Death by Coffee

Death by Coffee

Paperback - 2015
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"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 the grave. It seems he had a severe allergy to peanuts...but how could there have been nuts in his coffee? And who stole his emergency allergy medication? Fortunately, Krissy's love of puzzles and mysteries leads her not only to Officer Paul Dalton, but also to many of her new neighbors, who aren't terribly upset that the book is closed on Brendon. But one of them is a killer, and Krissy needs to read between the lies if she wants to save her new store--and live to see how this story ends"--
Published: New York, NY :, Kensington Publishing Corp.,, 2015.
Edition: First Kensington mass market edition.
ISBN: 9781617737510
Branch Call Number: F ERI
Characteristics: 314 pages ;,18 cm.


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May 04, 2018

Two mid-twenties women who are only slightly less mature than middle school girls, and every clue repeated at least a dozen times. PAINFUL look into the thought processes of a woman whose mind circles and circles thinking things more suited to an eight-year-old. Perhaps intended as a cozy mystery--but it isn't a mystery. Pulls heavily from romance genre, but not a romance suited to teens (too much adultery) or adults (too much blushing and virginal-though-sexually-experienced action [I'm well aware of the contradiction, but was the author?]). The "humorous" passages about the cat are neither funny nor interesting. Not even for a cat lover.
Please read something else.

Oct 20, 2016

I can't believe this book was actually published. The characters were completely unbelievable, the plot was nearly non-existent, and the writing was terrible. The whole experience was excruciating. The main character is supposedly a woman, but half the time she talks like a 13 year old boy.
The author has clearly never met a cat. Or a woman. Or a police officer. Or had (or been) a friend.
Maybe this was intended to be a spoof of the cozy genre. If so, it missed that mark too.
I signed this book out of the library. I feel sorry for anyone who actually bought it.
By the way, what is "peanut dust"? The author makes it sound like something readily available by the pound in any store.

Jul 07, 2015

I found this book so badly written that I stopped reading it around 1/3rd in despite having no other novels to read.

I like Mystery novels, and even more then that, love ones that aren't violent or gory which this one wasn't. However the writing seemed forced, the characters not well formed, details lacking and, this is important, the feline in the heroines life is unrealistic. Apparently her cat is the worst cat in the whole history of cats but she just puts up with it without once losing it. Add to that the unrealistic naming of things which the author tries to discount by having her main character saying how hokey they are & the fact that her "Best friend" whom she moved states to be near & open a business with seems distant from the action and the heroines life & you have a novel which should be a 1st rough draft. seems like they'll publish anything these days.


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