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When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa's slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice. When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa's slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice.


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When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa's slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice. When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa's slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice.

30 review for Holiday Grind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    HOLIDAY GRIND is the perfect concoction for those cozy mystery lovers you like a little bit of action but also want something to get you into that holiday mood. As you may know, I’m a huge sucker for holiday themed novels and when I learned that Cleo Coyle had not one, but two in this series, I got really excited. This book is book eight in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Although it’s a book that is well into the series, you can definitely read these as standalone since each new book featur HOLIDAY GRIND is the perfect concoction for those cozy mystery lovers you like a little bit of action but also want something to get you into that holiday mood. As you may know, I’m a huge sucker for holiday themed novels and when I learned that Cleo Coyle had not one, but two in this series, I got really excited. This book is book eight in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Although it’s a book that is well into the series, you can definitely read these as standalone since each new book features a different crime. In this particular book, Clare Cosi is expecting a traveling Santa to arrive at her coffeehouse to bring some Christmas cheer to her employees and loyal customers but when he doesn’t show she grows concerned. She goes out to find him and discovers him dead in an alley. That’s when the investigating occurs and in this one, Clare gets herself into a few messes that I found hilarious. I freaking love Clare. She’s a good mix of curious without being dumb about it. I can understand her drive, especially with this one since the victim is a good friend of hers. If you’re a Romance addict like me, then you’ll be happy to note there are some good scenes with Clare’s hot boyfriend, Mike Quinn and her ex-husband, Matt. Man, let me tell you, I love these guys. Mike is a little more quiet, a little more serious while Matt is more of your typical ladies’ man. I love both and am extremely jealous that Clare has both men in her life in some capacity. In Romance, you’ll never see an ex so frequently in a series except when they appear as the villain so I LOVED that we get to explore this dynamic in this series. If you can’t tell already, I’m hooked and I’m looking forward to reading more from Cleo Coyle.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Not finishing this because I read the series out of order and skimmed to the ending. Predictable most of the time. So, here's what bothers me. If we're supposed to have an empowering female detective in this day and age, why is she being sexually harassed in every freaking book? It's fine describing her looks, so readers can visualize what the character looks like. However, are most male NY police officers a leery twat? I know every cop is different based on their personalities, but you would thin Not finishing this because I read the series out of order and skimmed to the ending. Predictable most of the time. So, here's what bothers me. If we're supposed to have an empowering female detective in this day and age, why is she being sexually harassed in every freaking book? It's fine describing her looks, so readers can visualize what the character looks like. However, are most male NY police officers a leery twat? I know every cop is different based on their personalities, but you would think that many would have enough common sense to understand putting their jobs at risk voicing their sexual desires towards people in the holding cell or interrogation room. (view spoiler)[What's worse is that Sergeant Emmanuel Franco is acting like a true pig and we're supposed to like him in later books when he dates Joy. How does a slimy cop turn over a new leaf? Hardly happens in real life, so unrealistic and leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. (hide spoiler)] To the next point: When it comes to the actual female police detectives, Soles and Bass, they are pretty flirty as well. I don't know if I'm coming off as a prude, but if real police officers are supposed to be serious while having some dry humor, then that disturbs me a little. We know Matt is hot, but you would think any straight female or gay male cop wouldn't act like a scatterbrain moron around smexy suspects or witnesses. The only time I would think that any smart cop would fall short on is not suspecting an old lady of doing anything. Last point: Being an amateur detective. Understanding this is a cozy mystery (although it gets a little cynical and morbid at times), I don't care about the coffee/recipe facts. In fact, the author does alright imbedding her java jive with the mysteries. However, when it comes to Clare sleuthing, either she is reluctant on doing it or just bulldozes into it. Many times, she isn't right about the murderer or the motive. I don't expect her to know everything, but there are moments she is completely way off the radar. The only thing I find hilarious is that she knows how to weasel her way past the suspect's comfort zone and gain new leads from there. Every time the unknown assailant tries to kill her, she comes back like a nasty yeast infection. Criminals beware!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    This was more of a 2.5 rating for me. Clare really got stupid and hypocritical in the last couple of chapters. She forgot to look at her own life and see what she was mad about with Mike was stupid considering her ex husband. The mystery part of the story was good though. The only thing that would have made this better is if Joy hadn't showed up at the end. I can't stand that girl. This was more of a 2.5 rating for me. Clare really got stupid and hypocritical in the last couple of chapters. She forgot to look at her own life and see what she was mad about with Mike was stupid considering her ex husband. The mystery part of the story was good though. The only thing that would have made this better is if Joy hadn't showed up at the end. I can't stand that girl.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    This book was good. The mystery was well written. Kept me intrigued. Was one I didn’t figure out. Made for a good book. Will read more by this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    HOLIDAY GRIND is the perfect concoction for those cozy mystery lovers you like a little bit of action but also want something to get you into that holiday mood. As you may know, I’m a huge sucker for holiday themed novels and when I learned that Cleo Coyle had not one, but two in this series, I got really excited. This book is book eight in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Although it’s a book that is well into the series, you can definitely read these as standalone since each new book feature HOLIDAY GRIND is the perfect concoction for those cozy mystery lovers you like a little bit of action but also want something to get you into that holiday mood. As you may know, I’m a huge sucker for holiday themed novels and when I learned that Cleo Coyle had not one, but two in this series, I got really excited. This book is book eight in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Although it’s a book that is well into the series, you can definitely read these as standalone since each new book features a different crime. In this particular book, Clare Cosi is expecting a traveling Santa to arrive at her coffeehouse to bring some Christmas cheer to her employees and loyal customers but when he doesn’t show she grows concerned. She goes out to find him and discovers him dead in an alley. That’s when the investigating occurs and in this one, Clare gets herself into a few messes that I found hilarious. I freaking love Clare. She’s a good mix of curious without being dumb about it. I can understand her drive, especially with this one since the victim is a good friend of hers. If you’re a Romance addict like me, then you’ll be happy to note there are some good scenes with Clare’s hot boyfriend, Mike Quinn and her ex-husband, Matt. Man, let me tell you, I love these guys. Mike is a little more quiet, a little more serious while Matt is more of your typical ladies’ man. I love both and am extremely jealous that Clare has both men in her life in some capacity. In Romance, you’ll never see an ex so frequently in a series except when they appear as the villain so I LOVED that we get to explore this dynamic in this series. If you can’t tell already, I’m hooked and I’m looking forward to reading more from Cleo Coyle. *Reviewed by Ann❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marion

