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Death by French Roast

(Bookstore Cafe Mystery #8)

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Krissy Hancock runs a bookstore-caf� in Pine Hills, Ohio, but she'll be setting up shop as a sleuth when she discovers a long-unsolved murder . . .

Krissy's helping a friend clean out her late mother's house when she learns that although the deceased died peacefully at an advanced age, her brother did not. In fact, Wade was killed more than thirty years ago, and the case wa
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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M.  [storme reads a lot]
This is the first book I have picked up by this author, I could not resist when I saw the cat on the cover. I recently have started to read more cozy mysteries. and I am finding a really enjoy them. This one is no exception, even though it was part of a series, I could follow along just fine and had no problems fully immersing myself in the story.

Krissy seems to be resident sleuth of the town. When she is not running a cafe, she solves mysteries. This book she wants to find out who killed the br
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Mary
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 8th installment in the Bookstore Café Mystery Series. I have not read all in the series but was able to enjoy and follow along with no issues. Krissy Hancock agrees to help clear out the house of her next-door neighbor she is surprised to learn that the woman’s brother Wade was killed years back and the case was never solved. She is asked to look into the case by her neighbor’s daughter and although she was not fond of her cranky neighbor, she does feel justice should be found for he ...more
Kirsti
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Ah, the smell of a fresh book in this series! Just kidding, but the premise of books, cats and coffee always lures me in. I do like when a mystery is a bit older too, and the sleuth has to go back and interview and chase down decades old clues to solve it. I like Krissy as a character too, and that she feels like she has to help out. She does it for two people really, Rita and her old neighbour, and in that deceptive cozy
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Valerie
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. Alex Erickson has a knack for spinning an interesting story. Enjoy.,
Toni
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the eighth book in the Death By Coffee series by Alex Erickson.

I am totally addicted to this series. I have read every book since the series started.

When Krissy’s noisy neighbor dies unexpectedly, she learns of a relative who died under unusual circumstances… a murder that was never solved. Krissy decides to dig into this mystery in memory of Eleanor.

Considering how involved Rita was in the background of this story, I am surprised she wasn’t more involved in the story itself. R
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Bridget
Death by French Roast is the 8th book in the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series by Alex Erickson.

This was my 1st foray into the series. Although it was book eight, I had no difficulties keeping up with characters and events and it worked for me as an individual story. It was a very entertaining read with snippets of humour and romance. Krissy Hancock, owner of 'Death by Coffee' - a bookshop/ café - was a marvellous protagonist whom I found to be caring and determined. Set in Pine Hills, Ohio,
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 8th book in the Bookstore Cafe Mystery Series by popular cozy author Alex Erickson. I have read and loved the entire series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity.

Our intripd protagnist Krissy is back and generously helping a good friend clean our her deceased Mother's home. While sorting she finds out the women had a Brother that died mysteriously and the case was never solved. When she discovers he was dating a member of her book group at the time, she b
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Mallory
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a cozy mystery with a nice twist of a cold crime. I really enjoyed the mystery and it kept me interested and glued to the pages. I haven’t read all of the others in this series, but I will be looking them up now as this amateur sleuth was a fun character and I was left wanting more from Krissy and her cat Misfit. Chrissy’s neighbor passes away and her daughter mentions how much it bothered her mother that her brother’s murder was never solved. Krissy offers to try to solve the mystery a ...more
Annu
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I have been reading a lot of books out of order lately. However, this book can be read as stand-alone as like all other mysteries. But reading it in order would be a better idea. Nevertheless, it wasn't that hard to get into this book. What better way to spend a couple of hours than in the midst of coffee and a book. In this book, we come across a cold case that Krissy is drawn into from years ago, which was never solved. The murder victim had dated Krissy's neighbor, Rita. As usual, the mystery ...more
Lisa Morin
Wow! A cold case murder, a town full of secrets, and the unexpected death of Krissy’s next door neighbor sets the scene for Death by French Roast.
I’ve come to really enjoy these books, and the cold case really intrigued me.
I found the story to be well written and thought out, but it still has that cozy feel to it. Krissy is beginning to grow on me, and I like how her character is evolving.
I can’t wait to see what happens next in this fun series.
Patty
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Death by French Roast by Alex Erickson is the 8th book in the Bookstore Cafe series and another fun addition. Krissy Hancock and her best friend,Vicki Patterson, own Death by Coffee which is a coffee shop and bookstore combined. Krissy offers to help clean out a neighbors home, after she passes away. While helping she finds out that her neighbor's brother was murdered thirty years ago, and the case was never solved. Krissy, being Krissy, just can't leave it alone, she must solve the case. I real ...more
Alex Knipp
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Solid cozy with a great narrator! I was disappointed that the reader wasn’t given the *only* clues that identified the culprit until the last chapter because then the reader couldn’t be an armchair sleuth.
Marsha
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Death by French Roast by Alex Erickson is book 8 in the Bookstore Cafe Mystery Series, This easy to read Cozy can be read as a standalone.
Krissy's nosy neighbor has passed away and Krissy has joined her daughter in clearing out the house before it's listed for sale. While doing this, Krissy finds out the neighbor's brother was murdered 30 years ago but the most surprising thing was, who he had been dating. It's a member of the writing group Krissy belongs to, Rita.
When Krissy is asked to look a
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FMSWarrior
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Krissy Hancock’s next door neighbor passes away she discovers the cantankerous old woman had a brother who was murdered over thirty years ago. Feeling sorry for the woman she never truly liked, she agrees to look into the cold case when the woman’s daughter asks her to. Turns out the man was dating a much younger woman and most of the town was against their relationship, though it wouldn’t have been as taboo today as it was then.

