The premise of the story was sound but it all when down hill from there. The continuous interruption to explain how to make another cup of coffee made me want to begin drinking tea. I also have a problem with people who've experienced a bad and hurtful relationship, turn around and move right back into it and let it get in the way of moving on into new and better relationships. The story lacked continuity in its investigative premise and then seem to all of a sudden revealed all the answers. The story was to predictable.
Not at all. It could be that food and crime is more my mix than coffee and crime.
I believe this was the first reading of Ms Gibel's I have listen to. She was the one thing I found enjoyable about this book.
Don't listen to it if your on a long trip in your vehicle, it'll but you asleep at the wheel.
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.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Full, modern, interesting
I liked them all
She nailed the part as narrator from beginning to end
The Charity Ball
I enjoy murder mysteries that do not contain gruesome details. This is the first one I have listened to in this series, but I will be trying the others.
A good cozy mystery. I was horrified by the nature of Annabelle's fall and death, but it was an all-too-believable story in the end. The drips and drops of coffee trivia and prep tips were nice, would even be useful if I had the budget for such things - alas, Claire would be appalled by my Folgers consumption. The Village Blend atmosphere was as cozy as the mystery, and I liked the sound of the antiques and decor of the place. Way better than your average Starbucks (which is sadly mostly all there is around me).
Claire's relationships with Lt. Quinn, her ex Matteo, and Madame were great. The way she took on the investigation herself, interviewing people etc, was believable. At once both inexperienced and determined, she was attentive and effective enough to connect with people to get the info she needed. Or to find it with the help of Matteo and a little lie or two to open doors (literally). She certainly had guts to face suspects and burglars all across the city, from the Waldorf ballroom to the bars of Christopher St. It was pretty light throughout, and pretty predictable, though I may still have held my breath when she was closing up alone at night - knowing that whomever had been there to cause harm before had managed not to leave a sign of forced entry, so not even the locked doors felt secure enough for me. Thank goodness for Java (the cat and the drink)!
The narration by Gibel was okay. She tried to create different voices for characters, but they were often inconsistent. Aside from Madame and the Jamaican dance teacher, whose voices were distinct enough to be kept apart from all others, most characters' sounds were mixed up in dialogue several times. I was really confused when it happened between Claire and Quinn, as well as between her and Matteo. I would have thought some editing could have caught more of that kind of thing. But the attitude she gave Claire I thought was spot on, and the emotions were done well.
A decent read for snuggling up with on a lazy Sunday, and worth it at the sale price I got. I could tell it set itself up to be a series, which I might find worth it to look for at the library if my current collection of mysteries needs a 'light and cozy' supplement down the line.
Old New York and coffee. This was really a very light hearted story, but the underlying information about the role of coffee in peoples lives and the importance of its preparation was very interesting.
I Craved coffee. Had to make coffee runs.
This is the kind of story that sucks you in and entertains. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.
I had already read this book and thought why not when it came to getting the daily deal!
Loved it! it's such fun and can't wait to get the next book in the series on audio.
Listening to Claire's voice in thought and Madame's.
Wanted to, but could not.
The Story was very good but I'm taking the time to write a review because normally I don't like female narrators. However, Ribeca Gibel is the best I have ever heard! If I see her name again as a narrator I'll check out that book.
Best female narrator I've heard.
This was my first Cleo Coyle mystery - I found it quite enjoyable and a fun listen (audio book). There was a little too much "coffee talk" for me, but I totally understand that coffee is the theme of this series and it was very well done. Great characters, scene setting, and action!