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Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, has perfected the art of steaming hot espresso. But now she needs to keep New York's bravest from being burned. As someone torches cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways, Clare investigates. Will she be able to solve the crime before someone tries to extinguish h Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, has perfected the art of steaming hot espresso. But now she needs to keep New York's bravest from being burned. As someone torches cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways, Clare investigates. Will she be able to solve the crime before someone tries to extinguish her?   


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Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, has perfected the art of steaming hot espresso. But now she needs to keep New York's bravest from being burned. As someone torches cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways, Clare investigates. Will she be able to solve the crime before someone tries to extinguish h Clare Cosi, manager and head barista of the landmark Village Blend coffeehouse, has perfected the art of steaming hot espresso. But now she needs to keep New York's bravest from being burned. As someone torches cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways, Clare investigates. Will she be able to solve the crime before someone tries to extinguish her?   

30 review for Roast Mortem

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    This was the first book I tried in audiobook for this series and I have to start off by saying that it’s amazing in audio. Since this series is set in New York, the characters have that distinct accent but the Cosi clan are also Italian, etc so there’s quite a lot of really distinct accents in this book and the narrator absolutely kills them all. Upbeat and fast-paced, this audio kicked ass. Out of all the books that I’ve read so far in this series, ROAST MORTEM has to be my favorite. This o This was the first book I tried in audiobook for this series and I have to start off by saying that it’s amazing in audio. Since this series is set in New York, the characters have that distinct accent but the Cosi clan are also Italian, etc so there’s quite a lot of really distinct accents in this book and the narrator absolutely kills them all. Upbeat and fast-paced, this audio kicked ass. Out of all the books that I’ve read so far in this series, ROAST MORTEM has to be my favorite. This one features firefighters so as you can expect it gets hot quickly. Some of these guys are really fun, while others are a little more rough around the edges. But I loved them all because they are the most interesting bunch of characters that we’ve encountered in the series so far. Part of this is due to Michael Quinn’s appearance. Michael is cousin to Mike Quinn, Clare’s boyfriend and he also has an interest in Clare so having to work with him in this investigation is definitely unsettling for her as he is a man who isn’t shy about his advances. Mike and Clare’s relationship hits a small rough patch in this one and I was slightly annoyed that Mike kept Clare in the dark for so much in this book regarding his past with Michael but in the end, I totally understand why. It’s clear that Mike is the one that belongs with Clare and I loved how the authors also managed to incorporate Madame, Clare’s mother-in-law in this book as well. Her presence certainly spices things up!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I have enjoyed every one of Coyle's Coffee House series but not this one. The main character, Clare Cosi (a master at coffee blending,managing an independent coffee house, gourmet cook,etc.) is dashing all over New York City finding an arsonist in one case for the Fire Dept., a murderer in two cases for the police, and oh, yes, solving a drug case for the DEA plus solving a major problem between her boyfriend and his long estranged cousin, getting her artist employer a major commission and recog I have enjoyed every one of Coyle's Coffee House series but not this one. The main character, Clare Cosi (a master at coffee blending,managing an independent coffee house, gourmet cook,etc.) is dashing all over New York City finding an arsonist in one case for the Fire Dept., a murderer in two cases for the police, and oh, yes, solving a drug case for the DEA plus solving a major problem between her boyfriend and his long estranged cousin, getting her artist employer a major commission and recognition and never misses a shift at the coffee house! Too much going on, too hard to believe New York's fire dept, police department and the DEA would all trust a coffee house manager to the extent we are expected to believe they did for Clare Cosi in Post Mortem letting her solve all the crimes going on in this book. I usually grab up Coyle's book as soon as published but I am feeling very tentative about her next one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    This was the first book I tried in audiobook for this series and I have to start off by saying that it’s amazing in audio. Since this series is set in New York, the characters have that distinct accent but the Cosi clan are also Italian, etc so there’s quite a lot of really distinct accents in this book and the narrator absolutely kills them all. Upbeat and fast-paced, this audio kicked ass. Out of all the books that I’ve read so far in this series, ROAST MORTEM has to be my favorite. This on This was the first book I tried in audiobook for this series and I have to start off by saying that it’s amazing in audio. Since this series is set in New York, the characters have that distinct accent but the Cosi clan are also Italian, etc so there’s quite a lot of really distinct accents in this book and the narrator absolutely kills them all. Upbeat and fast-paced, this audio kicked ass. Out of all the books that I’ve read so far in this series, ROAST MORTEM has to be my favorite. This one features firefighters so as you can expect it gets hot quickly. Some of these guys are really fun, while others are a little more rough around the edges. But I loved them all because they are the most interesting bunch of characters that we’ve encountered in the series so far. Part of this is due to Michael Quinn’s appearance. Michael is cousin to Mike Quinn, Clare’s boyfriend and he also has an interest in Clare so having to work with him in this investigation is definitely unsettling for her as he is a man who isn’t shy about his advances. Mike and Clare’s relationship hits a small rough patch in this one and I was slightly annoyed that Mike kept Clare in the dark for so much in this book regarding his past with Michael but in the end, I totally understand why. It’s clear that Mike is the one that belongs with Clare and I loved how the authors also managed to incorporate Madame, Clare’s mother-in-law in this book as well. Her presence certainly spices things up! *Reviewed by Annie❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacie Amelotte

