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From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: a new cozy mystery series set in a charming beach town! Summer tourist season is winding down, but the Cape Bay police find a dead body in the alley beside Mary Ellen’s Souvenirs and Gifts. Police rule it a suicide, but Francesca Amaro knows it’s murder. Who would buy a bag of souvenirs, including a box of delicious marzipan, From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: a new cozy mystery series set in a charming beach town! Summer tourist season is winding down, but the Cape Bay police find a dead body in the alley beside Mary Ellen’s Souvenirs and Gifts. Police rule it a suicide, but Francesca Amaro knows it’s murder. Who would buy a bag of souvenirs, including a box of delicious marzipan, only to commit suicide moments later? Even though the police tell her to stay out of the case, Fran is too curious not to investigate, even though she’s running a busy and popular café. Includes special marzipan and margarita recipes! This is Book 3 in The Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries. The books don’t have to be read in order.


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From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: a new cozy mystery series set in a charming beach town! Summer tourist season is winding down, but the Cape Bay police find a dead body in the alley beside Mary Ellen’s Souvenirs and Gifts. Police rule it a suicide, but Francesca Amaro knows it’s murder. Who would buy a bag of souvenirs, including a box of delicious marzipan, From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: a new cozy mystery series set in a charming beach town! Summer tourist season is winding down, but the Cape Bay police find a dead body in the alley beside Mary Ellen’s Souvenirs and Gifts. Police rule it a suicide, but Francesca Amaro knows it’s murder. Who would buy a bag of souvenirs, including a box of delicious marzipan, only to commit suicide moments later? Even though the police tell her to stay out of the case, Fran is too curious not to investigate, even though she’s running a busy and popular café. Includes special marzipan and margarita recipes! This is Book 3 in The Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries. The books don’t have to be read in order.

30 review for Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder (Cape Bay Cafe Mystery, #3)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    I just discovered this series and really am enjoying them. It's a very light mystery... think Jessica Fletcher running a coffee shop 30 years younger. And while I've enjoyed them out of sequence ( I started with the second) it hasn't affected the storyline or my understanding of circumstances. I just discovered this series and really am enjoying them. It's a very light mystery... think Jessica Fletcher running a coffee shop 30 years younger. And while I've enjoyed them out of sequence ( I started with the second) it hasn't affected the storyline or my understanding of circumstances.

  2. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    While Fran is out on a girls' night with Sammy and Sammy's friend Dawn, Dawn overhears people saying "they" found a body. Dawn drags the girls to the scene of the crime, an alley outside Mary Ellen's souvenir shop. The body appears to be that of a male tourist who committed suicide. That's what Officer Mike Stanton tells Fran anyway, but Fran's instincts say otherwise. Who would buy a bag full of souvenirs before taking their own life? That doesn't make sense. Fran decides to "help" the police b While Fran is out on a girls' night with Sammy and Sammy's friend Dawn, Dawn overhears people saying "they" found a body. Dawn drags the girls to the scene of the crime, an alley outside Mary Ellen's souvenir shop. The body appears to be that of a male tourist who committed suicide. That's what Officer Mike Stanton tells Fran anyway, but Fran's instincts say otherwise. Who would buy a bag full of souvenirs before taking their own life? That doesn't make sense. Fran decides to "help" the police by doing a little snooping. This is another great mystery in the series. I did figure out who did it because it is a novel with a limited cast of characters and several well-placed plot points and clues. You can always say "dun dun dun" when a clue is dropped but it doesn't take away from my enjoyment. There was a little less coffee shop in this one though. The recipes include margaritas and marzipan, neither of which I am interested in. Relationship plot wise Fran and Matt are so cute together. I love their teasing banter and how devoted they BOTH are to Latte. The new cop on the block seems smitten with Sammy and I think she feels the same. They're very sweet. I look forward to seeing this relationship develop. I can't comment on new characters because one is obviously a killer. Sammy's friend Dawn is introduced in this book and I kind of hoped she was a murderer because I can not stand her. She is too harsh, judgemental and outspoken. Dawn lacks tact and sympathy, unlike Fran. I don't know why Sammy is friends with her except Sammy is too nice. We also get to know Mary Ellen better but I wish Fran had followed up on what she learned about Mary Ellen in the first book but each of these stories is a stand alone plot. I can't wait to read the next one. I probably won't have time to do that this summer but maybe over winter break.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    I thought this was the best book of the series so far. The entire plot was logical and well thought out (view spoiler)[Fran was very logical about here making a case and even though she came to the wrong conclusion it made sense, also it was pointed out early on that she'd been taking the kickboxing class so it also made sense that she might be able to overpower her opponent (hide spoiler)] The best thing about the series are the characters and more locals were introduced in this book so hopefu I thought this was the best book of the series so far. The entire plot was logical and well thought out (view spoiler)[Fran was very logical about here making a case and even though she came to the wrong conclusion it made sense, also it was pointed out early on that she'd been taking the kickboxing class so it also made sense that she might be able to overpower her opponent (hide spoiler)] The best thing about the series are the characters and more locals were introduced in this book so hopefully they'll continue in future books. The worst thing about the book is how short they are, they only take a few hours to read and they would be better with more details and more interactions between the characters. Worth the money if you can get it on sale for $.99

