I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle
Narrator: Rebecca Gibel
Length: 10 hours and 10 mins
Published by Blackstone Audio on 2012-06-24
Genres: Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice... At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down to earth, when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker’s assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as “The Christmas Stalkings.” Clare’s boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved. Clare isn’t so sure—and when she finds a second bludgeoned baker, she becomes a target. Now Clare is spending the holiday season pouring over clues, and she’s not going to rest until justice is served. Includes holiday and cookie recipes!
I love this series so I was excited to get a chance to listen to it on audio as I have never tried it out and I have to say it was well worth it. I think I may have found a new narrator to love because Rebecca Gibel brought Clare to life and made her so relatable. We get back into this story with it closer to the Christmas season and Clare is busy like always running the coffee shop and catering too. She is taking part in the Great New York Cookie Swap and is in charge of the beverages for the event and they like always were so decadent and mouthwatering. I think another thing I loved about the narrator is how vividly she described the food and drinks because of course I soon had a craving for it all. Clare soon learns of the death of a baker’s assistant and in a way only she can she sets out to try to solve the case. Clare is my favorite type of heroine because she jumps in feet first and doesn’t take no for an answer and I love the way she stands up for herself.
As the story continues we continue to see Clare and Quinn’s relationship continue to blossom and I think I loved them more in this book because they really have learned to accept each other for who they are and to also accept any extra baggage that may come with it. The narrator did a good job of differentiating between the male and female characters and she made them all seem really unique also. As Clare continued to try to solve the case it was apparent that this time around she may be a little in over her head and there are are a few times that I wanted to smack her for getting into some of the situations that she did but it all worked out in the end. I have to say that most of the time I can guess the person responsible for the crime but this time it came as a complete shock to me and threw me for a loop.
Overall this was a great one to listen to on audio and I am glad I have the next one in the series to do the same thing with as I loved this narrator and the way she made Clare come to life for me. The story flowed so well and I found myself sucked into the world and wishing that I had a unique coffeshop like the one in the book to be able to hang out in. The characters continue to grow and make me fall in love with them even more than I already did. I think I also loved them because of the way the author kept throwing in all the different accents. It made them sound so cool especially when we got to meet the two reality show stars. They were so much fun and had me chuckling throughout the time they were in the book. I would recommend this one to lovers of this series and those that haven’t listened to it yet would be in for a treat. So grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and settle into a nice cozy chair and enjoy this delightful book.