    “Cold here in the alley, but things will get hotter soon…” I really love this series. I’ve never liked coffee but this series has taught me so much that I have started to expand my tastes. I had been putting off reading this book as it hit a bit close to home for me. We survived a house fire two years ago. Someone was watching over us as normally we would have been sound asleep and the results may have been completely different. With that being said, I was hesitant to read Roast Mortem as I could “Cold here in the alley, but things will get hotter soon…” I really love this series. I’ve never liked coffee but this series has taught me so much that I have started to expand my tastes. I had been putting off reading this book as it hit a bit close to home for me. We survived a house fire two years ago. Someone was watching over us as normally we would have been sound asleep and the results may have been completely different. With that being said, I was hesitant to read Roast Mortem as I could totally relate to what was happening throughout the book. After reading it though, I think it was therapeutic in a way. This series is always exciting and informative. This book is dedicated to firefighters and their families everywhere, but especially to all those men and women who fought the blazes after the 9/11 tragedy. The author does a great job humanizing these firefighters--one of which is the brazen cousin of Clare's policeman boyfriend. This conflict has been brewing for awhile so I was glad to see the developments between Mike's Cousin, the other Michael Quinn and the big secrets that were finally revealed that explain the history of the relationship between the two. I also enjoyed Clare coming to Mike's rescue for a change. Each character is getting stronger and even more interesting as the time goes. There are a few funny moments in the book that make it all balance nicely. This series never disappoints to have an entertaining story, delicious recipes and interesting coffee facts. I highly recommend this series. I look forward to the next book, Murder by Mocha, and I’m really glad I over came my fears and read this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    A 3.5. This mystery was actually a little confusing and I didn't figure out who had done it until maybe 40 or so pages away from the end. I was more into the relationship between the Quinn's and the progression of the relationship between Clare and Mike. Matt was a sweet guy in this book and I have to wonder why he's married to Breanne. I can't stand that woman! I dig Sgt. Franco and hope to see him again, he would be give Matt a run for his money if Joy ever comes back ;) Good use of memories and t A 3.5. This mystery was actually a little confusing and I didn't figure out who had done it until maybe 40 or so pages away from the end. I was more into the relationship between the Quinn's and the progression of the relationship between Clare and Mike. Matt was a sweet guy in this book and I have to wonder why he's married to Breanne. I can't stand that woman! I dig Sgt. Franco and hope to see him again, he would be give Matt a run for his money if Joy ever comes back ;) Good use of memories and threats. Liked seeing NYs Bravest and as a NYer myself, it was Really nice to see a book take place in Queens as well as Manhattan. I do have to give the authors credit for that, they aren't afraid to take Clare to Queens when most books that take place in NYC won't leave the island unless it's a quick trip to the Bronx or Brooklyn. sigh. Anyway, good mystery and good relations. Look forward to the next one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    This one I debated between a 2 or a 3. I felt that the ending to this was over the top. Clare is with a friend and they are in a fire. Of course she thinks it's something more. Then begins her trying to figure out the truth. On top of this we have Mike and his cousin's drama. Thankfully in the end all of this works out. On a happy note Clare's daughter wasn't in this. This one I debated between a 2 or a 3. I felt that the ending to this was over the top. Clare is with a friend and they are in a fire. Of course she thinks it's something more. Then begins