Billionaire Blend: An Excerpt and Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

Billionaire BlendIn my new culinary mystery, Billionaire Blend, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi is working hard to make a success of a beloved business that’s been serving Greenwich Village for over a century. In this tough economy, it’s a continual struggle to keep her employees happy and her historic coffee shop from falling apart. Then boom! It really falls apart.

Some nut sets off a car bomb on the street outside, badly damaging the landmark building. During the explosion, Clare saves the life of a charming, young billionaire named Eric Thorner, who thanks Clare by hiring her to create the most expensive coffee blend in the world. Unfortunately, the car that was blown sky high belonged to Eric. Someone wants the billionaire dead. But who?

Enjoy this peek at the first chapter…

Billionaire Blend: A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle

Chapter 1
“Guess where I am? You can’t imagine . . .”

Pressing the phone to my ear, I waited for Mike Quinn’s gravelly voice to ride a cellular wave up the Eastern Seaboard.

“Given the choice,” he finally said, “I’d rather imagine . . .”

That shouldn’t have surprised me. After all, Michael Ryan Francis Quinn was a decorated narcotics detective, and if there was one thing the NYPD looked for when recruiting from their uniformed force, it was imagination—that and “inquisitiveness, insight, and an eye for detail.” (According to Quinn, the New York brass referred to these as “the four I’s,” although I had pointed out the last one started with an E.)

For the past six months, Quinn had been working in Washington, DC, where a U.S. attorney had drafted him for a special assignment. He wasn’t permitted to tell me much about his Justice Department job, although I did deduce his Federal Triangle desk phone had caller ID because he always answered my rings with a husky hello reserved only for me.

Just the sound of his voice relieved the tension I’d been feeling about the night ahead. Of course, I didn’t have a clue what was really ahead. If I had, I might have gone straight home and pulled the covers over my eyes.

In a short space of time, I’d be bribing a bomb squad lieutenant, cracking a mathematician’s seventeen-digit passcode, and conjuring culinary ideas for a billionaires’ potluck.

That I could handle. But raiding a forbidden coffee plantation; stopping a Slayer (while working with one); and fixing my daughter’s love life? I think even 007 would have flinched.

At this point in my story, however, my life was manageable, even pretty nice. I was sitting on hand-rubbed leather in a private limo, and a good cop was purring in my ear.

“Let’s see now . . .” Quinn continued. “I’m imagining you in your duplex above the coffeehouse. I’ve got a nice blaze going in the bedroom, the champagne’s poured, and—”



I glanced at the glass partition separating me from the male chauffeur. It wasn’t raised all the way.

“I’m not at home,” I explained. “I’m on my way to dinner. You’ll never guess where—”

“You better just tell me, Clare. I have a conference call in twenty.”

The “boyfriend voice” was gone, the warmth chilling into a tone I knew far too well—stoic, emotionless cop.

I should have replied with something generally reassuring, like: “I miss you” (which I did); “I wish you were here” (ditto); or even . . . “On your next visit, I’m baking you up a Triple-Chocolate Italian Cheesecake like the one you inhaled on New Year’s Eve” (which I planned to).

But I didn’t say any of those things. My excitement level was so high that I simply blurted the news—

“I’m riding in a chauffeured limo, on my way to dinner at the Source Club!” The silence stretched on so long I was sure our connection was lost.


“You’re pulling my leg.”

“I’m not pulling anything.”

I couldn’t blame the man for doubting my words.

Even I had trouble believing it. The Source Club was one of the most élite enclaves in Manhattan. With my anemic bank account, I was lucky to get into Sam’s Club, let alone a zillionaires club.

“So what’s the story? Did your former mother‑in‑law give up and sell the Village Blend to a national chain?”

“Bite your tongue.”

“You inherited a fortune from a lost relative?” He grunted. “Maybe I’d better get you to the altar already—in handcuffs, if necessary…”

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“…a highly satisfying mystery.” –Publishers Weekly

“Top Pick!” –RT Book Reviews

*Starred Review –Kirkus

Billionaire Blend is a culinary mystery. Take a peek at its delicious recipe section by clicking here.

