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Death by Eggnog: 11/11/20

Death by Eggnog

Death by Eggnog by Alex Erickson is the fifth of the Bookstore Café mysteries. It's Christmastime and Krissy Hancock has been roped into joining the annual holiday play. Shortly after the starts practice the man playing Santa ends up dead.

I don't normally like holiday themed novels but mysteries seem to be better than most genres at not getting carried away with holiday cheer. Krissy has a streak of cynicism that makes this particular mystery more fun. She's also feeling jilted this year because her father has made plans with his new girl friend.

One detail I don't like in this series or any other series is the return of the ex, whether it's a boyfriend or a spouse. In this case, it's the boyfriend she left to move to Pine Hills in Death by Coffee. These exes all come off as stalkers who distract from the mystery at hand.

The next book is Death by Espresso (2018).

Four stars

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