There is nothing we Chicks like better than talking about books, and we think that’s true for you, too. So we decided a BOOK CLUB would be fun! Today, we’re talking about Vickie Fee’s new release, MY FAIR LATTE. We’ll kick off the discussion, then we’d love it if you’d join in. Ask questions about the book, or the process, or the research, or anything you’re curious about. We’re always trying to get our books in front of new readers, so invite a friend to visit with us by sharing this post madly in all your forums. The more, the merrier! (If you haven’t read the book yet, you can still participate–and don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers!)
Broke, unemployed barista Halley Greer is shocked when she inherits an Art Deco movie palace from the great uncle she remembers meeting once as a child. She moves to the charming tourist town of Utopia Springs, Arkansas to claim her legacy.
In addition to the timeworn theater, she discovers she’s also inherited a trash-heaped apartment, family secrets, her uncle’s friends, a stealthy calico kitty—and an adversary.
With a whole latte help from her new friends, the feisty barista fixes up and re-opens the theater as a coffee and wine bar, showing classic films. She generates some steam with a hunky local—and risks getting burned. The opening night of My Fair Lady looks like a big hit, and her new life feels like a bit of movie magic, until a customer turns up dead during intermission.
With the cops eyeing her as a suspect, Halley digs into the victim’s life and runs into a tangle of blackmail and secrets. Can Halley and her friends unmask a killer before the curtain comes down for keeps?
This book has so many of my most favorite things in it, all in one place: classic movies, cool retro theater, coffee, an awesome heroine and colorful supporting cast, and one of my favorite authors in the world: our very own Vickie Fee! So I have a question–I was going to ask something different, but I can’t help but wonder: Vickie, what would Halley have done if faced with the crisis situation we’re dealing with right now, especially with a business that’s new to her? Readers, what would YOU do? And, for the bonus round, what inspiring/uplifting/heroic/funny classic movies would Hallie (or you) recommend for us for the duration?
I loved the book! It’s such a fun read! Everything about it is great. The setting, the characters, the story.
Let’s see, a question… Okay, here’s one. What are Halley’s favorite kinds of movies and why? Does it tie into her past at all? Is there a particular style and/or time period she connects to? If so, why?
As you might expect, I did a lot of research about coffee and baristas for this book. This research obsession means that hubs and I now use a burr grinder and French press instead of a standard coffee maker! Not as obvious, I also ended up doing a lot of research about Jesse James, something you’ll understand when you read the book — which I hope you’ll consider. I think it’s a fun read!
This book is so fantastic–loved it, Vickie! You have such a great sense of humor and such engaging and delightful characters (not to mention a killer mystery). Congratulations! *applauding*
Here’s my question for readers: My Fair Latte is a charming and effective blend of mystery, humor, and a little romance…which of these elements were you most drawn to and why?
I absolutely adored this book, Vickie (and not just because My Fair Lady has always been one of my favorite films). In particular, I love all the characters–not only your protagonist Halley, but also her quirky neighbors and all the others populating the charming tourist town of Utopia Springs.
So I have a question for you: Since your new book is a bit of a love letter to the world of movies, what actors would you choose to play the main characters in the film version of MY FAIR LATTE? (And they don’t have to be the correct age right now–or even still alive. You could pick Audrey Hepburn for Halley, if you wanted.)
Count me among the many who love this book! It has everything: fantastic characters, an engaging plot, a wonderful setting—and who can resist classic movies and coffee? (Not me, that’s for sure.)
I really enjoyed the unexpected turn that Halley’s life took when she inherited a movie theater from a great uncle she met only once (and as a child, at that). She talks about how becoming the owner of a movie theater is a dream she never remembered having–but came true nonetheless. (How beautiful is that?)
Chance has affected my life in many ways, most notably meeting my husband. READERS: Has fate or serendipity played a role in your life? How would you describe it?
Readers, if you’ve read MY FAIR LATTE, or any of Vickie’s books, or if you’re just curious about something, now is your chance to fire a question or thought at her in the comments section!