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Comment-to-Win Contest Prizes:
1 autographed copy of Billionaire Blend: A Coffeehouse Mystery
1 gimme coffee! Large latte cup and saucer, made in Italy Gimme-Coffee-Cup-Cleo-Coyle
1 package of Cleo’s new Coffee Pick: Laughing Man Coffee, a company co-owned by actor Hugh Jackman to help farmers in the developing world (all profits to charity).
Contest ends Monday, December 23rd, at midnight; US only.

Meet the Authors
Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, who writes in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. In addition to their New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries, their Haunted Bookshop Mysteries (written under the name Alice Kimberly), are bestselling works of amateur sleuth fiction for Penguin. When not haunting coffeehouses or hunting ghosts, Alice and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. Alice is a former journalist and children’s book author; Marc an author of military nonfiction and thrillers. They live and work in New York City. To find out more…

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201 responses to “Billionaire Blend: An Excerpt and Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

  1. First of all thanks to Dru, for hosting the giveaway; and to Cleo for donating ” Billionaire Blend” , gimme cup/saucer, package of coffee. Read the expert of the book, love it. Plus, recipes, French beignets look yummy. Making my mouth watering, just talking about them. Will be contacting my local library, to see if they can get book one “On What Grounds”, book2,etc. So, can read them on my reader.
    Thanks, again. Teresa
    Keep on reading, it keep the mind sharp

  2. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning! Keep’em coming!

  3. I have read the book and would love some coffee or a mug. It is a fun and exciting read,hard to put down

  4. It sounds delicious. Especially that skillet lasagna!

  5. Love the book trailer. Can’t wait to read this book. This author always have great cozy mystery.

  6. This looks terrific, Cleo. Love the recipes!

  7. Valerie Consoer

    Oh my gosh, there are no words that show how much I love this series!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  8. What a great giveaway WOW !! Would love to win,

  9. I just love this series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Wow, great recipes and wonderful prizes! Thanks so much, this is right in my wheelhouse. Have an excellent Holiday Season.

  11. This is a great book! The series gets stronger and stronger.
    I don’t need to be considered for the book drawing becas]use I already have it.

  12. I own almost all the coffee house series on audio , it’s my fav cozy series !

  13. I enjoyed the excerpt and would love to win a copy of the book. I will also buy one for the lady who owns the coffee shop here in town. I think she will enjoy it.

  14. I love culinary mysteries and this one sounds good. I’d be thrilled to win a cup made in Italy. I’m 100% Italian. I would love to travel to Italy someday!

  15. Oh my, I can’t wait to read this one. Sounds absolutely delicious.

  16. The Coffeehouse Series is one series that I have followed since book 1 and I have loved each and every book. The writing is so “upscale” and intelligent and there is so much great information about coffee and the areas of the world that coffee beans come from, and that it is somewhat of a travel journal for me. I enjoy hearing about the roasting of the coffee, and how to pair coffee with various foods and then there are the great recipes in each book as well. The stories are all interconnected and the characters are interwoven but with extremely fantastic writing you could read each book independent of the others and still get enough background information to totally enjoy that particular book, but you sure wouldn’t want to miss any of the others in this series, trust me…. they are that good!!!

    What a lovely offer from the authors of a book, a lovely Italian Latte cup AND a package of a wonderful coffee that has a great story that comes along with it. How great is that?

    I am in the process of reading Billionaire Blend and I must say that as great as all the other books have been in this series, that this one seems to be my favorite so far. Each book that I have read in this series, I say this is the best one, and so that must mean that they are getting better each time which doesn’t seem possible, but I am sure of it!!! Keep up the great writing, Cleo and Marc. I need my coffee boost as often as you can supply it to me and your other readers.!!!
    Happy Holidays!

  17. This does sound like a good book and a good series. And the charity to help farmers is a wonderful plan. Thank you, Dru Ann for the chance to win.

