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Macchiatos, Macarons, and Malice (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Book 9)

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From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: the 9th cozy mystery in the popular Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries. When Fran moves back to her idyllic beach town to take over the family café, she also develops a knack for solving bizarre murders. When Matt whisks Fran away on a romantic spa weekend at the Alford Inn, she’s excited to try French macarons from Jacques de Gaulle, t From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: the 9th cozy mystery in the popular Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries. When Fran moves back to her idyllic beach town to take over the family café, she also develops a knack for solving bizarre murders. When Matt whisks Fran away on a romantic spa weekend at the Alford Inn, she’s excited to try French macarons from Jacques de Gaulle, the inn’s famous in-house baker. But when an off-duty employee is murdered in the spa—during a mud wrap treatment no less—Fran must use the time she could’ve been relaxing to solve another murder case. A friend’s crumbling marriage depends on it!
 Includes macchiato and macaron recipes!


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From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: the 9th cozy mystery in the popular Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries. When Fran moves back to her idyllic beach town to take over the family café, she also develops a knack for solving bizarre murders. When Matt whisks Fran away on a romantic spa weekend at the Alford Inn, she’s excited to try French macarons from Jacques de Gaulle, t From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: the 9th cozy mystery in the popular Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries. When Fran moves back to her idyllic beach town to take over the family café, she also develops a knack for solving bizarre murders. When Matt whisks Fran away on a romantic spa weekend at the Alford Inn, she’s excited to try French macarons from Jacques de Gaulle, the inn’s famous in-house baker. But when an off-duty employee is murdered in the spa—during a mud wrap treatment no less—Fran must use the time she could’ve been relaxing to solve another murder case. A friend’s crumbling marriage depends on it!
 Includes macchiato and macaron recipes!

30 review for Macchiatos, Macarons, and Malice (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Book 9)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dana Cristiana

    3 solid stars for this book. #magicathon #triwizardathon

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Sousa

    Harper Lin’s Cape Bay Café cozy mystery series is one of my favorites, and this ninth installment does not disappoint. Macchiatos, Macarons, and Malice is the best one yet! Francesca Amaro, proprietress of the Cape Bay Café is immersed in budgeting for upcoming business enhancements when her boyfriend, Matt Cardosi suggests a romantic weekend at a luxury spa in the Berkshires. Despite some initial reluctance to leave the café, Fran agrees and is excited, not only to get away, but also to sample t Harper Lin’s Cape Bay Café cozy mystery series is one of my favorites, and this ninth installment does not disappoint. Macchiatos, Macarons, and Malice is the best one yet! Francesca Amaro, proprietress of the Cape Bay Café is immersed in budgeting for upcoming business enhancements when her boyfriend, Matt Cardosi suggests a romantic weekend at a luxury spa in the Berkshires. Despite some initial reluctance to leave the café, Fran agrees and is excited, not only to get away, but also to sample the macarons of Jacques de Gaulle, the Alford Inn’s resident baker. Fran and Matty have barely checked in before Fran hears a familiar voice at the luxurious hotel. Could it be that Mike Stanton, one of Cape Bay’s finest, has also decided to vacation at the Inn? When one of the spa employees is murdered, Fran discovers that Mike is in fact at the Inn with his estranged wife but has no jurisdiction and, for once, cannot hamper her investigation. This book marks a departure from the prior books in the series in several ways. First, Fran and Matt are away from the familiar territory of Cape Bay and find themselves surrounded by people they don’t know whose motivations are unclear. As a result, Fran cannot rely on the natural friendliness of her hometown’s residents to reveal clues but must actively find new (and at times awkward) ways to elicit the information. And, in a dramatic reversal, not only does Mike refrain from impeding Fran’s investigative efforts, he actually encourages her to find the perpetrator. This softer, more vulnerable side of Mike is endearing to both the reader and to Fran, who has extra motivation to solve the crime. Fran’s relationship with Matt, too, takes a step forward, and it is refreshing to see them develop as a couple. Like all the books in the Cape Bay Café series, Macchiatos, Macarons, and Malice, is a delightful mystery, filled with twists, turns, and red herrings that keep you guessing until the end. Although I had my suspicions, I was not certain of the murderer until just before the resolution. I must add that, as this is the most current book in the series, I was sad to reach the end of the novel. I do hope that Ms. Lin plans to continue this charming series, and I am eagerly awaiting a return visit to Cape Bay.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    I really liked the ending of the book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    I really like this series. It is nice and light for a murder mystery. In this one Fran is off on a weekend away with her boyfriend when someone gets killed. Did not guess the killer at all!

