Tempest in the Tea Leaves (Fortune Teller Series #1)

Tempest in the Tea Leaves (Fortune Teller Series #1)

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by Kari Lee Townsend

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Using various fortune telling tools to interpret her visions, Sunny seeks to aid the residents of Divinity, New York. But when she uses tea leaves to read the frazzled town librarian, what lies at the bottom of the cup is anything but helpful.  See more details below


Using various fortune telling tools to interpret her visions, Sunny seeks to aid the residents of Divinity, New York. But when she uses tea leaves to read the frazzled town librarian, what lies at the bottom of the cup is anything but helpful.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Fortune Teller Series, #1
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Tempest in the Tea Leaves 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
Tempest in the Tea Leaves By Kari Lee Townsend Copyright August 2011 Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime Leaving the Big Apple for the quaint town of Divinity, New York, Sunny is determined to make it on her own as a psychic. With an ancient Victorian house as her place of business, Sunny uses various psychic methods to aid the town's residents. But when she uses tea leaves to give a reading for a frazzled librarian, what she finds at the bottom of the cup is anything but helpful. Sunny informs the police of her deadly vision, but her warning is too late. And with hard-nosed, ruggedly handsome Detective Mitch Stone denying her abilities and naming her prime suspect, the situation is dire. Now Sunny has to use her visions to clear her name, before the killer can put an end to the psychic's future. This book took me deeply into the storyline. We all have relatives who are quirky, but I recognized half my family in the first 100 pages. Kari has blended cozy, comedy, mystery and a bit of the supernatural (ghosts are supernatural, vamps and weres are paranormal) into a cohesive and extremely funny and wet undies from laughing masterpiece. It has wisps and hints of George and Gracie, Bud and Lou, and also Stan and Laurel built into the two main protagonists. I predict a long and very successful run for this new author and her characters. FTC Full Disclosure: The ARC of this book was sent to me by the author in return for a fair review.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Psychic Sunny Meadows relocates from New York City to Divinity, New York where she opens up her shingle as a fortuneteller. She barely is open for business when her first frazzled customer begs her for help. Town librarian Amanda Robbins asks Sunny to read her future. The tea leaves frighten Sunny who calls the police that something bad will soon happen to Amanda. The cops scoff at her talent until Amanda turns up dead. The police immediately suspect Sunny committed the homicide but struggle with a viable motive though they think the fortune teller is a bit wacky. To prove her innocence she teams up with by the book detective Mitch Stone. With a nod to Victoria Laurie's Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (the early books), Kari Lee Townsend provides paranormal amateur sleuth fans with a fun whodunit. The engaging story line is at its best when the psychic and the cop verbally but warmly argue. With a terrific twisting climax to a well written murder mystery Harriet Klausner psychic reviewer (some will borrow Letterman's electric skill and change the letters to psycho) predicts readers will enjoy Sunny Meadows' first case. Harriet Klausner
starcrazy More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy clueless, selfish, self-centered main characters, that don't evolve, then this series is for you. I couldn't get past the first few chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Childish main character made this book downright painful to read. My first and last encounter with this author. Would give it zero stars if I could!
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
Catchy idea. But Sunny acts like a spoiled teen rather than a woman out to prove herself. The chatacters act like they've escaped from a poorly written, teen fantasy instead of an adult mystery. I find it sad because I wanted to like the characters and I wanted to like the plot. Actually, the plot is good. The red herring isn't too bad; but, the chatacters should have had different motives. Too much information, given too soon and about the wrong character. I expected more mystery, more adult characters and less teen angst. I found myself wishing that the house would eat the lead character. Sad because you can see how much better this story could be if the author would have respected her charscters more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book initially seemed so promising. The premise of book, rich young woman bucking her family expectations to forge her own path in the world buys a "haunted" house and sets up shop as the town psychic where mayhem then ensues, seemed interesting. The main character, Sunny, is likable and can probably be developed into an engaging character. But as the mystery actually began, I found myself constantly shaking my head and rolling my eyes in exasperation. I mean, really....the chief of police is going to insist that the main suspect become the "partner" of the investigating detective? Why because she's cute and perky? The book then has Sunny and Mitch, the detective, working together to find the culprit all the while constantly bickering with each other in an attempt to deny their true, passionate feelings for one another. Ms. Townsend seems to have watched too many old episodes of Moonlighting. Even so, she doesn't carry it off in a way that is endearing, just simply tiresome, as