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Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery #2)

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Business is booming at Clare Cosi's Village Blend, until her female customers start to die. Lieutenant Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, and, unfortunately, his prime suspect is the new man in Clare's life.

Now Clare will risk her heart--and her life--to follow the killer's trail to the bitter end.
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published (first published October 5th 2004)
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Taylor Portable CD players are actually still around even today. They're just not as popular anymore. The first ipod came out in 2001 but it took several…morePortable CD players are actually still around even today. They're just not as popular anymore. The first ipod came out in 2001 but it took several years after that for it to gain enough popularity that everyone wanted one. So yes portable cd players were still around in 2004. I owned one myself.(less)
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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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Clare Cosi runs the Village Blend, a coffeeshop where she takes pride in the details. When Clare's customers start dying, and Detective Quinn starts suspecting the new man in her life, things take an uncomfortable turn as the barista has urgent need to solve this whodunnit. All while whipping up a perfectly crafted coffee, of course.

'Through the Grinder' was even more amusing than' Uncommon Grounds.' The humor works and comes across natural - most of it is through the unfortunate characters circ
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Kathy Davie
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
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 defi
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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
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Kathy
May 19, 2015 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.
Dani(elle)
Jun 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could handle her acting like slang is some new oddity the kids are into. I could (almost) handle her coffee obsession punctuating every other sentence. I could not handle her casual biphobic remarks and reductive stereotypes.
Rachel Despins
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Delightful, suspenseful, and often humorous cozy mystery. I liked how we got to read a little bit of what the murderer was thinking - that really added to the suspense!
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Clare overhears her daughter is signing up for online dating, so she decides to join it as well, but things don't go very well for her. That is until she goes to her singles meeting at her own coffeehouse and meets a man that she has an instant connection with. However, women that she has seen go to the coffeehouse are ending up dead, and Quinn thinks it may be Clare's new love interest.

Clare does her best to find out who the real killer is, even gettin
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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
Ronna
Aug 09, 2012 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
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Blythe
Aug 19, 2015 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
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Rikki
Mar 02, 2013 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!
Micky Cox
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claire's daughter has decided to give internet dating a whirl so Claire decides she should jump in and check it out to see if it's safe. Unfortunately it leads Claire to discover that there is something murderously amiss in the matchmaking dating world both on and off the net. In the process of checking out the safety for her daughter's sake, it appears that Claire may have made a love connection as well, but is it too good to be true? Could her new paramour be the killer behind the seemingly ac ...more
Moriah Venable
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
Nairabell
Clare's enjoying her new life running the Village Blend, until she gets an early morning wake-up call to inform her one of her customers jumped to her death on the subway shortly after picking up her usual cup of joe. Clare thinks it's a tragedy, until Detective Quinn drops by the Blend. He's suspicious of the circumstances surrounding the death, especially as another female customer has recently died through "suicide". Soon Quinn is on the trail of Clare's new love Bruce, and Clare decides to f ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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♥Jamie
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through the Grinder is the second in the coffeehouse mystery series. I got just as involved in Clare Cosi's world as I did in the first book. Lol

Summary:
Clare is happy that The Village Blend is doing good business after the previous manager's disaster. She has come to an understanding with her exhusband when he is in town & her daughter is healthy and happy. During a visit to the coffeehouse, Joy lets slip that is thinking of trying online dating. In a panic for her daughter, Clare decides t
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Heather
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
While I really enjoyed the first one the second book in this mystery series was only so-so.

Customers soon start disappearing after they've visited Clare's coffee shop. And somehow they are connected to the beautiful man she's started to date. But with her ex-husband Matteo and her married but probably soon to be divorced cop friend, I'm surprised she has the time! And her daughter Joy is a very eligible young lady...is she next?

The storyline was very clunky. I truly feel Cleo Coyle is writing Cl
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Tofu Fairy
Jul 19, 2013 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
KarenF
Dec 10, 2011 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
Susan
Oct 26, 2012 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
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Michelle
Jul 23, 2011 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
Patti's Book Nook
Goodreads doesn't want me to post this review:-P It's actually my crappy internet. Since this is the third time I've attempted to post, I'll make this super short. I thought Coyle stepped it up with this second book in her cozy mystery series. I've said elsewhere that I rate these books differently from literary fiction and even other mysteries because I'm looking for a more charming, less-violent, palate-cleansing read from my usual fare. While this had it's corny and predictable moments, I lik ...more
Barb
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's trouble brewing at the Village Blend. Business is booming—but Clare's customers are starting to die. Soon after stopping at the coffeehouse, a regular jumps to her death in the subway. Or was she pushed? Detective Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, especially after the "suicide" of another female customer. Unfortunately, his prime suspect is Bruce Bowman—the new man in Clare's life. Bruce is the perfect blend of rugged good looks and potent personality. Too bad the wome ...more
Barbara
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
Betsy
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
Susan
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.
Caitlin Copp
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-2016
Claire Cosi is doing great running her cafe and sponsoring a speed dating club on ocassion. She notices however that some of her female customers who just happen to be part of the speed dating are dying. Although they are dying by what seems like suicide, Claire is not convinced and shares this with Detective Quinn and her ex-husband Mateo. Detective Quinn seems to think Claire's new man is behind the murders and Claire decides to investigate to clear his name.
Alli
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 out of 5 stars
This is the 2nd book in the coffeehouse mystery, following the owner/manager of a coffeehouse in New York. Dead women start to show up and their death has some connection to the coffeehouse. This was a fun and intriguing mystery. I enjoy trying to guess the killer, and this one got me. I also really like the family dynamics that are seen through this series.
Zoe
Jan 06, 2010 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.
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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, a "Most Wanted" selection of the Mystery Guild, and a Top 10 Best Mysteries for Book Clubs 201 ...more
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