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.
"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!
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.
"What a Delightful Romp"
I loved the main character of Claire trying to solve a murder mystery, being as she is only a coffee shop owner. Reminds me a lot of Goldie in the Diane Mott Davidson's series. The writing of Cleo Coyle was smooth, fast paced and totally kept my interest. This book had it all, mystery, romance and comedy.
My favorite moments were the times Claire spent with her ex mother-in-law. I love old characters that are crafty and out smart all the youngsters.
I don't remember if I have but will definitely find more of her narrations. Her voice really made the story come to life, making it seemed that I could see it like a movie in my mind.
Yes, and I did. Loved the audio and will look forward to listening to more of Cleo's books in this 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.......)
"Too much coffee education and too little substance"
Most of the “Coffeehouse Mystery” books have been fun and easy to read BUT (dramatic back of hand to brow) “enough, enough, enough coffee ‘ed-a-Kay-tion’ (education) already…’ In this book the coffee is the only thing that has depth and that is overflowing the top of the cup. The "coffee themed" jewelry was a cute idea but the bulk of the book left me wanting more substance. There were just too many long drawn-out coffee lessons and too little of the fashion industry.
Loved the hook up with Mateo, though temporary. The writing style is great. On to the next one.
"Very good and entertaining."
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to follow and had a variety of characters. The reader was pleasant to listen to.
"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 :)
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