I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson
Length: 7 hours and 22 minutes
Published by Kensington Pages: 320
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Melissa Moran
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Also by this author: Death by Tea
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…
Here is what I thought
Not sure why it took me so long to try this series and it was really cute and fun.
Krissy and her friend Vicki thought it would be fun to open up a bookstore cafe and call it Death by Coffee, after one of her father’s mystery books. It was cute until a man that just left her coffee shop ends up dead and then the words rang a bit too true. Though he didn’t die by the coffee it still made her feel bad and it wasn’t helping them get customers.
So Krissy feels that she needs to try and figure things out and gets herself in a bit of trouble that started out with Paul, an officer taking her to the crime scene. Who takes a date to the crime scene! They both get arrested by a smug officer but Paul’s mother is the police chief, so they didn’t get in trouble. It does peak her interest in trying to solve the crime though and that gets her in a lot more trouble.
I like Krissy though she is sort of living in her father’s shadow she is also trying to make something of herself with her bookstore cafe. There is a major fan of her fathers that comes into the cafe and it’s pretty funny. Vicki is a bit of a worry wart but I can’t blame her as they were not getting much traffic into their cafe at first. We don’t really get to know her much in this first one but as a secondary character I am sure we will in the future.
I must say I didn’t figure out the killer in this one so I really liked the mystery and thought it was done well.
Overall I thought this was a good start to a cozy series and I am always a fan of bookstore and coffee themes so this is a great combination. 🙂 If you love cozies you should try this one!
This was my first time listening to Melissa Moran and I thought she has a great voice for this genre and can’t wait to try another one from her.
Audio rating: 4