Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I'm happy to be joining #BerkleyMystery in celebrating the April 17 release of 
Book 17 in the Coffeehouse Mysteries
by Cleo Coyle

From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Dead Cold Brew, comes a delicious new entry in the "fun and gripping" (The Huffington Post) Coffeehouse Mysteries.

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.

Now available for pre-order!

Shot in the Dark: A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle

A divorced single mom in her forties, Clare Cosi is a coffeehouse manager by day and a relentless snoop by night. SHOT IN THE DARK is her 17th adventure, and like every entry in our Coffeehouse Mystery series, Clare sleuths with the help of her quirky staff of baristas, her beloved octogenarian employer, and her globetrotting ex-husband—who also happens to be the shop’s coffee hunter.

In Clare’s latest case, a hot, new dating app is boosting the Village Blend’s bottom line, but with so many high-octane matches taking place in her shop, plenty of couples are bound to get burned. One night, a date’s disappointment turns deadly. First a shot rings out in Clare’s coffeehouse, and later the corpse of a sweet, young female customer is found floating in the Hudson River. Soon Clare is sparing with the NYPD Harbor Patrol, prowling a night-shrouded park in search of clues, and sneaking into an exclusive health club for the rich and beautiful.

Most of SHOT IN THE DARK’s New York locations are real, some of our favorite offbeat places in the city: from an expansive Manhattan greenspace alongside the turbulent, mile-wide Hudson, to the foggy wharves of Red Hook Brooklyn, to a battered railroad barge transformed into a lively, outdoor restaurant.

If you are a newcomer to our long-running Coffeehouse series, don’t hesitate to pick up our latest title. All of our mysteries can be read as stand-alone stories. And, if you like one, you’ll have sixteen more to enjoy. But don’t miss our latest: SHOT IN THE DARK!

A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle
Mystery Pick of the Month!
“A gripping and entertaining mystery…”
Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Penetrating insights…” —Kirkus
"Sure to delight old fans and garner new ones…"
Publishers Weekly
Coffeehouse Mysteries Book Trailer

SHOT IN THE DARK is also a culinary mystery, with an appendix of more than 25 recipes. To see the Recipe Guide, click here after the book publishes on April 17, 2018, or stop by Cleo Coyle’s online coffeehouse at to download a free copy.

Get a title checklist with mini summaries of all 17 Coffeehouse Mysteries and links to free recipe guides. To download the list as a PDF document, click here.

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Alice Alfonsi and her husband, Marc Cerasini, who write as Cleo Coyle. 

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries, now celebrating fifteen years in print. Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and New York City, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together, including the popular Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Look for a brand new entry in their Haunted Bookshop Mysteries this October: The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller.

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  1. Thanks for all the wonderful information on both book and author. I can't wait for the opportunity to read "SHOT IN THE DARK"!

    Absolutely LOVE the cover! Just look at the bullet passage
    through the cup and air. It's one of those split second shots.

    1. Kay - Just wanted to say hello and thank you for the nice words. We love the cover, too!

    2. Great observation on the path of the bullet, Kay!

  2. Thanks, Lisa. I have a lot of catching up to do on this series. Wonderful Wednesday, to you.

    1. Patricia - Sending a wave and hoping you have a chance to catch up with Clare and her merry band of baristas at the Village Blend. If not, you can easily read SHOT IN THE DARK as a stand-alone story. It's a good one, don't miss it!

    2. Hi, Pat! I have a lot of series I need to catch up on. But new titles keep coming out and distracting me!

  3. I can't wait for the release! Thank you so much for featuring A Shot in the Dark on your blog!

    1. Celia - Thank you for the reader love. We appreciate it!


      ~ Cleo

    2. Hi Celia. If you like the rest of the series, you're going to love this one!

  4. I have totally enjoyed every book written in this series. These authors are amazing and I learn something new from each book which is a great bonus! Wishing Cleo and Mark all the best with their upcoming release. Looking forward to reading as soon as possible.

    Cynthia B.

    1. Cynthia - Cheers to you for the kind support you've given to us and our series. We think you're really going to love SHOT IN THE DARK -- great story, fun humor, fantastic twists, and some tasty recipe. You'll have to let us know what you think! Thanks again for all the love. Sending it right back to you. xoxo - Cleo

    2. Hi Cynthia! You won't be disappointed in SHOT IN THE DARK!

  5. Lisa - Thank you so much for the lovely post on our new Coffeehouse Mystery. Marc and I had a great deal of fun writing SHOT IN THE DARK, lots of twists and surprises. We hope you (and all of our Coffeehouse readers) have a great time reading it!


    Cleo (with Marc, my husband and partner and caffeinated crime-writing)

    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

    1. Hi, Cleo! I'm happy to have hosted you! Come on back anytime!