Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Starred Review, Billionaire Recipes, and a Comment-to-Win Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

Coffeehouse Billionaire Bars, one of the many
tasty recipes featured in the new Coffeehouse Mystery,
Billionaire Blend. Scroll down to
learn more about the book and its recipes...

Cleo Coyle, author of The
Coffeehouse Mysteries.
Learn more by clicking here.
My husband, Marc, and I have had a tough time lately with his surgery and my father’s passing, but the reviews coming in for Billionaire Blend have brightened our spirits in this dark year...

Kirkus honored it with a Starred Review,
 "awarded to books of exceptional merit."

RT Book Reviews named it a Top Pick 
among December’s Mysteries and Thrillers, 

Publishers Weekly called “a highly satisfying mystery.”

Billionaire Blend is the
 13th entry in the bestselling
Coffeehouse Mystery series.
But what matters most now is what you think. Marc and I hope you enjoy our latest entry. We had a grand time writing it, and it's filled with ups and down, twists and turns. 

In the course of solving the case of the car-bombed Billionaire, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi will have to bribe an NYPD bomb squad commander (with Irish Cream fudge), crack a mathematicians 17-digit passcode (using a children's riddle), fix her daughter's love life, stop a Slayer (while working with one), and dream up ideas for a billionaires' potluck.

By the end of the book, you'll have taken a trip around the world and have over 20 recipes to try in your own kitchen--and hold on tight for the the final sequence. It's killer. 

To read Billionaire Blend's fun
first chapter, click here.

I'm also at Fresh Fiction.com today, where I'm hosting a comment-to-win giveaway of an autographed copy of Billionaire Blend

To enter my comment-to-win
giveaway join me at Fresh Fiction
today by clicking here

Leave a comment on my Fresh Fiction post and you'll be entered to win a personally inscribed copy of Billionaire Blend and a free package of Wolverine’s favorite coffee (more on that in my Fresh Fiction post).

Release Day Cheers!

Today is not only our release day, we share it with two of our fellow crime-writing cooks here at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen.

Congratulations to Krista Davis, who is launching a brand new mystery series with Murder, She Barked. And cheers to Victoria Abbott, who is gifting us with a second delightful entry in her series with The Sayers Swindle.

"Billionaire" Recipes

I'll have a new recipe for you next week. 
In the meantime, I'm happy to share some of the 
recipes you'll find in my new Coffeehouse Mystery.

Perfect Pumpkin
Spice Muffins

I love this recipe. It gives me
perfectly beautiful muffins every time.

Crispy Almond Biscotti:
Easy Food Processor Method

1, 2, 3 and it's done! This recipe is so easy and the
biscotti are not only elegant to serve,
their nut crunch makes them satisfyingly good,
especially with coffee and tea. 

A Fantastic Skillet Lasagna

This is the recipe Clare serves her NYPD boyfriend,
Mike Quinn. What they discuss over this meal
takes the mystery in a whole new direction,
and takes readers (and most New Yorkers)
to a place they've never been before....

Italian Beignets

Yes, you read that right.
Clare Cosi grew up eating these
little pillows of snow-dusted bliss.

Make Your Own Kahlua

An easy recipe that really works.
(I think it tastes better than store-bought.)

Banana Bars
This is one of my favorite recipes in the book.
Quick to mix up, delicious to eat, and impressive
to serve with two layers of flavor.

There are even more recipes in the book
and I'll have the full recipe guide for you
in my next newsletter, coming this week!

To sign up for my
newsletter, click here.

And now...

I'll see you at Fresh Fiction.com
where you can enter my
Comment-to-Win Giveaway
for an autographed copy of
Billionaire Blend.

To Join Me
Click Here...

See you there!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
Friend me on facebook here.
Follow me on twitter here
Visit my online coffeehouse here.

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

The Ghost and
Mrs. McClure

Book #1 of 

The Haunted Bookshop
, which Cleo writes
under the name
Alice Kimberly

To learn more, click here.


  1. I just received my copy of Billionaire Blend, to my Kindle while I slept. I have read every installment and turned all my friends into fans. Love all your books. Read every one of Jack's adventures as well.

    1. Darlene - Marc and I can't thank you enough for your reader support. Cheers to you and I hope you enjoy the case of the fire-bombed billionaire. Clare has quite an adventure in this one, so hold on tight...

      Happy holidays to you and happy reading!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  2. Can't wait. I've been requested (again) to make your butterscotch pecan cheesecake for my niece's Christmas present. I make it for my sister-in-law's birthday each ear.

    1. Sue F - As a culinary mystery writer, I'm always looking for ways to make food and drinks part of my story, which means taste testing is part of the job. Poor me, right? Actually, poor pants, which get stretched quite a bit during the "research" phase!

      I'm so glad you're enjoying the recipes here at MLK. May you always read (and eat) with joy...

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

  3. Your pictures are always SO tempting!
    I look forward to reading Billionaire Blend. I've just started and can't wait to see where it takes me.

    I am having trouble with the facebook link. It lets me "like" but doesn't post. Any idea what the problem might be?

    1. Libby - I'll take the last Q. first...try the "share" link, that *should* work for you, at least it looks like it will work from my end.

      On BB, Marc and I had a grand time writing this entry. We had fun doing things with the characters that we've never done before--and taking them places that they've never been. We can only hope our readers enjoy the other end of this process!

      Thanks for dropping in today, Libby. It's always a pleasure to see you in "The Kitchen" - have a great week...

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

  4. Cleo, congratulations on those fabulous reviews! Hope the book sales soar! and Libby is right, the photos are sooooo tempting.. xoxo

    1. Lucy/Roberta - Caffeinated thanks for your kind good wishes, including the photo love. You know the best thing about food photography? Zero calories. :)

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

  5. It's time for a cookbook Cleo, dedicated to your glorious recipes!

    1. Karen - I would enjoy doing a cookbook, the problem is in the doing! For now, I am having too much fun adding food and drinks to my mystery writing life and blogging here for lovely people like you. But I never say never...(except when I just said it, woops :)).

      Thanks for dropping by today, Karen,
      happy holidays and happy reading!

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

  6. Wow! That's all I can say. Wow! Great review. Great recipes. Wow! Hope you see great sales!

    Daryl / Avery

    1. Thank you, Daryl/Avery, I appreciate the sweet words, cheers!

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

  7. What a mouthwatering post and amazing photos, Cleo! Thanks for the shout-out too. Congrats on the review and the release of Billionaire Blend - I know it will be a huge success.



    1. Sending equally happy congratulations to you and your daughter, MJ, as Victoria Abbott, you two rock. Happy release day!

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

  8. Your recipes are always SO good. I gain weight just reading them. I want to read that new book, Billionaire Blend, too.

    1. Sue – Happy thanks for the lovely note. I continue to maintain that food writing and photography are zero calories--on your end, anyway.

      On my end, the food is just sitting there after being made and photographed…just sitting there whispering (okay, *shouting*) “Eat me! Eat me!”

      I think I may seriously consider re-acquainting myself with jazzercise. :)

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

  9. these pictures look so-o-o yummy.