Saturday, April 28, 2018


I'm thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for author
Cleo Coyle
Book 17 in the 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.


Winner will be chosen after May 2
at the end of the tour

1 lucky reader will win this amazing prize package!

USA only

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.


Author Cleo Coyle has created another fresh blend of mystery and mayhem that will have readers asking for a refill.

My sister started reading cozy mysteries before they were even called cozies. So, when she recommends a series, I know I have to read it. The Coffeehouse Mysteries is such series. I’ve enjoyed the few I’ve read before, and I liked SHOT IN THE DARK.

Playing on the theme of phone app dating made for an intriguing story using a very current trend. For a mystery it can make for an endless number of suspects. Through twists, turns, and gourmet brews, readers will be flying through the pages until the very end.   
Cleo Coyle is known for showing readers a caffeinated good time, and SHOT IN THE DARK is the perfect cup.

Make sure to try out the recipes included. Your taste buds will thank you!


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.
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Tour Participants

April 23 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW
April 24 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
April 25 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
April 26 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW
April 27 – Varietats – REVIEW
April 28 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW
April 29 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
April 30 – Ms. Cat's Honest World – REVIEW
May 1 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 2 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW

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  1. Love the Village Blend mysteries!

  2. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "SHOT IN THE DARK". I love every thing I've read about this book and I absolutely adore the cover.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Wow, 17th book in the series! Thanks, Lisa. Happy Saturday, to you!

  4. The smartphone dating app is a really clever idea for a cozy. Sounds like a great read and I love the cover.

  5. I love this series! I'm looking forward to reading "Shot in the Dark".

  6. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. I enjoy Cleo's novel which are intriguing, memorable and the best ever. The recipes and books are treasures.

  7. I love this series and I love the recipes in each book! Thanks so much for the chance to win this awesome prize package!

  8. A smartphone dating game app sounds like a recipe for disaster!

  9. I'd love to read this--the whole series sounds great!

  10. I am such a big fan of the Coffeehouse series. Each book is better than the last. I love the characters, love the mystery and the recipes are so yummy! I can't wait to read the newest installment of the adventures of the Clare and everyone at the Village Blend. Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to have an autographed copy of one of your books someday.

  11. Thanks for your comments, everyone, and thanks to the fabulous Lisa K for the lovely review!

    ~ Cleo
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
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