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Publisher's Summary

At the Village Blend, Clare Cosi's best baristas may refer to a decaffeinated espresso as a "why bother?" but Clare knows a good percentage of her customers prefer the neutered brew. So when an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare believes it's a business opportunity she needs to investigate... at least until the first dead body shows up.
With casualties piling up and a complicated blend of old and new loves muddying the waters, it's up to Clare to find the murderer before one of her near and dears takes the fall. Otherwise, her latest addition to the menu will prove to be a real buzz killer….
©2007 The Berkley Publishing Group (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on 01-18-13

This is becoming a great cozy mystery series!

I have to say that the author is really coming into her own. Still a few weird things that I couldn't understand why she did, but it didn't really interfere with my enjoyment of the book.. except I kept wanting it to be explained!

The mystery was excellent. I didn't figure it out until the author wanted me to do so. I enjoyed the characters much more and thoroughly laughed and smiled when Madame and Clare start investigating together.

You can tell the author is very proud of her New York areas. The descriptions get a little long winded, but doesn't really detract from the story.

The narrator makes this book!

This series is becoming really fun.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By BarbC on 07-02-12

Excellent Mix of Mystery, Coffee History, and Prep

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Recommended to anyone that likes or loves coffee. Love the mix of coffee history and coffee preparation methods and secrets.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Constantly wondering what was going to happen next. Many twists and turns and never quite clear how things might or even could end.

What about Rebecca Gibel’s performance did you like?

Excellent voices that helped identify characters and build suspense. Ms Gibel made you relate directly with the characters and I found myself wanting to talk out loud to the characters to warn them about what might happen next.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely! Very hard to pause for even a moment. Didn't even watch the news on TV until the book was finished.

Any additional comments?

Love the series and can't wait until the rest of the books in the series are recorded. Will be on the lookout for more from the author and also more from the narrator.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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