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Greenwich Village coffee shop manager and amateur sleuth Clare Cosi is faced with her most perilous mystery yet in Latte Trouble, the third Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle (On What Grounds and Through the Grinder). It's Fashion Week in New York City -- and Clare's shop, the historic Village Blend, is the location of a prestigious insider's party for loyal customer and ic Greenwich Village coffee shop manager and amateur sleuth Clare Cosi is faced with her most perilous mystery yet in Latte Trouble, the third Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle (On What Grounds and Through the Grinder). It's Fashion Week in New York City -- and Clare's shop, the historic Village Blend, is the location of a prestigious insider's party for loyal customer and iconic designer Lottie Harmon, who is about to launch a collection of coffee-inspired accessories aptly named Java Jewelry. But the event, which is attended by the city's most zealous fashionistas, goes terribly wrong when a customer is poisoned and dies from cyanide in his latte. A barista, who coincidentally was recently dumped by the victim, is arrested and charged with murder. But Clare knows in her heart that her employee is innocent and begins to investigate the people surrounding the enigmatic Lottie Harmon. When Clare uncovers a scheme to blackmail one of Lottie's business partners and then that partner suddenly turns up dead, she knows that there is trouble brewing.


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Greenwich Village coffee shop manager and amateur sleuth Clare Cosi is faced with her most perilous mystery yet in Latte Trouble, the third Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle (On What Grounds and Through the Grinder). It's Fashion Week in New York City -- and Clare's shop, the historic Village Blend, is the location of a prestigious insider's party for loyal customer and ic Greenwich Village coffee shop manager and amateur sleuth Clare Cosi is faced with her most perilous mystery yet in Latte Trouble, the third Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle (On What Grounds and Through the Grinder). It's Fashion Week in New York City -- and Clare's shop, the historic Village Blend, is the location of a prestigious insider's party for loyal customer and iconic designer Lottie Harmon, who is about to launch a collection of coffee-inspired accessories aptly named Java Jewelry. But the event, which is attended by the city's most zealous fashionistas, goes terribly wrong when a customer is poisoned and dies from cyanide in his latte. A barista, who coincidentally was recently dumped by the victim, is arrested and charged with murder. But Clare knows in her heart that her employee is innocent and begins to investigate the people surrounding the enigmatic Lottie Harmon. When Clare uncovers a scheme to blackmail one of Lottie's business partners and then that partner suddenly turns up dead, she knows that there is trouble brewing.

