Endless chatter about coffee meets High Society – and murder.
In a nutshell:
New York barista investigates murder in the fashionable Hamptons. Was the victim the real target or will the killer strike again?
Language I read the book in: English
Did I like it? Yes
For people who: like cozy mysteries, first person POV, coffee talk, feisty heroine which lacks a little common sense.
Starting to read:
This starts out nice enough. I like the protagonist, she is sensible and down to Earth. I was afraid the millionaire would be a gorgeous hunk, but he turns out to be middle-aged, short and chubby. Much better!
I kind of find the constant references to the coffee blend Clare uses out of place. It is a coffeehouse mystery, so maybe this is normal in those themed cozies, but would you – after finding a corpse – ponder the type of coffee blend to use next?
By the way, the painter with his studio in the Hamptons is not Jackson Pollack, for crying out loud. His name is Pollock, I hope this is just a typo.
Clare is starting to get a bit too bossy with her daughter and too nosy for my taste. She obviously thinks she knows everything best and her promise to let her suspicions go isn’t worth anything. You better not make deals with her as she won’t stick to them.
Moreover, she is practically breaking into a home in order to snoop around, something I find highly irresponsible and idiotic, not even counting the fact that she thinks it is the house of the killer. Is that woman crazy? I can’t say I like that sort of behaviour. Ha, appearance of the hunk! I knew it.
No, unfortunately it was not a typo. The name of the guy is Pollock, dammit!
Towards the end:
Of couse, she has to meddle and not follow the advice from people who know what they are talking about. Figures. By now I am used to that already and don’t mind that much anymore.
All in all:
A nice, light read, perfect for a relaxed afternoon. It is the second book in the series but this was no problem at all. You can read it as a stand alone easily. The recipes at the end of the book are a nice bonus for coffee lovers, even though I think the eight layered chocolate-almond espresso will be awfully sweet. But worth a try!
Location: The Hamptons, Long Island, New York, USA
Images from wikipedia, Lighthouse picture by Wolfgang Wander
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