Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse (Charlotte Denver #1)

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Charlotte runs a little restaurant in the beautiful port city of Ste Eves, in England. Nothing exciting ever happens in the town. It is a quiet town, and the crime is almost unheard of, so when a murder occurs in town, everyone is shocked. Charlotte’s friend, Chief Inspector Nathan Costello, is quickly on the case. However, since she owns the local watering hole, Nathan turns to her to keep her ears open, in case she happens to hear anything. Everyone in town is on edge and wants the murderer to be found so everything can go back to normal.

This was a great little introduction to the series, as well as the main character. Charlotte is an interesting character. Though she always seems to be busy, she is still willing to help her friends. Nather and Charlotte have an excellent relationship that you can tell spans years. I know that the trope of the restaurant owner/amateur sleuth gets with the police officer. However, these two are sweet together.

The mystery was interesting. We see the background of the people involved, and we get the back story. I am still not sure why the murderer murdered in the first place. However, the followup made a lot more sense. I always enjoyed getting to know and understanding the couple whose boat the murder occurred on. Through the mystery, we also got to know a few of the town’s occupants, and it expanded the city and made it feel real.

This was an interesting book, and I’m thinking of reading the rest of the series.

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Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #10)

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Hannah gives Lisa a day off to be part of her family reunion. Everyone was happy when Lisa’s long-lost uncle, or were they. When Gus is found dead the day of the reunion, Hannah has a long list of suspects to go through. As no one has heard from him in over 25 years, Hannah has to dig into the past of some of the Lake Eden citizens to figure out who would have had the motive to kill him.

I loved this story. It adds a lot of depth to some of the characters in the Lake Eden universe. Jack, who I’ve come to love, has finally gotten a love story past having Alzheimer’s and being Lisa’s father. Through this book, Lisa has also gotten more of a background and history, we also get a glimpse of what kind of person her mother was. This book really built up the world of Lake Eden moreĀ and makes it feel like a more real place. I enjoyed the teamwork between Lisa and Hannah in this book, though they always have great chemistry, I enjoyed seeing Lisa get her hands dirty in this case. All in all, this was a great addition to the series.


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