  5. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Fran has been so busy with the cafe even while at home that she hasn't had much time for Matt or even Latte lately. Matt decides to whisk Fran away on a romantic getaway to a historic inn and spa in the western part of the state. Fran can't wait to try the French macarons by Jacques de Gaulle, the celebrity pastry chef at the inn. However, the girl who works in the bakery is nowhere to be found and when she is around, her attitude is less than helpful. Fran imagines she's seeing Mike Stanton at Fran has been so busy with the cafe even while at home that she hasn't had much time for Matt or even Latte lately. Matt decides to whisk Fran away on a romantic getaway to a historic inn and spa in the western part of the state. Fran can't wait to try the French macarons by Jacques de Gaulle, the celebrity pastry chef at the inn. However, the girl who works in the bakery is nowhere to be found and when she is around, her attitude is less than helpful. Fran imagines she's seeing Mike Stanton at the inn! That's impossible, isn't it? When an off-duty employee, Gina, is murdered in the spa during a mud wrap treatment, Fran decides to stay out of it. Then Mike really does appear. He's also on a romantic getaway, trying to repair his crumbling marriage to Sandra. Mike begs Fran to investigate and solve the mystery so the spa can reopen. His marriage depends on it! This mystery is much improved from the last few. While I missed the Cape Bay setting with Sammy, Rhonda, Latte and the cafe, the mystery is really good. I never guessed which one of the characters was a murderer and was really surprised when all was revealed. The spa setting took away from the charm of the Cape Bay setting which is a major reason I read this series. I relate a lot to Fran, being an Italian-American woman from coastal New England who once lived in the big city and once had a small, scruffy tan dog. In this book Fran isn't being her usual nosy self and fighting with Mike. This time, he needs her to solve the murder and fast. He has more faith in Fran than the local police, who seem competent but slow. I didn't care for the chi-chi spa setting though. That's not my thing. I wanted a closer look at those historic rooms and rolled my eyes when Fran claimed she didn't know why J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller and some of the other people were famous. She worked in NYC in the business world. She certainly has to know who they were. Matt is super patient and saintly. I don't know why he puts up with Fran. They're such a mismatched couple. He's swoony and romantic but hyper focused on sports. She could care less about sports and is devoted to making her grandparents' bakery a success. She's always so distracted by murders she doesn't spend much time with Matt. I missed Latte. The inn has a large number of unpleasant employees and only two likable ones. Whitney, in the lobby, seems like a sweetheart but her boss, Gareth, is a rude bully who always picks the worst moments to come and see what she's up to. There are other rumors floating around about Gareth too and that could be what really causes Whitney to cry. He's just awful and I was hoping he would be murdered. Sophie, the bakery counter person, is also a terrible person. She's never around when she's supposed to be and doesn't really care. She needs lessons in customer service because her attitude is so bad. With a boss like Gareth to lead by example, it's no wonder Sophie is so awful. Tommy, the bartender, is kind and friendly. He seems to hit it off with Fran and especially Matt. He knows his stuff and even gets Fran to drink something other than coffee. In contrast, Carrick, the barista, not baristO, is a brainless, sexist, stupid jerk. He's terrible with customers and condescending to women. I would not have been so polite as Fran. I would have just walked away and left a bad TripAdvisor or Yelp review. Some of the other employees seem OK. Amber is really shaken up by discovering her friend's body and worried about losing her job. There's a gossippy spa housekeeping employee I did not like but she serves the purpose of feeding Fran clues. The young employees in this place sound incredibly shallow. Jacques de Gaulle is hardly in the story and when he finally appears, he's overly effusive towards Fran. Why is he so nice? French pastry chefs have a reputation for being exacting and snobby. This one is too friendly to be believable. Does he think Fran wants to have an affair with him, is that why he's so friendly? He was quite the surprise, unless of course, he's trying to throw Fran off the trail of murder. Mike is still gruff and tough- a man's man. We finally meet Sandra and at first I wasn't all that sympathetic towards her. Yes, Mike works a lot. He's the chief of police! Crime doesn't take a break. She knew when she married him that he was a policeman. Still, I want it to work out between them because he does love her and they have young children whom he adores. When Sandra finally reveals her reasons for wanting to end her marriage, that made sense. It's one thing to intellectually know what your husband's job entails and hope that being in a small town will keep him safe and it's another to experience it. Then I really felt bad for her. I think I would feel the same way. Sandra is very brave herself so I think they'll be Ok after this. The audio book did not contain recipes. Not that I like macarons or coffee but I enjoy reading recipes in my novels. I really want to read more Cape Bay mysteries. I hope Harper Lin has plans for more! AT LEAST Matt needs to propose to Fran! Sexist? yes but he's the romantic in the partnership.