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Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Bob by Wendy Mass
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Dear Poppy by Ronni Arno
Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle
Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 1 by Ryoko Kui
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Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question by Martha Freeman
The Enchanted Egg by Kallie George
Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert
Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
French Pressed by Cleo Coyle
The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call by Kelly Thompson and Corin Howell
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King
Lemons by Melissa Savage
The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
Night of the Animals by Bill Broun
One Good Thing about America by Ruth Freeman
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Runaways: Battleworld by Noëlle Stevenson
Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass
Wandering Son: Volume 4 by Takako Shimura
Whatshisface by Gordon Korman
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The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
Young Frances by Hartley Lin

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August 2018 Sources
August 2018 Summary
The great logic puzzle of life
A Holmesian Approach to Magnum PI
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 03)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 10)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 17)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 24)

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French Pressed: 09/05/18

French Pressed

French Pressed by Cleo Coyle is the sixth of the Coffeehouse mysteries. Joy Alegro has taken an internship at a fancy French restaurant. When Clare and Madame go to wish her well, they encounter terrible coffee and an out of control sous chef. Meanwhile, a missing prep cook is found murdered and Joy is the prime suspect.

While the previous mysteries have been coffee focused — on the business, the cultivation, the history, etc., this one is on the high end restaurant business. I found Clare being a little out of her league refreshing. It also helped to build suspense in ways that the previous one, Decaffeinated Corpse didn't.

As with previous Joy centered stories, I found Joy's characterization immature. Yes she's young. Yes she's making some idiotic mistakes (like being seduced / pressured into an affair with her mentor). Yes, Clare had her at a young age, but boy does Joy whine a lot.

That said, the mystery was still compelling enough to keep me listening. The seventh book in the series is Espresso Shot (2008).

Five stars

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