Once Upon A Grind by Cleo Coyle

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Once Upon A Grind
by Cleo Coyle

This is one of my favorite cozy series to read. Cleo does not disappoint with Clare trying to solve the mystery. I think this one was even more fun as it has the fairy tale theme…
~Griperang’s Bookmarks

…this book was full of a great mix of ingredients, tantalizing aromas and flavors, and feelings of happily ever after.
~The Editing Pen

This is the kind of book you start in the evening and in the morning you’re found on the couch, snoring with book fallen to the floor. I suspect Alice and Marc are incapable of writing anything less than a ♥♥♥♥♥ book.
~Rantin’ Ravin’ and Reading

This was an truly enchanting story and so much fun to read! I stayed up until early in the morning reading telling myself “just one more chapter” again and again. It is stories like this one that give readers like me “book hangovers” but they are so worth it.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

This is by far my favorite book in the series. Fairy tales,murder and coffee what more could you ask for!
~Shelley’s Book Case

Once Upon A Grind is a smart, fun and exciting mystery…

…what I truly enjoyed were the fairy tale stories and themes woven throughout.
~Musings and Ramblings

This book had everything I could hope for with Cleo Coyle. So much was tucked into this book it felt like the only thing missing was the kitchen sink.
~Community Bookstop

While the draw for some may be all the coffee talk, I loved the fairy tale spell placed on the overall story.
~Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

ONCE UPON A GRINDOnce Upon a Grind
(A Coffeehouse Mystery)

Series: A Coffeehouse Mystery (Book 14)
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (December 2, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270851




From the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Blend comes an enchanting new entry in the “satisfyingly rich” Coffeehouse Mystery series.

Includes wicked good recipes!

When coffeehouse manager turned amateur sleuth Clare Cosi roasts “magic” beans for a Fairy Tale Fall event, she brews up a vision that leads to a sleeping beauty in Central Park; a big, bad wolf of Wall Street; and an East Side enclave with storybook secrets…

Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The Musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi and her merry band of baristas give their coffee truck a “Jack and the Beanstalk” makeover for a Central Park festival. Clare’s coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties. His octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds, but Clare remains skeptical–until she receives a vision that helps her find a young model’s body in the park’s woods.

The police dismiss “sleeping beauty” as the victim of a drug overdose. Then Clare uncovers evidence that points to a list of suspects–from a New York Giant to quite a few wicked witches–and a cold case murder that reaches back to the Cold War. Now Clare is really in the woods with a dangerous predator on her heels and an investigation that leads from a secret Prince Charming Club right back to her own NYPD detective boyfriend. If she doesn’t solve this mystery, those magic beans predict an unhappy ending.


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 City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries 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.


Author Links

Visit Cleo online: www.coffeehousemystery.com

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

Follow Cleo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cleocoyle/


Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Escape Tour Giveaway – Prize Package Includes…

* An autographed copy of Cleo’s brand new book, ONCE UPON A GRIND, in its beautiful first-edition hardcover format

* A complete set of all 13 Coffeehouse Mysteries published to date, each one personally inscribed by Cleo to the winner

* A durable, custom-designed Coffeehouse Mystery Tote Bag

* A freshly-roasted package of Billionaire’s Blend, a hand-crafted coffee created by One Good Woman Fine Coffees and Teas as a tribute to Cleo’s recent bestseller BILLIONAIRE BLEND.

* A Coffeehouse Mystery cup, featuring a favorite saying of Madame’s, the octogenarian owner of The Village Blend: “Survive everything. And do it with style.”
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Tour Participants

December 3 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review with Guest Note & Giveaway

December 4 – Editing Pen (Latte’ Da!) – Review with Guest Note & Giveaway

December 5 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review with Guest Note & Giveaway

December 8 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review with Guest Note & Giveaway

December 10 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review with Guest Note & Giveaway

December 12 – Books-n-Kisses – Review with Guest Note & Giveaway

December 15 – Musings and Ramblings – Review with Guest Note & Giveaway

December 16 – Community Bookstop – Review with Guest Note & Giveaway

December 18 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Review with Guest Note & Giveaway


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68 thoughts on “Once Upon A Grind by Cleo Coyle

  1. This is by far my favorite series. Started it when it first came out. Would love a copy of this. It is too perfect that Latte’Da – best tea- is part of this.

  2. The visions aspect of the plot were a bit far-fetched for me but, I have faith in the writing and my faith was rewarded! Loved, Once Upon a Grind!!!

  3. Hands down the best series ever written! Cleo & Marc keep the suspense going with each installment with enough mystery, intrigue, romance & family values so that you never tire of the story and are immediately left wanting more the minute you finish a book!

  4. Your books are liking taking a visit with old friends..you get to share their adventures, meet their friends, and to top it off with some great recipes to try!

  5. Just wanted to let you know, that I really and truly would love to win this giveaway for my adult daughter. I don’t do Pinterest or Tweeting or Instagram but I tell everyone about the authors and send out tons of e-mail and also share on Facebook. Hopefully I am doing my part, and as often as I can, I tell others about this marvelous Coffeehouse Series. Thank you so much for including me in this contest. Would be a joy to win this. Great books of course, and wonderful coffee, mug and tote bag too, but GREAT books which I would love for my daughter to read. She has only read book 1 so far and has been wanted to read all of the others; hope she gets the chance with this wonderful prize package. .

