Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse by Harper Lin
Published by Tantor Audio on January 25, 2017
Series: Cape Bay Cafe #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
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Francesca Amaro moves back to her hometown of Cape Bay, Massachusetts, and takes over the family business, Antonia’s Italian Café. She spends her days making delicious artisan cappuccinos, until she stumbles upon her neighbor’s dead body. When the police discover Mr. Cardosi was poisoned, Francesca becomes a suspect.
The victim’s son, Matty, happens to be Francesca’s old high school friend. Together, they uncover the secrets of the locals in order to find the killer in their idyllic beach town.
I love a cozy mystery with romance sprinkled in. Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse by Harper Lin is a promising start to the Cape Bay Cafe series.
After her mother’s death, Francesca (Frannie) Amaro moves from the city back to her hometown of Cape Bay, Massachusetts, to run her family’s cafe. She also reconnects with Matty, her good friend from high school. But when Matty’s father is murdered by poisoning, Frannie becomes a chief suspect. Together, she and Matty must work to clear her name and find the real killer in Cape Bay.
Overall, this is a charming cozy and fun start to the series. I loved the mix of mystery and hints of romance between two old friends. The reveal of the killer’s identity seemed a little too drawn out, only to be rushed through in the end, but I still found this an enjoyable read. I’ll be reading the next book in the series.
Note on the audio: the narrator, Marguerite Gavin, has a voice like butter. She’s also adept at voicing male characters naturally, which not all narrators can pull off. I’m adding her to my list of favorite narrators.
Rating: 3.5 stars