Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Brew to a Kill named a Must-Read Mystery + Comment to Win an NYPD T-Shirt from Cleo Coyle



This is a comment-to-win week! 

Because the NYPD plays an important role in my Coffeehouse Mysteries, I'm giving away this NYPD Crime Scene Investigator T-shirtMore info at the end of this post. 

But first some happy news....



A Brew to a Kill 
named a
"Must-Read Mystery"
 of the Month at B&N

I recently learned that A Brew to a Kill was named a "must-read mystery" for the month of August by B&N's mystery book buyer Jules Herbert. Not that this is on par with finding a cure for cancer, but it's a nice little bit of caffeinated news, and I'm happy to share it with my readers. If you're among them, I want to thank you for helping this series even make it to book #11. Cheers!

     As for my recipe today, it's something I use to keep me awake at the keyboard during these dog days of summer. What is it? No, not coffee, but you're close. It's...

Coffee Milk. 


I know it sounds odd, but I assure you it is one delicious and revitalizing drink. It tastes like a tall, cold chocolate milkshake but with a deep, earthy dimension and a sweet little kick of caffeine.

I mentioned this drink in book five of my series, Decaffeinated Corpse, when I introduce a struggling fine arts painter named Dante Silva who goes to work for my amateur sleuth (Clare) in her coffeehouse. 
My recipe for Hong Kong-style egg custard
tarts 
can be found in the recipe section of
A Brew to a Kill
. For a look at the recipe
section's contents, click here.

Dante is a fairly minor character in many of my books. In my latest Coffeehouse Mystery, A Brew to a Kill (just released last week), he plays a much larger role. He even takes a trip to New York's Chinatown as a sidekick to my amateur sleuth as she follows a lead to a Cantonese bakery and a delicious, warm tray of egg custard tarts.

As it happens, Dante was born and raised in Rhode Island, a state which declared Coffee Milk its official drink. This little point of coffee trivia was brought up by the characters in Decaffeinated Corpse and that's how Coffee Milk ended up being included in the book.

So here is my recipe, along with a shout-out to reader Nancy P. who recently reminded me how much she enjoyed this drink after learning about it through the book. 

In these last, long days of summer, there's no cheap kick like a sweet, cold coffee drink...



Cleo Coyle's
Coffee Milk

Ingredients:

Ice cold milk
Coffee Syrup (recipe follows)

Directions: Pour Coffee Syrup into a glass of cold milk (about 2 tablespoons per 8 ounces or to your own taste). Stir and enjoy!

You can purchase Coffee Syrup from companies famous for making it like Rhode Island's Autocrat. Or you can make your own.

In the photo to the right, you'll notice what looks like a pancake syrup dispenser. But that's not maple syrup in there--it's coffee syrup! (What did you think? It is chez Coyle, after all.)

We love this easy-pour method of storing the coffee syrup. It's a convenient way to add it to milk or fortify hot coffee. Try splashing some into your own morning joe for an improvised red-eye. It's delicious, and my husband and I really do enjoy it. What follows is the recipe I use to make my homemade coffee syrup.


To print, save, or share both of these recipes in a single PDF document, click here. 




When the syrup thickens enough to coat the
back of a spoon, it's finished cooking.
Cleo Coyle's
Coffee Syrup

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients:


1 cup of ground coffee
2 cups of water
1 cup of sugar


Step 1: Brew coffee (regular or decaf) in your drip maker at the ratio of 1 cup of ground coffee to 2 cups of cold water. Depending on your coffeemaker, your final yield will be a little over one cup of very strong coffee.

Step 2: Place all of this very strong coffee into a saucepan. Over medium heat, slowly stir in one cup of sugar. At no time should you allow this mixture to boil, which may give the coffee a bitter taste.

Step 3: Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly to help dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clearly simmering, continue cooking for about five minutes, stirring often and not allowing the syrup to boil. The mixture will thicken a bit as you cook it.

Step 4: When the syrup is done cooking, remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool. Coffee syrup can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator, for up to a month.



