Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life....
In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store - Coffee, Books, and More - open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder....
Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but lovable Jack Russell terrier is scattering crumbs....
In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer....
Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery....
CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana....
Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers' retreats in the big blue Victorian she's inherited. It's an authors' getaway, but Cat won't let anyone get away with murder....
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. But their first big client is a nightmare....
Few can compete with the Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries....
Pepper Reece, owner of the Seattle Spice Shop, thinks she can handle any kind of salty customer - until a murderer ends up in the mix....
Needing someone he can trust, Jayne Frost's father sends her to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at a toy store are going missing. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions....
Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients....
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….
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.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Recommended to anyone that likes or loves coffee. Love the mix of coffee history and coffee preparation methods and secrets.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Constantly wondering what was going to happen next. Many twists and turns and never quite clear how things might or even could end.
What about Rebecca Gibel’s performance did you like?
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.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, definitely! Very hard to pause for even a moment. Didn't even watch the news on TV until the book was finished.
Any additional comments?
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Another good installment. Pretty much like the previous in the series. If you've made it this far you already know what to expect.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Part owner and manager of New York’s The Village Blend coffee house in Greenwich Village, Clare Cosi has called a special meeting of her best baristas. Her ex-husband Matt Allegro and his friend Rick have a new coffee they want them to taste. When she tells them that demand for decaffeinated coffee has risen to 20 percent of their customers, they can’t believe so many want the “neutered” blend. After all, there are only a couple ways to decaffeinate coffee, and they both strip away some of the essence of the bean, leaving it flat. Now Rick is making the Village Blend the exclusive distributor of his new naturally decaffeinated coffee. His coffee hybrids grow decaffeinated beans, so no further processing is required, leaving the flavor fully intact. This premier group of baristas and Clare can’t believe it when they actually taste how good the coffee really is.
Clare puts clues together to determine that Rick has smuggled a cutting from his hybrid coffee plant into the US from Brazil to make it available for inspection during a press conference announcing the bean’s existence and celebrating its distribution exclusively through The Village Blend and its free standing kiosks worldwide. When the time for the reception is upon them, Matt spends the night with his ear attached to his cell phone, which worries Clare; what is Matt paying such close attention to while his buddy Rick is picking fights with a foreign diplomat in town for a special meeting of the United Nations? Clare steps outside the building to talk to Matt when a body falls from their reception 20 stories up and lands right in front of her. Things have gotten much worse.
It wouldn’t be a coffee house mystery unless Madame duBois is involved at some point. Matt’s octogenarian mother is the owner of The Village Blend. She is quite lively and will do almost anything to protect The Blend, often with hilarity following. In this book, Madame gets the three of them – Madame, Matt, and Clare – into a diplomat’s smash Halloween Party with terrific costumes. Circumstances are not intentionally funny but turn out that way. Matt and Rick and a third man all have the same costume! More clues are uncovered under all those masks.
The inevitable coffee “lesson” was much better suited for the novel in this fourth book in the series. Cleo Coyle gives information and a sort of history lesson about coffee along with the mystery, but it is all pertinent and interesting, too. These mini-lessons are some of the funniest points of the books as well, since she often makes the coffee making process quite sensual and full of double entendres.
Narrator Rebecca Gibel had quite a character list for DECAFFEINATED CORPSE. We had New York accents for Clare, Matt, and their daughter Joy as well as octogenarian Madame, a few foreign diplomats, a pawnbroker, a Caribbean born man, and so on. All the voices were distinct. Stars go to Rebecca Gibel for her hard work.
Even though I found this entry in the Coffeehouse mystery series a tiny bit bland and predictable, I still enjoyed it very much. This is a great mystery for coffee lovers and drinkers, decaf or leaded!
A good storyline with unexpected twists. Narrator is great at the voices. Love the series- this is one of the better ones.
This story had serious pacing problems. The stakes we're all select luster. I just couldn't bring myself to care about anybody.
I also think the daughter is an immoral spoiled brat with terrible taste in men. I just can't like a woman who will have an affair with a married man.
And what does our hair 1C in the detective? I am so tired of mysteries where the hero is a police detective.
I'm digging it a lot..great cast of characters and fun coffee tips to use everyday
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.
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.