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Thank youThis is wonderful advice and just a really great addition to their scrapbooks !!! Thanks so much again!!! JoLynn
Sweet 16 Messages for Abby and Melissa
4 years ago you wrote a beautiful message for my daughter Olivia's 16th birthday. It is now a special part of her scrapbook. My daughter Abby turned 16 2 years ago and my daughter Melissa will turn 16 in April. Would you consider doing a message for each of their books? It does not have to be as long OR you could cut and paste the one you did for Olivia. It was such great advice!! Melissa is my youngest so this is the last time I will ask and thanks so much!!
~ JoLynn Webster
If I knew nothing else about you (and I don't), I'd know this: Your quest to put together scrapbooks for your daughters clearly shows you to be one amazing mom. I am tremendously flattered that you would like to include me in this endeavor and I'm more than happy to oblige...
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Dear Abby and Melissa,
First of all, I hope you know how special your mother is for putting together these scrapbooks for your 16th birthdays. While many mothers love their children, far too few consider how to give them something beyond the concrete: food, shelter, clothing, trinkets.
These special "things" we receive in life (rings, watches, trophies, diplomas, medals) are only valuable when they are vested with some kind of meaning. Your mom has so much imagination and foresight that she has jumped past the concrete and right to the meaning. And that is why, whether you realize it at this age or not, your mom is a very special woman indeed, which means you are very lucky daughters.
And now for my own message to you on this very important birthday...
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Printed out on a piece of paper, hanging above the desk where I write is a quote from the poet and novelist Sylvia Plath.
"The worst enemy to
creativity is self-doubt."
That saying is easy enough to understand on the face of it. But there is more in that warning than many people realize.
You see, doubting oneself can happen at any juncture in life and it can poison anything, not just creativity. And here's the real kicker: Self-doubt doesn't always begin with the self.
This may seem a terribly odd message to give you on your birthday, but it's one that I wish I had received at your age. It's a message that teachers and parents may find far too difficult or uncomfortable to give. But it's a message that might just become your flotation device one day in the future. And so, with a deep breath (and a reminder to all how very difficult growing up can be), here is my message...
Beware of friends, family, teachers, bosses, co-workers, or fellow students -- in short, beware of anyone whose words or actions toward you are tinged with the ugly goal of making you trip, fumble, or doubt yourself.
Oh, sure, we all need to be aware of our shortcomings. We need to be self-reflective, admit that we aren't perfect and own up to our faults and mistakes. If someone is honestly trying to help you become a better person, then three cheers for him (or her). But if someone is using criticism (warranted or unwarranted) just to tear you down, well then, I say: Get tough, Abby and Melissa. Be brave, be strong, and don't let that person succeed in undercutting you.
In your bones you'll know the difference between the people who mean you well and the ones who mean you harm. There will be situations where people who should be expressing joy for you do not. Instead, they will say things that undermine you, make you feel bad, make you wonder if you are wrong or did something wrong. They may not even say a thing to you. They may ignore you and that's the way they'll hurt you. Or they may not be subtle at all and say something that outwardly belittles you. What then?
One of the strongest pieces of armor you can forge for yourself in this crazy world is not armor at all—it's an antennae. Learn how to listen for the truth behind what people say. Learn how to ask the question: Is this how I would treat someone? Is this what I would say in the same situation? If not, then you must condemn (and ultimately forgive) them. What you must not do is internalize their harm and allow it to make you doubt yourself and your progress in your life and work. Only then will you be able to give yourself the best chance to produce something that's truly yours and truly amazing.
Finally, fear (I believe) is the one thing that holds most people back in life. Overcome fear and you will find joy.
Abby and Melissa!
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~ Cleo Coyle
When is your next book coming out?
Hello Cleo, I have read all of the Clare books so far and can't put them down once I have started. I want to know when will the next book come out with Clare in DC with new adventures and what is Mike needing her for? Alta Smith
Cleo's reply - Thank you for the kind note, Alta, I'm so pleased to know that you're enjoying my Coffeehouse Mysteries. The next book in the series (#15) is scheduled for release in December of this year (2015). I'll speak more about it in the coming months. I have subscribed you to my newsletter so you won't miss out on the news, early excerpts, and bonus recipes that I share with my readers. Thanks again, Alta, take care and...
