At the Village Blend, Clare Cosi's best baristas may refer to a decaffeinated espresso as a "why bother?" but Clare knows a good percentage of her customers prefer the neutered brew. So when an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare believes it's a business opportunity she needs to investigate... at least until the first dead body shows up.
With casualties piling up and a complicated blend of old and new loves muddying the waters, it's up to Clare to find the murderer before one of her near and dears takes the fall. Otherwise, her latest addition to the menu will prove to be a real buzz killer….
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I have to say that the author is really coming into her own. Still a few weird things that I couldn't understand why she did, but it didn't really interfere with my enjoyment of the book.. except I kept wanting it to be explained!
The mystery was excellent. I didn't figure it out until the author wanted me to do so. I enjoyed the characters much more and thoroughly laughed and smiled when Madame and Clare start investigating together.
You can tell the author is very proud of her New York areas. The descriptions get a little long winded, but doesn't really detract from the story.
The narrator makes this book!
This series is becoming really fun.
Recommended to anyone that likes or loves coffee. Love the mix of coffee history and coffee preparation methods and secrets.
Constantly wondering what was going to happen next. Many twists and turns and never quite clear how things might or even could end.
Excellent voices that helped identify characters and build suspense. Ms Gibel made you relate directly with the characters and I found myself wanting to talk out loud to the characters to warn them about what might happen next.
Yes, definitely! Very hard to pause for even a moment. Didn't even watch the news on TV until the book was finished.
Love the series and can't wait until the rest of the books in the series are recorded. Will be on the lookout for more from the author and also more from the narrator.
I read a review from a professor that said 5 stars = I will definitely listen to it again, 4 stars = I really like the book &might listen it again, 3 stars = it was good, 2 stars = just ok, 1= didn't like it. I will definitely listen to this one again. Great mystery, great characters . This is my 1st time listening to this author and tho the book is in the middle of a series I wasn't lost.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Another good installment. Pretty much like the previous in the series. If you've made it this far you already know what to expect.
I've loved coffee for over sixty years, so I thought a coffee house mystery series would be a good match. I was so mistaken! The first two thirds droned trivia about coffee beans and preparation nuances and planting, growth, harvesting ad nausea Then the thin mystery resurfaces but with not enough suspense to hold my interest beyond confirming the kind of obvious culprit. Wanted to love the series but it's just not by cup of tea.
Clare sure does find a lot of dead bodies!
These are entertaining books which I enjoy on my daily commute. The quality of the recording of this one slipped some. There were several unexpected long breaks or pauses. These were not for new chapters or a change of direction. Just random pauses.
Rebecca Gibel does a wonderful job as narrator, I love listening to her.
What a great story line, I am really loving how this series is progressing. Nice to see Matt growing up, wish the same could be said for Joy. Claire is delightful as always.
This is s great book for listening!!
If you want to know more about the complexities of growing coffee trees (yes, trees), you're in for a treat. A lot of coffee trivia in this book. So much so that it actually gets in the way of my enjoying the story at times. Good thing that I like reading about coffee then... ;)
The pace of the story sags a little halfway, but picks up speed in the last two hours.
Not the best of the coffeehouse books thus far. Good ending though.
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