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  • Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse

  • A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Harper Lin
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

Francesca Amaro moves back to her hometown of Cape Bay, Massachusetts, and takes over the family business, Antonia's Italian Cafe. 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.

©2015 Harper Lin (P)2017 Tantor

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Sweet and Cosy

I enjoyed this cosy mystery- the narration was lively and interesting, and the characters were relatable. The story kept my interest to the end. I’ve deducted a star because of when the murder is introduced- trying not to give spoilers here!

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Great detail for a short story!

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. The storyline was interesting and detailed even though it was a short book. The characters were likeable and the the story kept my attention. Would definitely read the next one in the series!

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Dreadful, depressing and boring.

Not cosy at all. Two hours in and, apart from finding a corpse, NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. She just talks over and over about how sad she is about her mother having died, and commiserating with the son of the victim about losing a parent. Over and over.

It took, and I'm not kidding here, 1h and 45 m for them even to REALISE it was a murder.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 06-02-19

the rushed ending lost all the stars

I make lots of allowances for this type of light, sugary. coffee-shop murder mystery, and it was doing very well until the end. When all the questions are answered in the last 10 minutes by explanation rather than by action or conversation, you cannot get better than an "okay" rating. The who and why were sudden reveals that had no lead-in so the end was rather disappointing. Otherwise the characters were realistic and full, and the narration was good.

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  • Beatrice
  • 22-05-17

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. The characters and plot were engaging. As always, Marguerite brings the story and characters alive and made the book more enjoyable.

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  • Linda
  • 19-04-17

Not my cup of cappuccino

Such a thin story. Would not recommend it. No build-up to who the killer is.

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  • Stevey
  • 30-04-22

sweet

cute book. loved the mystery. decent red herring. also Latte is the goodest boy.

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  • Lin
  • 13-08-22

Cute Story

I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice change. Will look for other books by this author.

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  • cdo
  • 26-07-22

Simplistic

Everything goes perfectly for Fran. A guy who pays for all date meals out, a dog who finds her, Only one ridiculous amateur detective mistake.
Not very interesting.

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  • Jackie Houchin
  • 25-11-21

A fun cozy mystery

I loved the characters, the cafe, and the twisted discovery of the one who killer a corpse. A beginning if a romance was th cherry on the top of the cupcake. The reader was perfect.

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  • Carol L
  • 25-04-17

loved it

What made the experience of listening to Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse the most enjoyable?

The writer did a great job...characters, plot...

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

held my attention

What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

her expression/pleasantness

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very well written and enjoyed the reader

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  • Joey L.
  • 10-03-17

Great narration. Good cozy mystery.

The main xharacter is very likable. The book has,a perfect balance,-not too intense but definitely kept me intrigued. I looked forward to each time I got to listen to it.

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  • Dawn
  • 02-03-17

Nice beginning to a new series

Harper Lin has written a nice story for a new series. I look forward to the next in the series.