May reading always bring you joy.
Would like Russian recipe
..mentioned in Once Upon A grind. Unfortunately, it's not in the back of the book or on this website or your foodie blog!
Cleo's reply - Bonus recipes are posted as part of my foodie blogging. Many bonus recipes are freely available to you now, and I hope you enjoy them! The recipe you asked about is scheduled to go live later this year. In the mentime, stay subscried to my newsletter so you don't miss it and enjoy the free recipes now posted. Warmest wishes and keep in touch!
Love the newsletter
I am always so happy to get the newsletter, all the little tidbits of fun info, pictures, recipes, contests, BOOKS. The tours are wonderful. You paint such a beautiful picture of New York City. I have always wanted to see Central Park and your tour is almost like being there.
Cleo's reply - My sincerest thanks to you for taking the time to leave me that very kind note. Marc and I have lived in New York for going on three decades now, and we've seen so many changes. It's a pleasure to share our love of the city with you--as well as our thoughts and insights on New York's changing face.
I hope you continue to enjoy our books and newsletters.
A new one will be going out in March.
Wishing you java joy,
Do you remember this one? Same chipped ham mixed with American cheese and fried on the flat top till browned perfection?
Cleo's reply - Sweet chipped ham memories! You must be from Mister Rogers Neighborhood--or somewhere close by. Welcome and thanks for dropping by my message board!
"Someplace Special" love to you,
...your recipes...are fabulous, yummy, extraordinary!!! and the pictures are so delectable too. are you a gourmet cook? Keep up the great stories - I LOVE all your books, cant get enough! only problem? your recipes are putting weight on my husband...lol. stay warm!
Cleo's reply - My mother and aunt, who were born in Italy, taught me to cook. My father made his own wine and (shhhh) whiskey and brandy. Dad also tended a very large vegetable garden (way before it was trendy). I learned to love whole food and espresso (again, long before these things were trendy).
Food is in my blood. Several of my relatives own and run restaurants and many members of my extended family had amazing cooking and baking skills. Here in New York, my culinary education continues by way of foodie finds in ethnic neighborhoods.
Living in Queens, New York, is a real education. Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world - (click here to read more). Simply moving through my own residential area introduces me to new culinary ideas--and it's a pleasure to share them with you.
Cooking is a pleasure for my husband, too, who has culinary roots of his own. I'm so glad you (and your happy husband) are enjoying our recipes, and I hope you continue to. Thanks so much for dropping by the message board and keep in touch!
Black out cake recipe
Please send me the Black Out cake recipe (email deleted for privacy)
Thank you Thank you
Cleo's reply - Yes, but please do request this directly. Email me at CoffeehouseMystery(at)gmail(dot)com
Central Park video
Thank you so much for posting the videos of Central Park. I have long wished the see the park in person, I love in Ontario, Canada, but don't see myself traveling there in the near future. The videos were wonderful & made me feel almost like I was there. Again thanks so much.
Fan from Canada
Cleo's reply -
You made my day, Judi, thank you so much for your lovely note. It was very kind of you to take the time and trouble to drop by my message board and share your thoughts.
Central Park is a real treasure, and I think too many tourists miss the chance to see it. I hope you do get a chance to visit New York one day and see the park in person. In the meantime, I am delighted that my little *virtual* walking tour brought you a measure of pleasure. Sending caffeinated kisses to you up in Canada.
Warmest wishes always
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Blackout cake recipe? (Cleo is happy to help!)
I could not find your blackout cake recipe...[from your Coffeehouse Mystery Murder by Mocha]. Would really appreciate it!
Cleo's reply -
I am delighted to learn that the scene in Murder by Mocha with the Blackout Cake left you wanting the recipe for your very own, and I am happy to share it with you!
I have already sent the recipe to many readers who have contacted me at CoffeehouseMystery(at)gmail(dot)com - If you send me an e-mail, I'll reply with the recipe.