    I wanted to read this whole series but stopped after the second book. So jumping ahead to this holiday book was nice to catch up with the characters. Thankfully, the sex scenes and language were toned down which is why I don't want to read the entire series anymore, but it was still a bit racier than my comfort level. In this book, I like how Cleo Coyle keeps pulling back layers of the characters who all seem so real. It's a classic mystery with some red herrings that had me guessing until the en I wanted to read this whole series but stopped after the second book. So jumping ahead to this holiday book was nice to catch up with the characters. Thankfully, the sex scenes and language were toned down which is why I don't want to read the entire series anymore, but it was still a bit racier than my comfort level. In this book, I like how Cleo Coyle keeps pulling back layers of the characters who all seem so real. It's a classic mystery with some red herrings that had me guessing until the end whodunit. Of course, her coffee and food descriptions with recipes in the back make these fun reads too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daryl Gerber

    Really enjoyed this read. The coffeehouse isn't the main focus. The story about a homeless Santa is and it's compelling Really enjoyed this read. The coffeehouse isn't the main focus. The story about a homeless Santa is and it's compelling

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    Just truly awful. Just a terrible story full of poorly fleshed-out characters doing inexplicable things weirdly. I fucking love hating these books. There are full quotes worth criticizing, but I've just started including them in my updates because they are too juicy to save for the end. Instead I just wanna point out my rising tide of insight as I went through this particular novel: similar to reading the third book in this series, I suddenly noticed things I'd been finding unpleasant for hundred Just truly awful. Just a terrible story full of poorly fleshed-out characters doing inexplicable things weirdly. I fucking love hating these books. There are full quotes worth criticizing, but I've just started including them in my updates because they are too juicy to save for the end. Instead I just wanna point out my rising tide of insight as I went through this particular novel: similar to reading the third book in this series, I suddenly noticed things I'd been finding unpleasant for hundreds of pages. (view spoiler)[1) These books have kind of dumb and irritating stereotypes as characters. I have seen this pointed out by other reviews in earlier books, but this was the first novel where it reached truly eye-roll levels. The juxtaposition of everybody's favorite Christmas tunes really threw into relief how fucking basic Coyle's character-building is. How about the gay white guy likes musicals, and the black guy likes jazz, yeah, totally. Next let's have them all pick three culturally typical holiday foods and describe them in detail, we call that characterization in the biz. Lazy. As. Fuck. It was like she'd just googled "what do jamaicans eat at christmas" and then made it a latte. (BY THE WAY. This bitch's lattes would cost, like, $8. I'm not shitting you. Like, every syrup is some kind of handmade masterpiece, they're always zesting fruits and shaving chocolate and shit. I call bullshit. It's like when Clare supposedly invented the caramel mocha in New York City, it is just not reasonable.) At least she stopped doing that thing where she makes a note that Ester Best's last name used to be more Jewish, because that was more than unnecessary, thank you for not doing that. (Also thank you for not saying "my pride Joy" when you see your daughter anymore, that was old the second time you said it.) 2) Clare is, at literally every turn, being sexually harassed. Everyone is always catcalling her or making suggestive comments to her or ogling her. It just isn't reasonable. I in no way want to say that 45-year-old women cannot be sexy. They very much can. I just want to say that it seems somewhat unlikely to me that every man in the world would want to hit on a 45-year-old mom. She works in a coffee shop/bakery, not as a yoga instructor, I don't think she's probably the hottest chick in NY. These guys aren't hitting on the women around her, so what is it about Clare that she attracts this much attention? Also, like 80% of the people who harass her are in uniform. Like, public servants. Police officers and firemen mostly. That is not a pretty depiction of those institutions, especially considering that she kind of jacks them off at the same time. Like, "wow firefighters were so brave during 9/11 and cops are so hard-working and underappreciated and also they can't help but comment on my tits". Really odd choice. 3) Clare is always coming back from fancy events dressed in vintage or super expensive clothes and then just throwing on an apron and getting behind the bar. Bitch, really? You're not going to take off your friend's thousand dollar Jackie Kennedy outfit before you steam milk? What world do you live in? I can't even with more of this. I'm just done, I'm not even going to bother making a longer list because literally everything is wrong with these books. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was an engaging, fun mystery. I liked the main character, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi. The mystery itself kept my interest, too. Clare's friend who dresses as Santa and collects money for charity gets murdered, and the police think it's just a mugging. Even Clare's NYPD detective boyfriend thinks so. But Clare is sure there's more going on, and of course she uncovers the truth after many mishaps and missteps. While I did enjoy this mystery while reading it, it faded from my consciousness This was an engaging, fun mystery. I liked the main character, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi. The mystery itself kept my interest, too. Clare's friend who dresses as Santa and collects money for charity gets murdered, and the police think it's just a mugging. Even Clare's NYPD detective boyfriend thinks so. But Clare is sure there's more going on, and of course she uncovers the truth after many mishaps and missteps. While I did enjoy this mystery while reading it, it faded from my consciousness awfully quickly. Two days later, and I'm struggling to recall character names and plot details. Like a foamy latte that I barely remember an hour later, it was frothy and tasty while it lasted, but not ultimately a favorite. Still, fun while it lasted!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mainon

