Title: Latte Trouble (Book #3 Coffee House Mystery Novels)
Author: Cleo Coyle
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Penguin-Berkly Books
About (From Cleo Coyle CoffeeHouse Mystery Website):
The barista meets the fashionista! For years, fashion designer Lottie Harmon was the toast of New York’s fashion industry until something happened that made her close up shop and leave the city. Now she’s back, making a splash with an ingenious new collection of coffee-inspired accessories. Because Lottie was always a loyal customer of the Village Blend, she chooses Clare’s coffeehouse as the stage for fall Fashion Week insiders to view her new line of “Java Jewelry.” During the launch party, however, Blend barista Tucker Burton unwittingly serves a poisoned latte to one of Lottie’s guests. Chaos ensues as paramedics rush in, and the police arrest Tucker.
Clare is certain her barista is innocent, and she suspects the real target may have been Lottie herself. Now Clare must protect her thriving business from negative publicity, Lottie from any further danger, and Tucker from murder charges—even if it means jolting the fashion world with some shocking secrets.
Latte Trouble is the third book in the Coffee House Mystery Novels which features The Village Blend, a coffee house in Greenwich Village, New York. Clare Cosi manages the Blend and lives upstairs. Her ex-husband Matt is the coffee buyer and his mother, Madam is the owner of the Blend. Clare loves the Blend and is close to the Barista's she has trained. The Blend hosts a launch party for a fashion designer during fashion week and someone unwittingly is slipped a poisoned latte and mayhem ensues. One of Clare's Barista's Tucker, is arrested for murder. Clare is certain Tucker is innocent and finds a way to immerse herself into fashion week to solve the crime. The Coffee House Mystery series are fun and easy books to read. They combine the cozy atmosphere of the happenings of The Village Blend coffee house with interesting characters and stories that keep you turning the pages to find out the mystery. Ms. Coyle sumptuously describes coffee, various pastries and cookies and you will most likely find yourself craving a latte and muffin while your reading.
Recommend: If you're a cozy mystery lover you will definitely enjoy this series. It is one that should probably be read in order as the stories do connect but I accidentally picked up this third novel before reading book two. I did notice a few references to book two but it didn't impede my following the book or enjoying it any less. Be warned that you will most likely want to drink more coffee while reading this book.
Source: My own personal copy.
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