Death by Vanilla Latte (A Bookstore Cafe Mystery)
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Ever since café owner Krissy Hancock settled into a relationship and—mostly—forgot about old flames, life has become surprisingly serene. Too bad her father, famed mystery writer James Hancock, had to pay an unexpected visit to Death by Coffee and brew up a batch of trouble...
While caught off-guard by her dad’s presence, Krissy never dreamed he’d become the biggest murder suspect in town. But that’s exactly what happens when James’s boorish agent—a man he allegedly fired just hours earlier—is found cold and lifeless, a still-warm vanilla latte resting by his hand...
With Pine Hills divided over her father’s innocence and a fanatical fan keen on locking the author away for safe keeping, Krissy must end the madness and identify the real criminal—even if that means meeting an ex or two along the way. But as her social life becomes increasingly chaotic, Krissy may be caught in a case that’s far too hot to handle...
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 https://twitter.com/AEricksonbooks and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/alexericksonbooks.
Most helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Cute, simple, murder mystery
By Robin L. Piet
This is a cute, simple, murder mystery. It takes place in a small town. The murder isn’t explicitly explained. There’s no sex, profanity or violence. The detective owns a small bookstore and all the suspects know each other, so it fits the category of “cozy mystery” perfectly.
Krissy (the bookstore owner) is bringing her father, who is a well-known author, to her bookstore to do an author’s signing. She gets to see her father, help his book sales, and promote her bookstore all at the same time. Before the day of the book-signing, however, her father’s agent is killed. Apparently, Krissy has solved another murder in the past and everyone tells her to stay safe and keep her nose out of this mystery, but she can’t do it, since the victim was her father’s agent. This time, her father helps her to solve the mystery.
This is a pleasant, fast read.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Sleuthing with Dad
By Kindle Customer
Krissey Hancock owns a coffee shop with two friends and has a handsome physician boyfriend. Life is good! Her father, a mystery writer of some note, is visiting with his agent. Every would be writer in Krissey's town is vying for their attention. Krissey is horrified when the agent is murdered and begins to investigate, with Dad in tow. The two engage in sleuthing in an attempt to find the murderer, with sometimes hilarious results. This is a light, bright series I recommend when you are down and out. It will have you feeling better in an instant!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
A bit too much Vanilla
By The Cozy Review
Krissy Hancock has a way of getting involved with murder. Ever since she moved to Pine Hills and opened her cafe, Death by Coffee, she has come across too many killers. Sooner or later, no matter how hard she tries, she steps right in the middle of trouble. When her father, famed mystery writer James Hancock, decides to pay a visit there is no way murder is not going to follow.
Krissy is surprised by her father’s sudden visit, she’d missed him and although elated to see him she is worried that with a new book, and a book signing tour he might be endangering his health. The fact that he brought his longtime agent with him, a man Krissy has never liked or trusted worry’s her even more. However, in her wildest nightmares, she never thought that her father would become the main suspect in the agent’s death.
Krissy Hancock is always sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong, she keeps stepping into murder investigations and stepping on the local police officers toes in the process. Many people in the small town are not fond of her and fear that whenever she shows up, murder is soon to follow. So when her father comes to town with his literary agent, there is bound to be trouble. The agent ends up dead, and her father may be the killer. It becomes apparent that the police are at a loss, they have no clues and no other suspects. Krissy tells herself to stay out of it, let the cops figure it out but… their suspect is her father, and she uses this fact to justify getting involved and solving the murder before the police blow the investigation and arrest her dad.
Although this is a cute, fast-paced cozy with nice characters and settings, it is more of a romance based story than an actual mystery. The main character, Krissy is supposed to be a business owner, yet she acts and is treated more as an employee. She seems to be needy when she is meant to be a strong independent woman. The other characters in this story are unremarkable and lack any depth, except Krissy’s father. James Hancock is an excellent character that deserves far more attention and should be more involved in the plot and investigation. The ending is almost predictable. However, the character revealed as the killer is not plausible in the sense that the character is barely mentioned in the book at all.
The agent is a colorful and unlikeable character which is the perfect victim that no one will actually mourn. Readers may be disappointed with the love triangle in this story as it plays a bigger part than is warranted. Overall this book has some good qualities and is well written and will appeal to those readers who are looking for something lite and easy to read.