Death By Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson – Book Review

Death By Pumpkin Spice  By Alex Erickson

Published By Kensington Books    September 27, 2016

Genres:  Mystery, Thriller

Pages:  320

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

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Publisher’s Description

Bookstore café owner Krissy Hancock would rather spend Halloween serving pumpkin goodies than wearing costumes with Pine Hills’ wealthiest at Yarborough mansion, especially when the soiree shapes up to be more trick than treat . . .

As if a run-in with an old flame and a failed marriage proposal weren’t enough to horrify Krissy for one night, a woman is found strangled to death in a room filled with ominous jack-o’-lanterns. All signs suggest a crime of passion—but when the hostess’s jewelry disappears, malevolent intentions seem way more likely . . .

With the estate on lockdown and a killer roaming the halls, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate each nook, cranny, and guest for answers—while also confronting a few demons of her own. Someone has lots of skeletons in the closet, and Krissy better tread lightly to expose them . . .

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Story Notes

Alex Erickson’s third book in the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series is an okay read that will provide the reader with a story that they will finish easily in one sitting.

Krissy Hancock is the heroine of this story and I have to say she was not the most complex character written. I found her to be often immature and annoying in her attitudes and mannerisms and the lack of depth to her character was hurtful to this story.  I was hoping for a story that was similar to Erynn Mangum’s Cool Beans series with Maya Davis, but I was sorely disappointed in the story that Mr. Erickson created. It is clear Mr. Erickson is either rather new to writing in both the feminine and mystery voice or has a poor agent and editor who were not honest when they said this book should be printed. And I would be afraid to read the first book in this series based on the writing in this third book – authors usually get better at their subject the more they write. The murder that was committed in the story started off slightly interesting with lots of suspects but I, myself, figured out who had done the crime by page 80. And I figured out the motive a long time before the end of the story as well. I would have liked there to have been more advanced vocabulary and for the mystery to be just that – a mystery –  for longer than a third of the book. Books that spend the majority of the time describing different characters expressions and the random thoughts of the main character will never be a favorite with me. I kept hoping the story would gain “Yumph” (to quote a favorite actor William Powell) as it went on but the ending just seemed to be further dragged out by Mr Erickson’s sad attempt at a thrilling mystery.

I will not be recommending this book to anyone I know as I would rather they spend their time reading a better written book. Mr. Erickson might want to study the works of Stephen King, James Patterson and others who have been widely published and acclaimed before he attempts further mystery stories.

This E-book was provided to me free of charge from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.

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