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Synopsis: Ever since cafe owner Krissy Hancock settled into a relationship and mostly forgot about old flames, life has become surprisingly serene. Too bad her father, famed mystery writer James Hancock, had to pay an unexpected visit to Death by Coffee and brew up a batch of trouble…
While caught off-guard by her dad s presence, Krissy never dreamed he d become the biggest murder suspect in town. But that s exactly what happens when James s boorish agent a man he allegedly fired just hours earlier is found cold and lifeless, a still-warm vanilla latte resting by his hand…
With Pine Hills divided over her father s innocence and a fanatical fan keen on locking the author away for safe keeping, Krissy must end the madness and identify the real criminal even if that means meeting an ex or two along the way. But as her social life becomes increasingly chaotic, Krissy may be caught in a case that s far too hot to handle…”

My review: This is one of those charming, quirky stories where a shop owner of some description solves murders. This time, for a nice change of the ones I’ve read in this style, the sleuth openly admits she likes solving the murders and participating in the apprehension of a criminal instead of oh I don’t know how these things keep happening to me! Krissy Hancock likes being in the thick of it.

I read this in a day. I’m not a real fan of romancey/chick lit types of books. This style of writing is the closest I get and I find them perfect for the beach (except I’m in rainy England). Krissy is happily trying to not solve a murder this time whilst sort of, definitely trying to solve it while building on her relationship with hunky doctor Will, wondering if she should be with hunky cop Paul and running her own business. This is one busy woman!

The secondary characters don’t really have much to do with the book, even the love interests. I couldn’t really connect with any of them except Rita, the local writers club nosey parker. She just got on my nerves. Even the 2 hunks didn’t really do much. It’s pretty much all about Krissy. I would like more interaction with her work colleagues, friends and so on. Otherwise it gets a bit boring. In this her dad is along for the ride. Having not read the previous three I don’t know if she has a sidekick but maybe she should.

It’s fun, frothy and enjoyable. Thumbs up

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