COMMENT TO WIN!

Leave a comment on this post
and you will be entered automatically to win
this NYPD Crime Scene Investigator T-shirt.

100% cotton, sizes S to XXL.
For more on the exact sizes, click here.
All profits go to the NYPD Police Museum.

Deadline to comment:
Monday 8/20


 1:00 AM (Eastern)

12:00 Midnight (Central)
11:00 PM (Mountain Time)
10:00 PM (Pacific)


Winner chosen by Random Number Generator
and announced on my blog Tuesday: 8/21




Yes, this is me - Cleo Coyle
Learn about my books here.

Friend me on Facebook here.
Follow me on Twitter here.
Good luck!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


To view the
Coffeehouse Mystery
book trailer, click here.


To get more of my recipes, enter to win
free coffee, or learn about my books, including
my bestselling 
Haunted Bookshop series, visit my online coffeehouse: CoffeehouseMystery.com



The Coffeehouse Mysteries are national bestselling
culinary mysteries set in a landmark Greenwich Village 
coffeehouse, and each of the ten titles includes the 
added bonus of recipes. 
 


The Ghost and
Mrs. McClure


Book #1 of 

The Haunted Bookshop
Mysteries
, which Cleo writes
under the name Alice Kimberly
To learn more, click here.


114 comments:

  1. My first foray into your series was Espresso Shot. Now I realize how much I still have to look forward to! Coffee AND mystery?! Does it get any better than that? PLEASE keep writing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah. As I've said for years on my coffee talk message board...as long as you keep reading, I'll keep writing. :)

      Good luck on winning the T-shirt and have a great week!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

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  2. I have to admit that Dante is one of my all-time favorite staffers at the Blend! Needless to say, I am now *extra* excited to read Brew to a Kill.

    Congrats on the good news, Cleo! I'm so happy for you!!

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    1. Cheers, Wendy, I hope you enjoy the read. Dante has some nice scenes in the book. He's become a favorite with quite a few readers. He's got such a great heart and is so down to earth, yet he still has that fine artist coolness about him - the tattoos, the love of space music, and the ability to attract every NYU undergrad who comes into Clare's coffee shop. (A valuable female customer magnet, to be sure. :)) I received an e-mail from a fan of Dante's and was surprised when she told me she was in her seventies! (Dante's not quite 30, but I think he'd be flattered.) Thx again, W., and good luck on winning this (real!) CSI tee!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

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  3. Hooked on Coffeehouse Mysteries from the beginning. Love the atmosphere of Clare's coffee shop and its characters. Thanks for letting me visit NY each time I read one of your books.

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    1. Thanks for coming. You’re always welcome at the Village Blend so come back often. You’ll always have friends in New York City.

      ~ Cleo

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  4. I am not a fan of cold coffee in any form, but I love your coffee mystery series. It is one of my sisters' and my favorite reads of the year.

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    1. Coffee may not be best served cold, but on a sweltering day in August I could think of worse things than an icy frappuccino. But I must confess that I prefer my coffee like the men in my Coffeehouse Mystery series—good, strong, and hot!

      ~ Cleo

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  5. Coffee milk! When I was a little girl, my dad would wake up at 4 am to have time to relax over his coffee and newspaper before going to work. I was a ridiculously early riser even then (I still wake up at 4), so he'd make me some coffee milk and I'd sit next to him and read the "funny papers." It was just delicious, and I've never forgotten the taste of it. Thank you, Cleo!

    And thank you for the recipe for those egg tarts! You nearly drove me crazy yesterday, with your description of those flaky, tender, delicately-sweet things - I was so hoping you'd tell us how to make them.

    Oh, Dante..."the boyfriend experience" - I'm a tea drinker, but he can serve me coffee any time! I loved how he and Esther both took the spotlight in this book, and we got to see dimensions of them that we hadn't before. That has always been one of my favorite things about your books--the exquisite character development. Well, that and being led by the hand into the heart of New York. Oh, and the delectable recipes, of course.

    And by the way, you kept me up until 2 am!

