French Pressed (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #6)

French Pressed (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #6)

by Cleo Coyle

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Murder takes the plunge in the sixth book in the Coffeehouse mystery series.
Clare Cosi's daughter, Joy, is interning—and falling—for a top New York chef when his kitchen turns cutthroat, and Joy becomes a murder suspect. Clare knows she must catch the real killer—even if it lands her in the hottest water of her life.

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ISBN-13: 9780425220498
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Coffeehouse Mystery Series , #6
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 89,383
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of The Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating over ten years in print. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

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French Pressed (Coffeehouse Mystery Series #6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved every single Coffeehouse Mystery, and French Pressed, the sixth installment, is no exception. It draws the reader in immediately by starting out from the first person perspective of a killer - a technique which is highly effective and very chilling - a killer who commits murder before the end of the prologue. Tension continues to mount from there. Clare Cosi, manager of the Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village, and Madame Blanche Dreyfus Allegro Dubois (Madame for short), Clare¿s ex-mother-in-law and owner of the Blend, are enjoying dinner at Solange, the 4-star restaurant in Manhattan where Joy, Clare¿s only child, just happens to be working as part of her culinary school internship. As Cleo Coyle fans already know, Joy is carrying on an inappropriate relationship with Solange¿s much older and married Executive Chef, Tommy Keitel, much to her mother¿s and grandmother¿s consternation. After dinner, which ended with some abysmal coffee, Clare visits the kitchen and witnesses one of the chefs physically threatening her daughter - an act that seems even more ominous when Joy later discovers the body of one of her fellow interns. At the suggestion of Clare¿s friend, Detective Mike Quinn, Clare comes up with a plan that might gain her entree into Solange¿s kitchen so she can try to figure out what¿s going on. Despite Clare and Detective Quinn¿s best efforts, however, the bodies continue to pile up. Also, in addition to the plot dealing with Solange and Clare¿s daughter, Detective Quinn encourages Clare¿s involvement in an investigation of his own. I have to say that in addition to everything else, I¿m VERY pleased with the direction Clare is moving in her personal life. Despite Madame¿s best efforts, Clare is determined to be responsible for her own happiness. You go, girl! The ending is very intriguing, and makes me more than a little anxious to see what will transpire in book seven! Can¿t wait!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
The sixth Village Coffeehouse mystery has Clare delving into the world of high class restaurants in Manhatten.  She's been engrossed in running the Village Blend Coffeehouse but, Joy,  her "20 something" daughter's relationship with an executive chef thirty years her senior, sends Clare out to check on this relationship.  Clare's able to use her marketing skills of paring particular excellent coffees with exquisite deserts to talk with the chef.  But soon there after one of his line cooks is found dead---then the executive chef himself is murdered.  When Joy becomes the chief suspect, Clare goes on the search for the real killer. Clare's relationship with her sexy detective friend is also warming up.  He knows about Clare's skill in finding previous murderers, so he has her volunteer herself as bait for the killers.  Perhaps this is the only way to save her daughter, so Clare is up for this trickery. This series is always top notch excitement mixed with lots of thrilling information about coffee, and in this book, inside information about the restaurant business.  Romantic relationships cause a bit of confusion between the characters, but some of these pairings are heating up nicely.  This series never fails to be enjoyable! 
babynurse77 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest through to the end.
Sweetbabyj58 More than 1 year ago
This is the first Cleo Coyle I've read and really enjoyed it. The characters were well thought out and Clare Cosi is so humorous. If you are a coffee drinker like me you'll love this one.
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cfk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this pseudo-cozy which has a bit more 'on-screen' violence than most cozies.
averitasm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this series so far I have read all that have been published, A nice cozy mystery, with coffee tips and romance a bit. Does get slightly repetitive when you hit the middle of the series but I always learned something new about coffee and recipes in the back. I would recommend for anyone who likes cozy's.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent reading! I'm not a coffee lover, as I'm more of a tea lover, but this book has me interested in trying coffee again! The murder mystery is superb, and the romance angle was so beautifully done that I was pleasantly surprised. Very much a good read, and worth keeping!
