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Book Review: Through the Grinder, Latte Trouble, and Murder Most Frothy, the CoffeeHouse Mysteries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shiftless   
Thursday, 23 November 2006

Essentially, the plot in each of the books follows the same outline: murder in the espresso shop, or in other places where Clare is involved in preparing or serving the beverages. Naturally, Clare gets involved in investigating and solving these horrendous crimes, while simultaneously fretting about Joy’s interests in questionable men or drugs, and developing romantic interests of her own.


Coyle is adept at working out unexpected plot developments. So far I have read three of these Coffee House Mystery novels, and I have been surprised by the identity of the real murderer each time.


You baristi will find a smile coming to your lips repeatedly, and your heads nodding, as you read Coyle’s descriptions of how coffee and espresso suit so many life purposes, from waking up, clearing one’s head, maintaining late night alertness, or simply giving a lift to the day. She treats the espresso shop work as an honorable profession and not as a low-end food service job.


Here’s a sample, from Murder Most Frothy:  Clare recalls making espresso in her grandmother’s grocery as one of her “fondest memories…[so] Even after my collegiate studies and successes as a culinary writer, I ultimately decided making the perfect cup time after time for a person who might be tired, weary, thirsty, or down, was not an insignificant thing.”  She gets it, folks.


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