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

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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.


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.


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.


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.