With so many chocolate recipes packed into the appendix, Murder by Mocha is the perfect Valentine's Day read. For anyone interested, I am happy to share the recipe guide, below...
May you eat with mocha joy!
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Triple-chocolate Italian Cheesecake
I have been reading your books since you started. I am Italian and would love the recipe for the triple-chocolate Italian Cheesecake [from your Coffeehouse Mystery Billionaire Blend]. I have the Ricotta cheesecake from my Grandmother but would love this one. Thank you and Thank you for all your great books.
Oakland Park, FL
Cleo's reply - Linda, I am posting that recipe for Easter! I hope you will subscribe to my newsletter so you don't miss the recipe when it goes live. To subscribe, click here. Or simply drop back again around Easter time.
It's wonderful to hear that you have your grandmother's recipes. I cherish recipes from my beloved family members, too. In so many ways, the food and cooking we shared together brings them back to me.
For anyone new to this site or my books, my bonus recipes are part of my ongoing foodie blogging, and I am happy to share new recipes with readers and followers, using this site and my newsletter. I also have a new foodie blog that helpse me archive recipes, and I'm gradually adding to it.
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Thanks for dropping by, Linda, and thanks especially for reading my books!
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whens the 15th book coming out.I absolutely love this series! Cosi is so me!! I want to know when will the 15th book come out? Huurryyyyy Love cc
Horse walki did not know that was called a horse walk. I've seen it before in other old homes but didn't know what it was. Learn something new each day :)
When exactly did Quinn confess his liking for Cosi?
I'm reading the series and am intrigued in knowing when exactly did Quinn and Clare hook up. In which book?
Cleo's reply -
Thank you for the question. For anyone new to these books, The Coffeehouse Mysteries are a series of light, amateur sleuth murder mysteries set in and around a landmark coffeehouse in New York's picturesque Greenwich Village.
The series, which I write with my husband, is now celebrating over 10 years in print, with the first book, ON WHAT GROUNDS, in its 20th printing.
There are 14 books thus far, with the 15th coming later this year, and our readers are pulled along by the unfolding development of the characters in our books.
Our cast is a diverse one with quirky baristas, a flamboyant (and stylish) octogenarian coffeehouse owner, a globetrotting coffee hunter (with a checkered past), and a single-mom manager named Clare Cosi, who is trusted by her employees, her customers, and her neighbors in Greenwich Village.
When crime happens (as it does often in New York), the trust and friendship Clare has forged with her neighbors is what leads her to investigate the truth of what happened, especially when the crimes go unsolved. Clare will even put herself in danger to protect and defend her family, employees, and neighbors from harm--or from being falsely accused.
Typically cops down coffee by the gallon during their tours and New York City cops are no exception. In the course of the series, Clare strikes up a friendship and then a relationship with an NYPD officer who works in her neighborhood's precinct. That officer's name is Mike Quinn.
While there are a number of unfolding personal stories in our series, many readers are especially interested in Clare's ongoing relationship with Mike. Below is a very brief summary of how that relationship begins to unfold...
NYPD Detective Quinn first meets (and is quite impressed by...) coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi in Book #1 of our series, ON WHAT GROUNDS.
In THROUGH THE GRINDER (Book #2), their acquaintanceship becomes a friendship and they have their first quiet dinner together, where Mike reveals some secrets about his personal life. By the end of the book, Mike is feeling protective of Clare and you will see what happens as a result.
In Book #3 LATTE TROUBLE, the affection between them has grown even more and there's an intense scene between them in that book.
Book #4 MURDER MOST FROTHY sends Clare to the rich and famous beaches of New York's Hamptons, where a perplexing murder keeps her occupied, along with her duties managing the coffee service at a posh new restaurant. With her rebellious daughter and flamboyant employer (Madame) joining her for the summer, Clare has her hands full with an unsolved crime and a suspect too close for comfort. This is a book where she also sorts out her conflicting feelings about Mike and his complicated personal situation.
