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Cleo Coyle
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Dec 8 2010 Coffeehouse Mysteries (Wheeler Publishing)
When the firefighters of New York's Ladder Company 189 pull Clare Cosi's friends out of a blazing café, the Village Blend coffeehouse manager happily comes to their rescue. As a favor to the men, she visits the firehouse kitchen to teach them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But more than their coffee turns out to be hot. Somebody's torching cafés around the city and firefighters are beginning to die in suspicious ways...

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"The pseudonymous Coyle's strong 9th coffeehouse mystery (after 2009's Holiday Grind) pays tribute to New York City firefighters. Clare Cosi, the head barista at Village Blend; Blend owner Madame Dreyfus Allegro Dubois (who's Clare's ex-mother-in-law); and Blend employee Dante Silva narrowly escape death in the bomb-activated blaze that destroys Enzo Testa's Caffe Lucia in Queens and seriously injures Enzo. Clare informs the irritating, overly flirtatious FDNY captain, Michael Quinn, a cousin of her NYPD detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn, that she suspects arson. As fire marshal Stuart Rossi swings into action, Clare is eager to help catch the firebug (aka the Coffee Shop Arsonist), but Rossi is less than enthusiastic about her getting involved. Later, the arsonist torches a Long Island coffeehouse, killing a firefighter, as a warning. While the media worry that a terrorist is loose, new, even more horrible crimes surface. Coyle (the wife-husband writing team of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini) provides an appendix of useful tips and tempting recipes."
-Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multipublished author who collaborates with her husband to write the nationally bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries. Although they did not meet until adulthood, Cleo and her husband had very similar upbringings. Both were children of food-loving Italian immigrants, and both grew up in working-class neighborhoods outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to the Big Apple to begin their postcollege careers: Cleo as a journalist and children’s book and media tie-in author; and her husband as a magazine editor and writer. After finally meeting and falling in love, they married at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. Now they live and work in New York City, where they each write books independently and together, cook like crazy, haunt local coffeehouses, and drink a lot of joe. Among their many coauthored projects are the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, written under the pen name Alice Kimberly.

Cleo enjoys hearing from readers. Visit her virtual Village Blend coffeehouse, where she also posts recipes and coffee industry news…
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book! Aug. 11 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You definitely can gain weight during the dessert descriptions!
I could not put this book down until I was finished and now I have to wait until the next book is published!
Very entertaining book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Darlene TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Listening to Cleo Coyle makes me hungry! Seriously!! The way that Coyle describes aromas, tastes, and textures has me – quite literally – salivating! This lady should write a cookbook!! I take as much pleasure in listening to her describe different foods and coffee blends as I do in her mysteries.

I read my first Coyle book back in January, which was Holiday Grind, the eighth book in the series. I was so excited to see the next audiobook available for review that I jumped at the chance!

Roast Mortem is the ninth book in the series. Even though I am a latecomer to the series, I have not had any issues following along. Coyle does make reference to past events to bring new readers up to speed, which I so appreciate! It also piques my interest because I want to know more about what happened earlier on.

For those also new to the series, the protagonist is Clare Cosi who is the manager of the Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Clare’s ex-husband, Matteo “Matt” Allegro, is responsible for sourcing the beans and travels all of the world to find the best of the best, and Clare roasts the beans and comes up with the blends that make her coffeehouse famous. Until I read Coyle’s books, I had no idea there was a fine art to pulling an espresso. I am sure that the baristas that I have frequented have not received the kind of training that Clare gives her employees!

The mystery surrounding this installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series involves coffeehouses that are being set ablaze in what Clare believes are bombs set by an arsonist. Her sleuthing leads her to believe that a member of the NYFD is involved, and Clare treads on dangerous ground when the clues lead her to Captain Michael Quinn’s unit.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another really good entry in a wonderful series Aug. 3 2010
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I first discovered this mystery series in early 2006 and at that point, three books had been published in the series so I read all of them in about two weeks. Since then, I have read each book as it becomes available and have yet to be disappointed. I read several other mystery series and only two come to mind as holding up much past book 7 - this one and the Tea Shop Series by Laura Childs. The others just seem to start out strong and then something happens. The author runs out of ideas or becomes bored and doesn't put forth the effort? Whatever the problem is, they start dropping in quality around that point and I either hang in there hoping for better (and being disappointed) or sadly give up and no longer invest the time and effort as new books are released. This series has beaten the odds in my estimation and the quality has remained at a level beyond my expectations, especially for a series that has now run nine books long.

