Charlotte Denver runs her marina front café in the bustling fishing town of St. Eves, nestled in the south-west corner of England.
While she 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 felony to get his teeth into.
When the arrival of newcomers to the community of St. Eves triggers a chain of events that end in tragedy, Nathan relishes the thrill of investigating his first murder, while Charlotte unwittingly 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.
The title and cover attracted me straight away to this book and the fact that it was free to download for kindle was an added bonus.
Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse is a relatively short book at 125 pages but it is immensely enjoyable. As a lot of the story is centred in and around Charlotte’s Plaice the local cafe, the author has even included some recipes of dishes that are mentioned in the story at the end and will certainly be trying out the one for carrot cake.
Essentially this book is of a chick lit genre with murder, mystery and mayhem thrown in.
There are some really great characters in this story, including 101 year old Tom. Charlotte the main character is a very warm and lovely person though frustratingly to Chief Inspector Nathan Costello she can’t but help herself in getting involved in things that she really shouldn’t be getting involved in.
Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse is the first book in the Charlotte Denver Cozy Mystery series and I for one can not wait for the next one!
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse is available to purchase from Amazon.