    I needed a tasty little morsel to get me out of work mode and into the holiday spirit, and this cozy mystery certainly fit the bill. Coffee lovers will get plenty out of the delicious- sounding drink descriptions (and the litany of recipes in the back of the book), and mystery lovers will have fun figuring out whodunnit. Fair warning, there's a bit of steamy (steamed milk?) romance and suggestive language, though I wouldn't call it graphic. I needed a tasty little morsel to get me out of work mode and into the holiday spirit, and this cozy mystery certainly fit the bill. Coffee lovers will get plenty out of the delicious- sounding drink descriptions (and the litany of recipes in the back of the book), and mystery lovers will have fun figuring out whodunnit. Fair warning, there's a bit of steamy (steamed milk?) romance and suggestive language, though I wouldn't call it graphic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    I would actually call this 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story once it started moving. I am grateful the author doesn’t describe the intimate scenes because in this book Claire is acting like a horny teenager. Unfortunately there were a lot of parts that seemed incomplete or rushed, even some relationships seemed tenuous and not well established. I will go and read Dickens “A Christmas Carol” based on this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This one takes place at Christmas. There is family and relationship drama. The mystery involves blackmail, photographs, a cold case, and a party. There are some twists, but not much coffee. I did like the holiday themed beverages. The mystery was interesting, but I didn't like the family drama. I also liked the cats, but they were hardly in the story. This one takes place at Christmas. There is family and relationship drama. The mystery involves blackmail, photographs, a cold case, and a party. There are some twists, but not much coffee. I did like the holiday themed beverages. The mystery was interesting, but I didn't like the family drama. I also liked the cats, but they were hardly in the story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Toni (T.C.) LoTempio

    What can I say that i havent' said already about this series. another great one! There's always a twist at the end, and the characters are so finely drawn you think they're sitting right next to you. Love, love, love! What can I say that i havent' said already about this series. another great one! There's always a twist at the end, and the characters are so finely drawn you think they're sitting right next to you. Love, love, love!

  14. 4 out of 5

    ElaineY

    A boring installment. I lost interest early.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Adams

    As cheesy as they are, I do enjoy these Coffeehouse mysteries. Easy to listen to, but still well put together.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Cozy. Holiday. Murder Mystery. New York City. What else could you ask for? Oh you want 70 pages of coffee terms and Christmas recipes? Sure, you can have that too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shawna Shaheen

    Clare Cosi a coffee barista. Finds Santa dead. He was suppose to come to a Christmas party set up for the tasting off the coffees Fa la La Christmas flavor coffee all the barristas choices. But he did not show up. Clair found somethings about Alf the dress up Santa. Was he really a robber or a peeping Tom

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Shaheen

    In this Claire Cosi mystery. Claire is a barrista. A man that always dressed up like Santa on Christmas is found dead. Was it because he was it because of his past. Or something else

  19. 4 out of 5

    Blanche Devereaux

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I actually really enjoyed this one! Nice and complicated in plot and you really didn't know who in the HECKKKKKKK was the murderer! Nice plot! But oooooo Lordt Cosi got on my damn nerves with some moments she had with Nick, wanted to slap her lol I actually really enjoyed this one! Nice and complicated in plot and you really didn't know who in the HECKKKKKKK was the murderer! Nice plot! But oooooo Lordt Cosi got on my damn nerves with some moments she had with Nick, wanted to slap her lol

