Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson

Death by Vanilla Latte

Ever since cafe owner Krissy Hancock settled into a relationship and mostly forgot about old flames, life has become surprisingly serene. Too bad her father, famed mystery writer James Hancock, had to pay an unexpected visit to Death by Coffee and brew up a batch of trouble... While caught off-guard by her dad s presence, Krissy never dreamed he d become the biggest murder...

Title:Death by Vanilla Latte
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ISBN:1496708857
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages

Death by Vanilla Latte Reviews

  • Kelly
    Apr 26, 2017

    **I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

    Oh my gosh, Krissy's dad needs to visit more often! I loved how his character was written, and he added a lot to the story. The mystery was great, with lots of suspects and a personal connection to Krissy.

  • RO G'ma
    Apr 12, 2017

    Death by Vanilla Latte is the fourth book Alex Erickson’s Bookstore Cafe Mystery series. The writing flows smoothly, most of the characters are down to earth, normal, relatable people, and the book is an easy read. The book flows at a steady pace and the mystery is interesting. There are plenty of suspects and twists and turns to make it difficult to figure out who the killer is. There are lots of suspects, clues, and surprises that kept me guessing as to who did it and why until the reveal. I r

    Death by Vanilla Latte is the fourth book Alex Erickson’s Bookstore Cafe Mystery series. The writing flows smoothly, most of the characters are down to earth, normal, relatable people, and the book is an easy read. The book flows at a steady pace and the mystery is interesting. There are plenty of suspects and twists and turns to make it difficult to figure out who the killer is. There are lots of suspects, clues, and surprises that kept me guessing as to who did it and why until the reveal. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading well-crafted cozy mysteries.

    Krissy Hancock and her best friend, Vickie Patterson, are the owners of a combination coffee shop and bookstore, Death by Coffee, in the quaint town of Pine Hills, Ohio. Krissy’s father, James Hancock, is a successful author who is in town for a book reading and signing in her shop, along with Rick Wiseman, his literary agent, and Cameron Little, Rick’s assistant. Krissy’s a little worried she might not be able to spend much quality time with her dad because Rita Jablonski, who wants to be an author and is a huge fan of James (she even has a life-size cardboard cutout of him in her bedroom) throws herself at him every chance she gets. When Krissy’s dad learned Rick had approached her and made unsolicited advances, he confronted Rick at the B&B where he was staying, punched him in the nose, and fired him on the spot. When Rick doesn’t show up at the bookstore the next day, Krissy offers to go to the B&B to make sure he’s okay but discovers him lying in a pool of coffee and blood on the floor of his room. Because of their confrontation, James becomes a person of interest in James’ death. Krissy tries to restrain herself from investigating but, despite Officer Paul Dalton’s warnings to stay out of the case, she can’t resist a good mystery. She loves snooping and investigating and even though he’s a mystery writer, her dad has never investigated, and she thinks he wants to share that experience with her. After talking to people and overhearing what others were saying, she discovered there is no shortage of suspects because Rick had the tendency to rub people the wrong way. Krissy is dating Will Foster, a handsome local physician, but there’s still chemistry between her and Paul.

    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  • Karen
    Apr 20, 2017

    This series is a hit or a miss for me. Unfortunately this latest offering is more of a miss.

    Although I enjoyed the fact that we saw more of the main character's father in this story, the book just underwhelmed me.

    I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  • Toni
    Apr 23, 2017

    4 stars

    Krissy Hancock owns the coffee house/book store named Death by Coffee. This also happens to be the name of her father’s popular book. He is an author and is a pretty famous one.

    He shows up unexpectedly one day in her shop and she had no idea he was coming. He is putting out a new book and he is having his book release party at her bookstore/cafe. Then Dad becomes suspect #1 when his agent is found dead.

    This book had a lot of twists and turns. I had a hard time trying to figure out whodu

    4 stars

    Krissy Hancock owns the coffee house/book store named Death by Coffee. This also happens to be the name of her father’s popular book. He is an author and is a pretty famous one.

