Cappuccino, Cupcakes and a Corpse - Harper Lin
Reading Challenge Category: A book by an author with your initials
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.
When choosing a book for my reading challenge category ‘a book by an author with your initials,’ I didn’t have much choice. I narrowed it down to Harper Lee ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ or one of Harper Lin’s books. So I had to choose between an old classic that could potentially bore me to death or one that has a ridiculous title and cover but could be interesting. I went with the latter, and I’m so glad I did. The title and cover do not do this justice. I really expected it to be cheesy and silly, but it wasn’t. Yes, it is a light read and has some fun moments, but it is so well written that you can get lost in the story and feel invested in the events. Francessca or ‘Franny’ has had to return to Cape Bay under tragic circumstances, and it looks like her life is falling apart. This is made so much worse when she finds her neighbour dead in his back yard. However, once she appoints herself, the local investigator into the crime, things ironically start to look up for her. She reacquaints herself with an old friend, and you can practically feel the chemistry between them bubbling off the page. The investigation is lighthearted and a little amateur, but this is intentional as she isn’t police nor a qualified detective. The only slightly confusing moment was the action scene with her on the stairs. I did get a little lost in the description of what was happening. This was only a slight moment of confusion, and I accepted what had happened and moved on. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and it has left me wanting to reach for the follow-on books in the series. I also know my mum would love this author as she enjoys lighthearted crime novels where nothing is too gruesome nor anything that will make her too anxious. So I will definitely be recommending these to her.