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 Tea by Alex Erickson
Length: 8 hours and 16 minutes
Published by Kensington Pages: 320
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Melissa Moran
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Also by this author: Death by Coffee
Mystery lovers have descended on Pine Hills for this year’s book club competition, to be held at Krissy Hancock’s bookstore café. But the killer in their midst seems determined to outwit all the armchair sleuths—and send Krissy to the remainder bin forever. Just before two dueling book clubs are set to square off at Death by Coffee, one of the competitors turns up dead—bludgeoned with the silver teapot that was to serve as the prize. Suspicion immediately falls on Krissy, who was seen skulking around town in dark clothes on the night of the murder. To clear her name and find the real killer, Krissy turns to an old flame, Officer Paul Dalton. But even Paul can’t ignore the trail of evidence that seems to point in her direction. And with Krissy’s personal nemesis, Officer John Buchannan, working overtime to pin the murder on her, it will take an amazing feat of detective work to close the book for good on an elusive killer. . .
Here is what I thought
Death by Tea is the second in the Bookstore Cafe mystery series and not my favorite. I felt the MC did to many stupid things and wanted to smack her.
Krissy named her bookstore cafe after one of her dad’s books Death by Coffee and in doing so she had gained this mega fan who seems to go on and on about her dad. Krissy is not a fan of her droning about her father because she wants to be her own person (so then maybe you shouldn’t name her store after one of his books??) 🙂 Then one day she brings in a life size picture of Krissy’s father and wants to leave it their, but Krissy doesn’t want it there.
Then Krissy finds out that she is hosting a book club duel of some sorts and then one of the guys from the club is murdered in Death by Coffee, he was hit with a tea kettle.
- So Krissy sneaks into her own business to steal the life size pic of her dad. Finds out a man was killed there so lies about being there. Gets caught in a lie, still doesn’t come clean about taking the life size pic, gets caught with it in her house.
- In anger hits the one cop who hates her gets thrown in jail, and still does stupid things.
- Instead of telling Paul about her suspicions makes a full of herself in front of a bunch of people.
So she was not my favorite character this go around. I really enjoyed Death by Coffee the first book, and I am hoping she gets a bit smarter in the third book but I just kep rolling my eyes with this one. 🙁
It has a really good mystery and I really didn’t figure it out until pretty close to the reveal though I didn’t know the why.
Overall, it was okay but not great.
Second in this series read by Melissa Moran so I am getting use to her narration and I like it.