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    The ninth book in the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Series is set outside of Cape Bay for a change of pace. Matt convinces Fran she is working too hard, and whisks her off for a four day weekend at a luxury Inn four hours away from home. While it is hard for Fran to stop worrying about the cafe, she finally relaxes on the drive. When they get to the Inn she is excited to be there, for it is far more luxurious than she expected, Even the peculiar manager who interrupts their check in process can't get Fr The ninth book in the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Series is set outside of Cape Bay for a change of pace. Matt convinces Fran she is working too hard, and whisks her off for a four day weekend at a luxury Inn four hours away from home. While it is hard for Fran to stop worrying about the cafe, she finally relaxes on the drive. When they get to the Inn she is excited to be there, for it is far more luxurious than she expected, Even the peculiar manager who interrupts their check in process can't get Fran down for long. So much to see and explore. Before long the couple are checking out the bakery, the gift shop, and the underground spa. It is during the tour of the spa when a worker finds the client she had given a mud wrap dead. Matt and Fran are rushed out of there along with everyone in the spa, and as they dawdle, Fran could swear she saw their friend/police detective from home at the crime scene. Oh well this was a vacation and they wouldn't be involved with the crime anyway. On they go to the bar where Matt opts for scotch and Fran chooses a Macchiato from the coffee bar. What to do next, Fran wonders. I was delighted that the author "took" us on vacation with Matt and Fran. It is the first time we have been out of Cape Bay with the two of them. It was fun to see the different sides of two very responsible and structured adults. While Fran continued to get up early and seemingly have unlimited energy, Matt was another story. He plops down on the couch to watch a game on TV when they first get to their (awesome) room. Later he sleeps in hours past Fran and then is just starting to get up and at 'em at the time he told Fran he would be ready. Of course his napping, TV viewing, and sleeping in all help Fran be free to do what she does best... I'll give you a hint. It has nothing to do with coffee or baking! This was a fun book with a surprising consequence that gave Fran license to sleuth. It was nice to see Matt good-naturedly join in and actually find out some good information. The descriptions of the Inn made me wish there were illustrations! And I also liked how Fran had a special treat involving the bakery. All together it made a book that I would enjoy reading again, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to any cozy mystery lover.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    This is maybe my least favorite of the series. Matty and Franny are on a romantic getaway to a resort....and Mike is also there with his estranged wife. There is of course a murder and Mike pleads with Franny to solve it. It felt like there was a change/strain to Matty and Franny that hadn't been there before and was without reason explained. The murder solving was a bit of a stretch even within the cozy genre. Franny is again in danger. It was entertaining but wasn't as good as the previous sto This is maybe my least favorite of the series. Matty and Franny are on a romantic getaway to a resort....and Mike is also there with his estranged wife. There is of course a murder and Mike pleads with Franny to solve it. It felt like there was a change/strain to Matty and Franny that hadn't been there before and was without reason explained. The murder solving was a bit of a stretch even within the cozy genre. Franny is again in danger. It was entertaining but wasn't as good as the previous stories for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Of course Fran can't get away, even on her romantic vacation with Matt. This time, Mike encourages Fran to help solve the case, and both team up together to solve the case of the vacation murder. This book was another fun whodunnit mystery with coffee queen Fran. :) Of course Fran can't get away, even on her romantic vacation with Matt. This time, Mike encourages Fran to help solve the case, and both team up together to solve the case of the vacation murder. This book was another fun whodunnit mystery with coffee queen Fran. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Judy Hardwick