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    1. Not hitting the pillows until 2 AM, and you’re up again at four?! You, Laineshots, are tailor made for the life of a writer.

      Seriously, though, thanks for the kind and very thoughtful words. My characters are as real to me as they are to you—and so I can tell you honestly that YES, you DO want Dante to serve you coffee.

      ~ Cleo

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  6. I love your series. I was hoping to read A Brew to a Kill before school started (chasing elementary students around the library often has me falling asleep over my books at night), but summer just passed too quickly. Now I'm hoping it will be my Labor Day Weekend treat. When I first saw the words Coffee Milk it reminded me of when my youngest son was in first or second grade. He wanted to drink coffee like the grownups so a good friend of mine shared a drink with him that her kids loved - Coffee Milk. (It's just milk with just enough coffee to give it a little color and a bit of sugar.) I think your drink sounds much more tasty.

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    1. The coffee milk you describe is more like the treat my husband enjoyed when he was a boy growing up in Western Pennsylvania—real coffee drowning in enough milk and sugar to render it a soft drink. But he still has fond memories of that first great taste of joe.

      Do come back after school starts (and you have a little time) and tell me what you think of A Brew to a Kill. And a special thanks for all the work you do—you have a job that really matters.

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  7. Going to make Coffee Milk today! So excited! Congrats on your new book:)

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    1. Thank you, and drink with joy.

      ~ Cleo

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  8. Cleo,
    Congrats on your B&N " must read" listing, but they have always been on my must read list.
    When I was younger I had a milk allergy. I have grown out of it, but do not like the taste of pain milk. The coffee syrup sounds yummy. It just might help get a little milk into the diet. Can this be made with decaf as well as regular coffee?

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    1. Thank you for those wonderful words. I wouldn’t be here, doing this without fans like you.

      To answer your question, decaf is fine for this drink. That’s the beauty of coffee milk, you can make it as strong or as weak or as sweet as you want. It’s a great way to add flavor to your milk and get calcium in your diet (without feeling like you’re in preschool).

      ~ Cleo

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  9. Hi Cleo congratulations on your new release I have in my wish list to get read. The recipe sounds great and though I am not a big coffee drinker this I will have to try. Thank you for the great giveaway and recipes.
    Babs
    The Babs Book Bistro

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  10. As a former Texas police officer who currently works in the forensic unit in a psychiatric hospital in NY I need this shirt! I thoroughly enjoy your series and am so glad it's continuing on. Here's to many more books in this wonderful series.

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    1. I’ll bet you have some pretty interesting shirts (and lab coats) of your own. Good luck, and thanks so much for reading the Coffeehouse Mysteries. Your enjoyment is my joy.

      ~ Cleo

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  11. I love your books and am anxiously waiting for the next Haunted Bookshop to come out!

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    1. Spooky how Jack Shepard keeps popping up like a haunted buffalo nickel. Sooner or later, he’ll again haunt the book aisles. Keep watching…

      ~ Cleo

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  12. Coffee milk was also a household word for me growing up. You were not old enough to partake of a real cup of coffee, but Mom would put a few spoonfuls in our milk to make us feel grown-up and adult "enough" to drink coffee. (I also think that was my Father's plan when he would give us a little wine!!)
    I have to say this series is new to me, and I am SOOO looking forward to reading them!! Is it necessary to start with book 1?? (and are any available for Kindle ... I love my Kindle as I can increase the Font without bying large print books!) I can sit on the porch at the summer home enjoying a great cup of coffee and now a new series!!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your memories of coffee milk, I really enjoyed reading them and I had the same experience with wine as well (grew up Italian, LOL).

      In reply to your question, all of the Coffeehouse Mysteries are available on Kindle, Nook, and nearly all of them are on audio. AudioGo is producing the entire series and they only have a few more left to record.

      I often get the question "do I need to start with book one?" The answer longtime readers give is different from mine. I tell readers that they can pick up any book with a plotline or premise that appeals to them and start there. Every book introduces the characters and their relationships in a way that new readers will not be lost. However, my longtime readers urge new readers to start with book one to enjoy the growth and change of the characters through the eleven-book series. I hope you'll give one a try and keep in touch. Thanks again for stopping by to comment. Good luck on the drawing.

