Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Chocolate-Bottom Banana Bars and #CozyMystery #Audiobook #Giveaway from Cleo Coyle



In honor of National Banana Bread Day (no kidding), my husband and I  are sharing a fantastic banana bar recipe that we published in our 13th Coffeehouse Mystery.
Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband. 
Learn about their books 
by clicking here and here.

Two layers of flavor and texture make these bars an outstanding treat. A soft banana cake layer floats over a rich, brownie-like base laced with chocolate chips.

It sounds complicated, yet it's very easy to make, and a perfect snack for afternoon coffee breaks or late-night noshing. These beautiful bars make a great home-baked gift for friends and family, too.

Now let's start baking!

~ Cleo


Scroll to the end of this post to enter
today's giveaway (see the prize below).

This giveaway is now over.
Congrats to our winner,
Melissa Nunez!


And don't miss the fun, new contests
coming up in our next
Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter.
To sign up,
click here.






Cleo Coyle's 
Chocolate-Bottom Banana Bars

"Lovin' from the oven" is how coffee hunter Matt Allegro described these fresh-baked squares in one of our most popular Coffeehouse Mysteries, Billionaire Blend. And Matt was right. 
You'll notice we put a bit of earthy espresso powder in our chocolate bottom layer. Yes, we’re coffee fiends, but here’s the truth. You won’t taste coffee, only a more powerful note of chocolate. As bakers know, espresso powder is a way to deepen the flavor of chocolate in recipes.

These bars pair beautifully with coffee, espresso, and strong black teas.

May you bake them with love and eat with joy!

~ Cleo


To download this recipe in a free
PDF document that you can print,
save or share, click here.



Yield: 16 squares (one 9‑inch-square pan)

Ingredients:

2 cups mashed ripe* bananas (about 4 to 6 depending on size)

*See my note at the end of this recipe to ripen bananas in the oven

1/4 cup sour cream 

3/4 cup canola oil (or cold-pressed coconut oil, melt before measuring) 

1/2 cup light brown sugar 

1 egg, lightly beaten with fork 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

1½ teaspoons baking powder 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1/4 teaspoon table salt or finely ground sea salt 

1½ cups all-purpose flour 

1/4 cup baking cocoa 

1/2 teaspoon espresso powder 

1/2 cup chocolate chips 

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

Step 1—Prep oven and pan: First preheat your oven to 350° F. Line the bottom of a 9‑inch-square pan with parchment paper, allowing the ends to hang over the side like handles. You’ll use those handles to easily lift the baked banana bar slab out of the pan. Coat paper lightly with non-stick spray. Set aside. 

Step 2—Make batter: Combine your 2 cups of mashed bananas and sour cream with a fork. Add the oil, sugar, egg, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fork-whisk well (or use an electric mixer) to blend until smooth. Now add your flour and mix until a lumpy batter forms, but do not over-mix at this stage.

Step 3—Create chocolate bottom: Remove 1 cup batter and place it into a separate bowl. Add cocoa and espresso powder, fork-whisking until the batter is smooth. Fold in chocolate chips, and (optional) chopped walnuts.

Step 4—Assemble and bake: Spread the chocolate batter across the entire bottom of the prepared pan. Take your time, using the back of a spoon to spread the batter all the way into the corners. Be sure the layer is even. Now pour your remaining banana batter on top and once again use the back of a spoon to even out the layer (otherwise your bars will bake up lopsided). Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.


QUICK KITCHEN HACK



TO RIPEN BANANAS FAST: Place yellow bananas on a foil-covered baking sheet and bake at 350 F. for 10 minutes, turning once. Bananas will blacken. Peel right away (be careful, they’re hot!) and cool flesh in fridge before mashing.
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Stay Cozy!



~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


Friend me on Facebook here. * Follow me on Twitter here
Learn about my books here

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Our newest mystery is now
a bestselling hardcover!





Coffee. It can get a girl killed.

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Dead to the Last Drop

A "Most Wanted" Mystery Guild Selection
A Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick
Three "Best of Year" Lists


Dead to the Last Drop 
is a culinary mystery with 
more than 25 delicious recipes!

See the free illustrated 
Recipe Guide by clicking here.

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The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling works 
of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark 
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each 
of the 15 titles includes the added bonus of recipes.



