Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse Book Cover Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse
The Charlotte Denver Cozy Mystery Series
Sheri Bryan
cozy mystery, romance, food
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;
23 Sept. 2015
Kindle, Paperback

Charlotte Denver runs her marina front café in the bustling fishing town of St. Eves, nestled in the south-west of England. While Charlotte loves the tranquility of St. Eves, where crime is almost unheard of, and nothing really exciting ever happens, her good friend, Chief Inspector Nathan Costello, is longing for a good, juicy crime to get his teeth into. When the arrival of newcomers to St. Eves triggers a chain of events that ends in tragedy, Nathan enjoys the thrill of investigating his first murder case while Charlotte turns amateur sleuth to help solve the case and restore peace and harmony to the town as quickly as possible. Twists and turns abound in Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse, the first book in the Charlotte Denver Cozy Mystery series.

A nicely written cozy mystery with a twist at the end that I didn’t guess even though I knew who the murderer was by mid-way through.

It’s often the reasons that are kept hidden of course, just to give the story that bit extra. Which it certainly did here.

The story is set in a (thinly) disguised St Ives UK – where the sun does certainly not shine as often as it appeared to do so in this story. [July is the hottest month in St Ives with an average temperature of15°C (59°F) and the coldest is January at 6°C (43°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 7 in August. The wettest month is December with an average of 132mm of rain.] But yes, Cornwall is very popular indeed with surfers and St Ives with artists, though it is now a very expensive town to live in comparatively (average price of £336,925 and in  Cornwall generally terraced properties had an average sold price of £191,790 and semi-detached properties averaged at £208,693. Cornwall, with an overall average price of £242,252, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Devon (£237,641), but was cheaper than Somerset (£260,778) and Dorset (£294,877).

I wondered why the cafe should shut on a Saturday when the area has a lot of tourists. Surely a Monday closing would be more sensible – if you must close at all – why not hire staff? Or have a limited menu after 3pm  so the owner could go off. Seemed a very poor business decision to me.


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