30 review for Latte Trouble

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    The 3rd book in the Coffeehouse mystery series by Cleo Coyle. Clare manages Vintage Blend coffeehouse and sometimes uses her amateur sleuthing skills to solve crimes. The latest mystery is a death by poison at the coffeehouse. One of Clare's employees is accused of the crime, but Clare believes him to be innocent. A light and entertaining mystery. There is a lot of coffee talk in this book, but I enjoyed that part of the story. Clare's ex-husband needs to take a hike, but otherwise it's a good r The 3rd book in the Coffeehouse mystery series by Cleo Coyle. Clare manages Vintage Blend coffeehouse and sometimes uses her amateur sleuthing skills to solve crimes. The latest mystery is a death by poison at the coffeehouse. One of Clare's employees is accused of the crime, but Clare believes him to be innocent. A light and entertaining mystery. There is a lot of coffee talk in this book, but I enjoyed that part of the story. Clare's ex-husband needs to take a hike, but otherwise it's a good read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    I'm really digging the Coffeehouse mystery series. Once I got past the almost textbook feel of the first with coffee instructions, the snuck bit of coffee lore keeps me entertained in between awkward situations for the heroine Clare. This time it involves fashion week, where the most implausible part of the story isn't the murder, but a coffee-lined accessory and clothing trend becoming famous. Clare's amusing and loyal barrista has the finger unreasonably pointed at him by annoying new police de I'm really digging the Coffeehouse mystery series. Once I got past the almost textbook feel of the first with coffee instructions, the snuck bit of coffee lore keeps me entertained in between awkward situations for the heroine Clare. This time it involves fashion week, where the most implausible part of the story isn't the murder, but a coffee-lined accessory and clothing trend becoming famous. Clare's amusing and loyal barrista has the finger unreasonably pointed at him by annoying new police detectives, so of course Clare must do all she can to find out who the real culprit is. That isn't that easy since the author put down a layered and tricky foundation. There's some turns and things to keep you on your toes, with or without the added caffeine. Despite the clever mystery plotting, this one is only a 3 star of the series. Clare is sometimes a bit too careless, but she's still an enjoyable heroine. I like the realistic situations she faces with her independent daughter Joy and the back-and-forth strange relationship with her ex husband, Matteo. Madame as the mother-in-law is fun as always, if not a little stereotypical. Quinn...I had him pegged for a strong and intense love interest eventually but really he's rather boring now. He almost comes across a little emo and I just don't sense strong enough interest. Maybe it's because I'm rarely in the mood for the soon-to-be divorced drama or the child custody angst. Not every relationship has to be fun and light, but I don't want depressing downers like that every time the two characters talk. The ending brings out a creative culprit and not someone I would have suspected. They kind of pop up as a possibility later but it was a twist. A well done mystery that's lackings oem of the personal fun and charm of the previous two.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The third book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. I don't know what it is about these books. I avoid reading them. I like them while I am reading them - but once I finish it I have this aversion to them again. It's really weird. Maybe it's the New York attitude in the books that I find so off puting - I don't know. All I can tell you is that I enjoy them when I read them - but when I go to pick up the next book I seem to put a bunch of other books in front of it and I feel like I am "breaking do The third book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. I don't know what it is about these books. I avoid reading them. I like them while I am reading them - but once I finish it I have this aversion to them again. It's really weird. Maybe it's the New York attitude in the books that I find so off puting - I don't know. All I can tell you is that I enjoy them when I read them - but when I go to pick up the next book I seem to put a bunch of other books in front of it and I feel like I am "breaking down and reading" rather than "oooh - I get to read this next!" Weird.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    From the book jacket 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 From the book jacket 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 much protest her business from negative publicity, Lottie from further danger, and Tucker from murder charges. My reactions Book three in the Coffee House series is fast, entertaining, and enjoyable. I figured out the culprit way before Clare (or the police), but it was still fun watching them work through the clues. As always, Coyle includes some interesting tidbits about coffee, which I liked (even though these segues detracted from the plot). What I didn’t like so much was the on-again-off-again relationship with Clare’s ex, Matteo. I’m sure Coyle included it to add some sexual tension, but I thought it was totally unnecessary. Still, on the whole this is a quick, fun, cozy mystery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Okay, these books are seriously not good. So many loose ends and horrible character development. The author(s) definitely ignore the writing pro-tip against using stereotypes and for the last time I do not care about Clare's ample bosom. Why do I read these? Okay, these books are seriously not good. So many loose ends and horrible character development. The author(s) definitely ignore the writing pro-tip against using stereotypes and for the last time I do not care about Clare's ample bosom. Why do I read these?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Meh.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelcy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really loved Clare in this series so far but her character seemed inconsistent in this one compared to the other two. She seemed to be headstrong and seemed to know herself well, but in this one she was back and forth with her ex husband. The first 2 she knew her boundaries with hin.... in this one she just kept "going back" to him on a more intimate level despite her knowing she didnt want that and repeatedly expressing it Also, when she catches Joy doing drugs she kind of reacts but not even I really loved Clare in this series so far but her character seemed inconsistent in this one compared to the other two. She seemed to be headstrong and seemed to know herself well, but in this one she was back and forth with her ex husband. The first 2 she knew her boundaries with hin.... in this one she just kept "going back" to him on a more intimate level despite her knowing she didnt want that and repeatedly expressing it Also, when she catches Joy doing drugs she kind of reacts but not even to the level I wouldve thought considering how protective shes been. She even jumps to random conclusions throughout about the mystery portion...so her sleuthing went from being really good to unorganized. The cops were also pointless to be in here? They were present in the begining then not really there at all. Idk, overall I still enjoyed the writing but Clare's chatacter seemed all over the place in this one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I really enjoy this series, but a caution....YOU WILL DRINK LOTS OF COFFEE.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    I figured it out about 3/4 through but that's okay. Still a fun read. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2018/comm... I figured it out about 3/4 through but that's okay. Still a fun read. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2018/comm...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Clare's coffee house is hosting a fashion event, when someone dies of of cyanide poisoning and one of her staff is arrested on the spot (obviously not guilty since it's far too early in the book for the real murderer to be known) because he both made and served the drink (but then, the drink was meant for someone else, but to know more about all of that you have to read the book). Suffice to say that Clare starts working on figuring out who the real murderer is posthaste. It might be that there Clare's coffee house is hosting a fashion event, when someone dies of of cyanide poisoning and one of her staff is arrested on the spot (obviously not guilty since it's far too early in the book for the real murderer to be known) because he both made and served the drink (but then, the drink was meant for someone else, but to know more about all of that you have to read the book). Suffice to say that Clare starts working on figuring out who the real murderer is posthaste. It might be that there is more than one mystery afoot...