    Escape reality! Seriously what I need right now... a lighthearted mystery that might be a little over the top... but it kept me guessing until the end!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Smyth

    Re as ply enjoyed this book. The entire series is a great read. Highly recommend them

  11. 4 out of 5

    alessia

    Read in a day! Probably my favourite of the series!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Felicia Benscoter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoy this series but the concept of needing to solve a murder so a couple can get a massage is a little too silly.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    The latest in a series of cozy mysteries. I need the next one now, to find out how the characters progress!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    So, here’s the deal, I consistently give these titles 3 stars but I don’t think it’s the author’s fault. It’s the voice of the narrator when listening to the audiobook. The unrealistic, saccharine tone of Fran... the naivety of Sammy... Matt’s unrelenting, dopey, head over heels, puppy dog act, I become very annoyed. I imagine if I read this in my own mind, the voices would be different and more tolerable. Matt saying, “the things I do for you.” Instead of sounding like he has hearts swirling ar So, here’s the deal, I consistently give these titles 3 stars but I don’t think it’s the author’s fault. It’s the voice of the narrator when listening to the audiobook. The unrealistic, saccharine tone of Fran... the naivety of Sammy... Matt’s unrelenting, dopey, head over heels, puppy dog act, I become very annoyed. I imagine if I read this in my own mind, the voices would be different and more tolerable. Matt saying, “the things I do for you.” Instead of sounding like he has hearts swirling around his head would sound more laced with sarcasm. That is the risk you take with an audiobook! Then why am I still listening to the series? You guys, I just can’t stop. The books truly are a nice slice of cozy in a world that’s anything but. Fran’s perfection, while unrealistic and annoying, makes me feel a little more organized and is oddly inspiring. She also reminds me to walk my dog more. So here we are. Waiting now for book 10. I do love me some Cape Bay.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    Francesca is in her mid-thirties and worked in New York for many years in PR. She moved back home to run the family Italian café in a small town in Massachusetts when her mother passed away almost a year ago. Fran is busy getting ready for the upcoming summer season at the café and not spending a lot of time with her boyfriend, Matt. He wants to spend some time away with her so books them into a fancy hotel, complete with spa treatments, for a couple days. Within hours of arriving, they are doing Francesca is in her mid-thirties and worked in New York for many years in PR. She moved back home to run the family Italian café in a small town in Massachusetts when her mother passed away almost a year ago. Fran is busy getting ready for the upcoming summer season at the café and not spending a lot of time with her boyfriend, Matt. He wants to spend some time away with her so books them into a fancy hotel, complete with spa treatments, for a couple days. Within hours of arriving, they are doing a tour of the spa when a masseuse is found murdered. Coincidentally also at the hotel is Mike, their friend who a police officer in their home town. He is there trying reconcile with his wife, Sandra. Mike is afraid that Sandra will no longer want to try to work things out now because of the murder. So Mike tells Fran to solve the murder within the day so Sandra will feel more comfortable in getting their couple's massage the next day and will continue to work things out with him. And Fran doesn't think twice about it. Huh??!! Matt, after having to bug Fran to go away with him for a couple days, is okay with Fran investigating. He rarely sees her over the next couple of days and when they are together, she is preoccupied with solving the murder. And he doesn't seem pissed about this at all. This is the ninth in the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Series (I've read them all) by this author ... it works as a stand alone (you don't have to read the others to know what's going on). This book is written in first person perspective in Fran's voice. The "whodunnit" and ending came together quickly, as always, and this one was non-believable. It was a quick light read and is a "cozy mystery" so there is no swearing, violence or adult activity. I don't expect much from this series but this was the most ridiculous one. There are recipes at the end. Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2020/08...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    This is the tenth book in this series and while I enjoyed it, it didn't blow me away.  In this book, Matt and Fran go on a weekend away at a hotel, meant to reconnect with each other. Of course there is a murder in the spa right after they arrive and it throws Fran and Matt's weekend into chaos. Old and new faces show up as Fran tries to solve the mystery for the sake of her weekend.  What I found most hilarious for this book was that (view spoiler)[Fran wasn't even close to narrowing down who was This is the tenth book in this series and while I enjoyed it, it didn't blow me away.  In this book, Matt and Fran go on a weekend away at a hotel, meant to reconnect with each other. Of course there is a murder in the spa right after they arrive and it throws Fran and Matt's weekend into chaos. Old and new faces show up as Fran tries to solve the mystery for the sake of her weekend.  What I found most hilarious for this book was that (view spoiler)[Fran wasn't even close to narrowing down who was the killer and the reasons behind it. Mike puts so much trust in her and all she really does is paint a target on her back, acting as bait for the actual murderers (hide spoiler)] . She was so unsubtle when asking questions, though it was interesting to see her try to solve a mystery in a place where no one really knows her and instead of knowing why she was there, gave her odd looks for asking about the murdered woman.  Matt and Fran's relationship was very cute and I liked seeing how he was very supportive of Fran, even though he wished he could have a normal weekend. They were very sweet how they worked together and still had couple time together in between Fran trying to solve the mystery. (view spoiler)[I wasn't so convinced about Mike and Sandra since Sandra didn't seem that enthusiastic about the relationship and her making up with Mike happened after he saved her life but it was a good thing for Mike at least. (hide spoiler)] 3.5 stars! 

