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Publication Order of Coffeehouse Mystery Books

On What Grounds (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Through the Grinder (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Latte Trouble (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Most Frothy (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Decaffeinated Corpse (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
French Pressed (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Espresso Shot (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holiday Grind (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roast Mortem (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Mocha (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Brew to a Kill (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holiday Buzz (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Billionaire Blend (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Grind (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead to the Last Drop (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Cold Brew (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shot in the Dark (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brewed Awakening (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honey Roasted (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bulletproof Barista (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

American author Alice Alfonsi has been writing under the pen-name of Cleo Coyle for some time now gaining much success within the field of the mystery genre novel. Cozy as they are accessible, she writes alongside her husband Marc Cerasini as they collaborate together for the Berkeley Prime Crime label housed under the Penguin Publishing brand. Living together in New York City, they set a great many of their stories there, especially those featured in the Coffeehouse Mysteries series which are located within the district of Greenwich Village. Another similar project they’ve run together is the Haunted Bookshop mysteries, whereby she went under the pseudonym of Alice Kimberly this time. They’ve also worked on novelizations of various TV shows, such as Alfonsi’s Hidden Passions which she ghostwrote for the NBC soap-opera Passions. This has led them both to an ideal stage as they work in side-by-side as masters of their craft, producing highly acclaimed and well regarded books by both the public and critics alike.

Set within the cozy confines of the Village Blend establishment, this series tells the tales of one Clare Cosi, the manager there, as she lives and works in Greenwich Village, New York City. Not only does she have to deal with all the day-to-day trials and tribulations of running a landmark coffeehouse, she constantly finds that she’s faced with mysteries and cases that need solving, as there’s apparently more to this business than initially meets the eye. With over fifteen books in the series so far and counting, this is an enjoyable franchise with its tongue set firmly in its cheek, as it understands and plays with the conventions of genre. Instantly accessible, many readers and critics have been drawn to these books over the years gaining her a national and international following that will continue to grow on into the foreseeable future.

On What Grounds

Originally published in 2003 on the 2nd of September, this was to be the book that begun it all providing a gateway into this world for the many years that were to subsequently follow. Establishing the character of Clare Cosi straight away, it gets down to the mystery immediately, instantly giving the reader a sense of the tone and ambiance of the series overall. The mystery itself provides Clare with a great way to show the audience her pragmatic and level-headed nature, allowing them to immerse themselves in her environment alongside her, constantly wondering what is coming next.

Coming into work expecting as normal a day as any other at her coffeehouse, she arrives to discover that her assistant manager is dead in the back with coffee beans strewn everywhere. It appears there was a struggle and, after the two detectives that arrive and pronounce it to be a simple accident, it is up to Clare to prove it was otherwise despite there being no signs of foul play or forced entry. On the trail of a potentially highly dangerous murderer she must now find them before it’s too late and they strike again, as they attempt to stop her by any beans necessary. Will she be able to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will she end up another victim cast aside on their deadly trail? Just why would someone want to kill the assistant manage of a modest coffeehouse? How exactly will she manage to uncover the truth on what grounds?

Through the Grinder

Brought out as the direct follow-up to the first, this was the sequel that was initially published in 2004 on the 5th of October, as it carried on from where the last left off. With Clare Cosi still in charge of the Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village, her character has already been well established, thus providing the readers much of what they enjoyed before, as it goes on in the same vein. This time there’s a whole new mystery for Cosi to solve, one which might push her to the very limit, as she has her loyalties tested by those around her.

It seems that this time there’s a new killer on the loose solely targeting woman visiting the Village Blend coffeehouse and it is this case that Cosi must now deal with, along with the new love interest that’s come into her life. To add even more fuel to the roast, Lieutenant Quinn has started to suspect it’s this man, as he goes about investigating the case in the belief that there is someone out there with a real axe to grind. This then means that Cosi must do some serious thinking and investigating of her own if she’s to help solve this potentially life-threatening case. Could this new man really be involved, or is it all just one big terrible misunderstanding? Just who is killing all these women and why exactly are they targeting her coffeehouse of all places? What will become of them all as they go through the grinder?

The Coffeehouse Mysteries Series

Starting in 2003 and continuing on into 2015, this series has gained worldwide success for Alice Alfonsi and her husband, as it’s brought the work to a far wider market than ever before. Using coffee pun based titles, these are everything you’d expect and more, providing a clear sense of warmth and joviality alongside the darker elements of the mysteries that are set to keep audiences intrigued for some time yet. With a good eye for life in the big city as well, there’s always something happening and it is this that many readers can relate to, wherever they may be from in the world.

As critics and readers alike flock to the series with praise and sales, these New York Times bestselling authors wont be finishing the series anytime soon it seems. Plenty more stories are on the horizon and the sky’s the limit for the franchise, as it grows from strength-to-strength picking up fans far and wide. With quality dialogue and well drawn characters it appears this series isn’t stopping anytime soon as the name of Cleo Coyle becomes a well established and respected presence within the mystery genre.

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2 Responses to “Coffeehouse Mysteries”

  1. Sue Williams: 3 weeks ago

    I have read all but number 20, waiting on my local library to get it for me. Have enjoyed every one of them.

  2. Cheryl Zabroski: 2 years ago

    I have read 5 of the series and loved them all. Tjank you so much for your time and talent.


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