Review of Holiday Roast Mortem

Holiday Roast Mortem
A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book #7
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars


Holiday Roast Mortem: A Cozy Mystery (A Killer Coffee Mystery Book Seven) by [Kappes, Tonya]


Christmas is right around the corner.

Fresh off the Christmas Pawrade and Central Park tree lightening, Honey Springs is buzzing with the excitement of the season.

Roxy Bloom and Patrick Cane are hosting the ultimate Christmas Day Diner for all of their friends and family at The Bean Hive. Roxy has been so busy with her Jingle Bells Lattes and planning the party that Patrick whisks her off for a romantic dinner at the Watershed for some alone time.

Their dinner turns out to be a headache. They were seated next to Ryan and Yvonne Moore, who fought the entire time.

After dinner, Roxy and Patrick see the couple drive off the road into Lake Honey Springs, Patrick dives into the frigid lake to save the couple only to find Ryan was already dead.

After a preliminary autopsy, Ryan Moore’s death was not an accident, leaving Yvonne Moore the number one suspect.

When Yvonne asks Roxy Bloom to help her figure out who killed her husband, Roxy jumps at the chance to put her Jingle Bell Lattes and holiday planning aside to help out a friend.

One problem, Roxy starts to wonder if Yvonne is really the killer and using Roxy to get away with murder after Kirk, Roxy’s ex-husband and defending lawyer for the deceased Ryan Moore, lets her know a big secret that would change the entire investigation. (Goodreads)



The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. There is a lot of action going on in this book, and that is a great thing. The author is very talented in creating a believable southern setting and I can picture it so vividly in my mind.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Roxy and Patrick are a great couple and I enjoyed getting to spend time with them. Aunt Maxi can be a pistol but she loves Roxy completely. Getting to spend time with Roxi and her family and friends is time well spent.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a steady pace. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved, which is the way I like my mysteries.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you are looking for a great holiday read that is funny and has great characters, grab a copy of this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.


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