  18. Wow! I love Cleo Coyle’s cozies, I want to read them all. Thank you so much for this chance!

  19. Love this series! Thanks for offering the chance to win an extra special treat.

  20. This is one of the primo contests offered this year! Count me in. Thanks.

  21. What a fun giveaway, I love this series, thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Great time for a coffee cozy–caffanated in the cold weather–Ronna

  23. I love this series! And especially the longevity without the characters getting stale. I originally started reading Cleo’s series bc sister worked in a coffee shop (no murders so far) and I thought it would give us common “grounds”. Love the special giveaway, thanks to both Cleo & Dru. Happy holidays to all.

  24. Not only is this series fun to read–it’s tasty, too. I have tried several of the recipes and all have been good.

  25. I love this series, I love the characters, and I love the recipes.

  26. Fantastic blog post! Thanks Dru and Cleo!

  27. This is one of my favorite series!

  28. She is killing me with all her recipes! I check out Cleo’s website on a regular basis and have to wipe the keyboard after most visits from all the drooling I do! :)~ I’m new to the series, and look forward to reaching Billionaire Blend. 🙂

  29. I love her books!

  30. Would love to win this special contest. I’ve read every book Cleo Coyle has written and never tire of the Coffee House gang.

  31. Greetings, everyone!

    I’m dropping in to say thank you to Dru for allowing me to appear on her wonderful blog. And thanks to all of you for your very kind comments!

    Marc and I had a grand time writing this entry in our Coffeehouse Mystery series (now celebrating ten years in print, thanks to our fantastic readers). There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot of Billionaire Blend–and ups and downs for the characters. In the end it was a joy to write, and we hope reading it brings *you* joy.

    This contest is open for the next week, so keep those entries coming, and to quote the Terminator…I’ll be back!

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  32. Susan Sullivan

    Always a fun read. Regarding Billionaires Blend, you had me at the mention of Triple-Chocolate Italian Cheesecake!

  33. Susan Slovinsky

    I love this series and can’t wait to read the newest addition.

  34. Really enjoy the coffeehouse mysteries and have been eagerly sharing them with friends and family.

  35. I order all of the Coffee House Mysteries for the library where I work and enjoy reading them as well. However, they always make me want to drink too much coffee!

  36. Love this series, looking forward to reading Billionaire Blend. Love the Haunted Bookshop too.

  37. Just finished reading Billionaire Blend. Excellent! (Just as I’ve come to expect) I find I’m getting the Coffee House Mysteries as much for the recipes as for the mysteries. I can’t wait for the next Haunted Bookshop mystery!

  38. I love the Coffeehouse Mysteries, and I haven’t gotten to Billionaire Blend yet! I would love to win this prize!

  39. The Village Blend is to coffee as “Cheers” is to beer. A gathering place for friends and soon to be friends. I love the series. As for the Haunted Bookshop, I love guessing the locales as they relate to the real Wickford. I would to win this great prize.

  40. I love the Coffeehouse series! Thank you Cleo for my trips back to NYC!!!

  41. I was enjoying Mike’s guess. Thanks for the snippet. Really enjoy this series!

  42. What can I say You and your husband are fabulous writers. Thank you for the many years of enjoyment.

  43. I love this series, although I must admit, I’d use the mug for tea!

  44. Congratulations on the great reviews and on making the bestseller list! And you can count me in the I Love Mike corner ~ he’s a keeper!

  45. I really like this series, especially the recipes, and the characters seem like they could be real people. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Great series, great characters, great authors, great recipes – just plain great!

  47. I’m new to the world of Cleo Coyle and I’m enjoying every minute of it one brew at a time

  48. Your receipts are terrific. Love hearing all about coffee in your mysteries too!! Never conceived of the idea that one could say so much about the coffee that we all know and love each day!! Keep writing these please!!