her trying to figure out the truth. On top of this we have Mike and his cousin's drama. Thankfully in the end all of this works out. On a happy note Clare's daughter wasn't in this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    Cold here in the alley, but things will get hotter soon... This is the ninth book in the Coffee house series. It's been a while since I rad the last book but I was able to fall back into the characters fairly quickly. Clare and Madame, her ex-mother-in-law, get caught up in an explosion in a quaint coffee shop while visiting the owner. Clare suspects arson and dives into investigation mode. I love that these books teach us so much about coffee and the proper way to brew it. I am more of a tea drin Cold here in the alley, but things will get hotter soon... This is the ninth book in the Coffee house series. It's been a while since I rad the last book but I was able to fall back into the characters fairly quickly. Clare and Madame, her ex-mother-in-law, get caught up in an explosion in a quaint coffee shop while visiting the owner. Clare suspects arson and dives into investigation mode. I love that these books teach us so much about coffee and the proper way to brew it. I am more of a tea drinker but do appreciate the science that goes into a great cup of coffee. Mike's cousin, Michael Quinn is a major character in this book. We learn a lot about the bad blood that is between the two. I wanted to smack Michael every time he was in a scene. As a daughter of a fireman, I really appreciated the portrayal of the brave men and women on the fire department. Of course there was some shady things going on and suspects were wide and varied. This is the second book I've read in a week that gives a nod to an old Hitchcock film. That was very well done. Of course the recipes in the back are yummy! Not a single one that I should be eating but I can always drool. I won't wait as long to get to the next book in the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Every time I read a Coffeehouse Mystery, I ask myself if I am reading a cozy mystery or a textbook on Coffee 101. With the many ways that an espresso can be prepared to the beans and the roasting, to coffee history and coffee grinding, I am beginning to wonder what the true point to these books are. Clare is the manager of the Village Blend, she and her ex-husband Mateo have been left the day in and day out running of the business by Madam, her ex-mother-in-law and dear friend. One afternoon they Every time I read a Coffeehouse Mystery, I ask myself if I am reading a cozy mystery or a textbook on Coffee 101. With the many ways that an espresso can be prepared to the beans and the roasting, to coffee history and coffee grinding, I am beginning to wonder what the true point to these books are. Clare is the manager of the Village Blend, she and her ex-husband Mateo have been left the day in and day out running of the business by Madam, her ex-mother-in-law and dear friend. One afternoon they head across town to visit Enzo, another coffeehouse owner who has a piece of the Village Blend history in his basement. While Madame and Enzo are in the basement and Clare is upstairs the whoosh of an explosion sends the front window glass flying into the street and flames closing off the only accesses to Madame and her dear friend. One explosion is tragic, but as the city is terrorized by two additional bombings, Clare shoots into action and one by one eliminates the suspected bombers. As Mike Quinn, Clare’s boyfriend, works on his own cases, it is up to Clare and Mike’s cousin Michael, the firefighter, to work out what is going on in the village. As bodies pile up and destruction rains down, Clare and Matt are scrambling to find the bomber before their beloved Village Blend is next on the bombers list. At times, I am convinced that Cleo Coyle is in cahoots with coffeehouses since I cannot get through these books without having to run out and pick up a latte or three. Once you get past the college course on the exacting science of coffee, all you want to do is sit and savor a Cinnamon Dolce Latte and read what this bunch of barista’s are up to.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Judy Iliff

