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Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle

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I read it in:  English

I liked it:       No

Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery, #2)Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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!

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Title Through the Grinder
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Penguin USA
ISBN 9780425197141
I got this book from Birgit from The Book Garden
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Espresso Shot by Cleo Coyle

 Cover Espresso Shot by Cleo Coyle

Very short synopsis:

Finally Matt is getting married and will soon be out of the house. However, someone seems to be on the warpath and wants to kill bridezilla.


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I read it in: English

I liked it:    Rather

For people who like: cozy mysteries, coffee

I must admit that I am jumping around a bit in this series. The last book that I read was no. 2 (Through the Grinder) and it was extremely disappointing. I got so annoyed with it in fact that I dnf’ed it. This one was much better again.

I am happy to say that Cleo Coyle has finally gotten the name of Jackson Pollock right. This was a huge bugbear for me, but eventually the man got his proper name.

Then again there is always room for more error…listen to this:

“…Saloma Sunrise.”

“Saloma?” Nunzio smiled. “My little hometown?”

“And Ovid’s, too, right?”

He nodded, clearly happy that I’d done my research.

I am afraid, not. Ovid’s birthplace is called Sulmona nowadays, and was then called Sulmo. Saloma is – according to my research which took me all of 30 seconds-  a community in Kentucky. A bit out of the way as far as Ovid is concerned. I don’t know why this author never gets the facts straight. Research, yeah, right.

Back to the story. It was quite nice, with tons of suspects, not too many corpses and a Clare as meddling as ever. In the end Breanna turned out to be human after all and with Matt  out of the house Clare finally has the flat to herself and Mike. All is well.


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Title Espresso Shot
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Berkley
ISBN 9780425230763
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On what grounds by Cleo Coyle

Cover On what grounds by Cleo Coyle

Very short synopsis:

First mystery at the Village Blend. With the police discarding the case as an accident, Clare sets out to find the killer.


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I read it in: English

I liked it: Yes. I have already read a few later books in the series so I knew what to expect. It is a nice start to the series that clears up a few situations that were not explained later on anymore. Cozy atmosphere and likeable main characters. If you don’t mind the usual overload of the “theme” (i.e. “There is a bludgeoned body in the basement? Nothing a gourmet latte couldn’t fix.”), this is a very pleasant mystery.

For people who like: cozy mysteries & coffee.


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Title On what grounds
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN 9780425192139
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French Pressed by Cleo Coyle

Cover French pressed by Cleo CoyleChefs are an arrogant and insufferable bunch. But do they deserve to die?

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Clare’s daughter is the main suspect in a couple of murder cases and now she has all hands full to find the real killer.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes

For people who: like cozy mysteries, feisty heroines, the restaurant scene.


My thoughts: 

So far I liked this one best, I think. Birgit did say that the series gets better and she is definitely right. I start to really like Clare even though she is a terrible busybody who thinks everybody and everything is her business.

Her daughter, however, is a different matter.
The first time you stumble on a corpse and then get to be the main suspect it is a tragedy, if it happens again it becomes a farce. How stupid can you get, for Christ’s sake? Her boss and lover humiliates her in front of the whole staff and dumps her like an old rag, so she flees from the scene. And what does she do next? Goes back to retrieve her knives at midnight when she can be certain the guy will be there and most probably alone! Isn’t humiliation enough? Well, she paid for her idiocy.

This story takes place in the restaurant scene and chefs and cooks play a huge part. As I have experience with cooks myself I can vouch for the realism in most of the book. Even though I find it totally unbelievable that a four star restaurant – no matter how avantgarde or extraordinary – does not have a coffee machine and the maitre d’ allows the waiters to serve clients staff coffee from some dirty old coffee maker. This is unheard of.

S P O I L E R !

Clare’s assumption that the man she suspects to be the killer has knife skills is ridiculous. He is not a butcher, he is the SON of a butcher. Why would the son of a butcher have knife skills? That would be the same as saying the son of an accountant is an excellent bookkeeper.

On another note I am glad to say that no artists made an appearance in this story and so Jackson Pollock can rest in peace today.

In spite of all these little things that bothered me I very much enjoyed reading this cozy and am looking forward to the next one already. I particularly like how every book puts a spotlight on a certain “scene”, the high society in the Hamptons, the fashion people, the coffee business and now the top restaurants. Highly entertaining!


Location: Greenwich Village, New York City, NY, USA

Washington Square ParkMacDougal street

Images from wikipedia


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Title French Pressed
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN 9780425220498
I got this book from I won it from Birgit at The Book Garden
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More info The Coffeehouse mysteries series
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Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle

Cover Decaffeinated corpse by Cleo CoyleDecaf is not for the faint of heart.

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

An old friend of Matt and Clare comes up with a decaf coffee plant. Are others after it and stick at nothing to get it?

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes

For people who: like cosy mysteries, a down to earth heroine, a slowly developing love affair.


My thoughts: 

Birgit was right when she said the books get better, as opposed to a lot of other cosy mystery series. I am slowly coming to like Matt, Clare’s ex husband, as well as her ex-mother in law who plays quote a bit part in this story again. I particularly liked her drug deal and how cool-headed she is.

