In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery

In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery

by Joy Avon


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Joy Avon’s festive series debut featuring a book-themed tea party organizer will be tons of fun this Christmas for Lorna Barrett and Jenn McKinlay fans.

In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble—a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body—to restore the festive spirit to their small town.

This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood hideout Heart's Harbor, Maine where her great aunt runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom where every sweet treat contains a bookish clue. Upon arrival in the fairy-tale snowy town, Callie is drawn into the preparations for a special tea party at Haywood Hall, the rambling house of Heart's Harbor's oldest resident, rich but lonely widow Dorothea Finster, who invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious announcement about her will.

Believing they can touch a part of her fortune, everybody is determined to come, despite not liking each other or even their hostess. And Callie's old friend Sheila complicates things by using the tea party to announce her daughter's engagement, even though her daughter isn't sure she's in love with the young lawyer her mother thinks so perfect for her.

Catering to people who each have their own agenda isn't easy for the Book Tea crew, especially once the valuable engagement ring goes missing and a dead body turns up in the conservatory. Can Callie and her great aunt use their love of clues to dig into the crimes and show their unhappy hostess and squabbling guests the true Christmas spirit?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683317937
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Series: A Book Tea Shop Mystery , #1
Sales rank: 177,099
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Having spent many afternoons as a teen on the Nile with Poirot or confronting sinister spinsters in sleepy English towns with Miss Marple, it was only natural Joy Avon would start writing mysteries of her own. Besides writing, Joy enjoys hiking, collecting stationery and trying new desserts, especially if chocolate is involved. This is her first Book Tea Shop mystery.

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In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Pugmom76 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy tea and books then you definitely read In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon. This first book is a great introduction to this series featuring book themed tea parties. The characters are likeable from the start (even the members of law enforcement) and the setting is a picture-perfect cozy town complete with a large manor house, a fun tea room, and a murder! The main characters run a tea shop where every confection contains a bookish clue and have fun literary names (I’d love to order a Miss Lemon or Caribbean Mystery dessert)! The murder occurs at a themed tea party where the elderly hostess is expected to reveal the contents of her will. Before even one bite of the specialty made cake can be eaten, a dead body is discovered. It seems like an open and shut case but with so many suspects, red herrings and old family secrets, I was kept guessing until the very end! My favorite aspect of the book was definitely the Christmas theme and holiday décor on the cover. The only incongruence is the title which I couldn’t relate to any characteristic of the book except that it has to do with Christmas. All in all, it was an entertaining book and I came to care enough about the characters to want to read the next book in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book via the publisher.
meljmckinney More than 1 year ago
In Peppermint Peril is the debut novel in Joy Avon’s Book Tea Shop Mystery series. Callie Aspen returns to Heart's Harbor, Maine to see her great aunt who runs Book Tea. Book Tea is a vintage tearoom that includes a clue from a book in every sweet treat sold. Heart’s Harbor, Maine is a very small town where Callie grew up. Callie returns to Heart’s Harbor to help her great Aunt Iphy run Book Tea. After Callie has toured the world she is excited to return to Haywood Hall to help her great aunt prepare for a special party at the hall. Instead of a surprise engagement and the announcement of the will’s new terms, a dead body is found in the conservatory. A plan for a surprise engagement goes wrong. A piece of jewelry goes missing. Callie becomes involved with the homicide detective and his two nephews. The author does a great job of having many suspects throughout the book. I didn’t know who the murderer was until the end. There were quite a few small mysteries within the book which was exciting. I found the town in Maine, Heart’s Harbor, to be a very calm and festive place. The residents seemed to be in the Christmas spirit and having read the book during the Christmas season it helped me get into the spirit! This book kept me reading through all the twists and turns of the book. I can't wait for the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, give this new series a try. It was a great clean and easy read. With this being the first book of the series I am excited to see where these characters will go with future books, including Daisy the dog!
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
The perfect Christmas cozy mystery! Complete with intrigue, murder, blackmail, red herrings and fun twists and turns. Fantastic character development really draws you in and makes you like the characters and care about their story lines. Definitely an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next!
