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Espresso Shot

(Coffeehouse Mystery #7)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,525 ratings  ·  335 reviews
The latest in the steaming hot national bestselling series? now in hardcover.
Manager and head barista of the bustling New York coffeehouse The Village Blend, Clare Cosi's been hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for a swanky wedding. Clare should be thrilled at this chance to shine, but it's Matteo Allegro, her ex-husband and current business partner, who's
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published September 30th 2008)
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May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This series falls into my "mysteries I read and enjoy and don't know why" genre. I love coffee and can practically smell it the whole way through the books, yet sometimes Clare's constant bean-lectures and chastising about technique give me a serious case of the eye-rolls. Also, when it comes to her ex-husband she's kind of a shrew with her constant reminders of his infidelity and drug addiction. Clare is also a mega helicopter mom and I would have run away to France too if my mom poked into my ...more
Cleo Coyle's Coffee House Mysteries are among my all-time favorites in the cozy genre! I've been reading about Clare Cosi since the very first mystery came out in the early 2000's and I have never once been disappointed. Cleo's books are fast- paced and interesting, her character development is top notch and I feel as if over the years, I have really gotten to know the crew that hangs around the Village Blend...they are like old friends!

In this installment of the series, Clare's ex-husband, Matt
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

When Clare’s ex-husband Matteo Allergro is set to be married to a prissy woman named Breanne Summour, Clare is very pleased for him despite the fact that she is sure that Breanne hates her. When it is clear that someone out there intends to kill Breanne before her wedding, Clare is forced into action, and this particular book takes her into some dangerous situations.

Matt is obviously has a big presence in this book and we actually get more of the story behind who they were before the books
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Coffeehouse Mystery series book # 7 finds Clare Cosi in the uncomfortable position of catering a wedding reception for (view spoiler). The bride-to-be is a Trend magazine’s editor – wealthy, beautiful, sophisticated and a known tastemaker. But when people connected to the event begin to die, Clare’s radar goes into high gear and she starts investigating.

I like this series. It’s populated with a nice cast of r
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
I like this series a lot, but had some problems with this entry. For one thing, there was hardly any coffeehouse in it at all! And for another, the mystery was a little too complicated. It just got confusing at the end with the multi-twists. I think Breanne was also made too unlikeable in the first few books to really make us sympathize with her in any way, or to feel happy about the happy ending in this one. Still, I'm glad that Clare's with Mike and that all seems to be working out. ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading this series. I admit I have skipped a few books, but this one is the best so far. The characters are well developed and realistic. The mystery has several twists and turns to keep you guessing. Looking forward to the next.
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this installment in the Coffehouse Mystery series. Clare Cosi is an amazing woman. She's a great barrista, a great mother, and a great friend to her ex-husband and his fiance Breanne. It was so nice to see Matteo in love and with someone that loves him. This lets Clare really be more clearly with Mike Quinn, the police officer. ...more
Melissa Cochrill
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed getting to know more characters in this series. I was also happy with ending! I love Claire and Mike together.
This was by far the best one of the series so far.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2017
This was an interesting take on the cozy mystery heroine - I don't think I've ever read one with a coffee shop owner as the MC. Granted, the coffee lessons scattered through the book could have been taken down a notch, but it was an interesting concept. Lots of twists and red herrings. ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
One of the better mysteries in this series, but I was disappointed by the lack of coffee in this book. It covers the lead up to the wedding. There are attacks on the bride and some others. I didn't like the bride or many of the people she knows. I was surprised by the ending. I didn't think it would happen. I also didn't expect the person who did it or why. There were a few other surprises too. ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a decent read. Matt who is Clare's ex husband is getting married. Unfortunately she is a real trip. Which is why when someone is trying to kill her before their wedding I'm not surprised. Clare of course tries to figure out who did it. All I can say is that I have no idea why Matt and Breanne got married. They were two messed up people. ...more
Toni  (T.C.) LoTempio
OMG, best so far. Each book just keeps getting better and better, and there's always a twist at the end. Really love the character develpment. I had an idea there was more to the Hazel/Breanne connection than met the eye. Breanne and Matt seem suited for one another! ...more
Elizabeth Meadows
This one was probably one of the best so far in the series. It kept moving at a fast pace. It isn't my favorite mystery series, but it does make me want to have some coffee. ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of my favorites in the series and I’m happy it’s starting to pick back up again!
Another entry in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Breeanne is marrying Clare's ex-husband, but someone has it in for Bree. Who could it be? I like the New York setting. ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a really cute mystery. I like how the author intertwined everyone's relationship. The ending was a bit cheesy though. However, I'd love to check out more of her other coffee house mysteries.

P.S. this book may leave you wanting coffee/espresso drinks!
Jan 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Warning! The coffee descriptions in this book are disturbingly heavenly, do yourself a favor and read this in your favorite coffee shop.