Clare is the typical busybody amateur sleuth. Always suspecting something, always sniffing around in people’s lives and asking indiscrete questions. I don’t know how people put up with that. Also she is so persistent when questioning people (with no right to do so, mind) she doesn’t seem to have any sense of shame or embarrassment inside her.

The obsession with coffee in this series is still slightly over the top. OK, people work in a coffee shop but that doesn’t necessarily mean they HAVE to be fanatical coffee aficionados who place a well made coffee above everything else. Sometimes I get the feeling that, as long as the coffee is perfect, life is as well. If it was just that easy.

All in all, another nice, cosy read. I still have one book to go from Birgit’s batch, after that, I will have to look around for some more.


Location: Mostly Greenwich Village, NYC, NY, USA. Around Halloween

Halloween Parade Greenwich VillageHalloween Parade Greenwich Village

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Title Decaffeinated Corpse
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN 9780425216385
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More info The Coffeehouse mysteries series
Even more info Cleo Coyle’s Internet coffeehouse

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Latte trouble by Cleo Coyle

Cober Latte trouble by Cleo Coyle

Java Jewelry, Lattes and Murder in the fashion world

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

When Clare suspects a murder victim was not the intended one she starts to investigate during New York Fashion Week.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes, quite. It’s an easy and quick read.

For people who: like cosy mysteries, coffee, fashion labels, first person POV


My thoughts: 

Right at the start I realized that the book I read before this one “Murder most frothy” is actually the one after “Latte Trouble”. Ah, I hate reading out of order, but that couldn’t be helped now.

Clare Cosi is a rather likeable character and in this book we get to know her a bit better as far as her relationship with her ex-husband is concerned. Matteo is in this book for most of the time, so there is a lot of interaction between them. Somehow it seems he always turns up at the right time and always in the company of an influential, rich, trendsetter he can make use of. Not a bad connection to have for Clare, even though her feelings about these relationships are ambivalent.

The murder story is rather uneventful and even a kidnapping and visit to a hellhole of a club turns out to be not as bad as anticipated. Does anybody else find it remarkable that Clare knows off the top of her head that the fourth circle of hell is the circle of the greedy (she calls the hoarders)? Wow, this woman is literate, indeed! On the other hand she has no clue that the artist is called Jackson Pollock, not Pollack, for Christ’s sake! (see my review of Murder most frothy)

The solution to the mystery was –I wouldn’t call it far-fetched, but rather unexpected. The murderer turned out to be someone totally unrelated until then, something I am not a big fan of.

Brand labels play a big part in the book, not as hints to the mystery solution but rather as continuous name dropping. Bloody Hell, ok, it is fashion week, but I couldn’t care less whether witnesses wore a Prada dress, a Chanel costume or whatever. Got on my nerves, that.

All in all:

The whole plot is rather straightforward and easy to follow. A comfort read without much brain engagement involved.


Location: New York, New York, USA, during fashion week

Fashion showBackstage

Images from wikipedia users mangostar and mandiberg.


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Title Latte trouble
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN 9780425204450
I got this book from I won it from Birgit at The Book Garden
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Murder most frothy by Cleo Coyle

Cover Murder most frothy by Cleo Coyle

Endless chatter about coffee meets High Society – and murder.

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

New York barista investigates murder in the fashionable Hamptons. Was the victim the real target or will the killer strike again?

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes

For people who: like cozy mysteries, first person POV, coffee talk, feisty heroine which lacks a little common sense.


My thoughts: 

Starting to read:

This starts out nice enough. I like the protagonist, she is sensible and down to Earth. I was afraid the millionaire would be a gorgeous hunk, but he turns out to be middle-aged, short and chubby. Much better!

I kind of find the constant references to the coffee blend Clare uses out of place. It is a coffeehouse mystery, so maybe this is normal in those themed cozies, but would you – after finding a corpse – ponder the type of coffee blend to use next?

By the way, the painter with his studio in the Hamptons is not Jackson Pollack, for crying out loud. His name is Pollock, I hope this is just a typo.

Later on:

Clare is starting to get a bit too bossy with her daughter and too nosy for my taste. She obviously thinks she knows everything best and her promise to let her suspicions go isn’t worth anything. You better not make deals with her as she won’t stick to them.

Moreover, she is practically breaking into a home in order to snoop around, something I find highly irresponsible and idiotic, not even counting the fact that she thinks it is the house of the killer. Is that woman crazy? I can’t say I like that sort of behaviour. Ha, appearance of the hunk! I knew it.

No, unfortunately it was not a typo. The name of the guy is Pollock, dammit!

Towards the end:

Of couse, she has to meddle and not follow the advice from people who know what they are talking about. Figures. By now I am used to that already and don’t mind that much anymore.

All in all:

A nice, light read, perfect for a relaxed afternoon. It is the second book in the series but this was no problem at all. You can read it as a stand alone easily. The recipes at the end of the book are a nice bonus for coffee lovers, even though I think the eight layered chocolate-almond espresso will be awfully sweet. But worth a try!


Location: The Hamptons, Long Island, New York, USA

The Hamptons mapMontauk Point Lighthouse

Images from wikipedia, Lighthouse picture by Wolfgang Wander


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Title Murder most frothy
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN 9780425211137
I got this book from Birgit at The Book Garden
Buy link Buy Murder most frothy
More info The Coffeehouse mysteries series
Even more info Cleo Coyle’s Internet coffeehouse

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