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.