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Death by Coffee: Bookstore Café Mysteries, Book 1

Death by Coffee: Bookstore Café Mysteries, Book 1

Scris de Alex Erickson

Povestit de Melissa Moran


Death by Coffee: Bookstore Café Mysteries, Book 1

Scris de Alex Erickson

Povestit de Melissa Moran

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3.5/5 (12 evaluări)
Lungime:
7 hours
Lansat:
Oct 17, 2017
ISBN:
9781541487109
Format:
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Descriere

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...

Lansat:
Oct 17, 2017
ISBN:
9781541487109
Format:
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Despre autor

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. You can visit him on Twitter at twitter.com/AEricksonbooks and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/alexericksonbooks.


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  • (3/5)
    I liked this book because it wasn't super intense and I felt like I was moving right along with the main character. Everything except how she took her coffee was logical and realistic which made the book a fun read. However good the storyline the book was quite dry in terms of character development and just didn't paint a good picture of things that seemed like they would become important later on.
  • (4/5)
    First in a series that I liked enough to keep reading it.
  • (1/5)
    Just no – not for me
    I think this is the first time in a long time that I have been reading a book and thought “Who wrote this?” and not in a good way. The main character is totally annoying and her love interest (a cop) comes off as a wet blanket that lets anyone walk over them. Her best friend Vicki is a much more interesting character and I wanted to hear more about how Krissy and her became friends.

    I couldn’t figure out why Krissy was so interested in the victim’s death. It wasn’t an interesting murder to me and I really didn’t care who killed the victim. Krissy was so intrusive in her investigation that I even I found her to be annoying. I can’t believe people told her anybody. I understand in cozies the main character is usually a nosy but Krissy was so blunt and rude in her questioning I didn’t like her at all.