With the police chief’s blessing, Krissy begins digging in. W
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Ashley Mariner
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Death By French Roast is the eighth book in Alex Erickson's "Bookstore Cafe Mystery" series. I have read all eight books. Overall, I like the series, but the protagonist (Krissy Hancock) can still grate on me at times. All cozy sleuths seem to be too nosey for their own good, but there is something about the way Krissy doggedly pursues leads while blatantly ignoring the police (even though she seems to be in love with one of the officers) that strikes the wrong tone with me. It seems as if she b ...more
Kathleen
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc, 2020, mystery
This is the 8th installment in the Bookstore Café Mystery Series. It is the third in the series I have read. I have not read these in order ad I did start at number 4. It appears I pick up the evened numbered ones. I will go back and start at the beginning. With that being stated, these are standalone stories that can be followed by picking them up. The author gives enough background that I did not feel lost.

This involves a cold case murder involving the family of Krissy’s recently deceased neig
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Kathleen Gray
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who killed Wade? And why? And did Rita have anything to do with it? Those are the questions Krissy is trying to answer in this latest installment in a fun cozy series. Krissy, who owns the cafe with her friend Vicki, finds herself interested in the 30 year old cold case of Wade's murder- and she's having a hard time getting people to talk with her. Turns out, some of them have more to say about the fact that Rita was dating him than they have about Wade who, as cozy readers know, had more enemie ...more
Nicole
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, netgally
Death by French Roast by Alex Erickson
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Release Date: October 27, 2020

Death by French Roast is the 8th book in A Bookstore Cafe Mystery series by Alex Erickson.

I had not previously read any of the other books in the series, but this was easy to follow as a standalone novel. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and look forward to reading the other books in the series. I really hope there will be many more books in the future.

I'm so grateful to Al
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Karren Hodgkins
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
The notion of investigating a cold case was intriguing indeed. And it was, and yet a found some of it became a little repetitive and I also struggled with the way some of the characters related to each other, considering the depth of their relationships.

There are some lovely twists and turns in the story and I definitely didn't guess whodunnit.

I haven’t read any other of the books in the series, but found this one worked well as a stand alone novel.

With thanks to the publisher, Kensington Books
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J Messina
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Death by French Roast was my introduction to this series, and I was more than pleased with this book. I liked the main characters, and I had no difficulty to dive into the series' universe. I'm sure it helps to have read the previous entries, in terms of character development, and I will enjoy checking them out after reading this book. I really liked that the story was centered an ...more
AngryGreyCat
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ebook version of Death by French Roast from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. This is book 8 in the series and I have not read all the others before it, but that did not hinder my enjoyment of this one. The death of Krissy's neighbor, although not a murder itself, does draw Krissy into the investigation of unsolved cold case. As she learns of the mystery surrounding "Uncle Wade" and his connection to Rita, a friend of hers, Krissy decides to look into it. Uncovering old ...more
Aimee
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I am really enjoying the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series! Anytime I find a cozy mystery set in Ohio, i'm immediately interested. Krissy owns Death by Coffee, the only coffee shop (and bookstore) in the small town of Pine Hills. She's still relatively new to town, but quickly learns of a decades-old cold case. When asked to look into it, she unwittingly stirs up some long-festering conflicts that result in a fresh murder.

This was a really interesting case to try to solve alongside Krissy, and (of c
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Val
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Rita😥. Losing the love of your life and morning him for 30 years isn't something I ever want to experience and Rita is a special kind of woman to be able to deal with it. Krissy was able to hopefully bring her some closure and maybe she will be able to move on. As for Krissy's love life I don't think it's ment to be. Let's face it every date gets interrupted by something. I'm waiting to see what disaster descends on this triple date at the end of the book.😉
Anita
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Death by French Roast didn't grab me like other books in this series. For me, it was a very slow read and it was very hard to get through. Although, I love the characters and the mystery plot was intriguing. I want to read the next book in this series. I received an advanced reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Jennifer
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Well written cozy mystery. Krissy is back again trying to solve a cold case murder this time. When she discovers that Wades death has connections to her friend Rita the group get together to help solve this before anymore mishaps can happen. Book kept my attention and was enjoyable to pass my time loved revisiting some of the old characters and learning more about them. Look forward to more.
Barbara Tobey
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clever and engaging cozy mystery. Good characters and some surprises. Kept me guessing. Too much redundancy going over the suspects, which is why I put four stars instead of five. I do look forward to reading the next one in this fun series. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
CR
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was another great bookstore cafe story. I loved the premise and the cast of characters that were in this story. I always love these cozy mysteries and just can't get enough of them! Great who done it story that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Chris gerst
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. Krissy Hancock owns death by coffee with her friend Vicky. Krissy is asked to investigate a murder that happened almost 30 years ago. Will the killer strike again before she can solve the old murder. Read to find out
Mary
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book. will have to read whole series now.
Linda Brazeau
While I habitually read many different mystery series by various authors, this was my first book by Alex Erickson. I can say it won't be my last because I enjoyed it greatly.
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