  17. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This was one of the best yet and it was quite the mystery. Matt decides to convince Fran to go on vacation with him. So he surprised with stay at a beautiful old hotel that has all the amenities including a spa. They were touring on the first day and Fran discovered a bakery which had a famous French baker, who made world class macarons. Then onto the spa because they were going to have a couples massage. While there the body of a massager was found. So while standing upstairs waiting on the pol This was one of the best yet and it was quite the mystery. Matt decides to convince Fran to go on vacation with him. So he surprised with stay at a beautiful old hotel that has all the amenities including a spa. They were touring on the first day and Fran discovered a bakery which had a famous French baker, who made world class macarons. Then onto the spa because they were going to have a couples massage. While there the body of a massager was found. So while standing upstairs waiting on the police Fran notices Mike from home walking by with them. Come to find out he's there with his wife Sandra to try to reconcile their marriage. He ask Fran to investigate the murder for him so Sandra don't know cause he also has a couples massage schedule. Fran gets right on investigating cause she feels for him trying to safe his marriage even though it could cause a problem between her and Matt. Fran is great at investigating and this time is no different. It is more dangerous because the killer knows cause she's asking to many questions. I voluntarily agreed to review this book. My review is my own honest opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    What I read: Macchiatos, Macarons, and Malice by Harper Lin Why I picked it up: Working my way through this series, which you already know! How I read it: On audio while pulling crabgrass from my lawn. I’m about a quarter of the way through that project now and it feels tedious. Also odd to be pulling the only green things I’ve got growing right now, but alas I’m growing Bermuda not Crabgrass. What it’s about: Matt surprises Fran with a romantic, relaxing weekend away, but murder finds her. Oh and What I read: Macchiatos, Macarons, and Malice by Harper Lin Why I picked it up: Working my way through this series, which you already know! How I read it: On audio while pulling crabgrass from my lawn. I’m about a quarter of the way through that project now and it feels tedious. Also odd to be pulling the only green things I’ve got growing right now, but alas I’m growing Bermuda not Crabgrass. What it’s about: Matt surprises Fran with a romantic, relaxing weekend away, but murder finds her. Oh and Detective Mike is there with his wife, Sandra, trying to revive their marriage. They both get in on the murder solving action, a little too deep! What I liked: I liked seeing my friends away from Cape Bay in a new setting! What I disliked: Fran’s workaholicism was on full display at the beginning of this novel. I don’t like seeing that aspect of her life because I love the scenes with her and Matt so much! Genre: Cozy Mystery, closed door. Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and it’s a good installment in the series!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed this book, despite some gaping plot holes. I like the ongoing storyline about Fran, Matt, Mike, and Sandra. I wasn't able to double check these plot holes because I "read" the book as an audio book, which doesn't lend itself to scanning back to review details. We learn at the end that Sophie is is not French (or at least can speak English without a French accent) and that she only recently came to the hotel (and, I think, to the area). But I'm sure Whitney at the front desk told F I really enjoyed this book, despite some gaping plot holes. I like the ongoing storyline about Fran, Matt, Mike, and Sandra. I wasn't able to double check these plot holes because I "read" the book as an audio book, which doesn't lend itself to scanning back to review details. We learn at the end that Sophie is is not French (or at least can speak English without a French accent) and that she only recently came to the hotel (and, I think, to the area). But I'm sure Whitney at the front desk told Fran that she'd known Sophie for years, maybe even went to school with her. Why would she have a French accent if she'd grown up in the area? Maybe I'm remembering Whitney's description of one of the other young women. The more glaring plot hole is that Fran overhears Sophie/Sophia and Tommy/Adam when she is viewing historic guest rooms upstairs. However, at the exact same time, Tommy/Adam is chatting with Matt in the lounge. Maybe Matt mentioned Tommy not being there the whole time?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I am hooked on this light, frothy series! Sure, the titles sound a little trite. But Harper Lin is a really good writer who has established such likable characters that I am more than willing to write it up to whimsy rather than saccharine. One of the things I enjoy is that she gives all kinds of nods to the perpetual problem of amateur sleuth mysteries -- how can this young woman keep falling over so many dead bodies? In this outing, she at least takes her (and a few key characters) out of fict I am hooked on this light, frothy series! Sure, the titles sound a little trite. But Harper Lin is a really good writer who has established such likable characters that I am more than willing to write it up to whimsy rather than saccharine. One of the things I enjoy is that she gives all kinds of nods to the perpetual problem of amateur sleuth mysteries -- how can this young woman keep falling over so many dead bodies? In this outing, she at least takes her (and a few key characters) out of fictional Cape Bay, which seems to have a body count on par with Cabot Cove. Here, she and Matt go to a fancy hotel for a spa weekend and, of course, run into a murder. It was a quick, fun read as she of course solves the murder eventually. I wouldn't recommend starting here. All of Lin's books are light and easy reads, so I would definitely recommend anyone start at Book 1 and move through them in order. It's a worthy investment of time!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Juliet Minerva Swift