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(with mini plot summaries)

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Marc and I also write
The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

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with mini plot summaries, 




Or learn more about the books and meet 

Jack Shepard, our PI ghost by clicking here.







COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY 

GIVEAWAY!

This Giveaway is Now Over!
Congrats to our winner,

Melissa Nunez!


My husband Marc and I are hard at work on our 16th Coffeehouse Mystery, scheduled for release this December. In the meantime, many of you have read our 15th title, Dead to the Last Drop, an exciting installment set in Washington, DC, now a bestseller in hardcover. 

Today we're giving away an autographed audio version of the book in a beautiful keeper CD format. 

TO ENTER, leave a comment on this blog post with your e-mail address (or another way to contact you, for example, you can let me know if  you are my friend on Facebook and I can get in touch that way, and feel free to Friend me if you aren't!)...





Now a bestseller in hardcover
and a "Most Wanted"
Mystery Guild Selection.


To learn more
about the book, click here.





(Deadline for comments
slightly extended...)


Drawing to take place
Wednesday, March 2nd
11:00 AM (Eastern Time)


To enter this giveaway of the audio
version, leave a comment below
with a way to contact you.


This giveaway is now over.
Congrats to our winner,
Melissa Nunez!


Thanks to Blackstone Audio and
Penguin Random House
for sending us extra copies.

Good luck and may you
read (and listen) with joy! 
~ Cleo



218 comments:

  1. LOVE this layered bar recipe; and the book sounds incredible! EMS591@aol.com

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  2. I think I am drooling over the pictures! Thank you for the recipe and recipe.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I'm currently on Holiday Buzz and can't wait to start the Haunted Bookshop series! I'm hooked!
    myfavoriteflowers@yahoo.com

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  4. I have loved every one of your coffee house mysteries. It's the only series I have to have immediately. I don't wait for the paperback. I have t tried the audio versions. I'd like to. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  5. Yummy. Thank you for the recipe and the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. The recipe looks fantastic; thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  7. Love all your books!
    Friends on Facebook!!

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  8. My coffe cup is ready and the Chocolate Bottom Banana Bars will still be warm when I dig into my...gulp...first Coffeehouse Mystery book - anxiously waiting for them to arrive in my mailbox! Thanks, Cleo for the fun blog, recipes, contest and reading! Friend on Facebook!

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  9. Since Bobo can't have a cup of coffee to keep warm, I'm glad s/he has a comfy muffler.
    This does sound delicious. And, as always, your photos are A1.
    Glad to hear the next coffee house is on the way.
    But, please, some Jack!

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  10. This recipe looks scrumptious ! I own almost every book in this series on audio , and the narrator is EXCELLENT ! Thank you for such a generous giveaway :) kathambre@yahoo.com

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  11. Interesting recipe! I just may try it since bananas have been so cheap at the store lately. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrellgmail.com

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  12. Pat (patdupuy@yahoo.com)February 23, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    This looks soooo good! Maybe when Lent is over. . .

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  13. Once again another delicious looking recipe. Banana and chocolate, such a great combination. An audiobook would be great, get my mind off the working out part of working out ;-). Can't wait for the next book. thanks
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  14. Super yum recipe, and super fun giveaway - thanks, Cleo! I love that this book is set in Washington, DC (my hometown). I'd love the audiobook, I've started listening to them more and more over the past year and it's a great way to read while doing things around the house, and also while driving to and fro. Nicole nicolev.girldetective.com p.s. We ARE friends on FB! :-)

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  15. This looks yummy! Thanks for the chance to win!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  16. This recipe sounds delicious. It would be great to enjoy a piece (or two!) While listening to your book.
    Thanks for sharing both your recipe and giveaway!
    Connie
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  17. What a great recipe, especially with a good cup of coffee. Enjoy your series and would really enjoy listening to the book on audio.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. The recipe sounds fantastic. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the audiobook. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  19. Hey, Facebook Buddy! I am so hooked on the Coffeehouse Mystery series with Clare becoming a literary friend. I love checking in on her to make sure she and her circle of friends and family are doing well. I also enjoy finding something new about the world of coffee, and testing another treat...bananas? good! chocolate? better! together with a French-pressed cafe? great! I'm really getting out the lucky charms to win my first audiobook.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  20. I've used my Moms recipe for banana bread for many years, but I'm very tempted to try your Black-Bottom Banana Bread. Banana and chocolate - yum!

