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Latte Trouble (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2005

4.2 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
Book 3 of 15 in the Coffeehouse Series

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...a fun mystery with a twist that you'll never see coming. -- Fresh Fiction

Anyone who loves coffee and a good mystery will love this story. Rating: Outstanding. -- Mysterious Corner

The strength of this series lies in the characters who are drawn true to life. -- I Love a Mystery

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 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: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425204456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425204450
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clare Cosi - manager and co-owner of the historic Village Blend located in the heart of Greenwich Village - has never had a problem dealing with hot drinks, but now she's got a mystery on her hands that just may be too hot to handle - and it has struck close to home. One of Clare's best customers for the past year, Lottie Harmon, has struck gold with her new line of designs, Java Jewelry - a collection of coffee-inspired accessories that blend all of the colors of the coffee rainbow together, and go perfectly with the new color of the season: brown. So, when Lottie wants the perfect backdrop to display her new line for Fall Fashion Week, she turns to Clare, and the Village Blend, in an attempt to give insiders...an inside look at her delectable designs. However, when Tucker - one of Clare's best baristas - serves up a cup of poison, in the form of a luscious latte, to one of fashions most prominent figures, Clare suspects that Lottie was the intended victim, and sets out to protect the often-nervous Lottie from further harm; while at the same time get Tucker out of prison and off of Riker's Island, as well as fend off the negative publicity that is sure to hit the Village Blend if word gets out about the poisoning. But the more detecting Clare does, the more she realizes that the fashion world is hiding some very nasty secrets. Secrets that could bring down the entire fashion industry - or at least expose it for what it truly is - while at the same time bringing Clare down with it...in a bodybag.

As someone who prefers the taste of hot chocolate to an eight-dollar latte, it surprises me that Cleo Coyle's COFFEHOUSE MYSTERIES appeal to me so much.
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You know what I like most about this delectable mystery series? I can never figure out whodunnit until the very end. The surefire mark of an excellent mystery.

Not to mention the luscious coffee recipes & trivia and the intriguing recurring characters. You can practically smell the coffee brewing in the Village Blend coffee shop as you read the book, it's that good. I had no idea that Breakfast Blend coffee (which is a light roast) has more caffeine than the darker Espresso blend. That's just one tidbit of trivia I picked up in this story.

If you love a good, fast-paced mystery with entertaining characters, then this is the series for you. I can't wait for the next one in August!!!!
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I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying this mystery series. In a sea of cozies, it is one of the best written I've come across.

Latte Trouble is by turns entertaining, humorous, touching, and suspenseful.

I adore Clare Cosi, the main character. She's a lovely combination of strength and tender-heartedness, self-consciousness and grit. I also love that she's closer to 40 than to 20 and so knowledgeable about coffee and running a coffeehouse (one of my fantasies is to open my own too!).

The writing has an impressive realism to it with depth of character not usually seen in this genre. The humor is deftly handled, and I just adored reading about the three generations of women trying to get through their tumultuous lives (Clare Cosi; her college-age daughter, Joy; and Clare's elegant, elderly French-born mother-in-law).

I also enjoyed the coffee trivia--I thought I already knew about making coffee, but this series is educating me quite a bit!

I highly recommend anything written by Ms. Cleo Coyle!
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Amazon's summary does a good job of wrapping up the story: our heroine is put in the position of defending her employee against a murder charge, and she's positive he didn't do it.

Cleo Coyle's writing continues to be reliably entertaining, and her characters do manage to grow-and-change without turning the story into Deep Inner Significance. (That's not what I want from a story like this.) The mystery is a decent one; even though I figured out Whodunnit well before I wanted to, I definitely enjoyed the book. And, of course, the coffee theme is a constant source of education.

If you're looking for an enjoyable few hours, lost in someone else's world, Latte Trouble will be an enjoyable escape.
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Cleo Coyle writes an entertaining, well developed mystery in Latte Trouble. I have long wanted to read one of her books and this one became the first. It will not be the last. Her style is easy to read and the storyline moves right along. She provides enough detail to set each scene, but doesn't get lost in minutia. It's also easy to see where the next story can take off from the end of this one.

Clare Cosi owns the Village Blend coffeehouse in downtown New York City. Throughout the book the reader is treated to glimpses of life in the Big Apple that add to the book's appeal. Clare's ex-husband, hunky Matteo (Matt) Allegro, is now partnered with her in the business. Matt's mother, Blanche Dreyfus Allegro Dubois, more commonly known as Madame, has made this arrangement. In her heart she would like nothing better than to see her son and her former daughter-in-law get back together. She and Clare are fast friends. Matt's roving eye was part of the reason for the breakup and Clare is skiddish about any rekindling of the embers that still burn inside her. They have a daughter, Joy, who, while mentioned here and there in the book is not a major player. However, that may change in another "episode."

On the evening of an important pre-Fashion Week event at the Village Blend, two men are poisoned. One of them dies. But was he the intended victim? Several people seem to think so. One of Clare's baristas, Tucker Burton, is arrested for murder as he and the man who died had a previous relationship and Tucker is royally p____-off at his ex-lover's recent treatment of him. Clare, who has gotten herself involved in solving mysteries before, latches onto this one to clear Tucker and get him out of Rikers.
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