Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #2)

Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #2)

by Cleo Coyle

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Business is booming at Clare Cosi's Village Blend, until her female customers start to die. Lieutenant Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, and, unfortunately, his prime suspect is the new man in Clare's life.

Now Clare will risk her heart—and her life—to follow the killer's trail to the bitter end.

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ISBN-13: 9780425197141
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/2004
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 66,337
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of The Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

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Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This husband and wife team definitely writes one of the best cozy series going.  The mystery is exciting and I learn more and more about coffee and New York with each continuing book.  My favorite type of cozy!  This is the second in the series and unlike some cozies, there is nothing repetitive or unnecessary within the story line. There is someone calling themselves "The Genius" pushing women to their deaths, making it look like a suicide.  Meanwhile, back at The Village Blend coffee shop, finding interesting and deserving men to date becomes a topic in the shop.  Clare, store manager and divorced from the store's owner's son, Matteo, is trying to monitor her grown daughter's dating choices.  In doing so, the store hosts a social gathering where men and women can meet and match themselves with potential dates.  While checking out men for her daughter, Clare meets  her own "Mr Right", but her policeman friend warns her that this man is a suspect in these recent murders.  Clare believes he's not the murderer and sets out with Matteo to find the real murderer. Suspense builds as we read the inner thoughts of "The Genius".  Clare's relations continue with her divorced husband, cooking school student daughter, and meddling mother-in-law which is a fun story in itself.  Clues point to a variety of people, with a shocking surprise in the end.  Definitely will continue with this fun series! 
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
Oh what a great read! Not only was it a surprising ending- but I learned a lot about coffee and NYC history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Will continue to read series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting series, and I will follow through on all of them. It makes me want coffee about every third page, but it is very informative about different types and how different coffee drinks are made. However, it is not OBSESSED with coffee to the detriment of the story itself. I enjoy the main character as well as the other characters in this series... and I enjoy the descriptions of New York City. The mystery is also very good, and keeps you guessing. I recommend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page-turner! I could not put this book down. If you like coffee, and mysteries, this book is for you.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After divorcing her husband Matteo, Clare took their daughter to New Jersey where they went suburban for a decade until Joy accepts a school in Manhattan. Clare eagerly agrees to a job offer by her former mother- in-law in the family owned business The Village Blend so that she can be near Joy. She relocates to a duplex above the store while her daughter and her former mother-in-law hope that is the first step in binging Clare and her ex-husband Matt together....................................... Clare is more interested in monitoring Joy¿s men rather than meeting any males for herself. During a social gala hosted above the Village Blend, Clare meets and falls in love with Bruce Bowman; he reciprocates her feelings. Clare¿s friend Detective Mike Quinn warns her to avoid Bruce because he is the prime suspect in the murders of three women that he knew whose deaths were disguised as suicides. Clare refuses to believe Bruce is capable of homicide and with the help of Matt sets out to affirm her belief.............................. THROUGH THE GRINDER is a fascinating mystery mostly because readers see the killer¿s point of view as he strikes at the victims. Though the logic why Bruce is a lead suspect seems thin, Quinn¿s jealousy forces him to rationalize his opinion. Though the tale takes a little time to introduce the cast once Clare takes Manhattan, readers gain an engrossing amateur sleuth serial killer that stars a brave, quirky heroine................................ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book is very possibly the worst murder mystery book I've read. There is absolutely NO plot development and no character development and the writer(s) spent so much time describing every room and every lawn and every yard and every home and they forgot to develop their murder mystery story. I regret purchasing this book.
SleepDreamWrite 7 months ago
One of many books I took a break from and have yet to finish. Took me longer than I realized to finally get around to finishing this. The mystery in this installment was good. Got creepy in some parts but the main character investigating with the other characters was good. Otherwise this one was okay. Might read more from this cozy series.
