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Cleo Coyle
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Roast Mortem (Coffeehouse Mystery #9)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,636 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, has perfected the art of steaming hot espresso. But now she needs to keep New York's bravest from being burned. As someone torches cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways, Clare investigates. Will she be able to solve the crime before someone tries to extinguish h ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published July 23rd 2010)
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Oct 28, 2011 Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have enjoyed every one of Coyle's Coffee House series but not this one. The main character, Clare Cosi (a master at coffee blending,managing an independent coffee house, gourmet cook,etc.) is dashing all over New York City finding an arsonist in one case for the Fire Dept., a murderer in two cases for the police, and oh, yes, solving a drug case for the DEA plus solving a major problem between her boyfriend and his long estranged cousin, getting her artist employer a major commission and recog ...more
Stacie Amelotte
May 23, 2016 Stacie Amelotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Cold here in the alley, but things will get hotter soon…”

I really love this series. I’ve never liked coffee but this series has taught me so much that I have started to expand my tastes. I had been putting off reading this book as it hit a bit close to home for me. We survived a house fire two years ago. Someone was watching over us as normally we would have been sound asleep and the results may have been completely different. With that being said, I was hesitant to read Roast Mortem as I could
Aug 25, 2011 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
It may be time for me to give this series a break. I've really enjoyed it, but I began to feel as if the coffee accessories industry was sponsoring this book. A lecture on not using "cheap blade grinders"! And all the details on how a proper espresso pull happens and how machines need to be set up? I'm not THAT into coffee!

I'm finding myself less interested in the characters. There was a lot of good information about firefighting, but the author admits in the end that she made some of it up (of
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
A 3.5.

This mystery was actually a little confusing and I didn't figure out who had done it until maybe 40 or so pages away from the end. I was more into the relationship between the Quinn's and the progression of the relationship between Clare and Mike.

Matt was a sweet guy in this book and I have to wonder why he's married to Breanne. I can't stand that woman!

I dig Sgt. Franco and hope to see him again, he would be give Matt a run for his money if Joy ever comes back ;)

Good use of memories and t
Apr 13, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read a Coffeehouse Mystery, I ask myself if I am reading a cozy mystery or a textbook on Coffee 101. With the many ways that an espresso can be prepared to the beans and the roasting, to coffee history and coffee grinding, I am beginning to wonder what the true point to these books are.

Clare is the manager of the Village Blend, she and her ex-husband Mateo have been left the day in and day out running of the business by Madam, her ex-mother-in-law and dear friend. One afternoon they
Judy Iliff
May 29, 2011 Judy Iliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I do enjoy reading the Coffee House Mysteries. I find the characters well developed and the plots intriguing. Unlike some female sleuths, Clare Cosi has not fallen into, or as at least pulled herself away from, the whole "I'm going to do it because I was told not to" syndrome. While Clare ends up in situations that she promised her boyfriend Mike she would not get involved, she didn't get there intentionally. It's refreshing quite truthfully.

In this latest edition in the series, an arsonist is b
Feb 15, 2015 Evelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Clare solves another "Cosi" mystery involving the NYFD and the NYPD!
I picked this up in the library because I thought I'd enjoy a light-hearted mystery about New York City and coffee. I'm sure I read the first few pages when I looked at it, since that's my pattern, but I must have been in a caffeine fog. I found the first ten pages tedious and the typeface a bit too ornate for a relaxing read, and luckily I've learned that I'm allowed to abandon ship when I feel like it. Not planning to revisit this one but not giving it a star rating of any kind since I didn't ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, mystery
So I made the mistake of not realizing this was the 9th book in a series. I don't blame myself too much. There was nothing on the cover to indicate it and I just picked it up in the free box at a local bookstore (which should have told me something). I like cozy mysteries, but this one just didn't have authentic characters or believable dialogue.

Clare Cosi is the manager of a coffee shop and it's more than work, at this point it is her life. She has a grown daughter, a detective boyfriend, and a
Feb 26, 2014 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clare Cosi of the NY Village Blend coffeehouse is back into detecting murder. This time she, her famed mother-in-law, and another of her employees are caught in a fire bomb at another coffeehouse. Their good friend and artist ends up in a coma and the fire investigator is not convinced that a firebomb started the fire. But when one of the firefighters looses his life in a second coffeehouse fire, the search begins for this serial arsonist.

