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Death by Café Mocha: 11/14/22
Death by Café Mocha by Alex Erickson and Melissa Moran (Narrator) (2019) is the seventh book in the Bookstore Cafe mystery series. This volume is another of the books I read during the COVID lockdown and completely forgot to review.
The set up for this mystery is a coffee convention in Maryland. Krissy, Vicki and Rita (for vague reasons) have traveled to the first annual Coffee Con. Things go south, though, when the winner of the blended coffee contest is murdered.
Convention based mysteries are a tough one. On the one hand, they offer a realistic change of location. The amateur sleuth is a professional in some field and many do have conventions. On the other hand, these plots often involve bringing along the wacky cast of characters who drive the plot — thus Rita's inclusion.
The convention Krissy et al attends is only vaguely described. It's really there mostly for setting. From the convention runner's reaction to the murder and other mishaps, it could also be diagetically a poorly run convention.
The mystery and it's setting at a convention strongly reminds me of Cat Me If You Can by Miranda James (2020). Both rely on a change of location