Friday, June 5, 2015

Death By Coffee by Alex Erickson Review

Death by Coffee
by Alex Erickson

Series: Bookstore Cafe Mysteries
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617737510

When Krissy Hancock and her best friend Vicki decide to open a bookstore cafĂ© in their new town of Pine Hills, they decide to call it “Death by Coffee,” after Krissy’s father’s most famous mystery novel. Little do they know how well the name fits…
On their very first day of business, Brendon Lawyer huffily takes his coffee…to the grave. It seems he had a severe allergy to peanuts…but how could there have been nuts in his coffee? And who stole his emergency allergy medication?
Fortunately, Krissy’s love of puzzles and mysteries leads her not only to Officer Paul Dalton, but also to many of her new neighbors, who aren’t terribly upset that the book is closed on Brendon. But one of them is a killer, and Krissy needs to read between the lies if she wants to save her new store—and live to see how this story ends…

Even if 'Death by Coffee' is the name of your father's best selling mystery book, it may not be a wise choice as a name for your coffee shop / book store, especially in a town where you don't already have friends.
When one of your extremely few customers is found dead only moments after consuming your coffee, and most of the town residents have some sort of relationship with the deceased, chances for business success also appear to drop dead. Throw in a weak love connection with one steamy cop, whose mother happens to be police chief, attempts to give this tepid mystery additional plot twists.
Sorry, Paul was not doing anything for my fantasies either.
For the first 20 chapters I felt Krissy Hancock got away with unrealistic butting-into strangers' lives as well as overstepping a police investigation. Misfit, her cat, was my favorite character, providing suspense and comic relief.
Near the end of the book the major action begins before an abrupt jolting ending.

I think there are some interesting characters introduced, that need further development.
if Krissy actually knew some people in the community or if her partner Vickie, who has been in town longer, had made some connections and offered to speak to people, the plot might have had more substance.

Alex Erickson has always wanted to write, even at a young, impressionable age. He’s always had an interest in the motive behind murder, which has led him down his current path. He’s always ready with a witty—at least in his opinion—quip, and tries to keep every conversation light and friendly. Alex lives in Ohio with his family and resident felines, who provide endless amounts of inspiration.

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  1. Sounds very good. I like cats, books, and coffee (especially when I haven't gotten enough sleep). I live in Ohio too -- Toledo.

  2. Misfit sounds like one of the best! Next to mine, of course...and some of my friends' fur babies. I love cats, mysteries, and coffee - probably in that order - and would love to read this.

  3. thank you for this giveaway.......
    excited about a new cozy series!!
    congrats to Alex!!!!


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