Christmas Cocoa Murder

Christmas Cocoa Murder


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'Tis the season for hot chocolate and mouthwatering treats. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be downright deadly . . .
Siobhán O’Sullivan’s hopes for a quiet Irish Christmas are dashed when the local Santa turns up dead in a carnival dunk tank of hot cocoa. Now instead of hunting down holiday gifts, she’s pursuing a heartless killer. Seems the dead Santa was no angel either, stealing neighborhood dogs to guide his sleigh. But was it his holiday antics—or worse—that led to his death by chocolate? 
When local businessman Jed Greenberg is found dead with a Chocolate lab whimpering over his body, the police start sniffing around Robbie Jordan’s country restaurant for answers. Was it something in Robbie’s hot cocoa that killed Jed, or was it Cocoa the dog? As the suspects pile as high as her holiday tree, Robbie attempts to get to the bottom of the sickly-sweet murder . . .
DEATH BY HOT COCOA by Alex Erickson
A Christmas-themed escape game seems like the perfect pre-holiday treat for bookstore café owner Krissy Hancock and her best friend. But when the host is found dead in a pool of hot cocoa, it’s up to Krissy and her team to catch the killer—or escape before getting killed.
There’s nothing like a hot cup of murder to warm up the holiday season!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496723604
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 51,255
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Carlene O’Connor comes from a long line of Irish storytellers. Her great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland filled with tales and the stories have been flowing ever since. Of all the places across the pond she’s wandered, she fell most in love with a walled town in County Limerick and was inspired to create the town of Kilbane, County Cork. Carlene currently divides her time between New York and the Emerald Isle. She is currently at work on the next book in the Irish Village Mystery series.
Agatha- and Macavity-nominated author Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef who knows both Indiana and Cape Cod intimately. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and blogs with the Wicked Authors and at Killer Characters. Day lives with her beau and two elderly cats north of Boston, where she gardens, cooks, and devises new murderous plots. She hopes you’ll find her at
Alex Erickson has always wanted to write, even at a young, impressionable age. He’s always had an interest in the motive behind murder, which has led him down his current path. He’s always ready with a witty—at least in his opinion—quip, and tries to keep every conversation light and friendly. Alex lives in Ohio with his family and resident felines, who provide endless amounts of inspiration. You can visit him on Twitter at and on Facebook at:

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Christmas Cocoa Murder 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Karen-Hollins 8 hours ago
Tis the season for hot chocolate and mouthwatering treats. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be downright deadly . . . I loved each of these short stories who doesn’t love hot cocoa and murder!. I have read books by these authors before so I knew I was in for an enjoyable few hours. I recommend these stories to anyone looking for an enjoyable Christmas themed cozy! There great for reading on the bus or while waiting at appointments (if like me sometimes I wait an hour at doctors) I read each in just over an hour. I have left out the description of each story as it is all there in the book description. I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Kensington Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
GratefulGrandma 6 days ago
This book is made up of three novellas, all from series that I read and enjoy. Each of the stories uses Cocoa as a theme in their story. Christmas Cocoa Mystery stars Siobhán O'Sullivan, the oldest sibling in a family left orphaned in the first book in the series. While she raises her siblings, runs the family bakery/cafe she also went to school to become a garda. In this story she has not yet started her new job, but is allowed to help when asked. Of course, she can't stop there and does some additional investigating on her own. The mystery was well written and developed, even in novella form. The second story, Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse by Maddie Day, was all I have come to expect from this author and series. Again, this was a novella, but was a well written and plotted mystery that I really enjoyed. Robbie's boyfriend's family was very involved in this story and it was great getting to know them, especially his mother, Freddy who helped solve the mystery. This story used a friendly lab puppy named cocoa to tie in the theme. Finally, Death by Hot Cocoa written by Alex Erickson finished off this book. This story did not take place in the coffee shop like others in the series. It was a locked room mystery. When Krissy participates in an Escape Room activity, the last thing any of them expected was the proprietor of the Escape Room company dying before they are released. Was it an accident or is one of the participants the killer. Krissy uses her intelligence, and logic skills to solve the mystery and identify the murderer. I enjoyed all three of these short stories and definitely recommend this one to those looking for some fun, Christmas mysteries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
AMGiacomasso 13 days ago
Three sweet and entertaining Christmas stories. I like them all and I think they're well written and fun to read. Recommended! Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
annie2015 17 days ago
I loved this Cozy Christmas anthology. They were all different but had hot chocolate/hot cocoa in common. Christmas Cocoa Murder When someone kills the town Santy, Garda-to-be Siobhàn, is determined to find the killer before Christmas is ruined for the town. Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse When her special brand of spicy hot chocolate is suspected of poisoning a local resident, store owner Robbie sets out to find the real culprit. Death by Hot Chocolate In a locked-room mystery, it's death by hot chocolate for the unsuspecting game controller. Can Krissy and the other players find the killer before someone else dies....or the killer gets away? I loved each of these stories in their own way. I haven't read books by any of these authors before now but I've already added several if their books to my wish list. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias.
