Latte Trouble (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #3)

Latte Trouble (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #3)

by Cleo Coyle

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ISBN-13: 9780425204450
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2005
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 105,740
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of The Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

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Latte Trouble (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
debforb56 More than 1 year ago
Another Delicious Mystery Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle 5 Stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this mystery series, set in a New York City coffeehouse. The characters are well-drawn, the mysteries first-rate. Clare Cosi, the amateur sleuth, is a winning combination of guts, spunk, and humor. She manages the coffeehouse and makes a mean doppio espresso! Pour me another in this intriguing series with tons of twists. It always keeps me guessing until the end. Delicious! Book 1 - On What Grounds (Don't miss this) Book 2 - Through the Grinder (a darker roast but really good) Book 3 - Latte Trouble (fun and fancy) Book 4 - Murder Most Frothy (teased in the back of this book as the next one to be poured.) A piping hot blend you will love! Try it!
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The mixture of humour and mystery with a twist of coffee frenzy is what makes this Coffeehouse Mystery series a real success. Unpretentious, fun, well-written and full of fascinating facts on coffee and New York - obviously Coyle's two passions! - make these books a real delight. Latte Trouble is no exception. Readers will find all their favourite characters mixed up in the glamour world of high fashion. Quick witted and saucy, this book is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
nsjlh on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book gets personal for Clare. Her employee is now facing murder charges because the drink he made was the deadly factor for the victim. Knowing her employee is innocent, Clare sets out to solve the case. I liked this book because it brought together New York and the fashion industry. They just go together. As the story was written, I felt like I was watching Project Runway, as that was my only real life experience with designers and ¿fashionistas¿.This series has been so, so for me up to this point, but I absolutely loved this book. My favorite so far in the series! I guess it took me this many books to get connected with all the characters and the author¿s style of writing. Clare¿s relationship with her ex-husband continues to amaze me, but also her potential relationship with the detective. I was a little shocked at who the killer was and really enjoyed the mystery.Verdict: 5 stars. A definite read! Hopefully you can stay with the first two books and not give up before the third. Definitely needs some building time to connect with the characters.Recommendation: Looking for a new cozy, give this one a try.
cyderry on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Clare Cosi, who manages the coffee shop the Village Blend, is hosting a party for Fall Fashion week when one of the partygoers dies from a poisoned latte. Her barista, Tucker, is arrested on the suspicion of murder, so Clare sets to work to prove that he is innocent.The plot in this third in the coffeehouse mysteries, was tight and suspenseful. The characters were fun to get to know. I was on the edge of my seat because I though I figured it out toward the end, I was still in for some surprises at the end. It was great. I'm going to have to get the next one soon. This is fast becoming one of my favorite series!
FMRox on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Amateur detective Clare Cosi, co-owner and manager of a Manhattan coffee house, gets involved in solving a poisoning murder that occurs during a party in her coffee house. This is a light entertaining read. Almost a cozy, but not quite as there is some danger and some gruesomeness. This one in the series centers around NYC's fall fashion week. Also, the main protagonist Clare Cosi complicates things with her ex-husand and current business partner, Matteo Also their daughter, Joy, manages to get herself in a disrespectful predicament as well.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It's Fashion Week in New York, and Clare and her Village Blend employees have been selected to cater events for the jewelry designer Lottie Harmon. At the first one which is held in the shop itself, one of the guests is murdered and another hospitalized after drink a cyanide-laced latte. Detective Quinn is on leave, and Detectives Starkey and Hut arrest the most obvious suspect, Clare's barista. Clare knows that if justice is to be served, she must find the killer herself. There are lots of twists and turns, and I found myself wondering fairly early if the person who ended up being the killer might have done it. I'm not sure that it was all that obvious until the last couple of chapters. I love the humor that the author put into the plot based on old television programs and well-known figures from the 1970s. I wasn't quite so much a fan of the fashion scene or of one plot incident that could have probably been handled differently. Still, it's a good installment in an enjoyable series.
