Espresso Shot (Wheeler Cozy Mystery)

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9781597228909: Espresso Shot (Wheeler Cozy Mystery)

As manager of the bustling New York coffeehouse The Village Blend, Clare Cosi doesn't get steamed about much. Then she's hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for a wedding to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is Clare's chance to shine -- but the groom is her ex-husband and current business partner. Putting misgivings aside, Clare focuses on business . . . until fatal accidents begin to befall people close to the bride-to-be.

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About the Author:

Cleo Coyle is the pen name for a multi-published author who collaborates with her husband to write the national bestselling series of Coffeehouse Mysteries. They also write the bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the pen name Alice Kimberly. They live in Queens, New York.

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Clare Cosi seems to have everything back under control. Her daughter Joy, is now working in France and continuing her culinary training. The Village Blend will be doing the coffee and dessert for the wedding of Matteo Allegro (Clare's ex) and Breanne Summour. The only fly in the ointment is that Matteo has moved back into the apartment with Clare until the wedding. At least that was the only fly until Clare and Matteo are walking back to the Blend with the girl hired for the bachelor party, when suddenly the girl drops to the ground -- dead. Once again, Clare Cosi is involved in a murder. This time Matteo begs for her help and even gives Det. Mike Quinn, Clare's boyfriend, some straight answers. Why was this young woman killed? Will Clare find enough clues to solve the case before the wedding? Will Matteo actually get married? Things are changing. The major characters have been growing and changing throughout the series and there's even more going on than just the plot in Espresso Shot. Clare is learning to let go and she's also learning to trust and listen. Matteo is growing and becoming much more the man Clare thought she'd married so many years ago; but now she's found Mike, a man she trusts, and Matteo is getting married. Breanne has been a continuing character, but one that has mostly stayed aloof and on the edges and now she's becoming part of the family -- that means we need to get to know her. As a reader I want the characters I've come to care about to find happiness or at least contentment -- will they? In this New York wedding extravaganza, Clare must keep the Blend on task, find a murderer, co-exist with her ex-husband, and find a way to call a truce with his soon-to-be wife. There's plenty of action, misdirection, and mystery -- and the ending, once reached, is ultimately satisfying. Cleo Coyle doesn't disappoint. --Gayle Surrette, Gumshoe Review

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