Death by Café Mocha (Bookstore Cafe Series #7)

Death by Café Mocha (Bookstore Cafe Series #7)

by Alex Erickson

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Overview

Krissy Hancock and her pals are taking a coffee break—leaving their bookstore-café in Pine Hills, Ohio, and heading to a convention. But this road trip will be more dangerous than they expected …
 
Coffee lovers are gathering from far and wide at the hotel, and Krissy, Rita, and Vicki are excited. But some of the attendees may need to switch to decaf, as a public argument breaks out soon after they check in and then a flavor competition leads to bitter feelings.
 
When the winner of the contest is beaned with a carafe full of café mocha, suspicions swirl—along with accusations of bribery. Was the dead man offering perks to the judges—or was something sinister going on in his personal life? This case is going to keep Krissy up all night long …

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496721112
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Bookstore Cafe Series , #7
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 526
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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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Death by Café Mocha 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
B0okWorm 4 days ago
Krissy Hancock and her pals are taking a coffee break leaving their bookstore-cafe in Pine Hills, Ohio, and heading to a convention. But this road trip will be more dangerous than they expected. Coffee lovers are gathering from far and wide at the hotel, and Krissy, Rita, and Vicki are excited. But some of the attendees may need to switch to decaf, as a public argument breaks out soon after they check in and then a flavor competition leads to bitter feelings. When the winner of the contest is beaned with a carafe full of cafe mocha, suspicions swirl along with accusations of bribery. Was the dead man offering perks to the judges or was something sinister going on in his personal life? This case is going to keep Krissy up all night long. I had a hard time getting into this book since it took place in an entirely new setting and a lot of the usual characters and places were missing. Once I got used to not reading about the town and residents of Pine Hills, I found the idea of Krissy and Vicki going to a coffee convention. I’m not sure why Rita had to be at the convention since she has nothing to do with coffee except for being a customer at Krissy and Vicki’s bookstore cafe. The mystery is well written and has several suspects who all have their own motive for the murder. There are enough red herrings and twists and turns to keep you guessing about who the killer is until Krissy has her aha moment and the killer is caught. I found that sometimes the main characters seemed to be acting a little immature since they were away from home and the responsibilities of their jobs. I hope that if this series continues the next book will take place in Pine Hills and will have the characters that I have been reading about and getting to know in the previous 6 books. I received and arc of this book from Netgalley and Kensington Books for my review.
GratefulGrandma 3 months ago
This outing in the Bookstore Café Mystery series, finds Krissy Hancock, her partner Vicki and friend Rita out of town at the CoffeeCon. They hope to find some new blends to order for their coffee store/bookstore, Death by Coffee. From the moment they arrive things seem to go wrong. The desk clerk can't find their reservation, Krissy bumps into a man several times spilling coffee and almost falling over, they meet up with a rather nasty coffee brewer, she runs into her arch nemesis from her hometown and there is a murder. There is a lot going on already, but Krissy can't help but stick her nose into the investigation and start asking questions and following people around. This series has been up and down for me, but this one hit the mark. I enjoyed the setting of a coffee convention, even though it does not sound that interesting. It was nice to see the friends away from Pine Hills, mingling with others not from their small town. The murder mystery was well-written and interesting. There were several suspects all with pretty good motives. Krissy systematically ticked them off until her aha moment where she figured out who the culprit was. I figured it out at the same time. The plot and characters were well developed, along with a hint of romance. I recommend this book to those who enjoy cozy mysteries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Katherinestamps 4 months ago
This is a fun cozy mystery! I have not read any of the previous Bookstore Café mysteries, but this won't be my last! I really enjoyed this book, and despite it being #7 in the series, I had no problem jumping right in and getting to know the characters. In this story, Krissy and her friends are attending a convention about coffee, JavaCon. When the winner of the taste test is found murdered, Krissy takes it upon herself to investigate the death and talk to all the suspects. I think it's interesting that Krissy is bold enough to insert herself into conversation with near strangers and they really seem to open up to her, and she is able to gather a lot of information that way. She is in a new town and she doesn't have the police connections she usually does, but that doesn't deter her. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who likes coffee and a good cozy mystery! Thanks to #NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