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I have read all of the Coffee House Mysteries to date and this one let me down a bit. Once the story got going it was good, but the slow beginning and the jumpy feel lacked that initial spark for me. When traveling Santa Alfred Glockner fails to show at the Village Blend for Clare Cosi’s fa-la-la-la-la latte holiday party, Clare takes it upon herself to go out in the freezing snow to find him. Unfortunately, she finds him dead in a nearby alley from what appears to be a random mugging. A couple I have read all of the Coffee House Mysteries to date and this one let me down a bit. Once the story got going it was good, but the slow beginning and the jumpy feel lacked that initial spark for me. When traveling Santa Alfred Glockner fails to show at the Village Blend for Clare Cosi’s fa-la-la-la-la latte holiday party, Clare takes it upon herself to go out in the freezing snow to find him. Unfortunately, she finds him dead in a nearby alley from what appears to be a random mugging. A couple of things just do not add up and once again, Clare sets out to do her Nancy Drew thing. As the story falls into place, it is not just Santa that has a couple of secrets this holiday season and with the help of Madam, who just happens to know the right people, plus Clare’s usual cast of characters - not to mention a new vigilante cop - the story slowly unfolds until you hit the end and think “that was it, this long meandering book and boom it’s over”. As I said, it was not my favorite of the series, the beginning did not seem as well laid out as the previous books and the writing was a bit roundabout. Parts were thrown in, Mike’s ex-wife, that were not necessary. There did not seem to be as much humor as the other books – so over all I would say that this is only “so-so” as compared to her previous offerings. Do not be misled by the page count in this book. It says 384 pages but in truth the story itself is only 279 pages. The remaining 105 pages are recipes, tips and information concerning holiday gift giving organizations. Not that that is wrong, it just misleads the reader when you know the story is ending, but there is quite a bit of pages to go.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy Holland

    The more I think about it, the more I realize how much this book annoyed me. I completely don't buy that the NYPD would allow a civilian to "consult" on high profile murder cases, so I'm not really on board from the beginning. I hated how Clare is casually sexually harassed throughout the book, and it's usually for laughs. And there was waaay too much plot and not enough description for my tastes. By the end, I felt like I needed a flow chart or something to keep track of all the plot threads, c The more I think about it, the more I realize how much this book annoyed me. I completely don't buy that the NYPD would allow a civilian to "consult" on high profile murder cases, so I'm not really on board from the beginning. I hated how Clare is casually sexually harassed throughout the book, and it's usually for laughs. And there was waaay too much plot and not enough description for my tastes. By the end, I felt like I needed a flow chart or something to keep track of all the plot threads, characters, and suspects. I guess it came together at the end...? but then I felt like certain plot threads (Mike's trouble with his ex-wife, for example) were complete unnecessary and wasted my time. The author could have cut out all the unnecessary plot stuff and thrown in some sparkly description, instead - details that would help the readers fall into the story, rather than feel like they're racing from one event to the next. Oh, and finally - I find it ridiculous that every one of these novels (I've read three, but I'm assuming they all end in this fashion) ends with Clare catching the killer before the professionals. I'm definitely over this series, and if I want something Christmas-y to read next year, I'll go with something like Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    This was a standard mystery novel, and I did enjoy some of the characters and the recipes/coffee tips.... But after reading the paragraph were a girl describes how being leered at by construction worker air Jordans isn’t nearly as bad as being leered at by “Mexicans and Middle Eastern men whose eyes bulge and tongues roll out” whenever she walked by (because she was curvy, ofc) I couldn’t get through the rest of the book. After that point, every time a non-white character was mentioned I was stop This was a standard mystery