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Murder Most Frothy

(Coffeehouse Mystery #4)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  5,180 ratings  ·  334 reviews
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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Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by married co-authors, the Coffeehouse Mysteries are some of my favorite cozies. Set in a popular coffee house in NYC, the stories always have a sweet mix of coffee, life in New York and murder. I've read most of the books in this series before, but decided it was time to start all over at the beginning and read them again. :)

Murder Most Frothy is the 4th book in the series. Clare Cosi is spending some time away from Village Blend in the city. She's staying at a posh Hamptons mansion to
Aug 06, 2012 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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“There comes an age in life when you realize that blaming and regretting are a waste of precious time.”

Clare and daughter are taken out of their infamous coffeeshop so they can stay in a luxurious Hamptons mansion for work purposes. David Mintzer, who was introduced in Latte Trouble, has hired them to make his new baristas the best when it comes to his newly opened restaurant. Of course Clare runs into a murder, right in the mansion she's staying in, and has to solve the crime for peace of mind.
Jammin Jenny
I really liked this fourth installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Well written characters, great story line (who is trying to bump off David), and fun locations. We spend time in the Hampdens where the rich are getting down and dirty.
Nov 20, 2010 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
Dez Nemec
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, cozy-mysteries
I'm done with the series. The mysteries are pretty entertaining, but Clare's repetitive fights with her daughter, Joy, over everything, and Madame (who the f*ck calls themselves Madame?!) constantly pretending that Clare is still married to her son drove me nuts. These books are a 50/50 ratio of mystery to obnoxious familial relationships. Seems to me that should be more like 90/10.
It's like... I don't always love it and find parts of it annoying, but she always ends so well!! And then I have to read the next one....
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019
I don't usually read this kind of book. An adult "cozy" mystery where the character is older than me and sort of investigates a murder by accident. I did end up liking it a lot more than I thought I would. The main character Clare runs a coffeehouse and is constantly making these blends that sound amazing. I wish I knew all about coffee and how to make it completely from scratch like that. She is pretty smart and sensible and is on somewhat good terms with her ex husband even after how terribly ...more
Kathy Davie
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
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
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Digital audio read by Rebecca Gibel.

Book four in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare Cosi has accepted her millionaire friend David’s offer of an all-expenses-paid summer away from the city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll be able to relax while training the staff of his new restaurant. But their first event is marred when one of her employees turns up dead in David’s bathroom. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks, no one heard the gunshot, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic, so
Jan 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
May 27, 2008 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
Nov 06, 2015 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
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm giving this two stars because there was some good relational developments but I'm really irritated with our main character Claire. She loves to solve mysteries but there are times when she is incredibly obtuse with no apparent reason. I had several moments in this book and the previous one where I had to stop because she was being incredibly stupid. If I'm to believe she can solve a mystery she has to have some basic intelligence. Is our author just trying to fill pages? I'm walking away ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
I listened to this audiobook over a few days during vacation and on the plane. I have also listened to the first two so I knew what to expect. I wanted a light hearted cozy read to get me through some down time.

I had hoped to see that the main character, Claire, would evolve through the series but sadly that hasn't happened. The story itself was interesting, a murder at a mansion in the Hamptons with lots of suspicious characters. However our heroine doesn't seem to learn anything from her
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
These books are like a poor soap opera - filled with cliched and phoney descriptions of "exciting" wealthy New Yorkers' lives, in "Murder, She Wrote" style mysteries, with some banal romance thrown in. The author actually has people "blurting" and "quipping" in rounds of boring dialogue. The plots aren't very inventive and the characters are shallow to say the least. Cloying little novels. I believe I've had my fill, and more.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Joy became a spoiled brat.
Patricia Romero
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the fourth in this series and while I love the coffee concoctions Clare comes up with and the yummy recipes in the back of the books, this one may have been stretching it a bit.

Clare is a smart woman, but in this book she comes off as not so bright. And it seemed the coffee information was just thrown in as filler.

So not my favorite one.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The coffee house murder mystery’s are entertaining, enjoyable and fun to read.
Sandie Herron
This fourth book in Cleo Coyle's Coffee House mystery series finds the significant women in Clare Cosi's life summering in the Hamptons as house guests of new friend David Mintzer. Clare is still earning a living as Coffee Barista but for the summer at David's new restaurant Cup of Joe where she sees that things are set up correctly and teaches the ropes to all the new employees. Then she is able to walk the beach daily, swim, and relax in her off hours.

David sees the excellent job Clare is
Sep 05, 2015 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
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.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is still a fun series for me, though I'm starting to wonder how many attractive middle-aged men will fall for the busty main character. A new one for each book until Claire hooks up with Detective Quinn? Probably. The Long Island setting was a nice change of pace, and the occasion for some silly fun, like Claire crashing a fancy boat dinner party sopping wet.
Sarah Sammis
Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle is the fourth book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. It's also a chance of location and the first big test of the set up and character dynamics.
Jan 09, 2009 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.
Feb 02, 2008 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?
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy read with a lot of twists and turns.
Ornella Comucci-Gebhardt
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I always find her books pleasant easy reading. They are perfect to listen to during my walks.
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.
Mary Ann
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I worked at finishing this book because the mystery part was interesting, but the love scenes were a little over the top and made my family uncomfortable.

Claire Cosi accepts an offer from another restauranter to help get his coffee service as good as the one she currently supervises with her ex-husband for her ex-mother-in-law. The deal is that she and her daughter can stay at his home and work part-time at the cafe. When one of the servers, who resembles him, is found dead in his bathroom, she
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