Biszemom More than 1 year ago
I loved this first book in the Tea and Read Mystery series by Joy Avon. It features book themed tea parties and a wonderful cast of characters that capture your attention and draws you in. The main character, Callie Aspen, is warm and engaging is surrounded by a supporting cast of her boston terrier, her aunt who owns the tea shop, her friends and love from years ago, and the handsome deputy sheriff. Together they provide a rich, well developed background for the mystery. The story line grasps your attention and keeps you turning the pages to find out more. The Christmas setting is an added bonus. I look forward to reading more in the series!
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
A cozy mystery with a tour guide home for the holidays as the main character. The characters are not very complicated. The setting seems quite beautiful. The plotting is well paced. I did not see the whodunit coming. Plenty of nostalgia and lots for the book lover to love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series. In the beginning, it was a bit confusing because the protagonist Callie is barely introduced and it didn’t explain her role or some of the other characters. It took a few more pages to begin liking some of the characters who are coming into play. The mystery of the murder was well done and kept me guessing right up until the end. My favorite character was Aunty Iphy and I hope we know more about her in the next book and the least likable was the deputy Falk. He was a little bit too tough and cold, however it looks he will be very important to Callie. I hope for the next book it tells us a little bit more about him. It was enjoyable to read. Definitely, I will read the next book in the series just to check how Howard Halls has progressed with Callie and Aunty Iphy. ***I received an advance copy from the publisher and my opinion expressed are entirely my own.
MyWhims More than 1 year ago
During the winter wonderland of the holiday season, wealthy Dorothea Finster has requested a lovely cake for a special tea party at her historical home to present her new will to her invited guests. Callie Aspen arrived home in time to assist her Great Aunt Iphy in the preparation and serving of the cake and tea to the distinguish guests. Unfortunately, the tea party goes awry with a dead body and a missing heirloom. In Peppermint Peril is a fun and exciting cozy mystery with a Christmas theme, and it was the perfect book to read during the holidays. As the first book in the series, it introduces many new characters. I look forward to how these characters develop in the future. Highly recommended. I received a copy through SERC in exchange for my honest review.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
For Christmas, Callie heads to Heart’s Harbor, Maine, where she spent a lot of time as a child during the holidays with her great aunt Iphy. She has some time between jobs as a tourism guide and Iphy puts her to work right away, helping with a big to do (involving some childhood friends she hasn’t seen in years) at the opulent Haywood Hall. Things go awry rather quickly and Callie jumps right in, purposefully and not, to help understand what happened. The story moves consistently toward the end, with clues, lots of suspects and red herrings adding to the case. I kind of liked that although it takes place at Christmas, it isn’t the driving force of the story. The town isn’t dependent on holiday tourism or goings-on. I think the Book Tea Shop theme is something I would like to see explored more and I would love to learn more about Aunt Iphy and the rest of the town. I definitely look forward to another story with Callie.
ScoobyVicki More than 1 year ago
I received this book direct from the Publisher at no cost to me. I, in return, would like to volunteer my review on this holiday mystery. A will, an awkward tea party, and a nearly missed engagement surprise including a theft and a murder create the start of this new adventure. A vast array of pompous individuals to the naive, a bit of cattiness with cunning and a dash of blackmail makes a crazy situation. This book is a slow and steady read. Clues being dropped through the pages while aiding the deputy and the main character to their near fatal conclusion.