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  13. Congratulations, Cleo! An honor worthy of good writing.

    Two many, I think you want to start with the first. I always like to. That way you get to know all the ins and outs, ups and downs of the character's life and Clare's is packed full!

    My two cents.

    ~Avery aka Daryl

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind compliment (right back at you!), and for jumping in and helping out with the reply.

      I appreciate it! Looking forward to your Thursday post.

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  14. thanks so much!!! Can't wait to get started!!

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  15. These recipes are wonderful. So glad I found this site and author. I love the shirt! I am from NY and got my degree in criminal justice, but eye sight was so bad I would never pass test :(....But I still love NYPD!

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    1. We both share a love, and respect, for the rich history of the NYPD. It’s still the best police force on the globe. Enjoy the recipes. Come back and tell me if you’ve prepared any, and eat with joy.

      ~ Cleo

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  16. Looks interesting to me. I am glad I found this website, always something which catches my eye.

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    1. Keep watching. You may be amazed by what you see!

      ~ Cleo

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  17. I am so excited to read the newest book.... Glad to know that we'll see a bit more of Dante in this one!
    Alicia

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    1. Dante plays a big role in this mystery, and things get a bit rough for our fine artist-slash-barista. Drop by again and let me know what you think of the Boyfriend Experience.

      ~ Cleo

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  18. Loved A Brew to A Kill and I can't wait for Holiday Brew. It will be my guilty pleasure to unwind during all of the Holiday chaos. Who knows, hopefully I will find a new favorite Christmas cookie recipe to try out in the book!

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    1. With close to twenty recipes (and not all of them cookies) I’m sure you find something scrumptious.

      I’m thinking you might love those gooey, stuffed--No, maybe those little crunchy--But, hey, why spoil the holiday surprise?

      ~ Cleo

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  19. Congrats on the success of this series. I have loved every book since I picked up the first one. A Brew to a Kill popped into my kindle on release day and is next up on my TBR pile. I can't wait to see what Claire and Mike get into next.

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    1. Thanks so much. Come back when your “TBR” becomes an “IJR” (I Just Read) and let me know what you think of the new bumps in Clare’s life.

      ~ Cleo

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  20. Since I am such a coffee and crime fanatic, I just have to comment! Keep up the great writing!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. Coffee and Crime do go so well together, don’t they?

      ~ Cleo

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  21. I had to cut way, way, way back on my coffee drinking--doctor's orders--but I'm going to make your coffee syrup and try some coffee milk. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    1. So sorry for your sacrifice. At least coffee milk is a good way to get a tiny caffeinated buzz with your calcium. Hope this recipe helps. Drink with joy.

      ~ Cleo

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  22. Congratulations, Cleo! You have every reason to celebrate! Number 11 is fantastic. Woohoo!

    I never thought about making coffee syrup. How very practical. And so easy, too!

    ~ Krista

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    1. Thanks, Krista, that's very kind, and the coffee syrup makes a nice flavoring ingredient for other recipes, too.

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  23. I would be proud to wear that t-shirt. Its wonderful to have written so many winners in one books series, Cleo!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It’s a shirt to be proud of! Thanks for dropping by, Carol. And good luck!

      ~ Cleo

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  24. I enjoy your books and love to read while sipping something delicious. Will certainly give that coffee syrup recipe a try and make that coffee milk drink!

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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    1. You’ll find lots of delicious things here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, and at Coffeehouse Mystery.com, where you can sign up for my free newsletter and a chance to win a bag of my latest coffee pick.

      ~ Cleo

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  25. Hi - Growing up in New England I always knew about coffee milk and I love it! I have some coffee syrup ing the frig right now. Love that shirt, too Dee

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    1. Thanks for sharing your memories. Good luck on the drawing, too!

