In the opening chapter of Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle, the Village Blend’s best barista, Tucker Burton, is not happy. “Men are pigs. They should die!” he exclaims in the middle of a Fashion Week party in the coffeehouse. And within a matter of minutes, one does, apparently poisoned by a lethal latte that Tucker served him. Tucker, of course, becomes the prime suspect, but Clare Cosi, the manager of the Village Blend, knows he’s innocent and vows to find the murderer. Clare’s investigation takes her from her familiar milieu of baristas to the exotic world of the fashionistas, giving readers an entertaining mini-tour of New York along the way.
Books for Coffee Lovers
Coffee has stimulated the creation of some terrific books. Choose one of these books from the coffee lover's bookshelf, pour yourself a good cup of coffee (or have your favorite barista pour one for you), and enjoy!
In Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle, the Village Blend coffeehouse is losing women customers. Not because of its coffee, which everyone agrees is excellent, but through murder. The first to die is Valerie Lathem. On a Saturday morning, Valerie stops for coffee at the Village Blend. Soon afterward, she falls from a subway platform and is killed by the oncoming train. Although the media presume it was suicide, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn thinks otherwise. When other Village Blend customers die in suspicious circumstances, Village Blend manager Clare Cosi knows she needs to find the killer, if only to protect her business.
Can coffee kill you? If it’s valuable enough, the answer is yes. In the entertaining murder mystery Coffee to Die For by Linda French, coffee plants provide a motive for murder. Dr. Leo Faber, a botanist at the University of Washington with funding from biotech giant AgroGene, has developed a naturally chocolate-flavored coffee plant. Coffee expert Luigi Oliveri hosts a cupping of Leo’s hybrid coffee and loves it. But before Leo can enjoy his success, he is murdered, and his coffee plants have disappeared. It’s up to Professor Theodora Morelli to locate the missing plants and find out whether Leo in fact died for coffee.