Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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Lisa Ks Book Reviews blog is proud to bring to you

This is a weekly online publication focused on connecting cozy mystery readers to favorite cozy characters by way of their town's newspapers. 

The Cozy Times will be available every Wednesday right here on Lisa Ks blog.

Today I'm featuring the 
Greenwich Village Gazette

Let's check out what's going on in 
Greenwich, New York.

The body of Italian jewelry designer Gustavo “Gus” Campana was found in his West Village home by local coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi.
“I think someone poisoned him,” Ms. Cosi was overheard whispering to her globetrotting ex-husband, Matt Allegro, who sources beans for their landmark coffee shop.
The elderly Mr. Campana, whose custom-designed jewelry is a favorite of pop stars and princesses alike, was rushed to Beth Israel Medical Center, where he has yet to regain consciousness.
When asked to comment for the record, Ms. Cosi was silenced by her octogenarian boss, undisputed queen of the Greenwich Village coffee scene. “Don’t indulge in hearsay, dear,” Mrs. Dreyfus Allegro Dubois told this reporter. “Talk to the police.
Easier said than done! The NYPD’s 6th Precinct had no official comment, although an anonymous source claimed Mr. Campana’s estranged son-in-law was the last person to see him alive. Or was he? Watch this column for breaking news on this developing story.

The city that never sleeps is on edge with yet another police shooting. Detective Michael R.F. Quinn, head of the NYPD’s famous O.D. Squad, praised one of his officers, who pulled the wounded traffic enforcement agent out of harm’s way. “Sergeant Franco handled the incident with courage and composure,” Quinn said. Like the brass above him, he denied a serial sniper was to blame (in his public statement). But during a coffee break at The Village Blend, this reporter overheard Quinn privately speculate that a single shooter with a grudge against cops may be the perpetrator.

An action-packed charity stage show is in rehearsal with the “world’s greatest superheroes,” according to Tucker Burton, who is writing and directing the show for kids with cancer. Though Tucker’s day job involves pulling perfect espressos at The Village Blend, he moonlights as a director of downtown cabarets and his many children’s theater credits include the smash hit of Central Park’s recent Fairy Tale Festival: Mother Goosed! While this reporter could not gain access to Tucker’s closed rehearsals, local slam poetess Esther Best was overheard griping about “men in tights being so-five-minutes ago.” Her roommate Nancy disagreed, calling the cast “smokin’ hot,” and the actor/model playing Superman (what else?) “super!”

Today's Cozy Times was based on the events in Cleo Coyle’s new Coffeehouse Mystery DEAD COLD BREW (#16 in the series), coming from Penguin Random House January 10, 2017.

Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear...
After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare's finger, Clare's eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived. 
First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange, hidden treasure to Clare's daughter. Next, the renowned jeweler who designed Clare's ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a suspiciously charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York's most secret places before an old vendetta starts producing fresh corpses.

With recipes to die for, including how to make cold-brew coffee at home!


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Enter to win a 
Signed copy of DEAD COLD BREW
and a
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Open to US and Canada

Cleo Coyle’s exciting new culinary mystery includes more than 25 delicious recipes! To learn more and get Cleo’s Free Recipe Guide for Dead Cold Brew, CLICK HERE.


CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, who writes popular fiction in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Like their 16 Coffeehouse Mystery novels, their 5 Haunted Bookshop Mysteries (written under the name Alice Kimberly), are bestselling works of amateur sleuth fiction for Penguin Random House. When not haunting coffeehouses or hunting ghosts, Alice and Marc are New York Times 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 cook like crazy, rescue stray cats, haunt coffeehouses, and hunt ghosts.

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The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the 16 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 


This fun, free checklist includes mini plot summaries for every title and links to many of Cleo’s Free Recipe Guides!

A big thank you to Cleo Coyle aka Alice & Marc, for a great issue of The Cozy Times
 and a wonderful Giveaway!


