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I read a lot of books. A LOT of books. I’m the kind of person who will start a book, and if I don’t like it, I’ll put it down and never pick it up again. I don’t have time to waste on something that’s not going to keep my attention. So when I find a series that I love, you better believe I’m going to finish it. Unless, of course, the series gets cancelled…then all hope is lost.
The Coffeehouse Mysteries is one such series. Started in 2006 by Cleo Coyle, the series follows Clare Cosi as she The Village Blend in New York City and starts solving crimes with her team of baristas, ex-husband, a super hot cop, and her former mother-in-law.
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Chances are, if you’re a mom, you’ve started more than one book series and never finished them. I know I have. In fact, I have a whole stack of books that I’ve started and never finished for one reason or another. Today, I’m going to focus on the Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle. I started reading these a year ago and got up to book #18 before deciding that I needed to finish some other books first. Well, it’s been awhile since then and now I’m stuck because because reader’s slump and Disney planning and prepping got me sideways. So, I feel like I need to finish the series soon! Has this ever happened to you? What was the last book series you read? Let me know.
A Coffeehouse Mystery (19 book series)
by Cleo Coyle
On What Grounds – 1st book in the series –
Clare Cosi used to manage New York City’s historic Village Blend coffeehouse, until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years away she’s back in action and back to the grind, serving up steaming hot caffeine one cup at a time.
With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the coffeehouse, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work—until she discovers the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.
NYPD Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or foul play and deems the whole thing an accident. But despite the attractive investigator’s certainty, Clare isn’t convinced. Now, if she wants to get to the bottom of things she’ll have to do some sleuthing of her own—before anyone else ends up in hot water…
Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!
I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a coffee snob. I love finding new roasts and trying different brewing methods. So, when I heard about the Coffeehouse Mysteries series, I was intrigued. The series is written by Cleo Coyle, a pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. The books follow the exploits of Clare Cosi, the manager of a New York City coffeehouse. Each book includes delicious recipes as well as tips on everything from choosing the right beans to brewing the perfect cup of coffee. And, of course, there’s plenty of mystery and intrigue to keep readers coming back for more. If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries and good coffee, then the Coffeehouse Mysteries series is definitely worth checking out.
I feel like this was written for me, someone who loves nothing more than spending my days surrounded by the comforting smell of coffee and the latest cozy mystery. From stolen paintings to murder, there’s never a dull moment in these books. I devoured all but the last one, Honey Roasted. I’m saving that for my Disney trip plane ride.
Honey Roasted (A Coffeehouse Mystery Book 19)
by Cleo Coyle
While struggling to find a romantic (and affordable) destination for her upcoming honeymoon, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi whips up a honey of a drink made from honey-processed coffee. Clare plans to serve her outstanding new Honey-Cinnamon Latte at her spring wedding to her longtime honey, NYPD detective Mike Quinn. The culinary world is also abuzz about the amazing honey that Clare was lucky enough to source for her shop’s new latte. Produced by Madame’s old friend “Queen” Bea Hastings, the rare, prize-winning nectar from Bea’s rooftop hives commands a premium price, and top chefs compete for a chance to use it in their signature seasonal dishes.
One night, a swarm of escaped bees blanket the Village Blend’s chimney, and Clare discovers Bea’s unconscious body after she seemingly fell from her high-rise rooftop-hive setup. The police want to rule it as a tragic accident or possible attempted suicide, but Clare does not believe either theory. Like Madame, she knows this Queen would never abandon her hive. To sort out this mystery, Clare investigates a world of cutthroat chefs, culinary start-ups, and competitive urban beekeepers. But can she uncover the truth without getting stung?
I’ll be the first to admit that I love a good mystery novel, and if you do too then you should check out The Coffeehouse Mysteries series. There are nineteen books in total, so it’s definitely a commitment, but they are all amazing reads. If you want something light and fluffy to read this summer, then these books might not be for you – but if you like your mysteries with a bit of substance (and coffee), then dive right on in! What is your favorite book series? Let me know in the comments – I always love discovering new titles to add to my reading list.
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