bookwoman247 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Latte Trouble is the third in the oh-so-delightful Coffeehouse mystery series.Clare Cosi is part-owner/manager of the Village Blend, a funky, historic New York coffeehouse. This time, The Blend is caught up in the excitement, hubbub and drama of Fall Fashion Week. When fashionista Lottie Harmon is poisoned by a cup of latte, and barista Tucker Burton is arrested for Lottie's murder, Clare swings into action, putting her investigative skills to work in order to nab the real murderer and free Tucker from prison.I really love these coffeehouse mysteries! They're so fun! It was hard to know how many stars to give this, because I'd just finished reading Eliot's masterpiece Middlemarch before I read Latte Trouble. The vast contrast between the two was the diffiulty, of course. I ended up giving Latte Trouble 4 stars, because even though it is a light, fluffy read, even light, fluffy reads have their place, and compared with other cozy easy reads, this series is among the best.
averitasm on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I liked this series so far I have read all that have been published, A nice cozy mystery, with coffee tips and romance a bit,, you can relate to clare really well. Does get slightly repetitive when you hit the middle of the series but I always learned something new about coffee and recipes in the back. I would recommend for anyone who likes cozy's. She has a website too thats pretty neat.
AnnieMod on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The third in the Coffeehouse mysteries series starts with Clare Cosi getting herself in the middle of another big crisis - this time one of her baristas (Tucker) is accused in poisoning his ex-boyfriend. Clare disagrees of course, Matteo is a better help than usually and Madame is around much more and is being a much better shown character than in the first book. Who is missing is Mike Quinn who is on some type of a leave (although he will show up before the end of the book and the chemistry between him and Clare will still be there. The book is about Fashion this time - an old celebrity designer is back with a line of coffee-inspired jewelery and not surprisingly she picks up the Village Blend coffeehouse for her party.If you had not read the previous two books, some of the conversations may sound a bit strange but the important things are mentioned again when it is relevant.In the book someone manages to take a bath in the Hudson river, someone else to reveal that they had been in prison once, two people to get in bed together and a lot of coffee recipes to be shared and explained. Add to this someone being caught with drugs and another character being kidnapped and a very old secret to be revealed after a long string of consequences. And of course there will be more than one corpse and enough red herrings to throw anyone in the wrong direction. And the end will be as surprising as an end can come even if something starts ticking at the back of your mind much earlier even if it makes no real sense.I am not sure I would drink my coffee in a place where so many murders but I love coffee and the whole series is just delicious. And even if it is not great literature, it is amusing and fun to read. Which is more important than anything else.3 and a half stars out of 5.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Very much an interesting read on fashion, murder, and everyday life in a coffeehouse. I was a bit surprised at the ending, but I did guess some of it correctly throughout the book. There were times though that I though Clare Cosi could've used her head (common sense), such as the situation between herself and her ex-husband, but then again, when you're forced to share the same place together, it was probably bound to happen. Overall, a great and light read!
drebbles on LibraryThing 8 months ago
After being out of the public eye for several years, fashion designer Lottie Harmon is staging a comeback with a collection of coffee-inspired fashion accessories and chooses the Village Blend Coffeehouse as the perfect place to launch the collection. Claire Cosi, manager of the Village Blend, feels a bit out of place in the fashion world, but is thrilled with the turnout for the event. Thrilled that is, until one of the guests is killed by a poisonous latte and one of her baristas, Tucker, is arrested for the murder. The police think that Tucker is the murderer because the victim was his ex-boyfriend, but Clare thinks the poison was actually intended for Lottie. Clare has a hard time convincing anyone else of this, even Matteo, her ex-husband, thinks Tucker is guilty. Clare could let things go, she has other worries - she is afraid her daughter Joy is using drugs - but when Lottie becomes ill, Clare thinks the poisoner is at it again. As Clare searches for the killer she encounters blackmail, kidnapping, and the mob and discovers that not everyone is who they seem to be. Written by husband and wife team Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi under the pen name Cleo Coyle, "Latte Trouble" is a well done mystery. Set in New York, the city makes a nice backdrop for the mystery and the city itself is like a character in the book. The fashion aspects in the book are well done and the descriptions of what the characters are wearing help the reader picture each character. Clare is a well written and real character - in her 40's, divorced but still attracted to her ex-husband, trying to run a busy business, and worried about her daughter. The supporting characters are equally well written, especially Matteo, Clare's ex-husband who is finally starting to grow up and his mother "Madame". The coffee making aspects are deftly weaved into the story, although much of it was over my head as I drink tea. The murder is well plotted, with plenty of suspects and the murderer is the last person I would have thought of. There are lots of surprises in the book, but careful reading shows the authors left plenty of subtle clues as to what was going on. "Latte Trouble" is a great cozy mystery.
