To Clare Cosi's surprise, this fall's hottest fashion trend is anything caffeinated - because designer Lottie Harmon, a loyal coffeehouse customer, has just created an ingenious collection of coffee-inspired fashion accessories. So naturally Lottie chooses the Village Blend as the perfect backdrop for fall Fashion Week insiders to view her new line of "Java Jewelry." When barista Tucker unwittingly serves a poisonous latte to a prominent figure on the fashion scene, Clare suspects that the real target may have been Lottie. Now she must protect her thriving business from negative publicity, Lottie from further danger, and Tucker from murder charges - even if it means jolting the fashion world with some shocking secrets....
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"Fun mystery centered around coffee & Fashion Week!"
I really enjoy these coffee shop mysteries because they have the fun of cozies with a greater depth of characterization then most cozies, and they are filled with so many interesting facts about coffee, New York, and whatever subject matter that each book is centered around. In this third in the series, the glamor and competitiveness of the fashion world becomes the center focus.
The Village Blend coffee shop is hosting a party for Fashion Week near Bryant Park. All the rich, famous and beautiful people have come to mingle and drink expertly blended coffee. But when a cup of Clare Cosi's coffee is shared by two men and one drops dead and the other one is rushed to the hospital barely breathing, Clare's friend and favorite barista is arraigned for the murder. Once again Clare and her ex-husband and business partner go to work to prove his innocence. In this book, her rich , French mother-in-law is also enlisted by Clare because of her influence in this fashion world business set.
The fashion world and entrepreneurs of other businesses all become potential suspects making the mystery interesting right up until the final solution. Clare and her family also become more familiar and interesting in every book. This is definitely one of my favorite cozy mystery series!
"good clean mystery"
entertaining and clean. I could listen to this with my teenage kids in the car. I know a lot of people were complaining about the amount of time she spends describing coffee, but I enjoyed that and I am not really a coffee drinker.
Haven't read the print version, but I prefer audio books in general.
Personality of each character is made more real through the narrators voice.
It would be great to have the opportunity to listen to it in one sitting.
Love Cleo Coyles Coffee House series.
Entertaining, Informative, Engrossing
Susan Conant, "Bite of Death" series
Serious subject, serious crimes, but with humor, likable characters, and personal relationships entwined
her accents and voices are great!
Enjoying this series so far, and I am NOT a coffee lover!
( Ms. Coyle needs to review use of I/me - the misuse occurred 3 - 4 times in this book alone.......)
"Great 'lil mystery!"
Nice little story, cute characters. It's a great listen to pass the time with. Great narrator too. I liked it very much!
"The worst ever"
Better author. I was looking forward to a good "coffee" house mystery where I could also learn more about the different areas & critiques of coffee. I love coffee. I though this is a winner before I even started. However, it is so Jr High. So Bad. I am actually embarrassing myself by listening to it. I can't take any more. I'm into 1/3 of it so far, waiting for redeeming moments. I'm done done done. The worst part is the author makes all cops appear to be stupid with no reasoning ability, and who want to arrest the first person on the scene. Oh my, PLEASE. I've worked for the police & been around law enforcement all my life. It is just the opposite. This author doesn't have a clue. Who publishes this kind of stuff, anyway? Didn't they read this beforehand?
The Promise by Robt Crais which is a follow up to Suspect, which was so fabulous about Maggie, a war dog with PTSD.
Its not her fault, the material is bad.
Try the heroine. And the Ex husband, and most of all MADAM the mother in law. I have never seen a book with so many unnecessary characters thrown into it.
"The Continuation of an Exciting Series!"
"Latte Trouble" is the third installment in the Clare Cosi Coffeehouse Mystery books. Like the others, this book fuses the mystery and romance genres together seamlessly. The main characters continue to be multifaceted. NYC provides the perfect setting for this, often crazy & eccentric, cast of characters. I've really enjoyed seeing the relationships between Clare and the other characters change over time. The exchanges between Clare, Quinn, & Matteo are electric.
I definitely recommend starting this series from the beginning, not because it's necessary to understanding the plot line, but because they're really good books and the narration is perfect. Also, as a coffee lover I actually found this book informative. The author(s) manage to give adequate descriptions of the various coffees, how they're made, and best consumed without making you feel like you're being hit over the head with information. And, I definitely recommend trying out some of the recipes given at the end of the book :)
Probably not for a while, however I would like to read the coffee house series
The main character, however her name escapes me. I enjoyed the part of her going undercover.
I never knew that much about coffee & all the flavors.
No, but it was an enjoyable book for a ride home from work.
I liked the narrator's voice. That's a HUGE determining factor of when I choose books- plus reading the ratings to see if the story interests me.
"Love the blending of Coffee and Fashion!"
Love the blending of coffee and fashion in this one. Also like learning a bit more about the coffee industry. Narration is great. Story line is sustaining and interesting.
Reading the entire series. Or, rather, I shoudl Listening to the entire series.
The story and writing are getting better. This was actually enjoyable (save for one long gushing description of Soho, NY that went on for over 5 minutes!) The character development is good and the plot is passable. The execution of the mystery is still weak, but most of the points are good and enjoyable. I figured out who did it in the first third of the book. I can identify with the characters.
Narration is excellent and makes the story come alive.
I'd recommend this to those wanting a light listen. One free of suspenseful drama and one that you don't have to pay too much attention to.
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