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Shot in the Dark

Shot in the Dark, April 2018
Coffeehouse Mystery #17
by Cleo Coyle

Berkley Prime Crime
368 pages
ISBN: 0451488849
EAN: 9780451488848
Kindle: B07465ZYKT
Hardcover / e-Book
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"SHOT IN THE DARK is the perfect amount of mystery and fun!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Shot in the Dark
Cleo Coyle

Reviewed by Annie Tegelan
Posted April 4, 2018

Mystery Woman Sleuth | Mystery Amateur Sleuth | Mystery Cozy

In book seventeen of the Coffeehouse Mysteries series by Cleo Coyle, Clare Cosi has her work cut out for her when a smartphone dating game makes the Village Blend a popular hangout for single people. In addition to planning her own wedding, her ex-husband seems restless and when he gets caught up in the dating game as well, things start to take a turn for the worst. When a successful entrepreneur shows up dead, it will be up to Clare to clear her name before she walks down the aisle.

I really loved the concept of this story. If you're a mystery fan as well as a romance fan like I am, then you will absolutely love this installment in the series. Cleo Coyle has come up with such fun and interesting ideas over the course of the Coffeehouse Mysteries series, but this one is by far my favorite. It combines the perfect amount of mystery and fun, creating a wonderful world to escape to. I'm such a big fan of this series and I will definitely continue to read the future books in the Coffeehouse Mysteries series.

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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.

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1 comment posted.

Re: SHOT IN THE DARK is the perfect amount of mystery and fun!

I'm so glad this lives up the others in this much loved
series! One of my favorite series. Thanks.
(Kathleen Bylsma 12:59pm June 4)

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