    I do enjoy reading the Coffee House Mysteries. I find the characters well developed and the plots intriguing. Unlike some female sleuths, Clare Cosi has not fallen into, or as at least pulled herself away from, the whole "I'm going to do it because I was told not to" syndrome. While Clare ends up in situations that she promised her boyfriend Mike she would not get involved, she didn't get there intentionally. It's refreshing quite truthfully. In this latest edition in the series, an arsonist is b I do enjoy reading the Coffee House Mysteries. I find the characters well developed and the plots intriguing. Unlike some female sleuths, Clare Cosi has not fallen into, or as at least pulled herself away from, the whole "I'm going to do it because I was told not to" syndrome. While Clare ends up in situations that she promised her boyfriend Mike she would not get involved, she didn't get there intentionally. It's refreshing quite truthfully. In this latest edition in the series, an arsonist is burning coffeehouses. While no one is suppose to be in the buildings (as the reader you usually know what the bad guy is thinking), people are hurt and a fireman loses his life during a fire. Clare, manager of The Village Blend, and independent coffeehouse; Madame Dubois, owner of The Village Blend and Clare's former mother-in-law; and Dante Silva, a barista at the Village Blend, barely miss death while meeting the owner of Caffe Lucia to pick up a roaster when the bomb goes off trapping Madame and Enzio in the basement and injuring Dante. Clare tries to tell the fire marshal that it was an act of arson, but he basically just blows her off. Roast Mortem is a celebration of the fire fighters of NYC. The descriptions of fighting fires, and to a certain extent the descriptions of the equipment they use, brings honor and celebration to these heroes of New York City.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    It may be time for me to give this series a break. I've really enjoyed it, but I began to feel as if the coffee accessories industry was sponsoring this book. A lecture on not using "cheap blade grinders"! And all the details on how a proper espresso pull happens and how machines need to be set up? I'm not THAT into coffee! I'm finding myself less interested in the characters. There was a lot of good information about firefighting, but the author admits in the end that she made some of it up (of It may be time for me to give this series a break. I've really enjoyed it, but I began to feel as if the coffee accessories industry was sponsoring this book. A lecture on not using "cheap blade grinders"! And all the details on how a proper espresso pull happens and how machines need to be set up? I'm not THAT into coffee! I'm finding myself less interested in the characters. There was a lot of good information about firefighting, but the author admits in the end that she made some of it up (of course, she did--it's fiction), and I felt that was a bit unnecessary. Why not use equipment that already exists? Coyle seems to be trending more black and white when it comes to her characters. The bad/obnoxious people have very few redeeming qualities, the good people, while flawed, make up for their actions quickly. Even a family misunderstanding winds up being more black and white than a tragic misunderstanding/difference in point of view as is more often the case. Also, her publisher has really jacked the price up on the Kindle editions, and frankly these books are not worth that steeper price. I waited over a year for this to drop down below $10.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    A great fun, fast read. I loved how the author combined the fire and police department in this book and I loved the tension that was built between Mike and Clare. Overall a quick, wonderful read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    In the real world: This book pays tribute to the New York City firefighters, with a special forward dedicated to them and in honor of them for their service every day, and especially on 9/11. In the fictional world: Clare Cosi is a coffeehouse owner/operator. She is a master blender of coffee and has perfected the art of the espresso. But someone in the city is setting fire to coffeehouses. Clare is “hot” on the trail of the arsonist. I’m not a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but this one is very well In the real world: This book pays tribute to the New York City firefighters, with a special forward dedicated to them and in honor of them for their service every day, and especially on 9/11. In the fictional world: Clare Cosi is a coffeehouse owner/operator. She is a master blender of coffee and has perfected the art of the espresso. But someone in the city is setting fire to coffeehouses. Clare is “hot” on the trail of the arsonist. I’m not a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but this one is very well written, action packed, and an interesting novel. I recommend it to all who love cozy mysteries.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This wasn't the best story in the series, but it also wasn't the worst. The ending is over the top, which ruined the rest of the story for me, but there us a happy ending, which I liked. There is arson, coffee, art, and family drama in this story. There are some interesting turns, and some ridiculous ones too. This wasn't the best story in the series, but it also wasn't the worst. The ending is over the top, which ruined the rest of the story for me, but there us a happy ending, which I liked. There is arson, coffee, art, and family drama in this story. There are some interesting turns, and some ridiculous ones too.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alison (Lady Coffin) S