  49. Hallo, Hallo Coyle duo!

    I wanted to express my gratitude for the Coffeehouse mysteries as well, as I came into the series via “Holiday Grind” as I sometimes like to ‘try’ out a series through their Christmas special! Oh, boy, am I thrilled that I had!! Not only did I get wrapped up in the Village Blend, the atmosphere of NYC, but I was drawn into the world due to the strength of the characters! Quirky, precise, and particular they endear us to read more of their stories & adventures! I am always recommending someone to read this series, and I’m determined to progress further into it during 2014! I even have a second hand copy of “On What Grounds!” as I was always ILL’ing the books through my local library, and by the time Book 2 would show up, I’d have forgotten the pacing of the first! Laughs. One day, I promise I’ll be able to get all of the books on my shelf!! They’re too good not to become addicted too! Like a smooth sinful sip of a hot chai latte, the coffeehouse mysteries are a pure euphoric delight to the reader’s senses!! Bless you for continuing to give us something hearty to look forward to devouring!

    Rock on!
    (for at least another 10 years!)
    Happy Christmas!!
    & Thanks for offering such a wicked sweet bookaway at Christmastide!

    PS: I have my Mum *addicted!* to your Mystery Lover’s Kitchen recipes,… we’re going to be trying the pumpkin cake soon!! Along with the alfredo! Yum!

  50. This is my first visit to your site. Definitely signing up for your newsletters. I look forward to reading your books.

  51. I love the Coffeehouse Mystery series. I have read all of the books up to Billionaire Blend and am looking forward to the latest installment. Thanks for writing such great books and having such a wonderful contest!

  52. Those Italian Beignets look wonderful! Thank you for the chance to win this book.


  53. oh boy!! I almost missed this giveaway!!!
    another great series that I cannot wait to dive into!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

  54. Tricia Douglas

    I can smell the aroma of coffee coming straight through my computer. And the yummy eggnog cupcakes – gotta make those very soon.

  55. I would love to read this book. It sounds terrific. But, I’d also like the recipe for the Joy’s French Apple Cake Squares.

  56. I’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series.

  57. I would like to find what is the Source Club. It sounds like a great read.

  58. Great series.

  59. Love the series

  60. I love this series! The recipes are great too!

  61. This is a great series.

  62. I read this series faithfully and love Evette’s aspect. Mystery, setting, characters, recipes, etc. thanks to Dro for hosting review & giveaway. Cleo Coyle continued success!

  63. Dru Dru Dru — gotta love autocorrect on my iPad! Sorry about that.

  64. I work at a local coffee shop; so I was very excited when I found your book series. It is awesome. It is hard to put the book down, and the recipes are great. Thank you!

  65. Wow, so many comments…I so don’t have a chance…but here’s hoping…I read through your books so fast and then I have to wait for the next one!

  66. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! Congratulations for the Starred Review in Kirkus!!!!! Merry Christmas!

  67. Nice excerpt

  68. Loved it.

  69. Sounds like a great read and recipes too wonderful thank you

  70. i cann’t wait to read this one with a cup of coffee!

  71. My favorite series and this 13th book was my favorite one so far. Thanks Dru and Cleo!

  72. I love the coffee house mysteries, and the recipes are a bonus! Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks!

  73. Thanks for the excerpt and the recipes look fabulous!


  74. I love the coffee house mysteries. The stories, characters, and of course the recipes!

  75. Shelley Giusti

    Dru , you are amazing and I love reading your blog. Love Cleo Coyle series and would love to win. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!!!

  76. Thanks to both Dru and Cleo for the posting and hosting and the gifting! And with lucky number 13 to boot….

  77. Have enjoyed each of the Coffeehouse mysteries and look forward to the next!

  78. can’t wait to read this book! I love Quinn’s reactions to all that goes on. Bet coffee will taste even better out of that mug!

  79. I love cats and coffee- find it all in the coffeehouse mysteries. I can hardly put them down. The latest seems like it will meet my expectations.

  80. Linda Kuzminczuk

    Love this series! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  81. I love the series, can’t wait until Billionaire Blend makes it to audible for the audiobook version.
    I have the kindle for the recipes and will purchase the audiobook
    for the great listen!

