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Once Upon a Grind

(Coffeehouse Mystery #14)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,223 ratings  ·  277 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Blend—a mystery with a sleeping beauty that is “so much fun to read.”*

It’s Fairy Tale Week in New York City, and Clare Cosi has given her coffee truck a “Jack and the Beanstalk” makeover for the Central Park festival. Her ex-husband has contributed a bag of African coffee beans with alleged magical properties, and h
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Berkley
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Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Eh. I am a huge fan of the coffeehouse mysteries, but the weird CIA aspect and the hallucinations were a real disappointment.
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It's a Fairy Tale Week in New York City and Central Park is hosting the festival. To get into the spirits, Clare Cosi has given her coffee truck and its employees a Jack and the Beanstalk appeal. For the most part everything seems great until her boyfriends ex shows up and insists Clare watches the kids, her own ex-husband brings magic beans with supposed magical properties, and his mother wants to give a Clare reading of the grind. Clare doesn't want to believe it, until she has her own vision

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Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I must admit here and now that this is the first book I have read in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Not for lack of wanting to. I just have a huge TBR (to be read) and I didn’t want to add a series with so many books already in it to catch up on. Oh boy, have I ever been cheating myself out of some wonderful reading time! This book is not as good as my sister has told me the series is, it’s ten times better!

By the end of chapter one of ONCE UPON A GRIND, I knew I was hooked worse than one gets
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I have been reading the Coffeehouse Mystery series for several years now. This is book 14 in the series and still keeps me glued to my seat to see what trouble Clare can get herself into. I enjoy seeing all the characters grow through out each book. There is never a dull moment at the coffee house. With Magic beans and murder you are bound to have a good time with this read.

For the Story Book Kingdom Festival Mike, asks her to look after his two children because his ex-wife, Leila, has been acti
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was an truly enchanting story and so much fun to read! I stayed up until early in the morning reading telling myself “just one more chapter” again and again. It is stories like this one that give readers like me “book hangovers” but they are so worth it.

Clare and the Village Blend crew are taking part in the Fairy Tale Fall Event in Central Park. The coffee truck has a Jack and A Beanstalk theme complete with magic coffee beans and coffee grind readings. All is going well
Jenifer Calandra
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-adult
I happened upon this book by chance in the "lending library" of my apartment building. The concept sounded cute, so I decided to give it a chance. Yes, this is not the first book in the series, so I admit I needed more backstory to make the plot seem less fantastical and by-chance, so I made an effort to ignore those aspects while reading.

The book was cute, but my biggest beef was how poorly edited this book was. It's published by the Berkeley Prime Crime imprint of Penguin, so I know there are
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Step into this well-crafted cozy mystery at any book number and I guarantee you will go back to the first one to find out about this wonderful group of people at the Village Blend. While each book can stand on its own, the character development gently occurs over the course of the series. The writing is clean, smooth, and top-notch, and the characters are interesting, fun, and dimensional. Cleo Coyle introduces a new aspect to the central character and keeps it within the boundaries of believabi ...more
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
The Village Blend Coffeehouse and many many fairy tales are blended together to make a new mystery for Clare Cozi and her Village Coffee House crew. Everyone is dressed up for the Fairy Tale Festival when the Sleeping Beauty goes missing in Central Park, and Clare's ex husband, Matt, is the Prince Charming who has lost his princess.

Jack's beans might have grown a beanstalk to the giant, but Max's supposedly magical African beans made coffee that gives visions. Can these visions actually help Cl
I really liked the most recent installment of this series. This book led us through hidden clubs, Cold War debts, and a huge change in Clare's life.

The characters were once again great, and the mystery was, too. I never guessed the killer but when it was revealed the killer fit in nicely. I was a bit upset over the major decision Clare made in her life at the end, I don't want to reveal it because of spoilers, but it may make a huge change in the series with the next book.

Overall an entertaining
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to NYC and the Village Blend Coffeehouse! This time the adventure starts in Central Park and keep on going. I love the fairy tale theme and how we get to find out more about Mikes ex wife and children.
My favorite Village Blend friends are back along with some yummy recipes.
Always feel like I am back home when reading this series!
Looking forward to the next book!!
Debbie Lester
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Coffehouse Mystery series continues with the latest installment by Cleo Coyle, Once Upon a Grind. Most fairy-tales start with once upon a time and end with happily-ever-after, but this book is about magic beans and murder. Coyle once again impresses with a knack for good storytelling, intelligent characters and the perfect cup of joe. Get your favorite beverage ready, along with a free evening and a cozy blanket, because once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down til the very ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I've read every book in this series to date, albeit only once so maybe I've forgotten some details. When did Clare become a believing tea leaf reader? She also, if I remember correctly, had visions in this book before she drank coffee from magic beans. Yes, magic beans which accentuate psychic ability, which Clare apparently has. What?!? I read A LOT of paranormal and urban fantasy books so I obviously enjoy elements like this, but not when I'm expecting to read a straight mystery. That was my f ...more
Anna Louise
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an truly enchanting story and so much fun to read! I stayed up until early in the morning reading telling myself “just one more chapter” again and again. It is stories like this one that give readers like me “book hangovers” but they are so worth it.

This is a must read for cozy lovers. Whether you have read all the books in this series or this is your first Coffee house Mystery I just know you will love this story. Just a little warning – this is not a book you can read a few chapters a
Andrea Stoeckel
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With this, the fouteenth Coffeehouse Mystery, I am finally caught up with Clare, Blanche, Matteo and the "family" that invade the Village Blend in this international intrigue long- running story.

