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Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys

Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys

Written by Harper Lin

Narrated by Marguerite Gavin


Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys

Written by Harper Lin

Narrated by Marguerite Gavin

ratings:
4/5 (153 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
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Released:
Mar 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781515987192
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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?
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781515987192
Format:
Audiobook


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  • (5/5)
    This was a good book to listen to when I could find any thing. Cute simple and a nice tiny twist
  • (5/5)
    Lovely warm story, so relaxing and enjoyable. Can’t wait to listen to the next one
  • (5/5)
    Loved the narration. She has the perfect voice for this. It made it such a pleasant and enjoyable listen. And what a great book. Definitely a cozy mystery, which is exactly what I wanted. The perfect mix of coffee talk and crime solving. Can't wait to hear more.
  • (4/5)
    Ok, I found the narrators voice annoying at first but she ended up growing on me. Onto the next:)
  • (3/5)
    The titles in this series are really captivating and mouth watering. LOL. Plus points from me.

    This is a part of the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Series but it could be read as a standalone but still better to read the first book to at least have a background of the characters and how it all started.

    There is nothing much on character development but more on knowing more about Cape Bay Area and we get to know more characters in this second book.

    This book is for readers who want to try the mystery genre or if but i think it is not recommended to mystery readers, i mean if you have read like books with high level mystery because this is very predictable and quite slow in progress in my opinion.
  • (4/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    I received an advance copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    I really enjoyed this second installment in this new series from Harper Lin. The story is easy to follow, even if you haven't read the first book, but does allow the characters of Matt and Franny to progress. I really liked how Fran decides to expand her menu.

    The characters are believable, the mystery is good and the story is light and fun.

    I definitely recommend reading this book!

    2 people found this helpful

  • (4/5)
    Tea, Tiramisu and Tough Guys by Harper Lin is a fun cozy mystery to read. It is the second book in the Cape Bay Cafe 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.
  • (5/5)
    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 whether 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.
  • (1/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Anticlimactic and predictable. The first book was better. I am disappointed.

    1 person found this helpful

  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Delightfully, Dangerously, Brewed New Series..."'You won't be in jail!'I retorted, based solely on my own observances and not the years of police work and training that the detectives would be relying on." This is the gut reaction of Harper Lin's heroine, Franny Amaro, in Tea, Tiramisu, and Tough Guys. Franny cannot believe that her hunky high school crush, Todd, could have killed young Joe Davis and left his body behind Todd's own gym. However, Franny's current romantic interest, neighbor, and sleuthing partner, Matt Cardosi,doesn't agree.When Todd shows an interest in Franny, Franny needs to decide whether Todd is, in fact, innocent;which man interests her more; and who to question in this touristy oceanside town. A wrong decision could spell the end for Franny's amateur crime - solving and her existence as well.I was happy to discover this new series that is light and sweetly,teasingly romantic,yet clean. I am anxious to continue with the series and see how the characters develop and grow.I was gifted a copy of the ebook from the author in exchange for a review.

    1 person found this helpful

  • (2/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    I thought the first book in this series was cute but I almost couldn’t finish this one. Fran is not really believable as a person, she’s very 2 dimensional. We are supposed to believe that a woman in her mid-30s who worked in PR in New York City is somehow also laughably naive. She has no problem dating a guy who doesn’t try to kiss her when she put her arms around his neck and somehow thinks the guy who sent her roses from “your secret admirer” isn’t interested in her and she can’t figure out why guy #1 would be jealous - honestly neither can I, make a move Matty. I think the real problem with this and the first book is that Fran doesn’t learn or grow and she definitely does not SOLVE these mysteries.

    I found it laughable that they keep referring to her solving the case in book 1 but all she did was decide that if a guy drank coffee with a man who was poisoned via coffee he MUST be the killer. Dumb luck. Sadly, accusing the wrong man in book 1 and being a very obvious (oblivious?) amateur detective in book 1 did not give her pause to jump to conclusions in book 2. First she’s convinced that Todd didn’t do it because she likes him. Then because he doesn’t react to something the way she would, she decides he probably is the killer after all. Imagine a Disney princess had a traumatic brain injury that caused her to be even more bland and have erratic mood swings and you have Fran.

    1 person found this helpful

  • (1/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    Unfortunately I found the story to be very simple and predictable. Also, the lead female character was extremely annoying. The way the author had her constantly rationalizing everything in her head started to drive me crazy.

    2 people found this helpful