Somewhere in the mix and checking, I’ve missed a title from Harper Lin in her Cape Bay Café Mystery series. No worries, I’ll catch up and the fourth installment is up today and narrated by Marguerite Gavin, please read on for my review of
Lattes, Ladyfingers, and Lies
By the fourth book, the main characters in this story are well-developed and feel like friends. Not hard to do with Fran, local café owner and part-time detective, she’s got a full plate. She and Matt are readying for their long-awaited trip to Italy, and between arranging for her time away and packing, she’s not got time for yet another suspicious death. But, things will happen and the body of Georgina, one of the clerks in the store is found and the most expensive ring available in the store is missing. Fran really doesn’t have time for this, and she really tries to not get involved….
But, questions arise: why was Dean called by the alarm company and the police not notified? Why only one, the most expensive ring, stolen when all the other items in the store were left behind? Who wanted Georgina dead and what did she know? Those are obvious questions to Fran, perhaps not so obvious to the police, and she does, after much discussion with Matt, put on her deerstalker and start to ask questions.
Quite quickly, with several twists and turns, she has a concrete list of suspects: and the story just keeps bringing more fun! I certainly didn’t expect several of the twists, and the actual culprit was one that I had dismissed early on: probably why I read mysteries and don’t solve them! Completely enjoyable with plenty of references to past cases and questions, this is a series that is easy to pick up mid-way in: Lin takes the time to present information that will explain and elucidate new to the series readers without bogging down the story for those familiar to it, this engaging installment will keep you interested.
Narrated again by Marguerite Gavin, she provides a sense of ‘knowing’ the characters and stores that brings a solidity to her performance, without getting stale. Each character is distinctly placed and performed, small tics and nuances for each that were established early in the series carry through in this installment, making it easy to distinguish and remember each character – a bonus when you are following a series from the beginning. Another wonderful installment and pairing of narrator, author and book to make this a fun series for fans of small town cozies.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 5
Title: Lattes, Ladyfingers, and Lies
Author: Harper Lin
Series: Cape Bay Cafe Mystery #4
Also in this series: Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys, Cremas, Christmas Cookies, and Crooks , Double Shots, Donuts, and Dead Dudes
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Food / Recipes, Humor elements
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 9 May, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 36 minutes
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From "USA TODAY" Bestselling Author Harper Lin: the 4th cozy mystery in the popular series set in a charming beach town!
Fran is anticipating her trip to Italy with Matty... until a precious diamond ring is stolen from the town's jewelry store and an employee is murdered. Fran suspects the storeowner of insurance fraud, but what if she's wrong? Would her life be at stake again if she butts in on another police investigation?
Includes two recipes!
See the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Series on Goodreads
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.