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Good but lacking the zest of the earlier books in the series
on 6 January 2010
The fourth installment of the 'Coffee House Mystery' series, and whilst it was entertaining- in my opinion it just wasn't as good as the previous novels. That's not to say it was *bad* you understand, just that it didn't quite hold my attention in the same way.
I think this is for a number of reasons: 1) This story was set in the Hamptons and not in Village Blend itself, 2) A couple of newer characters were introduced who seemed a bit flat and one dimensional and 3) Not enough Tucker (my favourite barista) or Mike Quinn! Grrr.
Nevertheless, coffee shop manager Clare Cosi is back to doing what she does best: brewing coffee and solving murders. The amateur sleuth, accompanied by her former mother in law, Madame, and daughter Joy, has headed to the Hamptons to train barista's in a new restaurant at the behest of her incredibly rich friend David. After a murder of a waiter at his lush home, Clare suspects that in fact *David* was the intended target and ponders who would have the desire (and motive) to kill him. There's a couple of appearances from Clare's ex-hubbie Matteo and Mike Quinn makes an appearance by phonecall, but that's about it- otherwise most of the characters featured aren't very familiar, which is what I liked about the previous books- building that sense like you know who's who. Also, as Joy *REALLY* began to get on my nerves in the last book, in this one she annoyed me beyond belief. What a brat! A new possible love interest for Clare adds an interesting dimension to things, but the ending overall is a little bit dull.
If you've enjoyed the rest of the Coffee House Mysteries, I would recommend that you keep going by reading this book, just don't expect to like it as much as the previous ones. Nevertheless, I'm off to read book 5... and I'll let you know what I think.