This particular novel again features Clare Cosi, manager of The Village Blend, an independent coffee shop in the heart of Greenwich Village. This installment has a slightly different twist as the main focus of the mystery is that coffee shops around the city are being set on fire and people are being hurt or killed in the process. Clare happens to be in one of the cafes when the first fire starts so she is immediately caught up in trying to understand what is happening and trying to ensure nothing happens to her own, much-loved, Village Blend. Much of the story line revolves around the NYFD and when you read the afterward you will better understand why. While I miss the Village Blend and the baristas located there, they do make appearances which made me happy. Also, the characters of Mike Quinn and his cousin Michael Quinn are both further developed throughout the story.

A good mystery with a heavy emphasis on both fire-fighting and coffee brewing, this latest effort continues with snappy dialogue, humor, and a cast of characters that are evolving and developing over time. I think one of strengths of the novels is the setting of New York. It allows the author to continue to add fresh characters, an incredibly strong sense of place, and more "realistic" situations than many other books. Some of the stories will resonate more than others, based upon your interest and personal preferences, but the series is wonderful and this is another solid installment that the author should be proud of.

An interesting primer on coffee roasting is included in the back as well as recipes which will make your mouth water !
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clare & Firemen how can you go wrong? Aug. 3 2010
By Barbara Hightower - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Roast Mortem I have to say, is my favorite book by Cleo so far. This book hit close to home for me as my dad is a retired Fire Chief after 48 years of service and I could totally relate to what was happening through out the book. Clare out does herself this time. It was nice to see more of Mike's Cousin Michael Quinn and the big secrets between the two. I also enjoyed Clare coming to Mike's rescue for a change. Clare does her best work when she is at the firehouse trying to teach a few of the guys how to use the Espresso machine. Matt also surprised me this go around. Each character is getting stronger and even more interesting as the time goes. There are a few hilarious parts in the book that make it all come together nicely. I look forward to the next book and so glad I got to read this one.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Coffee House mystery... Aug. 8 2010
By NY Bookster - Published on Amazon.com
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I have liked all of the books in this series and I was very happy with this latest installment. All of the New York details have always been an essential backdrop to all of the Coffee House stories, and this book is no exception. I loved that the author found a way to bring the FDNY into this story, as they are a key part of the New York landscape. We've had the NYPD represented with Clare's boyfriend Mike, and it was great to see the FDNY and Mike's cousin Michael play such a big part of the book. All of my favorite characters were well represented here, particularly Madame and Clare's ex-husband Matt. Thankfully Matt's wife Breanne was only mentioned in passing. I really do like the Clare and Matt scenes and Matt's wife tends to get in the way of that.

There were so many red herrings scattered throughout the book that the mystery really doesn't get unraveled until the end. You'll think (along with Clare) that you've got the mystery solved several times, but chances are you haven't. This was another great cozy to curl up with!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make It A Double Aug. 8 2010
By Laineshots - Published on Amazon.com
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One Michael Quinn is wonderful. Two are definitely more than Clare wants to handle! But Mike's firefighter cousin makes another appearance in this book, and he's determined to heat things up for Clare--just when she's fighting the mystery of a fire that has threatened the lives of people Clare cares about.

In all of the books written by Cleo Coyle - a husband and wife who are each talented writers - there's a lot going on. There are lots of people to get to know, lots of places to go and see, and always delightfully tantalizing recipes and descriptions of food and coffee. This book, though, contains something special: an introduction and tribute to the New York Fire Department. Through these pages, we get to know impressive men who don't think there's anything impressive at all about their doing their job. The author's profound respect is infectious. I hope future Coffeehouse Mysteries revisit the NYFD. I can't wait for my next Cleo Coyle "fix"!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANYONE HAVE A LIGHT? Aug. 8 2010
By ITZME - Published on Amazon.com
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Another enjoyable Coffeehouse Mystery. Clare Cosi is at it again, this time trying to find an arsonist. Her affair with Mike (Cop) is on-going and Mateo is back in town (married). While Clare and Madame are visiting an old friend of Madame's (Enzo) at his coffeehouse, an explosion occurs and Enzo and Madame are trapped in the basement. Very suspenseful and fun.
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