  82. As a native New Yorker, I just love this series…. The quirky characters and the settings ring true. Keep them coming, Cleo.

  83. Kimberly Jaton

    I just discovered this series and now I’m hooked! Thanks for the giveaway.

  84. Wonderful series which is captivating, memorable and unique.

  85. I love this series and the recipes.

  86. I absolutely can’t wait to read Billionaire’s Blend! I love Clare and all of her cohorts in crime-solving! The recipes also sound truly delicious and I will have to try some of them very soon. Congratulations on the Starred Review and on the Top Ten placement! Cleo Coyle rocka and will always be among my Top Ten authors! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  87. I recently finished reading the first book in the series and instantly became a fan. As someone who really enjoys his coffee the details within the book made me want to run to the nearest coffee shop. Unfortunately there are none anywhere nearby. I already ordered the second book and it’s at the top of my list for after the holidays.

  88. This one looks like a lot of fun. I wonder if I should start the series from book 1, or if I can jump in at 13?

    • Beth – In reply to your question, you can do either. I’ve had readers begin with Book #1 and progress through #13, and I have many readers who start with the newest release. Billionaire Blend can be read as a stand-alone book. All of the characters are introduced with enough background that you won’t be lost, and if you enjoy the story, you can always go back and read the earlier books to find out what happened in the past to these characters to land them where they are at this point in the series. Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you give the series a try.

      ~ Cleo

  89. Love this series and the recipes. Thank you for the chance to win the new book.

  90. Kim P (Brandon,MS)

    I love the series so much I have read them in rapid succession and I am addicted to coffee! Hugh Hackman is one of my favorite actors and I love the idea he has with this particular coffee company. I would LOVE to win!

  91. I really loved this one! I preordered it, so I started reading it the instant it came out. I own the whole series and enjoy each and every one, but this one is really fascinating with all the info about the different coffee growing spots in the world.

  92. Love the series! I can’t wait for quiet time off between Christmas and New Years to sit with a cup of coffee and read it.

  93. what a great newsletter!!! I have the Billionaire Blend book…and am saving it for holiday reading. and Congrats on all the reviews !!!! wonderful.

  94. I love Hugh Jackman and Italian pottery almost as much as I love Cleo Coyles Coffeehouse books–yummy!

  95. Great series, Cleo! I look forward to relaxing with my favorite cuppa and the next chapter of which ever book I’m reading – I’ve read them all. Can’t wait to get into Billionaires Blend.

  96. Janet Wanamaker

    Can’t wait to read this book….as soon as my Christmas preparations are done. I’m thinking of mixing up a batch of the snowball cookies and baking them on Christmas morning. Thanks for the idea!


  98. Love this series! And the recipes! Thanks for the giveaway.

  99. *comment* … there, I left one. OH? not what you meant? How about this, then: Like a perfect shot of espresso, Cleo Coyle’s books satisfy! with gratitude,

  100. Finished the book in one day! Couldn’t put it down. I’m so glad I found these books, can’t wait for the next one. Hurry,hurry,hurry soon.

  101. Thank you for the chance to win a wonderful first edition! I really enjoy the series and the recipes.

  102. Each new story in the series is a delicious treat to savor – one not to be indulged too quickly but enjoyed with every bite!

  103. Ooh, I would love to win the new book! New book to read, a good cup of coffee in a nice cup…what could be better?

  104. Great storylines, great characters, great recipes, great authors. This is such a terrific series – thank you, and Merry Christmas!

  105. I can’t wait to read this book. I love your stories and the recipes are mouthwatering.

  106. The cover is colorful, and beautifully done as always, the story line already has me hooked, you’ve outdone yourself with the recipes, and you’ve been really thoughtful with the prizes, especially with the coffee!! I can’t wait to sit down with your book and start reading it!! Have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

  107. Love the “Blend” series.

  108. I love drinking coffee. But I must admit, I’m a bit of a purist – no cream, no sugar, and no flavors! Oh, and no ice. In fact, I almost wish we could go back to just the brand names (Folgers, Maxwell House, etc.) with no choices other than regular or decaf. There are just too many roasts, blends, etc., now-a-days. BUT, my granddaughter just went to work at Starbucks — think I will be getting indoctrinated into all the ‘delicacies’ now offered. 🙂
    Looking forward to reading about Clare and her coffees, and Quinn, and Eric.

