Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle

The holidays are so much nicer when you have a good book to read- and that’s what Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle is- a good holiday book. With talk of Clare’s holiday drinks, the Village Blend all decked out for the holidays, and Secret Santa gifts; Holiday Buzz will give readers a good feeling.

Tis the Season for coffee drinks, delicious desserts and the murder of a baker’s assistant as Clare Cosi discovers Morin Fagan (known as M to her friends). Clare feels partly responsible for M’s death as she saw her leaving for a smoke break and just assumed that she had skipped out on the rest of her shift at the holiday party- instead of something terrible happening to her. The death of M is thought to be part of a serial attacker by the cocky police detective, although Clare suspects from the start that someone else was the perpetrator.

Since the lead detective is not considering other suspects, Clare decides she must help find out what happened to M. Between pulling coffee drinks, serving delicious desserts and missing Mike- Clare (with the help of Madame and Matteo) begin looking for clues- and find clues and suspects that have reason to be questioned.

With a great cast of characters, the main mystery and some subplots inter-weaved in the story- Holiday Buzz is a welcome addition to the Coffeehouse Mystery series and the perfect pick-me-up for the holiday season.

Cozy Mystery Week: Cleo Coyle

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Cozy Mystery Week is December 1-8. Today’s featured author is Cleo Coyle  of the Coffeehouse Mysteries.

The Coffeehouse Mysteries are set in the Village Blend in NYC. The main character is Clare Cosi. Clare is a smart woman, bright and inquisitive. She has a daughter named Joy with her ex-husband and current business partner, Matteo. During the everyday happenings of the Village Blend, Clare usually finds herself in the middle of a mystery and helping the cops solve it. Because of her coffee and her nose for news, Clare has found favor with some of NYC’s finest- especially one man in particular. Her romance with Mike Quinn is the romance of storybooks- a simmering connection with a man who makes her heart melt.

Cleo Coyle has 12 books so far in the Coffeehouse Mystery series- for a fun read, talk of coffee and food, the excitement of NYC (specifically Greenwich Village) and the best coffee shop (Village Blend)- give the Coffeehouse Mysteries a try. Having just read book #12, Holiday Buzz, I can tell you that this series only gets better and I’m already awaiting #13 (Billionaire Blend-to be released in 2013).

 

In Praise of the “Cozy”

According to Wikipedia a “cozy” is this: A Cozy is a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. Or as my brother calls them: Books about women who are coffee-shop owners, bakers, or flower shop owners who solve mysteries.

A cozy is not high-literary reading; it’s not a book with a title that you throw around in conversation to impress book-friends (or book-snobs). A cozy is not a type of book that will generally take the world by storm (Think Twilight, The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Grey, Harry Potter, etc).

However, a cozy is still good reading. I like that the books have a small community, a good cast of characters, and are generally likeable.  I like that reading a cozy is like visiting with old friends.  Curling up on the couch, with a cup of hot chocolate and a cozy is my ideal way to spend a lazy day with nothing to do.

If a cozy book sounds good to you, look over this list of “cozies”- maybe you’ll find something to read!

1. Joanne Fluke– Hannah Swensen Series

2. Denise Swanson– Scumble River Mysteries

3. Kate Collins– Flower Shop Mysteries

4. Ellen Byerrum– A Crime of Fashion Series

5. Cleo Coyle– Coffeehouse Mysteries

6. Diane Mott Davidson– Goldy Schulz Mysteries

These are just a few of the cozy books I enjoy- there are many more. You don’t have to begin the books from the beginning of series, either (although I highly recommend beginning the Hannah Swensen from the beginning- as the last few have not been as good as the first several, in my opinion.)

Reading, no matter what the form, whether it’s cozy, mystery/suspense, fiction, or many other genres- Reading is cool. Reading makes you part of a special group of people. Reading is a pleasure and one a person should enjoy as often as possible.

Happy Reading!