Review: Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle

Posted October 31, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle
Holiday Buzz
by Cleo Coyle

4 Stars


Released: December 4 2012
Series: Coffeehouse Mysteries #12
Published by Berkley
Format: Paperback

Recommended Read!

“I would love to know how they come up with their cases and how they plot because they are really innovative when they come up with their twists and turns.”
~ Under the Covers

HOLIDAY BUZZ is the twelfth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle and this one might be one of my favorites for many reasons. One, it’s a Christmas-themed novel so I’m already halfway in love with it already. And two, this one is written slightly different than the other books in the series.

It’s clear that Cleo Coyle are expert authors because each book is so vastly different from the previous one. In this one, Coyle kind of goes back and forth between what happened before the victim is discovered and them after when the investigation starts. I will say that if you’re not good with mysteries yet, this can be a little confusing and distracting because of the jumping timeline with chapters but that’s why I always say that Cleo Coyle’s mysteries are a little more advanced and are good for the avid readers of mystery. I personally really loved this style of writing. It can take a bit to adjust but it goes to show just how well Cleo Coyle writes. I would love to know how they come up with their cases and how they plot because they are really innovative when they come up with their twists and turns.

In this book, there’s a slight conflict with Mike Quinn, Clare’s boyfriend. I have mentioned that I really love this guy but would like to see more of him. I think we do get to see a bit of him more in this book but call me greedy, but I NEED MORE OF MIKE! I want to see them grow more and get married and have babies. I don’t know if that’s something Coyle would like to do in the future but I’m all for it. I need more Mike in the books because sometimes I do think he can be overshadowed by Clare’s ex-husband, Matt (who is also amazing by the way).

My binge read of this series has been going so well. I’m so glad I’ve found this series and am looking forward to reading more!




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About Cleo Coyle

Cleo Coyle is the New York Times bestselling pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Under the name Cleo Coyle, they've written 15 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, including the latest, DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, which was chosen as a Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick, a "Most Wanted" selection of the Mystery Guild, and honored with four Best of Year list picks, including the's Best Mystery Books for Book Clubs.

With well over 1 million books in print, Cleo Coyle has gained an enthusiastic following. The first in their bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series is now in its 20th printing; two entries have earned starred reviews, including BILLIONAIRE BLEND, which was honored with a Kirkus Star and called "a highly satisfying mystery" by Publishers Weekly. Every book in the series has hit national bestseller lists, including HOLIDAY BUZZ, which was a Top-10 New York Times bestseller.

Cleo also writes a mystery series set in a New England book shop. THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES are published under the name Alice Kimberly. There are five books published thus far with more under contract. The first book in the series, THE GHOST AND MRS. McCLURE, is now in its 12th printing and all of the titles were national bestsellers.


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Thanks Annie for the review

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.


Another good one!

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