    Still enjoying this series, as with many cozy mysteries it sort of has a formula, but they are still very enjoyable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Satisfying cozy mystery, but, sadly, Matteo Allegro doesn’t get killed off. Here’s hoping that palooka gives up the ghost in the next book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amara

    Another fun one --one of the better ones in the series. I like to hear about firefighters I guess. :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    Just unbearably dumb.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Urbanbookbabe

    WARNING this more like a Ranterview and contains some spoilers. Claire Cossi is at it again! Save me please. Claire becomes Super Barista in this installment of the Coffee House Mysteries. Somebody is burning down cafes around the boroughs and obviously only Claire can solve the case. Not the Arson investigator, not the NYPD, but Super Claire. Things get hot when fire fighters start to die. Not only is one of the almost murder victims Fire Captain Michael Quinn but his own cousin Detective Mike WARNING this more like a Ranterview and contains some spoilers. Claire Cossi is at it again! Save me please. Claire becomes Super Barista in this installment of the Coffee House Mysteries. Somebody is burning down cafes around the boroughs and obviously only Claire can solve the case. Not the Arson investigator, not the NYPD, but Super Claire. Things get hot when fire fighters start to die. Not only is one of the almost murder victims Fire Captain Michael Quinn but his own cousin Detective Mike Quinn is a suspect in the attack. Confusing right? Take one part annoyance, judgmental, nosey demanding coffee house manager and stir in some tight ass, brew together unit you have the perfect pain in my ass aka Claire Cossi. I understand that characters need flaws in order to be more relatable and realistic, I actually prefer it, but Claire Cossi annoys me beyond all reason. First: She is so incredibly judgmental, I can't give you examples because none stick out, it's just something you pick up while reading, or at least I do, in every book. She basically accused everybody of being the arsonist without any evidence what so ever. You can't pay me to believe that every investigating body, NYFD, NYPD, DEA and FBI will defer to a coffee barista to solve everything that is going on in this book, and believe me there is a lot. Second: I understand that the point of these cozy sleuth novels are nosey main characters, but Claire demands answers out of people with no credentials whatsoever . I for one can tell you she wouldn't get spit out of me if I didn't want to disclose anything. Period. Also, I like my cozies somewhat short, I think this book was entirely too long. If Claire didn't painstakingly relate everything to coffee with descriptions longer than The Great Wall this book wouldn’t have been so long. Claire is such a coffee snob. I love coffee, a lot. You don't get the best me until I have a cup of the good stuff first. You would think that coffee was the blood of Jesus the way Claire goes on and on about thought. I really do enjoy themed cozies but I don't think they should overshadow the mystery. The mystery should be on the forefront while the theme, an accent to the story as well as informative. There is some tension between Mike and his cousin Michael that goes way back and Claire does everything she can to find out, despite the fact that Mike definitely doesn't want to talk about it. I a firm believer that if somebody's past doesn’t affect the case you’re butting in or relationship, you should leave it up to them to disclose it. That's a no go for Claire she has to know EVERYTHING. Third: She is so uptight, not a single cuss word or close to comes out her mouth. Three words that had me thinking I was reading a book from the 30's 1. Randy 2. Holy Cats 3. Ninny Give me a break. Betty White use more foul language than anyone in these books. Her relationship There is no spark to me. I just can't get invested in it. Not only does Claire let Michael Quinn put doubt in Mike Quinn without even letting him tell her his side first. How could you be so high and mighty and want justice one minute, but get a burr in your butt when you find out your boyfriend, who is a cop, did his job and had is cousin arrested for DUI? It's like she doesn't even know Mike at all. In the last book she instantly believed Matteo when he told her that Mike was cheating on her. She got herself all in a twist when she found out Mike hadn't disclosed his ex-wife’s shenanigans, but how Matteo continues to treat her like they are still in a relationship is never discussed. It just is. A blind man could see the NYFD Michael Quinn had slept with Linda, and that was the other part of back story behind the family feud. In the last book, we discovered that NYPD Mike Quinn's ex-wife was an adulterous spoiled bitch. There was a reason for so much animosity for a reason, and it wasn't because a kid got arrested for a well-deserved DUI. 1+1 is 2 AmIrite? By the end of the book Claire manages to get her struggling artist employee some recognition solves the arsonist fire cases, the undercover drug case Mike was working on and the attack on Captain Michael Quinn of the NYFD. All in the days work of a coffee house manger.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill Tool