    If there’s one thing this book did well, it’s that it made me crave macarons sooo much that I scoured shops to find some. Aside from that, the mystery was nice but maybe a bit predictable. I found it pretty obvious that (view spoiler)[Sophie was the killer, and I also had the feeling Tommy was involved too (hide spoiler)] so I can’t say I was very surprised by how it was resolved. The setting is different from Cape Bay and the cafe which is a nice change, and I also quite liked the hotel with all If there’s one thing this book did well, it’s that it made me crave macarons sooo much that I scoured shops to find some. Aside from that, the mystery was nice but maybe a bit predictable. I found it pretty obvious that (view spoiler)[Sophie was the killer, and I also had the feeling Tommy was involved too (hide spoiler)] so I can’t say I was very surprised by how it was resolved. The setting is different from Cape Bay and the cafe which is a nice change, and I also quite liked the hotel with all the places Matt and Fran were going to, like the bar and the patisserie. I don’t really like how Matt was not taking her seriously when she heard Mike and saw Sandra. He was like “what would they be doing here?” like what do you think Matt? It’s a spa, what could they possibly do in such a place? It felt gaslight-y that he was not taking her seriously, even if it’s a silly thing. Also, Mike deserves a stomach punch like Fran is ruining her romantic holiday just so you can make peace with your wife because she cares about you, and you are such a shit! Like you can’t expect her to be a policewoman and go around getting info so easily just *chill* I really hate him, he is always in a bad mood and screaming at women. This was the last audiobook from this series available at my library which is so annoying because there’s a single one missing and I hate that I can’t read it immediately!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Vaughan

