It has only been a few months since Aphra Behn Connolly’s life changed drastically. After Seth Mulo left Aphra’s island with his family, Aphra becomes determined to find her mother, even if it means lying to her father. But when she does find her, Aphra is shocked that her mother doesn't seem too happy to see her. Instead, it seems like Aphra's appearance is stirring up all kinds of unneeded trouble. A when Seth reappears and asks for Aphra to give him back the ring he gave her, it sets off a chain of events that will send Aphra, her mom, and Seth on the run from a danger that is closer than they thought.
Death by Latte may only pick up a few months after its prequel left off, but the action and suspense kicks in right away in Gerber's clever, humorous, and heart-pounding sequel to Death by Bikini. Aphra's reactions to finally meeting her mother again are realistic, and her hurt at being brushed off is understandable, causing plenty of sympathy. Yet readers will be happy to see that this doesn't bring the gutsy heroine down as she continues to search for a way to help Seth and her mother—while at the same time making a few mistakes on the way. Death by Latte is certainly more mysterious and complicated than its prequel, but the perfect amounts of humor, romance, and love balance out the book perfectly. Gerber leaves readers hanging once again, and in desperate need of the sequel, Death by Denim, which hits shelves in May. Fan of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series will devour Gerber's smart and entertaining series.