An Italian cafe mystery series with recipes!
Includes 2 special cupcake recipes
Francesca Amaro moves back to her hometown of Cape Bay, Massachusetts, and takes over the family business, Antonia’s Italian Café. She spends her days making delicious artisan cappuccinos, until she stumbles upon her neighbor’s dead body. When the police discover Mr. Cardosi was poisoned, Francesca becomes a suspect.
The victim’s son, Matty, happens to be Francesca’s old high school friend. Together, they uncover the secrets of the locals in order to find the killer in their idyllic beach town.
Includes 2 special recipes
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 special marzipan and margarita recipes
Summer tourist season is winding down, but the Cape Bay police find a dead body in the alley beside Mary Ellen’s Souvenirs and Gifts. Police rule it a suicide, but Francesca Amaro knows it’s murder. Who would buy a bag of souvenirs, including a box of delicious marzipan, only to commit suicide moments later?
Even though the police tell her to stay out of the case, Fran is too curious not to investigate, even though she’s running a busy and popular café.
Book 4: Lattes, Ladyfingers, and Lies
Includes 2 recipes
Fran is anticipating her trip to Italy with Matty… until a precious diamond ring is stolen from the town’s jewelry store and an employee is murdered. Fran suspects the storeowner of insurance fraud, but what if she’s wrong? Would her life be at stake again if she butts in on another police investigation?
Book 5: Americanos, Apple Pies, and Art Thieves
Includes 2 recipes
It’s almost Thanksgiving, and Fran is baking her family’s famous apple pies for the café. While pie fever spreads through Cape Bay, a world-famous artist holds a special art show in the town’s modest museum in honor of his late mother, who grew up there.
Louis Cliffton’s paintings are encrusted with valuable gems and gold. At the opening night, the centerpiece of the show is stolen. When Fran investigates the case, she receives threats, and someone follows her home and vandalizes her café.
What kind of thief would do this? A crazy outsider—or someone from her very own town?
Book 6: Cremas, Christmas Cookies, and Crooks
Includes 3 recipes
It’s almost Christmastime in Cape Bay, and another murder has everyone in town talking. A despised new drama teacher at the local high school is killed in the school’s parking lot. The police arrest a beloved teacher, Mrs. Crowsdale, but everyone else thinks she is too nice to murder anyone. Mike, however, says they have solid evidence that proves she did it.
Sammy is particularly devastated. Mrs. Crowsdale was her favorite teacher and still her hero. Sammy begs Fran to find the real culprit. Fran isn’t so sure. Mike would be angry with her for butting in on another case. And what if more danger befalls her? After all, there are some pretty dangerous people in town…
Book 7: Espressos, Eggnogs, and Evil Exes
Includes 2 recipes
On New Year’s Day, Fran takes her dog Latte on a walk. Luck of all luck, she finds a dead blonde on the sidewalk—right outside Ryan’s house. Sammy, Fran’s best friend, has been staying with Ryan, and she becomes the police’s number one suspect.
The victim was Ryan’s ex-girlfriend, an out-of-towner who has been secretly terrorizing and stalking Sammy. Sammy’s DNA has been found on her body, so the police think she has motive for killing the ex. Everyone in town knows Sammy wouldn’t hurt a fly, but Detective Mike Stanton has been thrown off the case, and a tough detective from Boston takes over who is convinced Sammy is the killer.
Fran can’t just sit back and watch her best friend—and the café’s best latte maker—go to jail. Book 7 of the Cape Bay Café Mysteries features the most high-stakes murder case yet.