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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle. When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa's slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 2nd by Berkley first published November 3rd More Details Coffeehouse Mystery 8.
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More filters. Sort order. Oct 19, Annie Under the Covers Book Blog rated it really liked it Shelves: author-cleo-coyle , series-a-coffeehouse-mystery , books-i-go-rabid-over , cops , holidays , genre-cozy-mystery , read-in , my-hottie-harem. Oct 28, Under the Covers Book Blog rated it really liked it. Nov 28, Marion rated it liked it Shelves: cozy-mystery-challenge , library-book-challenge. I wanted to read this whole series but stopped after the second book. So jumping ahead to this holiday book was nice to catch up with the characters.
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Thankfully, the sex scenes and language were toned down which is why I don't want to read the entire series anymore, but it was still a bit racier than my comfort level. In this book, I like how Cleo Coyle keeps pulling back layers of the characters who all seem so real. It's a classic mystery with some red herrings that had me guessing until the en I wanted to read this whole series but stopped after the second book. It's a classic mystery with some red herrings that had me guessing until the end whodunit.
Of course, her coffee and food descriptions with recipes in the back make these fun reads too. View 1 comment. Really enjoyed this read. The coffeehouse isn't the main focus. The story about a homeless Santa is and it's compelling. Oct 10, Caitlyn rated it did not like it Shelves: mystery-and-detective-fiction. Just truly awful. Just a terrible story full of poorly fleshed-out characters doing inexplicable things weirdly. I fucking love hating these books. There are full quotes worth criticizing, but I've just started including them in my updates because they are too juicy to save for the end.
Instead I just wanna point out my rising tide of insight as I went through this particular novel: similar to reading the third book in this series, I suddenly noticed things I'd been finding unpleasant for hundred Just truly awful. Instead I just wanna point out my rising tide of insight as I went through this particular novel: similar to reading the third book in this series, I suddenly noticed things I'd been finding unpleasant for hundreds of pages.
I have seen this pointed out by other reviews in earlier books, but this was the first novel where it reached truly eye-roll levels. The juxtaposition of everybody's favorite Christmas tunes really threw into relief how fucking basic Coyle's character-building is. How about the gay white guy likes musicals, and the black guy likes jazz, yeah, totally. Next let's have them all pick three culturally typical holiday foods and describe them in detail, we call that characterization in the biz.
It was like she'd just googled "what do jamaicans eat at christmas" and then made it a latte. I'm not shitting you.
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Like, every syrup is some kind of handmade masterpiece, they're always zesting fruits and shaving chocolate and shit. I call bullshit. It's like when Clare supposedly invented the caramel mocha in New York City, it is just not reasonable. At least she stopped doing that thing where she makes a note that Ester Best's last name used to be more Jewish, because that was more than unnecessary, thank you for not doing that. Also thank you for not saying "my pride Joy" when you see your daughter anymore, that was old the second time you said it.
Everyone is always catcalling her or making suggestive comments to her or ogling her. It just isn't reasonable. I in no way want to say that year-old women cannot be sexy. They very much can. I just want to say that it seems somewhat unlikely to me that every man in the world would want to hit on a year-old mom. These guys aren't hitting on the women around her, so what is it about Clare that she attracts this much attention? Like, public servants. Police officers and firemen mostly. That is not a pretty depiction of those institutions, especially considering that she kind of jacks them off at the same time.
Really odd choice. Bitch, really? You're not going to take off your friend's thousand dollar Jackie Kennedy outfit before you steam milk? What world do you live in? I can't even with more of this. I'm just done, I'm not even going to bother making a longer list because literally everything is wrong with these books. Dec 21, Rachel rated it liked it.
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This was an engaging, fun mystery. I liked the main character, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi. The mystery itself kept my interest, too.
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Clare's friend who dresses as Santa and collects money for charity gets murdered, and the police think it's just a mugging. But Clare is sure there's more going on, and of course she uncovers the truth after many mishaps and missteps. While I did enjoy this mystery while reading it, it faded from my consciousness This was an engaging, fun mystery. While I did enjoy this mystery while reading it, it faded from my consciousness awfully quickly. Two days later, and I'm struggling to recall character names and plot details. Like a foamy latte that I barely remember an hour later, it was frothy and tasty while it lasted, but not ultimately a favorite.
Still, fun while it lasted!
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Dec 26, Mainon rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , new-york , food-books , shop-my-shelves. I needed a tasty little morsel to get me out of work mode and into the holiday spirit, and this cozy mystery certainly fit the bill.
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