Cover image for On what grounds
On what grounds
Coyle, Cleo.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Publishing Group, 2003.
Physical Description:
275 pages ; 18 cm.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Adult Mass Market Paperback Popular Materials-Mystery

On Order



Clare Cosi used to manage New York City?s historic Village Blend coffeehouse, until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years away she?s back in action and back to the grind, serving up steaming hot caffeine one cup at a time.With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the coffeehouse, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work-until she discovers the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.NYPD Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or foul play and deems the whole thing an accident. But despite the attractive investigator?s certainty, Clare isn?t convinced. Now, if she wants to get to the bottom of things she?ll have to do some sleuthing of her own-before anyone else ends up in hot water... Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!

Author Notes

Cleo Coyle is the pen name for Alice Alfonsi, who writes with her husband, Marc Cerasini. This popular married writing team was born and raised in Pittsburgh, met in New York City, and married in Las Vegas. Together they've authored a number of bestselling books. As Cleo Coyle, they write The Coffeehouse Mysteries. As Alice Kimberly, they write The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

If coffee drinks are your idea of rapture on Earth, Coyle's long-running mystery series featuring barista-cum-sleuth Clare Cosi is for you. In this, the series opener (2003), when Clare arrives at the Village Blend and discovers her assistant manager at the bottom of the stairs, she knows it wasn't an accident. The cops dismiss her, so she investigates on her own. Narrator Rebecca Gibel treats the making of an espresso as a religious experience. Thankfully, those lengthy descriptions become professorial rather than continued revival meeting. Gibel's vocal range is limited but effective for creating secondary characters. Despite its Manhattan setting, this is still a cozy mystery. Public libraries will want to purchase. The series is on its tenth title (2011), and this series launch sounds a little dated.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Birmingham, AL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.