novel, and I did enjoy some of the characters and the recipes/coffee tips.... But after reading the paragraph were a girl describes how being leered at by construction worker air Jordans isn’t nearly as bad as being leered at by “Mexicans and Middle Eastern men whose eyes bulge and tongues roll out” whenever she walked by (because she was curvy, ofc) I couldn’t get through the rest of the book. After that point, every time a non-white character was mentioned I was stopping to scrutinize it. Detective “do-rag Franco” for instance? It’s absolutely a fantastic thing for writers to include characters of color in their novels. It’s realistic and should be something obvious/automatic, honestly. But this....obviously I’m not the right person to say exactly how a nonwhite character should be portrayed, and there are hundreds of ways to portray them. But I can tell you that that single paragraph threw the rest of the novel into a bad light. I can’t believe it passed through the editing table.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Ever since I picked up the first book int he Coffeehouse Mystery Series I've been hooked. Coyle describes the characters with such vividness that I feel that I've walked into the Village Blend, and this book was no exception. I loved the Christmas setting of this book, especially the fa-la-la-lattes and the santas, they added a great coziness to the read. I also loved that Clare and Mike had a fight, to me it added a bit more realism into their relationship that I felt was a nice touch. However, t Ever since I picked up the first book int he Coffeehouse Mystery Series I've been hooked. Coyle describes the characters with such vividness that I feel that I've walked into the Village Blend, and this book was no exception. I loved the Christmas setting of this book, especially the fa-la-la-lattes and the santas, they added a great coziness to the read. I also loved that Clare and Mike had a fight, to me it added a bit more realism into their relationship that I felt was a nice touch. However, this is rated 4 instead of 5 stars because of the murder. I guessed the killer early on and I though the murder plot wasn't the best the authors had come up with. However this was a great, quick read that I enjoyed, especially with Christmastime. If only the Village Blend was a real place!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Another great book from this wonderful series. It is Christmas time in NYC and at the Village blend nothing still and quiet. When a sidewalk Santa is shot Clare jumps into motion. With each addition to the series the reader gets to know and love all the characters more and more. And also with each book Clare gets more and more into crime solving. A nice Christmas read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    The definition of a 3 star book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    I enjoyed this holiday mystery with Clare Cozy. One of her favorite customers is a travelling Santa and has filled Clare with holiday spirit. Inspired by his festive nature, Clare decides to have a taste session to unveil a season of fa-la-la-la-lattes for the Village Blend. When he is late to the shop, she finds him down the street in an alley, shot dead. She is introduced to two new detectives who think his murder was a common thief. However, Clare with her investigative prowess, finds clues t I enjoyed this holiday mystery with Clare Cozy. One of her favorite customers is a travelling Santa and has filled Clare with holiday spirit. Inspired by his festive nature, Clare decides to have a taste session to unveil a season of fa-la-la-la-lattes for the Village Blend. When he is late to the shop, she finds him down the street in an alley, shot dead. She is introduced to two new detectives who think his murder was a common thief. However, Clare with her investigative prowess, finds clues to make her believe there is more to Santa's death than a common robbery. I found with this story that I am starting to like Clare's ex-husband, Matt, much more than I used to. I like that they can have such a nice relationship as ex-spouses. He is much more endearing in this book than in others. I also love the pairing of Clare and Detective Mike Quinn. He respects Clare's investigative skills and encourages her rather than asking her to stand down. I love all of the characters in this series, and really liked this story. This one has additional recipes at the end, and I can't wait to try the one for chocolate covered cherries. Yum!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shirielle

