Coffee is what Clare does so the task is both daunting and exciting for her. As she travels to get to know his world, this is the first time we actually get to see Clare a little outside of her natural habitat and the Village Blend. I truly appreciate their efforts and can see that they had some fun with this book. This is a cozy mystery novel that is a pleasure to read.
First of all, I need to admit before I started reading this novel, I got into the website, joined for updates and read through all your posted yummy recipes. Being a adventurous cook as well as a avid reader I was in my glory! What a way to start off, in keeping with this coffeehouse mystery. In this Coffeehouse Mystery, a car bomb goes off outside of The Village Blend, killing the driver while the owner is in the coffeehouse talking to Claire.
The car belongs to a young internet-billionaire, Eric Thorner who wants Claire to create an exclusive coffee, affordable only by the ultra-rich. And when Eric offered to hire both her and Matt for their expertise in the business, she could not refuse the challenge. She is soon drawn into the world of the wealthy, being flown around the world and taken to the most exclusive clubs. The short chapter format briskly moves the story along, but with enjoyable characters to follow.
Mike and Claire struggle in their relationship at times, with their long-distance relationship, and issues of trust. And as a bonus you can browse all the delicious recipes. View all 6 comments.
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There are a few go-to names when it comes to Cozy Mystery writers. Cleo Coyle is one of them. Coyle releases her 13th Coffeehouse mystery and takes readers on a journey through the upper echelon's of the coffee business, and into the cutthroat competitive world looking for the perfect blend. Billionaire Blend is just that, the perfect blend of interesting coffee facts, great recipes, engaging characters and hair-raising mystery.
Coyle has a great way of putting it all together and taking the rea There are a few go-to names when it comes to Cozy Mystery writers. Coyle has a great way of putting it all together and taking the reader along for the ride. A great addition to this well loved series! What I liked: Oh, where to start! Cleo Coyle has long been one of my very favorites in the cozy genre.
This husband and wife team work so seamlessly together, you would never know there are two authors from reading the books. When I started to think about all the things I liked about this book and this series, I could start clicking them off on my fingers and thought I'd give you a little list to start this one out: The fantastic cover art The absorbing coffee facts The Greenwich Village setting The coffeehouse atmosphere The gripping mysteries The compelling lead characters, Clare I could go on and on!
There are just so many things that endear me to this series. And Billionaire Blend is one my favorites of the series so far.
This book gives the reader a behind the scenes look and the coffee business and a big business it is. I had no idea it was so competitive and I loved being an outsider looking in at what was happening. Coyle has a knack for making the reader feel like a fly on the wall, whether it is in the Village Blend coffeehouse or jet setting across the world looking for that elusive perfect mix. Clare Cosi is one of the best cozy heroines out there. She's intelligent and observant. Readers find in her someone with knowledge about more than just coffee. Coyle gives Clare this sense of kindness and duty to find out the answers and solve the mysteries in each book.
This time she up to eyeballs in trying to figure out why genius Eric Thorner just about bought it in an explosion that killed his driver, injured him and nearly took out the coffeehouse. She is true to form figuring out the clues and keeps readers riveted to the plot. The coffee culture has changed so much over the years and I love the feel I get when I go into a coffeehouse and feel that atmosphere.
Clare's coffeehouse, The Village Blend is definitely a place I would love to hang out. The setting just comes alive and I find myself wishing I could grab a cup of joe and walk around Greenwich Village every time I read one of these books. It's obvious that Coyle knows the city, the village and the culture and it gives the series and this book an authenticity that is often missing in cozies. What I didn't like: Absolutely nothing! Bottom Line: Billionaire Blend has so much going on in it. From the mystery of who is trying to kill Eric, to Clare's relationship ship with Mike, to finding the perfect blend.
I think Coyle did a fantastic job with pacing and just let the pieces fall together as they may. It wasn't a furious pace, but it kept me turning the pages long into the night. This is a favorite series of mine and I can't recommend it enough! Cleo Coyle has done it again with an intricate, page-turning mystery, romantic drama between Village Blend owner Clare Cosi and her now-living-in-DC cop boyfriend Mike Quinn as well as that between Clare's daughter Joy and her cop boyfriend, Emmanuel Franco, and techie drama galore.
While billionaires seem to be a dime a dozen ever since Christian Grey rolled onto the scene don't miss the great Fifty Shades joke embedded in Billionaire Blend , this one is different.
