Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mystery #4)
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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
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Published August 1st 2006 by Berkley Books (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...more
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...more
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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Jan
In this 4th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, Clare has escaped the summer heat of Manhattan and is working the summer at a restaurant in the Hamptons. She is also staying at the luxurious home of the restaurant owner and personal friend, David Mintzer. Things are going great until one of the servers, a co-worker of Clare's, is killed at David's 4th of July party. Convinced that David was the real target of the killer, she investigates.

As always this books was tons of fun and made me drink...more
Babs
Okay, these are cute, enjoyable reads, but the heroine has now crossed over into the cozy mystery kiss of death - at least for me. She now thinks she can investigate murders better than the police and goes around sticking her nose in places she has no real business being. After entering a boat she does not own and was not invited to, and breaking into a home (technically not breaking - the door was unlocked) and being chastised by the police when imparting what she found, she says she is felt li...more
Rikki
Starting to read:
This starts out nice enough. I like the protagonist, she is sensible and down to Earth. I was afraid the millionaire would be a gorgeous hunk, but he turns out to be middle-aged, short and chubby. Much better!

I kind of find the constant references to the coffee blend Clare uses out of place. It is a coffeehouse mystery, so maybe this is normal in those themed cozies, but would you – after finding a corpse – ponder the type of coffee blend to use next?

By the way, the painter with...more
Vickie
I do like how Clare gets involved in the solving of the murders that occur around her. She's taken it out of NYC this time..seems thar's murder in them thar Hamptons among the rich and big housed.
Clare takes her time and sees all varieties of suspects, all viable and up to something that could have included committing murder. She's not always right, but that doesn't keep her from continuing on the hunt and trying to get the police to listen.
Clare has to deal with her headstrong daugther, headst...more
Megh
A nice little cozy mystery. Claire is a bit too headstrong/brash in this one for me to enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed the others. I do find her drive towards ensuring that all her questions are answered interesting and fun, it's just that this book took it a little too far for me. I did like that she took a lover, it wasn't excessively described, and he got to live at the end of the book. That was nice. Overall, a pleasant read. :)
Tofu Fairy
This, like the others in this series, was a good, fast read. ***mild spoilers*** I will say that I missed the original setting from the previous books and also the lack of Mike Quinn in this book though. I also felt like the relationship with the Navy SEAL was out of character for Clare and I would have liked to have seen a bit more development there from the beginning of the story rather than over 1/2 way thru. I did enjoy the beach descriptions and that storyline, but I missed NYC. I would def...more
Bridget
A good summer read, especially after a few "serious" books. Clare Cosi, owner of the Village Blend in NYC, is in the Hamptons for the summer, helping a friend open his new business, Cuppa J. But during the July Fourth celebrations, someone is killed. And Clare is convinced that the bullet was meant for her friend. So she sets out to prove that the bullet was meant for her friend, and not in fact for the young man who died, and also to find the killer. At the same time of course, she meets people...more
bookczuk
I'm still in my "reading :ight and frothy" mode, recovering from the illness and death of my mother. Just not up to pithy reads yet. This is book number four in the coffeehouse mystery series. (I somehow ended up with a stack of them, a few of which remain unread for now. I expect that will change soon.)

Light and entertaining. Learned a bit about The Hamptons. I have an uncle and aunt who have a place in Bridgehampton, but their lifestyle certainly is different from the one that Claire lands in....more
Donna
In Murder Most Frothy, the serious subjects of sex and murder are treated in a very cavalier manner--even for a "cozy" mystery. And the heroine's antics in quest of a solution to the crime are sometimes as silly as the book's title.

What I find most appealing about this series--besides the interesting trivia regarding coffee--are the settings. In this case, the story unfolded in the Hamptons, a string of seaside communities along the southeast coast of Long Island. Not having been there, I can't...more
Mary
I found this book hard to get into, perhaps because I was starting at book four in a series without having read the previous books, but even so I found the wealth of coffee making details unnecessary and distracting. So hard to get into that I read an entire other book between chapters 2 and 3.

But I persisted, and by about chapter five I was racing through the detective story.

It seemed to me that the author was trying to do for coffee what Kerry Greenwood does so effortlessly for bread in her...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. The first in their bestselling series is now in its 18th printing. Their newest release, BILLIONAIRE BLEND, was honored with a *Starred Review* by Kirkus, a "Top Pick" by RT Book Reviews, and Publishers Weekly called it "...more
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