    Thank you so much. Merry Christmas.

    Cynthia B.

  6. This would be the absolute icing on the cake to top off my Christmas Wish List ever!! I’ve read all your books but naturally none were autographed. Good luck to the lucky winner…but I hope it’s me 🙂

  7. I love your coffeehouse series. I have gotten my 21 year old niece reading them and she can’t wait to read her next one. She is on Christmas break from nursing school and I gave her 2 to read. She was so excited. Thanks for great characters and stories that make you want to be a part of them.

  8. These are some of the best mysteries! I love this series! Thank you for sharing them and giving me a chance to win!

  9. This is such a great prize. I love all your books and if I’m lucky enough to win your prize, I’ll be sharing it with my granddaughter. She’s a young wife and mom to two beautiful little girls and she’s also an avid reader. We are both coffee lovers – her even more than me!
    Thank you for your generosity in offering this Christmas give-a-way as a prize. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday filled with love and peace.

  10. love your books they have saved my life at times ! given me an escape when i truley needed it my hubby of 48 years is not well and waiting a transplant and your books have helped to keep a smile on my face ! so he cant see my concern’s . So THANK YOU! VERY MUCH! i’m on the waiting list at our library to read the newest of your! can’t wait ! sorry i couldnt enter the contest (not real computer literate )! have a BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND FABLOUS NEW YEAR!!!!!

  11. Have been reading your books for some time now. Love them and always expect that I could go into New York and find your shop.

  12. I have enjoyed all your books and buy them through Amazon as soon as they are available. Would love to actually enjoy a coffee at Village Blend! Keep on writing.

  13. I hope I am entered! I logged in with email and assume I am entered in the contest but got no acknowdgement back. Would be fun to win!

  14. Best. Mystery.Series.EVER! Love the characters, the setting, the energy! Lots of action, balanced perfectly with heart. Oh, and did I mention this series has made a coffee drinker out of me?

  15. I love all of Cleo Coyle’s books am reading #10 now, need to catch up, can’t wait to get to this one…

  16. I have enjoyed your books for many years. I have read all! However, my only real disappointment is that hardback books have become expensive and I usually have to wait for paperback. I am so looking forward to reading the new episode. Wish you could write faster! Keep up the great writing!

  17. Have loved all the books. Wish the coffee house was in my neighborhood so could stop in for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Can’t wait to try the gingerbread cookie stick recipe.

  18. Love your writing! The coffeehouse mysteries are the best and just can’t wait to read what happens next to/with Claire!!

  19. I want to welcome all the new visitors to my blog. If you like Cleo’s books please be sure to check the Current Giveaways tab to enter the other giveaways. Cozy mysteries are my favorites and the main genre featured on my blog. I like thriller and suspense, women’s lit and a bit of romance too! I hope you will be become regular readers and come back soon and often!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by!!

  20. I am sure this new book will be just as great as all the other coffeehouse series books! With characters like Clare, Matt and Madam and let’s not forget Claire’s boyfriend originally from the police department, Mike Quinn, and last but not least Clare and Matt’s daughter Joy it is bound to be good! I can’t wait to read Once Upon A Grind now too! It would be fabulous to win the book since I am a definite fan of the series. Keep up the good work and Merry Christmas!

  21. I have read all your books so far, can’t wait to read the latest. Love the books. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

  22. Cleo here, dropping in to say THANK YOU to everyone for your beautiful comments and your enthusiastic interest in our Coffeehouse Mystery Grand Prize Package!

    Marc and I also want to send our heartfelt thanks to Dollycas (Lori) for hosting such a wonderful Escape Blog Tour for ONCE UPON A GRIND. All the participating blog tour hosts were a joy, and we send every one of them our sincerest thanks. We had a great time, and we wish you all luck in the Grand Prize Drawing.

    Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!



    New York Times bestselling author of
    The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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

  23. Coffee, a book, make it a good mystery at that, characters that take me home, and the best recipes too accompany! Thanks Cleo and Marc!

  24. Thank you to everyone for all your comments and cheers to our fantastic readers for their longtime support. If you are new to the Coffeehouse Mysteries, welcome! Marc and I hope you will join our community of readers. They are a wonderful group, and our fictional coffeehouse is always open. Good luck in the drawing, everyone…

    Happy holidays and happy reading!

    ~ Cleo Coyle

    New York Times bestselling author of
    The Coffeehouse Mysteries

  25. The only thing I don’t like about the series is waiting for the next one to come out! The series never gets monotonous and the characters only continue to grow! I love it!

  26. Looking forward to my downtime reading this book, cuddling with my rescue kitties, Ellie and Gracie Girl, coffee, gingerbread sticks or eggnog muffins!!! Icing on the top will be waiting for this giveaway to arrive at my house!!

  27. I love this series.I found the first one about 2 months ago and am now reading Holiday Buzz. My one regret is that I am now reaching the end of what’s written. The recipes are a great bonus.

  28. Merry Christmas Alice & Marc & Coffeehouse Mystery Readers! I recently won a Cleo Coyle drawing & it was like an early Christmas for me! Thanks again & best wishes everyone.

  29. Reading about these books almost makes me want to start drinking coffee. Made so much when I was young that I never started drinking. Love the smell of beans being ground and brewed.

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