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Cleo Coyle

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Pittsburgh, The United States



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Cleo Coyle is the New York Times bestselling pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. As Cleo Coyle, they've written 17 Coffeehouse Mystery titles for Penguin RH, including their latest, SHOT IN THE DARK, which was awarded a Starred Review by Library Journal and chosen as its MYSTERY PICK OF THE MONTH. Last year's bestseller, DEAD COLD BREW, now in paperback was honored with three Best of Year list picks, including a Top 10 Best Mysteries for Book Clubs 2017.

With well over 1 million books in print, Cleo Coyle has gained an enthusiastic following. The first in their bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series is now in its 20th printing; three entries have now earned starred reviews, including BILLIO

Shot in the Dark (Coffeehouse Mystery #17) by Cleo CoyleDon't miss Cleo Coyle's newest Coffeehouse Mystery, chosen as a Mystery Pick of the Month and Star Reviewed by Library Journal: Shot in the Dark.

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On What Grounds (Coffeehous...

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Through the Grinder (Coffee...

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Murder Most Frothy (Coffeeh...

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 3,964 ratings — published 2008 — 14 editions
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Holiday Grind (Coffeehouse ...

3.97 avg rating — 3,951 ratings — published 2009 — 12 editions
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The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller by Cleo Coyle
The Sixth Haunted Bookshop Mystery

Jack Shepard, the ghost of a 1940s private detective is back on the scene. A slightly snobbish customer has fled Buy the Book, unpaid novel in hand. It's more than t..." Read more of this review »
Cleo Coyle added a status update: Hello, Goodreads - Marc and I want to thank everyone who supported the relaunch of our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. THE GHOST AND THE BOGUS BESTSELLER is now a national bestseller. To read our author essay, published by Criminal Element, "Making Our Ghost Reappear: Why We Revived Our Haunted Bookshop Mysteries after Nearly 10 Years," click here: (comment for a chance to win the book) Thx again!
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"this is a wonderful series...quick reads and the character development absolutely ROCKS!!!!!"
Shot in the Dark by Cleo Coyle
"SHOT IN THE DARK, the seventeenth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, is a terrific addition to an outstanding series! From the acknowledgement at the beginning of the book (don’t skip reading it: the author adds many heartfelt w..." Read more of this review »
Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle
" Lisa Kelley - I'm sending you a heartfelt THANK YOU for reviewing ONCE UPON A GRIND and DEAD TO THE LAST DROP. I know how tall your TBR stack is, whic ...more "
" Kathleen wrote: "I visited New York in 1974 with my college mates for an "American Heritage" tour hosted by my professors. Although we weren't in town ...more "
" Tina wrote: Wow, Clare is brave to keep indulging in that special coffee blend..."

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“Read with joy!”
Cleo Coyle

“The perfectly measured burr of a dispassionate detective had suddenly changed into the explosive boom of a take-no-shit street cop.
Suffice it to say, I froze.”
Cleo Coyle, On What Grounds

“Annabelle, I'm going to kill you!" I cried, frowning at the mess. Then I glanced down the stairway and gasped.

It looked like someone had beaten me to it.”
Cleo Coyle


Time to vote for our July books. Kristina has chosen four books and now it's up to us. I think I see a theme in her choices :) Vote for your top choice and the the two books with the most votes will be our July reads.

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message 8: by Donna

Donna Thank you Cleo for accepting my friend request on Goodreads. I really want to get started reading your Coffee Shop Mysteries. I love coffee, so these should be just perfect for me. Have entered the giveaway for your book on Goodreads.

Witchy I took a leap-of-faith and made your Norwegian egg coffee. The coffee syrup never lead me wrong, but I was skeptical about this one. It's good, though! I'm drinking it, now. Next time, I won't doubt you. LOL.

message 6: by Cleo (last edited Jan 06, 2013 06:26AM)

Cleo Coyle Kelly wrote: "The Holiday Buzz quiz is fab fun! Thank you for posting this entertaining Q & A -- a sweet treat for your coffee-drinking readers. x"

Thank you, Kelly. I had fun putting the quiz together, and I'm very glad that you enjoyed it. Happy New Year to you! ~ Cleo

Kelly The Holiday Buzz quiz is fab fun! Thank you for posting this entertaining Q & A -- a sweet treat for your coffee-drinking readers. x

message 4: by Karen

Karen Meeting Cleo for the latest Coffee House mystery is such a treat!!

message 3: by Cleo

Cleo Coyle Kris wrote: "Great to connect here.


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Magical Alienation: A Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery"

Cheers, Kris, thank you for the welcome!

~ Cleo

extraordinary ordinary whimsy Darling you look fabulous! Thanks for friending me! :)

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