I got a kick out of this book, and thought it was well written. I understand that some other readers didn't like all the coffee descriptions, but for me it was a major part of the main character's personality as well as important in the place setting. Even though I am not a coffee drinker, I can appreciate someone else's enthusiasm for their specialty. I found it lively and fun.
Happy to read mysteries, like the action too!
Since I have not had the oppertunity to read the hardcopy, I can not answer this but It's a fun listen.
It's a fast paced plot that kept me moving forward through the book and makes me want to listen to another.
I like that she is able to manifest so many different voices, women's and men's.
I can't say any particular one but I liked all the twists and turns this book took.
This is my third listen in her Coffeehouse series & I continue to keep buying/listening. =)
Like History, Business and Self-Improvement books. 32 year US Army veteran.
It ranks very high, love all the coffee info. My husband and I are coffee snobs,so we have learned a lot from Claire
All the books by Diane Mott Davidson-her character is a caterer and she gives recipes and talks a lot about food and she also drinks an espresso to help her think, wake up and concentrate.
When Claire makes the first espresso/latte and explains all that goes into the making, especially the amount of time for the grinding of beans, the time for the heating of the water, etc.
Everything you ever wanted to know about coffee and more...
My husband and I are glued to my MP3 at the dinner table listening to several chapters during dinner. We stop and discuss something that a character says or analyze where we think the story is going. We have found a new author to add to our collection of books we listen to on road trips as well.
A great story and narration. I've listened to almost all the series.
More of a cozy mystery than a mystery --by the seat of your pants---mystery.
Yep. Almost all of the series is narrated by Ms. Gibel. She does a fine job.
The mystery part of this was good, very good. The coffee addiction is out of hand. I stopped listening twice because I just couldn't stand another cup of coffee as a metaphor for life. The worship of coffee became a little annoying. The story was worth slogging through all those wet grounds though.
I have no idea as I do not have the printed version.
Yes & No. I read & watch movies on a very high scale - so it takes a great deal for a plot to suprise me. I was not disappointed in anyway.
I don't give teasers or clues = sorry.
Again - a series I am pleased with to date, and purchasing the next in line!
As a solid coffee addict, it just doesn't taste any better!
It was ok. The first time I read it I had to put it down because it was boring and I couldn't get into it. The second time I picked it up, it was a little better. The characters and plotline seemed a little more interesting. I really can't say much about the book because there isn't much to say. I won't be buying the rest in the series.
I enjoyed the story. I learned a lot about coffe and craved it all the time while I listened to this book. I did not like the introduction of the ex husband into the plot. That just felt awkward. But I loved all the rest. Rebecca Gibel did a nice job narrating. She wasn't the greatest at male voices, but I guess that's hard to pull off when you're a woman. I do think it's a mistake narrators typically make. Women try to over-narrate men (by making them sound kind of dumb) and men try to use high pitched voices that make female characters sound like cartoons. It wasn't the worst male-voice impression I've ever heard. In fact, Gibell is one of the better narrators.
Not a particularly good use of my time. Some of the characters were interesting enough but the tendency of the author to wonder off into romantic fluff made it a waste of time.
I love murder mysteries but I think I will stick to authors whose writing style I enjoy more.
I did like Rebecca Gibel's delivery of the text except when she was reading the parts of the ex-husband. He just sounded swarmy.
For the most part this was a straightforward murder mystery but then it would drift off into a Harlequin romance style with men with abs of steel and women with heaving breasts. These parts totally ruined the story.
Tangential references to everything the author knows anything about. High on trivial references, from Dylan Thomas to Strauss; fine dining to Abraham Lincoln.
No clear heroine, not much mystery, lots of self aggrandizement, lots of details about minor details. Is the author trying to lead the reader astray or does she really think she is telling a wonderful story? I am 2/3rds through and there seems to be no direction, few suspects.
Arrogant and complaisant.
Young, Happy, Midwestern
Wasted time waiting for it to get better.