Jan 182017

It is my absolute pleasure to Welcome Cleo Coyle back to Escape With Dollycas today!


Marc and I are excited to be visiting with you today. Special thanks to Dollycas for giving us this chance to tell you about our new Coffeehouse Mystery—and what we’re working on for the future.

It’s official. After 15 books, our amateur sleuth, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, finally becomes engaged to her boyfriend, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn. Our readers have been waiting for this moment for years. In Dead Cold Brew, it happens at last.

Unfortunately, the vintage coffee diamonds Mike slips on Clare’s finger open a Pandora’s box to a cold case murder that occurred sixty years before.

This chilling homicide took place in a stateroom of the SS Andrea Doria, a luxurious Italian ocean liner that tragically sank off the coast of Nantucket in 1956.

On board that ship was a gifted Italian artisan named Gus Campana, the jewelry designer who created Clare’s engagement ring. When Clare finds Gus poisoned behind his West Village workshop, she won’t rest until she uncovers who may have done it and why. Her search uncovers a decades-old family scandal, a charming jewel thief, a shocking inheritance, and a deadly adversary.

Best of all, Dead Cold Brew is embedded with twists, turns, and wonderful secrets about New York City that we’ve discovered over the years—from an exclusive room in the legendary 21 Club, to the underbelly of the city’s Diamond District, to a hidden train platform beneath the Waldorf-Astoria.



Food is always a fun part of our Coffeehouse Mysteries, and we’ve included some of our favorite recipes in the appendix of Dead Cold Brew. A few were even inspired by Clare’s visit to New York’s famous 21 Club, a Prohibition-era restaurant that still serves movie stars and presidents. See descriptions and photos of these recipes and many more in our Free Recipe Guide. Print it out, and you have an instant, illustrated recipe section for your book.

Click here for our Free Recipe Guide.


If you are new to our Coffeehouse Mystery series, don’t hesitate to pick up Dead Cold Brew. Marc and I always strive to give new readers enough background to enjoy every book in our series as a stand-alone. And if you like it, you have 15 more in the series to enjoy.

Click here for a Free Checklist of all 16 Coffeehouse Mystery titles.


For those of you wondering what’s next for Clare (and Cleo), we’re pleased to announce that we’ve already begun development on our 17th Coffeehouse Mystery with our longtime publisher, Berkley of Penguin Random House.

We’re also finishing up a new entry in our Haunted Bookshop Mystery series with Berkley, and we’ll be releasing fun, little excerpts from the book in our coming newsletters. The truth is we haven’t published a new Haunted Bookshop Mystery for several years—frankly, the reasons were personal (deaths in our families and health issues). Life happens, as they say, and it happens for writers too. We sincerely thank our readers and our publisher for their patience with us.

We assure you all, however, the “spirit” was always with us—and still is! We love Jack Shepard, our PI Ghost, and the young New England widow who runs the bookshop he haunts (both of whom we created way back in 2003) and we look forward to getting the unlikely duo back to work on perplexing criminal cases. The 6th title in the series, The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller, is scheduled for release next year. To learn more about our second mystery series, originally published under the name Alice Kimberly, visit the Haunted Bookshop page of our website by clicking here.

For a Free Checklist of Haunted Bookshop Mystery titles, click here.

Until we see you again, we hope you enjoy the books we’ve published thus far. We hope you’ll support our ongoing work by buying Dead Cold Brew—or borrowing it from your local library. We also hope you’ll stay in touch because we love to share new recipes, fun info, and videos on our website, Facebook page, and in our newsletters. May you always read with joy!

To keep in touch with us…

Visit our website: www.CoffeehouseMystery.com

Friend us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CleoCoyle

Follow us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/CleoCoyle

Sign up for our newsletter here.


Watch Our New Coffeehouse Video!

About This Author

CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini.  CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin Random House. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, originally published under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com.



Dead Cold Brew
(A Coffeehouse Mystery)
16th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
Publisher: Berkley (January 10, 2017)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276112
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From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Dead to the Last Drop, comes a gripping new entry in the “highly satisfying”* Coffeehouse Mystery series. (*Publishers Weekly)


Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear…

After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare’s finger, Clare’s eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.

First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange, hidden treasure to Clare’s daughter. Next, the renowned jeweler who designed Clare’s ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a suspiciously charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York’s most secret places before an old vendetta starts producing fresh corpses.

With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series just keeps getting better and better!

In this installment the authors take us back in time to connect a present mystery to a very old mystery.  A jeweler is found unconscious and a letter is delivered that brings family secrets to light. What does a sunken ship and a precious jewel that supposedly went down with it have to do with the happenings today? All this just as Mike finally pops to question to Clare.  Congratulations are definitely in order but first Clare is on the trail trying to determine what it all means before more people end up dead.

