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Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery #5)

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When an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare Cosi, manager of Village Blend, believes it's a business opportunity she needs to investigate...at least until the first dead body shows up.
ebook, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Berkley Books
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Ronna
Jan 19, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything you every wanted to know about decaffeinated coffee told in a most exciting way, plus more and more information about New York, makes up this fifth Village Blend Coffee House cozy mystery. Sometimes lots of extraneous information overwhelms, but these mysteries seem to blossom with every piece of information. In this mystery, the development of a coffee plant that actually produces coffee beans with less caffeine than processed decaffeinated regular beans, becomes a boon that brings o ...more
Cindi Leiter
Jan 25, 2017 Cindi Leiter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Another coffee house mystery that was full of twists and turns. I enjoy these books because they give me a break from reality without being complete fluff. I work to solve the mystery with the main character throughout the book so I am able to relax. The authors extra bits of information ranges from geography to coffee and is not too much.
Christina
Overall, an enjoyable cozy. It had two things I love front and center - coffee and NYC. Claire Cosi is investigating the mugging of a family friend. A family friend who also happens to be a new business partner who has come up with a decaffeinated coffee that doesn't skimp on taste. There is a lot of talk about coffee, I loved it! As for the story, I particularly liked Claire's mother in law. Her antics were amusing as she helped Claire get to the bottom of things. The mystery was so-so. Kinda p ...more
Janece
Jun 19, 2008 Janece rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: coffee lovers, cozy mystery fans
Recommended to Janece by: ongoing series read
Enjoyed this book as much as I do any of them. Traditional cozy mystery in a modern coffee shop setting. Hunky guys, smart female lead, interesting cast of characters and worthwhile mysteries. Cool coffee recipes at the end. Some are FABulous, others not to my taste. Too much school prep going on right now, I found myself a little bored while reading this one. I don't think it was the book (or writer's!) fault, I think that I have too much on my mind and couldn't give it the attention it deserve ...more
Kathy
Dec 03, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth of the series, it was a pretty good mystery. A friend of Matt and Clare's has found a coffee plant that will produce naturally decaffeinated beans. He wants to bring in the Village Blend to help sell them. Too bad other people want the plant for themselves. Several murders occur, as usual Clare has to investigate.
Karen
Sep 11, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this series and this installment didn't disappoint. A great mystery and good information about my favorite beverage the science and business behind the coffee bean and the different regions where they are grown.
Danielle Gonzalez
Feb 15, 2017 Danielle Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this 5th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare's ex-husband, Mateo, and a friend of his, Federico, have come up with a plant that grows decaffeinated coffee beans. This is a huge breakthrough in the industry. They are having an "unveiling" event in a few days, and they have to keep the cutting from the plant secret. Strange things start to happen around Clare pertaining to this cutting and the people involved. Federico is mugged. Then Clare finds some strange people following a ...more
KyBunnies
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very fast read. Wish the author had made the story a little longer.

I have really connected with Clare. A female in her early to mid 40's, divorced, and looking for someone to enjoy life with. I do feel she is going a little overboard in trying to control her daughter, Joy. No mother wants to see their child hurt, however every parent needs to allow their child to spread their wings, to grow, to make mistakes and learn from them. Clare is doing everything in h
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Kim
I like Cleo Coyle's writing in the Coffeehouse series: unpredictable, funny, and almost believablem if you can say that about a cozy. The characters are likeable with little drama.
Amanda
Feb 14, 2017 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I am hooked on this series.
Danella Virtue
Feb 18, 2017 Danella Virtue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Loving this cozy series!
Keia
Jan 30, 2017 Keia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one wasn't my favorite. Claire Cosi was a little too dense for me in this one.
Jessica
Jan 18, 2017 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tea-cozy
I wasn't a big fan of this book. I had a hard time liking the characters, especially the main character who is also the narrator of the story. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone looking for a fun, enjoyable mystery story.
Deb Saunders
Nov 21, 2016 Deb Saunders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Kept me guessing.
I also enjoyed all the coffee info.
Lisa
Jan 30, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Coffeehouse mystery and I neither loved nor hated it. I liked that I was able to pick up this fifth book in the series without having read any of the previous ones and still follow along. The heroine, Clare was decent and the supporting cast was fine as well. I liked the way Clare's interactions with her ex-husband, Matt, were portrayed. It was believable and didn't fall into any of the cliches you so often seen in books. As other reviewers have mentioned, their daughter, Joy, ...more
Nairabell
At the Village Blend, Clare and her baristas refer to a decaffeinated espresso as a "why bother?" but Clare knows that a growing percentage of customers prefer decaf at least part of the time. So when an old friend of Matt's develops the first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean, Clare leaps at the exclusive opportunity to distribute the beans. But then Matt's friend is attacked and Clare begins to investigate as the body count begins to rise.

This is the fifth Coffeehouse Mystery (after On Wh
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Joyce Lagow
Feb 28, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-edition

Fifth in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.

