Shot in the Dark (A Coffeehouse Mystery) by Cleo Coyle – Book Review and #Giveaway

A new smartphone dating game turns the Village Blend into a hookup hot spot, until one dark night, when a gunshot leaves a dead body behind and the landmark coffeehouse becomes the center of a whole new scene–a crime scene.

As Village Blend manager Clare Cosi attempts to finalize a date for her wedding, her ex-husband becomes addicted to making dates through smartphone swipes. Clare has mixed feelings about these quickie matchups happening in her coffeehouse. Even her octogenarian employer is selecting suitors by screenshot! But business is booming, and Clare works hard to keep the espresso shots flowing. Then one dark night, another kind of shot leaves a dead body for her to find.

The corpse is a successful entrepreneur who became notorious for his “hit it and quit it” behavior: prowling for women on dating apps, then devastating his conquests with morning-after insults. Though the NYPD quickly arrests one of his recent victims, Clare finds reason to believe she’s been framed.

Now, with the help of her ex and crew of quirky baristas, Clare starts “swiping” through suspects in her own shop, determined to find the real killer before another shot rings out.

Includes a bang-up menu of tempting recipes.

I’m always excited for the release of a new coffeehouse mystery. I love visiting with Clare, Mike, Matt, and the whole Village Blend crew. In Shot in the Dark, Clare gets an up close and personal look into the world of app dating.

This was a great addition to one of my favorite cozy series. The story was suspenseful and kept me guessing as multiple layers of the mystery intertwined into one logical, inevitable ending. There’s just enough of the characters’ continuing backstories to keep longtime fans happy, but not so much to take away from the story or confuse new readers. Even if you’re new to the coffeehouse mysteries, you should enjoy Shot in the Dark.

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About the Author

CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time, they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting

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11 thoughts on “Shot in the Dark (A Coffeehouse Mystery) by Cleo Coyle – Book Review and #Giveaway

  1. Thank you for your review and information on “Shot in the Dark” by Cleo Coyle as well as being part of the book tour.

    I have this book on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read it. Love the cover and everything I’ve read about the book lets me know I’d very much enjoy this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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