Goodreads ~ 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.
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 about six months ago.
This is the seventh in the Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Series (I've read them all) by this author. In the last one, there was a side story with Sammy, Fran's friend and employee, being harassed by Cheryl, her boyfriend, Ryan's ex-girlfriend, who he broke up with 10 years ago. Not a big surprise that she was found murdered on New Year's Day ... on Ryan's front yard ... by Fran.
The town's police chief, Mike, is removed from the case and a detective from Boston is brought in to take over. It wasn't a big surprise that Sammy was the only suspect. The evidence is slim and circumstantial yet the police don't look elsewhere. Mike and Ryan, who is also a police officer, aren't involved in the investigation anymore so sneak Fran clues so she can solve the murder because Sammy is arrested, which she does.
This book is written in first person perspective in Fran's voice. The "whodunnit" and ending came together quickly, as always. It was a quick light read and is a "cozy mystery" so there is no swearing, violence or adult activity. Fran and Matt, her boyfriend, are finally having sleepovers.
There are recipes at the end.