Joycepa on LibraryThing 8 months ago
3rd in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.It seems that New Yorkers have an infallible way to tell when summer has ended and fall arrives that has nothing to do with the weather or calendar--Fall Fashion Week takes over Bryant Park in the back of the New York Public Library. Fashionistas of every description descend on New York from all over the world. The Village Blend is right in the middle, serving as the host for Lottie Harmon¿s Fashion Week party. Harmon, a fantastically successful accessory designer in the 80s, dropped out of the fashion scene for 20 years, but this year she is staging a comeback with her line inspired by--you guessed it, coffee! More specifically, the coffee drinks served up by the Village Blend.But of course, nothing ever stays merely frantic in Clare Cosi¿s life. In the middle of the party, one of the attendees drops very dead--poisoned. One of Clare¿s baristas, Tucker Burton, is accused of the murder. Naturally Clare is not going to stand by and see infamous injustice take place, so...Thus the plot of the 3rd in this very entertaining series. All of the characters who populated and brought to life the first two books are back and better than ever, especially Madame Dubois, Clare¿s ex-mother-in-law and one of my favorite people in the series.As usual, Coyle teaches us about coffee--how to buy it, store it, prepare it, and coffee drinks. She also provides fascinating bits of the history of New York neighborhoods and buildings: Bryant Park itself, the arch in Washington Square, Rikers Island prison (the largest prison in the US and the only US penal colony), Bellevue Hospital and more.Because this is a fashionable murder, we¿re treated to theories of fashion cycles, a look at what constitutes timelessness in fashion, and insight into the profound superficiality of the entire fashion industry.And last but not least, we¿re provided with nuggets of insight into high society:Madame Dubois: You must wear light colors to blend in with the rich and powerful..Clare: Light colors?Madame Dubois: If for no other reason than to demonstrate that you can afford the cleaning bills.¿They¿re all so quiet,¿ I whispered to Madame.¿Yes, my dear. Well, some people are just used to letting their money speak for them, and in my opinion, money alone has absolutely nothing to say.¿Given great characterizations, snappy writing, and adequate plotting, this is another marvelously entertaining installment in a delightful series. Highly recommended.flag abuse
bailey9189 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I read this book because I bought it for .25 at a thrift shop. The author, Cleo Coyle, also writes the Haunted Bookshop series under the name of Alice Kimberly. I really love the Haunted Bookshop series so wanted to try this series. I wasn't impressed. I didn't myself liking any of the characters very much. Clare Cosi- the sleuth- owns a coffeshop and a murder takes place there. She tries to find out who the culprit is.I was very surprised by the ending but also was disappointed that Clare had a clue stare her right in the face and didn't see it. I doubt I will read any more of this series.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Fall fashion week is hectic enough as it is without throwing a murder or two into the mix. When one of Clare's baristas is accused of the murder, she jumps in to clear his name.Clever and a fun read.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 11 months ago
When a designer chooses to launch their fashion accessories in the Coffehouse, Clare Costi is pleased. When someone dies during the event and one of her best baristas Tucker is the prime suspect, she's not so pleased. In order to help find the culprit she has to search for the truth.Light, frothy and fun. Nothing deep here, a fairly decent twist in the tail but nothing spectacular.
hezann73 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Not my favorite book of the series, but a decent read anyhow.
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Good book
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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!
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This has been my favorite thus far in the series. Clare seems to find her way smack dead in the middle of trouble once again! This was an easy, fast paced read and left you with one lingering question, will they or wont they? I can't wait to see if Clare and Matteo brew stronger or grow weak like a bad cup of decaf!!!