Wednesday, September 19, 2012 books

Espresso Shot
by Cleo Coyle

The author:
Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Under the name Cleo Coyle, they've written 11 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, every one a national bestseller. The first in the series is now in its 17th printing. Their newest hardcover release from Penguin, A Brew To A Kill, was chosen as a "must-read mystery of the month" by Barnes & Noble. The series has been Star Reviewed by Library Journal and picked up by AudioGo (BBC America Audiobooks) for production in both digital and CD formats. Murder by Mocha, A Brew to a Kill, and their upcoming December release, Holiday Buzz, are all Mystery Guild Featured Alternate Selections. Cleo also writes a supernatural mystery series set in a New England book shop. The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries are published under the name Alice Kimberly. There are five books published thus far with more under contract. The first book in the series, The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, is now in its eleventh printing.
source: Goodreads

First sentences:
She left her building at six for the health club up the street.

Manager and head barista of the bustling New York coffeehouse The Village Blend, Clare Cosis been hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for a swanky wedding. Clare should be thrilled at this chance to shine, but its Matteo Allegro, her ex-husband and current business partner, who’s tying the knot to Trend magazine editor Breanne Summour, who’s in full-blown bridezilla mode. Claire’s got to put her misgivings aside and focus on business, but since she’s a successful amateur sleuth, murder is Clare’s business, too. And when fatal accidents begin befalling people close to Breanne, Clare becomes suspicious. But what she unveils, amid melted chocolate and steaming mochaccinos, may just get her burned...
source: Goodreads

My opinion:
Espresso Shot is the 7th book in the Coffeehouse Mysteries telling the story of Clare Cosy, the manager of the Village Blend, Matt, her ex-husband and coffee buyer for the Blend, Madame, Matt’s mother and the owner of the Blend, Joy, Clare and Matt’s daughter, Mike Quinn, detective at the New York Police Department and a lot of murders that always seem to happen when Clare’s around. Some might say she attracts chaos.
The books are full of wonderful characters and really nice stories. Espresso Shot is set around the wedding of Matt, Clare’s ex-husband and his fiancĂ©e Breanne and we as readers not only experience the story but also Clare’s feelings towards Matt and her struggle to let the father of Joy go.
The book comes with wonderful recipes and coffee making tips and if you like reading cozy mysteries you should definitely check out the stories of Clare Cosy and her Village Blend.

Espresso Shot is available at Amazon in paperback and for your Kindle too. You can also buy it at Book Depo.

The other books in the Coffeehouse series are:
  • On What Grounds   
  • Through the Grinder  
  • Latte Trouble    
  • Murder Most Frothy
  • Decaffeinated Corpse  
  • French Pressed   
  • Espresso Shot   
  • Holiday Grind  
  • Roast Mortem
  • Murder by Mocha 
  • A Brew to a Kill
  • Holiday Buzz (will be published in December 4th 2012)
For more information about Cleo Coyle visit her Homepage and her Facebook or Twitter page.

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