    The newest in Harper Lin's Cape Bay Cafe mystery series. Matt finally talks Fran into taking a break from the cafe by taking her the Alford Inn (mentioning the name of a world famous baker of divine macarons as an incentive). Unfortunately things don't go as planned. First, there is a murder in the hotel spa and then Mike, a childhood friend and policeman asks her to solve the mystery. The more she investigates, the less likely she feels capable of finding the murderer. Things are looking grim b The newest in Harper Lin's Cape Bay Cafe mystery series. Matt finally talks Fran into taking a break from the cafe by taking her the Alford Inn (mentioning the name of a world famous baker of divine macarons as an incentive). Unfortunately things don't go as planned. First, there is a murder in the hotel spa and then Mike, a childhood friend and policeman asks her to solve the mystery. The more she investigates, the less likely she feels capable of finding the murderer. Things are looking grim both for her relationship with Matt and Mike's marriage. Will she be able to unmask the murderer before her weekend retreat comes to an end? Another gripping mystery. This book is full of action, adventure, love, and danger.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim Mccarter

    I liked the change of location in this one – it was a nice change of pace and made it somewhat different from traditional cozies that often take place and stay in a small town. I like it clearly conveys a complete picture of the location and the people –there are lots of details that make the places and the people seem real – even down to the shade of someone’s lipstick! I also like that it fleshes out some of the peripheral characters, like Mike and Sandra. I really liked the last line of the b I liked the change of location in this one – it was a nice change of pace and made it somewhat different from traditional cozies that often take place and stay in a small town. I like it clearly conveys a complete picture of the location and the people –there are lots of details that make the places and the people seem real – even down to the shade of someone’s lipstick! I also like that it fleshes out some of the peripheral characters, like Mike and Sandra. I really liked the last line of the book. This is a solid entry in this series and a very enjoyable read. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Matt is concerned about all the hours Fran is working on, in, or for the cafe. He books them a romantic getaway hoping to keep Fran's attention from the cafe. On their tour of the 'spa' area in the big fancy inn, they hear a scream! She's dead!" Not at all the way Matt was hoping the weekend to go. To make matters worse, Mike Stanton...as in Detective Mike Stanton asks Fran to find the killer as he is also there with his wife, trying to get back together with her. Can Fran find the killer? There Matt is concerned about all the hours Fran is working on, in, or for the cafe. He books them a romantic getaway hoping to keep Fran's attention from the cafe. On their tour of the 'spa' area in the big fancy inn, they hear a scream! She's dead!" Not at all the way Matt was hoping the weekend to go. To make matters worse, Mike Stanton...as in Detective Mike Stanton asks Fran to find the killer as he is also there with his wife, trying to get back together with her. Can Fran find the killer? There are some strange things going on in this "Inn to the stars" that just isn't adding up. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Lundy

    Who would have thought a romantic weekend would turn into a murder mystery? Fran becomes involved when there is a death at the charming retreat that Matt has taken her to. There do not seem to be any viable suspects that surface during the investigation and the puzzle only deepens with time. When the murder is actually solved and the culprits are apprehended it comes as a complete surprise to me. There were so little clues to go on in this case that it was a complete shock when the suspects are Who would have thought a romantic weekend would turn into a murder mystery? Fran becomes involved when there is a death at the charming retreat that Matt has taken her to. There do not seem to be any viable suspects that surface during the investigation and the puzzle only deepens with time. When the murder is actually solved and the culprits are apprehended it comes as a complete surprise to me. There were so little clues to go on in this case that it was a complete shock when the suspects are apprehended. Fantastic mystery that will keep you guessing all the way to the end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    James Buccini

