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Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery #2)

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When Clare Cosi returned to New York City to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse, she forgot what a grind the Big Apple's dating scene could be. Between juggling her grueling schedule and dealing with infrequent and always inconvenient visits from her handsome but impossible-to-live-with ex-husband (who owns an equal share of the apar
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Published October 1st 2004 by Berkley Books (first published 2004)
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Jessica Zimmer Yes, sadly, he is in this book. Being just as annoying, possessive and creepy as he was before. He's honestly one of the few reasons this series gets…moreYes, sadly, he is in this book. Being just as annoying, possessive and creepy as he was before. He's honestly one of the few reasons this series gets on my nerves. I wish the authors would get rid of him already. He treats Claire like he owns her and it brings the books down.(less)
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Kathy Davie
Aug 23, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Second in the Coffeehouse Mystery series set in an independent coffeehouse, the Village Blend, based in Greenwich Village in New York City.

My Take
I loved and hated this! The story was good and the ending made me cry!! The theme for this installment is online dating in all its frustrations along with the rare gem.

Clare's relationship takes a twist with Quinn and Matt finds out what it's like on the receiving end. Although. Clare does get a bit of insight on Matt's thinking process.

You will defini
Book Concierge
Clare Cosi manages The Village Blend, a century-old coffeehouse in New York’s Greenwich Village, owned by her ex-mother-in-law. She is happily settling into this new life in the City. But one of her regular customers meets her death on the subway tracks shortly after stopping at the coffeehouse. The transit authority rules the death a suicide, but Detective Mike Quinn isn’t so sure. Then another Blend customer “jumps” from her roof and Quinn begins to suspect the new man in Clare’s life.

I thoug
May 19, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am kind of surprised that I went ahead and read this 2nd book in the series, given that I hated all the coffee education she tried to give people in the first book. But I had it, so I gave it a try. I liked this one much better than the other, a lot more mystery and plot and not so much coffee crap. I am willing to try the 3rd book.
Aug 30, 2015 Blythe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book was actually better than the first book since this had quite a few more twists and turns. I love that this series takes place in NY and I love hearing about all these familiar places (some of which no longer exist). I also love the coffee theme, and I love reading about Clare!

In short, there are a bunch of suicides happening around the neighborhood near the Village Blend and the victims happen to be patrons of the coffee shop. Turns out that both Clare and Officer Quinn suspect
In the second novel in the series, Clare Cosi is starting to date again after divorcing her husband Matteo. While she has an attraction to Detective Quinn because of his martial issues, she knows now is not the time for them together if they ever do. But agrees to try online dating if only for the safety of her daughter Joy who is now single and is wanting to try a new platform for dating. Clare signs on to dating site. After a horrible date she decides to try speed dating at the Coffeehouse, on ...more
Tofu Fairy
Aug 26, 2013 Tofu Fairy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book even more than the 1st of the series. I liked that I already knew a lot of the characters and their backgrounds and I also loved that this was a serial killer not just a one off. I can't wait to read book #3! MILD SPOILER!!!! The ending SUCKED! I was so unhappy with the ending. Oh you find out who the killer is and it is all wrapped up in a bow, but that bow is NOT pretty and left me a sobbing mess. I don't like stories with unhappy endings, and this has one. That is the main ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 2nd book in the Coffeehouse cozy mystery series. Clare Cosi is settling back in to life in NY. When her daughter begins dating again after a bad breakup, Clare decides to join her in online and social meeting dating, partly to keep an eye on her/ the men interested in her and partly to get back into dating herself. Life becomes complicated when a customer apparently commits suicide by jumping in front of a subway train with one of the coffeehouse's cups in her hand. Detective Quinn i ...more
Dec 13, 2013 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This husband and wife team definitely writes one of the best cozy series going. The mystery is exciting and I learn more and more about coffee and New York with each continuing book. My favorite type of cozy! This is the second in the series and unlike some cozies, there is nothing repetitive or unnecessary within the story line.

There is someone calling themselves "The Genius" pushing women to their deaths, making it look like a suicide. Meanwhile, back at The Village Blend coffee shop, finding
Nov 02, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2012
I really enjoy this series, mainly because of all the coffee facts, tips and atmosphere from the coffe house. As I mentioned before, I would love for this place to be real so I could have latte or cappuccino or espresso from there.

