Cleo Coyle Books

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Cleo Coyle is an American author that writes mystery novels. The pen name belongs to Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini, a husband and wife team. Alfonsi, who comes from an Italian family in a working-class neighborhood, attended Carnegie Mellon University.

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Order of Coffeehouse Mystery Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 On What Grounds 2003 Description / Buy
2 Through the Grinder 2004 Description / Buy
3 Latte Trouble 2005 Description / Buy
4 Murder Most Frothy 2006 Description / Buy
5 Decaffeinated Corpse 2007 Description / Buy
6 French Pressed 2008 Description / Buy
7 Espresso Shot 2008 Description / Buy
8 Holiday Grind 2009 Description / Buy
9 Roast Mortem 2010 Description / Buy
10 Murder by Mocha 2011 Description / Buy
11 A Brew to a Kill 2012 Description / Buy
12 Holiday Buzz 2012 Description / Buy
13 Billionaire Blend 2013 Description / Buy
14 Once Upon a Grind 2014 Description / Buy
15 Dead to the Last Drop 2015 Description / Buy
16 Dead Cold Brew 2017 Description / Buy
17 Shot in the Dark 2018 Description / Buy
18 Brewed Awakening 2019 Description / Buy
19 Honey Roasted 2021 Description / Buy
20 Bulletproof Barista 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Haunted Bookshop Mystery Series

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1 The Ghost and Mrs. McClure ( By: Alice Kimberly) 2004 Description / Buy
2 The Ghost and the Dead Deb ( By: Alice Kimberly) 2005 Description / Buy
3 The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library ( By: Alice Kimberly) 2006 Description / Buy
4 The Ghost and the Femme Fatale ( By: Alice Kimberly) 2008 Description / Buy
5 The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion ( By: Alice Kimberly) 2009 Description / Buy
6 The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller 2018 Description / Buy
7 The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait 2020 Description / Buy
8 The Ghost and the Stolen Tears 2022 Description / Buy
9 The Ghost Goes to the Dogs 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Phil Of The Future Series

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1 The Great Fake-Out (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy

Cleo Coyle Anthologies

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1 Dark Seductions 1993 Description / Buy
2 The Cozy Cookbook 2015 Description / Buy
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Cerasini, who also hails from an Italian family in a working-class neighborhood, attended Ohio University, Athens. Initially, the pair worked separately, writing reviews, articles, fiction, and nonfiction. Cerasini is responsible for ‘O.J. Simpson: American Hero, American Tragedy,’ which sold 700,000 copies.

Alfonsi worked on ‘Hidden Passions,’ a New York Times bestseller, as a ghostwriter. Eventually, Alfonsi’s editor encouraged the pair to collaborate on a literary tie-in attached to the TV series ‘24.’ Alfonso and Cerasini learned volumes during the process, especially when the TV show’s story editor entered the equation and advised them.

They also enjoyed working together. When Berkley started searching for new mystery writers, Alfonsi and Cerasini proposed the Coffeehouse Mysteries and the Haunted Bookshop mysteries.

Both series did so well that the authors abandoned their day jobs to write full-time. Writing as a couple is fulfilling for Alfonsi and Cerasini because most writers live an isolated existence. They spend hours alone, working on their manuscripts, and their relationships always suffer.

Laypeople outside the publishing arena don’t understand why an author obsesses over a manuscript, dedicating months of their year to imaginary characters and daydreaming during conversations because they can’t stop finetuning scenes and storylines in their imaginations.

It doesn’t take long for that kind of mindset to strain platonic and romantic connections. Fortunately for Alfonsi, her husband is a writer. They understand the sacrifices they must make to meet deadlines.

Cerasini has noticed that their individual experiences benefit the collaborative process. Because they don’t necessarily think alike, Cerasini and Alfonsi will occasionally surprise one another, which is always pleasant.

If they can surprise one another with their contributions to each novel, they expect the book to deliver the same experience to the reader. This doesn’t mean things are always smooth sailing. They both get so caught up in the writing and creative process that the housework suffers.

But that is a sacrifice they are both willing to make. They share brainstorming duties. Once they have a rough outline, Alfonso and Cerasini will go their separate ways to develop their respective sections of the story, reuniting later on to discuss new ideas.

Brainstorming never stops. Cerasini won’t hesitate to wake Alfonsi from her sleep in the middle of the night because he just thought of a great solution to a difficult character or plot-related problem.

They don’t restrict their work to a particular time of the day or night. The pair have no qualms about discussing their manuscripts during grocery shopping or as they do the dishes. This is another benefit to their arrangement as a married couple that writes collaboratively.

Best Cleo Coyle Books

The authors keep things fresh by identifying the changes that occur in the real world and applying those changes to their settings and characters. Cleo Coyle’s best books include:

On What Grounds: Clare Cosi manages a historic village blend coffeehouse, and her life is about to take a nasty turn. Someone murdered the assistant manager. Although, no one is using the word ‘Murder.’ Two detectives investigated the death and ruled out foul play.

They found no sign of forced entry. As such, they dismissed the victim’s death as an accident. But Clare is not convinced. Something doesn’t feel right. And if the police won’t listen to her, she will take matters into her own hands. After all, if someone murdered the assistant manager, doesn’t that mean she’s in danger?

Through The Grinder: Clare is a divorcee with a busy life. She has a daughter in college and a quaint coffee shop. Clare is hardly an expert in murder. But murders seem to follow her. This time around, the victims are local singles.

She can’t tell whether the killer is picking his victim from local singles mixers or a dating website. Either way, the last thing Clare wants is for her daughter to date a murderer. She needs to find the killer before it’s too late.

Lieutenant Quinn thinks he knows the culprit. Unfortunately, he has set his sights on a man Clare likes. Clare must put everything on the line to find the real killer.

When Does The Next Cleo Coyle book come out?

Cleo Coyle doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Bulletproof Barista and was released on November, 14th 2023. It is the newest book in the Coffeehouse Mystery Series.

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