  11. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Clare Cosi is the manager of the Village Blend, an upscale coffee house in Manhattan. She's hosting a party for Lottie Harmon, who's a loyal customer and also a fashion designer who has recently come out of retirement to launch a new line of jewelry - "Java Jewelry." On the evening of the party, the place is packed, and Clare and her employees are rushing to keep up. Unfortunately, her employee Tucker's ex-boyfriend Ricky shows up, and when Tucker is bringing a drink to Lottie, Ricky grabs it of Clare Cosi is the manager of the Village Blend, an upscale coffee house in Manhattan. She's hosting a party for Lottie Harmon, who's a loyal customer and also a fashion designer who has recently come out of retirement to launch a new line of jewelry - "Java Jewelry." On the evening of the party, the place is packed, and Clare and her employees are rushing to keep up. Unfortunately, her employee Tucker's ex-boyfriend Ricky shows up, and when Tucker is bringing a drink to Lottie, Ricky grabs it off the tray and drinks it, along with his new boyfriend. When both men fall to the floor, Clare calls 911. But it's too late for Ricky, who's already dead. When the police investigate, they arrest Tucker for murder, figuring the breakup gives him a good motive. Clare refuses to believe Tucker is capable of murder, and decides to investigate on her own. With her friend Detective Mike Quinn out of town, she needs to enlist the reluctant help of her ex-husband, Matteo, who sometimes shares the apartment above the blend with her (long story), and also the help of her ex-mother-in-law, Madame, who treats it like a grand adventure. Clare's determined to find out who's framing Tucker, even if it puts her own life in danger... This is the third book in the series, and it's not a bad one. What disappointed me is that more attention is given to the surrounding landmarks (if you're really interested in how Riker's Island got its name, you can probably find it on Google or Wikipedia); and not enough attention is given to fleshing out characters. Instead of Clare thinking about her or Matt's libidos (which we get, anyway), I'd rather see a little background - how and where Clare grew up, etc. From previous books we know how she met Matt, but very little about her upbringing, which makes people who they are. We do get plenty on why the two broke up, but we've known that from previous books. I also don't like the fact that Matt takes advantage of her (yes, he does), and she's worried about hurting his feelings? He cheated on you, woman. More than once. Get a grip. I also find it sad that Clare's entire life is the coffee shop. She never goes anywhere, never even goes shopping or out to lunch with friends (if she has any), just takes care of the shop. It's very sad there's no outside life for her (unless she's investigating, and that's hardly relaxing). Saying that, I enjoyed the mystery and trying to discover the identity of the killer. There were a few red herrings thrown about, which led in a couple of different directions. I did like the twist to the ending, and discovered who the murderer was a little bit before Clare did, but that's fine with me. I would have liked to have rated this higher, but Clare needs to completely (physically, emotionally) push Matt out of her life unless it's necessary to see him. I honestly enjoyed the ending of the book, and will continue to read this series. https://joannesbooks.blogspot.com/202...

