When Francesca Amaro’s mother died, Francesca moved from New York City to her hometown of Cape Bay, MA and took over the family’s coffee shop. When she discovers her neighbor dead, her life takes a strange turn. The neighbor’s son, Matty, an old high school friend, takes a liking to Francesca, and the two of them get together to uncover the small town’s secrets and learn who poisoned Matty’s father.
Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse by Harper Lin is a humorous cozy mystery that maintains a leisurely pace in keeping with the locale, but has enough mystery and false clues to satisfy the most die-hard mystery fan. As an added bonus, the author provides two dessert recipes at the end that are a ‘sweetener’ for foodies.
The author does a masterful job of showing readers the setting and characters in rich detail without giving anything away. You’ll have to work to solve the puzzle before Francesca does, and I’ll bet you a cupcake you’ll be surprised by the ending.
I received this book as a gift, and once I started reading it, I missed a meal in order to finish it. A sweet mystery! I give it five stars and a high five!