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Murder by Mocha (Coffeehouse Mystery #10)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,414 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
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.
Paperback, Large Print, 575 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Wheeler Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 14, 2011 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opening the pages of MURDER BY MOCHA is like stepping inside my favorite coffeehouse with friends there waiting and a few new faces to greet. The sights, sounds and smells are brought to life by the talented writing of author Cleo Coyle.

Readers who aren’t coffee drinkers don’t need to shy away from this tantalizing book and series. While there are references to coffee and all it’s amenities; there is murder, mayhem, and suspense all wrapped up with a splash of romance, a dollop of humor and a lo
Mar 28, 2012 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder, Coffee, and Chocolate - what more could a mystery bookworm want?

This is the tenth installment in the Coffee House Mystery series and I enjoyed this book just as much as all the ones before it.

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but it can also be as bitter poorly brewed coffee. And bitter revenge is at the heart of this story. In addition to a well crafted (if slightly darker) mystery, we also get a glimpse into Madame's back story. Even if coffee is not your thing, mystery
Jul 02, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy Smoke and Rockets this book is twisty and the reader is going to have to pay close attention to the plotline if there is any chance of understand who is responsible and why.

I love when a well-liked series expands a character just a bit more; a character that you thought you knew, but come to find out that you only saw the tip of the iceberg. That is what happened with Madame Allegro DuBois in Murder by Mocha. I thought I knew her from the previous _____ books, but it appears that there was
Feb 08, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently discovered this cozy mystery series. I have read some of the later books but would like to eventually read the whole series. All of the recurring characters are present in this book. I really like Clare (the main character) and her relationships with all the other characters, especially her lover Mike.

Clare Cosi along with her ex-husband and mother-in-law run a coffeehouse in NYC. She actually gets along with her exes. Matt (ex-hub) and Clare share a grown daughter, Joy, who is study
I hadn't read this series in a bit, and I had forgotten how easy it was to read. It was like visiting an old family member again.

The book had a great cast of new characters. The Sisters were interesting and I loved the fact that they were extremely two-faced, I felt that it made the Sisters more 3D, because they probably would be like that in real life.

I loved the different settings. From the Village Blend, to the Rockefeller Center, to a ship this book had no shortness on interesting settings.

Tofu Fairy
Jul 19, 2013 Tofu Fairy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. I loved that it is the first of the cozy mystery genre that I have read that actually had a mild sex scene in it rather than only sexual tension and I liked that of course. LOL I loved all the coffee and dessert references too, as I love that stuff IRL. I was impressed with the recipe section at the end of the book too, as it was like everything even mentioned in the book rather than just one recipe like in so many other books of this genre. I was also impressed that th ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
Murder by Mocha
By Cleo Coyle
Copyright August 2011
Publisher Berkeley

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 f
Suspense Magazine
Oct 11, 2011 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multi-published author who collaborates with her husband to write the best-selling Coffeehouse Mysteries. In “Murder By Mocha,” the latest installment in this series, Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend Coffee House, is expanding her business in a very enterprising way. Her Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion…Mocha Magic Coffee, billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, which is expected to rake i ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
One of the main reasons that I enjoy this 'Coffeehouse Mystery' series is the complexity of every individual novel within it. This latest publication, "Murder By Mocha" is a fine example of layers upon layers of mysteries that blend a fine cup of coffee reading.

Our heros, Clare and Mike are joined in this episode by Joy and Matteo. To my continued delight is Madame and the Village Blend's crew,joined by a new member, Nancy. Finally, we have our additional cast of NYPD's finest.

Madame has entere
May 21, 2016 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What's not to like? A missing corpse, murder, and rogue cops

This was another enjoyable book. There were a lot of red herrings in the book which made it a fun read because you think one person was the killer but then you realize it was not them. So much fun.
So, this was actually the first book in the series that I read. I picked it up at a local book store because it looked fun, and I noticed there were recipes in the back. Excellent, I thought, coffee and chocolate and recipes in cozy form? This book will be mine. And so it became. I found it to be an enjoyable bit of escapism. I've only tried one of the recipes in the back thus far--the Italian Mole (with chocolate in it!)--but it was delish, and I fear how much I will likely eat when I move on t ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clare Cosi is the manager of the Village Blend coffeehouse located in New York's Greenwich Village. Clare's coffee beans are being used in a new "love potion" called Mocha Magic Coffee. Apparently somebody wasn't feeling the love at the launch party of the new product, however, because Clare comes across a dead body at the event. Clare has her hands full as she tries not only to help solve the murder, but to also protect her former mother-in-law (the owner of the Village Blend coffeehouse) from ...more
John Marsh
Jan 11, 2016 John Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 13, 2014 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If terrific coffee drinks were not enough, the. Village Blend Coffee shop in New York has decided to team up with a superb chocolate company to market a new blend guaranteed to get the romantic juices flowing. Clare, the store's manager, is not convinced that this is a great idea but the store's owner, Madame, also Clare's mother in law, has already set the deal up with one of her long time friends--Alicia. But when the event to publicize the product brings Alicia running to Clare's hotel room b ...more
Richard Pittman
I listened to the audiobook version.

I don't often read these sorts of books, which I will call "comedy mysteries". Not that they're funny, but that they aren't meant to be serious or disturbing, despite ostensibly having death and murder in them. These aren't the Wallander or Jo Nesbo or Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. I guess you can say it's more like the TNT version of Rizzoli & Isles. Yeah, there are grisly murders, but everyone's laughing by the end. It's not usually my thing, but t
candice brown
I enjoyed this series when I started reading it, but I am starting to get tired of it - it's just not that interesting anymore. I love the coffeehouse setting but the murders are now getting pretty contrived. It was also overly long. Disappointing.
Nov 12, 2012 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, mystery, cozy
Another enjoyable entry in the coffeehouse mysteries. I like the slightly racier romance steaming up. I hope that wasn't entirely due to the Mocha Magic and that some of that sticks around. Having an extra plot of mystery was great too.
Jul 02, 2015 Buho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Madame has partnered a deal between the Village Blend and the online sensation Aphrodite’s Village. But the night of the launch party for the new Mocha Magic Coffee, a goddess of Aphrodite’s Village is murdered. Everything is not as sweet as it appear within this “happy family.”