    I have grown to love this series to where it has become one of my top five series of must read when the books come out. Cleo Coyle knows how to make the characters intriguing, fun, witty, and most importantly, likeable. This is the ninth book in the coffeehouse mystery series, and each one gets better and better. Clare Cosi operates a little coffee house, Village Blend, along with her ex-husband Matt and his mother Madam. When Madam asks Clare to drive her to an old friend, Enzo’s restaurant whe I have grown to love this series to where it has become one of my top five series of must read when the books come out. Cleo Coyle knows how to make the characters intriguing, fun, witty, and most importantly, likeable. This is the ninth book in the coffeehouse mystery series, and each one gets better and better. Clare Cosi operates a little coffee house, Village Blend, along with her ex-husband Matt and his mother Madam. When Madam asks Clare to drive her to an old friend, Enzo’s restaurant where he has a very old expresso maker that Clare is dying to see. Madame and Enzo are in the basement and Clare goes upstairs, she can’t help but snoop around, I think it’s in her DNA to snoop, when suddenly there’s an explosion setting the restaurant in blazes and Madam and Enzo trapped in the basement. The NY fire dept. shows up and rescues Madam and Enzo from the basement. The fire Marshall thinks at first that Enzo started this fire for the insurance money so that he can return to Italy to live out the rest of his life, but Clare hears somethings that didn’t make sense to her and her curiosity ends up getting the better of her and she precedes to do her own investigation to help the fire Marshall capture the right person. When Clare goes over to the fire house to help the firemen learn how to use their new coffeemaker, Clare meets her detective boyfriend Mike Quinn’s cousin, Michael Quinn, and she soon learns that there is a lot of bad blood between the cousins. But when another fire breaks out in another coffee shop, Clare has a feeling this just isn’t an accident, not when another fire fighter loses his life to the fire. Clare starts piecing things together and remembers what she has learned about the equipment and how they work from what the other firefighters tell her, that when she learns of the death of the fallen fire fighter, she turns to Michael Quinn to find out more, but when Michael’s had to much to drink at a pub he makes a pass at Clare, while she’s fighting him off the next thing she knows Michael is on the ground and her boyfriend Mike is on top of him. Mike looks at the two of them and walks away. Clare goes after him to talk to him and he leaves her behind. Clare now has to try and help solve the mystery behind the fires to help save Enzo and she has to make Mike see that she truly loves him and what he saw wasn’t what he thought it was, but is there enough time to do both.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Title: Roast Mortem (Coffeehouse Mystery #9) Author: Cleo Coyle Pages: 316 Publisher: Penguin Group ISBN: 9780425234594 Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): After local firefighters pull Clare out of a blazing café, she happily comes to their rescue by teaching them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But matters really heat up when somebody is torching cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways... Believing the two events are related, Clare inves Title: Roast Mortem (Coffeehouse Mystery #9) Author: Cleo Coyle Pages: 316 Publisher: Penguin Group ISBN: 9780425234594 Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): After local firefighters pull Clare out of a blazing café, she happily comes to their rescue by teaching them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But matters really heat up when somebody is torching cafes around the city and firefighters begin to die in suspicious ways... Believing the two events are related, Clare investigates, staking out a five-borough bake sale and sniffing out clues in the pizza ovens of Brooklyn. When her detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn, is pulled into the fire of a false accusation, Clare is desperate to put out the flames. But will she be able to come to Mike's rescue before someone tries to extinguish her? My thoughts: Cleo Coyle returns with her 9th installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series - another great book in a great series! In this book, the author pays tribute to the firefighters and heroes of September 11, 2001. Clare, the owner of the Village Blend, finds herself being rescued from a burning cafe owned by one of her ex-mother-in-laws friends, Enzo. Many believe it may be an accident, but Clare has her suspcions from the very beginning that it may be arson? Soon, cafes all around town are being torched. Clare is of course on the case. I don't know if it's my insane love of everything related to coffee, but I really enjoy these Coffeehouse mysteries. I do find myself wishing this one would have been set more in the Village Blend. The characters spent more time out and about in the city and the firehouse than in the coffee shop. I felt like it was a little disconnected from the actual cafe and lost that feeling I love about the Coffeehouse Mysteries. I love imagining what the interior of the cafe looks like and the wonderful smell that would come when opening up the door of the Village Blend to smell the fresh roasted coffee! And as always, the author includes coffee-roasting tips and great recipes at the end! Overall, a really good read. Relaxing, renewing, and I am already looking forward to the next one . . . Murder By Mocha release date August 2, 2011!!!! Happy reading! My Rating: :-) :-) :-) :-) Liked it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Cleo Coyle pays tribute to the FDNY in this latest book in her best-selling Coffee House Mystery series. Roast Mortem takes Clare Cosi from Greenwich Village to Queens and Brooklyn in search of an arsonist who is torching coffee houses, and The Village Blend could be next if she doesn't find the culprit. Clare doesn't believe the theory held by law enforcement that the arsonist is an eco-terrorist making a statement against coffee production, instead, she thinks that the culprit lives closer to Cleo Coyle pays tribute to the FDNY in this latest book in her best-selling Coffee House Mystery series. Roast Mortem takes Clare Cosi from Greenwich Village to Queens and Brooklyn in search of an arsonist who is torching coffee houses, and The Village Blend could be next if she doesn't find the culprit. Clare doesn't believe the theory held by law enforcement that the arsonist is an eco-terrorist making a statement against coffee production, instead, she thinks that the culprit lives closer to home and that the fires may be a foil for something more sinister. When New York's bravest start dying, and it looks like her beloved Mike Quinn is going to take the fall for the killings, Clare digs in to find the real murderer or murderers, but not without placing her life, and that of her ex-husband Matt (Matteo) in danger. Will Clare solve the mystery before it is too late? Coyle's Coffee House Mysteries just keep getting better, and this is one of my favorites in the series! I can't wait to read the next one. If you love Laura Childs, Sheila Connolly and Krista Davis, you will love Cleo Coyle!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Versel Rush

