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Death by Coffee

(Bookstore Cafe Mystery #1)

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,828 ratings  ·  399 reviews
When Krissy Hancock and her best friend Vicki decide to open a bookstore café in their new town of Pine Hills, they decide to call it "Death by Coffee," after Krissy’s father’s most famous mystery novel. Little do they know how well the name fits…

On their very first day of business, Brendon Lawyer huffily takes his coffee…to the grave. It seems he had a severe allergy to p
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Kensington
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Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I started to read this book and found myself really disliking the main character, Krissy. I kept reading, hoping this would change but it didn't. I found that I disliked how she stuck her nose in and very brashly asked people questions about the murder that happened. To them she was a stranger and I was surprised that she got any answers at all. I agreed with the victim's mother-in-law about calling the police on her. She did not go about gathering information very well and was very off-putting ...more
Paige  Bookdragon
Look, it was okay in the beginning. I laughed out loud with some dialogues, the characters were a hoot, the story is my cup of tea blah blah blah.

Then someone died and it all went sour.

Dialogues went bad, characters went stupid and the story just became boring. I'm not sure but maybe the intelligence and the sense of humor just died along with the murdered character.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Disappointing. The lack of character development really bothered me as cozy mysteries are as much about the characters as they are about the mystery. It also bothered me that the main character didn't come up with creative reasons to talk to suspects, but asked them outright questions about the murder, and they actually answered. My biggest complaint was the amount of pages describing the bathroom habits of the main character's cat. (5/1/15)

I received an ARC from NetGalley, which is great becaus
May 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was given to me as a gift by my lovely and very well-intentioned husband. He appreciates my love of the cozy and I'm sure, when he came across this title, he thought, "She loves caffeine! She vaguely mentions wanting to open a bookstore cafe at least three times a year! There's a cat on the cover! This book is sure to be a winner."

Unfortunately, just a few pages in, I had the sinking suspicion that Death by Coffee was...written by a man. Don't get me wrong. Men do many things well. Wri
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I started off really liking this cozy. By the time I was finished, it was just ok. I either liked the main character and laughed or she annoyed me. I really like the idea of a coffee shop and bookstore together especially ran by best friends.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
5 Stars 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟 what can I say I’m a sucker for a good cozy mystery.
Nicole Overmoyer
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The best part about this book? It taught me that bitter coffee is much improved if you put a cookie (or some Nilla wafers... it was all I had) in it.

The not so best part about this book? Pretty much everything else. But I was interested and it was a fast enough read that I plowed through and finished it. Just not my thing.

(I received a copy of "Death by Coffee" through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest & original review.)
Cindy H.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm baffled this is actually a series?!?! This was my first cozy and what a disappointment! I didn't think I'd really like a cozy but I didn't think it would be so genuinely stupid.
I read this for a challenge prompt, otherwise I would have bailed immediately. And the twist?? Ridiculous
This book was really a stretch, I don't care how small your town is.....UGH!!
May 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Krissy and her best friend, Vickie, have given up their busy California lives and moved to the midwest to open a bookshop/coffee house. On their first day of business, a rather nasty customer turns up dead moments after taking his coffee to his office across the street from the shop. The police are calling it an accident, but there are others in town who think it's murder, including Krissy. She has always been intrigued by puzzles, which she attributes to the fact that her father is a well-known ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had been wanting to read this for some time now, and was glad when one of the online book clubs I'm in decided to use it for this month's discussion, which is next week. Krissy was a hoot! She was pushy, persistent and sometimes a bit childlike in her outbursts, but she got the job done in the end, and she tracked down the killer. What a twist toward the end! I sure never saw it coming, and I didn't guess the killer until some clues planted led to them. I loved the cats getting into mischief a ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Death by Coffee is a cozy mystery by new author Alex Erickson. Part of the attraction of a cozy mystery is the quaintness of the setting—generally a small town. Death by Coffee got that right! Pine Hills is the small town where Krissy and Vicki open a book and coffee house after leaving the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Pine Hills is filled with odd and cantankerous characters who bring some color to
Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Just no – not for me
I think this is the first time in a long time that I have been reading a book and thought “Who wrote this?” and not in a good way. The main character is totally annoying and her love interest (a cop) comes off as a wet blanket that lets anyone walk over them. Her best friend Vicki is a much more interesting character and I wanted to hear more about how Krissy and her became friends.

I couldn’t figure out why Krissy was so interested in the victim’s death. It wasn’t an interest
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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Mark Baker
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2015
Best friends Krissy and Vickie have moved to Pine Hills and opened a bookstore and coffee shop. They’ve even named it Death by Coffee after one of Krissy’s dad’s bestselling mystery novels. But they find themselves in a real life mystery on their first day in business when a customer buys a cup of coffee, takes it to his office across the street, and dies. Krissy will have to act fast to clear their shop of any wrong doing in the crime.

