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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekend Cooking - A Brew To Kill by Cleo Coyle - A great mystery with fabulous recipes!

I am a big fan of novels that include recipes that are featured in the stories, and when it comes to cozy mysteries, Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mysteries always have some of the most delicious sounding foods included in the suspensful tale, and the author always generously includes her recipes at the end.

The latest book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series is "A Brew To Kill," and it is, in my opinion, one of the best of this series to date!

About The Book:

Coffee. It can get a girl killed.

A shocking hit-and-run in front of her Village Blend coffeehouse spurs Clare Cosi into action. A divorced, single mom in her forties, Clare is also a dedicated sleuth, and she's determined to track down this ruthless driver who ran down an innocent friend and customer.

 In the meantime, her ex-husband Matt, the shop's globetrotting coffee buyer, sources some amazing new beans from Brazil. But he soon discovers that he's importing more than coffee, and Clare may have been the real target of that deadly driver. Can ex-husband and wife work together to solve this mystery? Or will their newest brew lead to murder?

I really enjoy the Coffeehouse Mystery series, and was delighted to catch up with the lives of Clare and her family and friends. Cleo Coyle has developed these characters into such personable and warm people that readers will find themselves wanting to hunt down the Village Blend coffeehouse to sit and chat and sip coffee with the folks who make up the cast in these stories.

I'm also fascinated with the food truck phenomenon that is all the rage these days and was tickled to find that Clare and her crew have a food truck of their own now, the Muffin Muse, and it can keep right up with the tough competition there in New York City. 

But, for me, it's the coffee and the treats that are described in this novel that truly make reading "A Brew To Kill" such a sensual treat.  You can almost smell the roasting coffee beans, taste the delectable muffins and treats, as well as the rich and satisfying brew - I guarantee your mouth will drool as you read along.

I highly recommend "A Brew To Kill" as the perfect book to curl up with, with a good cup of coffee by your side, on these brisk fall days!

About the Author:

Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multipublished author who collaborates with her husband to write the nationally bestselling Coffeehouse Mysteries. Although they did not meet until adulthood, Cleo and her husband had very similar upbringings. Both were children of food-loving Italian immigrants, and both grew up in working-class neighborhoods outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to the Big Apple to begin their postcollege careers: Cleo as a journalist and children’s book and media tie-in author; and her husband as a magazine editor and writer.

After finally meeting and falling in love, they married at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. Now they live and work in New York City, where they each write books independently and together, cook like crazy, haunt local coffeehouses, and drink a lot of joe. Among their many coauthored projects are the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, written under the pen name Alice Kimberly.
Cleo enjoys hearing from readers. Visit her virtual Village Blend coffeehouse, where she also posts recipes and coffee industry news - www.coffeehousemystery.com

From Cleo's website - a special bonus recipe from "A Brew To Kill."

Cleo Coyle's Easy Black Bean Brownies

Text & photos © by Alice Alfonsi, who writes the Coffeehouse Mysteries as Cleo Coyle with her husband, Marc Cerasini

Black beans are highly nutritious, packed with protein and fiber. This easy version of my recipe produces fudgy, delicious treats.

I’ll be posting a from-scratch version soon. Subscribe to my free newsletter so you don’t miss it. Sign up at www.CoffeehouseMystery.com and… Eat with joy! ~ Cleo


1 cup of canned black beans, low- or no-sodium
1 box of chocolate brownie mix (regular or low fat, approx. 19+ ounce size)
1/3 cup water
2 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork

2 tablespoons canola oil

Step 1

- Prep a 13 x 9-inch baking pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper and lightly coating the sides of the pan and the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2

- Drain your canned black beans, wash them well, and drain them again. Measure out 1 cup of the black beans and run them through a food processor until they are puréed and completely smooth. Pour the bean purée into a mixing bowl. Sift in the brownie mix (to prevent clumping). Add the water, canola oil, and eggs. Mix well but do not over-mix. Most brownie mix recipes suggest 50 strokes with a large spoon, and that's fine. Just be sure that all of the dry mix is blended into a smooth batter. (I use a fork to mash any small stubborn clumps.) Pour into prepared pan.

Step 3

- Bake in a preheated oven at 350° F. for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven, allow brownies to cool before cutting.

My thanks to Berkley Prime Crime Books for providing the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

Weekend Cooking is a weekly meme sponsored by Beth Fish Reads http://www.bethfishreads.com/. Check out the other yummy recipes that fellow bloggers have posted!


Beth F said...

I don't know what Mr. Linky's problem was, but I linked you up.

Anyway, I love this kind of cozy mystery, when you can really fall for the characters and get caught up in their comings and goings. And the food truck angle is one that I'd like too. Finally, I am a coffee addict, so I know this would be a perfect series for me.

Those brownies sound like they'd be perfect with a mug of strong coffee.

Gnoe (@graasland) said...

OMG what a GREAT title!!! Adding it to my wishlist - I love a cosy mystery every once in a while!

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I'm not familiar with this series, so thanks for introducing me. I love foodtrucks, so this would be a good one for me to jump into the series.

Joy Weese Moll said...

Fun concept for a mystery series. And the brownies sound terrific!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thanks Beth for fixing my linky problem! And thanks everyone for stopping by! This is a great series!

Cleo Coyle said...

Sharon - Thank you so much for this very kind review of A BREW TO A KILL. Marc and I were thrilled to see our book (and recipe) featured on your "weekend cooking" post. We'll be linking to you via our website this week, cheers!

(FYI) Our next Coffeehouse entry is coming up this December. The title is HOLIDAY BUZZ. I'll be sending out Advanced Reading Copies very soon, and (of course) you are on my list to receive one. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Warmest java wishes,
~ Cleo Coyle
Coffeehouse Mystery.com
“Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
Cleo Coyle on Twitter

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thanks for stopping by, Alice! Can't wait for the new holiday book! :)

William said...

Thanks for the review and the brownie recipe. Now I have to go to the kitchen. LOL!