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Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 4) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2006
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More 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 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 over 1 million copies of her books in print worldwide, Cleo Coyle has written 14 entries in the Coffeehouse Mysteries with the 15th newly released in December 2015. This critically acclaimed series of light, amateur sleuth mysteries has earned two starred reviews. Multiple entries have been reviewer Top Picks, chosen for Best of Year lists, and featured as selections of the Mystery Guild. 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read as always but missed the recipes you get with other books.Published 8 months ago by Linda
I love this series! It isn't really in a genre that I normally read, but it caught my attention because, well, caffeine laden recipes at the end of the story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ChristineO
Recipes not included in my kindle version from the library :( Book is okay, comfortable easy mystery.Published 11 months ago by S.G.C.
Mystery Lovers, here's the series for you and extras with coffee recipes too!Published 12 months ago by kcsings
Cleo seems to have a wonderful "knack" of keeping you spellbound to the very end of each of her books !!! GREAT!!Published 15 months ago by "J"
This is the fourth book of hers I've read and they are all the same. I just wait until she barely mentions someone or notice that a character is being made little use of and I know... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kelley A. Difrisco
Book No. 4 in this series has Clare Cosi, part-owner of a popular Manhattan coffee house, and part-time sleuth, spending the summer in the Hamptons, working for her newfound... Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Zendel