  4. 4 out of 5

    Akko

    I love this series...especially Latte :D

  5. 5 out of 5

    Somia

    99p on Amazon 20th May 2019

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    This series is a little bit Scooby Doo, a little bit summer beach read, a little bit Food Network. It's becoming quite an enjoyable series, even if it can be a little predictable. Matt and Fran are an adorable couple (seriously, Matt is #husbandgoals) and I love how we're learning more about other characters in the series (Mike, Sam, Dawn). Fran is a little bit of a nosy neighbor, but as the MC, she can pull it off as just one of her lovely quirks. This series is a little bit Scooby Doo, a little bit summer beach read, a little bit Food Network. It's becoming quite an enjoyable series, even if it can be a little predictable. Matt and Fran are an adorable couple (seriously, Matt is #husbandgoals) and I love how we're learning more about other characters in the series (Mike, Sam, Dawn). Fran is a little bit of a nosy neighbor, but as the MC, she can pull it off as just one of her lovely quirks.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    3 stars. Not my favorite of the series but it was still really fun. Fran was a bit more judgmental and pushy in this one which felt a bit out of character for her to me. The mystery was still fun though the reveal was a bit lackluster. I did really like the little development of Fran and her relationship with Matty, they had some really cute interactions. Overall, while not the best I wouldn't say it was terrible. It's really hard to dislike these books. 3 stars. Not my favorite of the series but it was still really fun. Fran was a bit more judgmental and pushy in this one which felt a bit out of character for her to me. The mystery was still fun though the reveal was a bit lackluster. I did really like the little development of Fran and her relationship with Matty, they had some really cute interactions. Overall, while not the best I wouldn't say it was terrible. It's really hard to dislike these books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This was definitely and entertaining, fairly mindless read that was as predictable as ever. My biggest gripe with this whole thing was that Fran seemed very anti-youth the whole time, and a bit haughty at times despite the author clearly trying to make it seem like she's just this sweet, fairly innocent person. That type of persona does get to be a bit exhausting after a while and, in my opinion, is very unrealistic, especially if she was supposed to have lived in New York city for years. Regardl This was definitely and entertaining, fairly mindless read that was as predictable as ever. My biggest gripe with this whole thing was that Fran seemed very anti-youth the whole time, and a bit haughty at times despite the author clearly trying to make it seem like she's just this sweet, fairly innocent person. That type of persona does get to be a bit exhausting after a while and, in my opinion, is very unrealistic, especially if she was supposed to have lived in New York city for years. Regardless, still an entertaining read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Another enjoyable installment in the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery series. If you enjoy a cozy mysteries series, this is a good, quick one. While I like the character of Fran, I still get annoyed with how she inserts herself into the mysteries, but then says how it was not her fault, she was pulled in. Just own it, don't blame others. Another enjoyable installment in the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery series. If you enjoy a cozy mysteries series, this is a good, quick one. While I like the character of Fran, I still get annoyed with how she inserts herself into the mysteries, but then says how it was not her fault, she was pulled in. Just own it, don't blame others.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carmel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This 3rd book of the Cape Bay Café Mysteries is a standard, but still very good, cosy mystery. If you're looking for an easy read that follows an amateur investigation and a cute dog, this is for you. I found this book more enjoyable than Book #2. Fran, the main character, seemed to have matured a great deal, and none of the romantic storylines were overdone. Overall, the book was great, though the ending rushed. I wasn't planning on finishing this series, but I'm thinking now I need to! Note: th This 3rd book of the Cape Bay Café Mysteries is a standard, but still very good, cosy mystery. If you're looking for an easy read that follows an amateur investigation and a cute dog, this is for you. I found this book more enjoyable than Book #2. Fran, the main character, seemed to have matured a great deal, and none of the romantic storylines were overdone. Overall, the book was great, though the ending rushed. I wasn't planning on finishing this series, but I'm thinking now I need to! Note: the book does discuss drug abuse, but not in detail.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Hyland

