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on 7 March 2011
Clare's daughter Joy is really enjoying her internship at the hot New York restaurant Solange, as well as her hot affair with her significantly older married boss Chef Tommy Keitel. Clare's not happy about the relationship, but knows getting involved could ruin her relationship with Joy. So Clare resolves to keep a close eye by making a deal to act as a Coffee Steward for the restaurant, helping improve their dismal coffee. But when a member of staff is murdered and Joy finds herself under suspicion, Clare decides Solange needs closer investigation.

This is the sixth Coffeehouse Mystery (after On What Grounds,Through the Grinder,Latte Trouble,Murder Most Frothy and Decaffeinated Corpse) and I really enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of the series and each book seems to focus on a different area - fashion, the singles scene and in this case food.

Joy's frankly creepy relationship with her boss was introduced in the last book, and this book continues the storyline on. I can understand why Clare is so upset, especially as her ex-husband cheated on her, and her involvement is actually pretty restrained. The mystery is well plotted and full of little twists, although I found the food angle to be a little overdone at times. The love triangle between Clare, her ex-Matt and hot cop Quinn finally comes to a head and the book ends with some resolution (not to mention a direct lead in to the next book).

One part of the book I really enjoyed was the taming of angry goth barista Esther. I liked her in the previous books, but she finds herself a beau in this book in the form of new character rapper and street poet BB Gun. BB is hilarious, and I really hope he's a recurring character.

The recipe section is a bit smaller this time featuring only Raspberry Coulis, Chocolate Pots de Creme, Nick Vlachek's Borscht, Coq au Vin and Clare's Corn Bread.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading Espresso Shot.

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 9/10
Cover: 10/10

Overall: 49/50
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on 12 January 2010
Book 6 of my favourite series and I have to say that I would have enjoyed this much more if there had been less 'Joy' in the book... but no matter. It was still fab!

Clare Cosi, owner of The Village Blend, NY's premier coffee house certainly isn't impressed by her chef daughter Joy's new boyfriend- the older (and very married) Chef Tommy Keitel with whom she's interning at his restaurant, Solange. She's also concerned by the aggression going on in the kitchen and when one of the younger chef's winds up murdered with a kitchen knife it looks like she has just cause for concern... particularly when Joy becomes the prime suspect.

Wannabe sleuth Clare, along with her ex-hubby Matteo and the delectable Detective Mike Quinn, set out to prove Joy's innocence... but is it going to be as easy as it sounds?

If you like a 'cozy' mystery and are a fan of coffee, then this is definitely the series for you. The book is like slipping on a pair of fluffy slippers with its by-now familiar characters and the NY settings and the coffee recipes will make you wish that you had your own Village Blend to pop into at the end of the street! Despite my inherent annoyance with spoiled brat Joy as a character generally, I still loved this book- though its not my favourite of the series. Nevertheless... onto book 7!
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VINE VOICEon 19 June 2009
I've just finished French Pressed and i have to say i really enjoyed it.

In this installment Clare's daughter is the person accused of murder so Clare not only has her normal nosy reason to solve the crime, but also an emotional one.

This installment had a lot more tension between Clare and her two love interests, Matteo and Mike. It also went into more depth with Clare's daughter Joy which i really liked. All the characters in this series are well written and likeable, i always want to know more about them and can't wait for the next chapter. Especially once you read the cliff-hanger at the end of this book!

As usual there are loads of descriptions of the coffee and food being served which really makes you want to go out to your nearest coffee shop! Luckily there are some fab recipes in the book for you try out at home as well.

I need to mention that i haven't read this series in order and it doesn't seem to make much difference to my enjoyment. They're definitely not a series that needs to be read one after the other religiously.
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on 14 June 2013
Full of interesting facts about coffee and a good story as well ... I've enjoyed the whole series of books.
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on 28 July 2015
Another good read in this series
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on 19 August 2015
Perfect again.
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