The Last Note Review

Today’s feature, The Last Note, is set in Miami with a Cuban twenty something aspiring singer songwriter. How fucking cool is that? Don’t worry though all the usual ametuer sluething, humor with an eccentric cast comes through organically and cohesively. There’s drinking, swearing, and innuendo but it’s all above board.

About The Last Note:

I received this book for free from Great Escape Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Last Note ReviewTitle: The Last Note
Author: Zaida Alfaro
Series: A Miami Music Mystery #1
Pub. Date: February 13th 2018
Publisher Cozy Cat Press
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 212
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Killer songs and a killer voice, but a killer at her gig? Vy has always found herself at the center of attention as the lead singer for one of Miami's top cover bands, but when she finds herself at the center of a murder investigation, while performing at the Steel Horse Bar, that changes the tune of the night. Someone believes that Vy knows the truth behind the murder of the bar owner Ricky, and now that person is after her. Vy better figure out quickly who wanted Ricky dead, who is threatening her with her favorite band’s song lyrics, and why she’s falling for the handsome Detective Houston, before she too sings her last note. With a mixture of mystery, mayhem and comedy, you will find yourself immersed in Vy's musical and murderous world.

IMHO: The Last Note:

I love cozy mysteries. They’re usually light and fun with enough intrigue to keep me tuned in. Since the WeNeedDiverseBooks movement opened my eyes, I’ve been disillusioned with how homogenized the genre is. I’ve found a couple here or there, but my hunt hasn’t exactly been fruitful.

Imagine my surprise and delight when Great Escapes Tours delivered The Last Note right into my mailbox! I’m so happy to have made the cut for the tour and get to review it.

“I guess she’s not too worried about privacy. Look at me. She’s not worried because I’m not suppose be in here. Why do I keep talking to myself?” This whole snooping idea didn’t work well with her personality. –Vy, page 73 The Last Note.

  • Diverse! Vy & fam are Cuban. Several background characters are Latinx as well.
  • Did not guess what was going on or who the culprit was until the very end when it all came spilling out
  • Romancing detective was cute and sweet
  • Detectives are competent and cooperative
  • Love the sisterly love and girl gang vibes with her friends
  • Liable to make you hungry with all the takeout and restaurants.
  • Interesting to see what happens with the band and her gigs.
  • Can’t wait to find out what her and her sister get up to in next time in Fort Lauderdale

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The Last Note is a great cozy mystery when you want all the good stuff set on a bigger and varied stage. It’s a breeze to devour in one shot and works atmospherically well with the colder rainy weather lately.

Author of The Last Note:

About Zaida Alfaro


My name is Zaida Alfaro (yes, Zaida is my real given name).  I am named after my beautiful mother.  I am the youngest of six. I was born into art.  My mother is an amazing artist, composer, and musician.  I remember sitting on the couch watching my mom's fingers move graciously throughout the piano keys.  It was mesmerizing for me.

The Last Note’s main backdrop, the amazing city of Miami, Florida, is beloved and well-known to me. I was born and raised in Miami, and like the novel’s main character Vy, I am a singer/songwriter, as well as the lead singer to a self-proclaimed cover band. All things relating to music or literature are my passion. I keep a journal, and I am constantly writing poems, stories, and any thought that comes to mind. I have a fascination for black and white films, that have the element of mystery. As I have been told by many, I have a very creative imagination.


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Got any questions about The Last Note? Any cozy mystery recs? Hit me with ’em in the comments!

Want more underrepresented characters in cozy mysteries? Next Saturday, November 3rd, I’ll be reviewing the Grasmere Cottage Mystery series featuring a interracial M/M couple.



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