Murder by Mocha hits the spot

Murder by Mocha

By Cleo Coyle

Copyright August 2011

Publisher Berkeley


Clare’s Village Blend coffee beans are being used to create a new java love potion: a “Mocha Magic Coffee,” billed as an aphrodisiac. The product, expected to rake in millions, will be sold exclusively on Aphrodite’s Village, one of the most popular online communities for women.

But at its launch, one of the website’s editors is murdered. Clare is convinced a bitter killer wants the secret formula. Can she catch who’s gone loco for mocha?


Clare is not happy about the contract with Aphrodite’s Village, not one bit.  Unfortunately there’s nothing she can do about it since it was Madame who signed it. She has a feeling that this could destroy the Blend if anything goes wrong.

With the death of one of the Aphrodite “Sisters”  Clare has to bring out all the big guns and find out who the actual killer is, the real motive and make sure that none of her “extended family” are hurt in the process.  With the help of Matt, Mike, Franco, Madame and her staff of baristas Clare will winnow out the answers to each level of the mystery and come out smelling like a rose.

This is the tenth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, and to my mind, the most complex storyline to date. In this book Cleo Coyle has fully shown the depth of her ability as a mystery author, not just a cozy one.  I’m looking forward to the next book in this series with baited breath.

Writing as Alice Kimberly she is also the author of the “Haunted Bookshop Mysteries”.  Cleo Coyle can be found hanging out at!/CleoCoyleAuthor and also at


FTC Full Disclosure:  I received this book from the author, who hoped I would consider if for review.


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  1. I love this series, although I still have a long way to go before I get to this book. Great review!