So, I’m a sucker for a foodie-styled mystery, and Harper Lin brings all of that and more with the first in her Cape Bay Café Mystery series. Narrated by Marguerite Gavin, please read on for my review of
Cappuccinos, Cupcakes and a Corpse
Full of hope, humor and a conflicted sense of self from our heroine. Francesca has returned to Cape Bay Massachusetts to take over her family’s Italian Café, after living in New York for years. Francesca self-awareness is strange: her self-revealing declarations often conflict with one another. It offers an intriguing entrée into her personality: her moods and self-confidence ebb and flow as she is following the path of her mood of the moment. Now back in familiar surroundings with her childhood friend Matty (Matt), she’s using the time to grieve for her mother as she starts again.
Things are proceeding smoothly and everything is as expected until, when walking home from the shop, she finds the body of her friend Matt’s father. Not entirely convinced the elderly man’s death is from natural cusses, along with helping Matt through his grief, she decides to snoop about a bit. In between the rather quick to solve mystery, Matt and Fran start along a rather tepid, if sweet, romance. Light, quick reading and perfect escapist fun, the story bounces about to the end, with a mystery that doesn’t overtax, but is clever in construct.
Narration for this story is provided by Marguerite Gavin, her presentation is perfectly suited to the lighter tone, even as a murder mystery. The fun alliteration of the title, that hints to more within is not leading you off course, and Gavin’s pacing and tone for Fran are perfectly suited to the rather optimistic and ‘tomorrow is a new day” attitude. Moments that allow for her occasional insecurities to step to center stage, as well as clearly presented distinctions to present each character with their own presence in the story help keep the reader engaged and aware of the goings-on. A wonderful presentation of the story. An engaging, fun and light mystery, perfect for those moments when an escape is desired.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse
Author: Harper Lin
Series: A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery #1
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Food / Recipes
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 25 January 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 32 minutes
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A new culinary cozy mystery series with recipes from bestselling author Harper Lin
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.
Includes two special cupcake recipes!
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.