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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.

Hardcover, 363 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Berkley Hardcover (first published January 1st 2011)
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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...more
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...more
Tofu Fairy
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Suspense Magazine
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...more
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
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
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.
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.
Such a fun book. Great addition to the series, kept me guessing and kept me hungry.
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
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
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...more
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

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...more
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...more
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-...more
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...more
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...more
If you like coffee, chocolate, an interesting protagonist and a well written crime novel, you'll love this one. Clare Cosi manages a coffee shop in Greenwich Village, NYC. She roasts the coffee and invents some of the most delicious-sounding coffee drinks ever. Her help is an assortment of interesting characters. She also prepares wonderful treats with recipes at the back of the book. In this latest novel, the coffee shop is involved in a product that is essentially special blend of freeze dried...more
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...more
Lynn Farris
Having read all ten books in the Coffeehouse Mystery Series, by Cleo Coyle I think “Murder by Mocha” may be the best yet. I arrive at this conclusion somewhat cautiously as I have enjoyed all of the books in this series. I loved the last one, “Roast Mortem" which dealt with arson and was one of the first books I reviewed.

The series offers an outstanding cast of characters. Clare Cosi, the main character is the manager of the Village Blend Coffee House in New York City. The business is owned by h...more
This is the second of the Coffeehouse mysteries that I have read and so far have not been impressed. I doubt that I will read or listen to anymore. I listened to this on audio. It was okay except for the fact that the narrator didn't know the correct pronunciation of the word "archivist." Also, one scene of the story takes place in a college library. Because I work in one, I was appalled at the way the library staff was portrayed. Students would be reprimanded if they did not follow the rules an...more
Andrea Stoeckel
I could've sworn I'd read this before, but if I have, I didn't remeber it that well.

I love these books. Clare Cosi is a tough, loving head of a family of baristas, ex husbands, firmer Mother-in- laws, and daring daughters who "uses her powers for good" as she continues to manage The Village Blend in NYCs Village. A contract between Madame Dubois and an old friend sends the whole kit and kaboodle on a wild ride with The Blend's owner, chocolate, public relations, history and lies all wrapped in...more
Perhaps I shouldn't have picked a mid-series novel for my first foray into the cozy mystery genre.

For established fans, this book probably works just fine. But the author needed to work harder to grab first-time readers.

The main characters didn't engage me and the long list of female secondary characters (most of whom only seemed present so they could get bumped off) confused me. The final reveal left me underwhelmed, as it was clear from early in the book that the murderer had changed identity...more
There is nothing better than getting a hot latte, sitting in a comfortable chair and reading a Coffeehouse Mystery. Book 10 brings back the familiar cast of characters, each adding a bit of spice to the story. Clare and Mike's relationship is deepening, Joy has a special friend and Matteo is, well, Matteo. Madame is involved in the mystery and there are things revealed about her that will knock your socks off! Tucker, Esther and Dante are all likeable characters who are well developed. The new m...more
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Cleo Coyle is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Under the name Cleo Coyle, they've written 13 Coffeehouse Mystery titles. The first in their bestselling series is now in its 18th printing. Their newest release, BILLIONAIRE BLEND, was honored with a *Starred Review* by Kirkus, a "Top Pick" by RT Book Reviews, and Publishers Weekly called it "...more
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