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Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice… At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But h Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice… At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker’s assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as “The Christmas Stalkings.” Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn’t so sure—and when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target. Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and she’s not going to rest until justice is served.


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Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice… At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But h Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice… At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker’s assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as “The Christmas Stalkings.” Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn’t so sure—and when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target. Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and she’s not going to rest until justice is served.

30 review for Holiday Buzz

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    Genuinely surprised how much I did not hate this book. The mystery was actually mysterious. There were even multiple mysterious mysteries. I actually enjoyed reading this, believe it or not. I mean, Clare is still a dumbass who has literally no idea who the killer is until she is being actively murdered by them, but (as I mentioned in my review of the previous installment) that is par for the course at this point. I think it's important to note that in this book there is a moment where Matteo und Genuinely surprised how much I did not hate this book. The mystery was actually mysterious. There were even multiple mysterious mysteries. I actually enjoyed reading this, believe it or not. I mean, Clare is still a dumbass who has literally no idea who the killer is until she is being actively murdered by them, but (as I mentioned in my review of the previous installment) that is par for the course at this point. I think it's important to note that in this book there is a moment where Matteo understands consent and boundaries and that had been my biggest beef with this series so far. Coyle is pretty explicit about the fact that this is A Moment Of Personal Growth for Matt, and I honestly do not think men should get a pat on the back for being decent human beings, but at I do look forward to him being a slightly less repulsive character in future books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Babs

    What could be better being over the beverage service at the New York Cookie Swap? Clare trying to solve two murders before she will be next. Holiday Buzz like the others in the series, has a lot of humorous situations to keep the reader laughing. We also have several leads to keep us on track for the mystery as well. With both you are in for a treat of a read. As we have the Cookie swap going on, we have Clare fitting herself in a dumbwaiter pulling herself up to the kitchen of a baker whom she t What could be better being over the beverage service at the New York Cookie Swap? Clare trying to solve two murders before she will be next. Holiday Buzz like the others in the series, has a lot of humorous situations to keep the reader laughing. We also have several leads to keep us on track for the mystery as well. With both you are in for a treat of a read. As we have the Cookie swap going on, we have Clare fitting herself in a dumbwaiter pulling herself up to the kitchen of a baker whom she thinks is the serial killer. If that is not funny enough, we have Madame going undercover at the Evergreen Recreation Center. As soon as I started reading about the set up I started laughing out loud as to what to expect. We all know the scene was bound to be good. Along with the usual characters we are introduced to some new ones as well that I hope to see again. It was nice to see some of the "old" characters and learn a bit more about them as the series moves along. I am very fond of this series as the Cleo and her husband always have the right amount of suspense and romance intertwined for Clare. I look forward to each new release to see what Clare will find herself involved in. **I was given a free copy by the author for an honest review. Hope you read the story and decide for yourself how you like it.**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ronna

    Clare Cozy and almost all of our favorite Village Blend Coffeehouse characters are back in a holiday mystery while they are celebrating with cookie events with cookies from around the world. Moirin is a new young Irish employee that everyone enjoys. She bakes the cookies for the coffeehouse, but actually works at the bakery that developed the cookies. She's a music lover too, but sadly, she's bludgeoned to death at a cookie festival event. Clare found her body and is determined to find her kille Clare Cozy and almost all of our favorite Village Blend Coffeehouse characters are back in a holiday mystery while they are celebrating with cookie events with cookies from around the world. Moirin is a new young Irish employee that everyone enjoys. She bakes the cookies for the coffeehouse, but actually works at the bakery that developed the cookies. She's a music lover too, but sadly, she's bludgeoned to death at a cookie festival event. Clare found her body and is determined to find her killer with a little help from her boyfriend, family, and her baristas. I love this series for so many reasons. The Cleo Coyle writing team always adds numerous interesting facts, local information, and yummy sounding recipes to their mysteries. In this one, there are added characters that are a take off from reality TV that are a laugh and a half. The mystery is compelling with clues on every page. We also hear more and more about Clare's love life with her, Detective Mike Quinn, who is on a secret duty in Washington, DC. One of my very favorite cozies done in audio. The spoken accents add so much to my enjoyment of this series. Looking forward to the new one in this series coming in November 2014.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    A great Christmas holiday cozy mystery to entertain and delight you! This is another coffeehouse mystery that is well plotted and supported with great character development to make for a quality read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Toni (T.C.) LoTempio

