Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery, #2)

Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery, #2)

by Harper Lin

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From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: a culinary cozy mystery series with recipes set in a charming beach town!

When Francesca's old high school crush, Todd, is accused of murder, she is convinced he is innocent. The police don't believe Todd's story, and neither does Matty. 

During the busy summer tourist season at Cape Bay, Francesca sets out to prove Todd's innocence. Matty, however, investigates to prove Todd is guilty. Why does Matty detest Todd so much? But what if he's right—what if Todd is a murderer?

Includes two special recipes!

This is Book 2 in The Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries. 

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152276817
Publisher: Harper Lin Books
Publication date: 09/17/2015
Series: Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Series , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 42,333
File size: 389 KB

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Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery, #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice relaxing read, well plotted, and likable characters. I enjoyed the first book in the series and was pleased to see the continued development of the characters and their interrelationships. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Reiview: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Last month, just as Francesca returned to her old hometown, she was helpful in solving the murder of her best friend Matty’s father. Now, just as she’s thinking that things will return to normal and she can focus on expanding her café’s menu to add tea and tiramisu to the menu – something she’s wanted to experiment with since taking over the shop. But, not all is smooth. She’s still got a great relationship with Matty, but when her high school crush and manager/owner of the gym is accused of murdering the victim found in his facility, she’s determined to help prove that he, Doug, is not the murderer. Much to Matty’s disbelief and poorly concealed jealousy. Not a fast moving or action packed read, this is a story that feels more like the character-driven stories from the old BBC productions: heavy on the characters and side stories, dropping small clues along the way as they wait to be picked up. Still, this format and feel lends itself perfectly to the story and keeps readers engaged. More of a lighter feel, like the first book, the formula and plotting help to slightly downplay Franny’s more annoying moments where she again is more a creature driven by the mood of the moment, her self-deprecating humor is still in place, but she isn’t one to tread carefully into any situation, despite her apparent lack of focus. She does show backbone and strength, and above all, a loyalty to her own convictions and beliefs, all in favor of Doug’s innocence despite Matty’s challenges. There are wonderful moments of small town atmosphere woven throughout, allowing the place to come forward and highlight different secondary characters in their natural state, good and bad. Narration is again provided by Marguerite Gavin and she manages to capture Franny’s attitude and moods confidently, bringing moments of confusion and self-doubt to the fore when required without over-reaching for either emotion or tone. Each character again was presented clearly and consistently: you know who is speaking and where they ‘fit in’ to the story by their tempo and tenor, and the variation in patois, accents, phrasing and emphasis keep the reader engaged and intrigued. While it’s not required that you read this series in order, if you are a fan of lighter, easy to solve mysteries with plenty of local flavor, food and drink references and want the occasional recipe for something new and different – this is the series for you. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
PamMcC More than 1 year ago
It’s like going back in time for Francesca and Matt as they try to find the suspects in a murder of Joe who went to their high school. One suspect is the owner of the gym, former jock, Todd, who Fran had a crush on back then. Matt is of the opinion that Todd has never changed from his arrogant ways and could have done the deed. Fran thinks he’s innocent. As the two try their hand at investigation, they find out what Joe (the victim) was up to that would make him a target. The Café is still going strong, and Fran and Sami try out new things for their customers including one southern gentleman who can’t get enough of their customer service, drinks, and goodies. Who is he and why does he not quite seem the tourist? It’s fun to follow the stuttering romance between Fran and Matt. The author, Harper Lin, once again gives us a crash course in finding suspects at the last moment which makes this second book in the series as interesting as the first and wants us to move to the next one. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Marguerite Gavin who really makes listening to this audio book a pleasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly enjoy the world of Cape Bay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad the next book says which book it is in the series. I like to read them in order. The story lines and the characters make great reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read -- not too heavy, but a good mystery nonetheless!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but should have had confrontation with killer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Franny and Matty are at odds about who the murderer is. Franny continues looking for clues to prove Todd isn't guilty. Matty not sure because he never liked Todd in High School years ago. Will they find out who did it? Interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it okay. Someone found stabbed outside of a gym. Fran decides to help the police solve it (unaware)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and easy read