emily.ann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't read the first book in the series, but that didn't seem to hinder me. I appreciate that the backstory was explained in little pieces throughout instead of spending the first chapter on that like some books do or not telling you any of it at all. It was a little difficult for me at times with the extraneous descriptions. I'm not interested in coffee at all, so those didn't mean anything to me and the detailed descriptions of buildings and things flew over my head since I have a hard time picturing things like that. So there were some pages I had to just skim out of boredom, but the rest of it was interesting.
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Too much of this book feels like filler. The first book in the series blended the coffee gimmick (see what I did there?) nicely into the story, but in this one, there's a bunch of stuff on architecture and a bit on the paintings of a convicted serial killer that don't fit into the theme. On top of that, a whole section of the book feels like it was bolted on to add pages, as the heroes go off exploring an art gallery in a way that doesn't really seem to to add anything to the story.There's also a lot of pages spent focusing on the dating life of the main character, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing by itself, but the whole book never comes together. It gives the impression of a bunch of little pieces jammed together without any coherent whole. It's a pity, after the promise of the first one.
jonesli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm getting addicted to these mysteries. I love the coffee atmosphere, even though I only let myself have one cup a day, I make sure that I enjoy it. I like that there is factual information about latte and expresso making, as well as the various types of coffee available, who knew?As with many mysteries, some of the situations Clare finds herself in are slightly over the top, but great fun to read. In this second in the series, she reacts nervously to the idea of her young daughter Joy, using various on line dating services and decides to check them out for herself.To her surprise, while checking out potential candidates, Clare actually meets a man that she likes and seems to good to be true. When various women who have all used the same dating service turn up dead, Clare's new man is the primary suspect. Of course she wants to clear her name, and enlists the help of her ex-husband Matteo in finding the real killer.I never guessed the outcome and was truly surprised all the way to the end. This particular "cozy" had a sad undertone which was unexpected, and an "icky" moment concerning a certain body part which had no place in the story. Other than that, it was a fun read. I look forward to continuing with the series.
nsjlh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I liked most about this book was the dating. There was online dating to speed dating which added some fun to the book. Clare and her daughter both on the speed dating which was held upstairs. That proved very interesting. I also liked the yellow coat. It was an item that made its mark through the book. I was reading this book at the same time as listening to Origin in Death by J.D. Robb which also had a coat as a prominent item in the book. It was fun to see the story circle around this item including humor. Have you come across an interesting prominent item?What I liked least in this cozy was the blurb from the killer¿s point of view. In a heavy, deep mystery it would have its place, but in a cozy I just didn¿t really care for it. At that point it just lost its cozy feeling. I enjoyed the additional history of the Village Blend.The author draws a picture of the area and I can picture the coffee shop on the corner in the hustle and bustle. I wonder if your picture is anything similar to my picture. Verdict ¿ 2.5 stars. Not the best and almost made me give up on the series, but not quite yet.Recommendation: Read, but read quickly. Could skim over the killer¿s insights if you thought they didn¿t have a place or added too much darkness.
FMRox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cleo Cosi, coffee shop manager stumbles into a serial killer and detective Mike Quinn believes her new love interest is the prime suspect.I really loved the amateur sleuthing in the first novel of the series. This one isn't as good. I figured out who the true criminal was half way through the book. I did not expect the ending though, so there was still some twist albeit I didn't like it. Is this novel, Clare seems more like a crazy overprotective mother and silly girl in love. She seemed more mature in the first novel. However, the author did tone down the coffee references which I appreciated. Coyle spent more time in this novel giving a history of the architectural development of NYC which was a nice bit of information. All in all the book in only average, but I will continue on to third in the series before I give up on the coffeehouse mysteries all together.
averitasm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this series so far I have read all that have been published, A nice cozy mystery, with coffee tips and romance a bit. Does get slightly repetitive when you hit the middle of the series but I always learned something new about coffee and recipes in the back. I would recommend for anyone who likes cozy's.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great little murder mystery full of suspense and easy-loving well developped characters with a dash of humour and lots of tips for coffee lovers. An all-around perfect read for a relaxing time in a coffeehouse.
