"My Fair Latte" A Café Cinema Mystery By Vickie Fee: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

An unexpected inheritance lands Halley Greer in Utopia Springs, Arkansas, where she optimistically plans to take over her late great-uncle’s Star Movie Palace. The once-glamorous theatre has seen better days, but along with the building and unsanitary apartment comes enough of a trust fund to allow Halley to restore it to its lofty former status. At least, that’s what Halley hopes to do by screening classic films and serving both gourmet coffee and wine.

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Welcoming her into the town of just over 2000 are art gallery owner George Mayfield and his yoga-teacher wife Trudy, not to mention Hidden Clue Escape Rooms’ Kendra Williams. Someone does not have the same good wishes for Halley’s future, though, vandalizing her initial renovations and spray-painting “Go Home.” Tragically, it is not until the Grand Opening and showing of My Fair Lady that Halley discovers the culprit’s identity, one made when they find Vince Dalton’s body during the Intermission. His having made offers to buy the theater only to be foiled by Halley’s inheritance not only implicates him in the vandalism, it gives Halley motive for his murder. That he died with a lethal drug overdose, Cracker Jacks, and coffee in his stomach only further ensures that Halley is the #1 Suspect.

Halley’s new friends propose that in order to prevent her from being arrested all they need to do is offer up a better alternative to the police, which leads them to the improbable possibility of buried treasure. Underground tunnels remain from an era when flooding had businesses building up off of the tourist-attracting medicinal springs, and rumors abound linking them to bounty hidden by Jesse James. Uncle Leon’s adorable feline Eartha Kitty accepts Halley as part of her new family as much as these new friends, but a jealous Officer Susie Stone warns Halley from treading too closely to the reporter marked as her own. It’s not as though Halley doesn’t already have her hands full with a handsome winery owner, a fitness buff running the outdoor gear store, and the son of a Chinese Restaurant owner (who somehow hasn’t managed to figure out that he’s in love with Kendra).

This debut series shines by highlighting the charming relationships that naturally build between Halley and her Utopia Springs neighbors. While the mystery involving stolen bounty and blackmail is compelling, readers would be just as satisfied by the clever conversations and witty banter between these new friends. Classical movie lore make this a must-read for cinephiles, and foodies will find much to enjoy in Halley’s obvious love and dedication to good coffee. Based on the real town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Utopia Springs comes alive as an enviable place to both visit and call home. This is a fantastic start to a new series that leaves readers needing to know more about Halley and the town that embraces her.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. I would love to start this new series! Sounds intriguing! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  2. A movie theater, food, buried treasure, AND a cat? Count me in!

  3. Did they keep the ghost light on?

    Count me in for the drawing!

  4. I love old movies and this sounds wonderful. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. My goodness, what a marvelous story line
    SO much going on. I had to read this several
    Times to grasp everything :-):-)
    What wonderful FUN.
    The Cover is tremendous joy, I get it.
    I can't wait to read this,I enjoy complex
    story lines with these Fabulous names.
    Please everyone Prayers being lifted for all
    Who read and all you know for good health
    and safety, plus for much Success to
    Vickie Fee on her book

  6. Sounds like lots of fun. please enter my name in the draw for the chance to win a copy. Thanks, crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  7. This would be so cool to be able to renovate a theatre to be able to watch classics again, sounds good to me! tWarner419@aol.com

  8. Sounds like a great new series. Would really like to read.

  9. I’ve been wanting to read this one. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  10. It sounds really interesting and fun to read. So many things the theater tunnels a cat quirky characters and a mystery! I'd love to read it soon. Thank you for the chance Donakutska7@gmail.com

  11. Thanks to your page, my TBR list is to the point that I need to live to be about 125. On the other hand, it's such a great page I don't mind. Sure sounds like a fun read. trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

  12. Book sounds amazing, Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

  13. Sounds interesting and fun to read. Thank you for the chance

  14. Can't wait to read this one!! Great title!

  15. Thanks for letting is know of this new series. kckendler at gmail dot com


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