Saturday, August 20, 2011

LET'S GET COZY: MURDER BY MOCHA - A COZY MYSTERY REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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MURDER BY MOCHA
A Coffehouse Mystery
BY CLEO COYLE 
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The national bestselling author of Roast Mortem serves readers a fresh Coffeehouse mystery.

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?

This tenth entry in Cleo Coyle's bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series includes a special bonus section of delectable chocolate recipes!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cleo Coyle is a resident of Queens, New York. Her Coffeehouse Mystery series is quite a unique hook, that includes recipes, coffee making tips, and fabulous historical facts. 

Cleo Coyle is the pen name for Alice Alfonsi, who writes with her husband, Marc Cerasini. This popular married writing team was born and raised in Pittsburgh, met in New York City, and married in Las Vegas. Together they've authored a number of bestselling books. As Cleo Coyle, they write The Coffeehouse Mysteries. As Alice Kimberly, they write The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

Visit them at http://www.coffeehousemystery.com
Visit Cleo Coyle on Twitter

CLEO'S COFFEEHOUSE RECIPE:
A definite bonus to this wonderful cozy series is the recipe section that Cleo Coyle includes. Here is one of her specialty coffee drink recipes she calls...
COPY CAT FRAPPS
Cleo Coyle’s Chilly Cleoccino!
(Iced Cappuccino or Mocha)

Serves: This recipe will make one 8-ounce serving. For a larger drink, or to serve more people, you can easily double, triple, or quadruple it.

INGREDIENTS:
1/3 cup coffee (4 coffee ice cubes)
1/3 cup milk (low fat is fine)
2 teaspoons sugar (or more if you like your drinks sweeter)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (for a mocha) whipped cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Step 1: Fill an ice cube tray with leftover coffee and freeze.
Step 2: Remove four coffee ice cubes (per 8-ounce serving) and place in blender.
Step 3: Add milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and (optional) cocoa for an iced mocha frappé.
Step 4: Pulse the blender to chop the coffee ice cubes into fine particles. You can create a very icy drink with small ice chips (like a frozen margarita) or you can run the blender full speed until the mixture is completely liquefied yet still cold and frothy. The drink is delicious either way and a great use for your leftover Joe. 

To finish, pour this frosty refresher into a glass mug, top with whipped cream and…Drink with joy ~ Cleo Coyle

Text and photos copyright (c) 2011 by Alice Alfonsi who writes as Cleo Coyle with her husband, Marc Cerasini  

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
Fairly new to Cozy Mysteries, this is my first book of Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery Series. However, it was such an enjoyable, fun read, I think it won’t be the last. It easily stood on its own because Coyle introduces the characters with great description and you are immediately part of her Coffeehouse blend of human BEANS! When Village Blend Coffee unites with Aphrodite’s Village, a well-known women’s website, their purpose is to launch a new blend of coffee. Its name is Mocha Magic and is supposed to act as an aphrodisiac. This love potion actually works better than they thought and although it would seem to be a good thing, it is really a problem. The popularity of the blend actually becomes dangerous. At the launch of this new blend, one of Aphrodite’s Village's editors is murdered!

The main character of MURDER BY MOCHA is Clare who basically runs Village Blend Coffee and when things boil over, she calls in her “gang” to solve the mocha mystery. She brings a lot of fun to the story and surrounds herself with interesting friends and co-workers. Mike is a policeman and Clare’s boyfriend so naturally a huge help. Matteo is the coffee buyer but also Clare’s ex-husband. Also, the owner of Village Blend is Clare’s former mother-in-law and has a daughter, Joy. Along with the regulars in the Coffee house staff, Clare not only solves this MURDER BY MOCHA but also adds the extra jolt of caffeine in the group that keeps the whole story percolating as pages keep turning. The cream in the coffeehouse mysteries, that something extra for me, is the coffee recipes and yummy things that go well with them. I am sure that “cozy” fans as well as those who enjoy a good, fun mystery will want to join Clare and the gang for an exciting and enjoyable read with MURDER BY MOCHA!
GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO KAITLYN AND THE GOOD 
FOLKS AT BERKLEY/NAL, I HAVE ONE
NEW HARDCOVER COPY OF THIS JUST
RELEASED COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY,
MURDER BY MOCHA, TO GIVE AWAY
 
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134 comments:

Karen B said...

I love the characters and am looking forward to their latest coffee cozy!
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debbie said...

I loved all the coffee references in your review. I would love to read this cozy mystery.
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debbie said...

On her site the recipes look really good. Her keylime cooler cookies sound good.
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I really like cozy mysteries and for some reason, haven't read any of this series yet! Thanks!
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Pamela Keener said...

This cozy mystery sounds inviting and I will have to take a gander at the series.
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Pat L. said...

I love the chocolates on the cover and the combo of mystery and coffee - the covers and titles always are a pull.

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Love that the site has yummy recipes.

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Sue Farrell said...

Cozy mysteries are my favorites, but I haven't read any of this series so I'm anxious to try it.
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I see on the author's website that there is as Christmas mystery in the series called "Holiday Grind"---I must find that to read during the holiday season.
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ann said...

Tho I dont drink coffee or mocha I still like to read a great mystery

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Linda Kish said...

These books all sound light-hearted and fun and then throw in a recipe or two and how can you go wrong.

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I love the recipes. I downloaded the maple cookies recipe.

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Becky said...

I LOVE this series and have read everyone, but this one. You definitely will want to go back and read the series from the beginner.

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Becky said...

What great fudge recipe on their website. I did not realize that Cleo Coyle was a husband/wife team. I'll have to look for their other series, too.

Liz V. said...

Wonderful series. Best wishes on success of latest.

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Sound's like I may fall in love with a new cozy mystery series!

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Cindy W. said...

I love mysteries and have always wanted to read a Cozy Mystery. I would love to win a copy of Murder by Mocha...besides I love coffee and anything Mocha!

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I love the idea of receipes in the book. Too cool!

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Carol N Wong said...

I have always loved cosies written under the pen name of Cleo Coyle. The characters and the settings are always great. I love coffee and have been taken off it for a while by my doctor so at least I could read something with coffee in it!

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LAMusing said...

Long time mystery fan, but new to cozy's - and this sounds like a fun one!
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I figured there would be coffee recipes on her site - but I'm THRILLED to find recipes for yummies like honey glazed peach crostada. OH MY!
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i dont know that i have ever read a mystery that also has recipes in it, sounds odd but interesting!

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chocolate chip cookie dough bites
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