Cleo Coyle

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Cleo Coyle is the pen name for author Alice Alfonsi, who collaborates with her husband Marc Cerasini to write the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Books. This series of cozy mysteries is set in and around a fictional coffeehouse in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.[1]


Photo of married authors Alice Alfonsi Cerasini and Marc Cerasini.
New York Times best-selling authors Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini.

Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini grew up with Italian parents in working-class neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[2] Alice Alfonsi graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Marc Cerasini graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In New York, Alice Alfonsi worked as a journalist and book author; Marc Cerasini as a magazine editor, literary critic and fiction and nonfiction author. The couple met in Manhattan and married at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas.[3]

The writers live in New York City where they publish books independently and together. Alice was the ghost writer for Hidden Passions, ISBN 0-06-107605-8, a novel based on the off-beat, then-NBC soap opera Passions. The book spent seven weeks on the 2001 New York Times hardcover fiction bestsellers list.[4] Marc Cerasini has written four novels in the 24: Declassified series of original Jack Bauer adventures based on the Emmy-winning Fox Broadcasting television show 24. Marc has also written two original prose novels featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine.[1] His nonfiction includes The Future of War: The Face of 21st Century Warfare (Alpha Books, 2003, ISBN 0-02-864431-X), with an introduction by Colonel Jimmy Butler, United States Air Force (Ret.).

Among their co-authored projects are the Haunted Bookshop mysteries, written under the pen name Alice Kimberly.[5]

The Coffeehouse Mystery Series[edit]


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