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Death by Coffee: 01/29/20

Death by Coffee

Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson is the first of the Bookstore Café mystery series. Krissy Hancock has just moved to a small midwest town from California to help her friend Vicki open a café and bookstore. On the very first day of business Brenden Lawyer ends up dead from a peanut allergy. When your café is called "Death by Coffee" it doesn't bode well for business.

To save her business and her reputation, Krissy decides to investigate. Her approach to investigating is rather blunt and something I've not seen outside of Murder She Wrote.

For an inaugural volume it has the usual rough edges. The characters are too driven by rigid character sheets. The situations are a series of connected tropes. The clues are a bit obvious.

But as an audiobook, performed by Melissa Moran, it's still a fun listen. The second book is Death by Tea (2015).

Four stars

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