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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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Mainon
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
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Deyara
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
Kathy Davie
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
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Yvonne
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
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Kathy
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!
Holly
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
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
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Mei Li
"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
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.
Vikki
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?
Julie
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.
Ellen
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.
Ronna
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
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Megan
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
Nidofito
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
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Nairabell
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
Rebecca
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.
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
Diane
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
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Jenny Maloney
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
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Joyce Lagow

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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Heather Boustead
Murder Most Frothy
Coffeehouse Mystery Series Book Two
By Cleo Coyle

Clare Cosi lives for coffee, ever since she was a child, so it is no surprise that she is a highly successful New York barista. Her millionaire friend David has asked her down to the Hamptons for the summer to train his staff at his new restaurant with all expenses paid for her and her daughter it is an offer she cannot refuse, but during a Fourth of July party she is catering she stumbles upon the dead body of one of her employee
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Kristen
I like this series and the characters in it for the most part. The coffee side story is fun for a coffee-maniac like me, and the slap-stick aspect of some of the things that go on is fun.

This time around Clare Cosi is in "the Hamptons" setting up a coffee/dessert pairings menu for a restauranteur there, and living in his fantastic Hamptons mansion for the summer. Joining her are her daughter Joy, and her ex-mother-in-law Madame. Unfortunately, as is often the case murder seems to dog Clare's ste
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Ashley Barrett
There are so many things to appreciate about the Coffeehouse Mystery series:
1. It validates my addition to coffee.
2. Allows me to read mysteries without gruesome scenes or too much violence.
3. Opportunities to imagine what Matteo looks like in real life (ooh la la)
4. Makes me appreciate my mother-in-law and her hands-off methods (unlike Clare's)

Great read! Interesting turns. I like that Clare wasn't always right in her theories. I have to say, I missed our NYC Detective!
Bluemoon
This was a pretty good read. I kinda figured out, well more like guessed, who the killer was by mid book. Anyways, I really like the "summer fling" in this book. It was fun and light to read.

I think the one draw back for me with this book was Clare. She was really unbearable in this one. She was just on everyone's neck. I understand that in order to solve the case she had to be, but it was too much meddling!

That being said, I would still read the next book in the series.
Michelle
This is the 4th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare has taken a side job for the summer in Hamptons to help out a wealthy friend who has opened a restaurant. She will be designing coffee and dessert pairings. Staying with her at her friend's home are her mother-in-law and her daughter who is working as a waitress at the restaurant. When an employee is killed at David's party, Clare suspects that David was the real intended victim. She begins to investigate the murder, tracking down mys ...more
Dalene
I don’t know, there’s something about this series that just keeps drawing me back. While I don’t get overly excited reading each book, I do enjoy the mysteries and characters that the author has developed.


At first I didn’t know if I would like the setting being about from the coffee house, but it did allow for some growth in the characters. Sometimes I feel that Clare is a little old, but in this book did find her a little less stuffy. The location was beautifully described with many different
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Jonathan
Though I feel that this mystery was every bit as good as the rest of the Coffeehouse Series, I felt that it had a few faults.

To begin with Clare's daughter, Joy, is becoming a less vibrant and more flat character as the series goes on. I wanted her to be a really 3-D character, however mistakes, that I won't name for the sake of spoilers, that Joy keeps making is making her a less-likeable character, in my opinion.

Secondly I felt that the mystery overall was a bit flat this time. It seemed to
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Carlin
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And Clare Cosi is becoming one my favorite heroines. Set in the Hamptons on Long Island instead of Manhattan added an element of surprise and fit the underlying theme of a "summer fling." Clare's ex Matt Allegro and the cop Mike Quinn were not involved in the mystery of who wanted Clare's friend and employer dead. Her daughter Joy and ex mother in law Madame were also spending the summer in the Hamptons. All concluded the rich really are a different breed! And in ...more
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Cleo Coyle is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Under the name Cleo Coyle, they've written 13 Coffeehouse Mystery titles with the 14th, ONCE UPON A GRIND, due to be published in hardcover by Penguin Random House on December 2nd. The first in their bestselling series is now in its 20th printing. Their most recent release, BILLIONAIRE BLEND, w ...more
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