Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #4)

Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #4)

by Cleo Coyle

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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 hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…

Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David’s bathroom—a botched attempt on the millionaire’s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone’s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night—and it’s not the java jitters....


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425211137
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 89,362
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.79(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of The Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

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Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the first book in this series i read, i've enjoyed it very much.........i'm trying to get the first one
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this series. This latest is the greatest yet. New Yorker Clare Cosi manages a coffee shop, but this summer she leaves it behind as she heads for the Hamptons¿and perhaps the biggest jolt of her life... 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 plans to relax, soak up the sun by the sea, and (oh yes!) help 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 hopes will be one de-latte- ful summer¿ Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David¿s bathroom¿a botched attempt on the millionaire¿s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks, no one heard any gunshots. With the police are on their way, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night¿and it¿s not the java jitters. Thoroughly enjoyable. A great summer read from start to finish.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another delightful coffeehouse mystery by Coyle and her cast of three generations of women. The characters are fun and the story lighthearted despite the thrills, twists and turns. Perfect weekend reading!
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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, headstrong ex-mother-in-law and her headstrong ex-husband along the well as the headstrong rich friend she's trying to help. I love love love this series. It makes me want to go buy a foo-foo coffee and solve a mystery. Five foo-foo coffee beans...
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 shot. Clare is convinced that his death was a mistake and that the intended victim is Dave. Since she can not convince the local police of her theory, naturally Clare is ¿forced¿ to investigate on her own.A typical Coffeehouse mystery, this is short on plot, really, and unfortunately in this case, not very long on ambience and history, two of the series¿ very long suits. We do learn something about the Hamptons; the local are called Bonackers (name origin is Native American) and something about the history. We learn a lot about the wealthy --the often relatively nasty wealthy--who use the Hamptons for second homes and status symbols.Fine, but one of the strengths of the series is the supporting cast: Tucker, the gay barista; Esther, who can be called the Shark Lady at times; Madame Dubois, Clare¿s utterly charming and sophisticated former mother-in-law; Detective Mike Quinn of the Sixth Precinct, a definite love interest for Clare; and New Yorkers themselves in their diversity as they appear in the Village Blend for their caffeine fix. While Matteo and Madame Dubois appear onstage, their roles are small and the others are notable by their absence. As is New York, its history and vitality.Coyle still has the power to evoke settings and make them utterly authentic, and she does so with the Hamptons. Equally so, she brings the wealthy part-time residents alive as well, although that¿s not quite so pleasant; the rich turn out not to be terribly interesting. Still, it¿s lively, even if it isn¿t the best book in the series. Recommended for Coffeehouse fans.
averitasm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this series so far I have read all that have been published, A nice cozy mystery, with coffee tips and romance a bit. Does get slightly repetitive when you hit the middle of the series but I always learned something new about coffee and recipes in the back. I would recommend for anyone who likes cozy's. This is where to me it got to be same old same old.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not one of this author's better ones in the series. Frankly, I was appalled at some of the law breaking the character was doing, and how extremely lucky she was to not get hauled off to jail or worse. I was also a bit uncomfortable with her flirting with Detective Quinn, but then sleeping with someone else, which has sorta been the pattern so far in these novels. As for the murder itself, it was confusing and hastily summed up at the end. Hope the next one is better....
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clare Cosi is spending the summer helping out at her friend David's restaurant, Cuppa J's, in the Hamptons. When a party hosted by David ends with the discovery of a body in the master bedroom, Clare is certain that David was the intended victim. Convinced that the local law enforcement officials are not capable of solving the crime, Clare sets out to investigate in her own way. While I missed the normal Manhattan setting, it was a nice change of venue. There were enough of the usual cast of characters present to keep it enjoyable. There's lots of coffee facts scattered thoughout the volume and a few recipes in the back. An enjoyable installment in the series.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clare Cosi is the manager of the Village Blend Coffeehouse in Greenwich Village and because of the success she has, a friend, David Mintzer, an entrepreneur, wants her assistance in his new restaurant in the Hamptons. So Clare takes on the position of Coffee steward at David's new restaurant. While "catering" his 4th of July party, one of the staff members appears to be accidently murdered because of his resemblance to David.Trying to convince David and the local police that the entrepreneur is the actual target and being unsuccessful, Clare sets out to find the killer herself. Along the way, Clare finds herself in several uncomfortable situations. This fourth installment of the Coffeehouse series is a bit light on plot but with the familiar supporting characters ( Madame Dubois, Joy, and Matt) following Clare's adventures is still fun.
Chuck56 More than 1 year ago
I found the plot and story line to be interesting, as her books always are. I could have done without the sex, and in fact did skip those parts -- I realizes people sleep around these days, but it does nothing for the plot and only gives a negative idea of the main character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Murder most Frothy is the fourth installment in the coffeehouse mystery series. As usual the installment is loaded with intrigue, a little romance and some very good historical information about the Hamptons. My only gripe is the fact that the electronic version from B&N doesn't include the recipes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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 David's, Clare disagrees with the police as to whom the intended victim was meant to be.  I love these mysteries, as they're filled with coffee facts that are detailed and thoroughly engaging reading.  In this book, there are also fun facts about the Hamptons with the rich and famous.  Once again, the mystery is exciting and full of red herrings.  "Madam's" role in this book is greater, with this spunky 80 something character, who is just endearing.  One of the best cozy series around! 
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Amber1cat More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! The Coffeehouse mysteries keep me guessing until the very end! I can't wait to read the next ne.
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
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 settings bringing appeal to the mystery. New characters were introduced which after finishing the book I wonder if we will see them back in the city. The mystery was clever and had me guessing up to the end. I loved the spin on the outcome. I would recommend this book to readers of cozy mystery. Definitely could be read out of order as there is not a lot that ties it to previous installments.
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WOW! I love this series. It has everything--family, love, sorrow, characters, mystery and suspense. Recommend reading in order so you know who's who as the story line with characters progresses as you read. I'm in the middle of #10 and kinda wish Matt & Clare get back together as he always seems to be there for her and especially after Madamme reveals the secret about her own Clare. Also hope Joy and Manny get together as Manny would make a great coffee bean buyer when Matt decides to stop doing it. Like Lt. Mike but he really is married to the force. Each book gets better than the last and I don't want the series to stop but I'm always there. Great read, keep 'em coming.
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
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 employees she takes it upon herself to find out who killed this man and if their attempts weren’t actually meant for someone else. This was a great cozy, the first book I have read from the Coffeehouse Mystery Series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is witty and humorous fulfilling much of what I expect when I read a cozy mystery. The Author did a wonderful job in describing the coffee that even for someone like me, who doesn’t particularly like it; I wanted to taste the delectable creations that Cleo Coyle describes. The coffee isn’t the only thing that the author was able to create brilliantly; her scenes were able to draw you in so that you were able to fully take in what was happening, also the relationships that the author has created make you curious as to what has taken place in the past and what will become of the menagerie of characters. The mystery itself, though not intense since it is a cozy, will keep you guessing until the very last minute and the author does a remarkable job of tying up any “loose ends” that some mystery authors tend to overlook.
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dloy More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book kept my interest through the whole book. I have read many of Cleo Coyle's coffee mysteries and I think this is my favorite
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