Goodreads ~ 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.
Francesca is in her mid-thirties and working in New York for many years when her mother recently passes away. So she moves back home to run the family Italian café in a small town in Massachusetts. As she is taking a shortcut home one day from work, she discovers Mr. Cardosi dead in a chair on his porch. Mr. Cardosi is the father of Fran's childhood friend, Matt, and they assume Mr. Cardosi had had a heart attack ... until the autopsy report comes back that he was poisoned. Mr. Cardosi was a cranky easily annoyed man but who would want to murder him? Because she found Mr. Cardosi, Fran feels the need to investigate and see if she can find out what happened and Matt encourages her to.
This is the first in the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Series and the first I've read by this author. It is written in first person perspective in Fran's voice. The "whodunnit" and ending came together really quickly. It's a quick light read and I look forward to reading the rest in the series. It's a "cozy mystery" so there is no swearing, violence or adult activity.