    Another enjoyable cozy from this suberbly talented writing team! I do enjoy the holiday mysteries, and Clare is in rare form. Puts herself in more danger than Nancy Drew! A keeper.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is one of my very favorite series. I love the characters and the setting. Of course I crave coffee during the whole book, and with this being a Christmas setting hot chocolate and a warm blanket were a must in the evenings while I visited with these old friends.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Hardy-pierce

    When I finish a Cleo Coyle book, I am anxiously awaiting the next one! Not only are the stories great, the recipes and the information about coffee blow me away! Read this entire series! You won't be sorry!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This one is in New York at Christmas. Mike is still mostly in Washington, and Joy is in Paris. This story involves a bakery, cookie swaps, music, a retirement community, blackmail, theft, stalking, and murder. There are several mysteries in this story. The way some of them were connected was interesting. I was surprised by some of the endings.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie

    I really wanted to like this book but the story line with the hockey player and the attempted assault was not necessary and all the different attempts to kill someone in one story was too much. Maybe the next one will be great!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    You are in for a freshly pulled, candy cane sprinkled steaming cup of java fun. This mystery is a real treat for a cozy night. Cleo Coyle’s Holiday Buzz whisks us back to the Village Blend, a welcoming coffee house inviting us to order the daily special, munch off the head of a gingerbread cookie, and take part in a cleverly devised murder mystery. I have read this entire series and each new release is surprising, well paced, and filled with scrumptious delights. Sure, there is a murder mys You are in for a freshly pulled, candy cane sprinkled steaming cup of java fun. This mystery is a real treat for a cozy night. Cleo Coyle’s Holiday Buzz whisks us back to the Village Blend, a welcoming coffee house inviting us to order the daily special, munch off the head of a gingerbread cookie, and take part in a cleverly devised murder mystery. I have read this entire series and each new release is surprising, well paced, and filled with scrumptious delights. Sure, there is a murder mystery to solve. Yes, there are clues cleverly planted in strategic places. (How does Coyle do that so well?) We are also gifted with holiday bustle, warm friendships, baked cookie aromas, and freezing New York winds. The descriptions flow and blend so well that I was sure I felt snow on my face. Our main character, Clare Cosi, not only is smart, headstrong, and makes her own pancake syrup, but she can fit into a dumbwaiter, and can intentionally skate backwards right into a pile of hockey sticks. Mike is cuddly, strong, and rather fond of handcuffs, and their relationship is sweet without sending us into diabetes. The moment I read that Madame was going undercover at the Evergreen Recreation Center, I found myself grinning in anticipation. I love Madame. I wish there were more scenes with her. There are also new characters introduced, and returning friends are given enough scenes to add background and depth to their stories. As Clare gets deeper into trouble and uncovers more evidence, my chuckles turn to gasps and, once again, I am reviewing my list of suspects. Then it happened. I sadly realized that in a few more pages I have to leave the Village Blend. Although the murders are solved and the book closed, I am left with a warm chocolate brownie feeling sprinkled with crushed candy canes and holiday cheer. Hurry with the next one, Ms. Coyle!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    HOLIDAY BUZZ is the twelfth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle and this one might be one of my favorites for many reasons. One, it’s a Christmas-themed novel so I’m already halfway in love with it already. And two, this one is written slightly different than the other books in the series. It’s clear that Cleo Coyle are expert authors because each book is so vastly different from the previous one. In this one, Coyle kind of goes back and forth between what happened before th HOLIDAY BUZZ is the twelfth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle and this one might be one of my favorites for many reasons. One, it’s a Christmas-themed novel so I’m already halfway in love with it already. And two, this one is written slightly different than the other books in the series. It’s clear that Cleo Coyle are expert authors because each book is so vastly different from the previous one. In this one, Coyle kind of goes back and forth between what happened before the victim is discovered and them after when the investigation starts. I will say that if you’re not good with mysteries yet, this can be a little confusing and distracting because of the jumping timeline with chapters but that’s why I always say that Cleo Coyle’s mysteries are a little more advanced and are good for the avid readers of mystery. I personally really loved this style of writing. It can take a bit to adjust but it goes to show just how well Cleo Coyle writes. I would love to know how they come up with their cases and how they plot because they are really innovative when they come up with their twists and turns. In this book, there’s a slight conflict with Mike Quinn, Clare’s boyfriend. I have mentioned that I really love this guy but would like to see more of him. I think we do get to see a bit of him more in this book but call me greedy, but I NEED MORE OF MIKE! I want to see them grow more and get married and have babies. I don’t know if that’s something Coyle would like to do in the future but I’m all for it. I need more Mike in the books because sometimes I do think he can be overshadowed by Clare’s ex-husband, Matt (who is also amazing by the way). My binge read of this series has been going so well. I’m so glad I’ve found this series and am looking forward to reading more!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kramer Bussel