Eric Thorner is a tech whiz Cleo Coyle has done it again with an intricate, page-turning mystery, romantic drama between Village Blend owner Clare Cosi and her now-living-in-DC cop boyfriend Mike Quinn as well as that between Clare's daughter Joy and her cop boyfriend, Emmanuel Franco, and techie drama galore. Eric Thorner is a tech whiz billionaire who wants the best, including the best coffee. He's used to getting his way, and he wants Clare's coffee expertise--as well as her body. When he almost dies in an explosion outside her coffee shop, he tries to sweep her off her feet and makes her an offer that neither she nor her ex-husband and current business partner Matteo Matt Allegro can refuse.
Together the three travel the globe, which is a new twist for this series; usually we only hear about Matt's coffee sourcing exploits when he's returned. While one of the things I love best about this series is its New York-centered view and tidbits of history about the city, it was fascinating to see Clare get out of her familiar settings and to learn about how coffee affects people in various locations. There's always been a nod to the old-fashioned way of doing things in this series, even though it's firmly set in modern times.
From Matt's mother's elegance to the Village Blend's sense of artistic and Big Apple history, Clare's family and business have never been about doing things faster and speedier. So the fun technological prowess of Thorner and his company, from bathroom holograms to very smart phones to the seemingly omniscient Miss House, who gives Clare directions and seems to have eyes everywhere, is a treat. This is one of the most tightly plotted series I've read. I do recommend reading them in order, though technically you don't have to.
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There are so many little clues and red herrings and references here that make this book both a page-turning mystery and simply a fun read. Coyle adds depth to all the ongoing relationships in the series, romantic and familial--the sideline about Joy's restaurant job in France and the unexpected opportunity to cook for fancy billionaires is a delight--and lets Clare's smarts shine through while never making anything easy to guess.
Enjoy this with your favorite cup of coffee, and be prepared to keep refilling it as you stay glued to the story. Clare Cosi and all the crew at New York's legendary Village Coffeehouse are back in the latest adventures in this series. Finally out in Audible, which is my guilty pleasure for this favorite cozy series of mine.
A young billionaire Internet genius, Eric, has been making daily visits to Clare's coffeehouse, drilling all her baristas on differing coffee drinks. Clare suspects he's planning to filch her best ones, but before she can question him about this, a car bomb explodes outside of the shop, Clare Cosi and all the crew at New York's legendary Village Coffeehouse are back in the latest adventures in this series. Clare suspects he's planning to filch her best ones, but before she can question him about this, a car bomb explodes outside of the shop, killing his driver and injuring people in the coffeehouse.
Injured Eric was aided by Clare, and now he seems bent on giving her present upon present. Clare gets involved with the bomb squad to investigate who wants to kill Eric. As always, this coffeehouse mystery if full of coffee facts, and compellingly interesting information on the subjects of this mystery--bomb squad of New York, billionaire's lifestyles, foodie events, and internet apt development. The best part is that all this information is integral to the mystery and adds so much to the fun of these books. The Audible narrator is excellent, accents and all. Of corse , we also delve more into Clare's love life with her New York cop, and Clare's daughter and ex husband's adventures too.
Love love love this series. Recommend it to all cozy lovers whether your a coffee fan or not!! One of my favorite cozy mystery series is Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries, so I was thrilled to get my hands on "Billionaire Blend," the latest book in this series. And as with the previous books, I was totally impressed and absorbed by this intriguing mystery. In this installment, Clare Cosi, owner of the Village Blend Coffeehouse, is being courted by baby billionaire Eric Thorner to help him find the absolute best blend of coffee in the world. But someone is out to kill the tech whiz and Cl One of my favorite cozy mystery series is Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries, so I was thrilled to get my hands on "Billionaire Blend," the latest book in this series.
But someone is out to kill the tech whiz and Clare and her partner and ex-husband Matt get caught up in the drama and mayhem. As they travel around the globe seeking the illusive coffee, Clare must also find out just who is about to take the steam out of her new benefactor. Smart, sassy and full of snappy dialogue, personable characters, and a thrilling mystery, "Billionaire Blend" will delight cozy mystery fans as well as coffee aficionados.
And, as always, Cleo Coyle adds a bevy of delicious recipes for foods mentioned in the book - this is one of my favorite parts of the series! While a continuation of an established series, this novel can be read as a stand-alone story, but do yourself a favor and check out the entire series - you'll be glad you did! View 1 comment. Maybe the most exciting Coffeehouse Mystery yet!