BOOK #5 DECAFFEINATED CORPSE and BOOK #6 FRENCH PRESSED are the two books where Mike and Clare begin to take steps toward a serious relationship. But the challenges in front of them are just beginning...
There are now 14 books in our series, and my husband and I are now writing #15, scheduled to be published in December of this year (2015)...
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The Horse Walk information about Leroy Street was fantastic
Thank you so much.
Cleo's reply -
Thank you so much, Cynthia! It's always a pleasure to hear from you, and it's a joy to visit Greenwich Village, primarily because some very wise people had the foresight to protect the historic integrity of the area's buildings.
Marc and I have learned, after 30 years living in NYC: blink and the block changes! That's why the preservation of historic buildings has been so important.
Landmark designations have saved these beautiful pieces of history from the developers' bulldozers. Now we, and generations after us, can take a walk back in time by simply strolling the streets of the Village. That's one of many reasons we set our Coffeehouse Mysteries in that part of the city. Not only is it picturesque, it's also layered with fascinating history.
Thanks for dropping by the message board, Cynthia. Marc and I appreciate it!
Stay cozy and keep in touch,
Through cozy chicks discovered your books. Having them as audio reads keeps me "reading" as I knit... I am making my way through the series. Just love walking around NYC with your characters; and increasing my knowledge of coffee. Even bought my first single origin beans. Thank you.
Cleo's reply -
Thank YOU, Fran, for taking the time and trouble to drop by my message board. I'm glad to know that you are enjoying your time with my characters. Cheers!
I'm also delighted to know that you are happy about learning a bit more about coffee, a beverage we usually take for granted, but one that serves up a fascinating history--and allows for some interesting insights into commerce and cultures around the globe.
If you haven't done so already, I invite you to sign up for my periodic newsletter. I give away a package of premium coffee every week to a randomly drawn subscriber. The newsletter also carries recipes and links to contests and other interesting info.
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Question from Australia - Through the Grinder
I have just discovered your books and I am really enjoying meeting and unfolding the layers to your characters.
Being an Australian and never been to New York (yet!) I am wondering if the house you based Bruce's house on in Through the Grinder is the house at 7 Leroy Street?
Doesn't matter I guess, but, as I am not familiar with your street scapes, using google maps and a little sleuthing of my own, I can see for myself without leaving the comfort of my cozy chair.
Many thanks and regards,
Cleo's reply -
Welcome, Philippa, to the world of The Coffeehouse Mysteries. I am delighted to know that you are enjoying my books thus far, especially the characters and their unfolding stories, which is the heart of the series.
In reply to your excellent question...
Yes, you are absolutely correct. The model for
Bruce's house in Through the Grinder
(Coffeehouse Mystery #2) was inspired by the one
found at 7 Leroy Street in Greenwich Village.
Very good sleuthing!
Below is a photo of this beautiful
landmark townhouse, now protected
under laws for historical preservation in
New York City...
7 Leroy Street, Greenwich Village, New York
is the model for the townhouse that
Bruce restores in Through the Grinder.
Do you see the "horse walk" in the photo? Clare Cosi mentions (and admires) this historical detail in Through the Grinder.
Look for the small wooden door at street level. It's positioned to the left of the townhouse's front door. See the little window above? This door and window mark the passageway to an alley that leads to the back of the home where an enclosed courtyard would have held a stable or workshop.
The term "horse walk" comes from the fact that nothing larger than a horse can pass through the alley and into the enclosed back area of the building. By the way, in 2011, this historic building sold for $3.9 million.
Thanks for dropping by, Philippa, I hope you'll keep reading the series...and keep in touch!
~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffehouse Mysteries
BBQ Chipped Ham - Where?
BBQ Chipped Ham. Where is this sandwich?
Hey, there, thanks for stopping by. Happy to help. See below or hit this CLICK HERE button. It will take you to my recipe post. Read the post and you will find all the answers you need about this regional favorite.
How to Make a
BBQ "Chipped Ham"
Insanely Easy and
My readers may remember this sandwich from
my new culinary mystery Once Upon a Grind.
