Cozy Mystery

Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse (Cape Bay Cafe Mystery, 1) by Harper Lin

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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. 


~ What I Liked About the Book ~

I try not to expect too much from cozy mysteries, but this book still felt like a disappointment. The writing flowed smoothly though, and that was something I honestly appreciated. Even though I was disapppointed, I found this book easy to read. It was fairly short and didn’t involve unnecessary details.

~ What I Didn’t Like About the Book ~

This book wasn’t actually bad; it just wasn’t anything. There was no tension and no build up to uncovering the mystery. Francesca was uncovering facts all too easily, and Matt wasn’t doing anything despite the fact that it was his father that was murdered; he was all too happy to have Francesca do all the work. It made me, as a reader, not care about finding the culprit either.

I also hated how Francesca was convinced of someone being the killer without hard evidence. She only found a couple of facts that weren’t entirely incriminating and immediately jumped to the conclusion that he was said killer. It’s not something any real sane person would do.

The worst thing about this book was (sort-of spoiler alert?) the fact that the murderer was revealed to be a character the readers never met. The name was mentioned in passing a few times, but nothing was told about said person. I felt cheated.



Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse is an okay read, but it’s completely bland. I don’t recommend this book.


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