  109. Victoria Howard

    This is one of the few series I keep and buy in hardcover! Love Cleo’s writings, and would love to have an autographed copy!!

  110. This post just gave me an idea for a Christmas present.

  111. I started with her very first book and have read every one since. I so look forward to reading Billionaire Blend!!

  112. Wish you could write them as fast as I can read them! Love your books. Have already read the newest: “Billionaire Blend” and anticipating the next one!!

  113. Sabrina Rawson

    Gimme! 🙂

  114. This series is the reason why I read cozy mysteries, and is still my favorite series!! Thank you for the great review, and the chance to win!

  115. Thanks Dru for a great blog & Cleo for a wonderful giveaway! Love the recipes & can hardly wait to cook them up! The book trailer is cool! I absolutely love this Coffee House mystery series & working my way thru the Haunted Bookshop series!! happy Holidays to All!!!

  116. HawaiianLibrarian

    I am a public library Children’s Librarian who has read and recommended every title to die-hard and newbie mystery readers.

  117. I just started to get your newsletters, and after reading a little bit about Coffee House mysteries, the latest book band the authors, I am hooked!! I love mysteries and can’t wait to read this book. Merry Christmas to all.

  118. The CoffeeHouse Mysteries are the BEST! I have been a fan since the very beginning…keep on writing them! Happy Holidays!

  119. I am sos excited the new book is released. I have enjoyed all the others in this series and almost feel like I know the characters – like I have been dropping in for coffee and keeping in touch. What a nice giveaway offer. Thanks for hosting this.

  120. What a fantastic give away. Keep up the great work, I always look forward to your newsletters!

  121. I have enjoyed this series very much. The recipes are such an added bonus.

  122. Love the series and look forward to recipes

  123. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  124. I love Cleo’s writing, and am excited for a chance to win ond

  125. I can’t get enough of these books and the recipes are such a delight!

  126. I absolutely love your Coffee House mysteries and can’t wait to get my hands on this latest book! Thank you for such a great giveaway!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  127. I have followed this series from the start, looking forward to reading Billionaire Blend. Love these books.

  128. I would love to try Laughing Man Coffee; and to read it with Billionaire Blend…that’d make me feel like a million, no a billion bucks!

  129. I can’t wait to start reading this series. They sound so fun.

  130. Gotta have the recipes! Having a great time reading the whole series. Must have Billionaire’s Blend now. I’m an ex-barista/owner & writer, so I can’t help myself…I’m hooked!

  131. Love the series. I look forward to the adventures of my favorite characters in the newest title. The recipes are amazing too!

    • Marlene – Congratulations! By a random number drawing, you won the Billionaire Blend giveaway, and I’m delighted for you. I’ll contact you via your e-mail that Dru provided.

      To everyone else, I have two new contests that are going to launch on Christmas Day. Stop by my website – – or sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss another chance to win.

      Happy Holidays, everyone, and Happy Reading!

      – Cleo Coyle,
      author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries

  132. kim j
    I’m a big fan of this series and the Haunted Bookshop!

  133. I love the Coffee House Mysteries and so do my library patrons. They have acquired quite a following here in West Virginia and we all eagerly await the newest addition. I am always excited to see a new entry in the series on the library’s ordering list and always put a check mark beside the title so we will get out copy as soon as possible. And since I process the new books, guess who gets first shot at it?

    • Linda – Thank you. There are so many wonderful comments here, I can’t reply to them all, but I do want to recognize the librarians, who have been so supportive. Thank you, again; librarians rock!