Between explosions, fires, and luxury travel, Clare Cosi faces a whole new realm of adventures. Plus, there's an unusual amount of coffee knowledge packed into this volume--even for this series! When a tech billionaire's limo blows up in front of her cafe, Clare is drawn into a mystery that's only compounded by Mr. Moneybags' interest in courting her coffee genius for his next big app. Clare has to solve the mystery of who might want to kill her n Maybe the most exciting Coffeehouse Mystery yet!
Clare has to solve the mystery of who might want to kill her new partner before she's sucked into a web of intrigue, technology, and big money posturing. Plus, things are trickier than usual on the romance front! This well-paced mystery also makes you think about some pretty interesting issues in privacy and technology. Of course, the mini-cookbook at the end of the book is exceptional. I look forward to baking all the delicious goodies and mixing up some of the drinks. I tried, I really did, to get into this book because I've enjoyed the other books in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.
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Unfortunately, this one did not resonate with me. I kept waiting for something to happen that I could care about, but nothing ever did. Rather than being absorbed by a mystery that needed to be solved, Clare seemed absorbed by the world of a man that I personally found thoroughly uninteresting. Nothing about billionaire Eric Thorner, his inventions or his entourage intrigued me. E I tried, I really did, to get into this book because I've enjoyed the other books in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.
Everything I might have found interesting a bombing, the death of a young woman who is barely mentioned in the book and Clare's relationship with Mike Quinn was of secondary importance -- and a far distant second at that. I've enjoyed the other books enough that I won't let this book keep me from reading on, but for me this one was a disappointment.
May 02, Micky Cox rated it really liked it. Another very creative story in the coffeehouse mystery series! This time we have billionaires among the possible guilty suspects that are causing havoc that may cause the coffeehouse unrepairable damage. As usual a creative plot that offers up multiple suspects to choose from although this one seems a bit more obvious the storyline still is enjoyable and intriguing.
I have been a big fan of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle for several years now, but this was the first time for the audiobook version. I chose this book from the Audiobook Jukebox Solid Gold Reviewers Program because I have just haven't had the time to read the next book in the series but really wanted to. Clare Cosi is the manager of the Village Blend, a landmark coffee house located in historic Greenwich Village.
Her baristas have been telling her about a man who has been coming in I have been a big fan of the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle for several years now, but this was the first time for the audiobook version. Her baristas have been telling her about a man who has been coming in every day about the same time and quizing them on exotic and rare coffee drinks, and yet never ordering any of them. They have taken to calling him the Quizmaster. On this particular day, the Quizmaster arrives a bit early, while Clare is going off duty. Clare thinks that he is headhunter for one of the big name coffee houses on the West Coast, coming in to poach her baristas and decides to give him just enough rope to allow her to throw him out, once and for all.
However, it turns out that the Quizmaster is actually the Eric Thorner, aka the Baby Billionaire, a young man who has made his money in technology and apps. After he is impressed by Clare's knowledge of coffee and it's history, Eric is in the process of offering Clare a business opportunity when an explosion racks the Village Blend due to a car bomb in Eric's limo, double parked out front. Rebecca Gibel did an excellent job with narrating the book. Madame's and Ester's voices weren't quite what I had been expecting, but they grew on me. I think I will be switching over to audiobook for the next books in the series as well.
Rebecca just made the world come alive for me. This was the first story in a the entire series that I was slightly disappointed in. Everything was so far over the top, whether is was luxuries or schemes. I missed Clare's more down to earth sensibilities, even as she has been on the fringe of high society in other books. This book placed her smack dab in the middle of the highest and most rarefied echelons.
I gave this book 3 stars. I won this book from Good Reads. This was the first by this author that I have read. Now I will go back and find the others in this series. I fell in love with the characters and the plot kept me guessing who was the murderer. Globetrotting, gaming apps, murders, coffee, and recipes made for a great story. The possibilities were many and I was not disappointed with the killer. The recipes I can't wait for the final review and the published book to try some of them.
I sure would not mind trying some of that Billionaire Blend coffee either. Overall a good book, however this book wasn't as good as the ones leading up to it, in my opinions. All of the characters were great except Mike. He alone probably made this book lose a star. In the last books he was caring and loving, but in this book he just seems almost condescending, at times, and he became really flat. I really hope he moves back to NYC soon because this angst that the author is building up with him really does nothing for the book.
