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Death by Pumpkin Spice: Bookstore Café Mysteries, Book 3

Death by Pumpkin Spice: Bookstore Café Mysteries, Book 3

Scris de Alex Erickson

Povestit de Melissa Moran


Death by Pumpkin Spice: Bookstore Café Mysteries, Book 3

Scris de Alex Erickson

Povestit de Melissa Moran

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3.5/5 (7 evaluări)
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7 hours
Lansat:
Dec 19, 2017
ISBN:
9781541487123
Format:
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Descriere

As if a run-in with an old flame and a failed marriage proposal weren't enough to horrify Krissy for one night, a woman is found strangled to death in a room filled with ominous jack-o'-lanterns. All signs suggest a crime of passion—but when the hostess's jewelry disappears, malevolent intentions seem way more likely . . .

With the estate on lockdown and a killer roaming the halls, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate each nook, cranny, and guest for answers—while also confronting a few demons of her own. Someone has lots of skeletons in the closet, and Krissy better tread lightly to expose them . . .

Lansat:
Dec 19, 2017
ISBN:
9781541487123
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)
    It’s a Hallowe’en party that is second to none, and Krissy was lucky enough to be invited to it by a handsome doctor. But the company and the mansion are a bit out of her league. Still, she is determined to enjoy herself and not be intimidated by the guests. However, when a partygoer dressed as Marilyn Monroe is found murdered, Krissy’s instincts kick into high gear. She wants to help the detective in charge, who also just happened to be a guest, with interviewing the other people and solving the murder. Everyone is held captive at the party, waiting for reinforcements to come, since a driving rainstorm has washed out access to the mansion. The vast majority of this tale takes place at the party, and after a while, the story drags a bit. Still, it is an entertaining and scary tale, with just enough twists along with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure.
  • (3/5)
    Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson is the third book in Bookstore Café Mystery series. Krissy Hancock is invited to the exclusive Yarborough Halloween Party by Dr. William Foster. Krissy purchases her costume at the local Halloween pop-up store (for a fancy, exclusive party). Krissy goes as Sherlock Holmes and Will is Phantom of the Opera. The Yarborough driveway is steep and under construction (just gravel). It is difficult for the cars to get up the driveway due to the pouring rain. The Yarborough house is unique (wait until you read the description of the kitchen). Howard Yarborough, who recently passed away, loved Halloween and the house reflects his taste (it is this way all the time). After Margaret Yarborough addresses the guests, Quentin Pebbles steps up and proposes to his girlfriend, Jessica. Jessica rejects Quentin’s proposal (she humiliates him). When the guests are invited to explore the house (each room has a different theme), Jessica is found dead in the pumpkin room. Officer Paul Dalton is the only police presence in the house and responders cannot get up the drive. Paul asks Krissy for assistance (she is thrilled to help). They are searching for Quentin (who disappeared) when Margaret states her jewels are missing. Does it have anything to do with the murder? Paul and Krissy have their work cut out for them. The guests refuse to stay in the ballroom. They keep taking off to explore the house. Krissy is also distracted by her ex-boyfriend, Robert. He showed up at the party so he could talk to Krissy. Robert wants Krissy to give him another chance (after he cheated on her). Will Paul and Krissy be able to find the killer before the guest’s mutiny and demand to be released? To find out who killed Jessica Fairweather, you will need read Death by Pumpkin Spice!I thought Death by Pumpkin Spice was disappointing. I thought Krissy was an extremely unlikeable character. Krissy has confidence issues and is constantly doubting herself (it is unappealing). Her self-doubts and lack of confidence make it really hard to enjoy the book. Krissy seems very immature. The book also focused too much on romance. Krissy is at the party with Will, but she keeps thinking about Paul (blushing when his name is mentioned, when she thinks about him). Then Robert pops up and wants her back. I also found some contradictions in the novel. She agrees to go to an exclusive party with Will. But after seeing Will’s costume, the fancy house, and the other guest’s costumes, she realizes it is a fancy dress party (she did not get that from the invite and her friends telling her how this is a very exclusive event). Death by Pumpkin Spice is easy to read and can be finished in a couple of hours. The mystery can be easily solved (you can solve it before you get to page 100). You only need two clues to figure it out. I give Death by Pumpkin Spice 3 out of 5 stars (it is okay). This book was just not for me. The premise is good, but I did not like the final product.
  • (4/5)
    This is the third book in the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series, but the first I read. I definitely needed to read the previous books as I felt confused about the ongoing storyline in regards to Krissy and Paul. I gather there was an attempt to date in earlier books that ended poorly, but it did not ruin the book for me. Krissy, who co-owns Death by Coffee with her best friend is invited to a Hallowe'en Costume Party by handsome, doctor Will. There is mention of a situation from an earlier book regarding their relationship as well that I was not privy to. She decides to go even though she is extremely insecure and worried about what everyone will think. Shortly after arriving, there is a murder. Because there is no other police available to get to the scene, Paul asks Krissy to help him out.This was a fun little read. I loved the aspect of a locked room murder and that it takes place with a Hallowe'en atmosphere. The majority of the book took place over just one evening. The mystery had some interesting twists and turns. I thought I had it all figured out, but was sadly mistaken. Overall, most of the characters are likeable and interesting. The one think I did not like was Krissy's insecurities. She is constantly worried about what others will think, her appearance, her lack of money when around affluent people etc. Yet, when it came down to action, she did not hesitate to jump in regardless what others thought. Rather mixed messages there, but I guess, there are a lot of people this way in real life. I also think Krissy needs to make up her mind about her dating/love life. She is dating Will, but I believe she would dump him in a minute if Paul asked her out again.I am not sure about this series, I might try another one, but if I do not get a better sense of Krissy, even though the mystery was interesting, I might give up on it. The publisher generously provided me a copy of this book via Netgalley.