Title: Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse (Cape Bay Cafe Mystery #1)
Author: Harper Lin
Publisher: Harper Lin Books
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: Mystery | Romance
It reminded me that no matter how bad any given day was, there was always another day coming, and life went on.
Cozy mysteries are the perfect thing for hot summer days (because it’s officially summer in the UK! Yes!) when all you want to do is laze around in the garden and read a good book. They are fun and filled with fluff but also offer a bit of excitement as well to spice things up! The perfect mix, if you ask me and this one didn’t disappoint.
Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse provided a pretty good kick-start to the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery series with a fine introduction to Francesca, our protagonist and the quaint little town that she calls home. I liked how Lin started slow to build up a bit of an introduction to the town before she jumped into the actual plot and the mystery was very interesting for a first story! It did a good job of connecting the main characters to one and another, rather than forcing them into an awkward meeting as is usually the case.
I also loved found it so amusing to see Francesca attempt to be a detective, attempt being the detective. Attempt is, of course, the key word because her skills weren’t as up to scratch as those of the police force actually investigating the case! However I did like the motive given to our killer and I certainly hadn’t guessed it by the end of the novel!
Personally I adored the recipes that were given at the end of the novel. Those were a nice touch and definitely made it stand out to me! I can’t wait to try and whip some of those up in the kitchen!