    There's been yet another death in quiet Cape Bay, but this one is ruled a suicide by local cop Mike Stanton, Fran's high school friend who is getting increasingly frustrated with her insistence on getting involved with his cases. Fran ignores Mike's orders to stay out of it, convinced that the victim did not commit suicide -- who buys souvenirs and then kills themselves? she reasons -- and uncovers various secrets around town, endangering herself in the process. She gets it all wrong for a while, There's been yet another death in quiet Cape Bay, but this one is ruled a suicide by local cop Mike Stanton, Fran's high school friend who is getting increasingly frustrated with her insistence on getting involved with his cases. Fran ignores Mike's orders to stay out of it, convinced that the victim did not commit suicide -- who buys souvenirs and then kills themselves? she reasons -- and uncovers various secrets around town, endangering herself in the process. She gets it all wrong for a while, but comes to figure it all out in the end. The dude was murdered! Poor Mike.  

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy Hardwick

    Following characters through different stories is fun Fran really does have a sixth sense or just good instincts as she follows through on her curiosity about possible murders...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder is the third book in A Cape Bay Mystery series by Harper Lin. Francesca “Fran” Amaro is thirty-four years old and runs Antonia’s Italian Café (which was started by her family). Fran is enjoying a night out with Sammy (Samantha Eriksen) and Dawn. Sammy just broke up with her boyfriend of ten years (he was a mama’s boy who would not commit). They are enjoying margaritas when they hear about a dead body by Mary Ellen’s Souvenirs and Gifts. They decide to comfort Mar Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder is the third book in A Cape Bay Mystery series by Harper Lin. Francesca “Fran” Amaro is thirty-four years old and runs Antonia’s Italian Café (which was started by her family). Fran is enjoying a night out with Sammy (Samantha Eriksen) and Dawn. Sammy just broke up with her boyfriend of ten years (he was a mama’s boy who would not commit). They are enjoying margaritas when they hear about a dead body by Mary Ellen’s Souvenirs and Gifts. They decide to comfort Mary Ellen and maybe check things out along the way. The deceased is Abraham Casey who is a pharmacist from Boston. He booked a room at the bed and breakfast three months in advance. Why was he in town and who wanted him dead? Fran cannot help but look into the matter. Detective Mike Stanton tries to stop Fran, but Fran is unstoppable wants she sets her mind on something. Will Fran be able to find the killer before the killer finds Fran? Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder is a cute cozy mystery novel. I just wish the author had provided a few more clues to help solve the mystery (so we can follow the bread crumbs). The mystery was easy to solve (actually I thought it was obvious), but I like following the clues throughout the story to solve a mystery. The writing is good in the book and I enjoy the characters. Fran can be a little clueless at times, but she is overall a good person. I give Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder 4 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder from the author in exchange for an honest review. http://bibliophileandavidreader.blogs...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder is the third book of the series, and the best one so far. Franny still has her propensity towards nosiness when it comes to sudden death in her small town. This time it is a suicide that bugs her until she starts to ask questions just to satisfy her curiosity. Fortunately Matty isn't upset by this, although he doesn't offer much help. In this book we learn more about Sammy, Fran's long term employee instead of the usual Sammy worked, she left work, she was a won Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder is the third book of the series, and the best one so far. Franny still has her propensity towards nosiness when it comes to sudden death in her small town. This time it is a suicide that bugs her until she starts to ask questions just to satisfy her curiosity. Fortunately Matty isn't upset by this, although he doesn't offer much help. In this book we learn more about Sammy, Fran's long term employee instead of the usual Sammy worked, she left work, she was a wonderful employee, etc. Even Sammy's eye rolling friend Dawn helped smooth the transition between Fran's questions and getting to talk to the right person. I liked the way Ms Lin used connections in this book to help facilitate Fran's information gathering. It seemed less forced than in previous books. It was also nice to see that the police detective actually listened to Fran and begrudgingly admitted she provided valuable help! I think it is always nice to read a series in order so you know characters and references made in each book, it provides a richer reading experience. If you decide to jump in and start with this one, Ms Lin has made it very easy to enjoy with the minimal explanations included. Not being from the New England sea coast, I can't judge for authenticity, however I can tell you this was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barbara M