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  21. Recipe looks good! Love the coffeehouse series. :)
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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  22. A delectable recipe which would be loved by our family. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. This is irresistible. What a yummy treat. love your books and this one would be great. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Two of my favorite things combined, perfect! Curiously, until this post, I didn't realize that you penned another series. serveogmom@yahoo.com

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  25. How exciting! Thanks for the chance. foxyj00 at hotmail dot com

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  26. Love your books and recipes! Feel free to DM me on Twitter @jluckylotus

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  27. Sweet recipe and I never knew how to quickly ripen bananas. Thanks!

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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      Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter....Thanks for the chance to win.

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  28. The recipe looks yummy! And what a great tip about ripening bananas in the oven. Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I can't wait to make that recipe, it looks delicious. utaker555@gmail.com

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  30. I've finished all of your coffee house mysteries and will be checking out the haunted bookshop soon. Keep up the great work and thanks for keeping in touch with FB, your email are always a treat! Joanne P.

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  31. Thanks for the recipe, it looks really good. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win this. I would love to win the audio version of the book. I read it from the library already but like all the others in the series I loved this one. It was a lot different too which was a great plus. Anyone who hasn't read it I recommend it.

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  32. I've always just squished the bananas in their peeling to make them more like the ripened bananas. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  33. I LOVED The Ghost & Mrs. McClure! Excellent post... I can't wait to try the recipe vegan style!
    Kelly Braun (friends on FB)
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  34. Sounds wonderful. Love your books and recipes. jknighten411@comcast.net

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  35. Just love the recipes! Friends on FB or wistrollwinsATgmail.com

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  36. I really enjoy your books and have 2 on my TBR pile. The recipe looks great. We are friends on FB. , too.
    6186pep(at)msn(dot)com

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  37. Read all your books! Can't wait for the next one! jillmpdavis@gmail.com
    I'll go friend you too!

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  38. I love all your books!!! Your recipes Rock too!!! I like you on Facebook!!! lovepayroll28@gmail.com

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  39. The Coffeehouse series is great fun. I loved them all.

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  40. All the coffeehouse mysteries are great. Would love an audio version for listening to in our vehicle since I get car sick reading print versions. notifymenow@yahoo.com

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  41. Great pics and fun name for your Chocolate Bottom Banana Bars. Looking through the recipes associated with your books always makes my mouth water. I love Coffeehouse Mysteries and cozy mysteries with recipes for the food mentioned in the chapters are my faves.

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  42. Just finished watching caffeinated. Checked my email and there was one from you. How fitting. flschwarz@icloud.com. A Facebook friend.

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  43. Friends on Facebook! Love the coffeehouse mysteries.

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  44. Bananas and chocolate...yum. Eager to read or listen to your latest book. Great series! Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  45. I think that I shall go BANANAS over the banana recipes-can hardly wait to make it while I read the latest mystery

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  46. your books keep on getting better and better! such fun to read! hope to see Jack again soon !

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  47. Always enjoy your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter and am a Facebook friend. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  48. I'm so hungry now !! Hungry for the recipes and even more hungry for the audio book. Thanks for the chance to win. kphans08@gmail.com

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  49. Thanks to Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter I get to indulge myself with sweets to go with my daily coffee. (email available in blogger profile)

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  50. I love all your books and hubby and I love making all your recipes from both the books and newsletters. Thanks for the opportunity to win the ebook. We are friends on Facebook.

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  51. Easy and Delicious recipe!
    The whole family loves it.
    Deborah Grimsley = facebook

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  52. Can't wait to read "Dead to the Last Drop" and eat my way through the recipes included. I would love to win the audio version give away.....

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  53. I Love all of the recipes!! I've been getting the coffeehouse mystery newsletter for a long time! I'm a fb friend of Cleo Coyle or beccak2365 yahoo com .

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  54. yum yum yum always look forward to a new book and new recipes this is delish blossomd@verizon.net

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  55. I did buy your recent coffee book and love them all. Please keep up the good work!! sherrie wood sherrie36@hotmail.com
    I do try out your recipes and like trying out your new ones!

