Death by Vanilla Latte (Bookstore Cafe Mystery, #4)3 Stars

My Review: Death by Vanilla Latte is the fourth book Alex Erickson’s “Bookstore Cafe Mystery” series. It can be read as a standalone book, but it will help with the character development if you read them in order.

Krissy Hancock and her best friend, Vickie Patterson, own Death by Coffee, a combination coffee shop and bookstore, in Pine Hills, Ohio. Krissy’s father, James Hancock, is a successful author of Mystery novels. He shows up at the store with his agent Rick Wiseman and Rick’s assisstant Cameron Little, for an unannounced book signing. With a new book coming out, Rick thought it would be a good idea to get some publicity for the upcoming book. The town has an author’s group and the president, Rita Jablonski invited James to speak to the group. Little does he know they all have manuscripts they want him to read. Because it is never a good idea for an author to read unsolicited manuscripts, he passes them all off to the miserable, unlikable Rick. Meanwhile, Rick makes rude remarks and advances to Krissy. When James finds out, he and Rick get into a shouting match and he fires him on the spot. This is not good, because the next morning, Rick is found dead in his room and James is the main suspect. 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, especially when her father is a suspect.

This story is pretty much about Krissy and her dad. The secondary characters do not have much involvement except for an occasional comment that gives Krissy a good idea. It is nice to see Krissy and her dad work together. He seems to enjoy investigating a real crime, especially working with his daughter. Krissy does not hesitate to admit she loves to solve mysteries and she does not fall into the investigation by mistake. She is quite well known by the townspeople for solving mysteries, in fact most of the town think the police are rather inept. The story is a bit slower than the others I have read in the series and I did not enjoy this one as much as the others. I am still going to continue to read this series as I have enjoyed others immensely. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Synopsis: Ever since café 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 suspect in town. But that’s exactly what happens when James’s boorish agent—a man he allegedly fired just hours earlier—is found cold and lifeless, a still-warm vanilla latte resting by his hand…

With Pine Hills divided over her father’s innocence and a fanatical fan keen on locking the author away for safe keeping, Krissy must end the madness and identify the real criminal—even if that means meeting an ex or two along the way. But as her social life becomes increasingly chaotic, Krissy may be caught in a case that’s far too hot to handle…

Published May 30th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Tantor Audio
Audio CD and Dowload