Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson
Death by Pumpkin Spice, the third in the Bookstore Cafe series, has Krissy scoring a date with the handsome Will to a Halloween party. During the party, a woman dressed as Marilyn Monroe is found dead. With 2 other women dressed in the same costume, which woman was the real target and why?
I loved the plot; a torrential rainstorm, a Halloween costume party, family secrets, multiple suspects and one very large horror house made for a very Agatha Christie-type mystery with lots of red herrings, plot twists and suspects. Good pacing leading up to an action packed ending made for an enjoyable read.
The main character, Krissy was likable, both smart and tenacious. The other characters didn’t have much dimension, but that may have been done in the earlier books in the series (which I have yet to read.) The ex-boyfriend story line and the looming love triangle also didn’t do it for me. It was mostly a distraction, which is a shame because the plot was strong enough to make an excellent book without the relationship drama.
Overall, a really great plot made this a very enjoyable book and one I recommend for anyone who loves cozy mysteries. I haven’t read the other books in the series, and although it had a few references to previous books, I found that it didn’t hamper my enjoyment at all.
Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for an advanced copy to read and review.
|Series: A Bookstore Café Mystery #3
Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Format: Paperback, Kindle, eBook
Reviewer: Mystereity Reviews