First in a New Series! Print edition only available at Barnes & Noble
A Cape Cod shop owner and her book club must find a crafty killer in this charming new series from the Agatha-nominated author of the Country Store Mystery series.
Summer is busy season for Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida’s bicycle shop, nestled in the quaint, seaside hamlet of Westham, Massachusetts. She’s expecting an influx of tourists at Mac’s Bikes; instead she discovers the body of Jake Lacey. Mac can’t imagine anyone stabbing the down-on-his-luck handyman. However, the authorities seem to think Mac is a strong suspect after she was spotted arguing with Jake just hours before his death. Mac knows she didn’t do it, but she does recognize the weapon—her brother Derrick’s fishing knife.
Mac’s only experience with murder investigations is limited to the cozy mysteries she reads with her local book group, the Cozy Capers. So to clear her name—and maybe her brother’s too—Mac will have to summon help from her Cozy Capers co-investigators and a library’s worth of detectives’ tips and tricks. For a small town, Westham is teeming with possible killers, and this is one mystery where Mac is hoping for anything but a surprise ending…
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha-nominated and Amazon-bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction, which has appeared in a number of juried anthologies. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts, where she's currently working on her next Country Store mystery when she isn't cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love this first book in Maddie Day's new series A Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery. The characters are engaging - especially Belle - and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested until the very end. Add all that to the Cape Cod setting, and you have a series that I hope will be around for a long time.
A new series by author Maddie Day? You couldn’t keep me away. The new series featuring a book group of cozy mystery readers? Nirvana! I thoroughly enjoyed this first book on the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. It’s always fun being introduced to a set of new characters and locations. Protagonist, Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida, is a likeable lead. I adore her parrot, Belle. Their scenes are a lot of fun. The other characters in this series are an eclectic group that made for interesting reading. I would love to be a member of a book group like the Cozy Capers, since cozies are my go-to read. It was fun to hear the titles of other cozy mysteries mentioned in this book. The whodunit in this story is sensational. It starts off fast and strong in chapter one, and just kept building momentum until the very last page. With many possible murder suspects, it was a real challenge trying to figure out the killer. I never did. When I read the reveal, I was stunned. I never would have come to that conclusion. Well done, Ms. Day. I was completely blindsided! Add to all the above, wonderful recipes and short chapters (What? I love short chapters), and MURDER ON CAPE COD is a cozy you need to read.
What an exciting and delightful first in series by Maddie Day! I enjoyed every minute of meeting MacKenzie "Mac" Almeida, owner of a bike shop that does rentals, repairs, and sales of accessories and clothing for the modern bicyclist. Mac has returned to Cape Cod after several years away - working in Boston, then in the Peace Corp, and another year touring, mostly south of the equator. Her brother, Derrick, and his four year old daughter Coquille "Cokey" returned shortly thereafter. Derrick works for Mac on the sales and rental side, and a woman named Orlean does repairs. Mac can fill in either position as needed. The Cozy Capers Book Group meets weekly in the lighthouse where Derrick is a caretaker, an. d this week is no different, despite the heavy fog rolling in. Just outside of her yard, Mac tripped over something she didn't see in the fog. A body. Jake Lacey was dead, and Mac had a small disagreement with him at the soup kitchen, where she volunteered, just hours earlier. Jake had claimed that he was coming into some easy money that evening, but nobody seemed to know what was up with the down on his luck handiman. They parted without animosity, but you know how small town people talk. The book club wants to see if they can solve the mystery, but Mac isn't interested. She wants to run her business and spend time with her family and Tim, her boyfriend. Even though her brother seems to have gone missing, not even going to work. Even though Orlean was late without warning. Derrick has secrets that he isn't willing to share, and the dragon has come back to torment him again. Their father isn't willing to divulge Derrick's secrets, so she will await Derrick's return. In the meantime, Mac and one of her close friends was almost run over by a cyclist on the path they normally walk every morning. She is trying to stay the least involved, but seems to be the target of whoever killed Jake. There are strangers in town who seem to have known him - a young woman who has looked weepy since he died, a businessman from Providence. Mac just happens to be at the right place at the right time to learn more about Jake. I really enjoyed this very well-written mystery! It is a beautiful start to the series. From the suspense and 3-D characters to the fear from threats and...threats to the amazing descriptions of birds, birdsongs, flora and fauna, it is a perfect read for the discerning cozy mystery reader. I like Mac and probably her father or brother the best. Or all three. The wisdom and grace with which the author writes about Derrick and his challenges are so much appreciated by this reader, especially the dragon. I did not know who the bad guy/ gal might be, had briefly but not seriously considered the person as I couldn't think of a good motive (who says motives have to be good?). I highly recommend this fabulous first in series; this is a series worth following!
Macenzie "Mac" Almeida has returned to Westham, Massachusetts, after several years away, and she is settling back into the town where she grew up. She's enjoying time with her family, her bike shop is thriving, and she enjoys her weekly meetings with the Cozy Capers, a book club that reads exclusively cozy mysteries. Returning from their meeting one night, Mac stumbles over the dead body of Jake Lacey. Jake didn't have the best reputation in town, and Mac had her own disagreement with the man over a repair he had been hired to do for her. Worse yet, she recognizes the knife as one her brother owns. With the rest of the Cozy Capers jumping in to try to help solve the crime, will they succeed? Ever since this series has been announced, I've been looking forward to it, and the debut didn't disappoint. I always love vacation destination settings, and this one is fun; now I want to visit Cape Cod. Plus, what cozy mystery fan isn't going to want to read about a club that loves the same sub-genre we do? We are introduced to a large selection of series regulars here, and it took some work to keep them all straight, but I'm sure that will get easier as the series goes along and the various supporting characters get enough page time. The suspects don't have the same issue, and it is easy to remember their motives. There are several secrets and potential motives for murder, but by the time Mac figures things out, everything is clear to us and her. While this isn't a traditional culinary cozy, Mac's boyfriend owns a bakery in town, and we get several recipes at the end of the book.
MURDER ON CAPE COD is the first book in the brand new Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery series by Maddie Day. This delightful book introduces us to protagonist MacKenzie “Mac” Almeida, owner of Mac’s Bikes, which caters to tourists visiting the quaint town. I admire Mac for being super handy and she not only runs her business but also does the bike repairs herself. I also enjoy the way the author portrays women succeeding in traditionally male-dominated roles in this new book. Ms. Day has created a great cast of supporting, loveable characters for Mac. I adore her grandmother, who is ready to jump in and help Mac out, despite having a busy life. She has supportive parents and her brother, Derrick, is a single dad raising his young daughter. It’s heartwarming to see the family pull together to raise the darling little girl. Another character that steals the pages she is featured on, is Mac’s African Grey Parrot. The bird’s amazing vocabulary brings humor in each scene. When Derrick is accused of murdering a down-on-his-luck man, Mac and her cozy mystery book club comes together to help clear his name. I loved that one of the club’s members is the town’s former Chief of Police. While he doesn’t solve the crime, he does provide some guidance for the amateurs. It’s entertaining how the group relies on tips and tricks they’ve gleaned from cozy mysteries in order to investigate and follow along as they hunt for the killer. The author provide lots of books and author mentions on the pages and I found it a great way to add to my TBR list. Like a good cozy mystery, the author provides plenty of suspects that must be scrutinized and there are some emotional subplots that add to the depth of the story. The exciting conclusion brought all the threads together for an entirely satisfactory read! I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.