Back in New York at the Village Blend, Clare is contemplating the incontemplatible--decaffeinated coffee at the Blend. Her research has unearthed the fact that nearly 20% of customers for coffee drinks want decaf, a segment of the market Clare has lost because of the poor quality of beans processed according to standard methods. Thus, her horrified baristas, assembled for a taste test, are certain of disaster. Instead--an excellent cup of coffee ensues. Ho
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Julie H.
May 31, 2009 Julie H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The gist of this story is that Clare and Matteo reconnect with Matt's childhood friend Federico Gostwick (a.k.a. Ric) who has devised a hybrid coffee plant that is naturally decaffeinated (you'll learn oodles about the assorted processes for decaffeinating coffee in the course of the story). In return for their involvement, Ric is offering them exclusive rights to the new bean at the Village Blend and their coffee kiosks in upscale stores. In return, Matt has gotten in a bit deeper into the ugly ...more
KarenF
Jul 27, 2013 KarenF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy, own
Another fun read in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Some other reviewers complained but I actually liked that there wasn't a murder right up front in this one. I liked that Clare was investigating more of an attempted mugging and possible coffee deal shenanigans. I don't read cozies for their gritty realism but this did give it a more realistic feel for me, a coffee house owner chasing after a murderer is pretty outside the norm, but trying to find out about a scam involving coffee plants and ne ...more
Denise Zendel
Jun 14, 2014 Denise Zendel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book No. 5 in this series finds coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi helping her ex-husband and his old friend promote a botanically decaffeinated blend of coffee. Her baristas refer to decaf as a “why bother,” but Clare knows many of her customers would prefer a decaf beverage. And she’d like to give it to them, except the taste of most decaf coffees isn’t up to her exacting standards.

When Ric Gostwick and Clare’s ex-husband, Matt, smuggle a cutting of the decaffeinated coffee plant into the country
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Holly
Jan 13, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to give this four stars, even though it's not exactly a great book, because this series is really picking up and improving with each book. In this most recent offering, Clare Cosi gets embroiled in another intrigue, but at least for most of the book, it has nothing to do with murder. The plot revolves around an attack on a friend and colleague of hers and Matt's. He has developed a new breed of coffee, one that has no caffeine. So, when he is attacked, the question is whether it is rel ...more
Silvara Wilde
Dec 17, 2015 Silvara Wilde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon.

Love plays a role through all 3 generations in this book. Clare's ex-mother-in-law is having problems with her Dr. boyfriend. Clare's daughter Joy is dating a man old enough to be her father at least. And Clare herself finally starts seeing the man I've been hoping she would since book #1!

With all that said, this is not a romance. The mystery plays out just as well as in the previous books. The romance is just a
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Sheila
Aug 27, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I’ve just read my second Cleo Coyle book and I can smell the coffee. I still can’t grind or brew the sacred bean half as well as the author, but I’m learning some facts. I know how to test whether the beans were fresh when I get my cup—never knew that before. And I know a little more about where they grow.

Cleo Coyle sets her mysteries around the Village Blend coffee house in New York. Decaffeinated espresso is described as a “why bother,” but it seems there may a new brew on the block that’s dec
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Georgette
Nov 30, 2016 Georgette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes it is good to take a break from a series-after all there are so many books to read and so little time-this review should be entitled how I recovered & refreshed from Thanksgiving weekend. This 5th installment in the CoffeeHouse Mystery series provided all that and more by Cleo Coyle(I am already started on #6).
Decaffeinated Corpse finds the reader back in the Village after an departure for the summer in the Hamptons with a previous puzzle to solve. Clare is now back amongst the usu
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Yvonne
Apr 13, 2016 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s always nice to revisit my friends at the Village Blend and see what Clare Cosi and her crew are up to these days. I haven’t had a chance to read the print version, so I thought I’d catch up with the audio version.

This series works well on audio and it makes for a relaxing commute (I listen in the car on my way to and from work). The narrator’s voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to. After awhile, it feels like an old friend is telling you a story.

I like how Clare’s relationship with M
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Tofu Fairy
Jul 19, 2013 Tofu Fairy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***mild spoiler***FINALLY!! Two characters I wanted to hook up sort of did! LOL That said, I loved this book. Just as good as all the others...almost. The ending and the development of that ending seemed rushed and a bit poorly thought out. I totally didn't guess who the bad person was until the end because there really was NOTHING in the book about this character until near the end. Very very odd. I did not like that part as I felt like it was just not flushed out in the storyline. I mean I am ...more
Amber
Aug 18, 2012 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Three stars is being generous because these books are really just...not good, but I knew what I was getting into before I started it, so.

I hate how all of the characters are the embodiment of their stereotype/cliche. Madame is "regal" and French, and her Scottish doctor boyfriend has the "sex appeal of Sean Connery" and always seems to be wearing plaid or a kilt, Tucker is a gay barista who loves musicals and is super flamboyant. Essentially any mention of nationality pretty much sums up the ent
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Bridget
Sep 12, 2013 Bridget rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
A good book to pick up after reading something rather serious and intense! Clare Cosi, owner of the Village Blend coffee shop in Greenwich Village, again becomes involved in a murder case. The story revolves around a mutual friend of Clare and her ex-husband, who has developed a hybrid coffee plant that makes decaffeinated coffee that actually tastes good. Even her extremely skeptical staff is won over.

The story takes place when the International Federation of Coffee Growers is meeting in New Yo
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Michelle
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 5th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Claire is dealing with both past and present loves as she finds out that her ex-husband's partnership with a developer of a naturally decaffeinated plant is causing major issues leading to a series of deaths. Her relationship with the good detective is just beginning to blossom, but this case may end up causing them challenges. Added into the mix are old friends, and a new, much older boyfriend, for her daughter. Claire finds she must solve ...more
Lisa
Feb 10, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the series makes some of the others I've read (out of order) make sense.
Clare Cosi is trying to manage the Village Blend while her ex-husband and business partner gallivants across the globe seeking the best beans for the Blend and their kiosks worldwide; Clare's ex-mother-in-law is questioning her relationship with her doctor boyfriend who just proposed; and Matteo's old friend Federico Gostwick pops into town for a business deal with the Blend. He appears to have grown a decaffeinated b
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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 16 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, including the latest, DEAD COLD BREW, a national bestseller in hardcover from Penguin Random House. Their previous bestselling mystery, DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, was chosen as a Baker & Taylor ...more
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