  134. Katherine Ksyniak

    I’ve been a huge fan of Cleo Coyle for years. I love the recipes, the knowledge I’ve gotten about coffee in general and the fun mysteries. I started reading the Coffee House mysteries when I first got divorced and Claire’s gumption helped me realize I could do it to. I’m a teacher and a part-time librarian and love how a good book can transport you. One of the great things about the coffee house mysteries are that the characters develop and grow over time. so many times in a cozy mystery series the characters are one-dimensional. I also run a mystery book club at our local library in Old Town Maine and am hoping to do a Coffeehouse mystery next year where each of us could make one of the recipes. We try to have themed food with our book discussions.

    • Katherine – Thank you so much for that heartfelt comment. There are so many kind comments here, but I do want to give a special wave to librarians who have supported our work. Your note is so touching, and if your book club does read any of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, drop me a line at my public box. I may be able to send you some recipe cards.

  135. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning. Love the series, really LOVE the recipes and am soo hooked on all!! As soon as I finish a book I can barely wait for the next one!

  136. Can’t wait to read Billionaire Blend. Just last year I was introduced to the Clare Cosi Coffeehouse Mystery series by a friend. For as long as I can remember, I have only read non-fiction. Since I am a coffee lover, as well as a true crime buff, I have devoured the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Thank you Cleo for giving this reader a great mystery to solve along with my morning Joe. Billionaire Blend is #1 on my ‘To Do’ list.

  137. Love this series. I always mark my calendar when the next book release date is announced. Eagerly waiting for the next one. The Bailey’s Irish Cream Caramel-Nut Fudge was amazing!!!

  138. Count me in, thanks.

  139. Love the series and looking forward to reading Billionaire Blend!

  140. Thank you for this great contest! I LOVE this book series and drool over all the varieties of coffee. So of course I would love to win a chance to try Laughing Man coffee. And even better would be adding an autographed copy of Billionaire Blend!

  141. This is one of my very favorite series, and at number 13 it is still wonderful! Keep them coming 🙂

  142. Looking forward to reading this one – but still waiting for Jack’s next book!

  143. I love this series and these recipes look to “die” for…

  144. Stephanie Rogers

    I love this series! At this point, I am so involved with the characters, j feel like they are family. Can’t wait to read billionaire blend!

  145. Love the coffeehouse mysteries….have read them all twice now. Please hurry and write the next book!

  146. Love this series! Can’t wait to read the new one!

  147. Awesome mystery series! Thanks for the contest.

  148. I love the recipes! One of my favorite series to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  149. Helen Ashenfelter

    Wonderful book. I could not put it down!

  150. I’ve enjoyed every book of yours that I have read. Thank you!

  151. Accidently found your series just browsing for something new to read in my library, wow what a find! Love the series, and now so does my sister!

  152. I love Cleo Coyle! I also love coffee! Thank you for this opportunity!

  153. Cleo, happy holidays to you and yours. What a great contest, love all the goodies, thanks for giving us a chance.

  154. Deborah Spears

    What an awesome series…I have the 1st 8 books and need to get the rest to add to my collection. I have turned my friends on to the Coffeehouse Mysteries and I look forward to reading the next one. I’m hooked!!!

  155. I Love these Books!! Once I start a book, I can’t put it down.

  156. I luv all the books in the series & the characters..Can’t wait to read Billionaire Blend..Thanx for the giveaway..Hope I win;….What a talent you have as an author…Looking forward to reading future books.

  157. Tonya Finlayson

    I have read the newest (couldn’t put it down once I started) and can’t wait for the next installment. Going to try out some of the recipes this week 🙂

  158. I love every one of these books! Pick me please!!

  159. Love this series – would love the book – as I would have to wait for the paperback – and I can’t wait!

  160. Dorothy Pender

    I love coffee, love murder mysteries, and absolutely love the coffee house mystery series! Pick me, pick me!

  161. Love this series and the recipes as well! Looking forward to reading Billionaire Blend and thank you Cleo Coyle for your wonderful works! Happy Holidays everyone!

