Published: August 1, 2005
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Pages: 8 hours (Audiobook)
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery #3
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.…
Friends! I’m so happy to be sharing my thoughts on Latte Trouble with you all! I cannot gush about this audiobook series enough! If you’ve been wanting to start this series but have been put off by the sheer size of the series itself, then audiobooks are a great choice for you. They seem to fly by and are a great way to pass the time on a commute or doing housework. The narrator does an absolutely wonderful job with all the accents and the pronunciations; I love listening to her voice.
I think this might have been my favorite of the series so far. I loved how much detail the authors put into their work; I know a lot of people think these are a bit too heavy on the details but I really enjoy how in depth the novels feel. The writing aspect of this series never disappoints, and this addition was no different. The whole world of fashion and the cutthroatness of that was forefront in this book, and I think it added a really interesting element to the mystery. Not to mention it added an incredible plot twist at the end! This series usually shocks me in terms of the who-dun-it, but this one had me on the edge of my seat at the very end. I didn’t see that coming.
I also really like the personal aspects of Claire’s life that this series puts forth. Of course the murder mystery is the central point to the story, but I also like that we get to see all the drama surrounding Joy and Madame and Mateo and the romance blossoming between Claire and Quinn, even if he wasn’t very present in this novel. I especially thought the whole incident surrounding Joy was a particularly scandalous scene in this and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor a few times.
My love for this series comes down to three main things. One, I really love the narrator of these audiobooks and the way she completely draws me into the story. Two, I think that the murder mystery is really well done and I’m always left guessing. And three, I think this series is a little darker than your usual cozy mystery and I absolutely love that its more nitty gritty than some of the sweeter cozies I enjoy. I cannot recommend these enough!
The Coffeehouse Mystery Series