    Readers of the Coffeeshop Mystery series will not be disappointed as Clare Cosi gets up close and personal with various suspects after her seasonal unofficial employee Moirin "M" Faigan is found dead on the Bryant Park carousel, outside a party the Village Blend is catering. Clare's beloved police team of Soles and Bass have been split up and the new cop Cosi introduces is hilariously bumbling in his officialdom, leaving Clare to take on this very personal case and protect herself and her employ Readers of the Coffeeshop Mystery series will not be disappointed as Clare Cosi gets up close and personal with various suspects after her seasonal unofficial employee Moirin "M" Faigan is found dead on the Bryant Park carousel, outside a party the Village Blend is catering. Clare's beloved police team of Soles and Bass have been split up and the new cop Cosi introduces is hilariously bumbling in his officialdom, leaving Clare to take on this very personal case and protect herself and her employees. THe cast of characters in this Christmas themed mystery, with a delightful nod to O. Henry's story "The Gift of the Magi," make this a treasure, from the reality TV stars knowns as the Double Ds to a womanizing professional hockey player. As a New Yorker, I always appreciate the bits of city history that are woven into these mysteries, but Coyle also keeps Clare and company current by visiting Brooklyn's Barclays Center. There's a sweetness to this story despite the sadness, especially the plotline about the retirement home, as well as a charming goofiness as Coyle skewers reality TV and the overly pompous. I also had quite the hankering to visit a certain gigantic famous toy store that plays a big role in this mystery, if only to see if the $25,000 Barbie foosball table really exists! As always, the plotting is perfect and Clare's loving heart, which extends to her ex-husband, employees and the newly dead, guides her sometimes dangerous decision-making. This is an excellent mystery to curl up with this winter, or to give as a holiday gift (there might be just as many cookies mentioned as coffee, plus there are lots of delicious holiday dessert recipes!).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    I listened to the audiobook on my daily commute, and it finally happened. I was actually listening to the epilogue and missed my exit off the interstate! haha I really enjoyed this book, and thought I'd figured out whodunit halfway through. I was wrong. Only problem I have with these books is I usually end up wanting to eat all the goodies Clare Cosi is either making or eating herself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Astrid

