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Death by Eggnog

(Bookstore Cafe Mystery #5)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Krissy Hancock is staying in her adopted hometown of Pine Hills, Ohio, for Christmas this year--and she even has a whole week off from her combination bookstore-cafe. But a killer is about to dampen her spirits . . .

Unfortunately, Krissy's been roped into filling in for a sick elf in the local holiday musical extravaganza. With a demanding director, backstage gossi
Paperback, 295 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok

Read during my holiday 24-hour readathon, #readathonbyzoe! Watch the vlog here:
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Krissy Hancock is looking forward to an entire week off from her bookstore cafe, Death by Coffee. She plans to spend the holidays with her father in California. But at the last minute things change....she isn't going to sunny California after all. So, she has a week off in Pine Hills, Ohio. All of her friends are busy with their own holiday plans, so Krissy decides just to relax and enjoy her time off. Her zen just isn't meant to be, however. Krissy gets roped into taking the place of a sick elf ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am still enjoying this series. Krissy is my kind of sleuth. She is smart, kind, has good judgement, loyal and real. I love how she is not afraid to admit her flaws and laugh about her mistakes. This story does not use the coffee shop setting as much as the other books, but it is easy to see that this is where Krissy's comfort zone is. It is Christmas time and Krissy has a week off to go to California to spen the holiday with her father. At the last minute he calls her to say he is going away w ...more
Wendi Lee
It's been a few years since I read a cozy mystery, so I was excited to delve into "Death by Eggnog" and the community of Pine Hills. This is actually the fifth book in the series, but I was able to start reading without any confusion. Krissy Hancock is the co-owner of a bookstore/coffee shop, and has been recruited to act in the upcoming Christmas musical. Almost immediately, the man playing Santa Claus is murdered, and Krissy's creepy ex-boyfriend arrested for the crime. The only problem is, Kr ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Krissy Hancock has somehow gotten herself volunteered to be an elf in the local Christmas play so there goes her two week vacation from the book store/coffee shop that she co-owns with her best friend Vicki. In true Krissy fashion, a body is discovered, one of the actors in the play and her ex, Robert, is jailed for the murder. Krissy still thinks Robert is a jerk but she knows he's not a killer so she feels compelled to investigate despite having to come to practices that are doing a real numbe ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off thank you to Netgalley and Kensington books for allowing me the pleasure of reading this book in advance. This is actually the first book I've been approved for on Netgalley, so I was super excited to see the email!

First off, the way I mentally rank cozy mysteries is their ability to draw you in and keep you there, right with the characters, even if you read the books out of order (like I did!) This is the fifth book in the series, and yet I immediately felt at home. That i
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Krissy is staying home this year at Christmas while her dad goes over seas with a new lady friend. She has the week off work and gets roped into being in the towns musical extravaganza. A man turns up dead and she as to figure out who did it. Was it her ex-boyfriend, the two men trying to get the same role or the demanding director. Krissy is in danger and just wants to solve the case and make it to Christmas.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fast, cute Christmas read! It had murder, mystery, intrigue and the ending was a perfect feel good moment!
RO G'ma
Death by Eggnog is the fifth book in Alex Erickson’s Bookstore Café Mysteries series. The writing flows smoothly, most of the characters are down to earth, normal, relatable people, the book is an easy read and has plenty of humor. There is no shortage of suspects and lots of twists and turns to make it difficult to figure out who the killer is. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading well-crafted cozy mysteries.

Krissy Hancock and her best friend, Vickie Patterson, are the
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

After her father cancels their Christmas plans, Krissy Hancocks finds herself staying home for the holidays. Already taken time off from work, one of the towns people ropes her into helping with a Christmas play. Everything seems to be going fine until the very crude Santa is found dead in his dressing room and the person suspected of murder is no other than Krissy's ex-boyfriend who now wants Krissy to clear his name.

