Welcome! I have been under the weather the last few days courtesy of my Fibromyalgia. I am slowing gaining my energy back. If you are a fan of paranormal mysteries, you should check out Chili Cauldron Curse by Lynn Cahoon. It is the prequel for a Kitchen Witch Mysteries and releases August 25. One Poison Pie publishes January 26, 2021 will be the first full-length book in the series. Ink and Shadows by Ellery Adams is the next A Secret, Book and Scone Society Novel. It will be out on January 26 as well. I love being able to pre-order books and have them pop up on my kindle on release day (I know, I am a book geek).
Murder with Clotted Cream by Karen Rose Smith has Daisy Swanson happily anticipating the birth of her first grandchild. In the meantime, Daisy has been hired by Margaret Vaughn to cater tea for the people involved in the Willow Creek Little Theater. There has been tension in the group because Margaret brought in two people from New York City to oversee the production of the play Christmas in the North Woods. The tea goes well until dessert when people disappear from the table for various reasons. Daisy goes to the butler’s pantry where she finds Margaret dead on the floor. Daisy works with her beau and former detective, Jonas Croft to unmask the killer.
Murder with Clotted Cream by Karen Rose Smith is the 5th A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery. It can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series. Daisy Swanson has her hands full in this story. I thought the story contained good writing and it had steady pace. The characters are developed and continue to evolve as the series progresses. A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery series is character driven. Daisy has two children who are each going through different issues. There is also her mother, Rose and her aunt, Iris. I find the family experiences to be realistic and relatable. The author touches on PTSD, postpartum depression, and moving on after losing a spouse. Jazzi, Daisy’s youngest daughter, is reconnecting with her biological mother, but the husband has thrown a wrench in the works. I like how Daisy’s relationship with Jonas Croft is progressing. I was happy to see that they are not rushing matters. I enjoy the author’s descriptions of Willow Creek, Pennsylvania. Her word imagery brings the town alive for me. I like that there are English and Amish elements. The mystery was stimulating. There are multiple suspects who could have committed the crime. There are threats made against Daisy that provides action and suspense. This was my favorite whodunit of the series. I will, though, be avoiding clotted cream! It was fun following Daisy as she asked questions and assembled the clues. There are mouthwatering descriptions of the food served at the tea shop and at the catered tea. I am amazed at the variety of tea blends available. The author even mentions tea blends that pregnant women can and cannot imbibe. My favorite line from Murder with Clotted Cream is, "Tea calms the soul." Murder with Clotted Cream is an enjoyable cozy mystery that has theater theatrics, clotted cream, a bouncing baby, missing memories, and tasty teas.
Murder with Clotted Cream is available from Amazon*. The 6th A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery is Murder with Oolong Tea which releases on December 29. Thank you for reading my review today. I am sharing Stories That Bind Us by Susie Finkbeiner tomorrow. I do hope you have an uplifting day. I am off to relax for a while and read. My father liked to tell people that he never saw me without a book and later my kindle. Do you take a book with you wherever you go? Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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