    The story was really (!) bad, and again, there was a lost christmas gift. This time on the train instead of on the plane - are the authors really that unimaginative? Also, what's up with her stupid nightmares?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    2.5 maybe?If compared to the rest of the series alone, I'd say 3.5. Clare Cosi and her staff are hosting a table at the Great New York Cookie Swap. This time, the dead body is a temp employee of hers, so she's motivated as always to find the killer. Moirin, the victim, seems to have been leading a secret life, though, so Clare uncovers more and more with each page turn. In pursuit of her killer, Clare goes all over NY...she even gets Madame to go undercover at Evergreen Recreation Center, an old f 2.5 maybe?If compared to the rest of the series alone, I'd say 3.5. Clare Cosi and her staff are hosting a table at the Great New York Cookie Swap. This time, the dead body is a temp employee of hers, so she's motivated as always to find the killer. Moirin, the victim, seems to have been leading a secret life, though, so Clare uncovers more and more with each page turn. In pursuit of her killer, Clare goes all over NY...she even gets Madame to go undercover at Evergreen Recreation Center, an old folks' home, so Clare can have a look around and question one of her many suspects. Clare squeezes herself into a dumbwaiter to break into her suspect's place...fascinating. I've been trying to picture Clare for a while now. When did Breanne get so mean? I know she and Clare aren't BFFs, but I thought she came across as extra harsh here. How many months left till Mike's gig in DC is up? Train trips up and down the east coast on alternate weekends sound strenuous...and how does Clare end up with all the weekends off for a whole year? Nice to be the boss. And Coyle still does the perspective back-and-forths from Clare to killer and back...not as much, though, which is refreshing. Festive recipes accompany the book. I enjoy the recipes at the end, including the author's background notes on the food. And with half the Fish Squad biting heads off gingerbread men, I found myself making a batch, albeit out of season.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    This was a good holiday mystery. It all starts when a woman that has been helping out at the shop ends up dead. This one did have a lot going on. Which made it hard to figure out who was actually behind the murder. The important thing that by the end with Clare's help they were able to figure it out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mona

