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Publisher's Summary

Cleo Coyle serves up a yuletide treat in her Coffeehouse Mystery novel Holiday Buzz, a New York Times best seller.

Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice.

At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker's assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as "the Christmas Stalkings". Clare'sboyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn't so sure, until she finds a second bludgeoned baker and becomes a target herself. Now Clare must investigate "Saint Nick", crash a pro-hockey party, and dodge a pair of reality TV divas - because she's not going to rest until justice is served.

©2014 Cleo Coyle (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Cookies can be murder

Clare Cozy and almost all of our favorite Village Blend Coffeehouse characters are back in a holiday mystery while they are celebrating with cookie events with cookies from around the world. Moirin is a new young Irish employee that everyone enjoys. She bakes the cookies for the coffeehouse, but actually works at the bakery that developed the cookies. She's a music lover too, but sadly, she's bludgeoned to death at a cookie festival event. Clare found her body and is determined to find her killer with a little help from her boyfriend, family, and her baristas.

I love this series for so many reasons. The Cleo Coyle writing team always adds numerous interesting facts, local information, and yummy sounding recipes to their mysteries. In this one, there are added characters that are a take off from reality TV that are a laugh and a half. The mystery is compelling with clues on every page. We also hear more and more about Clare's love life with her, Detective Mike Quinn, who is on a secret duty in Washington, DC. One of my very favorite cozies done in audio. The spoken accents add so much to my enjoyment of this series. Looking forward to the new one in this series coming in November 2014.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Love Them All!

I've enjoyed all the books so far & hope there will be more real soon!

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Another great Cosi Mystery

I have enjoyed every one of the Coffeehouse Mysteries on audiobooks. The narrator, Rebecca Gibel is awesome!

In this book, Claire Cosi's Irish immigrant barista is murdered during their annual Christmas cookie swap and Claire will leave no stone unturned to find her barista's killer and bring him or her to justice.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Written for a 10 year old

Overly simple, and I found the narrator annoying. I couldn't stand it more than a few minutes. Grammar, tone, sentence structure made this a poor listen.

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Who dun it...?

Usually holiday books for a series are forced and not that good. That is not the case with this cozy. I was immediately hooked by Clair and friends. As she makes coffees for a variety of holiday parties she doesn't plan on finding the body of one of her part-time employees and then the murder of a baker. I was quickly sucked into attempting to figure out “who dun nit and way”.

It borders on slap stick at the end but still worth the time/read. It was enjoyable and does not have to be read only at holiday time.

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Startlingly dreadful

What disappointed you about Holiday Buzz?

Words, similes, metaphors, alliteration, imagery and descriptive phrases -- the language is impressive but overwhelming. Character development suffered, the tempo of the action was lost and the plot was thin in comparison. I expected to at least get a sense of the heroine but she was a kaleidoscope of abilities and traits She notes the time, actions of a side character and the behavior of the victim within moments but leaves a gift on the train. She is chucking down piles of cookies, wrestling villains, pretending to be a Russian ice skater, tossing off an artist's portrait, building a gourmet roast beef sandwich and being an organized business owner all at the same time.<br/> <br/>Since this was the twelfth book of the series I had set the bar too high. My expectation was that many of the characters would be solid people by now and the heroine's character would be well grounded. Instead she was as fuzzy as the rest.

Has Holiday Buzz turned you off from other books in this genre?

I can't imagine reading another by this author.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She did well enough. She managed a series of voices for characters but could not create depth for them.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Holiday Buzz?

I would cut pages of descriptive filler. I would break up sentence lengths. use character development phrases to tell the back story and let the characters move the story forward along with the narrator.

Any additional comments?

If I were reading a book it would be easier to backtrack and ignore the verbiage but when listening the author has to keep the story-line clear of confusion and that was a deal breaker here.<br/><br/>

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A nice holiday cozy!

I have read this whole series cover to cover & I am finally getting a chance to hear it performed. It's a lot of fun to hear these characters I've followed for years come to life. At first I was hesitant, but with each book it gets better. I enjoyed this story, although often times really unrealistic. Clare can be a bit pushy, which is sometimes charming & other times is frustrating due to the trouble that ensues. Overall, it's a great cozy series & one which I will continue on & listen to the rest!

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Love these characters

characters continue to develop in a reasonable and realistic rate of growth. The humor between Claire and Matt makes me laugh out loud while driving to work. so hard to find livable characters in today's fast - paced world of books.

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Sad excuse.

Would you try another book from Cleo Coyle and/or Rebecca Gibel?

Absolutely not.<br/>Beyond the sad narration,<br/>There is nothing of value in this story.<br/><br/>I have read many books by Margaret Maron,<br/>Rita Mae Brown,<br/>Nevada Barr,<br/>Dianne Mott Davidson,<br/>Sue Monk,<br/>Dorothea Benton Frank,<br/>Lillian Jackson Braun,<br/>David Rosenfelt,<br/> David Freed,<br/>as well as <br/>Spencer Quinn,<br/>Cleo Coyles stories are badly written and without any substance.<br/>They just run on.<br/>At least Janet Evanovich is very funny.<br/>No thank you.<br/><br/><br/><br/>

Would you ever listen to anything by Cleo Coyle again?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Holiday Buzz?

The story just ran on with no interest or value.<br/>

2 of 4 people found this review helpful