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Monday, December 7, 2015

119) Death by Tea by Alex Erickson

The Blurb :

Mystery lovers have descended on Pine Hills for this year’s book club competition, to be held at Krissy Hancock’s bookstore café. But the killer in their midst seems determined to outwit all the armchair sleuths—and send Krissy to the remainder bin forever.

Just before two dueling book clubs are set to square off at Death by Coffee, one of the competitors turns up dead—bludgeoned with the silver teapot that was to serve as the prize. Suspicion immediately falls on Krissy, who was seen skulking around town in dark clothes on the night of the murder.

To clear her name and find the real killer, Krissy turns to an old flame, Officer Paul Dalton. But even Paul can’t ignore the trail of evidence that seems to point in her direction. And with Krissy’s personal nemesis, Officer John Buchannan, working overtime to pin the murder on her, it will take an amazing feat of detective work to close the book for good on an elusive killer. . .

My Thoughts :

After reading Death by Coffee, the first book in the Bookstore Cafe Mysteries, I decided to keep a look out for the next installment.  The debut in the series wasn't bad but it wasn't a done deal yet.  I needed more of the series to decide if I wanted to keep pursuing the series.  Death by Tea has made my decision easier but unfortunately it isn't in favour of the series.

Don't get me wrong, this was an ok read.  There was nothing too bad about it and I managed to read it to the end even if it did take me a little longer than it should have.  However there wasn't enough development in the series to make me feel attached to the series.  It wouldn't really bother me if there wasn't another addition to the series and I don't exactly 'get' Krissy.

The plot wasn't bad, the concept is ok but there is something missing.  If anything from this series so far would keep me coming back it is the fun and games Krissy has with her cat.  He makes things fun and shows a side of the authors style that I would like to see more of.

Worth taking a look at but not very captivating, this could be something but it fails to excite.  Not giving this a total thumbs down but a so-so.  Maybe, just maybe, I will come across another installment one day and give it a try but there are so many other series that are more addictive and thrilling on my Kindle that deserve my reading time more than this one.  Sorry!

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