    This is a light read with diverse characters you care about and includes coffee, food, and a mystery. Part of a series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Very entertaining! I just love this series!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle is book twelve of her Coffeehouse Mystery series set in modern-day New York City. Clare Cosi co-manages The Village Blend coffeehouse in Manhattan with her ex-husband Matteo Allegro. Matt is the Blend’s coffee buyer, traveling around the world for the best beans. Clare lives above the coffeehouse in a beautifully decorated townhouse, courtesy of her ex-mother-in-law and dear friend “Madame”. Madame Blanche Dreyfus Allegro Dubois owns The Village Blend, a family busines Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle is book twelve of her Coffeehouse Mystery series set in modern-day New York City. Clare Cosi co-manages The Village Blend coffeehouse in Manhattan with her ex-husband Matteo Allegro. Matt is the Blend’s coffee buyer, traveling around the world for the best beans. Clare lives above the coffeehouse in a beautifully decorated townhouse, courtesy of her ex-mother-in-law and dear friend “Madame”. Madame Blanche Dreyfus Allegro Dubois owns The Village Blend, a family business started by her grandfather. Familiar characters are back: Clare’s boyfriend, Detective Lieutenant Mike Quinn, is on a special task force in Washington D.C., so Clare and Mike only see each other on weekends. Clare’s baristas Tucker “Tuck” Burton, Esther Best, Nancy Kelly and Dante Silva contribute their unique personalities to the Blend atmosphere. Franco, a young police detective in a long-distance relationship with Clare’s daughter Joy, appears briefly in the story (Joy is on a culinary apprenticeship in France). In December the annual Great New York Cookie Swap features exclusive parties to showcase city bakers’ finest products and raise funds for charity. Clare attends the parties as the manager of the coffee service, naturally. Clare has a new part-time helper, Moirin “M” Fagan, a young Irishwoman who also works for a baker in the Cookie Swap. The Blend offers free holiday-themed cookies with coffee purchase during December. Moirin is teaching the Blend crew Irish slang: Craic (a fun time), Deadly (good), Tiz me berrys (you’re kidding me), Jax (bathroom), Guards (police officers), Daycent (decent), Nawful (terrible), Demented (drunk), Eejit (jerk). The Blend is packed late at night in December; Clare calls it the annual Great Manhattan Sober-fest, stretching from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The Blend is located near trendy restaurants hosting holiday parties for private companies. After their parties, drunken office workers stop at The Blend for coffee before heading home to their families. The first party of the Great New York Cookie Swap is held at an ice skating rink and features a celebrity hockey player. Moirin and Clare are serving Village Blend coffee. Moirin goes out for a cigarette break and never returns. Clare later finds Moirin’s murdered body. Since she knows the victim, Clare expects to be interviewed at length by the police. Instead, arrogant Detective Endicott dismisses Clare, convinced forensic evidence is all that matters. A political appointee, in his spare time he writes crime novels. He’s referred to as “Detective DNA”, and widely hated. Clare feels guilty she didn’t search for Moirin when she first went missing, so Clare begins investigating Moirin’s life in hopes of uncovering clues to her killer. With Mike away in D.C., Clare recruits Matt and “Madame” to help her. Clare tracks down a musician who was very important to Moirin. Over a pizza lunch he shares a story of the fleeting nature of fame. “New York City possessed the best water in the nation for making pizza crust; so perfect, in fact, that pizza-makers all over the country famously imported it to mix up their dough.” The obnoxious “Double Ds” (nicknamed for their first names and cleavage) provide another lesson of fame lost because it was not based on genuine talent. As always, Clare takes dangerous risks to unmask the killer and survives to see justice done. Recipes in the back of the book! Janelle’s Gingerbread Crackle Cookies, Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies, Clare Cosi’s New York Cheesecake Cookies with Candied Strawberry Drizzle, Janelle’s Lemon Sugar Cookies, Clare’s Eggnog Crumb Muffins, Brigadeiros (Brazilian Chocolate Truffles), Clare Cosi’s Easy Pumpkin Cake with Surprise Cream Cheese Swirl, Clare Cosi’s Pepper-Crusted Roast Beef, Clare’s Horsey Sauce, Clare’s Chicken Marsala for Mike, Clare’s Apple Crumb Pie with Mrs. Li’s Warm Custard Sauce, Clare’s Frozen Eggnog Latte for Mike, The Village Blend’s Gumdrop Spritzers, and Easy Candy Cane Latte with Homemade Peppermint Syrup. For more recipes, visit www. CoffeehouseMystery.com. Next book in the series is Billionaire Blend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vilia