  162. So excited to read the newest addition to the series! Mystery and coffee go so well together, and are two of my favorite things! It takes real talent to keep a series going this long and not have the characters go stale, but Clare and her crew never disappoint and always feel like old friends.

  163. I love this series and am looking forward to this latest entry.

  164. Thanks for a chance to win. Great give a way.

  165. What a delightful giveaway especially for a coffee lover like me!

  166. Janet Robinson

    Oh to be a winner and experience the rich feeling of pretending to be a billionaire reading a favorite book series and drinking rich coffee….

  167. Arlene Magruder

    I have read all the books in this series and have on my bookshelf for future rereads .would enjoy having chance to win!!!

  168. Arlene Magruder


  169. Bought the book yesterday for myself for Christmas. Can’t wait to read it Wednesday!

  170. Love this series. Thank you so much for the great books and recipes.

  171. I used to just love your “sweets” recipes but now that you’re branching out into more hearty foods also I don’t think my husband will ever get me out of the kitchen.

  172. Gwendolyn Karan

    I love the series! Thank you for all your great books which I cant wait to read more!!!!

  173. Love the books, and love the recipes!! Keep ’em coming!!

  174. I didn’t drink coffee before but when I read your books I couldn’t help but drink and enjoy coffee!!!

  175. Your series is the best! Just finished Billionaire Blend and can’t wait for your next book – hope the wait isn’t too long. Thank you for a great read.

  176. I am so thrilled there is another Coffeehouse Mystery available. I know this one will be as gripping as the previous 12 books. I thoroughly love your writing technique. You have the ratio of intrigue, spice, levity and caffeine balanced perfectly.

  177. I have loved this series from the very first book. And now I have my mom hooked on them too. Thank you so such a sweet escape into the coffee world.

  178. Love the mix of coffee and mystery!

  179. Absolutely love the Coffeehouse books and the gang at The Blend. Looking forward to reading the latest in the series.

  180. Wish our town had such a interesting coffee house right next to an Indigo tea room !! Thanks for the “trip to the village with each story!

  181. Just me, Cleo, dropping by to say THANK YOU. I nearly fell out of my desk chair when I saw all of these comments. I read every single one, and appreciate the kind thoughts. I did jump in to reply to a few of you, especially the librarians who left comments (because librarians rock) and because their support in widening our readership has meant the world me and Marc.

    Thanks again to every one of our readers–whether you are new to the series or have been with us through all 13 books. We’re working on next year’s Coffeehouse Mystery now, and we can only hope we will continue to entertain you and bring joy to your reading life.

    My warmest wishes to all of you. Good luck in the drawing…
    Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

    ~ Cleo

  182. Thanks Cleo for participating on my blog with an excerpt and a great giveaway package.

  183. Didn’t get the notice until Dec 24. Hate missing out.


  185. What a great giveaway WOW !

  186. I really enjoy the interpersonal interactions of the the characters of the series and am saddened when the book comes to a close.. I am eager always for the next series and to know how my ” friends” are doing The recipes are such an added bonus.. like kahlua in my coffee. Continued success

  187. This contest is now closed, but I cordially invite you to enter my brand new contests, which are posting Christmas evening and running through early January. Simply stop by my website at to get the links. OR subscribe to my newsletter by writing an e-mail that says “sign me up” and sending it to CoffeehouseMystery(at)gmail(dot)com. OR friend me on facebook at – I always post contest links on my Wall.

    Thanks to ALL OF MY READERS for so many incredibly kind comments. (I nearly fell off my chair when I saw how many of you stopped by. Thank you, again!!)

    WINNER – Warm congratulations to our winner here at Dru’s blog: Marlene Kuhl, who left her comment on 12/23 at 8:28 AM. May you drink (and read) with joy, Marlene!

    Finally, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
    And may your New Year be blessed!

    – Cleo Coyle, author of
    The Coffeehouse Mysteries

  188. Gina Borkowski

    Thanks for the contest! LOVE Cleo!