CLEO COYLE is the New York Times bestselling author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries a long-running series of light culinary mysteries in which a single mom with a complicated love life helps the NYPD solve perplexing murders while managing the Village Blend coffeehouse, a century-old Greenwich Village landmark where coffee and crime are always brewing. The first book in the series, ON WHAT GROUNDS, is now in its 18th printing.
The newest release, BILLIONAIRE BLEND, was honored with a *Starred Review* by Kirkus Reviews, a "Top Pick" by RT Book Reviews, and praised as "a highly satisfying mystery" by Publishers Weekly. The previous release, HOLIDAY BUZZ, was a Top-10 New York Times bestseller.
Under the name Alice Kimberly, Cleo also writes the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries in which a prim young widow solves crimes with the help of a ghost that only she can hear--the spirit of a hard-boiled private eye who was gunned down in her quaint bookshop over sixty years before. There are currently five books in this popular, nationally bestselling series, and the first, THE GHOST AND MRS. McCLURE, is now in its 12th printing.
Cleo enjoys hearing from readers. Visit her website, where she has a message board for readers and posts fun recipes and coffee picks. When you drop by her site, be sure to sign up for her newsletter, which enters you in her weekly Free Coffee Drawings.
Cleo is actually a pen name for Alice Alfonsi, who grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction, she lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband, author Marc Cerasini to write The Coffeehouse Mysteries and Haunted Bookshop Mysteries for Penguin.
When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Alice and Marc are New York Times bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Alice, her husband, and the books they write by visiting their website. Scroll down the left column of the site's Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews that Alice has given.