    Review from Backchatting Books Clare Cossi, manager of Village Blend, ought be concentrating on the holiday season but she is pushed back into investigating when a part-time employee Moiren is murdered. She feels the police are ignoring key evidence by trying to link this murder with a serial stalker so with a little help from family and friends, Clare sets out to bring Moiren’s killer to justice. Moiren or M as she liked to be called kept much of her private life hidden from her co-workers. It is Review from Backchatting Books Clare Cossi, manager of Village Blend, ought be concentrating on the holiday season but she is pushed back into investigating when a part-time employee Moiren is murdered. She feels the police are ignoring key evidence by trying to link this murder with a serial stalker so with a little help from family and friends, Clare sets out to bring Moiren’s killer to justice. Moiren or M as she liked to be called kept much of her private life hidden from her co-workers. It is only after she died that Clare realised just how little she knew about her. Moiren worked as a baker for Clare’s friend and sold the goods part time at Village Blend. This sounds a little callous but thankfully the body count rises as examining what Moiren and the new victim had in common points Clare in the right direction. Clare as usual is fairly unflappable until someone threatens a person she cares about. She approaches her investigation in a fairly logical manner and uncovers a large number of clues that the cops failed to notice. Her loyalty to her staff is shown repeatedly and she even manages to be civil to her ex-husband. Clare’s biggest flaw would have to be pride as she fails to inform the police when she thinks she knows who the real killer is and decides to get definitive evidence herself. There are suspects galore and I wouldn’t have minded if Coyle had reduced the pool a little and used that to flesh out their motives and backgrounds. As is the case with most cozies, interactions with other characters are key and Coyle gives us a blend of colourful regulars such as Madame (Clare’s ex-mother-in-law) and eccentric newcomers. The detective in charge of the case deserves special mention as he is a wannabe crime writer convinced that his investigation can only be solved through the use of forensics. Naturally he goes haring off in the wrong direction despite the protestations of Clare and his temporary side-kick. There is an undercurrent of violence in this novel that doesn’t relate to the murders. Clare attacks several people and is grabbed a number of times in the novel so hard that she develops bruises. She rationalises or laughs off each instance. Frankly it made me a little uncomfortable that she was so blasé about it and I couldn’t understand why this violence was included because it didn’t further the plot. This book can be read as a standalone if you want and there are recipes at the back of the book which might tempt you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    OK, my new theory is that the Mark and Alice must take turns writing because after 12 books that could be the only explanation for the changes in Clare's personality and the dialogue from book to book. Not to mention Clare's views and the word choices. I don't know who does what but I will admit that I'm partial to the less stuffy Clare. This is one of the stuffier Clare books. The one where she has no idea who Adele is (Girl, you live in NYC. You know Adele), where she is more religious, a bit OK, my new theory is that the Mark and Alice must take turns writing because after 12 books that could be the only explanation for the changes in Clare's personality and the dialogue from book to book. Not to mention Clare's views and the word choices. I don't know who does what but I will admit that I'm partial to the less stuffy Clare. This is one of the stuffier Clare books. The one where she has no idea who Adele is (Girl, you live in NYC. You know Adele), where she is more religious, a bit of a prude (some of the secondary characters even do a bit of slut-shaming), and she doesn't use too much common sense. So, you know, not one of my favorites. I did like the domestic side of Clare's life (I'm a sucker for Mike) and the mystery was pretty good but I figured out who did it before Clare and I thought it was fairly obvious once you examined all the clues. I would like to see more of Mike and Clare talking and maybe even a scene with the kids. I'm a romance fan but even I get a little numb when the characters just seem to do the same things over and over (in this case, murder, food, shirtsleeves, sex). In this book, Clare didn't seem to use her deductive reasoning too well. She went hunch-hopping which led her in the wrong direction a few times - which is par for the course when you're investigating - but in this case she put her life in danger a few times. Which she sort of promised she wouldn't do anymore. In some books, her hunches are pretty solid and she looks for clues, in this one she went off on a few wild hairs and didn't keep her cool when she usually would. She did manage to lose a tail though and that was pretty damn cool. I don't know who writes this stuffy, religious, and judgy Clare but I don't like it lol. The dialogue seems dated and stunted at times and it doesn't have the same flow as the previous book. I also would really like Nancy to go because I can't forget the fact that she pretty much tried to date-rape Dante.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Farris