    He shows up unexpectedly one day in her shop and she had no idea he was coming. He is putting out a new book and he is having his book release party at her bookstore/cafe. Then Dad becomes suspect #1 when his agent is found dead.

    This book had a lot of twists and turns. I had a hard time trying to figure out whodunit because there were so many good suspects. I love this series because it always surprises me and keeps me guessing.

    Definitely check out all the books in this series. Very worth the read.

    I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank Net Galley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  • Betty
    Apr 30, 2017

    Krissy Hancock owns of a combination coffee/library store, Death By Coffee with her BFR, Vicky. This is the best book In this easy and relaxing story. Perfect for the beach or to curl up on a stormy day. In the fourth book we find James Hancock, a noted mystery writer visiting his daughter, Krissy. He is accompanied by his agent, Rick Wiseman. The Writers group invites James to their meeting. The writers all have manuscript they want James to read. Rick steps out of line and James fired him. The

    Krissy Hancock owns of a combination coffee/library store, Death By Coffee with her BFR, Vicky. This is the best book In this easy and relaxing story. Perfect for the beach or to curl up on a stormy day. In the fourth book we find James Hancock, a noted mystery writer visiting his daughter, Krissy. He is accompanied by his agent, Rick Wiseman. The Writers group invites James to their meeting. The writers all have manuscript they want James to read. Rick steps out of line and James fired him. The next morning Rick is found dead and Krissy' s father becomes a suspect in the killing. Kristy decides to look into the murder. Will she be able to clear her Father's before he is arrested.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own

  • The Cozy Review
    May 17, 2017

    Death by Vanilla Latte: A Bookstore Cafe Mystery

    Author: Alex Erickson

    Publisher: Kensington

    Krissy Hancock has a way of getting involved with murder. Ever since she moved to Pine Hills and opened her cafe, Death by Coffee, she has come across too many killers. Sooner or later, no matter how hard she tries, she steps right in the middle of trouble. When her father, famed mystery writer James Hancock, decides to pay a visit there is no way murder is not going to follow.

    Krissy is surprised by her fat

    Death by Vanilla Latte: A Bookstore Cafe Mystery

    Author: Alex Erickson

    Publisher: Kensington

    Krissy Hancock has a way of getting involved with murder. Ever since she moved to Pine Hills and opened her cafe, Death by Coffee, she has come across too many killers. Sooner or later, no matter how hard she tries, she steps right in the middle of trouble. When her father, famed mystery writer James Hancock, decides to pay a visit there is no way murder is not going to follow.

    Krissy is surprised by her father's sudden visit, she'd missed him and although elated to see him she is worried that with a new book, and a book signing tour he might be endangering his health. The fact that he brought his longtime agent with him, a man Krissy has never liked or trusted worry’s her even more. But in her wildest nightmares, she never thought that her father would become the main suspect in the agent's death.

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    Krissy Hancock is always sticking her nose where is doesn’t belong, she keeps stepping into murder investigations and stepping on the local police officers toes in the process. Many people in the small town are not fond of her and fear that whenever she shows up, murder is soon to follow. So when her father comes to town with his literary agent, there is bound to be trouble. The agent ends up dead, and her father may be the killer. It becomes apparent that the police are at a loss, they have no clues and no other suspects. Krissy tells herself to stay out of it, let the cops figure it out but… their suspect is her father, and she uses this fact to justify getting involved and solving the murder before the police blow the investigation and arrest her dad.

    Although this is a cute, fast-paced cozy with nice characters and settings, it is more of a romance based story than an actual mystery. The main character, Krissy is supposed to be a business owner, yet she acts and is treated more as an employee. She seems to be needy when she is meant to be a strong independent woman. The other characters in this story are unremarkable and lack any depth, except Krissy’s father. James Hancock is an excellent character that deserves far more attention and should be more involved in the plot and investigation. The ending is almost predictable. However, the character revealed as the killer is not plausible in the sense that the character is barely mentioned in the book at all.

    The agent is a colorful and unlikeable character which is the perfect victim that no one will actually mourn. Readers may be disappointed with the love triangle in this story as it plays a bigger part than is warranted. Overall this book has some good qualities and is well written and will appeal to those readers who are looking for something lite and easy to read.