      ~ Cleo

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  26. I like the idea of coffee milk---and think I will also try using coffee syrup to make a special version of iced coffee.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. What a great idea. It’s been so hot here in NYC I might just join you with a chilly glass—if you share the recipe! Thanks for stopping by.

      ~ Cleo

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  27. I've bought so many of those egg custard tarts from the bakery :) I'm glad that there's a way for me to make them at home.

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    1. Egg custard tarts are so tasty, and surprisingly easy to make. Remember Mrs. Lee’s special recipe for another dish?

      Clare remembered, too. She’s snagged it, and will share in Holiday Buzz, a paperback special Coffeehouse Mystery coming in December.

      ~ Cleo

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  28. Oh how do I love thee, coffee milk...let me count the ways. I must once again thank you for this wonderful recipe...the elixir of a hot Midwestern summer...the joys of a cool wake-up, the thrill of seeing my little syrup container in the fridge. One of my joys, for sure.

    Nanc

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    1. Your wonderful description has forced me to my feet, to the refrigerator, the syrup container, and the milk.

      ~ Cleo

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  29. Sweet comments, everyone, thank you!

    I'll be replying to everyone individually over the next few days--simply because I appreciate the chance to chat with you, and this is a great forum to do it!

    Today, I'm doing a group reply only because I'm in the thick of it with a crushing deadline on the final stages of HOLIDAY BUZZ--that's the next Coffeehouse Mystery, coming in December. (You've probably already noticed the cover by now in the upper right column of this site.) I'll talk more about our upcoming holiday-themed mystery in the coming weeks and months.

    For now, I just want to say CHEERS to *everyone* who is buying and reading A BREW TO A KILL. Coffee milk for all!

    To quote the Terminator...
    I'll be back.

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

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    1. Firstly, this is like, the best blog idea I've ever heard of. Secondly, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, when blog owners actually take the time to reply to comments on their posts! Coffee milk looks well, interestesting. I'll share the recipe with my mom!

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    2. Lots happens here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen. You and your mom should stop by again. Eat and drink with joy!

      ~ Cleo

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  30. I have never heard of coffee syrup. yummmm Coffee milk sounds awesome. I love your books.

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    1. Thanks for the sweet compliment, and good luck winning the shirt.

      ~ Cleo

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  31. I wish I was a coffee lover but just cannot take the taste thanks for the chance to win the shirt.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for dropping in, and best of luck.

      ~ Cleo

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  32. Your blog is so delightful and you make your followers feels as welcome as any character in your books!

    lillianchild@cox.net

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    1. That’s a real compliment, considering the level of service professionals working at the Village Blend. Thanks for coming, and good luck on the drawing.

      ~ Cleo

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  33. Huge fan of both of your series. I haven't read all of the books yet but I am working on it. It's hard to decide which series I like better Coffeehouse or Haunted Bookstore,hmmm... It is a tie I guess! ;) Keep up the good writing! You are one of few authors that does a good job using humor in a murder mystery book. :)

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    1. “Some dame brews up mud in a Village dive diner and it ties with good old Jack Shepard? Come on, toots—”

      Whoa! Sorry, Candace. A strange force took over my keyboard.

      Thanks for your kind words. Haunt—I mean EAT with joy.

      ~ Cleo

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  34. I'm so happy to find this site! Your books look like a perfect match to what I enjoy reading!! And I already do a similiar drink and LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. (my blog is coffee24tea.blogspot.com guess you can tell I do LOVE my caffeine! LOL!) I will be reading your books! Kudos on making the best seller list.

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  35. I enjoy reading your books and I have told people at the Library about the great books that you write. Very good recipes. :)

    Patti B.

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  36. Just jumping back in to say...I'm really enjoying your comments. Thank you!

    (As I said earlier, I'll soon be replying to everyone individually, because I appreciate the chance to chat with you, and this is a great forum to do it.)

    Doing a group reply (again) today only because I'm still working with my publisher on the final stages of HOLIDAY BUZZ (before printing). That's the title of my next Coffeehouse Mystery, coming in December. (You've probably already noticed the cover by now in the upper right column of this site.) I'll talk more about our upcoming holiday-themed mystery in the coming weeks and months.