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  56. Cozy mystery books like this has become one of my favorite genre's to read. I especially love reading them when i'm on deployment, since they help relax me after a long day of the flight deck. My email for contact would be animekitten9@yahoo.com

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  57. Every time a new Coffee House Mystery comes out, I re-listen to all of them again. I love this series :) Kristin.Loberg@ymail.com

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  58. Hello!!! We are facebook friends, so that is probably the best way to reach me should I win. Thank you for the opportunity and please continue to write this amazing series!!!!!

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  59. Enjoy reading your coffeehouse mystery novels along with the coffee house newsletter . Always enjoy trying a couple of the recipes . Friends on Facebook .
    Diane Carter

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  60. "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter". I can just taste the banana and chocolate. Not friends yet as I am not yet on Facebook. I eagerly await every new book you write. The only way to make them better would be to sell them with one of the recipes prepared.
    michiganquilter2014@gmail.com

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  61. it's amazing the different national "days" that they have.
    Banana bread isn't a bad holiday.
    Love the story. Thanks for writing them and keeping me entertained.
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  62. Another beautiful recipe- love the foodie pictures! I can't wait to make this for my family. Love the Coffeehouse Mystery books- you and Marc are the best Cleo! your1chef@aol. com

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  63. Cleo, I LOVE your books!! I listen to your books at work all day. Clare, Mike, & Matt make my work more interesting. You & I are already friends on Facebook, but my email is krmattox@yahoo.com!!

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  64. Those bars look absolutely divine!! I can't wait to try them :) I devoured the latest Clare Cosi book, like always! Cleo & Marc, you're amazing! I love getting your coffee house newsletter! hammer.kala@gmail.com

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  65. I would love an audio copy of your book. We are facebook friends, but here is my email address.
    Joannlowehunter@aol.com

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  66. I have all your books on my kitchen shelf and can't wait to read your latest one. The recipes are amazing too, and the chocolate brownie/banana bread combo is making me drool. My email is panntree@msn.com. I hope we can be friends on FB. Just keep the books comin'!

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  67. looks so good. Need to try the recipe.
    CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net
    "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter "

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  68. What are you doing posting at 2:04 AM Miss Cleo?! Listen to Yenta and go to bed!!! Btw the recipe looks de-lish!!!!

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  69. Going to make this tomorrow thanks to the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter!
    mosiewalsh@verizon.net

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  70. I so want this.
    Also Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter ;)

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  71. Love recipe and plan on making for Easter, while listening to DEAD TO THE LAST DROP! Pretty please with sugar & a cherry on top....hot cuppa too! ☕️☕️��☕️☕️ mybarnie@optonline.net

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  72. I love your books- even if I can't have the cakes.

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  73. Love your books and Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter! The recipes are a hit at work and at home! :) keharvey@wolfmail.stritch.edu

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  75. I forgot to enter the secret code!!!!"Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter" Love your books!

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  76. Love your recipes and your Coffee House Mystery Series!! You're the best!!

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  77. I may not be a banana fan, but this latest recipe will certainly make me a convert! Chocolate is a girl's best friend and so are Cleo Coyle's delightful culinary and mystery adventures! Rock on Clare and friends!

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  78. I love the recipe! Looks so yummy and there's always a few bananas around that can be used in a recipe.
    I'm friends on Facebook and I love getting the newsletter the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. I adore your books and am always sad when I finish a book because I know I have to wait too long for another new one.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  79. Love your coffee lovers series and can't wait for the next Haunted Bookshop book. It's been a long time coming! Love your recipes and have enjoyed many of them.

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  80. Love the Mystery Coffeehouse Newsletter and all the great news and very delicious recipes. And the books are the best mysteries I have read and that is saying something. rcelder2@comcast.net and also Facebook friend.

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  81. Recipe is def a keeper. Love some more Cleo. Audible and carryall giveaway is sweet. Wow #16! Judy. judydee22002@yahoo.com

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  82. Chocolate, bananas, walnuts + sour cream. Oh, the decadence! Yummy to the tummy! I am Facebook friends with you. My mother who has passed away and myself Love your books! Many thanks for hours of entertainment! Deone Geary.