Clair and Matt have been divorced for years, but together run a pretty good business, her as the coffee shop manager, him as the coffee buyer. Matt has recently proposed to his girlfriend and has asked Claire to create a gourmet coffee bar for their celebrity-filled wedding reception. It is no secret that Claire dislikes the wealthy socialite snob whom her husb
Diane ~Firefly~
It had been a while since I read the last book in the series and I was taken off guard by Matt being engaged as he has always been such a playboy. On the plus side, that ends the triangle and I hate love triangles in cozy mysteries. As for the plot, Matt thinks someone is trying to hurt his fiancee, so he asks Cleo to watch over her, figure it out.

What I enjoyed:
* The interesting characters and situations Clare encounters. The underground restaurant, the sleazy tabloid reporter, etc.
* Even thou
Rebecca Morales
Matt and Brie are on the verge of getting married. However, before they can say I do, Claire must find who is trying to kill the blushing bride.

I am slowly starting to like these characters again. I enjoyed the mystery in this book, but I was disappointed to see Coyle go back to her old tricks. The book starts off with a murder the victim being mistaken for another person. Coyle does this often in her books, I am not a fan. But the killer's true identity are becoming harder to guess. So while I
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed reading this frothy mystery as change of pace. I liked the characters, although the endless discussions about coffee (where the beans come from, how the coffee is made, where to get the best coffee, why we should all drink better coffee, etc., etc., etc.) did eventually get a bit overwhelming. Oh, and the heroine is always running into super hunky men who are hitting on her and trying to tempt her with their bedroom eyes. It's amusing, actually.

So, this was a fun read, and I would put
Dawn Michelle

Really good book! I loved the plot and where the book ended up. I was SO wrong in guessing who "done it"!!

Matt is getting married. And Claire has agreed to go a coffee/dessert bar for the wedding. Trouble is, someone seems to have it in for Matt's bride-to-be and its up to Claire to figure it all out before Breanne ends up dead and the wedding of the year turns into a funeral.

Good read. Cannot wait for the next one!!!
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I think this is Coyle's best writtencoffeehouse mystery. The characters are rich with personality, kind of like Jamaica's Blue Mountain coffee...mmmm. This book kept me intrigued and curious to the end with only one too predictable event (it only lasted a couple of pages). Now, I've read all of her coffee books and I have to wait for the next one to come out. In the meantime, I'm going to try some of the recipes! ...more
KayLynn Zollinger
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Trigger Warnings: Infidelity

I liked this one. A wedding Claire Cosi style. Perfect. And now that ridiculous love triangle between Claire, Mike, and Matteo is over. I no longer have to throw the book across the room when I'm frustrated because Matt is a womanizer and Claire should never go back to him. I've even given her lectures. Yes, I lectured a fictional character. Don't judge me. Like you've never done that...
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 7th in the series has Clare's ex husband Matt finally marrying his girl friend, Breanne. That is, he will marry her if she can stay alive. Someone is trying to kill her...running her over doesn't work, poisioning her doesn't work, and shooting her doesn't work. What will he try next? Clare's boy friend Mike, the cop, is pretty much a no show in this book, so she has to solve the mystery by herself. Can she pull if off in time for the wedding? ...more
Sarah Sammis
The actual murder mystery is buried in all these other hostile red herrings. The clues are there for the observant reader. I figured it out, though did try a couple different ways to tie the A plot into a more complex one with the many B plots. Eventually though it became obvious that it was a straightforward plot buried in less obvious ones.
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
I loved this book as much as the previous ones but it was bittersweet because for some weird reason I want Clare and Matt together... But I want them happy so I guess I have to settle with what I have got!
I love this series so much! Perfect cozy read!!
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books in Coyle's series. When Clare stumbles into Matteo's surprise bachelor party, and his invitees hire a stripper who looks exactly like Brianne Seymour, his fiance, she is shocked. She does everything she can to hide what is going on from Brianne. When the young stripper has no ride home, Clare and Matteo walk her out of the bar, when she is suddenly shot dead near the street. Matteo believes that the shooter was not actually targeting the stripper, but his fiance ...more
In Cleo Coyle's Espresso Shot, the 7th installment in the Coffeehouse Culinary Cozy Mystery series, this newest tale would whet your appetite with a fine cup of java. It all started the week of Clare's ex-husband wedding preparations to Breeanne Soummer in New York City, when a look-a-like stripper ended up shot outside the bachelor party--the same party Clare and Matt witnessed in cold blood. That's when the NYPD came in and informed them that her name was Hazel Boggs. While Clare dealt with Br ...more
Expresso Shot is 7th in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. It centers around the upcoming wedding of Matteo Allegro, Claire Cosi’s ex-husband and business partner. Claire manages the Village Blend coffee shop, owned by Matteo’s mom, affectionately called Madame. Madame believes Matteo/Matt is still in love with Claire, but, Claire is seeing Detective Mike Quinn and is not interested in getting back with Matt.

Matt is marrying Breanne Summour, magazine editor of Trend magazine. Is it a marriage of c
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