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Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mystery #4)

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Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee—for what she ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 247 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published 2006)
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Aug 11, 2012 Mainon rated it did not like it
Okay. I like coffee. I like mysteries, and I don't expect them to be great works of literature except in exceptional circumstances. I like the main character of this series, and the plot was okay. BUT.

I DO expect someone to have edited these books before they're published. Even the mass-market paperbacks. Even the cozy mysteries. ESPECIALLY the books of a "national bestselling author" being published by a division of Penguin Publishing. PLEASE, please put 0.00001% of your profits toward hiring s
Kathy Davie
Feb 06, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
Fourth in the Coffeeshop Mystery series revolving around the manager of the Village Blend, an independent coffeeshop in Greenwich Village, New York.

My Take
If you want to understand coffee as one would appreciate wine, this is the series for you as Coyle goes into great detail about the roasts, the blends, and the pairings of food with the different kinds of coffee beans. What to take into account, how to prepare the ideal cup of coffee or espresso.

I do enjoy the battles between mother and daught
Mar 01, 2011 Deyara rated it liked it
It was okay. Clare is really starting to annoy me, I know that she has to get involved in order for there to be a mystery for us to read about, but she does it in the most annoying way possible - blundering around, going off "investigating" by herself when no one knows where she is, spreading false accusations to all and sundry, getting mad when the police have the audacity to suggest she might be acting unlawfully - I like the mysteries and the coffee talk, but Clare is definitely rubbing me up ...more
Mar 08, 2009 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
this series is consistently fun to read. This one is set in the Hamptons in the summer, and made me want to book a vacation on a beach somewhere. Clare Cosi, the central character, is hitting her stride as an amateur sleuth and still consuming mass quantities of caffeine along the way. Here's a quote from a scene in which Clare is caught snooping through a suspect's house:
"Where the hell do you get your nerve, Clare Cosi?
Eight to ten cups of coffee a day. At least."

That about sums it up!
Oct 23, 2014 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Clare Cosi is asked to help millionaire David Mintzer set up his new restaurant in the Hamptons. She takes a break from her New York City coffeehouse, grabs her daughter and her ex-mother-in-law and heads to the Hamptons for a little bit of a summer vacation mixed in with a little bit of work.

At David’s 4th of July gala, Clare is running the coffee bar but things take a deadly turn. An employee is murdered and Clare is convinced David is the real target. No one heard or saw anything, thanks to t
Sep 05, 2015 Kathy rated it it was ok
In this 4th book, I found Clare to be a bit of a bossy know it all, who just knew she was right and everyone else was wrong. In this book, Clare, her daughter Joy and her ex MIL all move out to the Hamptons for the summer. They are staying at the mansion of David Mintzer. Clare is going to be helping to train baristas for his new place, Cuppa J. When a waiter is shot and killed at his 4th of July party, Clare decides it was a case of mistaken identity and that David is at risk. Can she prove it? ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I'm not as impressed by this one as I have been by Coyle's other novels in this series. Perhaps it was the setting- I have no interest in celebrities, how they spend their ridiculously rich summers, or the Hamptons. Since it's a world I'm not familiar with, I really couldn't get into the story at all. The killer wasn't obvious, so there's that. Joy and Matteo become more annoying with each passing novel, so there's that from the other side as well. All in all, a rather forgettable installment in ...more
Beth Harper
Feb 02, 2016 Beth Harper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coffee, hamptons
I love the descriptive detail in these mysteries. I love how each book features one or more different New York neighborhoods or institutions. I have to admit, I loved the descriptions of fancy homes and restaurants, and fancy parties in this book (though she covers some of the more mundane aspects of the Hamptons too). I'm not really into coffee, so could do without the detailed descriptions of coffee-making. I find Claire a little arrogant and self-absorbed. She appoints herself a detective, th ...more
Oct 04, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
A good continuation to the series. Clare Cosi again gets embroiled in a murder mystery, this time while staying in the Hamptons with a friend and colleague, as she helps wealthy David Mintzer start up his restaurant Cuppa J. She is the "coffee steward," helping to ensure that there are proper coffee and dessert pairings on his menu. A man who looked somewhat like David is shot while at David's house for a party. Clare is convinced that David was the real target, though the police are not. So, of ...more
Denise Zendel
Jun 30, 2014 Denise Zendel rated it it was amazing
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 new-found millionaire friend, with her ex-mother-in-law and her daughter along for the ride. Someone is taking potshots at her new friend/employer, and he’s not taking it seriously.

