Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle

Coffeehouse Mystery, #4
MYSTERY

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Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee—for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David’s bathroom—a botched attempt on the millionaire’s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone’s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night—and it’s not the java jitters....

“There comes an age in life when you realize that blaming and regretting are a waste of precious time.”

Clare and daughter are taken out of their infamous coffeeshop so they can stay in a luxurious Hamptons mansion for work purposes. David Mintzer, who was introduced in Latte Trouble, has hired them to make his new baristas the best when it comes to his newly opened restaurant. Of course Clare runs into a murder, right in the mansion she's staying in, and has to solve the crime for peace of mind.

This isn't a series that keeps Clare faithful and hooked to just one interest, but it worked for this particular story since I liked the newcomer. There's some inner side drama with Clare suspecting an employee of sabotaging David, and also her daughter's struggles with staying pure and avoiding getting into trouble again. The ex Matteo makes a few appearances, which are mainly amusing, and of course Madama mother-in-law is around the help cater the business. She's good company since she's decided she has a nose for crime-solving.

Light and entertaining, these books serve up ample fun while delivering a few coffee-making tips. The end of each book is filled with creative, generous recipes all coffee themed. I'm going to eventually try most of them out. The espresso brownies I dared for fourth of July turned out excellent.  I also made them later for an event at Church and they disappeared. These are definitely keepers.




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