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Murder by Mocha (Coffeehouse Mystery #10)

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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.

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Hardcover, 363 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Berkley Hardcover (first published January 1st 2011)
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


In book ten of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, for once a case is pushed onto her instead of her walking into one. And I have to mentioned this up front but it doesn’t change the tone of this book a little bit. When one of Madame’s friend wakes up beside a dead man, she freaks out. All this is understandable but what isn’t is the fact that it seems like deaths are happening because of a drink, an aphrodisiac drink made by the same java that Clare sells in her Village Blend.

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Mason
Jul 27, 2011 Mason rated it it was amazing
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
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Beverly
Jul 02, 2011 Beverly rated it it was amazing
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
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Nancy
Jul 02, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
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Mary
Feb 03, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
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
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Clara  Baker Baldwin
Very complicated group of suspect/characters in this one.
I like her version of the sandwich and making the soft cheese spread with coffee. I'm definitely going to try that.
Joyce Lagow
Aug 05, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it liked it
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
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Susan
Murder by Mocha is the tenth book in the Coffeehouse mystery series by the husband-and-wife writing team Cleo Coyle, set in current-day NYC. All the familiar characters are back: Clare Cosi, manager of The Village Blend, her NYPD detective boyfriend Mike Quinn, her ex-husband Matteo Allegro, her daughter Joy, her ex-mother-in-law and coffeehouse founder Madame, and the Blend's offbeat crew of baristas.

The story begins with the unlikely premise that Madame has contracted with an old friend to pr
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Nora-adrienne
Jul 29, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it it was amazing
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
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Suspense Magazine
Oct 11, 2011 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
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
Sep 04, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
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
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Jonathan
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.

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Tofu Fairy
May 06, 2013 Tofu Fairy rated it really liked it
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
Jessica
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
Kristi
Nov 11, 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.
Matt
Oct 10, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
This series is usually entertaining, but this entry had particularly stiff dialogue, and the drug storyline was chemically unsound. Her research is usually better than this, and the last few books have had much better plots. I'm not dropping the series, but I did not like this entry very much.
candice brown
Sep 27, 2011 candice brown rated it it was ok
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.
Heather
Sep 12, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: foodie-mysteries
Such a fun book. Great addition to the series, kept me guessing and kept me hungry.
Dlora
I think Cleo Coyle is a good writer and I like her Coffeehouse Mysteries starring Clare Cosi who manages the Village Blend. We get fascinating details about roasting coffee beans, making the perfect lattes, and cooking perfect accompaniments for your morning--or afternoon or evening--cup of joe. She begins this installment in the series with a prologue that describes the faked suicide of a woman, which launches her vendetta. That heightens the tension from page 1 and we scrutinize each character ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog

In book ten of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, for once a case is pushed onto her instead of her walking into one. And I have to mentioned this up front but it doesn’t change the tone of this book a little bit. When one of Madame’s friend wakes up beside a dead man, she freaks out. All this is understandable but what isn’t is the fact that it seems like deaths are happening because of a drink, an aphrodisiac drink made by the same java that Clare sells in her Village Blend.

I thoug

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Lisa
Feb 20, 2017 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the series, MbM is based on the premise that Madame contracts with an old friend (neither Clare nor Matt know this old friend) to create a new product: instant coffee from The Village Blend combined with "herbs and spices" to be sold as Mocha Magic, an aphrodisiac. Why Clare doesn't question Madame's sanity is beyond me, as she's the manager and supposed to be in charge. This questionable product could break the Blend's reputation and shut it down if these "herbs and spices" are what Clar ...more
Jenn
Feb 05, 2017 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know, Marge. This one didn't feel as cohesive to me. One thing I don't particularly like about this series is that it always starts with some of the villain's thoughts. Usually we just get it at the beginning, but this one it was throughout. It was little enough that I feel weird complaining about it, but I don't really like it. It, at least, seems appropriate in a regular mystery, but cozies are supposed to be a lot more fluffy and this weird psychos of the killer is just too serious fo ...more
Shelbycat
Mar 06, 2017 Shelbycat rated it really liked it
I love this series of books, so entertaining the pace just keeps going in them! I've not read these in order, I've just been reading them as and when i get my hands on them so this is a series that you don't have to read in order. I'll definitely be carrying on trying to read this series as i'm still finding it very entertaining. This one was a little more gory than the previous ones, there was one incident towards the end that shocked me, otherwise i would class them as cosy mystery books and v ...more
Bonnie
Mar 16, 2017 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't give it a 5 because it's not a classical piece of literature but it is very entertaining. I have read the entire series so far and have purchased the next one. This is a cozy mystery series that I have throughy enjoyed. This book shows just how cut throat and yet loyal women can be. Enjoy with your coffee, latte or tea. I did.
Sandy Duke
I did not care for this one as much. Clare did some pretty stupidly risky stuff that took this outside the believable, and there was more graphic violence and sex than I prefer. I'll probably keep reading the series just to see, but unfortunately if the author continues down this road I may have to call it quits.
Debbie
Jan 25, 2017 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
I always enjoy my visits to the Blend, catching up with my friends there. It was nice that Joy was home from Paris in this book. I'm anxious to move on to the next installment and another cup of coffee.
KyBunnies
Some possible spoilers ahead.

Oh this was a very good book. I really enjoyed how the author has made these books longer. I much prefer a longer book than something short.

Readers will see a little more of Madame and Joy in this book. Thankfully the author put Bree on a very back burner with just mentions and no appearances.

I really enjoyed how the murderer planned their death. That was very unique and something I have not read about before.

The last 10% of the book is recipes and coffee tips. T
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Margaret
I had trouble keeping the characters straight in this one. But I was listening to it instead of reading it.
Amma
I love the series but the narrator is irking me. Sigh. Maybe I'll just read the rest and stop listening to the audiobooks.
Emilia
Absolutely love the series! This one kept me guessing to the very end, and STILL managed to surprise me with the "whodunit" :)
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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 and a "Most Wanted" selection of the Mystery Guild. Their previous bestselling mystery, DEAD TO ...more
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