AmyWeidenaar More than 1 year ago
Callie has come home to Heart's Harbor, Maine, to spend the holidays with her great aunt and help in her tearoom, the Book Tea. Helping to set up a special tea for childhood friends at her beloved Haywood Hall, she's shocked when the man who inspired her current career of travel guide and story teller is murdered during the tea. Setting up a rocky start with Deputy Falk when she questions his abilities to solve the crime, Callie delves right into the thick of things as she and her aunt attempt to play detective. Book 1 of this new series is filled with excellent characters. You truly feel the bittersweet reconnect of coming back home after having been gone for so long. The characters themselves are beautifully flawed which makes the character development all the greater. The dialogue is well-done. Nothing about it felt overly stilted or unnatural. There was a good pace between the action and stepping away from it. There was a nice mixture of the unexpected blended with the mundane of every day life. The mystery itself was excellent. I didn't guess it straight away at all. In fact, the big reveal felt a little sudden and from left field. I didn't exactly get how Callie suddenly came to put those particular pieces together but it may have had something to do with those she ruled out. All in all, I felt this was a wonderful book that I definitely recommend. I can't wait to read more of this series. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books, Joy Avon, and NetGalley for the chance to read this book and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Everything about this book called to me. The premise, the description, the cover. I knew I simply had to read it. With that being said, I a few reviews where readers didn’t care for a some of the characters. I love character driven stories, so this concerned me a bit. But I went with my first instinct and read it. I am so very happy that I did. Not only did I enjoy the characters, the entire book was a wonderful read. IN PEPPERMINT PERIL, author Joy Avon’s debut novel (as far as I can tell) is a wonderfully sweet treat. I loved being introduced to Heart’s Harbor, Maine, and its residents. I was excited to learn more about them as the tale went on and I look forward to getting to know them even better in the next volume. This was a very well written mystery. A true page turner with plenty of clues to keep me engaged in the investigation and wanting to get to the bottom of this whodunit. The author’s sense of timing is close to perfection when it comes to throwing in a shock here or there. The story’s reveal caught me by surprise. I really thought I had quest right on this one. Once again, I’m so happy I read, IN PEPPERMINT PERIL, and I’m looking forward to my next visit to this series.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
A great holiday read or cozy mystery for any time of the year. This is a well-written mystery with a few twists and turns along the way. The characters are interesting and have great chemistry with one another. The setting of Haywood Hall lends an air of nostalgia for our main character Callie which gives the story a warm homey feel even though we have a murder mystery to solve. Another sub-plot that added a lovely touch for this cozy is Callie’s relationship with the dog she is fostering. Overall this was a lovely cozy and I would recommend this to other cozy fans. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
jwilhoite211 More than 1 year ago
I liked this first book in this new series, the characters/setting are your typical cozy - female protagonist, family members and friends in a small town, a dog, etc...I like the typical in a cozy myself. Callie is the protagonist and she is visiting her aunt for the holidays, of course a murder takes places and she is determined to find the murderer. There is a handsome policeman investigating the case and a little romance. At the beginning of the book, the story moved a little too quickly and there was mention of a backstory between characters, but it never materialized enough. Hopefully, in book two, the backstory of Callie and her friends will come to light, like why she is so attached to Haywood Hall in the first plave, other than the fact she spent time there as a child and why Shelia, Stephen, and Callie were friends to begin w ith. Very little of their backgrounds are revealed. 3.8 stars. I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.
TheCozyReview More than 1 year ago
This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood home in Heart's Harbor, Maine where her great-aunt runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom where every sweet treat contains a bookish clue. Upon arrival in the fairy-tale snowy town, Callie is drawn into the preparations for a special tea party at Haywood Hall, the rambling house of Heart's Harbor's oldest resident, rich but lonely widow Dorothea Finster. Dorothea has invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious announcement about her will. Everybody is determined to attend, despite not liking each other or even their hostess. Callie's old friend Sheila complicates things by using the tea party to announce her daughter's engagement. But her daughter isn't sure she's in love with the young lawyer her mother thinks is perfect for her. Catering to people who each have their agenda isn't easy for the Book Tea crew, especially once a valuable engagement ring goes missing and a dead body turns up in the conservatory. Can Callie and her great aunt use their love of clues to dig into the crimes and show their unhappy hostess and squabbling guests the true Christmas spirit? -- Series: A Tea and a Read Mystery - Book 1 Author: