This was an engaging, fun mystery. I liked the main character, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi. The mystery itself kept my interest, too. Clare's friend who dresses as Santa and collects money for charity gets murdered, and the police think it's just a mugging. Even Clare's NYPD detective boyfriend thinks so. But Clare is sure there's more going on, and of course she uncovers the truth after many mishaps and missteps.
While I did enjoy this mystery while reading it, it faded from my consciousness awfully quickly. Two days later, and I'm struggling to recall character names and plot details. Like a foamy latte that I barely remember an hour later, it was frothy and tasty while it lasted, but not ultimately a favorite. Still, fun while it lasted!
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for some non-graphic intimate moments between Clare and her boyfriend, lots of innuendo in the dialog, bad language, and violence.
This is my first book read and reviewed for the Literary Christmas Link-up and my 16th for the Mount TBR Challenge 2018.