Dead Cold Brew is the 16th installment in this long running series and it is still brewing at a fevered pitch. These characters are so strong, current and real. The drama starts with  an event that could be ripped from real life headlines. There is a sniper gunning down cops, thankfully only wounding them, but Mike’s unit is one of the group’s being targeted. Clare is also working with her ex Matt find on who targeted his godfather after he is found poisoned in his home. Clare fears the cases may be related.

The story is very fast paced, so many things are happening but these authors are pros, the drama does not overwhelm the reader.  We are drawn in a clues are solved and twists take us in different directions. I loved the way the history of Matt’s family is integral the the story. Clare is so close to her ex mother in law and the woman has been so generous to Clare it was wonderful to get some of her back story. There is also part of the story the reminds me of my son and that made the book extra special for me. All this together makes this an extremely hard book to put down.

I now have a new book that is my favorite in this series.

The special thing is that the authors give us plenty of details so no matter whether you have read this series from the start, or missed a couple in the middle or if this is your first time visiting with Clare and her friends you won’t be lost or feel like you have missed something. I can’t promise that you won’t want to go back and read this series from the start after reading this one. In fact I am almost positive you will. I think you will love these characters and want to read everything that you can about them.

Oh and don’t forget the recipes. The fantastic recipes.

Brew yourself a nice cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy Dead Cold Brew!


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  36 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday with Cleo Coyle – Author of Dead Cold Brew – #Review / #Giveaways”

  1. This is a great series. I’m so glad that there will also be another Haunted Bookshop. My Mom & I love these them both.

  2. Can’t wait to see what happens next because the last Coffeehouse book was so exciting. And I have missed Jack Shepard so I’m glad there will be a new book.

  3. I have always liked the cover art for this series of books.

  4. Love the Coffeehouse mysteries….always great plots and I enjoy learning new things about coffee.

  5. I love this series and can’t wait to visit with Clare.

  6. Great series. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  7. Love this series which always has a new and interesting twist to offer readers.

  8. I a man very excited about this book and this giveaway!

  9. This sounds so good can;t wait to read!

  10. What a wonderful way to start 2017 with a Cleo Coyle book. Thanks for a chance to win on your post and on the tour..

  11. This is an amazing series and this book sounds like a great read. Can’t wait to read “Dead Cold Brew”.

  12. Great review! I absolutely love this Coffeehouse series. I am getting ready to start the Haunted Bookshop series so I will be ready for its next release. Congratulations Cleo Coyle on another successful addition to your Coffeehouse Mysteries.

  13. I love the Coffeehouse Series, and I cannot wait to read ‘Dead Cold Brew’. Thank you for this fabulous chance. Happy reading and writing. ❤☕?

  14. This sounds great. I’d love to read it.

  15. Love this series! Love how you make NYC a character in the books. Love learning all the little tidbits about the city.

  16. I would love to read your series! I love coffee and cozies — thanks 🙂

  17. Love this series. Each book is a winner!

  18. The Coffeehouse Mysteries are my favorite series. Can’t wait to catch up with Clare! Thanks for the chance!

  19. This may be my favorite book series ever. I’m so glad to see there will be another book! I tried to savor this one like a good cup of coffee, but was sad when it was over! Love these!!

  20. I love this series. Clare is my favorite.

  21. What a FANTABULOUS giveaway!! Thank you for an excellent review of the always fantastic Coffeehouse Mysteries! ☕️?☕️

  22. I tried to comment earlier, I hope this posts! Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for leaving such kind comments, and thanks especially to Dollycas for the amazing review!

    ~ Cleo

  23. Can’t wait to catch up on this series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Sounds good.

  25. I love this series. What a ice giveaway. Thank you.

  26. I love these books! So excited that the next one is finally here!

  27. Just finished “Dead Cold Brew” and enjoyed it very much (except for the parts that scared me a little).

  28. I have loved every one of your books. They keep me on the edge of my seat I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next.

  29. I love the Coffeehouse mysteries. They are so much fun. Thank you for the giveaway. Dollycas, this is a wonderful blog. Thank you.

  30. Anytime I can read a Cleo Coyle book, it’s awesome.

  31. I read both of these series. I love the writing style and the characters. This team is one of my favorite authors.

  32. I received this latest story in the series and began reading @ noon of that same day and ended the story at @ 4 A.M. the next morning. I couldn’t put it down. You keep writing and I’ll keep buying and enjoying every story and look forward to the next. Thanks for all the enjoyment I’ve had over the 16 Coffeehouse mysteries and the 6 Haunted Bookshop mysteries. Thanks.

  33. […] Rockstar Awesome Prize pack from Cleo Coyle including an autographed hardcover copy of Cold Dead Brew, $25 gift card, coffeehouse tote & recipes! […]

  34. I just LOVE Cleo Coyle’s books… The Haunted Bookshop Series with Jack is Da Bomb Diggity!!!

  35. Sounds like an interesting series. I’ll definitely check these out!

  36. Thank you for picking me. I love all the coffeehouse books. And can’t wait for the next Haunted Bookshop story.
    Sandy G

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