This series is always exciting and informative. This book
WARNING this more like a Ranterview and contains some spoilers.

Claire Cossi is at it again! Save me please.

Claire becomes Super Barista in this installment of the Coffee House Mysteries.

Somebody is burning down cafes around the boroughs and obviously only Claire can solve the case. Not the Arson investigator, not the NYPD, but Super Claire. Things get hot when fire fighters start to die. Not only is one of the almost murder victims Fire Captain Michael Quinn but his own cousin Detective Mike Qui
Jan 23, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Decent cozy with a lot of detail about roasting coffee beans and pulling the perfect espresso.
A great fun, fast read. I loved how the author combined the fire and police department in this book and I loved the tension that was built between Mike and Clare. Overall a quick, wonderful read.
Feb 10, 2014 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this latest story in the Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle, Claire is nose-deep in a series of bombings of local coffee shops. Not only is she worried her beloved Village Blend may be on the target list, but one of her staff, as well as her former mother-in-law and herself were near fatalities in the bombing of an acquaintance's shop.

So Claire sets out to learn who is behind the bombings and why. Her undercover investigation brings her in too close proximity with her detective boyfriend's
Kimberly Ann
I read this because it is a mystery and a cozies are easier to read for me.....

So this gal runs a coffee shop owned by her former mother-in-law.... They go visit an old friend of MIL's to retrieve an old espresso machine, and while MIL & friend are in the basement (thankfully behind a fire door).... Whoosh BOOM! The shop goes up in flames......

The NYFD shows up, is the gal's boyfriends arch rival (cousin)...... Blah, blah, blah..... she opens her BIG MOUTH and states that she KNOWS "It Is Ar
Apr 08, 2014 Ingrid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The descriptives are heavy handed, Yes, it's good to give me details but but they are quite repetitive. I am big on vocabulary, but where it is warranted. There is no need to pull out the big words for all the text. Characters are more believable if they have their own dialogue style.
Lots of dramatization in the audio - different

accents and voice quirks to go with each character. Very well done.
super specific coffee words
"fluffy crumpet colored curls" is an odd turn of phrase, and "plum-glossed
Jul 02, 2015 Buho rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
A suspicious fires breaks out at a friend's coffeehouse. When Claire starts to investigate the arsonist threatens the Village Blend.

This was one complicated mystery. There were so many possible suspects and crimes, it was hard to wrap my head around them all. I was hooked from the first chapter. It was so great to be treated to something a little different from the usual coffeehouse mysteries.

Everyone should know the deal by now, I love the mystery but hate our protagonist. I found her to be obl
Jan 08, 2016 Laurie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of this series and the one thing that I can rate a 10 is the narrator of the audiobooks. She does a great job giving life to all the characters. This book was hard to get into though. I have found Clare annoying to some degree in most of the books but she was REALLY annoying throughout this entire book...and I can't really even say why. Matt's hatred of all things police involving the police is getting old too. The plot in this one was really tedious and everyone's trust in Clare ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Bridget rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I haven't read one in this series for a while, so it was nice to get back to the characters. This installment has Clare Cosi investigating a series of arson attacks on coffeehouses in New York City. I found it particularly interesting, with the story involving members of the fire department. I think as far as development of additional characters, this was one of the better in this series.

It was also interesting to learn the differing levels of the chain of command in a fire department.

I liked it
May 02, 2015 Regan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read from the husband and wife writing team of Cleo Coyle. I liked how they combined a series of murders from two different directions into one good mystery. I liked how they ultimately dealt with the Michael Quinn and Mike Quinn issues. It's been interesting how Mike Quinn started out as a salty, kinda rough Irish New York cop and has now -- a few years later -- become a blond haired, blue eyed hunk. Clare has morphed into a beauty too, but I kinda get lost because all I can "hear" ...more
Darcy Odden
Sep 06, 2010 Darcy Odden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Roast Mortem" is Cleo Coyle's ninth Coffeehouse Mystery featuring Clare Cosi, manager of the Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village.

Clare and Madame, her former mother-in-law and owner of the Village Blend, drive to Queens to meet Enzo Testa, a longtime friend of Madame's who has an old coffee blender and photos he wants to return to Madame. While the two women are at Enzo's cafe, a fire fills the building, and New York's bravest must rescue Madame and Enzo.