The mystery was a good one, if a bit gruesome and graphic at times, and touched on internet and speed dating. It also got into the psyche of some of the characters, very disturbing.

There was also a scene that took place at a gallery where paintings from serial killers
Jan 07, 2012 KarenF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, mystery, cozy
This installment was certainly darker than most cozy mysteries. Not to say it wasn't entertaining and engaging, it was. But Detective Quinn's marriage is breaking up and Clare meets a man who may be Mr. Right but also seems closely tied to a string of murders made to look like suicides. It's very outside the cozy "meet a hunky neighbor and have a romance" norm. For me, it's also nice to see a cozy set in a city and not in a small town. Nothing against small towns, I've lived in both cities and ...more
Rachel Kramer Bussel
I read Through the Grinder after having gone ahead and read later mysteries in this series, but I was still totally charmed by Clare's protectiveness over her coffeeshop and her daughter, Joy, as well as her feeling out the singles scene. As always, Coyle paints a vivid portrait of New York City and works in historical tidbits about neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and SoHo. But the heart of this mystery is the deaths that might be suicides, but Clare and her new friend, policeman Mike Quinn ...more
Linda Mott
Jan 31, 2016 Linda Mott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this more than # 1 in this series. The Village Blend Coffee House is a place I would love to hang out with my Kindle and a latte. Chracters in this series are wonderful. I love Clare's apartment! This one kept me guessing to the end. The murderer was a total surprise. Such a cozy read!
Another satisfying cozy mystery. Clare Cozi manages a coffee shop in Greenwich Village. Several young women die in questionable suicides, that may be murders, and all were customers of the coffee shop. This story features internet dating (the book was published in 2004)and Clare gets involved to "screen" potential dates for her 20 year old daughter. Like the first book in the series, Clare's ex-husband is part of the action. I like the author's details of life in the Village and the architecture ...more
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle is the second book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. I really wanted to like this series, but it just is not for me. I tried another book after not being too thrilled with the first to give the series a chance. I just find that these books have too much gossipy talk, coffee talk, relationship talk, and architectural and historical discussions. I will not be continuing on in the series, but please do not let my opinion sway you because it might be your style. 2 ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Georgette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have not read this series for a while, but getting back to it reminded me of how much I miss NYC and where I lived for so long in this part of town. Was good to reconnect with the stories and experience the fun and challenges of transitions that Clare and Marco endure. So ironic to learn as much about coffee and how to brew/ add recipe's (just had some highlighted in my local newspaper this week). But really, who is the demented genius that we meet in this book? Does Clare have a new amore, is h ...more
Silvara Wilde
Sep 23, 2015 Silvara Wilde rated it really liked it
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Yay more Quinn! We get to know more about Quinn's life and family in this book. Some of his personality quirks are explained, and he and Clare get closer.

There are a lot of twists, and red herrings. Like the last book, I had no idea who the killer was. I had two suspects, and neither one of them turned out to be correct. I do love mysteries that keep you guessing, and that aren't super-obvious. Looking back, I c
A nice cozy mystery. If you are a coffee lover and you like a good mystery, this may be for you. I read it in one day..its the type of book you can just enjoy without having to think too much.

As for the main character, Claire...I was not much of a fan of hers. She is naive and careless, in her whole pretending to be a detective thing...when really the only thing she knows anything about is coffee. - That was another reason I did not care for her...i love coffee as much as the next person, but t
Jennifer K
Aug 11, 2014 Jennifer K rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ooooohhhh the irony. The series is about a coffeehouse. I would naturally associate this with caffeine and thus, stimulating. This book is the exact opposite of that. It is so boring I can only get through a chapter at a time before I want to just cry from boredom. It has put me to sleep quickly for the last few nights.

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As the second of a series, you would think we have some established rules, characters, settings, slang. Nope. No
Jan 03, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-reads, 2014
This one was a re-read for me but enough time had passed that I did not remember 'who dunnit'. I enjoy this series and the protagonist,
Clare Cosi. For me the drawbacks were the obsessive coffee lectures - I get that that is the theme of the series but really is she not able to converse about anything else?; plus a few grammar errors (few and minor ones but still detracting from the enjoyment of the read).