    Rating: 2.5 Claire Cosi, manager of the Holiday Blend coffee shop goes looking for the traveling Santa that was due to arrive at her latte tasting party for the new holiday menu. She finds him dead. The traveling Santa’s daughter is a former barista and asks Claire to look into his death. There is a new detective in town, Detective Emanuel Franco, who is in charge of the case. It started off interesting, but then the personal dramas distracted. Usually, they had an additional dimension, but not her Rating: 2.5 Claire Cosi, manager of the Holiday Blend coffee shop goes looking for the traveling Santa that was due to arrive at her latte tasting party for the new holiday menu. She finds him dead. The traveling Santa’s daughter is a former barista and asks Claire to look into his death. There is a new detective in town, Detective Emanuel Franco, who is in charge of the case. It started off interesting, but then the personal dramas distracted. Usually, they had an additional dimension, but not here. I suspect/hope that part of that is to set things up for future books, to give those characters and plot lines backstories - I hope. Otherwise, they were just an unnecessary distraction. Ex-husband, Matteo (Matt), boyfriend Detective Mike Quinn, ex-mother-in-law Madame DuBois, daughter Joy, and the trusty baristas are back. I kinda guessed the killer but not the “why”, and I’m not sure it was given either. Or it could be by that point I was disinterested, not sure. I did the audiobook version of this, so it was good company while cooking and cleaning, not sure I would have finished though if I were reading it. Happy Reading!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    It is nearly Christmas and Village Blend Coffee Shop manager Clare Cosi is busily introducing new items to her menu, all of them holiday themed. This was at the suggestion of friend Alf Glockner, a traveling Santa Claus, who suggested the term "Fa La Latte" and Clare and her staff ran with the idea. Now poor Alf is lying dead in the snow after what at first appears to be a random NYC mugging. Clare does not believe the killing to be random at all and she is determined to find the killer of jolly It is nearly Christmas and Village Blend Coffee Shop manager Clare Cosi is busily introducing new items to her menu, all of them holiday themed. This was at the suggestion of friend Alf Glockner, a traveling Santa Claus, who suggested the term "Fa La Latte" and Clare and her staff ran with the idea. Now poor Alf is lying dead in the snow after what at first appears to be a random NYC mugging. Clare does not believe the killing to be random at all and she is determined to find the killer of jolly old Alf. This time Clare is on her own as her boyfriend, NY police detective Mike Quinn, is busy with his own cold case and being extremely secretive about numerous phone calls. Clare follows the clues nearly falling victim to the murderer several times including being thrown off a NY harbor ferry into the frigid December waters. Someone knows Clare is getting too close to the truth and is ready to stop her, no matter what. This is another of the enjoyable Coffeehouse Mystery series tales starring the intrepid Clare Cosi. That woman certainly finds herself in the middle of mysterious situations. She is a very likable character and the reader will root for her.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    This is a coffee house mystery. When Claire goes out to find out what happened to Alfie, a friend who works as a traveling Santa, she finds him dead, but when she goes to see what he was doing, she is knocked off her feet and unconscious. When she comes to she meets the homicide detective and she immediately doesn't like him. She calls on her paramour, Mike Quinn, and her ex-husband to help her find out who really murdered Santa. I listened to the audio of this book. While the story was good, I This is a coffee house mystery. When Claire goes out to find out what happened to Alfie, a friend who works as a traveling Santa, she finds him dead, but when she goes to see what he was doing, she is knocked off her feet and unconscious. When she comes to she meets the homicide detective and she immediately doesn't like him. She calls on her paramour, Mike Quinn, and her ex-husband to help her find out who really murdered Santa. I listened to the audio of this book. While the story was good, I was not happy with the narrator. There were too many times where she dropped her voice and we had to turn up the sound and then would suddenly get too loud and we were dropping it back down. This happened throughout the whole story and made the story not as interesting. At times we just let it play without adjusting and missed whole segments. There were also many times where my husband and I agreed that we were glad that the kids were home while we listened to the story. He even commented that Bill Engvall was correct in his assessment of bodice rippers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Georgette

