5/5 Superb Cappuccinos
First published on November 29, 2014 on Goodreads.
On The Back:
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….
Though I feel that this mystery was every bit as good as the rest of the Coffeehouse Series, I felt that it had a few faults.
To begin with Clare’s daughter, Joy, is becoming a less vibrant and more flat character as the series goes on. I wanted her to be a really 3-D character, however mistakes, that I won’t name for the sake of spoilers, that Joy keeps making is making her a less-likeable character, in my opinion.
Secondly I felt that the mystery overall was a bit flat this time. It seemed to be thrown together at the end, instead of being pieced together from the beginning.
Overall, however, this was an enjoyable read