Book Tour Review: Shot In The Dark (Ends 5/2)

Shot in the Dark (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle

I love this series and you can can’t wrong with Clare. She alone can keep the reader on their feet not only with the delicious recipes and coffee or her wedding date fiasco but let’s add in a dead body.
~Babs Book Bistro

Shot in the Dark is a well-crafted, intelligently-written story, with complexity and depth.
~The Power of Words

When I started reading Shot in the Dark by Cleo Coyne, I was expecting a pleasant cup of coffee from the local diner. But, Holy Huehuetenango, I got a rich, layered thriller of a mystery that teased my tastebuds and reading time alike!
~Back Porchervations

The story was suspenseful and kept me guessing as multiple layers of the mystery intertwined into one logical, inevitable ending.
~The Book’s the Thing

It was original reading a book where the victims are related to a Dating app, showing us the good and the bad sides of dating in the technology era.

Cleo Coyle is known for showing readers a caffeinated good time, and SHOT IN THE DARK is the perfect cup.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

Age is not relevant when it comes to matters of the heart or desires to solve a mystery.
~Laura’s Interests

About the Book

Shot in the Dark (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
17th in Series
Setting – New York
Berkley Prime Crime (April 17, 2018)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451488848
Digital ASIN: B07465ZYKT

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.

New author to me, so number seventeen in the series was the first of the Coffeehouse Mysteries that I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the read after receiving it for this book tour. The pacing, which has a tendency to slack off in the middle of some cozy mysteries, remained consistent throughout.

The central location of this mystery is Village Blend where the hot new dating App, Cinder, is making it the hot new meeting place for those meeting up via the App. A woman threatens a man she met on it and a video of the incident goes viral quickly. Business is booming until gunshots are fired in the upstairs lounge. Plus, Clare finds a dead woman in the river along with a USB that has the video on it.  Can the Bend make it through all of this also? This read had a bit of a contemporary feel to it in the way the plot incorporated social media and drugs.

I really enjoyed reading a book with mature characters vice in their 20s. This series is definitely going on my TBR list; I have a lot to catch up on! Can’t wait to go back and read the rest of the series.

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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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 *


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

    Love the cover!! I can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.

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