Clare's been hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for a New York wedding to be held at the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art. Famous chefs will be there, celebrities, members of the press, well-known politicians - so why isn't she thrilled to have this chance to shine? Because the person tying the knot is Matteo Allegro, her ex-husband and current business partner. And while Clare has no plans to ever marry Matt again, she's afraid he's making a terrible mistake.
The bride-to-be is Trend magazine editor Breanne Summour. Beautiful, wealthy, and sophisticated, the snarky tastemaker has never been a low maintenance kind of gal, and now she's in full-blown bridezilla mode. The only way that Clare can possibly deal with her is to put her misgivings aside and focus on buisness. But as a successful amateur sleuth, murder is Clare's business, too. And when fatal accidents begin befalling people close to Breanne, Clare becomes suspicious. Is someone trying to sabotage the wedding? To kill Breanne? Between persuading a sexy Italian sculptor into lending her a one-of-a-kind fountain and roasting some of the rarest coffee beans on Earth, Clare starts to investigate. But what she unveils, amid melted chocolate and steaming mochaccinos, may just get her burned....
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Clare and Matteo co-run the Village Coffee Shop in Manhattan. They also parent 20 something daughter, Joy. They have been divorced, friends, and bantering back and forth for six books now. Finally, in book seven, Matteo has become engaged to the less than kind and friendly editor, Breanne Summour, of the top fashion magazine, "Trend".
But Clare's detecting skills are called upon when someone seems to have decided that Breanne should not make it to the alter. After Matteo's bachelor party, the young Breanne look-alike dancer was shot and killed while walking along with Matteo and Clare. Convincing the snarky local policeman that Breanne was the actual target took lots of convincing. Clare's new love interest, NY Police Detective Mike, believes them, and suggests that Clare stick with Breanne and do some investigating herself.
This series just gets better and better with every installment. Every book tells a bit more about the coffee industry and places around Manhatten. The fashion world plays a big part in this book. Sometimes facts seem unnecessary and padding for cozies. In this series, they are a much valued interesting must have for telling a terrific mystery.
The story line was compelling and never failed to keep me interested. The development of the story had many twists and turns, and slowly merged the varying plot lines to a plausible solution. I also enjoyed the passages about NYC today, since I live 3,000 miles away but grew up in southern Westchester Co and I love the city still.
Claire's character has evolved in this installment (#7) into a more professional amateur detective and her persona is even more interesting.
I definitely wanted to listen in one sitting and having a bad chest cold made that almost possible. I'll definitely listen again.
I highly recommend this book.
A disappointing mess of a story. Wedding woes galore. Unlikable main character (Breanne). Unlikely stupidity by the cops - flirting with a witness on a murder scene? Really? Actually the least enjoyable book so far in the series. And to top it off - more detailed descriptions of the food served than in any book I can recall. Coffeehouse mystery. Not really!
Stellar narration by Rebecca Gibel as usual though.
I thought the story was nice. The narrator was wonderful as always. She make Clair and all the other characters come to life. There were a few twists and turns to the story, which makes it more interesting. This is a series that should be read in the order it was written. I recommend this series for anyone who likes lighter mysteries.
Isn't that proof of an effective author, though? If she makes the reader so angry at the characters and the plot, doesn't that mean she's done her job well? I hope that's what it means.
For those familiar with the characters, the book takes a turn in the whole Clare/Matt/Mike/Breanne relationship morass. In my opinion, justice was not served, good did not triumph over bad. The author rewarded the bad behavior of her characters, and I can only hope that several of them do not live happily ever after.
Alas, the plot made me so angry that I am taking a hiatus from the series. The first seven books I listened to one after the other, and the next is in my library, where it will stay for at least several months.
Good luck to you all.
I love this series! I'm glad to see you include it on your site.
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Good voice. Easy to know what character is speaking by the difference in her voice characters.
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