    For now, I just want to say (again!) CHEERS to *everyone* who is buying and reading A BREW TO A KILL. MORE Coffee milk for all! :)

    Like the Terminator...
    I'll be back.

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

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  37. LOVE when your books are released!! For years..I make a pot of coffee and enjoy a morning of reading while the kids are still asleep. Then we test a recipe..(always a hit). Looking forward to many more pots of coffee with a great book.

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  38. I look forward to each new release. Love passing them on to family and friends, and look forward to the receipes as much as the mystery

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  39. LKove your books, recipes, and your newsletter! Please let me win an extra large NYPD shirt! Thank you. mystery_912@hotmail.com

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  40. I am anxiously awaiting payday!I have read the sample on my Kindle and come Tuesday I will have the full version! On pins and needles til then!

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  41. I love your books. I would love to work in your coffee shop. And I make many of your recipes and have thus gotten more people interested in your books. Can't get enough.

    tigerlily_jk@yahoo.com

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  42. Finally picked up "Murder by Mocha" tonight, can't wait to dig in! I buy the eclipse brand of coffee syrup, but this recipe looks delish! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  43. I have a young (12=year-old) grandson who is enjoying reading the Coffee House books now, and he would love that CSI shirt! I was reading some of the Ghost and Mrs. McClure to him last night.

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  44. My book arrived from Amazon tonight..can't wait to dig in an start reading with my morning coffee..also pre-ordered your December release so it will be sent like an early holiday treat...Thank-you so much for writing wonderful mysteries..your characters feel just like family..and now I am ready to visit them again in "Murder by Mocha"...
    Colleen B.







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  45. Cleo you are amazing! But now I know how you find the hours in which to write, communicate with your fans, promote contests for good causes, write, write some more, and cook, cook, cook! You never stop drinking caffeine in one form or another! Can't wait to read A Brew to a Kill. I actually won a beautiful hard copy from the very generous Sally at the Qwillery website! For sure, if I ever get to meet you and I hope I do, it will be that book I'll ask you to sign. Meanwhile, do try to get some sleep :-)

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  46. Totally dig your books! As I read them I can imagine myself sitting upstairs curled in a comfy chair with a cuppa joe watching events unfurl around me!!

    dorthab@hotmail.com

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  47. Cleo,
    Getting reasy to start reading Murder by Mocha. Wish I had more time to read before going back to school. I love this series. Have been telling friends about it!!
    Amy
    a.connolley@gmail.com

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  48. Thank you for introducing me to some wonderful characters. With each book I feel like I'm visiting old friends. What a gift you give to so many.

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  49. Hey Cleo,
    I love the Coffeehouse Mysteries (and the haunted bookstore) books. I have taken a break from drinking coffee because the summer has been so hot. Now that I have read the latest book, 'A Brew to a Kill', I have been happily back to drinking yummy coffee again.
    I am looking forward to the Christmas book coming next.
    Christine
    clodaughp@aol.com

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  50. Coffee Milk sounds delightful, but a little chocolate makes everything taste better. Will have to give it a try.

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  51. These are my favorite mysteries, I have introduced all my friends to them.. A Brew to a Kill the best yet.

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  52. I enjoy your books, and every one of your recipes I have tried is a "do-againer" in my family. :)
    Janice
    jcpautler at hotmail dot com

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  53. Love your recipes, love your books! Hard to wait for the next one. Can you guys write faster please? LOL! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

    Sue P
    suepete12(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. Love your books and recipes! Keep them coming! Tina Stuart

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  55. I really enjoy your books and would love to win that shirt!

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  56. Love your books, recipes, your love for coffee, sweets, and food. I think Claire seems like she could be a friend. In a way, she is :-). It would be cool to have a NYPD Crime Scene Investigator tee, Large please. Thanks!
    Lori Passaro

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  57. Can't wait for my copy to arrive in the mail. Looking forward to the further adventures of Claire and Mike. By the way, was I ever excited to get a friend request on Facebook by Jack Shepard. What fun that will be - interacting with a ghost.