    The book was a quick read though. I finished on a flight in one setting. I was given the next two books in the series and I am not sure I want to even to attempt to read them.
  • (3/5)
    I liked this book because it wasn't super intense and I felt like I was moving right along with the main character. Everything except how she took her coffee was logical and realistic which made the book a fun read. However good the storyline the book was quite dry in terms of character development and just didn't paint a good picture of things that seemed like they would become important later on.
  • (2/5)
    Krissy and her best friend Vicki have just opened a bookstore/cafe in the small town of Pine Hills. On their first day of business (which definitely isn't bustling, by the way) a customer orders a cup of coffee, takes it to go and dies a short time later after he returns to his place of business.Since it is discovered that the victim had a severe peanut allergy, and there was peanut dust in the coffee, Krissy, the daughter of a famous mystery writer, is determined to find out how the dust got there...because apparently the police can't figure it out.What we have here is the beginning of a new series, and I wish I could give it a better review. The plot line is interesting, and the characters could be, if there were any character development at all. We know that Vicki is drop dead gorgeous, but we know very little about the protagonist, Krissy. Is her hair dark or light? Short or long? She says 'she's not fat or anything,' but does she have a little weight or is it even noticeable? I would have liked to have known more about her; as it was, I couldn't get a description in my head, per se. We know that Vicki is gorgeous, but for some strange reason, there isn't a single man in town who is interested in seeing her. At least none who read books or drink coffee, from what I gather.Since both Krissy and Vicki have opened the bookstore that morning, and don't know anyone in town, you would think they would be trying to drum up business for their shop. But they sit around and hope people would come in. So when the man, Brendon Lawyer, dies, Krissy does the only natural thing she can do - she walks right up to people and asks them if they had any reason to kill him...whaaat? If a complete stranger (and I assume she is, because no one knows who she is) walked up to me and asked me that, I'd first look at them like they were insane, and then just turn and walk away. But what do these people do? They answer her. And then try and throw her out. Repeatedly.Plus, the two main characters have cats, but both cats hate people and are mean. Mean as in attacking. Why? I have cats, and they don't attack anyone. That's something you train against when they're still kittens. Cats are just as loyal as dogs, some even more so. If you give them love and attention, they're all yours. Trust me. I have cats that grab at me as I go down the staircase, or jump at me from behind the blinds - without using their claws. I've never had one jump under one of my dresses while I was wearing it.Then there's Paul the cop. (Sigh.) He's hunky, of course. But not very bright. Paul's mother practically sets Krissy and him up on a date. Afterward, they go to the crime scene because somehow Krissy has convinced him she wants to see it and investigate. When they get caught, Paul's mother, the chief of police, hints that they should sleep together. Creepy, right? Then there's the fact that at times Krissy talks like a man. Women don't call toilets "thrones." We also are not so crude (I hope) as to say a man 'was taking a leak.' We might say we have to go to the bathroom, but we never share the information that we actually are.When the murderer is revealed, it comes as no surprise. The reason behind it made sense, but we couldn't even feel sorry for the murderer at the end. I would really have liked to have given this book a higher rating, as I enjoy cozies completely; but there just wasn't enough of feeling invested in the book to do so. I hope that this, being the first book in the series, improves with the next one.
  • (3/5)
    Nice cozy. Krissy just may be too annoying and Vicki too perfect to take long term.
  • (5/5)
    I received a free kindle copy of Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson, published by Kensington Books from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.I gave this entertaining cozy mystery five stars. I enjoyed Krissy's attempts to solve what she believes to be a murder. Can she solve it before the killer gets to her?"'Who'd ever heard of a book club competition? Without having to ask, I knew Rita had been the one to come up with it. No one else would have thought of something so . . . odd.'"
  • (2/5)
    On opening day of Krissy and her partner's coffee shop, one of the customers dies after drinking a coffee from their store. I really didn't like Krissy -- she was pushy, rude and inserted herself into the police investigation all the while moaning on every other page that her business wouldn't survive this tragedy while leaving her partner to run the store. While on a date with the policeman who's investigating, she asks him to take her to the crime scene where the victim died managing to get them both arrested. Unbelievable!
  • (3/5)
    Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson is the first book in the new Bookstore Café Mystery series. Krissy Hancock has moved to Pine Hills to start a book store/coffee shop with her best friend, Vicki Patterson. They received the start-up money for their business from Krissy’s father, James Hancock. James Hancock is a retired mystery writer. Their new store is named Death by Coffee after James Hancock’s first book (despite Krissy’s many objections). On their opening day Brendon Lawyer comes in for a cup of coffee. He leaves after getting a call and returns to his insurance office across the street. Soon the police and an ambulance arrive across the street. When Officer Paul Dalton comes in Death by Coffee, he tells Krissy that Brendon is dead. Traces of peanut were found in his coffee. Brendon had a peanut allergy and died from anaphylactic shock. Brendon usually has an EpiPen in his briefcase, but there was no EpiPen in there today (sounds like he had a severe allergy to peanuts).Krissy loves mysteries and puzzles. She has gotten into trouble in the past for sticking her nose into situations that she shouldn’t, but Krissy keeps doing it anyway. She sets out to find out who killed Brendon Lawyer despite Vicki’s (and the police’s) pleas. Krissy is not subtle about her questioning. She just barges in and asks her questions (and she wonders why the new business is suffering). Vicki is a good partner. She keeps the business running while Krissy is out investigating. Chief Dalton likes Krissy and thinks she is perfect for her son (Officer Paul Dalton). Krissy still has not unpacked anything in her house, but she has a date! Who killed Brendon Lawyer and how did they do it?I did not learn much about Vicki in the book. I know she went to high school and college with Krissy, she does not like acting (which is what her parents want her to do), and she wanted to live in a small town (and get away from her parents). I actually learned more about Krissy’s cat, Misfit (we get to hear a little too much about the cat). There is also a cat in Death by Coffee (the shop). Its name is Trouble and trouble is what it causes in the store.I was really looking forward to Death by Coffee. It sounded like a good book, but I was very disappointed. The mystery was easy to solve if you follow the clues. There is a lot of repeating of information throughout the book (like how Krissy puts a cookie in the bottom of her coffee cup before putting in the coffee). There are many rambling paragraphs where Krissy is “thinking” about the case. Krissy tends to check out of reality when she is trying to solve a puzzle. Those ramblings also contain her thoughts on the hunky Paul Dalton. I give Death by Coffee 3 out of 5. This is just the first book of the series and a lot of series get better as they progress. We will have to wait and see. I received a complimentary copy of Death by Coffee from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
  • (4/5)
    Author Alex Erickson is off to a wonderful start with DEATH BY COFFEE. I had been looking forward to reading this first book in the new Bookstore Café Mystery series. I saw the cover online months ago and couldn’t wait for it to be released. It was worth the wait and I was not disappointed! The setting of the connecting bookstore and café was delightful. I often wish I had a place like this locally. The owners of this wonderful shop, DEATH BY COFFEE (Same name as the book), Krissy Hancock and her best friend Vicki Peterson, are a fun pair. Their personalities play well off each other. I can’t wait to learn more about them in future books. The murder in the book happens almost right away. Normally I prefer it to take place later in the story, but I didn’t like the victim anyway, so I was okay with it. ;-) The story and the mystery of who the killer was flowed at a great pace. The reveal was a surprise to me. I love when I don’t see it coming. DEATH BY COFFEE gets added to my list of books I couldn’t put down! Mr. Erickson has insured that I will be adding this new series to me must read list. Check out the back of the book for a sneak peek of Book 2 in the Bookstore Café series, DEATH BY TEA, coming in December of 2015. This year…yay!
  • (4/5)
    I love coffee, I love books, and I love cats, so Death by Coffee, Bookstore Café Mysteries, with a cat on the cover, was bound to appeal to me. The story starts with new-in-town Krissy serving coffee at her newly-opened bookstore. Of course, there’s another café in this small town, so why would people come here? And there’s no promise that anyone will read or buy her books, even the ones written by her father. But Krissy and her friend are determined to make a go of this. Then one of their first customers is apparently poisoned while drinking from one of their cups.There’s something sadly convincing about the customer who says, “I’ve always wondered why we never had a bookstore in Pine Hills,” then doesn’t buy a book. But things might look up, and Krissy is ever hopeful. Her father was a writer, so she brings a tinge of fame. And if she hasn’t learned much about solving mysteries from him, she’ll just learn on the job.Told in first person, Death by Coffee creates a convincing picture of a somewhat disorganized, resolute sleuth, wounded by love but not too determined to avoid it in the future, hurt by the world but still eager to find good in it, and well-trained in the arts of asking awkward questions and trawling the internet. It’s a sweet cozy mystery, not too complex, nicely plotted, with a fine collection of side-characters adding color and promise for a series.Disclosure: I needed a book for a trip and this fit the bill.