    This is book #3 in the Cape Bay Cafe mystery series by Harper Lin. You do not have to read them in order, but I recommend that you do. Once again, the book is set in a small town. The main character, Francesca, runs a coffee shop in town but also likes to delve into solving crime in her community and she's often better than the cops at it! Francesca is a charming character who grew up in the town and is curious. She knows everyone who lives there and meets visitors who come into her coffee shop. This is book #3 in the Cape Bay Cafe mystery series by Harper Lin. You do not have to read them in order, but I recommend that you do. Once again, the book is set in a small town. The main character, Francesca, runs a coffee shop in town but also likes to delve into solving crime in her community and she's often better than the cops at it! Francesca is a charming character who grew up in the town and is curious. She knows everyone who lives there and meets visitors who come into her coffee shop. It gives her access to a lot of information! The only thing I didn't care for in this series is that the author repeats a lot of information. This was clearly done with the reader in mind who did not read the books in order and designed so that they will not miss the story line. I read them all in about a week so I found it repetitive to keep being reminded of what happened in previous books. Someone reading them out of sequence and/or who took long breaks in-between books may not find it as repetitive as I did. I look forward to reading book #4 in this series which is not out yet. I recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. It's not a complex mystery. It's good for times when you just want something quick and light and easy to read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    Francesca Amaro can't help getting into the middle of another murder when she figures out it was murder and everyone else thought it was suicide. How would go shopping right before committing suicide.  After a night out with the girls it ends up in finding a dead body in the alley behind Mary Ellen's Souvenir shop and she finds out later that the man bought gifts from there and that he also bought some marzipan. Francesca knows for sure you don't by candy if your not meaning to eat it so with the Francesca Amaro can't help getting into the middle of another murder when she figures out it was murder and everyone else thought it was suicide. How would go shopping right before committing suicide.  After a night out with the girls it ends up in finding a dead body in the alley behind Mary Ellen's Souvenir shop and she finds out later that the man bought gifts from there and that he also bought some marzipan. Francesca knows for sure you don't by candy if your not meaning to eat it so with the help of her boyfriend she does a little sleuthing even though the police detective wants her to stay out of it. Mike also knows that she is a good sleuth and so it's hard to get to made when she helps him solve the case. I like Francesca she seems like a lot of fun. She works hard making good coffee and even learned how to make good tea (previous book) and she loves her little shop. It has a lot of good secondary characters and I like her boyfriend Matt.   The mystery was really good too which I think is good since it was a short listen. I have really enjoyed listening to this series and short books are nice in between long ones. :) And who doesn't like a coffee theme!! I think any cozy reader would enjoy this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Penny Marks

    I love this series. It just keeps getting better and better. You won't be able to put it down. The sleepy little town of Cape Bay grows on you from the first chapter. The characters make you feel like they could be your neighbors. Dawn and Fran take Sammy out for a girls night to help her get over her break up with long time boyfriend, Jared. Little did they know they would end the night looking at a dead body in an alley next to Mary Ellen's shop down the boardwalk. The best way I can describe I love this series. It just keeps getting better and better. You won't be able to put it down. The sleepy little town of Cape Bay grows on you from the first chapter. The characters make you feel like they could be your neighbors. Dawn and Fran take Sammy out for a girls night to help her get over her break up with long time boyfriend, Jared. Little did they know they would end the night looking at a dead body in an alley next to Mary Ellen's shop down the boardwalk. The best way I can describe Fran is a new age Nancy Drew. She finds a clue and runs with it much to the dismay of detective Mike Stanton. She begins to investigate because she has a feeling that it may not be as easy as just a suicide. With the help of her boyfriend Matt they find out the name of the person in the alley. What would a seemingly innocent family man/Pharmacist be doing in Cape Bay without his family? Who would want to kill him and why? This latest adventure finds that not everything is as it seems in Cape Bay and you should be afraid of the shadows. This is a must read clean mystery that will have you wondering and shocked at the end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lundy

