Friday, November 18, 2011
I have been completely enthralled by a new (to me) author with two series of books. The author in question is Cleo Coyle and the first series is known as the "Coffeehouse Mysteries". The writing is the best I have ever come across in this genre, the characters are fully formed, the plots tight and you really cannot figure out who the killer is before it is revealed at the end of the story. Now, with being ill so much I am more than just a casual reader, I am voracious. I am also picky. Sure sometimes I want a fluff "summer read", but mainly I am looking to be transported and entertained. This series hasn't failed me yet. The books all center around a NYC coffeehouse run by a barista with a heart of gold named Clare Cosi. Clare not only knows coffee, she also happens to be pretty good at solving crimes as well. It may seem far fetched, but I promise you that from the first page you will be enchanted. Before I became ill, I actually worked as a private investigator, so I feel a special affinity for Clare. And of course being a New Yorker, I love reading about places I know. Bt of course you don't need to a New Yorker or a PI to appreciate good writing. The author of this series also writes under the pen name Alice Kimberly. That series is called "The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries". Again, you won't be disappointed. My Coyle/Kimberly writes along with the help of her husband Marc, and a more perfect writing duo I don't think exists. To learn more about these series and this author, check out her website at www.coffeehousemysteries.com/. Trust me, you will be glad you did! As a side note for all of my regular readers, especially my chronically ill friends, I want to let you know that I will be heading into the hospital tomorrow to try to get an adrenal issue under control, as well as a possible diagnosis on some other illnesses. I know my blogging has been terribly spotty, and I truly hope that once things get resolved I will be able to resume posting on a more regular basis. I miss all my cyber friends and I think of you all and pray for you regularly. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as well. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and are AWAP (as well as possible).