French Pressed by Cleo Coyle is the 6th book in the “Coffeehouse” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley, September 2007

Clare Cosi’s daughter, Joy—a girl who doesn’t always make the *best* decisions—is finishing up her culinary studies with an internship at Solange, one of New York City’s hottest French restaurants. She’s also getting way too intimate with her boss, the older, married Executive Chef Tommy Keitel.

Clare’s not buzzed about the relationship (to put it mildly), but what twenty-something takes romantic advice from her mother? Resolving to keep a closer eye on Joy, Clare makes a deal to micro-roast and French press exclusive coffee blends for Tommy, a man she wouldn’t mind seeing roasted and pressed himself! Then the competitive kitchen turns cutthroat, and the NYPD marks Joy as a murder suspect. To clear her daughter of the crime, Clare knows she must catch the real killer…even if it lands her in the hottest water of her life.

You can’t stop a mother when her daughter is arrested and jailed for a murder she did not commit. Clare with help from detective Mike Quinn tackle the streets to find the clues to prove her daughter’s innocence. It was very interesting to see the world of the restaurant business and see more of Joy as the woman she is becoming.

Cleo Coyle is the pseudonym of wife-husband team: Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini

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