BookloverUT 4 months ago
Krissy Hancock and her friends are attending a conference on coffee at a hotel. When the winner of the best tasting contest is found dead, Krissy decides to investigate. But, if she doesn’t watch out, she could be the next one dead. I really liked this cozy mystery. I loved how the main character worked with the police and assisted in the investigation. The detective seemed intelligent, but listened, grudgingly, to Krissy’s observations. The plot kept me guessing with just enough red herrings to make it intriguing. I can’t wait until the next book in this series. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
CozyOnUp 4 months ago
Krissy, Vicki and Rita head to Maryland to attend the inaugural Javacon to up their game at Death by Coffee. It should be a fun and rewarding time to taste coffees and focus on ways to build out the business. Maybe even a sprinkling of pleasure can be mixed in when a hottie barista asks Krissy out to dinner. When the winner of the Javacon coffee contest is found murdered by one of the tools of his trade, Krissy just can’t help but getting herself involved in solving the man’s murder. She soon fears the hottie who asked her to dinner may be a murderer, and soon realizes that she really doesn’t want to date anyone other than her local police detective back at home in Ohio. 
Contrary to her original plans, Krissy doesn’t have a lot of time to attend sessions at Javacon as she speaks with board members and other attendees to follow the trail of clues. Krissy is working hard to finger the murdered before becoming the next victim. Another great serving in this caffeinated series. The mysteries are solid and the characters well developed. If you haven’t read any of the previous books and don’t like having to connect a few dots, you may want to start from the beginning of the series. Though I do believe this is solid as a stand alone and you can make those connections as you read on.
TheCozyReview 4 months ago
Series: A Bookstore Café Mystery – Book 7 Author: Alex Erickson Genre: Cozy Mystery/ Bookstore/Coffee Publisher: Kensington Mystery Page Count: 304 Death by Café Mocha is the seventh book in the “A Bookstore Café Mystery” cozy mystery series by author Alex Erickson, published by Kensington Books. The addition of this latest book will have fans of the series smiling at Krissy’s antics. The female characters in this cozy mystery are a bit on the immature side, even though they are all thirty-years-old and up. However, they are also absorbing and entertaining to follow throughout the story. It's intriguing to see how far Krissy will go to solve the murder of someone she didn’t even know and has no business being involved with. Her inability to stay out of the investigation is comical at times and makes this book fun to read. The murder itself is fascinating because it was done at a coffee convention with a lot of people milling about at all time. The resolution and the killer’s motive aren’t off the mark in the competitive world of coffee. This makes the story believable. In this book, the characters are taken outside of their comfort zone. Even though they are uncomfortable at first and awed by the sheer amount of people, vendors, and coffee choices, they come to realize how big the industry is and the lengths people will go to in order to succeed in the business. I enjoyed this new addition to Alex Erickson’s cozy mystery series. The writing is top-notch; the story keeps you guessing while turning the page. The characters are personable and eccentric. The plot moves quickly, the killer is revealed, justice is served. Death by Café Mocha gives readers craving for more cozy mystery books, and definitely more coffee.
Marshathereader 4 months ago
Death by Café Mocha by Alex Erickson is book seven in the Bookstore Café series. I am a huge fan of this series, but was sadly let down this time. My opinion is because. the story is not set in the café but at JavaCon in a different state. We didn't get all the locals this time and Krissy's cat and his antics.. That being said, Erickson still delivers a good mystery that has you guessing until the end along with an unexpected twist I did not see coming. Hopefully, in the future, we return to Pine Hills and catch up with the locals. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and Kensington Books for an honest review.
KiahJT 4 months ago
2 star Death by Cafe Mocha has an interesting start but swiftly goes downhill from there. This book cannot really be read independently of the series, as there is far too much back story that gets missed and not explained. However, a cozy mystery is not by definition filled with talk of sex or sex life. Krissy's has been repeatedly mentioned in the first 3 chapters and then sprinkled throughout the book. I’m not a prude, but there is a reason I read cozy mysteries and that is I don’t care to read about someone’s sex life or lack of one. One of the main characters Rita is utterly annoying. For an older woman, she really shouldn't be acting like a petulant child. Krissy decides because she has experience with murders that she should ask questions and find the killer. I’m so sick of books where the main character is better at figuring out the murder than the police. It is unrealistic, dangerous and ridiculous. Book is just okay. It is overly repetitive and missing key information at the same time. I just don't believe I would read this author again.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own.