Overall a solid read. I will definitely read or re-read others in this series.
Jul 17, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book much better than the first book in the series. (My first review just got deleted, so this one is going to be shorter...)

The plot of this book was more interesting than the first book's plot. In this case, single women are being targeting and killed in such a way that it at first appears to be suicide. All of the women are customers of the Village Blend and other involved in the NYC singles scene, particularly in online dating. Clare Cosi once again gets involved in the investi
Lindsay Boitnott
Sorry guys; I have to start with the negative points this time. There a number of small details that made Through the Grinder irksome. Obvious red herrings should only be used in a comedic setting; that didn't happen here. There were far too many red herrings and they overpowered the story. Plus, they were annoying. There are a number of passages written from the killer's point of view. I am sure these were included to develop suspense but they only serve to diminish it because these sections de ...more
May 26, 2013 Rikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, dnf, mystery
Didn't like this one. The constant thoughts of the killer got on my nerves. "Genius", give me a break!
Quinn comes in for some reason or other looking like hell, swamped with cases and Clare has nothing better to do than to educate him on the fabulous blend of coffee she is going to offer him once she has ground the beans to perfection. Please! You can take the theme a bit too far!
Jul 09, 2011 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
A nice second entry in the series - she's so good at weaving in lots of historical bits about New York and it's various neighborhoods, but a little light on coffeehouse atmosphere in this book. Also a surprisingly dark ending.
Mar 23, 2015 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
31/2 stars for this one, the 2nd in the series. Love the coffee angle...the tips, the recipes, coffee growing, purchasing, roasting, etc. the chic Manhattan coffee house setting. And the mysteries are pretty good, too. The author spends a little too much time on details such as what the heroine is wearing, how she looks, how sexy etc. Since the story is told in first person narration, this feels a bit awkward. But aside from that, Clare is mostly a spunky, likable lady surrounded by a cast of sp ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
It's always funny the kind of details authors think you need to know. Emphasizing more than three times that the main character wears a C cup is really just not one of those things.
the second installment of Coyle's Coffeehouse mystery, i feel, is better than the first. Its actually a darker story than a usual cozy mystery, but I'm not complaining. Just like the fist book, we get a POV of the killers perspective and also our protagonist, Clare. i actually dont mind reading the killer's narrative, its something different.

as much as i enjoy reading this book, it was still a bittersweet ending. You start to enjoy Bruce's character and all of a sudden, BAM! I'm not as heart
Jun 15, 2015 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Joy has broken up with her boyfriend and is talking about using an on-line dating service, and Clare agrees to try it out also. Mike Quinn is now a regular at the Blend and
learns that one of the Blends customers has committed suicide. Quinn doesn't believe it is suicide but can't go against his superior. When another Blend regular jumps from a roof it's too much for coincidence. Meanwhile, at the Cappuccino Connection run in the upper level of the Blend, Clare thinks she's found M
In the second installment of Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery culinary cozy series, Through the Grinder, this was one of the most intense and wild mysteries yet to date. For Clare Cosi, the joint was jumping in the Village Blend Coffeehouse with coffee enthusiasts. But someone had been bumping off her female customers by "pushing" them to their death. When Joy wanted to try online dating, Clare decided to join her and keep an eye on her prospects. From there, she met all sorts of people, includi ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book. I love the way that she makes these characters come alive. You just wish that Matteo would get the hint and yet he wouldn't be the character he is if he did. Clare is a wonderful character and the fact that she gets to fall in love and then lose it was heartbreaking. I hope that down the line she gets to find another MR. Right. I can only hope that there is way more of these books then the 13 she has out....I read the first one and then went out and got 11 more since I s ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read!

I found myself wondering if this person or that person was the one that did it. I'd think I had it, then change my mind. In the end, it was an "Aha! Thought so!" moment. Some readers might be disappointed, feeling that they had it all figured out, but I didn't because Cleo Coyle had me changing my mind and wondering through another change. It didn't end as I thought it would either..yet another creative surprise. That one was a disappointment only because I was hoping for som
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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 selection of the Mystery Guild, and honored with three Best of Year list picks.

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