TheCozyReview 18 days ago
Series: Holiday Collection Author: Carlene O’Connor, Maddie Day, Alex Erickson Genre: Cozy Mystery/Holiday Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 354 In stores now a marvelous holiday collection from Kensington Books Christmas Cocoa Murder written by three of today's best cozy writers in the industry. This is a collection of three cozy stories all set at Christmas time with a theme of cocoa in each story. All three stories are well-written and highly entertaining. They are filled with the spirit of the season even when they are deep into murder. With a terrific cocoa recipe at the end, the first cozy story, Christmas Cocoa Murder has an original plot with a murder taking place within a dunk tank filled with chocolate. It doesn’t take long for this story to unfold with numerous suspects, twists, and turns. There is a unique family bond between the main character, and her siblings and readers will get a sense of how important family is during the holidays. The killer is unusual but not unexpected. The second story, Christmas Cocoa and A Corpse with Robbie from our favorite Pan ‘N Pancakes restaurant series, there is never a dull moment. Robbie is always involved in murder, and this time is no exception. When a rude and obnoxious customer and local businessman ends up dead after drinking Robbie’s unique cocoa blend, she jumps in to prove she and her cocoa had nothing to do with the man’s demise. This cozy story will keep readers guessing and turning the page to find out what will happen and who the killer turns out to be. As always Robbie, along with her sidekicks, reveals the murderer just in time to save the holidays. Last but not least comes the third cozy story, Death by Hot Cocoa. A fan favorite, Krissy who owns Death by Coffee, once again becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. But this time there are no police to help her find the killer because she is locked in a room with him or her with no way out. Krissy, along with a group of people are stuck in an escape room game with nothing but their wits to outsmart a killer. The victim wasn’t necessarily liked, but someone took dislike to an all-new low. Krissy saves the day in the end and keeps the Christmas spirit alive. Each cozy story was a great read. All have plenty of action, a plethora of suspects, and exciting motives. It is a quick read and will leave readers asking for more. I am happy to recommend this book for this year's holiday season.
Becka 21 days ago
Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. A perfect read for a snowy December day! Christmas Cocoa Murder is a fun pop-in visit to the main characters of some well-loved cozy mystery series. All three novellas in this collection are well done, but my favorite is the one by Alex Erickson, where we find Krissy in an escape room facing an unplanned mystery that must be solved if she’s ever to escape.
Marshathereader 24 days ago
Christmas Cocoa Murder is a collection of three novellas. Warning, you may start craving a cup of your favorite hot cocoa! Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O'Connor is set in Ireland. Being the first time I have read anything of hers I did have to get used to the Irish language but it did not take me long. Siobhan O'Sullivan and her siblings are getting ready for Christmas and attending the annual Christmas carnival. Things take a turn when Santa is shows up floating in a dunk tank filled with hot cocoa. Will it be a Merry Christmas or will a murderer put a damper on the season. O'Connor gives you plenty of twists and turns to the end. Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse by Maddie Day takes us take to French Lick, Indiana and Robbie's Pans and Pancakes Country Store and Restaurant. Robbie has a special mix of hot cocoa she is selling in the store and her boyfriend Abe's father has purchased packs and served at a dinner party. The next morning one of the guests is found dead by library. Was it the cocoa or something else that dropped Mr. Greenburg. As usual, Day keeps you guessing until the end. Death by Hot Cocoa by Alex Erickson takes us back to Pine Hills where Krissy has been talked into going to a Christmas themed escape room by her friend, Rita. The guests are locked into separate rooms and once released in a second room to escape, they are met by the body of their host. The guests start pointing fingers at each other and Krissy knows it's up to her to figure out who is responsible so everyone except for the host, can have a Merry Christmas. All of the stories are clean and easy reads that will get you in the holiday spirit. I was given an ARC by NetGalley and Kensington for an honest review.