When Clare was pregnant with her daughter,
she craved it, and Matt had to learn what
"chipped ham" was so he could order it
properly at the New York deli counter.
Now you can find out how to order it, too,
and create this regional favorite from Western
Pennsylvania, a sandwich that Marc and I (and our
amateur sleuth Clare Cosi) grew up eating
See you there!
Haunted Bookshop Mystery
The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller -
When is the book coming out? I need it badly. Thanks VaLinda
Cleo's repy - No worries, VaLinda, we're working on it for you! Have you read them all? There are five books published thus far, and if you haven't read them all, you should check out the title list below...
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I noticed you have a link to your Facebook page, and your Twitter account but not your Pintrest page. Will you be adding that soon?
Cleo's reply - Sounds like a good idea. When I have the time, I'll do that. Thank you for the suggestion. Stay cozy! ~ Cleo
Coffeehouse Mystery Series
I purchased one of the books in the Coffeehouse Mystery Series at my local bookstore and I enjoyed it so much, I returned and purchased three more books in the series. Thank you for sharing your talents with the rest of the world. It is such a pleasure to sit down with one of your books and escape from the "daily grind" of my work. I can't wait to read one of the books in the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.
Cleo's reply - What a wonderful note. You made my week. Thank YOU, Karen!
Wishing you java joy,
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries
Love the series, miss the characters, happy to hear we'll read about them again soon.
Cleo's reply - Thank you for your very kind note and for your saintly patience. We know fans of the series have been waiting a long time for the new book, and we truly are working on it. Soon enough we will have Jack solving crimes again in his after life with his favorite "dame" - bookseller Penelope McClure. Cheers and thanks again for dropping by...
~ Cleo (Alice)
The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller
Is this going to be published? And if so, when? Love the series!
Cleo's reply -
We're absolutely working on it, and we're glad you've enjoyed the first 5 books in the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. For anyone who would like to learn more about these books, visit our Haunted Bookshop page by clicking here.
Book #1 - The Ghost and Mrs. McClure
Book #2 - The Ghost and the Dead Deb
Book #3 - The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library
Book #4 - The Ghost and the Femme Fatale
Book #5 The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion
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And may you read with spirited joy!
~ Cleo (Alice)
I have read all the coffeehouse mystery books and enjoyed all of them. They are never long enough I read them so fast.
Cleo's reply -
Thank you! It's always a pleasure to hear from readers like you. Marc and I often hear that lovely compliment from readers. They often tell us that they wish we could write them as fast as they can read them. A nice thought, but that's one wish that won't come true! Good work takes time, and we do try to give you good work. We hope you enjoy the next Coffeehouse Mystery, which is now scheduled for December 2015. In the meantime, watch our newsletters for fun news, recipes, and contests, and keep in touch.
May you eat (and read) with joy!
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I love the Coffeehouse Mysteries! I have read them all and am wondering if there is a new one in the making? It has also gotten me very interested in coffee making and grinding and I am learning things from these books!
Cleo's reply -
Thank you and, yes, we are working on the next Coffeehouse Mystery now. For anyone new to our work, our last few titles were...
#10 Murder by Mocha - Coffee + Chocolate = Murder, a great read for Valentine's month, with mouthwatering chocolate recipes.)
#11 A Brew to a Kill - A funny food truck war turns deadly in NYC, featuring muffin, coffee cake, and delicious international recipes...
#12 Holiday Buzz - In New York City, the holidays are murder, featuring lovely holiday recipes.
#13 Billionaire Blend - A billionaire hires Clare to create the most expensive and exclusive coffee blend in the world - with deadly results, featuring a wealth of incredibly delicious recipes - don't miss the Baileys Irish Cream Fudge!
...and the latest, just published...
#14 ONCE UPON A GRIND - During a fairytale festival, Clare finds a body in the spookiest section of Central Park's woods, a sleeping beauty with an incredible story that will open secret doors uptown and down, showing you a world you've never seen before. Join Clare as she tracks down a ruthless killer...
The next book is #15 title to be revealed soon. It is due to be published next December (2015).
Thanks for asking and thanks especially for reading our books.