, a lot of that gets explained in each book. It helps you catch up if needed.
It’s always interesting to see how Cleo puts her (their) own spin on things. Plus, the characters are so well developed that you really feel you know them by the end of the book. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment of both the Coffeehouse Mysteries and The Haunted Bookshop.
What are your favorite authors? Do you have a favorite book or series? Let me know in the comments below!
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