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  83. Oh, forgot to mention the wonderful Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. Keep em coming. judydee22002@yahoo.com

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  84. Just finished Holiday Buzz....love your books!!!!
    And the recipes!!!
    karensuzyq@yahoo.com

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  85. I have all 15 of your Coffee House Mystery series and a second copy of 3 of the books - I've read them so much they were falling apart. By reading the Newsletter, I found out that I have to wait until December for the next Coffee House Mystery - how disappointing. Too long in between books. I would love to find a "Michael Ryan Francis Quinn" of my own. He sounds wonderful. I did not realize that your books were also in audio format. I am not on any other social media other than email. garrett0905@verizon.net

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  86. The recipe sounds DELICIOUS, and I can't wait to read the book.
    eeyoregirl2009@aol.com (and I love reading your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter, too!)

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  87. Darn! I also forgot to mention "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter" in my previous post. Love your books. Love your recipes. Love your Facebook page. Deone Geary (again).

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  88. I love the Coffeehouse Mysteries and the recipes! Combining banana and chocolate in a bar looks delicious and I'll have to try it.

    I also enjoy the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter!

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  89. I love the coffeehouse mysteries and all the recipes I am on Facebook as wolfiesmom98@yahoo.com

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  90. I am so trying this recipe! Yum! Heather Ulilang!

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  91. you've sold me! sign me up. thanks. can't wait to try the recipe. thanks Le Pete on FB

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  92. Love your books, especially Jack's adventures. "Patiently" waiting for more. Christine.weihing@yahoo.com

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  93. Hi Alice and Marc. I have to try that chocolate banana bread recipe! They look Sooooo good! That, coffee, and Dead to the Last Drop sounds like a perfect weekend for me!

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  94. Banana bread looks yummy. Thank you! cyndi.st@gmail.com

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  95. I read about the giveaway on your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. Can't wait to read the newest installment. I just wish the Village Blend was real and that it was in my neighborhood! I'm at terryb@usa.net Thank you for all the joy.

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  96. These sound great! I love coffee, love the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter and am friends on Facebook pp92596 at outlook dot com

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  97. I love every book. I read them and can't wait for the next one and then the next one etc.

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  98. I heard about these bars through the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter, and they look amazing! One of my favorite Clare Cosi recipes is the cornbread...so good! Thank you for your mysteries! My appreciation for coffee grows with each book :) Christy - Higchr@yahoo.com

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  99. YUMMMM.... these look delicious. Ms Sophie and I are excited to get the chance to win the audiobook. Seems like it takes a while for them to be available here in BC Canada. Jane - jec0988@shaw.ca

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  100. Clair Cosi "live"!!!!! Can't wait to hear it! Good audio books aren't so easy to come by these days; I would love to hear this one :) For anyone who's interested (anyone who cannot have grains), try Banana Bread Macaroons. Bananas, coconut, coconut oil, a little honey, and your favorite banana bread spices, yum. Thank you for all you share Miz Cleo! Oh, I can't wait to join the grand opening party for your new website at the "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter" ...Jessie at jstone29@rocketmail.com

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  101. ooops ..... forgot to mention Coffeehouse Mysteries Newsletter! Smiles and hugs, Jane

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  102. "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter" reader and Facebook friends. I'm excited to try this recipe as the banana and chocolate combo are two favorites. Seriously thinking we will need to visit that coffee house the next time we are in NY (although that won't be soon). servedogmom(at) yahoo.com

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  103. Thank you for the recipe. Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter and I'm a facebook friend (Rosana Heart)

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  104. "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletters" are always so much fun! Can't wait to make these delicious bars, brew a pot of coffee and sit down with a Coffeehouse Mystery. kjdugas@verizon.net

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  105. Hi, Cleo! Thank you for the Coffeehouse Mystery News letters, the recipes, & all the great reads! I'm working my way through the Coffeehouse series & can't wait to get started on the Haunted Bookshop! I'm a librarian & I recommend your books to everyone! We're also friends on Facebook. Happy almost spring!

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  106. I absolutely love this series ; they keep getting better and better! thanks also for the delicious recipes and the time and effort with the newsletters. Carter.karen@gmail.com

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  107. Thanks for the giveaway. My husband would love the chocolate/bananabars. When I get over the fascination w/my new smartphone, I will be reading more books. Your coffee house mysteries sound great. mmamacitagrita@gmail.com

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  108. when is your next book coming i love this book

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  109. Have to get your book to add to my collection & definitely will be making the bars to have withheld a cup of coffee.... tjclac007@roadrunner.com

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  110. New reader! loved reading your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter and browsing your website and blog. So looking forward to trying your recipes out. Ellen M. elliemastandrea at gmail dot com

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  111. So glad I read you "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter" - looking forward to book 16! and we are friends on Facebook :-) - Ilona Davis Funk

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  112. I' was super happy to see that audiobooks have arrived in your "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter"! I listened to over 170 audiobooks last year and love them!!! Thanks for the giveaway! Lvsgund at gmail.com

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  113. Just trad my mystery coffeehouse newsletter and I can't wait for the next book to release! Love seeing small glimpses of what's going on cleos facebook page as well.