Joy Avon Genre: Cozy/Tea/career Mystery Publisher: Crooked Lane In the debut novel for "A Tea and a Read Mystery" series, Joy Avon has managed to delight and entertain, with characters that are well written, fun and truly human. This first book, In Peppermint Peril, has quarks, red herrings, laugh out loud moments, and real emotion. The writing is fluid, with transitions as smooth as glass. There is little in this book that readers will have trouble understanding, and it will leave them wanting more. Callie is a busy traveler who is determined to go back to her regular life just as soon as the holidays are over, but life has a way of getting in the way. Seeing her hometown, and being with the people she loves has made her long to plant roots and stick around but, she is trying to convince herself that she is happy with her life and there is no need to change it. But circumstance, a new pet, and a possible love interest puts a wrench in her Christmas departure plans. Secondary characters are likable, even when they are trying not to be. Readers will fall in love with Callie’s Aunt, Iphy. The setting of Heart's Harbor, Maine, although fictitious, makes readers want to take a sightseeing trip. It is quaint with hints of a life that is simple and old-fashioned. The tea house setting is the perfect backdrop for this story, with the love of a good mystery book, the tea house plays on the reader's sense of times gone by and adds a yearning for holidays the way they used to be. The murder victim starts as a happy memory for Callie, someone she always looked up to in her youth. At first, she is very upset by the death but soon comes to realize that not everyone she knew when she was young is what they seemed to be at the time. The clues to the killer’s identity are all there but are not easily revealed, and other problems crop up along the way. Readers will love the fact that they have no idea who the killer is until the very last pages. This debut book, In Peppermint Peril has lots of twists and turns, plenty of drama, but it also has compassion and love. This author and the series will continue to evolve as new books are added, and it will be fun to see what becomes of these wonderful characters and what kind of trouble Call
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the first A Tea and Read Mystery. Calliope “Callie” Aspen has returned to Heart’s Harbor, Maine to help her Great Aunt Iphy with her tearoom, Book Tea. Iphy incorporates mystery books into her pastry decorations and hosts book themed events. Callie is carting the supplies to Haywood Hall for the tea party being hosted by Dorothea Finster, the town’s oldest resident, a week before Christmas. Callie has fond memories of playing at Haywood Hall as a child plus she vividly remembers the crush she had on Stephen, one of Dorothea’s relatives. Dorothea has invited various relatives and friends to hear an announcement regarding her will. Sheila Du Bouvrais, Stephen’s wife, has her own agenda for the event and insists that Callie hide an heirloom engagement ring in the cake. She is trying to force Ben Matthews, a lawyer, into proposing to her daughter Amber, despite Amber’s lack of interest. When the ring box is removed from the cake and opened, they find the empty. A scream then rings out from the conservatory where Amber has stumbled upon Mr. Leadenby, the gardener and storyteller, stabbed to death. Deputy Falk is in charge of the case since the sheriff is out of town for the holidays. Callie and Iphy join forces to solve this knotty conundrum before Santa slides into town on his sleigh. In Peppermint Peril we are taken to the small town of Heart’s Harbor, Maine where Callie grew up. After Stephen broke her heart by marrying her childhood friend, Sheila, Callie took a job as a tour guide. Callie has traveled around the world with Travel the Past, but it left her little time to visit home or have a personal life. Callie is quickly confronted by her past when Iphy’s latest catering gig takes her to Haywood Hall. Haywood Hall is a special place to Callie. When I started In Peppermint Peril, I felt like I was dumped down the rabbit hole like Alice. It felt like I started in the middle of the book instead of the beginning. Readers barely get a chance to know Callie and Iphy, when a hoard of other characters are introduced. Callie’s dog, Daisy is an adorable addition to the story. Iphy is lovely woman with a delightful tea shop with mystery book themed pastries. She hides clues on her cakes for the guests to solve. I enjoyed the references to the older mystery novels. Iphy’s creations sounded beautiful and delectable. The mystery was multi-faceted with pointed clues and multiple suspects. Unfortunately, I easily identified the killer early in the story. The why is revealed as the story progresses. The one thing I did not like is Callie jumping to conclusions which led to exasperating situations. She spends a significant amount of time thinking and speculating about the case. Her investigation technique is unique. In Peppermint Peril has steady pacing along with the author’s casual writing style which made the story easy to read. Unfortunately, the book lacked depth. There are details missing on the main characters and the town. The ending felt incomplete. I believe the author was trying to start the series with a BANG, but it fell flat. I am giving In Peppermint Peril 3 out of 5 stars. The series has potential, and I hope the author is more successful in her next A Tea and Read Mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful cozy mystery that will be a perfect read during the winter holiday season! This will be the start to a great series! Grab a mug of tea, your favorite blanket and enjoy this book!