FionaST More than 1 year ago
Harper Lin once again brings us a story with extremely likable characters. Franny & Matt are old high school buddies who find themselves back together many years later. They dance around defining their relationship as the story unfolds. When a man is murdered Franny steps forward to try to prove the innocence of Todd, an old acquaintance from high school, who has become a person of interest. Harper Lin's books are endearing & always fun to read. This is a wonderful cozy mystery!
Dude1993 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this wonderful cozy mystery series. I found just the right blend of intrigue and mystery surrounding this murder. Francesca and Matteo are again caught up in helping to solve the murder of a young man in order to try and clear their friend Doug of murder charges. I like the way the author blended the characters in this novel. If you are looking for a cozy mystery to read then you will surely love this one - I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I couldn't figure out the ending so I was happily surprised at how Francesca put things together to solve it. There was also a surprise happy romantic beginning.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
The second offering in the Cape Bay Mysteries series continues the story of Francesca, Matteo, and Antonia's Italian Café. There is now a second murder and a reunion with Francesca's high school crush, Todd Caruthers. I enjoyed this story. Matty seems to be jealous of Todd but we are not told why. Seems he likes Franny more than he says or acts upon. As sure as Franny is that Todd is innocent, Matty is not so sure. Can it be the insecurities and jealousies of high school are rearing their ugly heads? I had fun watching Matty counter every argument Franny comes up with on Todd's innocence. Franny is also playing with adding tea to the menu. I liked her experimentation and methodical eye to detail where on coffee, tea, or murder. I like how she is right in the middle of it all. This time though she manages not to anger Mike. The mystery was good. I was totally wrong about who the murderer was until Franny figured it out and explained it to Matty. I'll never be a detective. I look forward to more lattes, caffes, and teas as this series continues.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Tea, Tiramisu and Tough Guys by Harper Lin is a fun cozy mystery to read. It is the second book in the Cape Bay Care Mysteries. Francesca “Fran” Amaro owns Antonia’s Italian Café. She serves all types of coffees and some sweet treats. Thanks to a British customer, Fran is exploring adding tea drinks to the menu. Fran and Matt Cardosi have been spending more time together since Fran solved the murder of Matt’s father. Matt and Fran grew up together and are now neighbors. They are also exploring have a closer relationship (as a couple). Things are going along smoothly when the local gossip tells them that Joe Davis has been stabbed to death in the parking lot of Todd’s Gym. Joe is a few years younger than Fran, but her second in command, Sammy grew up with Joe. Turns out that the owner of Todd’s Gym was the guy Fran had a crush on in high school. His name is Todd Caruthers (typical sports jock). Fran decides to investigate the murder (she cannot help herself) despite warnings from Mike, the local police detective. Todd turns out to be the main suspect, but Fran is sure he is innocent (based on two conversations). Matt tries to show Fran that Todd could be guilty based on the facts. This case puts Matt and Fran at odds with each other (I think Matt is jealous of Todd). Who really killed Joe Davis? Can Fran solve the case? What will happen to the budding relationship between Matt and Fran? You will have to read Tea, Tiramisu and Tough Guys to find out! I found this to be an enjoyable novel to read. It provided many laughs for me. I give Tea, Tiramisu and Tough Guys 4.25 out of 5 stars. My one problem is the person who committed the crime was not introduced until late in the book (and then it is obvious he committed the crime). My favorite part of a cozy mystery is solving the murder and I did not get the opportunity with this book. This book can easily be read without reading the first book in the series (I did). I received a complimentary copy of Tea, Tiramisu and Tough Guys from the author in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
NitaneeLyon More than 1 year ago
Amwell crafted mystery for us armchair sleuths with a small town feel and the trials that go with living in one. Looking forward to number 3.