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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 (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,172 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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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler VINE 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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35 of 39 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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20 of 22 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Vitale on July 4, 2008
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"Murder Most Frothy" is the 4th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery Series. I read the first three books in this series and loved them, BUT have found myself sorely disappointed with "Murder Most Frothy". I just finished reading this book recently and am still marveling at how bad it is.

The following summarizes what I don't like about "Murder Most Frothy":

* Claire Cosi, the leading character in this series, spends the entire novel in the Hamptons. Cosi is the manager of The Village Blend Coffeehouse in bustling New York and will someday be co-owner of this business with her ex-hubby...... I like The Village Blend Coffeehouse setting and was disappointed to see the entire novel set outside The Village Blend Coffeehouse and its usual characters (i.e. Tucker her assistant manager, Detective Mike Quinn, etc.)

* Claire makes a lot of stupid/dumb solo moves in this novel in attempts to help find the person trying to murder her friend that seemed really out of character for Claire. Sure she's made some dumb moves in past novels, but not like in this novel.

* Plus Claire jumps to some dumb conclusions about pieces of information she does stumble upon without considering further investigation to see if in fact what she thinks is going is in fact really going on.

* Dialogue in some areas of the book were really lacking. In order to help move the story along, writers usually use dialogue to convey information to the reader, not loads and loads and loads of descriptive paragraphs instead when dialogue can be used.

* I also founding the incessant use of parentheses throughout the novel to be rather annoying feature too.

* Also the ending of the book was completely unbelievable and unrealistic to me.
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