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Product Details

  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; 1 edition (Dec 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410431320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410431325
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,964,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of The Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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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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Not my favourite coffeehouse mystery. The animosity between Mike and Michael could have given us more insight into their characters but that opportunity is missed. And although the plot is fast paced it is missing the usual twists and witty banter to keep it entertaining.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3898324) out of 5 stars 87 reviews
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa394aea0) 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
HASH(0xa394aef4) 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 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa394d348) out of 5 stars Another great Coffee House mystery... Aug. 8 2010
By NY Bookster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa394d330) out of 5 stars FDNY is the star Aug. 3 2010
By Marilyn T. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This latest coffee house mystery doesn't, for the most part, take place in the coffee house. The FDNY is the main focus of the mystery and we're taken inside the workings of these heroes. It was interesting to get an inside look at the fire dept. and different boroughs in NY. Part of the story centers on faulty equipment and that adds to the mystery; how did this happen? Who's to blame? There's more than one mystery addressed in the book; torching of coffee shops, deaths, and it keeps you guessing as to whether or not they're all related. The Mike Quinn/Michael Quinn animosity is further explored and we're given insight into their past and what happened to get them where they are. I wonder if firefighters are so obsessed with espresso that they'd have Claire come and give them detailed instructions on using an espresso machine, but I realize she had to get into the firehouse for the sake of the story. I've read all the books in the series and love all of them. (The writing style seems to have changed a bit in this one and I wonder if the balance of input is shifting between the husband and wife authors.) I look forward to the next installment and hope it's back in the colorful Village.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa394d7ec) out of 5 stars high octane amateur sleuth Aug. 7 2010
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although she is love with NYPD Detective Mike Quinn and long divorced from Matt Allegro, Clare Cosi remains manager and barista of the historic Village Blend Coffeehouse. When the owner, her former mother-in-law, dies, she and Matt will inherit half shares of the cafe. Claire and Madame (her former mother-in-law) visit her friend Enzo Testa at his Queens Caffe Lucia. Claire leaves Madame and Enzo in the basement to let her barrister Dante Silva inro the closed café..

An explosion in front of the café sends the building into an inferno. Clare manages to get Dante out of the blaze. Ladder Company 199 rescues Madame and Enzo who were trapped inside by a fire door. When two more coffeehouses are torched and the Village Blend threatened, Clare investigates with the unofficial approval of the Fire Marshal. She considers several suspects, but while sleuthing meets Fire Captain Mike Quinn, cousin to her Mike Quinn who are bitter enemies. She tries to avoid him because he keeps telling lies about her love and keeps mailing passes at her. In an ironic twist, he is her best source for information.

This high octane amateur sleuth is an explosive whodunit. Clare is a dedicated loyal person whose inquiry places her in deadly scenarios. Besides the strong arsonist investigation, there is also a romantic subplot, but Cleo Coyle serves her latest specialty blend (see Holiday Grind) around the mystery.

Harriet Klausner