Tangen More than 1 year ago
cozy-mystery It's basically a good cozy and the characters are interesting. But it just doesn't read like a series debut, there are disconnects that made me hunt around for parts of the backstory. Callie makes a good protagonist, and an excellent job is done in portraying Sheila as an insecure, thoughtless, controlling person who has to push her own agenda without a care for her daughter or for the person who really initiated the party. Initially there seems to have been no reason to single out the man who was murdered, but after some interesting twists and red herrings there really is a solution. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley.
lynnsreadingcorner More than 1 year ago
"In Peppermint Peril" is the first mystery in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series. The setting features the small town of Heart's Harbor, Maine in which our protagonist, Callie Aspen, has returned to in order to help her Great Aunt run the book themed tea party shop called Book Tea. Book Tea has been called upon to host an upcoming party at Haywood Hall, resident of Dorothea Finster, the oldest living resident of town and owner of Haywood Hall. Haywood Hall holds a near and dear spot to Callie as a special place she was close to when growing up in Heart's Harbor. Dorothea has announced she will be letting the contents of her will be known at this party, and as you can imagine, everyone wants to gather and see if they have been rewarded a piece of the pie. While hosting the party, things go awry and a body is discovered - the body of a long standing employee of Dorothea Finster. Join Callie and friends while they look into solving this mystery and discover clues to long held secrets of family and town while Callie develops new friendships and ties to her community, having returned home. I appreciate this new book series, and would rate it a 3.5/5 stars, if given the option. I believe the beginning of the book was a bit too descriptive for me as my attention was lost at times, but would be very good for someone who is able to be very visual with language when descriptions are so vivid. The style of writing could be comparable to older mystery stories such as Agatha Christie and had a murder mystery dinner feel to the unfolding of the story. By all means, I believe the author did a great job on her debut mystery novel, but the style was hard for me to get past. For example, the author uses a lot of questions throughout her story to set thoughts and possible plots into the mind of the reader. I also didn't feel as if I connected with the characters as much as I have in other mystery stories. If you enjoy a good mystery story, particularly those of past times, I believe you will enjoy this story! It's also a perfect, quick read for the holiday season!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going home isn't ever easy. It's even harder when your old friend has married the man you once loved. Callie doesn't let this stop her, coming back to Heart's Harbor to spend the holidays with her great aunt despite it all. Honestly, Callie handled it well, considering she wasn't really sure what she felt for Stephen in the present day. She is a great sleuth, however, and made me think of the old show, Murder She Wrote, more often than I'd like to admit. In Peppermint Peril has a great set of characters and a steadily moving plot. The players are just shady enough that you suspect them all at one time or another and there were plenty of surprises to keep me going. Of all the characters, I think I liked Aunt Iphy the best. Although she's older, she has a great sense of humor and a love of mystery that overflows out of her tearoom and into her everyday life. I would have loved an aunt like her. This is an excellent start to a new series by a new author. I'm eagerly awaiting the next in the series, due to releas in the summer. It'll be fun to see what Callie, Iphy, and the rest have gotten up to in the meantime, as well as whether Callie's budding relationship goes anywhere. I highly reccommend this book to anyone who loves cozy mysteries. As an added bonus, for you theme readers, this is set during the Christmas holidays so there's plenty of snow and festivities to go along with a cute mystery. *Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
In this first book of the series we are introduced to Callie Aspen who has come back to Heart's Harbor, Maine for the holidays. After arriving her Aunt, who owns Book Tea, asks her to help with the catering for a party at Haywood Hall. The old woman who lives there, Dorothea, is having a gathering to share with all what her new will says and thinks a tea is the perfect setting. When a murder occurs during the party everyone starts looking at each other wondering who the culprit could be and are they finished with killing. After the police arrive Callie wonders if they will be able to do their job and find a killer among all those who hated the victim, they don't seem to be adept at the job they were hired to do. She decides she must try to figure out who the killer is before something else bad happens but is she canny enough to do just that? Follow along as Callie weaves her way through a murder, old relationships, and wonders where her life is headed. Will she be able to figure out who the killer is? Will she fix old relationships? Can she decide where she wants her life to be? The characters were interesting and the setting was great. I felt like I got to know them a bit but look forward to learning more about them in the future.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
