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Book Review: Through the Grinder, Latte Trouble, and Murder Most Frothy, the CoffeeHouse Mysteries PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 November 2006


A Shiftless Baristo Book Review


Nov. 22, 2006


Cleo Coyle’s fiction honors the profession – plus it’s engaging, and even includes recipes!

Copyright 2006 Eric S. Chen for


If you have not yet discovered the CoffeeHouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle, you should. I have read several of them now and I heartily recommend them.


The CoffeeHouse Mysteries are published by Penguin. Author Coyle displays a deep understanding, not only of coffee trivia, but also of coffee shop culture. She treats the profession with evident respect and dignity.


Coyle’s protagonist, Clare Cosi, is an intrepid espresso shop manager in Greenwich Village, NYC. A recurring set of basic characters reappears in each of the series. These include Clare’s just-now-an-adult daughter, Joy, who keeps finding herself just on the brink of serious trouble of various kinds; Clare’s ex-husband and co-manager, Matteo, for whom she continues to have strong feelings which, however, do not keep her from pursuing other amorous interests; Detective Mike Quinn, a quintessentially hard-boiled New York cop with a failing marriage and an eye for Clare; and Madame, Matteo’s mother and the long time not-really-retired owner of the espresso shop.


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