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  114. I love your coffee house books and newsletter. I can't wait to get my hands on your latest book. this recipe looks absolutely scrumptious, want to try it out really soon.

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  115. I love the coffee house books and this banana recipe sounds so wonderful and would go great with a cup of coffee. Thank you for the chance to win.

    jillybeans41 at gmail dot com

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  116. That recipe sounds amazing! I know what I'm baking for this week's treat now.
    I love your coffeehouse books and read them as soon as they come out. Thank you for the fun books and always rewarding us with all your great recipes! Lnknits@netscape.net

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  117. Our public library could use audio books. I would donate this to the collection. Audio books are used a lot, and they need more. I'm going to make this recipe, too. Unfortunately my 9 inch pan is not to be found. I'll use a big ole pie pan instead. Love the flavor combo in this! hharra (at) BSU (dot) edu

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  118. I adore the coffeehouse books and love to share your books with others!

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  119. I'd love to win this. And I'd love even more if Haunted Bookshop #6 would finally appear. :) I love Jack!

    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  120. Love the entire story line of your books!! I would love to try these banana bars, but I don't cook! I will gladly be a taste tester if you are in the DC area. LOL

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  121. i just came in after fasting for 10 hours and opened your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. Talk about a stomach growling, mine sure did. The recipe is one I will definitely attempt to make. The book is a definite read. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  122. The Coffeehouse mystery series...they are awesome. The latest book is a great escape..interesting locals, likeable characters, and great recipies to try...keep them coming..can't wait for the next installment.

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  123. Just popped over from your Coffeehouse Mystery newsletter. You guys really outdid yourselves, on this one! Thanks for another delicious recipe. What I wouldn't give to be a "taste-tester", in your kitchen! :) We are friends, on Facebook, and I always look forward to your posts there, too. Best wishes!

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  124. From Milan, Italy thank you for the great time reading your books!! I started seriously learning English with You!!
    Love and Peace Roberta (today's my 46 birthday)
    my mail robiprina@gmail.com

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  125. Love the books! The recipes are pretty great too!

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  126. Just received the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter - thanks for the contest. Am looking forward to the newest edition to th series. Frostd2553@gmail.com

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  127. I loved reading this book. I follow you on Facebook & get your "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter". You & Marc are my favorite Authors. Sending lots of hugs from Pittsburgh, PA.
    Mary, Ladylotion@msn.com

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  128. I love your books. They are one of those few pleasures that you wait for with anticipation, as is your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. I just printed out your chocolate-bottom banana bar recipe and plan to bake them for my parents (and keep a few for myself). Thanks for the chance to win. FabriCatz@aol.com

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  129. Wow! I don't know which sounds best, your book or your recipe! I love your books and I stay current on your happenings since I'm a subscriber to the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. Thank you for the awesome contest! woodrumbetty@gmail.com

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  130. So excited for the new book seascapelife@gmail at gmail dot com

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  131. I am new to the Coffeehouse Mysteries (having started with the Haunted Bookshop) but look forward to reading each one. I have entered a friend request on Facebook. Would love to win Dead to the Last Drop on CD. My husband and I love to listen to audiobooks when we travel. tcanada1961@gmail.com

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  132. I love the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. I signed up after reading all the Haunted Bookshop mysteries (and I eagerly anticipate more!!) and now have several Coffeeshop mysteries to read. Would love to win Dead to the Last Drop on CD and the great book bag!

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  133. I love the Coffehouse mysteries and recommend them where I can. I'd love to win this. als@foxgull.çom

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  134. the bars sound so good. Thanks for a chance to win. I am new to coffee house.