    I received an ARC of this book.

  • Kirsty White
    May 19, 2017

    This is one of those charming, quirky stories where a shop owner of some description solves murders. This time, for a nice change of the ones I've read in this style, the sleuth openly admits she likes solving the murders and participating in the apprehension of a criminal instead of oh I don't know how these things keep happening to me! Krissy Hancock likes being in the thick of it.

    I read this in a day. I'm not a real fan of romancey/chick lit types of books. This style of writing is the closes

    This is one of those charming, quirky stories where a shop owner of some description solves murders. This time, for a nice change of the ones I've read in this style, the sleuth openly admits she likes solving the murders and participating in the apprehension of a criminal instead of oh I don't know how these things keep happening to me! Krissy Hancock likes being in the thick of it.

    I read this in a day. I'm not a real fan of romancey/chick lit types of books. This style of writing is the closest I get and I find them perfect for the beach (except I'm in rainy England). Krissy is happily trying to not solve a murder this time whilst sort of, definitely trying to solve it while building on her relationship with hunky doctor Will, wondering if she should be with hunky cop Paul and running her own business. This is one busy woman!

    The secondary characters don't really have much to do with the book, even the love interests. I couldn't really connect with any of them except Rita, the local writers club nosey parker. She just got on my nerves. Even the 2 hunks didn't really do much. It's pretty much all about Krissy. I would like more interaction with her work colleagues, friends and so on. Otherwise it gets a bit boring. In this her dad is along for the ride. Having not read the previous three I don't know if she has a sidekick but maybe she should.

    It's fun, frothy and enjoyable. Thumbs up

    Free arc from netgalley

  • Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
    Jun 14, 2017

    Death By Vanilla Latte is the 4th book in the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series following the adventures of Krissy Hancock, the quirky and inquisitive owner of a small town bookstore café, as she finds herself again and again tangled up in puzzling murder investigations.

    In this installment of the series, Krissy’s father, famed mystery writer James Hancock, comes to town for a surprise visit/book launch, bringing along his ill-mannered literary agent Rick Wiseman and his agent’s assistant, sending al

    Death By Vanilla Latte is the 4th book in the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series following the adventures of Krissy Hancock, the quirky and inquisitive owner of a small town bookstore café, as she finds herself again and again tangled up in puzzling murder investigations.

    In this installment of the series, Krissy’s father, famed mystery writer James Hancock, comes to town for a surprise visit/book launch, bringing along his ill-mannered literary agent Rick Wiseman and his agent’s assistant, sending all the local writers with unpublished manuscripts into a frenzy. When Wiseman is found dead and it looks like Hancock is the main suspect, Krissy becomes determined to prove her father’s innocence by finding the real killer, much to the aggravation of local law enforcement.

    Death By Vanilla is the first book in this series that I’ve read, but the author does a great job of catching you up in such a way that it almost feels like a friend bringing you up to date on what’s been going down why you’ve been a way – there’s a warm familiar tone to this book that’s very inviting. Of course that could have been all the mentions of coffee and books and cuddly pets that made me feel right at home within the pages.

    There is death and dead body imagery in the book, pretty much a given since this is a murder mystery, but it’s not explicit – although the way the guy was killed was bit squicky to me. While Krissy has a pretty full plate in the romance department – she’s dating a doctor, has a lingering connection with a local cop, and a stalkerish ex who just won’t take a hint – the romance in this book is extremely sweet – the most contact seen is a sweet little kiss Krissy receives on her forehead.

    I ended up really liking Death By Vanilla Latte. I enjoyed how the mystery was presented, giving you enough clues in the course of the investigation to figure out the killer on your own, but also plenty of red herrings to keep things interesting. I thought I had it figured out early on and was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong. I’m actually pretty excited for the next book in the series, Death By Eggnog, which looks like a cute holiday mystery and I also might look into some of the other books in the series as well.

    *I received an ARC of this book to review. You can find this review and others like it at BookAndCoffeeAddict.com, along with recommendations for a fantastic cup of coffee.


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