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Clare's grown very fond of Alfred Glockner, the part-time comic and genuinely jolly charity Santa who's been using her coffeehouse as a place to warm his mittens. When she finds him gunned down in a nearby alley, a few subtle clues convince her that Alfred's death was something more than the tragic result of a random mugging, despite the conclusions of the police. With Clare's boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, distracted by a cold case of his own, and ex-husband, Matt, "investigating" this year's holiday lingerie catalogs", Clare charges ahead solo and discovers this Santa had a list that he was checking twice - and the folks on it were not very nice. Then someone tries to ice Clare, and she really gets steamed.

Between baking delicious Christmas goodies and fending off the attentions of a persistent professional elf, Clare sets out to solve St. Nick's murder. But she'd better watch out, because if she fails to stop this stone-cold killer, she may just get the biggest chill of her life.

©2012 AudioGO (P)2009 Penguin Group USA

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Cleo Coyle brews up delightful tales

Claire Cosi, manager of the iconic Village Blend coffee house, finds herself pulled into another murder investigation after finding her friend, and traveling Santa, shot dead in a nearby alley. Worried the police are going to chalk it up as a random mugging gone wrong, Claire refuses to let her friend's murderer get away.

Rebecca Gibel's performance is crisp and delightful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Santa's checking the good and the bad!

Clare Cosi's and all the other characters from the Village Blend Coffee shop are back for a Christmas themed mystery. Clare is hosting a party with her friends to decide on some new Christmas blend coffees. But as always, things never go smoothly, and this time one of Clare's good friends, a charity Santa Clause, I'd found shot dead in a back alley. The police believe it's a mugging, but Clare is sure that more is going on there.

This mystery centers around the photographers and gossip columnists who chase after the rich and famous. It also melds into Dicken's a CHRISTMAS CAROL's idea of just doing good for others. There is explosive action between Clare and her new love, Detective Mike Quinn as his ex wife causes issues of her own.

This continues to be a great series, though for me, the topics of following the rich and famous wasn't as interesting as most of the other bases for these mysteries. Though the holiday coffee blends definitely got my digestive juices going. The authors also suggested a couple of Christmas charities that are definitely worthwhile too. I have been listening to the audio version of these books, and find the reader adds exponentially to my enjoyment of these books. Hope this series goes on and on forever!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another great brew

If you could sum up Holiday Grind in three words, what would they be?

Another caffeinated murder

What other book might you compare Holiday Grind to and why?

Good as the others in the series.

What about Rebecca Gibel’s performance did you like?

She does a fine job, as always.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, since it was Christmas it was perfect.

Any additional comments?

Great series, just sorry they aren't longer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Too Easy

Too simple to solve.

I keep reading hoping Joy will stop being a spoiled brat andCC will get taste in men. What does she see in Quinn? He just wants sex, food, and for CC to solve his cases.

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Never Saw it Coming!

Another fantastic story with a twist and a surprise! Look out when Clair is on the hunt.

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Entertaining but Obnoxious

The performer had a variety of accents most of which were not good. The Jamaican one was ridiculous and the New York accents were all Boston accents.
The story was good, but was broken up by various and unnecessary recipes and fun facts about different berries, none of which really seem to have anything to do with the murder mystery.
We were listening to it at work and had to remind ourselves which characters were which and even rewind a few times to figure out what exactly was happening.
Also, spoiler alert, it's mentioned the main character's daughter was accused of a double murder, but that was never mentioned again.
Overall, entertaining but not necessarily good.

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Another best!

The entire series has been fantastic so far and I always look forward to the next book. Cleo Coyle has put together an ensemble Cast of characters every time. And the narrator is fantastic ! I have never heard anyone bring the characters to life the way she does. Cheers all around!

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love them all

These need to be made into movies for the Hallmark channel, I love them all.

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Who shot Santa?

Way better book than the previous wedding woe (Espresso Shot) book in this series. I almost gave up on "Coffeehouse" then. This Christmas theme is much more enjoyable.

A more or less classic whodunit, a little action, some sleuthing, a lot of coffee and some likeable characters. OK, this may be amateur detective fluff, but I liked it.

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Love Them All!

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