Clare's daughter Joy is interning with chef Tommy Keitel at his four-star-restaurant Solange, Clare's romance with Detective Mike Quinn is about to go one step further and things are good at the Village Blend. Although Clare is not too happy about Joy's affair with the married chef - a man who is about thirty years Joy's senior and whose ego is about the size of New Jersey - things are looking quite good for her.
Then Clare happens to witness a knife-wielding executive sous-chef wanting to assault her daughter in the Solange's kitchen and she has to butt in. From that moment on things are on a steady downhill-spiral: Matt barges into the condo just as Clare's and Quinn's romance is about to get steamy, which leaves her utterly frustrated. Then Quinn wants to have a *talk* with her. To top that off two murders occur in which Joy happens to be the numero uno suspect. Therefore Clare is under a lot of pressure to clear Joy's name and prove her daughter's innocence...
Coyle's sixth outing takes Clare out of the Village Blend and all over NYC: from the East Village to Brighton Beach, from the West Village to Hell's Kitchen. From the professional kitchen of the Solange to the hippest club in NYC. "French Pressed" is a superb concoction of coffee plus star-rated food that should appeal to caffeiniacs and foodies alike ;-).
IMHO "French Pressed" is Coyle's most intense one yet - maybe because she has to clear her daughter's name. It is very fast-paced for a cozy and there's lots of twists to keep readers entertained and guessing. The ongoing romance between Clare and Quinn adds yet another intriguing bit. Not to forget 8 pages of scrumptious recipes and last but not least: The ending, ack!
Can't wait to get my hands on No. 7 Espresso Shot: A Coffeehouse Mystery
which will be out on Sept 30 this year.