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On What Grounds


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The first charming mystery in the New York Times bestselling series where coffee and crime are always brewing

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Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of The Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the national bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.


If coffee drinks are your idea of rapture on Earth, Coyle's long-running mystery series featuring barista-cum-sleuth Clare Cosi is for you. In this, the series opener (2003), when Clare arrives at the Village Blend and discovers her assistant manager at the bottom of the stairs, she knows it wasn't an accident. The cops dismiss her, so she investigates on her own. Narrator Rebecca Gibel treats the making of an espresso as a religious experience. Thankfully, those lengthy descriptions become professorial rather than continued revival meeting. Gibel's vocal range is limited but effective for creating secondary characters. Despite its Manhattan setting, this is still a cozy mystery. Public libraries will want to purchase. The series is on its tenth title (2011), and this series launch sounds a little dated.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Birmingham, AL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise for the Coffeehouse Mysteries

"A delicious mystery!"-Woman's World

"Fun and gripping."-Huffington Post

"Mix[es] clever and intricate plots with a regular cast of characters who become more enjoyable with every episode."-Booklist

"Among the best of the foodie/cozy mystery genre."-Fresh Fiction

"Clare and company are some of the most vibrant characters I've ever read."-Mystery Scene

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