Carstairs38 25 days ago
Kensington has released another Christmas novella collection, this time featuring three authors that haven’t been featured before. All three stories feature hot cocoa is some capacity. Up first is “Christmas Cocoa Murder” by Carlene O’Connor, which takes place in an Irish village leading up to Christmas. Her series main character, Siobhan O’Sullivan, is just a couple of weeks away from joining the police force, but she gets pulled in early when the village’s Santa’s stunt at the annual panto goes horribly wrong and he’s found floating in a dunk tank filled with hot cocoa. Next, we get “Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse” by Maddie Day. Robbie Jordan, the star of the Country Store Mysteries, is looking forward to a quiet Christmas, but first she must figure out what happened to Jed Greenburg who was found dead while out walking a dog and drinking some of Robbie’s special hot chocolate mix. Finally, comes “Death by Hot Cocoa” by Alex Erickson. Krissy Hancock, his main character, has been talked into doing a Christmas themed escape room, but when she and the rest of the participants finish the first part, they find themselves locked in a second room with the body of their host next to a puddle of hot chocolate. All three of these stories are fun. The only series I read regularly is Maddie Day’s, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying all of them. The plots are all wonderfully constructed and perfect for the shorter novella format. I did feel a little lost with some of the series regular characters in the first story, but that’s to be expected since I haven’t read the series before. However, it didn’t hamper my overall enjoyment at all. The main characters all come to life in the stories, and the suspects are just as vivid. Each story is filled with Christmas detail that will put you in the holiday spirit no matter what time of year you read them. A couple of the stories even feature some recipes, including two different versions of hot chocolate. So, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate (or maybe not given the theme of this book) and snuggle up and enjoy.
MKF 25 days ago
Three Christmas themed novellas with cocoa make this volume a special treat. The stories are set in Ireland, Indiana, and an escape room (really? ) In each case, the murder victim (as always in cozies) isn't the persons they wanted to portray themselves a being- even Santa! Siobhan, Robbie, and Krissy are intrepid heroines and while the short format doesn't give you a lot of time to get into their characters, the stories are just right for an evening read. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For cozy fans.
LolaReviews 26 days ago
I really enjoyed this collection with three Christmas themed cozies. Only one of these was in a series I already knew and the other two authors were new to me. I enjoyed all three of the stories, although the one by Maddie Day was my favorite as I already knew that series. The other two have me curious to check out those series too. I also liked how each of the stories had a Christmas theme and hot cocoa played a role in the murder mystery. All in all I would definitely recommend this collection to cozy mystery fans.
Rachel_Denise01 26 days ago
Christmas Cocoa Murder is a trilogy of novellas with the holiday theme of hot cocoa tying them all together. I always, always love these holiday books. I have never been disappointed, and that lucky streak continues with this book. The first, Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O’Connor, is excellent. I have been a fan of Ms. O’Connors for a while now and have enjoyed and read her series set in a small rural villiage in Ireland focussing on the funny, strong, intelligent, and fiesty female sleuth Siobhan. This did not disappoint. It was a great addition to her series and I LOVED the ending....I cannot wait until the next installment! Next, was Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse by Maddie Day. I have not had the privilege of reading any of her novels as of yet, but yoi can bet I will now. I loved the theme and the concept of the Country Store Mysteries series and enjoyed the main female character Robbie. I enjoyed the full cast of characters and want to read all of the books leading up to this moment. I was easily able to follow along despite this being my first experience with this character. I enjoyed the murder/mystery and the ending. Lastly, Death by Hot Cocoa Alex Erickson. This was also my first read into this series, Bookstore Cafe Mystery series. I enjoyed Krissy and am interested in reading the remainder of the series. This was easily a stand alone segment, as it was an isolated murder-mystery in classic Agatha Christie style done in with a modern twist by taking place in an escape room. I enjoyed the main character and the conclusion of the mystery. The last chapter did introduce more of the supporting cast of characters which left me wanting to know more, but I was easily able to read between the lines. Good book. Easily 5/5 stars. Great read.
CozyOnUp 26 days ago
Three authors have released Christmas themed novellas for their series that I read. From Ireland to Indiana to Ohio, the Christmas spirit, and murder, are in high gear. What a great little collection to get any cozy reader into the holiday spirit.
ErinA 27 days ago
I was excited to read this book, as I love both Carlene O'Connor and Maddie Day. Alex Erickson was new to me, and I will be looking forward to reading his other books now. I really enjoyed O'Connor's Christmas Cocoa Murder. I love getting to spend time with Siobahn and the rest of her family, and I'm always left wanting to move to Ireland when I finish reading her books. Of course, I always want to meet Macdara Flannery as well! I enjoyed reading about the Irish Christmas customs in this book, and loved the mystery of it as well. Maddie Day's Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse was great also. I would love to eat at Pans "N Pancakes! I like Day's full length books better than this one. I felt it ended rather abruptly, but still enjoyed the story. Alex Erikson is a new to me author, and I liked Death by Hot Cocoa well enough that I will read more written by him in the future. It was an interesting premise, and while I had a good idea of the murderer from the start, it was interesting to see how it was all put together. I'm certainly getting in the Christmas mood after reading this!