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Murder Most Frothy

Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
Series: The Coffeehouse Mysteries, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

Clare Cosi's new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she'll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer...

Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David's bathroom--a botched attempt on the millionaire's life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks, no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone's safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night--and it's not the java jitters.

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  • Byron
  • 02-01-14

Great coffee based cozy mystery!

Clare Cozi is taking a vacation from The Village Blend Coffee House to work as a Barista in her rich friend, David, restaurant in the Hamptons. She's also keeping watch on her daughter's love life with a young man who has a less than stellar reputation. "Madam", her ex mother in law, and owner of the Village Blend fits right in with this rich society crowd, having a summer fling herself.

Everything is going great until death hits David's Fourth of July party. Though the victim is an employee of David's, Clare disagrees with the police as to whom the intended victim was meant to be.

I love these mysteries, as they're filled with coffee facts that are detailed and thoroughly engaging reading. In this book, there are also fun facts about the Hamptons with the rich and famous. Once again, the mystery is exciting and full of red herrings. "Madam's" role in this book is greater, with this spunky 80 something character, who is just endearing. One of the best cozy series around!

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  • BETH
  • 06-02-12

Like an enjoyable puzzle

A good, lighthearted murder mystery. Wonderfully rich plot with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing whodunit until the very end!

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  • shelley w.
  • 06-08-18

Another fun book

It was nice to move the story out of New York City and to the hamptons. Many of the same characters were in it, but it introduced a whole new set of people.

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  • Sandie Herron
  • 14-07-17

Full of surprise twists and turns

This fourth book in Cleo Coyle's Coffee House mystery series finds the significant women in Clare Cosi's life summering in the Hamptons as house guests of new friend David Mintzer. Clare is still earning a living as Coffee Barista but for the summer at David's new restaurant Cup of Joe where she sees that things are set up correctly and teaches the ropes to all the new employees. Then she is able to walk the beach daily, swim, and relax in her off hours.

David sees the excellent job Clare is doing as well as her daughter Joy who is also working and dating and learning some life lessons in the process. Being so close and in the course of her investigations, Clare finds Joy being enticed by a famous boy at David's July 4th mega-party who gives her his number which Clare then publicly tears up. In this audio version, you can really hear how much this angers Joy. Clare questions Joy actually dating a boy from a mega rich family who has made its fortune in pharmaceuticals, especially when she sees Joy and her boyfriend buying drugs.

I'm jumping ahead of myself. Did I mention that Clare's ex-mother-in-law Madame was also a house guest looking for a summer fling, just as Joy is doing? All three ladies work a mega party on July 4th at David's mansion on the beach. On the evening of the 4th David retires early due to a migraine. Clare checks on him as the party dies down only to see splintered wood from a bullet. She opens the door to the master bathroom to find a dead man who looked very much like David until David stumbles in after waking from a nap that got rid of his migraine.

Police were called but were very busy plus were detained by holiday traffic. Clare took it upon herself to check for evidence. She runs down to the beach and finds empty and full shell casings with a line of webbed feet, like from swimming flippers, leading into the water. Without hesitation, Clare swims out to the black and empty yacht to get the name of the boat. She fights the currents to return to shore and lands at the neighbor’s party! She spots the man in the wet suit but can do nothing publically about it in.

Clare jumped right in and did the police’s work, but they don’t feel very appreciative. David is, however, so Clare’s fears of losing her job for the summer are unfounded. As a matter of fact, Clare is given a sort of promotion at the Cup of Joe which gives her access to the private employee’s lounge, where she hears the terms the current buyer is giving. He’s embezzling money from the restaurant! Clare discovers more as well. Thankfully she has David’s ear, and the pieces of the puzzle start to come together.

This book was full of surprise twists and turns and plots twisting with subplots and winding up at totally different endings than suspected. I can’t exactly call this a cozy but I can’t call it hard boiled; it is somewhere in between, perhaps a hard cozy? Whatever exact genre this might fit into, it was extremely enjoyable and had elements of suspense, surprise, humor, love, parenting, and investigations by an amateur who is becoming better with each book! Definitely recommended.

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  • jmcherry
  • 23-03-17

Great, cozy mysteries!

Claire us great company on my daily one hour commute. I find myself talking back to her, warning her to "Stop!" And laughing out loud makes the journey go so much faster.

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  • Jayma
  • 16-01-17

Enjoyed the summer Hampton fling

I have read 2 of her books and have enjoyed the coffee references and the family story line. I like the light hearted mystery with a little love thrown in.

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  • Farrell
  • 22-06-15

Enough

Decent enough continuation. Characters still holding my interest. I think I'll continue with the series.

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  • Sabrena Holmes
  • 20-04-15

Fun coffee adventure.

I thought the story was fun. Hamptons in the summer, murder and a good cup of coffee.

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  • Janet Henderson
  • 31-12-14

Love Them All!

I've enjoyed all the books so far & hope there will be more real soon!

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  • Nancy
  • 18-01-13

Nicely done.

I wasn't expecting this series to pan out into something I could enjoy. But, I'm happily mistaken.

There were parts of the book that didn't make a lot of sense to me.. for instance, why would this female just hop right in and start right in investigating before the police? That wasn't answered for me.

Other than those few questions though, the book was a delightful cozy who-dun-it. The mystery was great and the writing is maturing nicely.

I've really enjoyed the narrator in this series. She does a superb job on the voices and makes the characters come alive.

Yes, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book and can honestly say I look forward to listening to the rest of the series now!

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