I enjoyed this for the most part, I thought it was interesting and
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Krissy was all ready to hop on a plane to go and stay with her father for Christmas when he phones and explains that he is planning on heading to Europe for Christmas with his girlfriend, whilst she is disappointed not to be going to see him - she is happy that he is finally back in the dating game post the death of Krissy's mum. This does mean as well that she should be able to spend some quality time with Will (her boyfriend) as they don't seem to be getting together as much these days.
I set myself to reading primarily cozies/amateur sleuth during the months of November and December. Among them, I try to find as many holiday themed ones as I can to read. This was one of the choices this year. I've not read any from the series before this one and that may have hindered part of my enjoyment. I did like it, but would likely enjoy it more if I had some past info on the main character. She was a bit irritating in her waffling over a couple of past boyfriends and her current one who ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-mid-west
I had about given up on this series, but maybe there's hope after all. Krissy's Christmas vacation plans fall through, and her best friend and co-bookshop owner won't let her come back to work--it's clear to her friends that she needs a break. Her friend the town gossip volunteers Krissy to replace an ailing elf in the Christmas play, where the unpopular actor playing Santa Claus is soon murdered. The police hold a suspect, but Krissy is sure it's the wrong suspect, and investigates herself, as ...more
Sheila Siarkiewicz
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Death by Eggnog is the fifth book in the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series. Krissy Hancock is the owner of the bookstore cafe in the small town of Pine Hills, Ohio. When she is "volunteered" to fill in for a sick elf in the local holiday musical put on at Christmas she finds more than she bargained for. When a cast member is found murdered Krissy decides to try and figure out who did it. Great characters and a well written murder mystery. Easily read it in one one day. Great book for cozy mystery lo ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

I loved this book until it revealed the motive. It just felt weak to me. The mystery itself was great, and so was the reveal - it was just the motive that left me unsatisfied with the ending. I do wish that Krissy's dad had made an appearance since Christmas in a cozy typically involves family.
Anthony Llewellyn
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because it was a great book, but I have a whole host of criticisms nonetheless. Overall, a thoroughly entertaining and quirky book that told a great story and had a great resolution to the crime. I appreciate that this book left me guessing and guessing and I did not have the murderer figured out. I honestly thought the murderer was numerous people other than who it ended up being. I appreciate the red herrings, suspense and the way the book kept me guessing in a very powerful way. And I ...more
angharad mair
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
So this is the 5th book in the series but it seems like you can read them in any order with little to no confusion. With that being said, I know my low rating is not because I read the 5th before the 1st.

Death By Eggnog is not good. At all. The writing is incredibly juvenile, there‘s plenty of grammar and spelling errors and the storyline is subpar at best. Don’t even get me started on the horror that is the protagonist!

Krissy is cheesy, embarrassing, clunky and downright boring? She does nothing be
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every time I read an Alex Erickson book I am not disappointed.

Krissy wants to spend the holiday with her dad, but dad has found a lady and any normal holiday plans have been nixed. THEN… Krissy gets volunteered into being in the play and she is not very excited about it. But the theater does seem to grow on her.

Her ex-boyfriend makes an appearance too. Somehow he is also in the play. Ugh! He seems like such a smarmy person. First he likes one lady and then does a 180 and wants her a
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
After her Christmas plans with her father fall through, Krissy Hancock finds herself staying in town for the holidays. Her business partner has convinced her that they have everything under control and she should take the week off as planned, and Krissy reluctantly agrees. 

Whil Krissy tries to figure out how she's going to spend all of her free time, worries about her relationship with her doctor boyfriend, and tries to stop her cat from tearing down the Christmas tree, she somehow g
DelAnne Frazee
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Death by Eggnog - Bookstore Café Mystery Book 5
Author: Alex Erickson
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: 9-26-2017
Pages: 304
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy, Holidays, Women Sleuths
ISBN: 9781496708878
Reviewed For NetGalley and Kensington Books
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Krissy Hancock has had a change of plans for Christmas. Her father is plann
Laura M
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Krissy Hancock plans on traveling to spend Christmas with her father - until he informs her he will be spending it with his new girlfriend. With a week off of her job as co-manager of the coffeehouse Death By Coffee and no holidays plans, Krissy finds herself a little bored. Be careful what you ask for. Krissy is soon volunteered to take part in a Christmas play (no one mentioned it was a musical!), and after "Santa" gets knocked off and her ex-boyfriend is arrested for the murder, Krissy sudden ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book in a great cozy mystery series about a mystery bookstore/coffeeshop owner who gets involved in solving real mysteries. Christina "Krissy" Handcock is back and planiing some time away form the small town of Pine Hills, Ohio and her shop. Death on coffee, to spend the holidays with her father in sunny California. when her father decides to cancel, her plans change to spending Christmas in Pine Hills with her friends and boy friend, Will. This is a snap because shes off form ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars! July is already sweltering so what would be better than reading the fifth-in-a series Bookstore Cafe Mystery set at Christmastime in Pine Hills, Ohio to try and cool off??