Oh I enjoyed this book. Everything aligned so wonderfully in this book I am just so happy. Coyle branched out a little bit with this book. We normally only have the prologue in the killer’s point of view, this is the firs
Sep 23, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foodie-mysteries
Such a fun book. Great addition to the series, kept me guessing and kept me hungry.
Aug 15, 2015 Sarahanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read a lot of cozy mysteries and many of those have themes. I'm looking for escape and a little adventure. Not great literature.

This book was more than a sweet cozy. I found it engaging, well written, and complex. The characters were good & bad & conflicted. There were sub plots that didn't tidily resolve to the main plot. There was great sense of place & atmosphere.

This was truly a 5-star murder mystery & I've already started another in the series (starting
Madame has arranged for The Blend to team up with a product called Mocha Magic. She told Clare that Matt knew all about it and he really didn't. Clare doesn't like that they have not tried the product ahead of the launch. She is already suspicious. One night Madame calls Clare for help. Alicia, Madame's old friend, has a dead man in her bed. Clare calls the Fish Squad. Clare looks in the room, finds no body and sees a suspicious woman and chases her. But she loses the woman and ends up nabbing a ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The tenth Coffeehouse mystery involves a link to Madame's past. She gets the business involved with a line of aphrodisiac products. The company is a web based community with "goddesses" leading different product lines, one of whom is an old friend of Madame. Clare goes along with it, but soon finds out that there are complications when a dead body is found in the friend's hotel room which then disappears. Is murder afoot or is something else going on? In the meantime, Mike, Clare's boyfriend is ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of the "cozy" mysteries with the female sleuths and these yummy titles but when I read them I don't expect too much. I have to say I was pleasantly suprised with this one as the heroine wasn't some overly bumbling character who doesn't guess the mystery correctly. Plus I thought the mystery was engaging without being too over the top and plus I'm one of those that I enjoy getting into the mind of the villian occasionally. I did feel that this was an overly "busy" book with all the ...more
The gang at the Village Blend are back in Murder by Mocha, the 10th book in the Coffeehouse Series and continues in the slightly off beat and quirky manner of the previous works. Claire Cosi is the Blend’s manager and resident sleuth.

In this edition, Claire finds herself caught up in yet another mystery that her ex-mother-in-law and business partner Madame stumbles into. Madame is involved in a business deal involving the use of the Village Blends coffee in a unique drink called mocha magic that
Oct 10, 2012 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder, romance, coffee and chocolate; you'd think that combination would be more exciting but I was not captivated by this story. Granted this is the first Coffeehouse Mystery I've read. Maybe it would be different if I had followed the series. But I think the relationship between Clare and her ex-husband Matt is a bit weird. The new product they are pushing is supposed to be an aphrodisiac and the two of them not only discuss their prior sex life together but also the sex they had with their r ...more
Sep 03, 2011 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge

Clare Cosi, general manager and barista at The Village Blend coffeehouse along with her ex-mother-in-law, Madame Blance Dubois, have entered a business agreement with Madame's old friend, Alica. They will be marketing a new product called Mocha Magic Coffee, which will be comprised of the blends beans, chocolate by Voss and an herbal aphrodisiac from Alicia. The new coffee drink will be only be sold at Aphrodite's Village, an online website for women run by seven Aphrodite "sisters."

After Detec
Aug 12, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culinary-cozy
The 10th book in the best selling series once again proves that you can never get too many good books!

Set in New York City this series revolves around the The Village Blend coffee shop owned by Madame Dubois, managed by her ex daughter in law Clare Cosi and a terrific cast of characters including Clare's hunky boyfriend, Detective Mike Quinn, her ex Matteo, daughter Joy (visiting from France where she is a culinary apprentice), her macho boyfriend Franco, and the lovably quirky baristas who keep
This, the tenth entry in Coyle's long running Coffeehouse Mystery series, is on a par with earlier entries.

Clare Cosi, the proprietor of the Village Blend coffee shop in NYC, gets involved in another adventure, this time revolving around an herb-enhanced aphrodisiac coffee blend that in the end contains something much more potent than natural ingredients. There are also parallel plots about a woman seeking revenge on the women she feels ruined her life, a long-lost love of Clare’s former mother-
Joyce Lagow
11th in the Clare Cosi Coffeehouse Mystery series.

No one expects that “cozy” mysteries provide convoluted plots, hard-core police work, or carefully developed characters. Their charm and attraction lies in their themes; there are cozies set in bookstores, tea houses, coffee shops, libraries, pastry shops and others. Their attraction lies in the way the authors can creatively use such settings to provide adequate mysteries that depend a great deal on locale and the details of such enterprises Bei
Nov 04, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cleo Coyle's Coffee Shop Mysteries never disappoint! In Murder by Mocha, Clare Cosi gets wrapped up in a new business venture - Mocha Magic, via her mother-in-law Madame Dubois, that could mean the end of The Village Blend, if she doesn't get to the bottom of why this "magical" drinks is having an extreme effect on all who drink it.

Clare doesn't want to hurt her mother-in-law's feelings, but there is something strange about the dear old friend of Madame Dubois' who drew into the business ventur
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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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