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  135. OMG... Already writing out my shopping list for this one! :) (And luckily I have the ripened bananas already! ;) I always look forward to getting the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter, because I know it'll be good! :D

    kidisitor@yahoo.com

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  136. I enjoy this site so much because I get recipes with simple directions to follow. There are usually photos so I can see if I am making the recipe correctly. Thanks for sharing those with your readers.
    I have read all of the Coffeehouse mysteries and really loved reading them.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  137. That recipe looks sooo good! My kids would love it!
    I love your books and your newsletter!

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  138. Yum, yum, yum .... This book is definitely on my list!
    afarage (at) earthlink.net

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  139. I love the site, but love those Banana Bars even more!! They look so good!! Now I just wish that I had some bananas!! To make it complete, it would be nice to listen to your book while I'm making them!! lol Thank you for the great giveaway!! Probe211@aol.com

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  140. This is by far my favorite book series! I haven't read the latest book yet, but plan to read it VERY soon. I already know it will be wonderful.
    bennetts103@yahoo.com

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  141. I just noticed the great tote bag that would be terrific to carry your audiobook in, along with my knitting!! Please add it to my entry!! Thanks, Cleo!! Probe211@aol.com

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  142. I only do audio books so am so excited to hear of this contest! I love the reader and the voices she does; it's like personally talking to the characters!! SO excited! sclintsman@gmail.com

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  143. I am a dyed in the wool audio book fan. I worked 30 miles from home and listened to lots of cd's. I'd love this one. Thanks for the opportunity to win. stubbywinter(at)gmail(dot)com

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  144. Love the Coffeehouse Series. Have read them all! Friends on Facebook.

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  145. I love your books, both series, your website and your RECIPES!!! And I would really really like this win this book. Thanks for all the work. Jazz site sounds amazing!

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  146. Love your books and your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. Please enter me, I'd love to win your newest audio book.
    Thank you. Sandy at sand1948@gmail.com

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  147. Hi there - am about to read the series from the start (again) - love all the recipes and coffee knowledge. Would enjoy seeing this become a TV series :)

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  148. Can't wait to read it!
    Diane Wixted (friend on FB)
    DeesCrafts@aol.com

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  149. Hmm. Must be in the cards for me to make banana bars as this is the second one I've come across in as many days. Yum, love the espresso/brownie bottom idea! Also, was so happy to see the "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter" in my email! (facebook - Bernie Charles)

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  150. I am definitely a coffee aficionado and a mystery lover, so I am enjoying your Coffeehouse Mystery books immensely! And in your latest installment, "Dead to the Last Drop," the backdrop of Washington D.C. is certainly apropos as our nation is gearing up for the Presidential Election of 2016! And your chocolate and banana bread recipe sounds amazing! I am a "chocoholic," so this is right up my alley!
    Thank you,
    Nancy at jnurtz@yahoo.com

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  151. I feel I am going to be a winner. email is diamaz0912@gmail.com 708-733-6325, Thank you

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  152. when I share your recipes, my friends complain they gain weight just by reading the ingredients ;-) Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter is something I look forward to seeing in my inbox! irish84404@yahoo.com

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  153. Just read Cleo's latest Coffeeehouse Mystery Newsletter! I have not tried the mentioned recipe in this blog yet but I will. The past recipes that I have tried have all been yummy! I enjoy reading your pists on FB too. pjferrellbuffers@hotmail.com

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  154. What a wonderful thing for Saturday afternoon - the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter! A quick fix when I don't have a Coffeehouse mystery to read. By the way, I looove the artwork on the audio book! marafran2003 at yahoo dot com

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  155. The recipe sounds great, thanks for the tip on how to ripen bananas quickly...why had I never thought of that?
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  156. Cleo, looks like a good recipe! Ann

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  157. Your audiobook would be a great addition to our Books on CD collection for visually impaired patrons of our public library who could enjoy a cup of 100% Kona Coffee with your book.

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  158. Another great recipe from you to add to my family's favs! Thank you, Cleo! I'm such a fan of yours and look forward to each new book. So excited when your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter shows up in my E-mail Inbox. Thanks a million!

