Death by Espresso (Bookstore Cafe Series #6)

Death by Espresso (Bookstore Cafe Series #6)

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Bookstore-cafe owner Krissy Hancock has plenty to keep her occupied outside business hours, like preparing for her best friend's wedding and solving a murder . . .

Krissy is meeting Vicki's parents at the Pine Hills, Ohio, airport-it's the least she can do as maid of honor, even if her relationship with Mr. and Mrs. Patterson is a bit strained. Besides, her own dad is coming in on the same flight. But there are a few additional arrivals, too. Her father's brought a date-and the Pattersons, both actors, seem to have an entire entourage trailing behind them.

Uninvited guests are a headache-especially when one turns out to be, allegedly at least, the most important wedding planner in all the world. Though Vicki and Krissy have already made arrangements for a small, simple party, Vicki's snobby drama queen mother has her own ideas. Cathy the wedding planner is raring to go, possibly energized by the chocolate-covered espresso beans she compulsively munches. But while the caffeine keeps her awake, it doesn't keep her alive-and after Cathy chokes on an espresso bean after being hit in the head, Krissy has to find out who ended her supposedly stellar career . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781977352958
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Bookstore Cafe Series , #6
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alex Erickson is the author of the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series, which includes the novels Death by Coffee, Death by Tea, and Death by Pumpkin Spice. Alex has always wanted to write, even at a young age. He currently lives in Ohio with his family and resident felines, who provide endless amounts of inspiration.

Melissa Moran is an accomplished radio personality who has won both a CMA (Country Music Association) and ACM (Academy of Country Music) award in broadcasting. In addition to commercial voice-over work, theater, and improvisational comedy, Melissa has narrated over seventy audiobooks in many different genres.

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Death by Espresso 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was cute and the mystery was good. The writing was excellent as always.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Death by Espresso is the sixth book in the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series by Alex Erickson. If you have not read any of the others, you can still enjoy this book as it can be read as a stand alone. Krissy Hancock, a smart, savy sleuth who is not afraid to laugh at herself and her mistakes is back trying to solve another murder in their small town. Vicki, Krissy's best friend and partner in the Cafe, and Mason are getting married. Everything is planned and ready to go. Krissy heads off to the airport to pickup her dad as well greet Vicki's parents. What she does not expect is the entourage that arrive with Vicki's parents, one of them being a famous wedding planner, who pops chocolate covered espresso beans like candy. Vicki and Mason are not happy about her parent's interference. The murder happens fairly quickly in the story and of course, Krissy discovers the body. There are many suspects, some twists, a lot of clues and of course, Krissy's sometimes bumbling discoveries. I found that there was not a lot of action in this book, and at times it was a bit slow. It is surprising that Krissy handles, her job (not mentioned of it or the cafe in this book), the sleuthing as well as her duties as maid of honour for Vicki’s wedding which required her to keep the peace with Vicki and her fiancée and both sets of parents. This caused much of the drama in the story. When the reveal happened, I thought "Oh, really" as it was not climactic at all. One other thing that I liked is that the relationship between Krissy and Will seems to be over and maybe, she might try again with Paul, one can only hope. If you enjoy a cozy mystery with a colourful cast of characters, a pet or two, and a coffee shop/bookstore setting, then give this series a try. The publisher, Kensington Publishing, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions/ideas stated are my own.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Forget the bride being bridezilla, in this story it is her parents who deserve that title as they are determined to make this wedding memorable - often for totally the wrong reasons for the ones who are actually marrying! With unexpected guests arriving with the bride’s acting parents, there are bound to be dramatic moments in this fun, cosy murder mystery story that had me laughing out loud. It has great, quirky characters, superb interactions and plenty of twists and turns along with a dash of romance. There are a plethora of suspects and secrets galore to be uncovered. Although this is the sixth book in the series, I can vouch for the fact that it works well as a standalone as I haven’t read any other books in the series, though I may well be rectifying that once my tbr pile is lower! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys this genre or is looking for a fun read . . . now I’m just hoping that nothing similar happens when my daughter gets married! I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
When Krissy arrives at the airport to pick up Vicki’s parents and her father for Vicki’s wedding, she is surprised to see other people tagging along. Vicki’s parents invited their friends to the wedding without any notice. One of these guests is a wedding planner to the stars who eats chocolate covered espresso beans by the handful. Vicki’s parents invited her to help change the wedding for the better, even though the wedding is all planned out. What happens when the wedding planner is found dead? Krissy will have to find the murderer before the wedding is canceled. This was another fabulous mystery by a wonderful author. I loved Krissy and Vicki instantly, and hated how Vicki’s parents didn’t treat her or her feelings with any respect. I also loved how the author showed the differences between Krissy’s father and Vicki’s parents. This was a multi-faceted mystery with many red herrings and twists in the plot. I had no idea who the culprit was until the end, and it was a surprise. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
Marshathereader More than 1 year ago
Death by Expresso by Alex Erickson is the sixth book in the Bookstore Cafe series. I must say, it is one of my favorites. We return to Pine Hills, Ohio where Krissy is helping Vicki finish the last details on her wedding. When Vicki's actor parents arrive, with an unexpected entourage, the problems begin. They have brought a top class wedding planner and even though, Vicki keeps reminding them she has everything set for the wedding, they insist the wedding planner Cathy's ideas will set the wedding over the top. The parents are not exactly happy and having to blame someone, Krissy is it. Krissy decides to go to visit Mr. and Mrs. Patterson and Cathy to try and talk things over. Instead of finding all of them, she finds Cathy's body. Then when the Pattersons arrive back, they find Krissy standing over the body holding the possible murder weapon, they blame Krissy. Krissy already decided to start her own investigation. So she is now working on the last minute wedding details, trying to run the Bookstore Cafe, hiring a new employee, visiting with her father and his new love, and the investigation. Erickson does a great job of catching up with the residents of Pine Hills. The story has a great story line and flows. There are twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. The only problem, you may crave a cup of coffee with a chocolate chip cookie! I received an ARC from Netgalley and Kensington Books for an honest review.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Death by Espresso was my first introduction to the serie. While I don’t feel there was a complete disconnect in it having read the previous books, I do feel that I missing some little nuggets here and there, though most I managed to figure out. No wedding seems to be without some stress, but poor Vickie and Mason’s wedding is going off the charts. First Vickie’s domineering parents arrive days before the wedding with a surprise wedding planner to the stars in tow and want to completely redo the wedding and make it worthy of their Hollywood connections. If that isn’t bad enough, the wedding planner to the stars turns up dead and the wedding itself is in jeopardy. But Krissy is determined her friends will be married as planned and with he wedding they want...but will the killer be caught or strike again before the happy couple can say I do? Small town Ohio is a lovely setting for the series and I enjoyed the book.