I liked this just as much as the previous three entries. While the recurring characters have less of a role than previous books, summering in the Hamptons
Mei Li
Jul 15, 2014 Mei Li rated it it was ok
"It was okay" seems like the most accurate rating I could possibly give this book. Maybe it is because I am not a mother myself, but I found myself constantly at odds with Clare Cosi's belief that because something involved her daughter, she had "the parental right" to do such and such a thing. Added to her complete disdain for laws and respecting other people's boundaries, Clare Cosi's character left me gnashing my teeth for the entire second two-thirds of the book. Her ex-husband (who makes fr ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Done with the book...done with the series. This one was "frothy," I'll give it that. Frothy and lacking convincing characterization, plot, realistic dialogue. The first few books in this series charmed me a bit with the coffee lore and recipes, but Clare (the main character) has lost her charm for me. She's nosy, stubborn, vain, and constantly saying exactly the wrong things to everyone. The author supplies her with ridiculous lines like referring to herself as having a "chestnut" ponytail...Ser ...more
Maria (Ri)
While I've quite enjoyed the earlier books in this series, this one falls flat. It didn't hold my interest and the Hamptons just seemed vapid. This mystery just feels too improbable with too many plots layering at once. I will continue reading this series, but hope they return to the earlier charm.
Feb 02, 2008 Vikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007-books-read
Another book in the oh-so-fun Coffeehouse Mysteries series. Not only do you get an enjoyable read, but you also get good coffee recipes with each book. Books and coffee are my two weaknesses and this series combines them both. Is it any wonder that I enjoy them?
Jan 09, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Fourth in the series. I liked this one the best so far. I think it is because the character of Clair has become more real to me and I like the relationship descriptions between her and her daughter. The mystery was also less predictable in this volume.
John Marsh
Mar 21, 2016 John Marsh rated it it was amazing
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Mar 26, 2014 Ellen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, audiobook
Hilarious. And not in a good way! This amateur sleuth just blunders into solving a crime, throwing herself into dangerous situations randomly which she always survives (Phew! How lucky!) but rarely informing the police of her findings. She also sets off into dangerous situations without telling a soul where she is going while, at the same time, holding down a full-time job and interfering in her adult daughter's life. And to add insult to injury the baddie in this novel - SPOILER ALERT - is some ...more
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
This book could have used a really good editor. I found so many grammatical errors.

I'll continue this series because it's such easy, cozy reading, but I hope they become better edited as they go.
Jan 01, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing
Clare Cozi is taking a vacation from The Village Blend Coffee House to work as a Barista in her rich friend, David, restaurant in the Hamptons. She's also keeping watch on her daughter's love life with a young man who has a less than stellar reputation. "Madam", her ex mother in law, and owner of the Village Blend fits right in with this rich society crowd, having a summer fling herself.

Everything is going great until death hits David's Fourth of July party. Though the victim is an employee of
Feb 04, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read
Shelves: new-york-mystery
02/04/08 rec via bookmooch
Jul 27, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
The fourth book in the series, and quite possibly the worst (so far, at least). I got through the other three rather quickly, as they're light and easy cozy mysteries, but this one was so hard to hold on to. It took me FOUR months to get through this. I'd read a few pages, set it down, forget about it, pick it back up out of boredom, repeat and repeat. It feels as though the author was forced into writing another installment so she chose some underdeveloped setting and some cheesy plot and drug ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Buho rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
Claire, Joy, and Madame are in the Hamptons for the summer. Claire is training the baristas at her new David’s restaurant. Their new business relationship will help expand the Blend’s brand. During David’s fourth of July party, someone kills a barista in David’s private bathroom. Claire is now on a mission to solve the murder, and prove that Davide was the intended target.
This rarely happens to me, but I think this is one of the few times where as I progress through a series I dislike the main
Oct 02, 2014 Megan rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Wherever Claire Cosi goes, coffee is riotously popular, and so in this alternate reality, she takes on a summer job as a coffee manager for a billionaire at his mansion in the Hamptons. Despite her living rent-free in a vintage Manhattan apartment, and having spent more than a decade of her life receiving alimony and child support from the son of a billionaire heiress (everybody’s a billionaire in these books), and making a very good living running one of the most popular uppity-up coffee shops ...more
I enjoy this series for its detailed descriptions of all things coffee and its good-sized history lessons on art, architecture and famous people. The murder mysteries themselves are pretty good as well and each book keeps me guessing till the very end. What is starting to annoy me are the characters of Claire, Joy and Madame.