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  159. I love coffee, I love your books, thanks for keeping the series going. Audio books of this series would be so cool :)
    nehezp@yahoo.com

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  160. Just read about this giveawayin the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter & had to click over right away. I'll be making these (gluten free) tomorrow! I'm freinds with you on Fb ;)

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  161. another great recipe to try,,bananas are my favorite dessert.. looking forward to your new Village Blend Jazz Space mentioned in your Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter. mardox@consolidated.net

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  162. The recipe sounds delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dead to the Last Drop. It was a great mystery from start to finish. I love being friends with Cleo on Facebook, and getting the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter at brooke811 at ymail.com

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  163. I <3 your series and read the "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter"

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  164. Your newsletter is always fun. Read all but this last book. Just joined your Facebook friends. Shirley Ehlers. Email (shirleyehlers1965@gmail.com)

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  165. This series is a delight. I have all the books in both series, and re-read one each summer. The newsletter always gives so many good recipes and these lovely giveaway opportunities. The positive spirit of Cleo (Alice) is beautiful. Friends on Facebook to keep up with all the latest events for both series.

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  166. As always, the recipes look delicious!! I appreciated receiving them in the Coffee House Mystery Newsletter. I am still faithfully waiting for Jack's next adventure at the Bookstore and really hope you will be writing more of those. Thanks, Bernie bydancer@comcast.net (could you explain how to choose a profile where it says "select profile?)

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  167. You and hubby are so popular with your wonderful giveaway! I love mysteries about food and this recipe looks decadent. Audio books keep me going for all my errands to the library, to book club, and to the grocery store to buy ingredients! Thanks for sharing thecway to ripen bananas. See you at Malice! Beth @www.BESTBOOKSBYBETH.COM

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  168. Love the new title! Can't wait to read it ( or listen!)

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  169. Would love a copy- peace4all515@yahoo.com

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  170. I so enjoy your coffee theme, your talent for using the written word to describe scents and tastes, and your web site and recipes.Thanks for sending your "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter" to me. Your audio books are a blessing on my long daily commute. sgrogers65@gmail.com

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  171. You are writing these coffeehouse mysteries quicker than I can read them!! I love all the characters and never want the stories to end. Thank you for a great series. I am Cleo's facebook friend and my email is rachelmckinnies@yahoo.com.

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  172. I love these books,always hate when they end, I have been blessed to win coffee and a mug. I have tried some of these recipes and have wondered about the cauliflower crust pizza, will have to try. sunnyone55@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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  173. Thank you for this chance and the recipe! Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter dm_richards(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  174. love Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter and all the great info and recipes! Thanks so much!

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  175. Absolutely love your books! Keep 'em coming!
    jjuhl1958@hotmail.com

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  176. The Coffeehouse Mysteries are a great read. Me, a cup of my favorite coffee, a treat to nosh on - paradise! candysuem1@gmail.com

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  177. Would love to win the book. Contact me at lakhibl@fisherind.com.

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  178. Looking forward to reading the newest Coffeehouse mystery book. Not only is the series a great read, but I enjoy learning all about coffee. dbahn@iw.net

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  179. I received the news about this contest from the "Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter". These bars look absolutely delicious! I am definitely going to make these this week! Bananas and Chocolate and espresso powder added to it! You can't go wrong! Thanks! crunchiee77@yahoo.com

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  180. I have read all of the Coffeehouse Mystery books and really enjoy the Newsletters!! I am a friend of Cleo Coyle on FB and like seeing all the pictures! Thank you for writing a wonderful series of books that help us learn about coffee, running a business and detective work!! Please keep the series going!! I would totally love to receive the latest book! Thank you for having this contest! You are very generous!!

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  181. Love, love, love your books. :O) catt965@yahoo.com

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  182. ktpotat@sbcglobal.net.I love the sound of your Virtual Jazz club.I can't wait to see it and hear it.

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  183. I saw this contest in the newsletter. I love this series but have never listened to it in audio book format. It should be fun. I'm also a Facebook friend. You can contact me at mslizah@gmail.com

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  184. Can't wait to try these, they sound delish!!!! I love receiving the Coffeehouse Mystery Newsletter because of all the wonder recipes and well, even though I've never met Cleo and Marc I feel like they are family. Thank you for all of the GREAT recipes and reads!

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  185. Baking those blueberry muffins this week!

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  186. Looking forward to trying this great recipe and reading the new book. dr(dot)oldsmobile@icloud(dot)com

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  187. I so love the series AND the recipes! I am also Cleo's friend on facebook!!!

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  188. The Coffee house series is my favorite! I have every one and can't wait to find out what happens next in my "book family".

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