Friday, May 7, 2010

French Pressed by Cleo Coyle

Released: 2008

Cleo Coyle's coffee-house mysteries are hard to read WITHOUT drinking coffee on the side, which is part of the reason this series is so enjoyable. I love how the author infuses knowledge of coffee in each of these books, educating readers while entertaining them with the story.

French Pressed features Clare stepping in to solve a murder after her daughter, Joy, is blamed for the death of a renowned French chef. Joy also happened to be dating the chef and is thought to have killed him in a fit of rage.

While the ride was certainly fun, I wasn't impressed by the mystery itself and the unveiling of the murderer. I didn't feel too surprised when finding out the killer's identity. As I don't think the author is trying to be deliberately humorous, I really like Clare's character and her demeanor. I was happy to see her relationships further developing with Mike the cop and her ex-husband Matt in interesting ways. With Joy being blamed for murder, I was slightly disappointed that her character had less speaking parts in the book, because she is really becoming quite fun!

I am really looking forward to the next book in the series! The series starts with On What Grounds (#1), Through the Grinder (#2), Latte Trouble (#3), Murder Most Frothy (#4), and continues on.

On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 1)Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 2)Latte Trouble (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 3)Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mysteries, No. 4)

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