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 17thadventure, 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

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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 CoffeehouseMystery.comto 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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Cleo Coyle (aka Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini)

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

About the author

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.

Visit their website at www.coffeehousemystery.com.