Death by Coffee (#1)

Next: Death by Tea

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.”

Book's the Thing!

“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

“DEATH BY COFFEE was a delightful fast-paced mystery and I loved all the quirky characters that helped to make this story more enjoyable. I instantly connected with Krissy, who loves puzzles and thought she was the perfect heroine to solve this mystery. I love finding new authors and I am excited to read the next book in the series by Mr. Erickson.”


“Krissy has spunk and she doesn’t back down, which is great for a heroine […] I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.”

Socrates Book Review

“Author Alex Erickson is off to a wonderful start with DEATH BY COFFEE […] DEATH BY COFFEE gets added to my list of books I couldn’t put down!”

Lisa K’s Book Reviews

“I was extremely pleased and look forward to revisiting Krissy and her new home of Pine Hills when the second book is released in November!”

The Well-Read Pirate

“The story line is great and a cast of characters so well developed, you will be pulled in from the start and at the end you will want more. I am excited for this series and am eagerly waiting to see what Krissy will get her self into in Death by Tea.”

Shelley Reads

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