    I love culinary mysteries and when I read them I learn about food and beverages at the same time I’m enjoying a mystery. Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries set the standard for this sub-genre of mysteries. “Holiday Buzz”, the twelfth book in this bestselling series, set in Greenwich Village, New York, provides a fascinating backdrop for a variety of the plots and subplots. Every book I read, I feel as if I learn a little more about this incredible city. The city plays a significant part in all o I love culinary mysteries and when I read them I learn about food and beverages at the same time I’m enjoying a mystery. Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries set the standard for this sub-genre of mysteries. “Holiday Buzz”, the twelfth book in this bestselling series, set in Greenwich Village, New York, provides a fascinating backdrop for a variety of the plots and subplots. Every book I read, I feel as if I learn a little more about this incredible city. The city plays a significant part in all of the Coffeehouse Mystery books. Alice Alfonsi and her husband Marc Cerasini co-write these mystery, under the pseudonym of Cleo Coyle They live and work in New York and describe the various aspects of the city as only residents can. See the rest of the review at: http://www.examiner.com/article/read-...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Ms. Coyle has a real talent! Every mystery in this series gets bigger and better. The characters were great, I like how some of the characters introduced in the last few books are reappearing more and more. I also liked the quirky detective, though I wasn't supposed to. I also loved that Quinn's kids, Molly and Jeremy had a slightly bigger part in this book, though I still want to see more of them. The only downpoint in this book was Breanne. In Espresso Shot I thought the authors were going to ha Ms. Coyle has a real talent! Every mystery in this series gets bigger and better. The characters were great, I like how some of the characters introduced in the last few books are reappearing more and more. I also liked the quirky detective, though I wasn't supposed to. I also loved that Quinn's kids, Molly and Jeremy had a slightly bigger part in this book, though I still want to see more of them. The only downpoint in this book was Breanne. In Espresso Shot I thought the authors were going to have her as a recurring characters, and she didn't seem as bad in that book, she was quite likeable, actually. But now she's taken a 180 degree turn and the small part she plays in this book is almost hateful. Besides Breanne this book was another great installment in an amazing series. Great mystery, great setting, great characters. What more could you ask for in a book?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    I love the Cleo Coyle coffee shop mystery series. Claire Cosi owner of the Village Blend Coffee shop has her hands full with the Christmas time New york cookie swap, where the top chefs, bakers and candy makers provide the very best sugary treats for charity.But the joy of the season is dulled for Clare when she stumbles upon the body of M - her part time baker on a carousel just outside the event. Claire decides to investigate on her own. And find out who killed M and why? A fascinatng read. Th I love the Cleo Coyle coffee shop mystery series. Claire Cosi owner of the Village Blend Coffee shop has her hands full with the Christmas time New york cookie swap, where the top chefs, bakers and candy makers provide the very best sugary treats for charity.But the joy of the season is dulled for Clare when she stumbles upon the body of M - her part time baker on a carousel just outside the event. Claire decides to investigate on her own. And find out who killed M and why? A fascinatng read. There are amny suspects to chose from. Will Clare be able to catch the killer before they strike again?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was very festive, I think Christmas came into the descriptions on every page! I loved it, from the fa-la-la-la lattes and gumdrop spritzers to the Christmas cookie exchanges and ice skating parties. I'm actually sad this book is over because it really put me in the Christmas spirit! I hope this author writes another holiday themed story in this series because she's very good at it! Loved it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue Ross

    Once again Clare is in the thick of things. If you're looking for a great holiday mystery, this is it. Cleo Coyle's style of writing transports her readers right into the book. With her guy, Mike, in Washington, Clare is making the rounds of holiday parties and serving up her famous holiday drinks. What she doesn't plan on is finding the body of one of her part-time employees. From there things get crazy. It's another great book with sadness, excitment, anticipation, love and fun.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I won this book through Booktrib. This book was signed by the author "May your cup always be full" love Cleo Coyle. When I started reading it made sense because the main character owns a coffee shop. I loved this cozy mystery and will be looking for the previous 11 books in the library or book store.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joe Meyers

    I love the Clare Cosi series which has stayed at a very high level through 12 books. Perfect blend of good plotting, charming regular cast of characters & strong New York City atmosphere. You don't have to be a coffee lover to enjoy these books set in and around a Greenwich Village coffeehouse. I love the Clare Cosi series which has stayed at a very high level through 12 books. Perfect blend of good plotting, charming regular cast of characters & strong New York City atmosphere. You don't have to be a coffee lover to enjoy these books set in and around a Greenwich Village coffeehouse.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Doreena

    Won this one as a First Read! YAY! Thank you soooooo much Ms. Coyle! I absolutely LOVED this book! The storyline keeps you involved, (I couldn't put it down) and the characters are quirky and fun. They are great. This was a fun mystery. I still want to go have a cup of coffee there! LOVED IT!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Love my friends at The Blend! Clare & her staff never fail to serve up some delightful tales of mystery, murder & mocha!! Love my friends at The Blend! Clare & her staff never fail to serve up some delightful tales of mystery, murder & mocha!!

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