Latte Trouble - Coffeehouse, Bk 3 Author:Cleo Coyle As manager of the historic Village Blend coffeehouse, Clare Cosi can steam a fantastically foamy cappuccino and press a perfect pot of Jamaica Blue Mountain. But suddenly she finds herself dealing with a mystery that's just too hot to handle... — The Barista and the Fashionista — To Clare Cosi's surprise, this fall's hottest fashion tr... more »end 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 Villa Blend as the perfect backdrop for fall Fashion Wee 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 must protect her thriving business from negative publicity, Lottie from any further danger, and Tucker from murder charges -- even if it means jolting the fashion world with some shocking secrets...« less
In what often seems an over-crowded field of American "niche mysteries," this series about a New York coffeehouse called the Village Blend is a standout. Clare Cosi, her ex-husband, and his mother are all appealing and different and the combination of coffee and fashion in Latte Trouble is great.
This was a great book, actually the first Coffehouse mystery I read and now I'm hooked! At a party for a designer unveiling jewelry based on coffee (which was inspired by the coffeehouse the book centers around, The Village Blend) barista Tucker serves a latte that turns out to be poisoned- and kills Tucker's ex-boyfriend's new lover! Clare, owner of the coffe shop, suspects the poison was actually meant for the designer Lottie, and she goes on an investigation to find the culprit and motive. The story also centers around Fashion Week in NYC, so if you enjoy good mysteries with great twists, fashion and ESPECIALLY coffee- check this book out! As all of these books do, the back of the book contains pages of recipes for yummy coffee drinks and desserts that go along with them. A real treat in every sense of the word!
This is the third in the coffeehouse series, and so far, it has been my favorite one so far. It may have to do with the fact that Clare Cosi is closer to my age, I believe she is 40, so she seems more real to me than other characters in cozy mysteries. Her relationship with her ex-husband is another mystery in itself... will they finally get it together, or are they destined to remain just business partners? Guess I will have to keep reading to find out!
This series just keeps getting better and better. This story is fun with lots of twists and turns and some truly laugh out loud moments. The characters have well developed personalities and are utterly believable. As this series has matured, the writer doesn't obsess as much over coffee. I am loving this series and looking forward to reading more.