The setting was great. The mystery was simp Overall a good book, however this book wasn't as good as the ones leading up to it, in my opinions. The mystery was simply mediocre, it lacked a real wow-factor that I look for in a book, though the car bomb was cool, and unique. Overall a decent book, but not one of my favorites. Mar 01, Kathy rated it liked it. Despite the fact that this is the 13th book in the series that I have read, despite the fact that I have 14, 15 and 16 on my TBR list, I can not stand the main character, Clare Cosi.
I like the books, the plot, the mystery and most of the characters. I find Clare to be a pushy, arrogant, nosy butttinski. I know, weird, huh? In this book Clare and Matt's main mission is to develop a unique coffee for a billionaire to show off to his friends. Several people are killed, and of course Clare has to sol Despite the fact that this is the 13th book in the series that I have read, despite the fact that I have 14, 15 and 16 on my TBR list, I can not stand the main character, Clare Cosi.
Several people are killed, and of course Clare has to solve the mysteries. This latest book in the series has all the classic elements that made me fall in love from the first words I read. Clare and Mike, Madame, Joy and Matt- making, drinking coffee and solving mysteries. I love how I can be so absorbed into a book that nothing else matters, except when nature calls.
Cleo has outdone herself with this book and the recipes- yet again. Tech Billionaire Eric Thorne is almost killed in a bizarre car bombing that does kill his driver, who is a PI investigating strange goings on. Clare saves Eric's life and his gratitude is a bit overwhelming as he pills all sorts of strings and rebuilds the aging coffeehouse which was giving Clare, Matteo and Madame huge headaches that cost waaaaay to much to fix. And now, a grateful Eric has "fixed" that This, the now 13th visit to The Village Blend, entertains as only Cleo Coyle continues to do. And now, a grateful Eric has "fixed" that, and put others in fixes of their own.
This must have been a fun manuscript. What if you had absolutely no limit on what you could do? You could save a way of life! Promote your favorite restaurant! Give a chef a day off! Make a donut without a hole Eric surrounds himself with saavy people, but he's still a bit of a clueless kid. Give him technology, and sure, he's in his element, but he can still be manipulated. And that's exactly what is happening. I really enjoy this series! I have a few to catch up on, and would love to read this one! One of the few series of my favorite authors that I'm up-to-date on.
So I'm ready for Billionaire Blend! Thanks for the review and giveaway chance. Happy Holidays! Impressive review, Lesa. I'm very intrigued and now must find a way to squeeze this into my dwindling pleasure reading time! I am a big fan of this series. Each book teaches me something new, depending on where most of the action takes place or what event is being focused on. I love the writing and the characters.
Ah, well, hopefully next year. Billionaires tend to have similar habits at work that are effective and efficient. Post a Comment. Cleo Coyle always manages to blend topical issues with coffee, recipes, and murder in he Coffeehouse mysteries.
Billionaire Blend (A Coffeehouse Mystery #13) (Hardcover)
But a car bomb blows up the man's limo, knocking out windows and leaving him bleeding in Clare's arms. It's only after she saves his life that she learns he's Eric Thorner, a billionaire who made his money as a tech whiz, developing apps and games. Before he's even recovered, Eric draws Clare into his world of battling billionaires, an elite, dangerous world.
But, he offers Clare and Matt an opportunity they find irresistible, the chance to jet around the world to put together a blend of coffee for the wealthiest people in the world. While Matt wants to help the people in poor countries who are growing and harvesting coffee beans, Clare is hoping to get close enough to find the person responsible for almost destroying her beloved coffeehouse, and endangering her staff. To do that, she'll have to find her way into Eric's world. Quinn's special assignment in Washington, D. While Clare struggles to maintain a long distance relationship, her daughter, Joy, is going through the same problems with a long distance relationship with another cop.
And, a billionaire enticing both mother and daughter doesn't help the suspicions. I've often said Cleo Coyle's books are not cozy mysteries despite the food and coffee. Billionaire Blend deals with issues of third world economies, rivalries in the tech world, and threatening activists. Cleo Coyle is as skillful in blending issues with mystery as Clare Cosi is at blending coffee. In Clare's case, the customers benefit. In Cleo Coyle's case, readers are the beneficiaries of a mix of mystery, money, and menus.
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