by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Cleo Coyle
After this review enjoy a guest post and fun recipes from Cleo Coyle. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of Holiday Buzz.
What better way to spend the holidays then with one of my favorite mystery cozy authors Cleo Coyle (which is actually the husband and wife duo of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini). I absolutely love their Coffeehouse mysteries featuring the manager of the Village Blend in New York, Clare Cosi. One of my favorite places to hang out is a coffee house–so when I heard there was a mystery series set in one, I couldn’t resist and they never disappoint.
In Holiday Buzz, Clare is in the midst of the holiday rush at the Village Blend that includes a series of events called The Great New York Cookie Swap. Things seem to be going along great when Clare stumbles across the dead body of a young baker’s assistant who had been helping out at the Blend. The police are convinced it is the work of the Christmas Stalker, but Clare doesn’t buy it. When one of her own employee’s becomes top on the police suspect list, Clare becomes even more determined to find out what is going on. Add to the story an arrogant hockey star, two former reality TV stars, an old rocker, all the interesting Blend employees, and a retirement home and you have the mix for a great mystery. As Clare investigates, she finds out that the Irish immigrant assistant wasn’t exactly who she appeared to be.
Clare enlists the help of her ex mother-in-law and her ex-husband and business partner Matt, which adds to the fun and comedic side of the story. Seen a little less in this book than in the past is Clare’s boyfriend Detective Mike Quinn, who is now spending most of his time in DC working on a special task force. But he still manages to help dig up important info for Clare and add some romance to the story.
The Coffeehouse mysteries are just plain fun–filled with great characters, a wonderful setting, a good mystery, and this time out some holiday fun. Coyle does such a wonderful job of bringing the Village Blend to life in each book that I can almost smell the coffee. And to top it off there are recipes in the back! What goes better with books and mystery than coffee!
Add Holiday Buzz to your holiday reading and you won’t be sorry!
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A Killer Eggnog Latte by Cleo Coyle
Eggnog is one of those festive flavors that instantly evoke the holidays. I love it and so does Marc, my husband and partner in crime writing.
While spiked eggnog is a staple of holiday parties, alcohol proves to be a problem for our amateur sleuth, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, who’s planning to discuss the details of a homicide investigation with her boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn.
Clare knows a good dinner will grease the wheels of conversation with Mike, and since she’s a fantastic cook, the chicken Marsala is not the problem. The crucial before-dinner drink is what worries Clare.
Mike has been downing more alcohol than usual since he began his new assignment in Washington, DC, so Clare whips up a tasty concoction that will keep the man sober and sharp.
Happily, Mike flips for Clare’s Frozen Eggnog Latte and the conversation they have about the murder of a young baker’s assistant keeps her amateur sleuthing on track.
Below is the drink that Clare whips up. It’s cold and creamy; easy to make at home; and unless you’re trying to investigate an unsolved murder, you can even spike it.
Cleo Coyle’s Frozen Eggnog Latte from Holiday Buzz
Makes one 10-ounce beverage
1/3 cup cold whole milk
2/3 cup cold eggnog
6 espresso (or coffee) ice cubes (*See note below)
Dash of ground nutmeg
*Note: To make coffee ice cubes for this recipe simply pour double-strength brewed coffee into trays and freeze.
Directions: Pour the milk, eggnog, and coffee ice cubes into a blender and mix for about a minute or until the ice is pulverized. Pour into a serving glass and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Serve as cold as the North Pole!
By the way, because of eggnog’s creamy richness, it makes a great ingredient in baked goods, bringing a lovely flavor and fragrance. To wit…
Eggnog Shortbread Cookies: you can find this recipe at my new recipe blog here. Or give my Eggnog Crumb Muffins a try. You’ll find that recipe in the back of Holiday Buzz.
To see more of the recipes featured in our new culinary mystery, click here and may you eat (and read) with joy.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
To enter to win a copy of Holiday Buzz, simply email KRL at life@kingsriverlife[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, with the subject line “Holiday”, or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 22, 2012. U.S. residents only.