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Friday, August 7, 2020

Death by French Roast (Death by Coffee #8) by Alex Erickson

Death by French Roast
(Death by Coffee #8)

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 27th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Goodreads synopsis: 
Krissy Hancock runs a bookstore-caf in Pine Hills, Ohio, but she'll be setting up shop as a sleuth when she discovers a long-unsolved murder . . .

Krissy's helping a friend clean out her late mother's house when she learns that although the deceased died peacefully at an advanced age, her brother did not. In fact, Wade was killed more than thirty years ago, and the case was never closed. What surprises Krissy even more is that she has a personal connection to the story--her friend Rita was seeing Wade at the time, scandalizing the town with the couple's large age difference.

With an older Rita now part of Krissy's writing group--and another member with police experience--she starts digging up gossip, talking to the victim's local coffee klatsch, and trying to find real clues amid the old rumors. But things just seem to grow muddier as she fights to identify whodunit . . .


4.5 stars

This is the eighth book in the Death By Coffee series by Alex Erickson.

I am totally addicted to this series. I have read every book since the series started. 

When Krissy’s noisy neighbor dies unexpectedly, she learns of a relative who died under unusual circumstances… a murder that was never solved. Krissy decides to dig into this mystery in memory of Eleanor.

Considering how involved Rita was in the background of this story, I am surprised she wasn’t more involved in the story itself. Rita is usually a thorn in Krissy’s side for most o the book but this time, she was strangely silent. I almost wished she had been more involved in some way.

Great mystery. I liked how the author used this circumstance to pull Paul and Krissy closer together. Krissy’s questioning of some of the older residents of town wasn’t taken as well as she had hoped and she found herself in dangerous circumstances more than once in this story.

This is definitely a series I recommend to anyone. But start at the beginning and get all the background. It is more fun that way. You can certainly read this as a standalone if you must.

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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