Krissy Hancock co-owns a bookstore/cafe and helps solve crimes in her spare time. Though I have not read the previous books, I had no trouble jumping into the action. Krissy's Christmas plans change at the last minute and she is shivering as snow falls over Pine Hills instead of enjoying a California ho
Susan Johnston
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here:
Nothing is more enjoyable than a series that seems to get better with each book as is the case here. Krissy is a fascinating heroine as is the concept of coffee house cum bookstore. Her curiosity comes naturally as her father is a famous mystery writer. Krissy was going to go visit him over Christmas but he got a better offer so she is now at home with time on her hands. Thst is not a good combination.
She has been corralled into being part of a Christmas play
Annette Ahrens
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
There is a reason for the adage “write what you know.” Alex Erickson has clearly never been involved in any sort of theatre production. No one involved in theatre calls it play “practice”. It’s REHEARSAL! And no one would be wearing their costumes during regular rehearsal. There’s a reason that the last few rehearsals before opening are called “ dress rehearsals” - otherwise costumes get ruined/dirty as pointed out when Krissy rubs her grubby hands on her pants and leaves smears all over them. S ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Krissy Hancock, part-owner in the bookstore café Death by Coffee located in Pine Hills, Ohio, is stressed because winter has arrived. She decides to take some days off to relax when she’s thrust into preparations for the local holiday play. While at rehearsal, Santa Claus is murdered in the men’s dressing room and Krissy sees her ex-boyfriend running from the scene. Can Krissy find the true culprit before her ex is sent up the river for a crime he didn’t commit?
This holiday cozy mystery wa
Faythe Shattuck
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Krissy Hancock and her best friend Vicki Patterson are the co-owners of Death By Coffee and combo coffee and bookstore in the town of Pine Hills, Ohio. When Krissy's plans to spend Christmas with her dad are changed, she finds herself staying in town getting to spend the holiday with her boyfriend Will Foster. Vicki still wants Krissy to take her scheduled vacation. Which gets her volunteered by store regular Rita to fill in for a sick elf in the Community Theater's Christmas musical. When the m ...more
Debbie (Doc)
This was another cozy installment in this series. Once again, Krissy gets herself into a murder investigation. One would think that Krissy is on the police force, but sadly no. Krissy owns a bookstore/café and has decided to take a few days off during the holidays. She is enlisted in the local holiday musical extravaganza, and sees her ex- boyfriend fleeing the scene. Hoping to clear his name before the police charge him with the murder, Krissy is on the hunt for the real killer.

I enjoyed this
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: My friends who like cozy mysteries.
Recommended to Mary by: NetGalley
First of all I would like to thank NetGalley, the Publisher and the author for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to my friends.
When Krissy Hancock's plans for spending Christmas with her dad in California changed she remained at home in Pine Hills. Krissy ends up being volunteered to play and elf in the community theater Chr
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alex-erickson
Death by Coffee co-owner has travelling plans cancelled on her and instead is coerced into joining the local holiday musical extravagance - despite her not being interested in acting and/or dancing. That in itself cause confusion and intrigue ... and then a murder occurs and the amateur sleuth is reawakened.
Alex Erickson's fourth adventure - that I read - is yet again a unique whodunnit in it self. While the heroine is becoming more secure in her investigation - rather then stumbling blind
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