    Not as good. This one wasn’t as good as the others. The charm of the cape was missing which made it less enjoyable, but there was more. Fran seemed a little clueless about just about everything going on. Even though she did PR in nyc, she acts totally provincial now. But the worst part of the story was that there wasn’t enough leading up to the reveal. All of a sudden, the last chapter explains the mystery and weapons it up Neatly with brand new information? Takes the fun out of reading a mystery Not as good. This one wasn’t as good as the others. The charm of the cape was missing which made it less enjoyable, but there was more. Fran seemed a little clueless about just about everything going on. Even though she did PR in nyc, she acts totally provincial now. But the worst part of the story was that there wasn’t enough leading up to the reveal. All of a sudden, the last chapter explains the mystery and weapons it up Neatly with brand new information? Takes the fun out of reading a mystery in the first place.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    These stories are not meant to make sense, or be logical or have any rational themes, I do get that. But the premise of this story was so contrived. The famous French patisserie chef at a spa resort. The combination café and bar. Idk. It was a lot. Matty. I don't understand what happened but it's probably all of the exposure to Fran. He was so obnoxious. I'm suing. Mike and Sandra were so boring. The staff was more interesting than any of the main characters. Just. Wow. It was really funny how Fran These stories are not meant to make sense, or be logical or have any rational themes, I do get that. But the premise of this story was so contrived. The famous French patisserie chef at a spa resort. The combination café and bar. Idk. It was a lot. Matty. I don't understand what happened but it's probably all of the exposure to Fran. He was so obnoxious. I'm suing. Mike and Sandra were so boring. The staff was more interesting than any of the main characters. Just. Wow. It was really funny how Fran is still somehow getting worse at talking to people.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    Nice return visit to my friends from Cape Bay, although the setting was changed in this one. Matty and Fran take a trip to an Inn and Spa, and find Mike and his wife there as well. The Inn reminded me so much of the Grove Park in Asheville, NC that I had that image in my mind throughout (I love the Grove Park, so it was a nice image). The twists and turns in the action kept me guessing to the end, and the characters were so unpredictable (well, some of them). Now, I'm ready to go find some macar Nice return visit to my friends from Cape Bay, although the setting was changed in this one. Matty and Fran take a trip to an Inn and Spa, and find Mike and his wife there as well. The Inn reminded me so much of the Grove Park in Asheville, NC that I had that image in my mind throughout (I love the Grove Park, so it was a nice image). The twists and turns in the action kept me guessing to the end, and the characters were so unpredictable (well, some of them). Now, I'm ready to go find some macarons (and I do know the difference).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Burke

    This is the seventh Cape Bay Cafe Mystery book I've read. This one was better than some of the previous books in this series. The ending was unexpected and the premise of the setting being outside the Cape Bay community was a welcome change. Well-written, well-paced, and entertaining. It looks like I've reached the end of the books in this series that are available from my library, but I will keep an eye out for additions. Very enjoyable and well worth the time to read. This is the seventh Cape Bay Cafe Mystery book I've read. This one was better than some of the previous books in this series. The ending was unexpected and the premise of the setting being outside the Cape Bay community was a welcome change. Well-written, well-paced, and entertaining. It looks like I've reached the end of the books in this series that are available from my library, but I will keep an eye out for additions. Very enjoyable and well worth the time to read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    What a wonderful setting, a romantic get away to a fabulous spa hotel. Food sounds wonderful but the staff needs major attitude adjustments. Then there is a murder and things go sideways from there. Thankfully Matt takes it all in stride. But Fran finds herself in the middle of the investigation and why is Mike, her cop nemesis at the hotel? Liked the twist at the end. I enjoyed the story.

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