Harper Lin comes to the blog with the eighth book in the Cape Bay Café mystery series, this one narrated by Marguerite Gavin with
Double Shots, Donuts, and Dead Dudes
It’s been a bit of time since I’ve spent time with Fran, Matt and the Gang at the Café, and with Fran and Matt finally making progress so the stories are more able to focus on the ‘whodunit’ rather than the occasional ‘will they or won’t they’ that so often sidetracks cozies. Fran has made quite a reputation for herself with finding clues and looking past what the traditional investigations lead to – and it’s not always been an easy run for her. But when on a date night at their favorite Mexixan eatery the server, Pablo drops dead, there are questions.
Pablo is a stellar guy from all accounts: family man, well-liked and respected in town, and even though he and his wife were estranged, and she knew he wasn’t quite the saint others may try to have made him out to be – she also knew that he lived for his family and children, and was focused on his version of the American Dream. There are no end of possible suspects, but the twists and turns are far deeper than one might expect, leaving Fran puzzled as his life reveals itself – good bad and ugly. While it wasn’t quite an obvious culprit (or culprits) the twists and turns were engaging and well-written: keeping me interested in the story.
Marguerite Gavin is again providing the narration and it feels as if she not only knows the story but is invested in the mystery as well. Her voices, complete with tics and nuances are deftly pushing the story forward, without overreaching for the listener to ‘pay attention’ to any one character or moment, but treating all conversations and revelations as an important part. No spoilers from her narration but the listen is easy to engage with and allows listeners time to process the events for themselves. Another clever installment in this cozy series that is just a bit different from many.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 3
Title: Double Shots, Donuts, and Dead Dudes
Author: Harper Lin
Series: Cape Bay Cafe Mystery #8
Also in this series: Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys, Lattes, Ladyfingers, and Lies, Cremas, Christmas Cookies, and Crooks
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Food / Recipes, Friendship, Humor elements, Murder, Small Town
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 4 October 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 5 Hours: 4 minutes
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From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: the 8th cozy mystery in the popular Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries. When Fran moves back to her idyllic beach town to take over the family café, she also develops a knack for solving bizarre murders.
In the middle of Fran’s date night with Matt, at Cape Bay’s best Mexican restaurant, Fran’s favorite waiter drops dead. Everyone else thinks Pablo had a stroke, but Fran believes he was murdered because he had been getting strange, threatening notes in his apron at work. As Fran digs deeper into another murder case she shouldn’t be involved in, she learns her beloved waiter had some secrets stewing in his personal life.
Includes 2 donut 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.