Listen free for 30 days

Roast Mortem

A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 9
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
Series: The Coffeehouse Mysteries, Book 9
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
3 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

When the firefighters of Ladder Company 189 pull Clare's friends out of a blazing cafe, she happily comes to their rescue. As a favor to the men, she visits their firehouse kitchen to teach them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But more than their coffee turns out to be hot. Somebody's torching cafes around the city, and firefighters are beginning to die in suspicious ways....

Believing the two events are related, Clare investigates, staking out a five-borough bake sale and sniffing out clues in the pizza joints of Brooklyn. When her detective boyfriend, Mike Quinn, is pulled into the fire of a false accusation, Clare is desperate to put out the flames. But will she be able to come to Mike's rescue before someone tries to extinguish her?

©2012 Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2012 AudioGO

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Byron
  • Byron
  • 26-02-14

Firefighters play a big part in this cozy mystery-

Clare Cosi of the NY Village Blend coffeehouse is back into detecting murder. This time she, her famed mother-in-law, and another of her employees are caught in a fire bomb at another coffeehouse. Their good friend and artist ends up in a coma and the fire investigator is not convinced that a firebomb started the fire. But when one of the firefighters looses his life in a second coffeehouse fire, the search begins for this serial arsonist.

This series is always exciting and informative. This book is dedicated to firefighters and their families everywhere, but especially to all those men and women who fought the blazes after the 9/11 tragedy. The authors do a great job humanizing these firefighters--one of which is the fictional brazen cousin of Clare's policeman boyfriend. These cousins' relationship has been less than friendly in the past. We learn about their history in this mystery.

I highly recommend this series. It's also filled with delicious recepies. I've been listening to the audio version of these books, and have found the reader adds a great deal to my enjoyment.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Shirley Lafon Strand
  • Shirley Lafon Strand
  • 18-01-13

NOT Awful :-) !

I've read and listened to a lot of the Cleo Coyle Coffee House Mysteries. Love them. It is set in a compolitan background with lots of different accents: Brooklyn, NJ, English, French, Italian....
Interesting plot and satifying ending.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for ash
  • ash
  • 01-02-17

This my be my favorite coffeehouse yet!

If you could sum up Roast Mortem in three words, what would they be?

Amazing character development!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! Aside from two mysteries to be solved, there was so much action. I also loved learning more about Quin. I'm not mad that Matt takes a backseat because I'm such a fan of Mike! He's great!

What about Rebecca Gibel’s performance did you like?

You know who is speaking by how she does each character's voice! It's amazing!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Susan
  • Susan
  • 10-12-16

Fire wife and mystery lover

As the wife of a fire lieutenant this one hit close to home. Thank you for honoring firefighters and helping others understand exactly what they place on the line each shift.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Crabby Alice
  • Crabby Alice
  • 22-11-16

Great!

I have enjoyed listening to Cleo Coyle books. This book was one of my favorites. I particularly like the part in this book when Claire is showing the fire fighters how to make espresso. The humor was great!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Coup
  • Coup
  • 07-09-16

I truly enjoyed listening to the story.

I felt the plot had a nice twist to it while being entertaining not to mention giving high praise to the brave NYC Fire Fighters. My heart will always be with them on their unselfish daily struggle to care for the public. They don't get enough Kudos for what they do. We love them and pray for them daily!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mary L
  • Mary L
  • 31-05-15

Very enjoyable mystery with wonderful narration

This book is an enjoyable addition to the Coffehouse Mystery series. It's the first I've listened to through Audible and LOVED the narration. She had a wonderful range of "voices" for the various characters, making this experience truly wonderful. Sometimes a narrator will turn me off completely from listening to an otherwise good story. But I'll be back for more with Rebeca Gibel.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Janet Henderson
  • Janet Henderson
  • 31-12-14

Love Them All!

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Chalis
  • Chalis
  • 30-03-14

A Salute to Fire Fighters

This story gets off to a fast and frightening start when Clare and two friends are trapped in a fire while visiting a coffee house owned by an acquaintance. They are rescued by the FDNY.

Fire fighters are key characters in the plot and I found that aspect of the story interesting.

I loved the first book of this series that I read (Murder by Mocha). I did not like this one quite as much for reasons that are particular to me. I enjoy stories about amateur detective . However, I do not enjoy it when the amateur detective puts herself in danger while following a "hunch". That occurs several times in this story.

I will give this series another try. The core characters are colorful and interesting. The mysteries are intricate and move along at a steady pace.

Narrator Rebecca Gibel has a clear voice and excellent diction.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for dewlaw
  • dewlaw
  • 12-02-17

Can't get all the way through this one.

Would you try another book from Cleo Coyle and/or Rebecca Gibel?

I like Cleo Coyle, but will skip the audiobook from now on. The narration is just awful-painfully slow and melodramatic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't get that far.

What didn’t you like about Rebecca Gibel’s performance?

Waaayyyy too slow and I hate the overly dramatic performance. Just read the book, please.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It might be just fine in book form.