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Latte Trouble | [Cleo Coyle]

Latte Trouble

To Clare Cosi's surprise, this fall's hottest fashion trend is anything caffeinated - because designer Lottie Harmon, a loyal coffeehouse customer, has just created an ingenious collection of coffee-inspired fashion accessories. So naturally Lottie chooses the Village Blend as the perfect backdrop for fall Fashion Week insiders to view her new line of "Java Jewelry." When barista Tucker unwittingly serves a poisonous latte to a prominent figure on the fashion scene, Clare suspects that the real target may have been Lottie. Now she must protect her thriving business, Lottie, and Tucker....
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Publisher's Summary

To Clare Cosi's surprise, this fall's hottest fashion trend is anything caffeinated - because designer Lottie Harmon, a loyal coffeehouse customer, has just created an ingenious collection of coffee-inspired fashion accessories. So naturally Lottie chooses the Village Blend as the perfect backdrop for fall Fashion Week insiders to view her new line of "Java Jewelry." When barista Tucker unwittingly serves a poisonous latte to a prominent figure on the fashion scene, Clare suspects that the real target may have been Lottie. Now she must protect her thriving business from negative publicity, Lottie from further danger, and Tucker from murder charges - even if it means jolting the fashion world with some shocking secrets.…

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    Maggie SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 12-12-11
    Maggie SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "good clean mystery"

    entertaining and clean. I could listen to this with my teenage kids in the car. I know a lot of people were complaining about the amount of time she spends describing coffee, but I enjoyed that and I am not really a coffee drinker.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna United States 12-19-13
    Ronna United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun mystery centered around coffee & Fashion Week!"

    I really enjoy these coffee shop mysteries because they have the fun of cozies with a greater depth of characterization then most cozies, and they are filled with so many interesting facts about coffee, New York, and whatever subject matter that each book is centered around. In this third in the series, the glamor and competitiveness of the fashion world becomes the center focus.

    The Village Blend coffee shop is hosting a party for Fashion Week near Bryant Park. All the rich, famous and beautiful people have come to mingle and drink expertly blended coffee. But when a cup of Clare Cosi's coffee is shared by two men and one drops dead and the other one is rushed to the hospital barely breathing, Clare's friend and favorite barista is arraigned for the murder. Once again Clare and her ex-husband and business partner go to work to prove his innocence. In this book, her rich , French mother-in-law is also enlisted by Clare because of her influence in this fashion world business set.

    The fashion world and entrepreneurs of other businesses all become potential suspects making the mystery interesting right up until the final solution. Clare and her family also become more familiar and interesting in every book. This is definitely one of my favorite cozy mystery series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sophia Richmond United States 03-30-13
    Sophia Richmond United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Mocha interesting"
    Would you listen to Latte Trouble again? Why?

    Probably not for a while, however I would like to read the coffee house series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, however her name escapes me. I enjoyed the part of her going undercover.


    What does Rebecca Gibel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I never knew that much about coffee & all the flavors.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but it was an enjoyable book for a ride home from work.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the narrator's voice. That's a HUGE determining factor of when I choose books- plus reading the ratings to see if the story interests me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 12-25-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Getting better!"

    The story and writing are getting better. This was actually enjoyable (save for one long gushing description of Soho, NY that went on for over 5 minutes!) The character development is good and the plot is passable. The execution of the mystery is still weak, but most of the points are good and enjoyable. I figured out who did it in the first third of the book. I can identify with the characters.

    Narration is excellent and makes the story come alive.

    I'd recommend this to those wanting a light listen. One free of suspenseful drama and one that you don't have to pay too much attention to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Latham, NY, United States 11-10-12
    Beth Latham, NY, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Latte Trouble to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but I prefer audio books in general.


    What does Rebecca Gibel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Personality of each character is made more real through the narrators voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be great to have the opportunity to listen to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Cleo Coyles Coffee House series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 04-20-13
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2010

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    "The Continuation of an Exciting Series!"

    "Latte Trouble" is the third installment in the Clare Cosi Coffeehouse Mystery books. Like the others, this book fuses the mystery and romance genres together seamlessly. The main characters continue to be multifaceted. NYC provides the perfect setting for this, often crazy & eccentric, cast of characters. I've really enjoyed seeing the relationships between Clare and the other characters change over time. The exchanges between Clare, Quinn, & Matteo are electric.

    I definitely recommend starting this series from the beginning, not because it's necessary to understanding the plot line, but because they're really good books and the narration is perfect. Also, as a coffee lover I actually found this book informative. The author(s) manage to give adequate descriptions of the various coffees, how they're made, and best consumed without making you feel like you're being hit over the head with information. And, I definitely recommend trying out some of the recipes given at the end of the book :)

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    Deborah L. Minero Los Angeles area 03-04-13
    Deborah L. Minero Los Angeles area 03-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Wasn't sure I was going to like this."
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Just when you think you know who did it, the story takes you in a different direction. It made me want to figure it out before the end of the book, which I was happy to know that I had.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Maryann finally stood up for herself and any scene with Anatoli.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened on my drive to work and home in Los Angeles traffic, so I wanted to save it for then.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not realise that this book was part of a series and it makes me want to listen to the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 02-04-13
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Combining NY fashion week and coffee - nice!"
    What did you love best about Latte Trouble?

    I visit my favorite coffee house everyday. I enjoy trying to figure out "stories" about the people in the shop and this book expands on my imagination.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I started with this book and wish I would have started with the first book in the series. I was surprised by the ending. But a little annoyed by plot points that were started, but not finished in the book.


    What about Rebecca Gibel’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Gibel's performance was acceptable. I know others complained about her performance. I found it to be just fine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. However, I did want to come back to the book and read when time allowed.


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned above, there was a plot point involving the main character's daughter. It was not handled at all well and did not enhance the story at all. I found it to be a very serious situation, but the main character's attitude of "I hope her father talks to her about this", made me quite crazy. The main character was worried about everyone else when this should have become her main concern and should have been handled by both parents together. Very unhappy with this. It should have been edited out of the book or moved to the next book if it is going to be a concern in the next story. This is the reason I dropped my ratings to "3".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 01-19-13
    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2007

    Happiness is a good book!

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    "Great 'lil mystery!"

    Nice little story, cute characters. It's a great listen to pass the time with. Great narrator too. I liked it very much!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Lafon Strand San Diego 01-12-13
    Shirley Lafon Strand San Diego 01-12-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Love the blending of Coffee and Fashion!"

    Love the blending of coffee and fashion in this one. Also like learning a bit more about the coffee industry. Narration is great. Story line is sustaining and interesting.
    Reading the entire series. Or, rather, I shoudl Listening to the entire series.

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