Review: Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle

Review: Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle
Murder by Mocha
Book Info

Released: August 2 2012
Series: Coffeehouse Mysteries #10

“While it’s not my most favorite of the series, I have to say it’s probably the most imaginative cases from what we’ve seen from Cleo Coyle so far.”
~ Under the Covers

In book ten of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, for once a case is pushed onto her instead of her walking into one. And I have to mentioned this up front but it doesn’t change the tone of this book a little bit. When one of Madame’s friend wakes up beside a dead man, she freaks out. All this is understandable but what isn’t is the fact that it seems like deaths are happening because of a drink, an aphrodisiac drink made by the same java that Clare sells in her Village Blend.

I thought I would like this book a lot because it has a bit of a sexier tone to it dealing with aphrodisiac but this entire book felt quite different from the others. Like I mentioned, this case is thrust upon Clare instead of her walking into it, which kind of takes her out of it a little bit. I didn’t feel like she was that connected to the case as others where the victims are friends of hers or something like that.

Additionally, the writing also feels a little different too. It’s a little more all over the place. There’s quite a lot of dialogue which I don’t mind but this is one of Clare’s more tougher cases I think and for whatever reason I wasn’t that into it as some of the other books in the series. I just felt like this one as a little more choppy than the others but still enjoyable.

So while it’s not my most favorite of the series, I have to say it’s probably the most imaginative cases from what we’ve seen from Cleo Coyle so far.




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About Cleo Coyle

Cleo Coyle is the New York Times bestselling pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Under the name Cleo Coyle, they've written 15 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, including the latest, DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, which was chosen as a Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick, a "Most Wanted" selection of the Mystery Guild, and honored with four Best of Year list picks, including the's Best Mystery Books for Book Clubs.

With well over 1 million books in print, Cleo Coyle has gained an enthusiastic following. The first in their bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series is now in its 20th printing; two entries have earned starred reviews, including BILLIONAIRE BLEND, which was honored with a Kirkus Star and called "a highly satisfying mystery" by Publishers Weekly. Every book in the series has hit national bestseller lists, including HOLIDAY BUZZ, which was a Top-10 New York Times bestseller.

Cleo also writes a mystery series set in a New England book shop. THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES are published under the name Alice Kimberly. There are five books published thus far with more under contract. The first book in the series, THE GHOST AND MRS. McCLURE, is now in its 12th printing and all of the titles were national bestsellers.


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