Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Club Thursday: Free Day

Hi Readers! Thanks for visiting us bloggers at Book Club Thursday. This week, we are having our Free Day where each BCT blogger can write whatever is on their mind that week pertaining to our love of books.
     For myself, I am enjoying the start of fall and the coming holiday season. I've decorated for Halloween and started some craft projects. Since I'm in the spooky state of mind, I thought that I would read a cozy mystery for Halloween season. 

Alex Erickson
Available September 2016

Bookstore cafĂ© 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 . . .

I love to read cozy mysteries every so often. I love the covers and I love their catchy titles. Most are paranormal and I want a romance element to it. DEATH BY PUMPKIN SPICE isn't paranormal, but it does have some romance in it.
     It's a good little mystery filled with lots of quirky characters. Krissy accepts an invitation to a Halloween party at a manor from her possible love interest, Will. Being a dark and stormy night, one of the women dressed as Marilyn Monroe is found murdered and amateur sleuth Krissy helps Officer Paul solve the mystery. The roads are now closed, so he is in charge of the crime scene.
     The downside of the story is Krissy. She lacks confidence and is always belittling herself. She owns a bookstore/cafe and acted like she was destitute when she needed to put a costume together. Head-scratching here. 
     Another personal peeve here, this sweet yet confidence lacking woman has two love interests. Paul, the cop with whom she had one date that didn't end well and Will, a good-looking guy and seems like a nice guy. When she's with one, she think he's all that and then when she's with the other, she adores him too. I guess since I am a romance reader, I want the heroine to have tension with the "one" guy. I hate how in some mystery series there is the standard where the heroine is doing the eenie meenie between two guys and twenty books later, she is still single and wondering which one to choose while spending the rest of her life tripping over dead bodies. 
     To be fair, this is only the third book in the series. I did enjoy it for the most part. I would just hope that Krissy changes and becomes a stronger character. The romantic choices didn't interest me as much as watching Krissy's crime solving abilities. She has a knack.

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  1. Many cozy mystery series books, at least I've found and you seem to agree, when there is a romantic element there are two possible love interests that seem to play out over the course of several books (again, if I'm reading one, the romance is secondary for me). This does really cute!

  2. I love the idea of the cozy mysteries I just don't read them. They do always have the best covers.