Clare runs into the Fall Farytale Forest Brigade working with and within Manhattan's elite in a "Once Upon a Time" based tale of drugs, the Cold War, and a hot love life of more than one Prince Charming. It all starts with Matt and his coffee beans..... and ends with the closing of a very old internation
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! Love, love, love this series!
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy
Once Upon A Grind A Wicked Good Read!
In the fourteenth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, coffeehouse manager, Clare Cosi, and her wonderfully diverse staff of the Village Blend, descend upon New York’s Central Park for a Fairy Tale Week celebration. The coffee truck is decorated, fittingly, (for a roaster and purveyor of fine coffee beans) with a Jack and the Beanstalk theme. Matteo, Clare’s ex-husband and partner, is pulled into duty as Prince Charming. It is a situation ripe for a fairy
Danielle Gonzalez
This is the 14th book in the coffeehouse series, and not one of my favorites. The last couple of books have had multiple segments where a chapter starts, and you're reading about something Clare is doing, just to find out she was dreaming. I don't recall this happening in previous books, so I'm not sure if the author is trying a different style. I'm not a fan of it. Come to find out, this book includes it as well. However, it adds on. Matt has sourced some "magic coffee beans". When Clare drinks ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
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Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to write a review about Cleo Coyle's most recent book, because it's so damn good! The way the theme (in this case Fairy Tales) is woven into the plot and the very prose is masterful and awe inspiring. The setting of this long running series is the amazing and historical Village Blend Coffeehouse, and all the familiar characters are back in all their individual, sometimes quirky, glory.
In ONCE UPON A GRIND, a fairy tale festival envelopes NYC to honor the opening of a Broadway show bas
Sue Ross
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s always good to go back to NYC and visit Village Blend just to see what kind of trouble is brewing. This time there are Russians, the CIA, a lethal drug, blackmail and a framing scheme involved and Matt is the victim of the frame. What nobody knows until a mysterious man enters the picture is just how far back all this goes…decades. I won’t tell you what happens or to whom. All I will say is this is one of the best stories Cleo Coyle and her husband Marc have come up with so far. She had me ...more
Elizabeth Dodd
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of this series!
Once again the authors have crafted a clever and very engaging mystery. It's who and why, but with marvelous twists.
They should be getting a call from the NYC Mayor's Office to ask to use these great fundraising ideas.
Are these magical coffee beans? Is that why Clare is having these strange visions? And are they accurate? How is she to interpret them?
As if that weren't enough, there is the question of what to say to her detective about moving.
Wrap that all up wi
Colbi Johnson
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not know why I’ve continued to read this series. The torture stops here. You know it’s bad when you start rooting for the protagonist to die!
These books are inane to the point of brain death. It seems there are two authors, one who is an intelligent researcher with an interesting mind and the other an insipid Stepford wife who believes all the readers are idiots. Save yourself and don’t bother with this ultra contrived “fairytale” farce.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great read! I really enjoy the Coffeehouse mysteries by husband and wife team Cleo Coyle. I anxiously look forward to each new edition after I click close on their current book. The books, in general, are well-written, have interesting characters, great plots, romance and tightly spun mystery. There isn't much else to want for in terms of the cozy mystery genre.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maybe I have been drinking the same magic coffè as Clare while I read this last book because my head spins and I'm into the story. One day and I finished the book. Mystery and fairy tale, and much more in the plot like Mrs Coyle has accustomed us.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is the best Cleo Coyle coffee house mystery so far. Spies, intrigues, secret clubs, magic coffee beans and fairy tales and of course, murder. The recipes at the end of the book are some of the best I've seen. Clare also has to make an important decision about her love life. A great read.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
If I wanted fairy tales, I'd read a book about them.If I wanted coffee beans to make someone get visions, I'd get mystical books to read.
Dawn Michelle
One of the best of the series. Cannot wait to see where the new twist will take everyone!!
Audiobook was my chosen method to explore this offering by Cleo Coyle.
A crazy storybook that is a modern day fairy tale with a helping of visions, dreams, and murder. This series is a humorous, romantic and murderous ride through Manhattan with a side serving of coffee education. Fun reads and Once Upon a Grind adds a bit of fantasy and magic to the already rollicking characters of Madame, Clare, Matt, Mike Quinn and a quirky cast of coffee baristas. Rather predictable in the romance angst depa
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good addition to the Coffeehouse Mystery series. I've read this series since the beginning and look forward to many more. It continues to be intelligent and well written. The characters are diverse and have their quirks and flaws, as all humans do, and while some books may have been better than others, I've always enjoyed spending time with them.

Just an FYI, this series is, to me, just borderline cozy. Works for me but might not appeal to readers who prefer light, quick reads.

I reco
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to audio book.

Started with this book, which worked fine, the past mixed into the present as background. The story didn't wow me, though. The mystery has some strange pseudo-supernatural elements, which rather cheat the mystery solving. Otherwise, the standard nosy investigator, high stakes, and incompetent police with a dash of fairy tale references tossed in.

Some weak writing distracted me, such as some awkward, frequently repeated phrases that really stood out.
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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, chosen as its MYSTERY PICK OF THE MONTH, and honored by Fresh Fiction as among the best myster ...more

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