AFHeart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as light as typical cozy. You don't often get teared up in a cozy and this one can bring a tear to your eye. Some of the elements return from the first book such as the ex-husband Matteo shaking things up and her wonderful employee Tucker making you chuckle. But this book goes into the dark side of a psychopath a little bit more. I was saddened by the climax, which also made this cozy push the typical rules. I think there is room at the table for this book with its touches of reality flavoring the brew rather than strictly glossing over the harasher sides of murder.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First off, I love the art cover designs on these books! This was a great and informative book on murder, romance, and coffee! Wish I was working in her coffeehouse!
leperdbunny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Title: Through the GrinderAuthor: Cleo CoyleGenre: Cozy Mystery# of pages: 270Start date:03/12End date:03/15Borrowed/bought: boughtMy rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best]: BDescription of the book: In this second book of the series, Clare Cosi starts to date again on SinglesNYC and women mysteriously jump to their deaths, or do they get pushed?Review: A fun read as usual. Clare starts dating again and of course there is all this tension between her and Quinn. I hope Quinn and her actually do get together eventually.
GypsyKat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A 2nd installation in the series. Equally simple & easy reading. Still enjoyed the coffee atmosphere.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Single women who patronize the Village Blend turn up dead. On first glance, it appears that they are suicides, but a closer look reveals that there may be a serial killer at work. Predictably shop manager Claire Cosi gets involved in the investigation. Most of the victims also used an online dating service. She's certain that Detective Mike Quinn has targeted the wrong person and sets out to prove that person is innocent. I will have to admit that the solution to the mystery was not one I'd considered, and I really didn't like the outcome. Still, I do enjoy the setting of the Village Blend and Claire. It's one of the better cozy series, and I have plenty more to read and savor.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clare Cosi, who manages the coffee shop the Village Blend, is concerned when her daughter Joy decides to look for a new beau through the Internet and other new dating groups. Trying to check out the groups, Clare signs up and finds a new man in her life.At the same time, several of the Village Blend regulars are mysteriously found dead and the talk is suicide except that the police think it's murder and that the murderer might be the new man in Clare's life. Clare sets out to clear the suspicion from her new beau with the help of her ex-husband Matteo. The situations that they find themselves in are amusing and at times over top but the story was fun and entertaini9ng.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.It¿s November, and The Genius is stalking young women from the Village, killing them so cleverly as to have the deaths appear as suicides. All are regulars at the Village Blend, Detective Mike Quinn believes that the deaths are not suicides but murders, and naturally Clare becomes involved.The plot itself is a step up from the first book, with subtle, clever red herrings sprinkled liberally throughout the story. In this episode, we do get more Village history, drill on making various coffee drinks, and an eyeful of online dating, New York style. Clare, always the hawk-eyed mom determine to protect her chick Joy (who¿s quite grown up), decides to try out all this dating stuff. Her romantic life does pick up as she meets a slick groper, a fundraiser for a vegan activist group; he uses scantily-clad lingerie models to raise money to campaign against meat. What makes this series even better is Coyle¿s prose, which is funny and refreshing. A typical example:¿Kira held up a big Lands End canvas carryall. Inside was enough newsprint to wrap dead fish through a nuclear winter.¿Clare cleverly and subtly trying to talk Joy out of online dating:¿Joy, aren¿t you busy with your culinary classes" I blurted out. "I mean computer dating doesn¿t sound like something you¿d have a lot of time for."Joy gave me a look I can only assume was also used on heretics during the Spanish Inquisition.Generation gap:Joy: ¿He was sort of intense, wasn¿t he?¿Clare: ¿Sort of intense? That man would win a stare-off with Charles Manson.¿Joy: ¿Who?¿There is an appendix that contains recipes and tips from the Village Blend for such drinks as Cafe Frangelico and Matteo¿s coffee--Hazlenut Cocktail and a recipe for Coffee-Marinated Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Hearty Coffee Gravy.Wonderful! Highly recommended.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Claire's daughter has decided to give internet dating a whirl so Claire decides she should jump in and check it out to see if it's safe. Unfortunately it leads Claire to discover that there is something murderously amiss in the matchmaking dating world both on and off the net. In the process of checking out the safety for her daughter's sake, it appears that Claire may have made a love connection as well, but is it too good to be true? Could her new paramour be the killer behind the seemingly accidental deaths of so many women? The story is well plotted and although you figure out who the killer is fairly early on in the story, plausible twists and alternative suspects are tossed in to keep you entertained. The character development is quite good which helps you get into the story even more. All in all, if you are looking for a decent cozy mystery that incorporates the love of coffee, then this is the series for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago