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The author weaves a tangled web...and brings the story to a neat and satisfying conclusion...a light and lively blend. -- BookLoons

The interaction between Clare and her ex-mother-in-law is full of humor...a quick read. Entertaining and frothy... -- MyShelf.com

The latest Coffeehouse Mystery is a terrific amateur-sleuth tale that showcases the heroine at her best. -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter forThe New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting CoffeehouseMystery.com. Scroll down the left column of the site's Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews that Cleo has given.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425211134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425211137
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Visit Cleo Coyle at her online coffeehouse: www.CoffeehouseMystery.com where she posts bonus recipes, shares coffee picks, and maintains a message board.

CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. With close to 1 million copies of her books in print worldwide, Cleo Coyle has written 14 entries in the Coffeehouse Mysteries with more to come. This critically acclaimed series of light, amateur sleuth mysteries has earned two starred reviews. Multiple entries have been reviewer Top Picks and chosen for Best of the Year lists as well as featured selections of the Mystery Guild, and the first book is now in its 20th printing. Together Cleo and her husband also write the bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are New York Times bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com. Scroll down the left column of the site's Home Page and you will see links to a number of online interviews that Cleo has given.

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 9, 2006
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In the first two books in the Coffeehouse Mysteries, the action is set in cosmopolitan New York City. This story takes a summer break: Claire Cosi is helping a friend get his (coffee-centered!) restaurant started in the Hamptons, at the end of ritzy Long Island, and living in David's house (mansion, more like) along with her daughter and boss/ex-mother-in-law. During the Fourth of July party, one of the restaurant employees is shot to death... and Claire is certain David was the target. The police don't agree. Naturally, she feels compelled to find out the truth.

That's a recipe for a standard cozy mystery, but this one does a particularly good job. First, Coyle makes Claire completely believeable. Other than the initial premise (*I* never had a customer offer me the opportunity to spend the summer in the Hamptons), the protagonist makes sensible deductions, and has normal reactions to stress (such as an ongoing spat with her daughter). The pacing is done well enough that I kept turning pages, and I gulped down the book in a few short days. Best of all, I really didn't know who the murderer was until it was revealed.

The coffee recipes (including an 8-layer fancy coffee drink and espresso-boosted brownies) and coffee knowledge (a long essay on matching high end Brazillian coffee with almonds and figs) are well integrated into the story, too. You learn a lot, without feeling as though Claire stepped out of character and up to a podium. It's also more than "basics" in coffee knowledge; I did learn quite a bit (and I'm going to seek out that Brazillian coffee she mentioned).

I got just what a wanted from a cozy mystery story: entertainment, escape, a not-too-easy puzzle to solve, and enough knowledge to make me feel that I'd learned something new. I enjoyed it. I think you will, too.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lizz A. Belle VINE VOICE on August 9, 2006
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I have read all these books in order, and I think like most writers Ms. Coyle's writing has improved with each new story. She has created wonderful, likable characters and you just don't want to put the book down. Coyle uses sharp dialogue and strays from the typical mystery faire. I absolutely love coffee, and I must warn you, you're going to want a good cuppa while you read this book. It's a lot less coffee oriented than the rest of the stories, but Coyle still manages to educate her readers with a tidbit of coffee trivia she has not yet revealed. My only complaint is that Clare often thinks of Det. Quinn, and calls him once for his professional opinion. He promises to look into it and then he's sort of obliterated from the story. I also wish we had a bit more of Madame's character, she's one of my favorites. Other than that, I was sorry when the story ended. Hopefully I won't have to wait too long for the next one.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 20, 2006
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I discovered this series earlier this year, quickly read the first three books and anxiously awaited this fourth installment. I was not disappointed! As with any "cozy" mystery, you have to accept a certain amount of unrealistic situations, but this series is much more believable than many others. The action in this book takes place out on Long Island in the Hamptons during the summer "season". The main character, Clare, accepts a temporary job at a new restaurant as the managing barista to get the coffee bar/dessert selections established. This allows the author to introduce new characters and situations while the premise of why the main character is there makes sense .... it doesn't appear to be contrived to move the story.

The coffee references/eduation are still a lot of fun and very enjoyable for anyone who likes coffee.

While not great literature (and what cozies are? If you are looking for lasting literature, you're reading the wrong genre) the book was fun, light, interesting and a perfect read when in the mood for this type of reading. I am sorry to know I will probably have to wait another year for the next installment ! If you like mysteries, you can't go wrong with these.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura A. Fitzgerald on November 6, 2006
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This latest in the novel series is the best I've read even, and enjoyed immensely. Please encourage other new coffehouse/special treat mysteries similiar to this one so I can continue to obtain them as well - how else can I learn aplenty in the corporate side of those treats? Thank you so much from Laura A. F.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 27, 2007
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Since May 2007, I've become addicted to the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle. (Incidentally, "Cleo Coyle" is really the husband and wife writing team of Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini. They are also "Alice Kimberly", who writes the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.)

I savored the first book, On What Grounds, and also enjoyed Through the Grinder (although it was suprisingly sad and dark at the end). I've recently finished Latte Trouble, and just finished reading (minutes ago!) the fourth book of the series, Murder Most Frothy.

Unlike the previous three novels in this series, Murder Most Frothy takes place in the Hamptons rather than The Village Blend, the coffeehouse managed by the protagonist, Clare Cosi.

A character from Latte Trouble, David Mintzer, figures prominently in this book, but you don't have to read Latte Trouble to "get" this particular book (although it will add some richness to the reading, in my opinion).

David lives in the Hamptons and has opened up a new restaurant, Cuppa J. He's asked Clare to train his baristas in the fine art of coffee making, as well as set up dessert/coffee pairings for the menu.

At a large fete held at David's mansion, a young man is murdered by a sniper. Was the young man the intended victim--or was it actually the host, David Mintzer? Who was the mysterious frogman lurking at the beach the night of the murder? Is the bitter neighbor, Marjorie Bright, to blame...
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