The debut of the Book Tea Shop Mystery is a nice, quick read. Protagonist, Callie Aspen, a tour guide who’s travelled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Book Tea, in Heart’s Harbor, Maine. Callie brings along a sweet Boston Terrier she’s fostering. The Book Tea is catering at Haywood Hall mansion where matriarch Dorothea Finster is ready to reveal the changes in her new will and, thus, has summoned a family gathering. However, the tea party is interrupted by a vicious crime. New author, Joy Avon, scatters trails of cookie crumbs from one suspect to another, and so forth, and does a good job of keeping the murderer’s identity a secret until the reveal. There is a second mystery plot that ties up all loose ends, and I enjoyed it, also. As I read this cozy, some of the characters grew on me, and I look forward to future developments with them. I just couldn’t get into the Deputy Falk. The story’s premise has great potential and it will be interesting to read the next book and see what happens to Book Tea. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. Thank you.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Peppermint Peril is the first book in the A Book Tea Shop Mystery series. Callie Aspen is going to take a break from her job as a tour guide and return to her hometown of Heart’s Harbor and give her great Aunt Iphy a hand at her tea shop Book Tea. Callie is excited to learn that Aunt Iphy is putting together a tea for Dorothea Finster at her home, Haywood Hall. Dorothea has plans to announce the terms of her new will and has invited her remaining relatives, and the mayor and his wife, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, and a new school teacher to her tea party. All are hoping for substantial bequests to help fund projects that will benefit the community of Heart’s Harbor. At the same time, Shelia Du Bouvrais, wife of Stephen Du Bouvrais Dorothea’s only heir, plans on using the party to announce her daughter’s engagement to her boyfriend, Ben. She has asked Callie to put a family heirloom ring into the cake that is to be served at the party. Ben will be cutting the cake and will remove the ring and propose. But as the old saying goes about best-laid plans going awry happens at the tea party. First, the ring box is empty and the longtime gardener is found brutally stabbed in the conservatory. Callie has known the gardener, Mr. Leadenby, since childhood and is shocked to learn that he has been stabbed to death. She remembers that she had heard Leadenby and Brenda Brink, the school teacher, having a heated discussion. Also, she wants to learn how Sheila had gotten blood on her dress, that hadn’t been there earlier in the evening. She also remembers seeing handyman, Cole Merton, who had a troubled youth, leaving about the time she had put the ring box in the cake. She begins to speculate whether the two events are related. So she sets out to try and find if they are, first, related and who might have done them. This was an enjoyable first book and looking forward to seeing the next book to learn where the series will go once everyone is able to understand the terms of the new will. I enjoyed all the characters but will be looking forward to learning more about them, particularly Aunt Iphy.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is a new cozy mystery with promise. Callie Aspen is visiting her Aunt Iphy who owns Book Tea in the small Maine town of Heart's Harbor for Christmas. She agrees to help her aunt organize a tea party at Haywood Hall for Dorothea Finster. Callie is drawn into two mysteries when a lovely ring disappears from the cake being served at the tea party and then an employee is killed during the party. As this is the first book in a series, this book took sometime introducing the characters so the book did start slowly. However, the paced picked up as the red herrings and twists led me from page to page to discover who was behind the murder and why. A satisfactory read and I would definitely consider reading the next one in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
A solid start to a new series! Callie Aspen travels the World as a tour guide, but when she spends the holidays with her Aunt Iphy in Heart’s Harbor, the small town speaks to her heart. Old friends, new friends, a Boston Terrier, a family all wrap Callie up in a murder. Sometimes the past doesn’t haunt us as much as the present and the future isn’t always as we had planned. This first book in the new Book Tea Shop Mystery series is a great start to a new series. Looking forward to the next book in the series.