September days are perfect for great cozy mystery reads from the Calloway County Public Library.  This week CCPL Great Reads spotlights “Shot in the Dark,” the latest release in Cleo Coyle’s popular “Coffeehouse Mystery Series.”

When Cinder, a new dating app, turns the Village Blend Coffee House into one of New York’s hookup hot spots, manager Clair Cosi is uncertain how she feels about such match-ups happening in her coffeehouse.   However, with business booming,  Clare decides to make the most of it.  After all, how bad can it be if not only her ex-husband/business partner is swiping profiles and making dates but also her 80-plus-year-old employer is selecting suitors by screenshot! Well, until the night that a gunshot turns the landmark coffeehouse into a crime scene. 

The corpse is Richard Crest, an entrepreneur with a shady past who has been using dating apps with reckless abandon--breaking hearts along the way.  The NYPD quickly arrests Carol Lynn Kendall, one of the heartbreaker’s recent conquests, with overwhelmingly conclusive evidence against her.  Maybe a little too conclusive.   

Fearing that the real killer will strike again, Clare is “swiping” through suspects in her own shop--with the help of her globetrotting ex-husband, and her Village Blend barista family to find justice before another shot rings out.

“Shot in the Dark” is a cleverly plotted, suspenseful, and entertaining read. Highly recommended. Fans of Laura Childs’ “Tea Shop Mysteries” and Diane Mott Davidson’s “Goldy Bear Mysteries” will especially enjoy the title and series.

Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini.  Both are the New York Times bestselling authors of the “Coffeehouse Mysteries.”  As Alice Kimberly, the couple also write the bestselling “Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.”

Other new and recommended cozy installments include: “Shelved Under Murder,” book three Victoria Gilbert’s “Blue Ridge Mountain Library Mystery Series;” Baker’s “Deadly Dozen,” book 13 in Livia Washburn’s “Fresh Baked Mystery Series;” T”he Uninvited Corpse,” book one in the new “Food Blogger Mystery Series” by Debra Sennefelder.

Readers can find these titles in a variety of formats at the Calloway County Public Library.  CCPL is located at 710 Main Street and online at

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