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 6th book in her coffehouse series. Clare Cosi's daughter, Joy, is interning-and falling- for a top New York chef when his kitchen turns cutthroat, and Joy becomes a murder suspect. Clare knows she must catch the real killer-even if it lands her in the hottest water of her life. The other good thing about this series is at the end they show the various recipes. This is a fun series. Clare is a riot.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sixth in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.Clare¿s 21 year old daughter Joy is serving her internship year in culinary school at the upscale French restaurant, Solange. To her mother¿s intense distress, Joy is also having an affair with the 50-something executive chef of the restaurant, Tommy Keitel. But when Joy discovers the body of her best friend in culinary school, clearly murdered, and then becomes the chief suspect in another murder, Clare and Matt step in to catch the real murderer and get their beloved daughter cleared of charges.Besides being a coffee fanatic, Coyle is a foodie and this installment allows her to showcase her knowledge of the high-end restaurant business in New York. The behind-the-scenes of food prep and management in such establishments are fascinating; the necessity of always presenting something new and fresh to attract jaded New Yorkers is a survival skill.The plot is good but the people are better. The irrepressible Madame Dubois (may I be half as adventurous at 79 as she is), Joy, Matt, and the Blend¿s baristas are by now well-established with distinct voices and characters of their own. Esther comes out of the pack with her new boyfriend, Russian slam poet and rapper, BB Gun (more prosaically, Boris), a Russian emigré who lives in Brighton Beach. As usual, Coyle uses not just Manhattan and the Village as her background, but other boroughs and neighborhoods as well; Brighton Beach, as the home of Russian (and other) emigrés, is featured, along with a rather sugar-coated version of the Russian Mafia. Many of the one-off characters are extremely well-done, such as the various chefs in Solange; one, the pastry chef Janelle, will return in further books.As usual, there are great recipes--Clare¿s Corn Bread looks really good--and tips for coffee and coffee drinks in a lengthy appendix.Highly recommended.
bookmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stabbing flesh was no big deal. That was they way to think about it. The boy was just another piece of meat... From across the dark avenue, the killer stood, expression grim. There were three stories in the redbrick building, six apartments, a roofless porch. The boy was alone on the highest floor. Through the bright windows, the killer watched him pacing. He looked like an animal, like panicked game.Cleo Coyle's books always start out with so much more promise than they deliver.Clare Cosi runs the Village Blend, a trendy coffee house in Greenwich Village. She is divorced but partners with her ex-husband, Matt. Their daughter Joy is interning as a chef and becomes a chief suspect in the murders of another intern, Vinny, and Tommy, the married executive chef that Joy has been having an affair with.I like the NYC locale for this series and they are more gruesome than your usual cozy. Sometimes the mystery is even pretty good. But I have finally figured out why I do not really like this series. I can't stand Clare. She is this supposed together woman that gets involved in all these murders and manages to solve them before the police do. But yet, she can not handle her personal life for anything. She has been divorced from Matt for years, he was a lying, cheating coke user who has gotten clean and works with Clare as the coffee buyer at the Blend. Now she has finally hooked up with the detective from previous books but lets Matt cause friction in her life. He interrupts her with said boyfriend who leaves, declares his love for her, though he is drunk. She stamps her feet and throws her shoes at him (bad,bad writing) to get him to leave the duplex that he is partial owner of, then lets him kiss her because she thinks he will then leave. Please! Total crap. Then murder happens and this will pick up again in the next book. And she goes on to cleverly solve each mystery.This particular mystery wasn't that great. I'm a bit sick of Clare's family all being the victims of each mystery. Then too many characters and suspects were introduced to make for a convoluted plot. I read that Cleo Coyle is the pen name for the married couple that write these books. Maybe there is one too many writers in the mix. I don't know, but I do know I am just done with this series. It had promise but basically it just gets on my nerves now. I have to be able to like the heroine! That is a must for a cozy mystery at least.Months ago, I bought Latte Trouble, mystery #3 and thought I would read it now and see if it was just the one bad book. I made it 3/4 of the way through and finally DNF'd it. Life is too short. There are better cozies out there for when I am in that kind of a reading rating for both- 2.5/5
siubhank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clare Cosi¿s daughter has found a close friend, murdered. She calls `Mom, which makes Clare happy despite the circumstances, she and Joy have not been communicating very well since Clare discovered her culinary school student daughter was having an affair with the much older, married executive chef at the restaurant where Joy is interning.When the chef turns up dead and Joy is the one who finds his body, she is arrested for murder. Clare knows her daughter is innocent, but the police aren¿t looking for any other suspects, and very physically prevent Clare from helping her daughter.Clare and the love of her life, Mike Quinn, a New York City Police detective begin to work the case. They find many clues the other detectives passed over and come up with suspects. As usual, the conversations about coffee beans and uses of coffee in cooking are interesting and informative. I very much enjoy Clare Cosi¿s character. She is the mother of a grown daughter, but still a woman in every sense of the word. She makes a good role model.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I love this series so much, I am not daunted to continue to catch up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is fun well written and enjoyable. I am trying to make sure I read everyone of the books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clair really gets herself into trouble in this one. I read this book in one day and could hardly wait to read the next one!
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An easy read. A book so descriptive of the coffee brewing process in between the murder mystery that you can almost smell the coffee brewing. Keeps you guessing til the last pages. Always love a series where you get to know the characters and look forward to reading what they are up to in the next book.
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keikoOR More than 1 year ago
Her stories are all good and I hate waiting for another. they are very enjoyable reads.
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