    The more I read the next Coffee House Mystery by Cleo Coyle the more unpredictable they become in the whodunit category. Holiday Grind kept me going from the minute Clare was on her way back to The Blend to try out some Holiday offerings with a mélange of flavors..obviously, Fa La La La Latte was a big hit. But like so many things in life(real or imagined) fate threw a fly /or a Santa in the ointment/snow kerplunk. And it was someone she knew...Ahh the best laid plans. Anyway, enter some new cha The more I read the next Coffee House Mystery by Cleo Coyle the more unpredictable they become in the whodunit category. Holiday Grind kept me going from the minute Clare was on her way back to The Blend to try out some Holiday offerings with a mélange of flavors..obviously, Fa La La La Latte was a big hit. But like so many things in life(real or imagined) fate threw a fly /or a Santa in the ointment/snow kerplunk. And it was someone she knew...Ahh the best laid plans. Anyway, enter some new characters (a la Abbott & Costello perhaps) and Matteo and hot cop Mike Quinn. Now as we may well by now, can Clare ever pass up an opportunity when told DO NOT GET INVOLVED, to find ways to do the very opposite? Clever girl. This book is so much fun, and there are so many extensions to the characters and plot. I won't deter you, the reader from going on your own exploration. Have fun enjoying NYC/Greenwich Village/ et al during the Holiday season. I drink a FLLLL to your health!

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