The book sounded like fun, and I really wanted to like it, b
Jenni Schell
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I think this was a pretty good start to a new series. That said, it started out pretty quickly but then seemed to slow down for me. I loved the characters and I think there is a lot of room to grow in the story.
Dawn Frazier
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved it! Great start to a new series. I loved the setting, and great characters. I can't wait for the next one!
Alyssa White
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I enjoyed this book. Some parts were easily awkward, but I think that is what kept me wanting to read it. I cannot wait to read more in this series.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

I love coffee and I love books, so of course I had to give Death by Coffee a read! Sadly, I didn't love it. There wasn't nearly enough coffee or books, and Krissy was a really bad amateur sleuth (and a bad barista and bookseller, to be honest). She's new in town, running a bookstore/cafe with her BFF, when one of their first customers turns up dead soon after ordering one of their coffees. Brendon Lawyer wasn't well liked, but the police have deemed it an acci
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson is the first cozy I have read in a while and I picked it out on impulse due to the theme. The idea is really fun, a bookstore cafe with some puzzles and cats thrown in. The side characters are a quirky lot of the comical and theatrical variety. The victim is the guy that everyone could do without, not too many tears shed here and the plot had enough clues and misdirection to make it interesting. My issue was with the protagonist, Krissy. She is beyond pushy and b ...more
Carolyn Injoy
Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson I received a free kindle copy of Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson, published by Kensington Books from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
I gave this entertaining cozy mystery five stars. I enjoyed Krissy's attempts to solve what she believes to be a murder. Can she solve it before the killer gets to her?
"'Who'd ever heard of a book club competition? Without having to ask, I knew Rita had been the one to come up with it. No one else would have thought of so
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I finished Death by Coffee last night I liked it. I thought the idea of the book was good. I am not sure I got a true cozy feeling from it but I did like it and am looking forward to reading the next one.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Not the best cozy I’ve read, but I will probably read the next book in the series anyway. I found the main character to be extremely whiny and annoying. I got tired of listening to her whine about the lack of customers in her new shop. I also got tired of her pining after the police officer. She was acting like a middle school girl and it was annoying. She also whined about her cat a lot. There was a lack of character development in this book. Maybe that will improve in the next book. The premis ...more
Paula Adams
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just by the title you can guess what happens. But you don't know how or why or who. The co-coffeeshop owner wants to find out as she feels responsible even though no one else died. Lots of misadventures trying to get to the truth. Lots of lies being told that she and the police need to weed through. Some interesting characters. A couple of terrors of cats too.
Jessica Wilhoite
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down (well I had to, but very reluctantly)! It was so good. I was immersed in Krissy and Vicki's life from the get-go and throw in handsome Paul Dawson and two feisty felines and it was just about perfect!

4.8 stars

I can't wait to read the next book in this series and hope it continues for a long time. Alex Erickson

I am by no means a "mystery connoisseur", however it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to deduce that this is a *bad* mystery. Which is a big disappointment, as I think it had potential to be a GOOD cozy mystery; the premise was promising, and I enjoyed the first two-three chapters, but I think that was before I really got to know our narrator/protagonist and before I really got a grasp of the author's writing style. This book quickly began plummeting the slippery slope and by the end, what I thought
Mary Brown
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Krissy Hancock moves to Pine Hills with her best friend, Vicki, to open a coffee/bookstore. They name the store “Death By Coffee”. They picked this name because that is the name of Krissy”s fathers famous mystery book. Krissy does not really like the name because she thinks it is a little morbid. And when the name becomes a reality, Krissy is ready to rename the place.

The first day that the shop is open a man comes in for a cup of coffee. He is not very pleasant and does not seem very impressed
Brianna Aguiar
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Krissy Hancock moves to the small town of Pine Hills where she opens a bookstore café with her friend, Vicki. They name their café after Krissy’s father’s most popular novel, “Death by Coffee”. Their business starts off slow and gets even worse when a nasty customer, Brendon Lawyer, dies on opening day after drinking the coffee. It turns out Brendon had an allergy to peanuts, but Krissy insists there were no peanuts in his coffee. Not to mention that it is quite odd that the man didn’t have his ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Original review can be found at

**I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.**

It has been a while since I have read a cosy mystery so this book seemed to be the perfect solution to that. Take two best friends who open a book/coffee shop, a handsome cop and a suspicious death and you have the makings of an interesting story. Right??

Well... unfortunately this one fell quite flat for me and it was all (or mos
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Why would someone steal an EPI-PEN from someone? And then why would someone make sure that the person was exposed to the item that could be deadly?
Pine Hills has 2 new residents, and one of them jumps right in to attempt to solve a murder. Kristina and her best friend have moved from California to open a coffee/bookshop, which seems to be the in thing to do. How could a new resident get into so much trouble? Sticking her nose into other people's business, she might want to watch her back, she ma
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