    Bad enough, on multiple levels, that I am ending my reading of the series. Sample of problems, in no particular order-- Dear Lord, it is ONLY coffee! Don't be such a frickin' snob. Derivative plot (if I tell you what it is derivative of, you would immediately know all there is to know about the book--or at least what is worth knowing). Groping, mauling, attempted rape--it is not "okay" if he is your boyfriend's cousin and "was drunk" when it happened. I all but screamed during that and then when the Bad enough, on multiple levels, that I am ending my reading of the series. Sample of problems, in no particular order-- Dear Lord, it is ONLY coffee! Don't be such a frickin' snob. Derivative plot (if I tell you what it is derivative of, you would immediately know all there is to know about the book--or at least what is worth knowing). Groping, mauling, attempted rape--it is not "okay" if he is your boyfriend's cousin and "was drunk" when it happened. I all but screamed during that and then when the man said, "I want to apologize" and Claire ACTUALLY SAID that it wasn't necessary it was all I could do not to throw my head back and curse at the sky. Aren't we passed the "no means yes" phase? Calling the ex-mother-in-law "Madame" is getting very old. Do people REALLY talk like that in New York? Having the NYPD say it was okay for her to investigate? Honestly? Finally, even though there is lots of prologue and epilogue about the honorable and wonderful men of the NYFD, she makes them look and sound like a bunch of 12 year old boys--bad enough that it would insult 13 year old boys to make the comparison.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I picked this up in the library because I thought I'd enjoy a light-hearted mystery about New York City and coffee. I'm sure I read the first few pages when I looked at it, since that's my pattern, but I must have been in a caffeine fog. I found the first ten pages tedious and the typeface a bit too ornate for a relaxing read, and luckily I've learned that I'm allowed to abandon ship when I feel like it. Not planning to revisit this one but not giving it a star rating of any kind since I didn't I picked this up in the library because I thought I'd enjoy a light-hearted mystery about New York City and coffee. I'm sure I read the first few pages when I looked at it, since that's my pattern, but I must have been in a caffeine fog. I found the first ten pages tedious and the typeface a bit too ornate for a relaxing read, and luckily I've learned that I'm allowed to abandon ship when I feel like it. Not planning to revisit this one but not giving it a star rating of any kind since I didn't read all the way through.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    Is there a Coffeehouse mystery that I do not like? No. This is a resounding 'no.' The current book is as fulfilling as the first one was. We have serial cafe fires, we learn alot about firefighting, we have a senseless murder and off we go. I enjoyed the interplay of characters and the dialog was crisp and only makes me eager for the next book. Go and read this book with a fine cup of coffee next to you. Oh, I tried a couple of the recipes and they are excellent! Is there a Coffeehouse mystery that I do not like? No. This is a resounding 'no.' The current book is as fulfilling as the first one was. We have serial cafe fires, we learn alot about firefighting, we have a senseless murder and off we go. I enjoyed the interplay of characters and the dialog was crisp and only makes me eager for the next book. Go and read this book with a fine cup of coffee next to you. Oh, I tried a couple of the recipes and they are excellent!