  12. 4 out of 5

    rebecca

    This is the 3rd book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series and, I think, significantly better than the first two. The first volume was trying too hard to be a mystery/romance and the romance bits were slightly over the top and awkward. It felt a bit like it had been composed by committee, so it wasn't much of a surprise to learn that "Cleo Coyle" is the pen name for a husband and wife writing duo. Unlike Clare Cosi, the romantically confused, but endearing main character in the series, the couple wh This is the 3rd book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series and, I think, significantly better than the first two. The first volume was trying too hard to be a mystery/romance and the romance bits were slightly over the top and awkward. It felt a bit like it had been composed by committee, so it wasn't much of a surprise to learn that "Cleo Coyle" is the pen name for a husband and wife writing duo. Unlike Clare Cosi, the romantically confused, but endearing main character in the series, the couple who write the books seem to have worked out some of their (writing)relationship issues and the 3rd book in the series has better dialogue and a more interesting plot. Plus, although there's still lots of coffee-talk and digressions into the merits of various beans and roasts and recipes, but it's more organic, interesting, and feels less like schtick. I probably wouldn't have read past the 1st book in the series, had I not picked up the 2nd volume at the same time. The 2nd volume was enough of an improvement that I picked up the 3rd, although I wasn't in a rush to get to it. Perhaps the coffeehouse mysteries have hit their stride, I'm now actually looking forward to reading the next one to find out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenene

    Another mystery solved by Clare Cosi! Love this series!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Millie Taylor

    Not gonna lie - I had this one figured out right from the beginning. That's not to say that it wasn't a fun read - it was - it just seemed more predictable than the previous two books. The story - someone was poisoned at the Village Blend during a big event - had promise. Sadly, most of the book was spent with Clare going on and on about Lottie and how she (Clare) REALLY thinks that she knows who did it when, as usual, she was off base. As much as I like her, she reminds me a bit of Daphne from Not gonna lie - I had this one figured out right from the beginning. That's not to say that it wasn't a fun read - it was - it just seemed more predictable than the previous two books. The story - someone was poisoned at the Village Blend during a big event - had promise. Sadly, most of the book was spent with Clare going on and on about Lottie and how she (Clare) REALLY thinks that she knows who did it when, as usual, she was off base. As much as I like her, she reminds me a bit of Daphne from Scooby Doo in that she always seems to get into trouble. There were also a few parts of the story that were brought up and then seemingly forgotten. There was a bit with Clare's daughter, Joy, that seemed like it was going to have a bigger part and then was just "meh - I'll get to it later" and not mentioned again. Sigh. At least Detective Quinn showed up. He's always a fun character, as is Madame. In spite of the flaws, I did enjoy the book and I'm looking forward to the next one. I can only hope that they get better. (I also hope that the editor got a kick in the butt. Holy hell.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chelle

    I enjoyed this third book in the series the most so far. Clare is a pretty solid MC who isn’t too reckless for a #cozy heroine. It’s a good mystery to puzzle out. I figured out the killer early on, but was off on some of the details. It’s a very enjoyable #cozymystery and could be read as a stand alone book. The love triangle (there’s ALWAYS ONE ) is pretty low key so not TOO annoying. The side characters are not very fleshed out but, again, at least not the usual annoying overblown types you see I enjoyed this third book in the series the most so far. Clare is a pretty solid MC who isn’t too reckless for a #cozy heroine. It’s a good mystery to puzzle out. I figured out the killer early on, but was off on some of the details. It’s a very enjoyable #cozymystery and could be read as a stand alone book. The love triangle (there’s ALWAYS ONE ) is pretty low key so not TOO annoying. The side characters are not very fleshed out but, again, at least not the usual annoying overblown types you see in a lot of these books. (I’m never going to like the Stephanie Plum books. Sorry. Not sorry. Ugh) I loved all the coffee details and I’m definitely making the chocolate caramel sauce from the back of the book. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ 1/2

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Once again the Village Blend delivers up amazing coffee, murder and mystery. This one was set against fashion week in NYC and definitely kept me on my toes and there were some surprises at the end. I get the murderer a page or two before Clare but I think I was just as baffled as she was before. I really like the characters in this series, it's fun learning about the coffee especially since I'm finally starting to drink some. Looking forward to getting another cup with them soon. Once again the Village Blend delivers up amazing coffee, murder and mystery. This one was set against fashion week in NYC and definitely kept me on my toes and there were some surprises at the end. I get the murderer a page or two before Clare but I think I was just as baffled as she was before. I really like the characters in this series, it's fun learning about the coffee especially since I'm finally starting to drink some. Looking forward to getting another cup with them soon.

  17. 4 out of 5

    muhammedallia

    This book was quaintly dated with the references to a google search with only 1 return. I thought one of the mysterious parts of it was a little bit beyond verisimilitude, and there is a love branch I don't care for but it was still a fun read. Easy, enjoyable setting. This book was quaintly dated with the references to a google search with only 1 return. I thought one of the mysterious parts of it was a little bit beyond verisimilitude, and there is a love branch I don't care for but it was still a fun read. Easy, enjoyable setting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Toni (T.C.) LoTempio

    OMG one of the best. I absolutely did not see that twist at the end! Have I said how much i love this series???????????????

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deacon Ted Schreck

    I enjoyed the ending. Suspected something close to the resolution but clever surprise. I also like the coffee and dessert recipes at the end. I look forward to trying out one or more recipes.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This was an interesting mystery. I was surprised by the way things played out. I also liked the fashion parts of the story. The coffee parts were still my favorite, though. Also, the characters were more likeable in this book. Except Quinn, but he wasn't often in this book. This was an interesting mystery. I was surprised by the way things played out. I also liked the fashion parts of the story. The coffee parts were still my favorite, though. Also, the characters were more likeable in this book. Except Quinn, but he wasn't often in this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    This was another good read in the series. I enjoyed the mystery and yet again had no idea who did it. All I did know was that it wasn't Tucker even though they wanted you to believe it was. I was disappointed by the daughter. You would've thought after her dad she would have been smarter. This was another good read in the series. I enjoyed the mystery and yet again had no idea who did it. All I did know was that it wasn't Tucker even though they wanted you to believe it was. I was disappointed by the daughter. You would've thought after her dad she would have been smarter.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nairabell

    To Clare Cosi's surprise the latest must-have fall fashion item is anything coffee themed. After Village Blend regular Lottie Harmon designs a hit range of coffee bean inspired accessories, she decides to host her Fashion Week promo party at the coffeehouse. The "Java Jewellery" quickly proves a hit, but when barista Tucker accidentally serves a poisoned latte to a guest Lottie's party takes a turn for the worst. Now with Tucker in jail, Clare is determined to prove his innocence and find out wh To Clare Cosi's surprise the latest must-have fall fashion item is anything coffee themed. After Village Blend regular Lottie Harmon designs a hit range of coffee bean inspired accessories, she decides to host her Fashion Week promo party at the coffeehouse. The "Java Jewellery" quickly proves a hit, but when barista Tucker accidentally serves a poisoned latte to a guest Lottie's party takes a turn for the worst. Now with Tucker in jail, Clare is determined to prove his innocence and find out who the deadly drink was intended for. This is the third Coffeehouse Mystery (after On What Grounds and Through the Grinder) and I must say I love this series. This time the focus is put on the fashion world, not as weird a pairing as it sounds as it focuses on a jewellery designer who designed her jewellery at the Blend. Clare's faithful barista Tucker ends up accused of murder in this book, so again Clare gets involved to clear his name. Plot-wise the mystery is at the same level I've come to expect from these books and has lots of little twists and turns, not to mention red herrings. I did figure out a connection between a character and the mystery, although I didn't see the ending coming at all. Sadly the killer's point of view has been restricted back to a tiny prologue, and I must say I missed having little snippets throughout the book like in Through the Grinder. Detective Quinn is mostly absent for this book, and it appears Clare's ex Matteo is going back to his old womanising ways so this book has a low romance count. There was also no mention of Clare's love interest Bruce from the previous book, although it is stated that this book is set a year after the first so there could have been a lot of time between the two. Clare's daughter Joy seems to be going off the rails, and at last Madame takes a bigger role which is brilliant and leads to some great scenes. In terms of recipes this book includes the following The Village Blend's Caramel-Chocolate Latte, Clare's Foolproof Homemade Caramel-Chocolate Syrup, Cafe Brulee, Clare's Basic Biscotti (with variations for almond, anise and pistachio) and Ricciardelli, with The Village Blend's Guide to Roasting Terms. All in all, this is a fun cozy read and I'm looking forward to reading Murder Most Frothy. Plot: 9/10 Characters: 10/10 Ending: 10/10 Enjoyment: 10/10 Cover: 9/10 Overall: 48/50