    This is one of the most charming and nicest cozy mysteries I have read in a long time. The story is easy to follow but also has just the right amount of intrigue to keep you interested and guessing. If you have read any of the previous books in this series you will really enjoy this one. The book begins with a mysterious death in one of the Cape Bay city alleys. The death is originally deemed to be a suicide but soon turns into a murder investigation. Francesca tries to figure out the identity o This is one of the most charming and nicest cozy mysteries I have read in a long time. The story is easy to follow but also has just the right amount of intrigue to keep you interested and guessing. If you have read any of the previous books in this series you will really enjoy this one. The book begins with a mysterious death in one of the Cape Bay city alleys. The death is originally deemed to be a suicide but soon turns into a murder investigation. Francesca tries to figure out the identity of the deceased, determine the reason for the murder as well as who the murderer is - all without interfering in an inquiry being conducted by the lead investigator, Mike, of the Cape Bay PD. The mystery slowly evolves throughout the book with a surprise twist at the end. I also love that there is a very sweet romance unfolding between Francesca and Matt throughout this cozy mystery series. This is a pleasant read and a wonderful book to curl up with and read at any time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Valentina Markasović

    I was given a free copy of this book because I'm on the author's review crew. Thank you! I'm a bit late with this review and I have no valid excuse. But at least now I already have a sequel ready to be read! So there's that... Anyway, this is the third book in the Cape Bay cozy mystery series. Like the rest of them, it was a fun and quick read. Francesca is a great protagonist, a woman in her thirties who knows how to stand up for herself, knows how to pick herself and dust herself off and has now I was given a free copy of this book because I'm on the author's review crew. Thank you! I'm a bit late with this review and I have no valid excuse. But at least now I already have a sequel ready to be read! So there's that... Anyway, this is the third book in the Cape Bay cozy mystery series. Like the rest of them, it was a fun and quick read. Francesca is a great protagonist, a woman in her thirties who knows how to stand up for herself, knows how to pick herself and dust herself off and has now even taken up kickboxing, which proves to be quite useful. Another character I was particularly fond of was Samantha (although I don't like her childish nickname Sammy - Franny, Matty, Sammy, Mikey ...honestly, they all sound like five-year-olds. The mystery in this one was quite good. There are, of course, some plot conveniences, but it still makes you think and it's not guaranteed you'd be able to crack the mystery. All in all, can't wait to start the next book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    I seriously didn’t intend to read this series out of order, but the margaritas fit the Bingo weekly theme, so I did. There were a few references to previous books (which I do plan to read) but I had no trouble following the story or characters (other than Mike’s continual irritation at Fran). The book was an easy, fast-paced read that I enjoyed very much. I like Fran a lot, although I wouldn’t want to work for her since she doesn’t seem to be in the shop all that much, and love the relationship I seriously didn’t intend to read this series out of order, but the margaritas fit the Bingo weekly theme, so I did. There were a few references to previous books (which I do plan to read) but I had no trouble following the story or characters (other than Mike’s continual irritation at Fran). The book was an easy, fast-paced read that I enjoyed very much. I like Fran a lot, although I wouldn’t want to work for her since she doesn’t seem to be in the shop all that much, and love the relationship between her and Matt. The setting was comfortable, and the supporting characters came across as folks you would want to be around. The plot moves smoothly and quickly so I didn’t feel bogged down in irrelevancy and over-the-top description that tends to distract me from the story. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and any more to come.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    A suspected suicide is found outside of the souvenir shop in Cape Bay. Fran keeps thinking about it and realizes it is not a suicide but murder. Disregarding the police's order to not investigate, Fran does just that. With her information can the police solve the crime? This started a little slow and confusing. I had to reread the beginning to understand it. The story picks up as Fran starts investigating. She has a logical mind and can see what the police have overlooked. The mystery was good a A suspected suicide is found outside of the souvenir shop in Cape Bay. Fran keeps thinking about it and realizes it is not a suicide but murder. Disregarding the police's order to not investigate, Fran does just that. With her information can the police solve the crime? This started a little slow and confusing. I had to reread the beginning to understand it. The story picks up as Fran starts investigating. She has a logical mind and can see what the police have overlooked. The mystery was good and how Fran pieced it together was interesting. I like these characters and look forward to reading more of them in the next book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    E

    Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder is the third book in the Cape Bay Mystery series by Harper Lin. I recommend buying all three books at once!! The main character Fran comes back home to run an Italian Cafe that was started by her family years ago. In this book, Fran is having a girls night out with Sammy and Dawn to celebrate Sammy's breakup. While at the restaurant they overhear that there has been a death at one of the nearby businesses. They decide to check things out. The police think it's suic Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder is the third book in the Cape Bay Mystery series by Harper Lin. I recommend buying all three books at once!! The main character Fran comes back home to run an Italian Cafe that was started by her family years ago. In this book, Fran is having a girls night out with Sammy and Dawn to celebrate Sammy's breakup. While at the restaurant they overhear that there has been a death at one of the nearby businesses. They decide to check things out. The police think it's suicide, Fran thinks differently and decides to check things out. Join Fran and friends as they help the police to solve another mystery.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is the third book in the Cape Bay Cafe Series. A body is found in the alley and the death is originally deemed to be a suicide but soon turns into a murder investigation. Francesca tries to figure out the identity of the deceased, determine the reason for the murder as well as who the murderer is - all without interfering in an inquiry being conducted by the lead investigator, Mike, of the Cape Bay PD. You will not figure out the what happens until the end! I received an advanced copy from t This is the third book in the Cape Bay Cafe Series. A body is found in the alley and the death is originally deemed to be a suicide but soon turns into a murder investigation. Francesca tries to figure out the identity of the deceased, determine the reason for the murder as well as who the murderer is - all without interfering in an inquiry being conducted by the lead investigator, Mike, of the Cape Bay PD. You will not figure out the what happens until the end! I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    This is my favorite in the series, so far! . The story quickly grabbed my attention and kept me turning the pages, Before I realized it, I reached the end. This is a light-hearted story with likable characters, interesting characters. I was completely surprised by "whodunit." I can't wait to read more about these characters, I really enjoy these books! I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is my favorite in the series, so far! . The story quickly grabbed my attention and kept me turning the pages, Before I realized it, I reached the end. This is a light-hearted story with likable characters, interesting characters. I was completely surprised by "whodunit." I can't wait to read more about these characters, I really enjoy these books! I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Borsey

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I have read all the books in this series and have enjoyed them all. You don't have to read them in order which is nice however, the other rwo books in the series showed Fran enjoying her café a bit more than she does in this book. These stories are fun and very easy to get into. I look forward to more books in this series! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I have read all the books in this series and have enjoyed them all. You don't have to read them in order which is nice however, the other rwo books in the series showed Fran enjoying her café a bit more than she does in this book. These stories are fun and very easy to get into. I look forward to more books in this series!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Another episode of the Cape Bay Cafe cozy mysteries. Francesca Amaro cannot contain her curiosity when a man is found dead in the alley next to her friend, Mary Ellen's shop in the beach town of Cape Bay, Massachusetts. Even though Police Lt. Mike tells Fran to stay out of his investigation, she begins by talking to Mary Ellen the next day. Fran is able to unravel the puzzle piece by piece. But as usual, we are surprised by the results. Always look forward to Harper's next book. Another episode of the Cape Bay Cafe cozy mysteries. Francesca Amaro cannot contain her curiosity when a man is found dead in the alley next to her friend, Mary Ellen's shop in the beach town of Cape Bay, Massachusetts. Even though Police Lt. Mike tells Fran to stay out of his investigation, she begins by talking to Mary Ellen the next day. Fran is able to unravel the puzzle piece by piece. But as usual, we are surprised by the results. Always look forward to Harper's next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Riley

    I really enjoy this series. Fran is out with friends when someone is found dead in the alley. Fran cant't help it but works on solving the murder herself and gets herself in a bind. Like the developing relationship between an old school friend Matt and Fran. The author keeps you guessing till the end. A great cozy mystery to read!! I really enjoy this series. Fran is out with friends when someone is found dead in the alley. Fran cant't help it but works on solving the murder herself and gets herself in a bind. Like the developing relationship between an old school friend Matt and Fran. The author keeps you guessing till the end. A great cozy mystery to read!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tap Twentyonesixteen

    I got quite cozy with this mystery. I enjoy trying to figure out the killer and the blooming romance of Fran & Matt, although it is moving a bit too slow. Overall, I enjoyed Margaritas and look forward to the next Fran pseudo investigation. “I received an advance review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.”

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    Another fun mystery read from Harper Lin. I like the hint of a romance. I liked that did not anticipate the ending. That always makes a murder story worth the read. From the title we can tell what is going on with the shop and her life. I thought this was a fun read. I did receive this book in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    eloise vellucci

    Light and fun I like to read something light between more serious books. Harper Lin's Cape Bay mysteries are light, fast moving and short. This book demonstrated Francesca's deductive reasoning ,and quick mind realistically . The supporting characters are likable and charming.A light entertaining read. Light and fun I like to read something light between more serious books. Harper Lin's Cape Bay mysteries are light, fast moving and short. This book demonstrated Francesca's deductive reasoning ,and quick mind realistically . The supporting characters are likable and charming.A light entertaining read.

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