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On What Grounds Mass Market Paperback – Sep 2 2003
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
The story begins when Clair finds the crumpled but still living body of an assistant manager in the coffee shop's basement, at the bottom of the stairs. The police investigate and believe it's an accident (the woman is unconscious at this point and in intensive care). Clair finds that hard to believe, and motivated by fears of a disasterous lawsuit as well as affection for the employee, she begins to poke around to see if she can convince the police that this is no accident but a crime scene. There are a number of characters with several possible motives to consider.
WHat I didn't like about the book is the epicurean obsession with coffee. I like a good cup of coffee, but got tired fairly quickly of the tedious descriptions of how to make the perfect cup of espresso, etc. I began to wonder if Martha Stewart had ghost-written this book, particularly with a certain snobbishness present in the descriptions. I really didn't need to hear how Clair is wearing a Valentino while her ex mother in law is wearing an Oscar de la Renta. Her husband's expensive wristwatch by a relatively obscure maker is equally irrelevant, as are the hints of where to get these items the next time you're in New York. That's why I would have liked to edit this book. I hope the real editor of her next book will spare us all the instructions on coffee-making. I intend to read the next in this series to find out.
First off, let me say, I am NOT a coffee drinker. In fact, I can't even stand the taste or smell of the stuff. However, I adored this mystery. It was interesting to read about all of the preparations that you have to go through to make a great cup of coffee, and Cleo Coyle informed us in ON WHAT GROUNDS in a very fun way. Clare is a fun character, who is spunky and nosy, and will capture the hearts of cozy mystery lovers everywhere. Her outlook on life that coffee makes any problem better is hilarious, as are the various quotes about coffee scattered throughout the book. The bottom line: Whether you're a coffee lover or not, you'll love this story. I can't wait for the next one, THROUGH THE GRINDER. Oh, and for those who do love coffee, there are various recipes in the back of the book for different coffees and desserts.
What sounds like a set up for a romance novel becomes an edge-of-the-seat murder mystery that could only happen among the colorful denizens of The Big Apple. Clair's hunt for the killer takes her to a modern dance class crowded with catty suspects, a toney New York charity ball complete with society schemers, a crazy scene in a Christopher Street bar, and an unexpected confrontation with a cold-blooded, calculating killer.
Most delightful is the witty dialogue, especially the repartee between Clair's roguish ex, who can't help but charm her! And the hard-bitten New York homicide detective is a great character, too.
Some of the dialogue in ON WHAT GROUNDS is reminiscent of those old Nick and Nora Charles movie mysteries, but with a decided, 21st century twist. This wonderful blend of humor, mystery, and charm will go down like a creamy carmel latte!
Most recent customer reviews
Engaging characters and interesting premise. The authors tend to repeat themselves (especially their funniest lines) but overall a good read even for tea drinkers.Published 6 months ago by Blnde007
If you're a coffee drinker and just can't let go of that cup for anything, then this book is for you. But would you put that cup of coffee down if a murder just took place? Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by L. Hobson
"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."
T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
With that apt quote begins Cleo Coyle's first in what appears... Read more
Like I said, I wasn't sure about this one at first. But once I started it, I couldn't (or didn't want to) put it down. Can't wait for the next one.Published on May 11 2004 by Annie Kern
I really enjoyed the mystery, the writing, and the coffee tips in this book. I'm looking forward to the next installment!Published on April 28 2004 by Amazon Customer
This cutting-edge cozy is set in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse and features a well-rounded, interesting cast of characters centering around Clare, the manager of the Village... Read morePublished on April 22 2004
If you like endless descriptions of coffee making and unrealistic characthers, this book is for you. There is nothing about this I could relate to or recommend. Read morePublished on April 22 2004
Cleo Coyle's first book in the Coffeehouse Mystery Series is a charming read. Not only does she create memorable characters and a nice, cozy mystery, she also provides a host of... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by Chelle