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Death by Hot Apple Cider: 03/13/22
Death by Hot Apple Cider by Alex Erickson is the ninth in the Bookstore Cafe mystery series. Krissy Hancock and Death by Coffee are providing the apple cider at the Pine Hills Thanksgiving celebration. Unfortunately someone drowns in cider while bobbing for apples — and it turns out he was murdered.
The murder victim was known for harassing people he believed were peddling or teaching filth. The bookstore, library, and local high school were all targets of his. Krissy's investigation thus goes to all of the places he frequented, leading to interesting and sometimes tense results.
The middle section of this mystery reminds me a bit of Muffin But Trouble (2019) but written in a less grim-dark tone. It's not that Alex Erickson is flippant with his approach, rather that the "cult" Krissy encounters is less established and less threatening.
The tenth book is Death by Spiced Chai. It's scheduled for release on October 25, 2022.