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ESPRESSO SHOT by Cleo Coyle

ESPRESSO SHOT

By Cleo Coyle

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-425-22177-8
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Bridal jitters are the least of the problems for an amateur sleuth trying to smooth a path for her ex-husband’s second wedding.

Clare Cosi, manager of the Village Blend coffee shop, shares a past and a daughter with Matteo Allegro, who’s about to remarry. Despite her misgivings, Clare’s been hired to run the gourmet coffee and dessert bar at the high-profile wedding of Matt and Breanne Summour, the tough, beautiful editor of Trend magazine. Breanne doesn’t much like Clare, whom she suspects of wanting Matt back. That’s something Matt’s mother, owner of the Blend, would dearly love to see, but Clare’s moved on to NYPD detective Mike Quinn (French Pressed, 2007, etc.). When Breanne is almost run over by an SUV, it seems like an accident, but when a look-alike stripper hired for Matt’s bachelor party is shot to death, Clare begins to suspect that someone wants Breanne dead. Breanne’s certainly made a lot of enemies, among them a drug-peddling ex-husband, a resentful former boss and several members of her staff, past and present. Clare visits underground restaurants, temples to high fashion and the hotel room of a seductive Italian sculptor in her attempts to keep the wedding plans on track and the bride alive.

A realistic depiction of New York City high and low life. The smattering of recipes, romance and caffeine-fueled detection add up to a lively tale.