Claire's blatant and aggressive disregard to laws and regulations and people's privacy irritates me. Also the fact that she needs everyone to run everything by her before t
Mar 05, 2011 Nairabell rated it it was amazing
Clare Cosi has struck a deal with her friend David Mintzer: in exchange for an all-expenses-paid summer at his exclusive Hamptons beach house, Clare will teach the staff at his new restaurant how to best serve coffee. So Clare packs up her daughter Joy and ex-mother-in-law Madame and heads off for a relaxing beach-front summer. That is until an employee ends up dead in David's bathroom and Clare becomes convinced that David himself was the target. Soon she's off trying to solve a murder, and pre ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
When coffee shop proprietor Claire Cosi agrees to spend the summer in the Hamptons, managing coffee service at a swanky new restaurant and living in her employer's mansion, she doesn't expect to be solving murders. But on the night of July 4th, a young man is shot at party in the mansion, and Claire is certain--even if the police aren't--that the bullet was meant for her employer, the wealthy David Mintzer. She sets about trying to find the killer herself, despite David, the police, and members ...more
Julie H.
Jul 15, 2010 Julie H. rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Clare, Joy, Madame and, inexplicably, Matt all end up in the Hamptons for the summer. Clare has gone because she is serving as coffee steward and doing training of the wait staff at investor David Mintzer's new restaurant in the tony resort. Mintzer is likewise investing in the Village Blend's bid to install coffee kiosks in select upscale locations around the country. While working a Fourth of July party at Mintzer's beach house, Clare comes upon a dead body--one of the waiters working the part ...more
Apr 18, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it
The fourth in the Cleo Coyle Coffeehouse Mystery series, Murder Most Frothy, finds New York coffee shop manager Clare Cosi headed for the Hamptons for the summer. Clare's new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, offers Clare an all-expenses paid summer at his Hampton's mansion to relax in the sun, in exchange for training the staff of his new restaurant.

Before long Clare is tending the coffee bar at a big party at the mansion, but the fun party has a dramatic turn of events: an employee turns up d
Jenny Maloney
Dec 21, 2010 Jenny Maloney rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
After reading a few mysteries recently, I appreciated the balance of grit and 'cozy' aspects. There is nothing inherently unbelievable about the way that the mystery is solved -- the main character does get caught a number of times in illegal situations (hello breaking and entering!) which I thought was a good thing. Too often the characters snooping around skate by a little too easily. (Don't get me wrong, Claire, the main character, gets off pretty light but there is some gun action.)

I don't k
Joyce Lagow
Feb 25, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-edition

Fourth in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.

The scene shifts to the Hamptons, a collection of hamlets on the South Fork of Long Island and the playground of the wealthy and their wannabees.

Clare has agreed to help out a friend, Dave, with his restaurant in the Hamptons, setting up coffee and dessert service. In exchange, she and Joy, her daughter, will stay at Dave’s East Hampton mansion for the summer. But during a Fourth of July party at the mansion, which Clare is catering, a young waiter is sho
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Cleo Coyle is the New York Times bestselling pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Under the name Cleo Coyle, they've written 15 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, including the latest, DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, which was chosen as a Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick, a "Most Wanted" selection of the Mystery Guild, and honored with four Best of Year list ...more
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