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amma

    Although I enjoy the detailed information about coffee making and the coffee industry, I do not need all the details provided about various New York landmarks (boring).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the third book in the Coffeehouse Mystery Series, but the first that I have read. I picked this book up because I needed a book with Latte in the title for a challenge I am in. I am not sure how I feel about this book. I liked it, but parts of it were not what I expected from a cozy. There was way too much information about how to make coffee and how beans are processed. The descriptions in the book were excellent and made you feel like you were there. Parts of the story were almost like This is the third book in the Coffeehouse Mystery Series, but the first that I have read. I picked this book up because I needed a book with Latte in the title for a challenge I am in. I am not sure how I feel about this book. I liked it, but parts of it were not what I expected from a cozy. There was way too much information about how to make coffee and how beans are processed. The descriptions in the book were excellent and made you feel like you were there. Parts of the story were almost like a police procedural, a little dull, but part of the protaganists investigation. The series takes place in New York, hence the topic of Fashion Week. It is fashion week, where the coffee shop is hosting an event for a designer of accessories. The accessory and clothing line that the murder revolves around are designed around coffee, the colour, the swirls etc. Clare is the protagonist and manager of the The Blend, where the first murder takes place. Clare's amusing and loyal barrista is the one who made and served the deadly latte, therefore he is arrested for the crime. Clare must do all she can to find out who the real culprit is. Her investigation is not easy. First she must determine who the actual target really was, who would want to kill him/her, what are the motives and how did they do it. The plot is intricately laid out with lots of twists, turns and some red herring thrown in. Despite the clever mystery plotting, this one is only a 3 star for me. Clare is sometimes a bit too careless, but she's still an enjoyable heroine. I like the realistic situations she faces with her independent daughter Joy and the back-and-forth strange relationship with her ex husband, Matteo. There is also a police detective, Quinn, that is mentioned early but does not make an appearance until the end, that might be a romantic interest. Madame as the mother-in-law is fun and often surprises everyone throughout the story. The one thing that is not included in this book but is often in cozy mysteries is the help of local police. They do not really seem to be involved in the story at all which is very different. The ending brings out a creative culprit and not someone I would have suspected, this was a definite well crafted twist to the story. The characters were not very complex with the exception of Clare and the immediate family. I wonder if there was more to them in previous books. Not sure if I will read another, there was just something I can't put my finger on.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Drebbles

