What I’m Reading: Harper Lin’s Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse

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A LIFELONG LOVE OF THE COZY

Reading – along with writing, of course – is one of my favorite things to do. And I’ve always enjoyed a good cozy mystery. I started reading them at the age of about 9 or 10 years old when my grandmother introduced me to Agatha Christie. This has been one of my favorite genres ever since.

When I decided, not long ago, that I was going to try to write my own cozy mystery series, the Books and Beads Mysteries, I thought it would be a good idea to read some other books in the genre. I’m not aiming to copy them. I just wanted to read some for inspiration – to help me start thinking in terms of that particular style again. This represents a genre hop, of sorts, for me, and I want to make sure I do a good job with it. Harper Lin’s Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse was the first book I found and downloaded as part of this endeavor.

PLUS A FREE KINDLE COZY MYSTERY

cozy mysteriesThis is the first installment of the Cape Bay Cafe mystery series. As of this writing, the Kindle version is free to download from Amazon. I found it a couple of weeks ago in a search for free cozy mysteries on Kindle, and it’s still free today. It seems that Harper Lin has generously decided to offer this as a permafree book.

EQUALS A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

This book did not disappoint me. It has everything a good cozy mystery should have – a crime, with not a lot of gore or violence; a spunky heroine who decides she alone has to be responsible for solving the crime; a small-town setting with colorful characters; a little bit of romance; and, of course, the satisfactory ending in which the bad guy is caught, and all is put right with the world. All in all, a very satisfying read.

… ALMOST

The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the constant argument Matt got from Francesca whenever he offered to pay for meals on their dates. I mean, they were CONSTANT – and LONG. And it got a little annoying. I guess it was supposed to be sort of a running gag, but I thought it just fell flat. Matt was trying to be a decent guy and treat Francesca right, but she kept arguing with him over it. If she wants a guy who will let her pay for everything and take complete advantage of her, I know of a few I could hook her up with… Let Matt pay, for goodness’ sake!

Note: This is irritation is coming from a woman who always has and always will agree with Blanche Devereaux’s (Golden Girls) sentiment, expressed so beautifully when she was conversing about “modern” (80s/90s) dating with one of her new boyfriends, “I don’t want to be treated as your equal … I want to be treated a lot better than you!”

Still, this book is completely free for Kindle. It’s an excellent read for a rainy Saturday afternoon. I do highly recommend it, and I look forward to reading more from Harper Lin.

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