Clare believes a bomb was se
Julie H.
Sep 11, 2013 Julie H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Roast Mortem, book #9 in this series, was fun but a bit frenetic. While I appreciated the wide range of firefighting information, I was put off by Clare's extreme naivite when it came to Michael Quinn (not her boyfriend, Mike Quinn, but Mike's MCP asshat FDNY Captain cousin), her insistence that she wants her daughter Joy to find the right guy and settle down and make babies (gag) in lieu of following her dream of being a chef in Paris, the fact that she answers every rude question put to her in ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 9th entry into the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare is off with Madame to go collect an old espresso machine that used to be at their coffeehouse. They get a little delayed, but are able to meet Madame's old friend Enzo at his cafe, despite issues with the next-door club over parking and an unpleasant encounter with Enzo's daughter. While there, Clare goes upstairs to meet her employee, Dante. They are both shocked by an explosion and fire. Clare manages to pull Dante out, but has t ...more
I haven't read any of the other books but it wasn't hard to jump right in. The main character of this book probably gets compared to Nancy Drew a lot but even though that occurred to me I disagreed with the idea. Sure, she's a female, civilian sleuth but that's where the comparison ends.

I really enjoyed the character's love and knowledge of cooking. I'm not really a cook myself but I'm learning. Maybe I'll try some of the recipes in this book! (I don't mind that they're incomplete in my copy) I
Jul 05, 2013 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Clare Cosi, barista for the Village Blend, travels to Queens with her boss and former mother-in-law, Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubois (known as Madame), she thinks it will be a simple evening get-together for the old friends, Madame and Enzo. In addition, Enzo's Caffe Lucia has an interesting piece that Clare is hoping to get for her shop.

What none of them could have foreseen was the blast that took out the Caffe Lucia and sealed Madame and Enzo in the basement. Clare and her friend Dante had
Oct 12, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The latest book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle did not let this reader down! This is a sharply written and well researched book that captured my attention from the opening paragraph. As all the books do Roast Mortem begins with the thoughts of the killer and quickly jumps into the story. Once again we follow the adventures and misadventures of Clare Cosi, the manager of the Village Blend coffee shop located in NYC. Clare, Madame, the owner of the Village Blend (and Clare's ex-mo ...more
Cleo Coyle pays tribute to the FDNY in this latest book in her best-selling Coffee House Mystery series. Roast Mortem takes Clare Cosi from Greenwich Village to Queens and Brooklyn in search of an arsonist who is torching coffee houses, and The Village Blend could be next if she doesn't find the culprit. Clare doesn't believe the theory held by law enforcement that the arsonist is an eco-terrorist making a statement against coffee production, instead, she thinks that the culprit lives closer to ...more
Listening to Cleo Coyle makes me hungry! Seriously!! The way that Coyle describes aromas, tastes, and textures has me – quite literally – salivating! This lady should write a cookbook!! I take as much pleasure in listening to her describe different foods and coffee blends as I do in her mysteries.

I read my first Coyle book back in January, which was Holiday Grind, the eighth book in the series. I was so excited to see the next audiobook available for review that I jumped at the chance!

Roast Mor
Aug 13, 2010 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozies
Claire Cosi is back in the ninth Coffeehouse Mystery. Having promised to take her ex-mother-in-law (affectionately known as "Madame") to visit an old friend. Enzo Testa, himself the proprietor of a cafe, has offered the Village Blend an antique coffee roaster. While in the basement checking out the roaster, Claire gets a call from one of her baristas and runs upstairs to let him in. As she closes the door behind Dante, she inadvertently sets off a bomb.

Luckily, there's a fire station just down t
Versel Rush
May 03, 2013 Versel Rush rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bad enough, on multiple levels, that I am ending my reading of the series.

Sample of problems, in no particular order--

Dear Lord, it is ONLY coffee! Don't be such a frickin' snob.

Derivative plot (if I tell you what it is derivative of, you would immediately know all there is to know about the book--or at least what is worth knowing).

Groping, mauling, attempted rape--it is not "okay" if he is your boyfriend's cousin and "was drunk" when it happened. I all but screamed during that and then when the
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Cleo Coyle is the New York Times bestselling pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Under the name Cleo Coyle, they've written 15 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, including the latest, DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, which was chosen as a Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick, a "Most Wanted" selection of the Mystery Guild, and honored with four Best of Year list ...more
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