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  58. So looking forward to the new one! You know I love all your books, they feel like family. Hope I win!

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  59. I am too late, I fear, but so very excited about your new book!

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  60. I am reading your book right now and am loving it, just as I have all your other books. I know I am to late but I just had to let you know that you are the BEST!!!!!
    Mary Meyers Mannella

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  61. Oh dear ~ I only discovered your books this year!!! I'm really enjoying catching up, I just wish there were more reading hours in my day!

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  62. Just made it! I missed this post somehow and luckily saw this on your site! You know I adore your books and would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  63. Cleo,I love your books they keep getting better if that is possible. I can't wait for your next book in the series. Thank you so much.

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  64. I just picked up A Brew to a Kill--and I started this a.m., however I just HAD to check my email today and talk about psychic--my 1st in my inbox was this..oh what a key to wonderfull, self-imposed mental health day a new coffehouse mystery on my porch, enjoying a delicios coffee, and devouring Clair Cosi's latest adventure! Thankyou Cleo..I love these books 'cause Claire's got the beans!

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  65. I just read about the Brooklyn Blackout Cake and my doesn't it just look sinful?! I wish I lived in the area so I could sample it. I love chocolate and I enjoy coffee with it. Ah, heaven. I just love your Coffeehouse book series. I can't wait to see what the Blackout Cupcakes look like. Thank you Cleo for some great reading!

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  66. Ohh la la coffee milk ... that cake looks fab as well .... count me in

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  67. Chocolate cake and coffee. Now I'm inspired to go to a bakery tomorrow for chocolate cake. Yum yum!

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  68. Coffee Milk...yours sounds delicious, but down here where I live (NC)..."coffee milk" is what was given to us as children! You take a lot of milk and a little bit of coffee and sugar, warm it and us kids felt like we were having our morning coffee too ;)

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  69. Love it all...coffee, mystery, recipes...and a great writer!

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  70. Cleo-
    definitely going to make coffee Milk. Can not wait to read your latest.

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  71. I'm not finished reading it yet- I'm trying to make it last as long as I can, but I have to sneak a peek at the egg custard recipe its my favorite!!

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  72. Coffee milk was a favorite as a child. Made me feel "grown up" drinking coffee with adults. There is a syrup in the Northeast called coffeetime for making coffee milk. Maybe that's why I still love my coffee, albeit in the real form now.

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  73. I am definitely discovering Brooklyn this weekend and finding the Ladybird Bakery! That cake looks positively sinful!

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  74. Coffee milk and a heavenly historic chocolate cake.... yum!! I see creations in my kitchen this week!
    Shanna (osheena21 at yahoo dot com)

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  75. Good Coffee, woman! Showing the cake was bad enough, but then you sliced it! Good thing I have some dark chocolate espresso beans or I would be licking the computer screen. Claudia

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  76. I am so craving some chocolate right now!

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  77. I had chocolate for dinner after reading about the blackout cake tonight...well with dinner. There is a cool place here in Dallas called "Dude Sweet Chocolate" and they make a fudge called "juan valdez" which is coffee flavored dark chocolate. Heavenly!

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  78. I grew up drinking coffee milk too, must be an NYC thing. . . LOL! Thank you for the chance to win this awesome shirt celebrating NY's "Finest". Can't wait to read A Brew To A Kill.

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  79. I'm so thrilled by your responses! Thanks so much for commenting and special thanks for all the wonderful things you've said about my books. I want everyone to come back around midnight, Eastern Time, when the winners will be announced.

    But remember, you're ALL winners to me.

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  80. I am so, SO glad I found your books last year! I am enjoying the coffeehouse mysteries IMMENSELY! Thank you! :-)

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  81. I love your books...My friend, Shirley, from Virginia, gave me copies of your first three books...that started by addiction. I was already a coffee addict....Can't wait to read the latest.

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  82. Your books are one more great reason to love coffee!

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