    After being out of the public eye for several years, fashion designer Lottie Harmon is staging a comeback with a collection of coffee-inspired fashion accessories and chooses the Village Blend Coffeehouse as the perfect place to launch the collection. Claire Cosi, manager of the Village Blend, feels a bit out of place in the fashion world, but is thrilled with the turnout for the event. Thrilled that is, until one of the guests is killed by a poisonous latte and one of her baristas, Tucker, is a After being out of the public eye for several years, fashion designer Lottie Harmon is staging a comeback with a collection of coffee-inspired fashion accessories and chooses the Village Blend Coffeehouse as the perfect place to launch the collection. Claire Cosi, manager of the Village Blend, feels a bit out of place in the fashion world, but is thrilled with the turnout for the event. Thrilled that is, until one of the guests is killed by a poisonous latte and one of her baristas, Tucker, is arrested for the murder. The police think that Tucker is the murderer because the victim was his ex-boyfriend, but Clare thinks the poison was actually intended for Lottie. Clare has a hard time convincing anyone else of this, even Matteo, her ex-husband, thinks Tucker is guilty. Clare could let things go, she has other worries - she is afraid her daughter Joy is using drugs - but when Lottie becomes ill, Clare thinks the poisoner is at it again. As Clare searches for the killer she encounters blackmail, kidnapping, and the mob and discovers that not everyone is who they seem to be. Written by husband and wife team Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi under the pen name Cleo Coyle, "Latte Trouble" is a well done mystery. Set in New York, the city makes a nice backdrop for the mystery and the city itself is like a character in the book. The fashion aspects in the book are well done and the descriptions of what the characters are wearing help the reader picture each character. Clare is a well written and real character - in her 40's, divorced but still attracted to her ex-husband, trying to run a busy business, and worried about her daughter. The supporting characters are equally well written, especially Matteo, Clare's ex-husband who is finally starting to grow up and his mother "Madame". The coffee making aspects are deftly weaved into the story, although much of it was over my head as I drink tea. The murder is well plotted, with plenty of suspects and the murderer is the last person I would have thought of. There are lots of surprises in the book, but careful reading shows the authors left plenty of subtle clues as to what was going on. "Latte Trouble" is a great cozy mystery.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Maybe I would enjoy the non-audiobook version more. I'm not sure. The audiobook made me remember all the issues I had with the first books in the series. Pluses: I like coffee, I like hearing about coffee, and I like the setting (a coffeehouse). Minuses: The "info dumps" in the book where the author explains a lot of stuff by having the character just recite information. The cliches. The easy to figure out bad guy. Maybe if I read the book instead of listening to the audiobook, I could speed thro Maybe I would enjoy the non-audiobook version more. I'm not sure. The audiobook made me remember all the issues I had with the first books in the series. Pluses: I like coffee, I like hearing about coffee, and I like the setting (a coffeehouse). Minuses: The "info dumps" in the book where the author explains a lot of stuff by having the character just recite information. The cliches. The easy to figure out bad guy. Maybe if I read the book instead of listening to the audiobook, I could speed through the parts of it that made my eyes roll. Honestly, it's a good setting, storyline, and I like the idea...but the execution isn't my thing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Clare is hosting a big event at her coffee shop, but when someone gets murdered and they blame one of her baristas, well she's now on a mission to find out who the real killer is. Along the way, she meets a new man, finds out her ex-husband is pulling his old tricks again, and she also has some issues with her daughter. This book wasn't as good as previous books, but it was still really interesting. I really didn't like the fact that Clare and her ex had a thing in this one. It was beyond annoyi Clare is hosting a big event at her coffee shop, but when someone gets murdered and they blame one of her baristas, well she's now on a mission to find out who the real killer is. Along the way, she meets a new man, finds out her ex-husband is pulling his old tricks again, and she also has some issues with her daughter. This book wasn't as good as previous books, but it was still really interesting. I really didn't like the fact that Clare and her ex had a thing in this one. It was beyond annoying. But other than that I liked the mystery in this one, and I look forward to more in this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maria (Ri)

    Another winner in the coffeehouse mystery series! This one had lots of interesting twists and turns. The love interest bit was not as captivating in this one. I found the coffee information added to the story this time rather than feeling like a know it all friend spouting off as was sometimes the case in the first 2 books. This one was not quite a believable as the other two which is why it garnered slightly lower marks. However, it certainly gave me a hunger for coffeehouse coffees! I stopped Another winner in the coffeehouse mystery series! This one had lots of interesting twists and turns. The love interest bit was not as captivating in this one. I found the coffee information added to the story this time rather than feeling like a know it all friend spouting off as was sometimes the case in the first 2 books. This one was not quite a believable as the other two which is why it garnered slightly lower marks. However, it certainly gave me a hunger for coffeehouse coffees! I stopped by the local haunt for several lattes during the reading of this!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I had a medium Kona blend for breakfast this morning. I've switched to medium-roast coffee for the first two cups of the morning because the caffeine content is higher than for dark roasts, which I always drank before. I enjoy the new flavors. In fact, I'm really tasting my coffee these days--not just swallowing it out of habit, like my morning vitamin. Who says light, "cozy" mysteries can't change your life for the better? I had a medium Kona blend for breakfast this morning. I've switched to medium-roast coffee for the first two cups of the morning because the caffeine content is higher than for dark roasts, which I always drank before. I enjoy the new flavors. In fact, I'm really tasting my coffee these days--not just swallowing it out of habit, like my morning vitamin. Who says light, "cozy" mysteries can't change your life for the better?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I love this series - you get to eat, breathe, and sleep coffee throughout! I like the love interests between Clare and Mike and Clare and Matt. Very good mystery. The java jewelry sounded really cool - wish it were real!

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