Death by Coffee – Alex Erickson

3/5 Book/Coffee Shops

On The Back:

When Krissy Hancock and her best friend Vicki decide to open a bookstore café 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…

My Thoughts:

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley*

Death by Coffee was an enjoyable, quick read that makes me want to read the next book.

The characters were all very realistic. When I read a book the first thing I look for is a realistic cast of characters, and this book had that. The MC, Krissy, was a bit hard to relate to, in my opinion, but the rest of the characters were fun and honest.

The mystery was also good, the murderer was kind of obvious, but why the murder was committed was actually very nice, the idea of it was typical, but the details broke the general mold of many cozy-mysteries, which was refreshing.

However, this book also had a few things that I wasn’t happy about. First of all the MC, Krissy, was very open in her investigating. If you don’t like a MC who is obvious and open with their intentions for investigating, then, to be honest, you may not like Krissy. That is really the main reason I took off the two stars, because I don’t like obvious MCs and Krissy is very obvious.

However, in the end this is a good book, not stellar, but very few fist-in-a-series are. I will be reading the next one.

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