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Death by Espresso: 08/18/22
Death by Espresso by Alex Erickson is sixth book in the Bookstore Cafe mystery series. Krissy is helping Vicki in the run up to her wedding. Vicki's parents bring in a group of extra, uninvited guests, and an espresso bean addicted wedding planner. Before too long the wedding planner is dead and Krissy needs to figure out who did it to save the wedding.
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know I've posted a review for the most recent, book nine, Death by Hot Apple Cider (2021). I thought I had posted reviews for all the books as I've read. In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown/shutdown, I somehow forgot to post reviews for this book, and book seven, Death by Café Mocha (2019) as well as about two dozen other books I read during this time.
Vicki's parents and the others brought along are actors. They're here to also work on a film being shot nearby. The film situation brings to mind another mystery I read last year, Final Catcall by (2013) as well as Careless Whiskers by Miranda James (2020).
The heart of the matter ends up being a necklace. Various people lay claim to it. The necklace's value is under dispute. The necklace ends up being part motive, part MacGuffin, and part red herring. It's also the pea in the shell game. Keep track of what the necklace means to whom and you'll be on your way to solving this mystery.
Even on a re-read this was a fun mystery. I did remember big chunks of it but not enough to be able to sing along with it. The seventh book is Death by Café Mocha (2019) which I will be re-reading and reviewing soon.