43999716. sx318 Death by Café Mocha (Bookstore Cafe Mystery #7) by Alex Erickson, Narrated by Melissa Moran

Published August 27th 2019 by Tantor Audio, Kensington Publishing Corporation

4 Stars: 

This outing in the Bookstore Café Mystery series, finds Krissy Hancock, her partner Vicki and friend Rita out of town at the CoffeeCon. They hope to find some new blends to order for their coffee store/bookstore, Death by Coffee. From the moment they arrive things seem to go wrong. The desk clerk can’t find their reservation, Krissy bumps into a man several times spilling coffee and almost falling over, they meet up with a rather nasty coffee brewer, she runs into her arch nemesis from her hometown and there is a murder. There is a lot going on already, but Krissy can’t help but stick her nose into the investigation and start asking questions and following people around.

This series has been up and down for me, but this one hit the mark. I enjoyed the setting of a coffee convention, even though it does not sound that interesting. It was nice to see the friends away from Pine Hills, mingling with others not from their small town. The murder mystery was well-written and interesting. There were several suspects all with pretty good motives. Krissy systematically ticked them off until her aha moment where she figured out who the culprit was. I figured it out at the same time. The plot and characters were well developed, along with a hint of romance. I recommend this book to those who enjoy cozy mysteries.

I listened to the audiobook of Death by Café Mocha narrated by Melissa Moran. She has a wonderful voice that is easy to listen to. I found that this book was well done, but it was more of an enjoyable listen than a performance. That is not to say it was not good, but there were not as many voices or exciting scenes. I will listen to other books narrated by Melissa Moran as I have heard she does an amazing job, this did not seem to showcase her talents. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this audiobook upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

FYI: The cat is not in the story.

43152664About the Book: Krissy Hancock and her pals are taking a coffee break-leaving their bookstore-cafe in Pine Hills, Ohio, and heading to a convention. But this road trip will be more dangerous than they expected . . . Coffee lovers are gathering from far and wide at the hotel, and Krissy, Rita, and Vicki are excited. But some of the attendees may need to switch to decaf, as a public argument breaks out soon after they check in and then a flavor competition leads to bitter feelings. When the winner of the contest is beaned with a carafe full of cafe mocha, suspicions swirl-along with accusations of bribery. Was the dead man offering perks to the judges-or was something sinister going on in his personal life? This case is going to keep Krissy up all night long . . .