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  1. Not sure where to leave the comment ... I'm glad I discovered you....I love culinary mysteries and can't wait to check out the recipes!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

    1. You just commented! You can check that off on the entry form. And I'm glad you discovered me too! :-)

  2. It sounds great, hope to get a chance to read it :)

  3. Thanks, Lisa (and Cleo). Love this series! Happy Wednesday, to you.

  4. This book will be added to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Cleo's books and recipes are wonderful, special and enticing. Thanks for your giveaway.

  6. Thanks for sharing this weeks edition of The Cozy Times. As usual it was great.

  7. Although I've had to cut back on caffeine, I look forward to reading this new one!

  8. Just dropping in to thank Lisa K for featuring our characters in this week's Cozy Times. We love this feature on your blog, Lisa, and encourage all cozy authors to write an edition for you!

    We also wish our readers a very Happy New Year, and hope you enjoy our new Coffeehouse Mystery: DEAD COLD BREW. It's got some great twists and turns, and wonderful surprises. May you read with joy!

  9. This series sounds great. I have to try it out.

  10. Another title for my TBR Thanks to Lisa K for the heads up And to the author's for the giveaway. Looking forward to both. Have yet to read any in this series. The synopsis on these books have been most intriguing and an really looking forward to reading them. Della at

  11. i love your books. thanks.

  12. LOVE THIS SERIES!!!. Thank you so much for a chance to win.
    Nancy B

  13. Great series. Really looking forward to reading "Dead Cold Brew". Love the recipes that you include in your books and newsletters.

  14. I love reading about Claire and her adventures---I hope this series goes on and on.

  15. Hope to get started on this series soon.

  16. I love all the books! Claire and her crew have become like friends to me. I always look forward to their next adventure!

  17. Have not started the series yet but it is in this year's TBR pile. Thanks for the chance.

  18. As always, I'm so excited to read the newest book in one of my very favorite series! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. amy guillaume lindermanJanuary 4, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    i would love to sit in starbucks with a great new read! thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Coffee shops along with wineries are the top thing today. Thanks for the giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. I will for sure have this book by the 23rd if I have to buy it for my own birthday! My husband says I am to compulsive about your stories - how is that posssible? I have everyone in paperback because that's how they started out. Since I can't wait for the paperback I also have the newer ones in hardcover. I do not see this as a problem with these books :) .

  22. I am addicted to your novels. Love, love, love Coffeehouse Mysteries with Clare Cosi!

  23. I absolutely love the Coffee House mysteries. Most series lose steam after the first 3 but Cleo Coyle is still going strong. I cannot wait to read this one.

  24. I love this series and I'm ready for the next!

  25. I can honestly say that the Coffeehouse Series has been one of my top three mysteries where I have never missed reading one book. These stories are like the finest quality Espresso to me.... Being robust, full of "flavor" (for sure), super rich and super-charged in story content and character history and development. I cannot ever seem to get enough of the "caffeine" that I crave from these books and so definitely need periodically but that jolt always seems to be available when I need it most. And the baristas who serve us this fine product are heaven sent. Thank you Cleo and Marc for enriching your readers lives.

    Cynthia B

  26. I would love to win a copy of the book.. I am new to this series. Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. I have been following this series ever since book #1. Die-hard fan of Cleo's coffeehouse adventures!

  28. Love this series! One of my absolute favorites. Happy New Year!

  29. I LOVE THIS SERIES. It was the catalyst to renew my love of coffee...I purchased a French-press. Cleo Coyle is a favorite author and I enjoy all the extraneous, news, even a coffee blend. Thanks...

  30. I enjoyed this a lot. thank you very much for creating it. This is my favorite series.

  31. Love the Coffeehouse mysteries!

  32. I love this blog topic and this series. The book is preordered.

  33. I love this series..I have made so many of the recipes. They are so good. Love the lemon cookie from Espresso Shot!! Ready for the new one!!!!

  34. Would loveto read! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

  35. This is such a fun feature! I always like how Coyle likes to share all those recipes! Yum!

  36. I'm such a big fan of this series. The characters are like family and I'm always excited when a new book is released so I can find out what everyone is up to and what crazy adventure they will get into.
    I hope you keep the series going for many years to come. I also want you to know how much I love trying the recipes you include in the books.

  37. I have enjoyed reading and listening to this series and am not so patiently waiting for the next book to come out.