Death by Coffee (#1)

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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 coffee…to 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…


“Right from the start, I was engaged in the storytelling […] I recommend taking a chance on this new series by author Alex Erickson. A cozy mystery with chuckles, books, coffee, cats and a bumbling amateur sleuth…just the right mix of mystery and humour.”

Open Book Society

“This was a well plotted and well written mystery […] The story was entertaining [and] cozy mystery fans should enjoy it.”

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“DEATH BY COFFEE is a quick read with a lot of humorous moments […] What’s not to love, with the cat, multitudes of books, and the promise of coffee!"

Jane Reads

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