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Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle
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Aug 05, 12

Read in May, 2011

I really enjoy this series for the characters and the coffee-theme that runs through them as much as for the mysteries.

Clare Cosi, manager of New York's famed Village Blend coffee house is getting lots of attention thanks to designer Lottie Harmon's coffee-themed collection of accessories. Lottie decides to hold the showcase for the launch of the line at the Village Blend.

Unfortunately, when one of the attendees drops dead of what turns out to be a poisoned latte, made and delivered by Clare's employee Tucker, to Tucker's ex-boyfriend, the police take Tuck to Rikers Island, certain they've solved the case.

But Clare isn't convinced. That latte was intended for Lottie, with Tuck's ex snatching it off the tray unexpectedly, and half the people at the party were near the bar where the coffee was sitting right before it was delivered so anyone could have put the cyanide into it.

Clare is determined to find the guilty party and get Tucker released, but she has to figure out who'd want to kill Lottie to do it. Clare's own ex, and the co-manager of the Blend, Matteo, isn't at all happy about Clare's "sleuthing" particularly when hunky Detective Quinn is involved.

The mystery was interesting, though not that hard to figure out - I knew who the murderer was long before the book tells you. But these stories are more than just a murder mystery. They're a look at what it's like to be in New York, it's about the city and the fashion, and the people and the history, all of which are sprinkled throughout the books. And as always, there are coffee brewing tips, and a few recipes at the end.

The coffeehouse mysteries are always a fun read.
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