Alex Erickson: Death by Tea Bookstore Cafe Mystery #2

E thing uite an njoyable readAs for me I ve put this series on my to read list and now await publication of the next one 35 stars I was really looking forward to reading this book and am truly disappointed that the story was not what I hoped it would be As a devoted cozy mystery lover the title and description of the book seemed like a perfect fit Unfortunately the story was far from realistic the main character Krissy was unlikable and the plot just seemed very confusing I didn t understand the concept the author was trying to achieve and was not at all intrigued at any point in the story I give this story 1 starI received a copy of this book from NetGalley in xchange for my fair and honest review I really like this series It is fun and I am in love with the cat Misfit The murder mystery was interesting and I was not able to guess the murderer I m looking forward to continuing this series The mystery was a good one although I did ventually figure out who the killer was and ven why The showdown was a bit nail biting but once again good old Krissy annoyed the truth out of the perp I like the premise for this series being books and coffee but I m having trouble warming up to Krissy Vicki seems to be the voice of reason in their business venture and I do like the police chief and her son Paul a lot. Flame Officer Paul Dalton But ven Paul can t ignore the trail of Alien Chastity Belt 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 anlusive kille.

As an avid reader with special interest in the mysterythriller genre I m always on the lookout for a good series In particular I like books I can turn to when I ve had my fill of blood and guts mayhem and hard boiled heroes who can kill five villains with their bare hands despite a broken leg and two gunshot wounds I still want books in the mystery category mind you I just want them a bit on the lighter side As such I count The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun The Burgler Who series by Lawrence Block and the Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer uinn among my go to favorites all of which unfortunately I ve read by nowHappily this book which I received at no cost from the publisher via NetGalley in xchange for a review fills the bill nicely The heroine Krissy Hancock is the owner of Death by Coffee a combination coffee shop and bookstore She made her debut if I read correctly in Death by Coffee which I have not read This one stands on its own uite well but little references here and there to incidents I assume happened in the predecessor suggest that I d have preferred as is my custom to read the first one firstHer little shop has been chosen as a meeting place by a book club which is prepping for participation in and winning a book club competition Yep you read that right I ve never heard of such. Mystery lovers have descended on Pine Hills for this year s book club competition to be held at Krissy Hancock s bookstore cafe 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 suare.

A thing ither They picked the place in part because the book they ll be reading was written by Krissy s father Lawbreakers Suspense Stories even though by his own admission it s not one of his best One night after all the club members andmployees have gone a man one of the club members is murdered He was it seems bashed in the head by a teapotKrissy a likable but downright nosy sort begins to investigate despite warnings from the local police to butt out Although she apparently helped police solve a different murder HIPPO IN THE GARDEN earlier presumably the subject of the first book this time out she s managed to become a prime suspect herself Undaunted she perseveres putting personal relationships andven her life in jeopardy along the way As for Krissy I flip flopped from relating to her as a person to well not so much She insists no man looks good in a Speedo right on but she abhors all country music whoa Nelly My biggest turn off came Spinal Trauma early on Her favorite sweet treat is a cup of coffee with a chocolate chip cookie at the bottom of the cup Gross Also some of the situations in which she puts herselfven though she s a suspect made me think she s Shadow (New Species, either incredibly naive or impossibly stupid but hey if I m honest I must admit that nosy me probably have donexactly what she did More to the point here though is that it all works making the whol. 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.

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