  25. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    Another parting of a dear old friend-we have caught up on the latest and come to the end of this adventure. New characters introduced, old characters revived. I can now move to the next installment of this cozy mystery. I will sadly miss these characters should the author decide to end this series. Well worth the read-this was book #9. Books can be read individually, but they come together nicely in a series. 3 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cindi (cheesygiraffe)

    Oh la la! Coffee and firefighters! What's not to love? Except maybe Mike's cousin who happens to have the same name but is a firefighter instead. He's also a womanizer. Mystery was great and the characters get better and better. Oh la la! Coffee and firefighters! What's not to love? Except maybe Mike's cousin who happens to have the same name but is a firefighter instead. He's also a womanizer. Mystery was great and the characters get better and better.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Clare solves another "Cosi" mystery involving the NYFD and the NYPD! Clare solves another "Cosi" mystery involving the NYFD and the NYPD!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Decent cozy with a lot of detail about roasting coffee beans and pulling the perfect espresso.

  29. 5 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 13, 2020 Narrator: Rebecca Gibel I liked this best out of all I have listened to so far. Reason being Joy isn't in it, there's more Mike Quinn and his relationship with Clare is much stronger at the end of the book. Mateo, whom I like, is also given a lot of page time. The mystery behind the arson fires was more complex than I expected for a cozy mystery and kept me engaged to the end. I had stopped listening to this series for 2 reasons: I can't stand Joy and I hate the REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 13, 2020 Narrator: Rebecca Gibel I liked this best out of all I have listened to so far. Reason being Joy isn't in it, there's more Mike Quinn and his relationship with Clare is much stronger at the end of the book. Mateo, whom I like, is also given a lot of page time. The mystery behind the arson fires was more complex than I expected for a cozy mystery and kept me engaged to the end. I had stopped listening to this series for 2 reasons: I can't stand Joy and I hate the narrator's voice for Madame. The latter isn't all that old (late 60s?) but Gibel gives her this weak quavery voice. I know lots of seniors in their late 80s and early 90s who don't sound like that! And why have two characters with the same name? Michel Quinn, the detective, and Michael Quinn the fire captain! They are cousins but so what? Why give them the same name and Michael, the fire captain, is called Mike Quinn at times? And Clare has to say "It was Mike Quinn. My Mike Quinn." so that the readers would know which Mike Quinn! Totally idiotic IMO. May be easier for readers to keep track but hell on audio. The other fault is one that is part and parcel of the cozy mysteries so I can't complain if I want to keep reading them - the protagonist is never a law enforcement professional or even a PI but she manages to get involved in the murder investigations such that I always wonder what the heck the police are doing while she is sleuthing. One thing I didn't like about this particular installment - there were some spots that were from the arsonist's POV and done in such a way that it sounds like one of those serial killers/perps from a serial killer thriller. That was very misleading of the author and left me irritated. But overall, I like this installment and am looking forward to the next. Am hoping Joy stays away and Mike Quinn will have more time in the book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    SuperSleuth

    Another interesting coffee house mystery down the hatch. I always enjoy reading this series and this edition was no exception. Roast Mortem focused on New Yorks Bravest, and a string of coffee house arsons through the city. Claire finds herself trying to smoke out the responsible party after she and several peole she cares deeply for are nearly killed in the first fire set and she fears the charming shop owner may be accused of igniting the blaze himself. As the plot heats up and death ensues, t Another interesting coffee house mystery down the hatch. I always enjoy reading this series and this edition was no exception. Roast Mortem focused on New Yorks Bravest, and a string of coffee house arsons through the city. Claire finds herself trying to smoke out the responsible party after she and several peole she cares deeply for are nearly killed in the first fire set and she fears the charming shop owner may be accused of igniting the blaze himself. As the plot heats up and death ensues, the case becomes more smokey, leaving Claire with little time to clear up her vision of who done it. I really enjoyed some of the new characters we meet here like Lorenzo and James, was glad we didnt have to deal with Mrs. Quadrelli too much, and thought there was some good development for standing realtionships. Matt finally giving Claire some sleuthing support, Mike opening up a bit more, Claire's understanding and support of Mikes job, and the silly banter between Tucker and Ester. Claire was a bit of a know it all at times and I doubt two detectives and a fire marshal would ever imply or flat out tell a civilian that they should take the investigation of crimes like murder or serial arson into thier own hands, but hey, that's what cozies are all about man! As a personl note not really related to reviewing this book... At the time of this writing the is an anti police sentiment rising in this country and while I do agree that there is some reform needed, its nice to go back to a time where police and firemen are atleast respected for putting thier lives in jepordy to help and save others.

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