Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle
Clare Cosi, talented New York barista, is enjoying having some fun in the sun at her new millionaire friend’s mansion out in the Hamptons. She’s getting the coffee bar of his new restaurant established and he’s providing guestrooms at his mansion for Clare and her daughter. Then, one of the employees of the restaurant who is helping serve at a mansion party is shot dead while using the master bathroom. Clare is convinced that David Mintzer, the mansion’s owner, was the true target. No one, not David, or the police, believe her. It’s up to Clare to investigate.
While you do learn a LOT about proper techniques of coffee preparation, this is not one of those cozy culinary mysteries. There’s a good mystery, with lots of red herrings and possible suspects. The ending is not exactly a surprise, but not completely obvious either. Coyle brews up a good story, with great New York and Long Island feel.