are the attempted bits of humor. While reading I'd occassionally have the thought, "oh I suppose I'm meant to laugh here", but I never actually did. As a first-in-series, the main characters are likeable enough that I could get over most of the book's deficits and give this author a chance. HOWEVER, I just can't get over the idea that the police chief insists that the way to solve the case is to put his prime suspect on the job, with absolutely no justification. It's not even written as if she's called in as a consultant because of her psychic abilities. I could have swallowed that. But no, she's basically made a detective because she's cute and perky and he likes to see her and his best detective arguing with one another. (Awww, aren't they so cute? Of course they can solve a crime together. Easy peasy.) Sorry, but there are too many great cozies out there for me to waste time on something as juvenile as this.
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
Sylvia "Sunny" Meadows leaves her penthouse family home in New York City, very much against her parents' wishes. She's determined to start a new life for herself in the small town of Divinity in upstate New York. Sunny purchases an old Victorian home that she promptly names "Vicky" and discovers "Vicky" comes with a cat. A very strange cat who Sylvia names "Immortal" - "Morty" for short. Along with Vicky and Morty, Sunny opens her new business and is ready to be a success. Problem is, there are plenty of disbelievers out there - Sunny happens to be a fortune teller. When her first customer is murdered right after a tea leave reading, Sunny's business is almost non-existent. She also finds herself as the prime suspect in the murder, even though she has no motive and hardly knew the victim. However, Detective Mitch Stone has a hard time buying Sunny's innocence. After all, she read the victim's fortune and claimed she saw her murder. Detective Stone doesn't believe a word of it. He's sure she committed the murder herself. Not everyone is a non-believer and that includes Divinity's mayor. He pairs Mitch and Sunny up to find out who the real killer is. As their investigation throws them closer and closer, the sparks fly and the chemistry between the two of them sizzles. How could a believer and non-believer ever find love together - especially if one of them turns out to be a killer. Another cozy that I absolutely loved. This is the first one in a brand new series called "Fortune Teller Mysteries" and it's such a delightful, enjoyable read. Often in new series the characters come off as a bit stiff, but not in this one. Each character came to life on each page. This heroine is one I fell in love with immediately. The hero is gruff, but loveable. I love the nicknames they give each other. He calls her "Tink" (after Tinkerbell) and she calls him "Grumpy Pants" - very well suited for both. LOL It's a fast-paced, light, fun read - everything I love in my cozies (not to mention a mystical cat).
witekfamilyreaders More than 1 year ago
Kari Lee Townsend's Fortune Teller Mystery series is sure to be a huge success! Fortune teller Sunny Meadows has as much spunk and charm as the old Victorian house she's living in! After a delightful read in Tempest in the Tea Leaves, I can't wait for Sunny's next adventure. Ms. Townsends creates great characters and laugh out loud moments that keep you turning the page. A cute, fun read from a new and upcoming author. You won't want to miss it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an ok book, but I don't think I'll read any more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had great potential, but there were too many unrealistic situations and not enough character development. Sunny needs to grow up and get out of the adolescent mindset she's in. I'm all about some great escapism, but even I couldn't suspend my sense of reality enough to swallow this. The chief of police just recruiting Sunny for no good reason, other than to irritate his lead detective? Really? I truly wanted to like this book, too. Best part of the book was the cat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first volume in Townsend's new psychic mystery series is the literay equivalent of a creamsicle: it is a fast and easy read with just enough twists to keep the reader flipping pages. The identity of the murderer becomes apparent well before the end, so the real treat here is the character interaction. I could easily see someone like Meg Ryan or Kristin Chenoweth playing the comedic aspects of lead Sunny Meadows to the hilt. Light and entertaining. A fun way to spend a dreary afternoon. -- lyradora
debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Townsend’s mystery novel, Sunny Meadows leaves the Big Apple to settle in Divinity, New York. Determined to make it as a psychic, she purchases an ancient Victorian house and inherits a mysterious white cat in the process. Her first customer is an agitated librarian and when she reads her tea leaves she sees the woman’s demise. Feeling responsible for notifying the police of her vision, Sunny finds she’s too late. Not only is the librarian dead but Sunny is suspect because of her vision. Detective Mitch Stone is a non-believer and he sets out to identify the culprit, even if it proves to be Sunny. Determined to settle the issue once and for all, Sunny relies on her visions to lead her down the path of justice. Smart and funny, Sunny Meadows is a great amateur sleuth with special talents. This introduction to the A Fortune Teller Mystery will leave the reader wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked forward to enjoying this little mystery but found myself increasingly repulsed with each page. "Sunny" as the lead charachter is supposedly 29 years old and determined to prove to her parents and the world she can take care of herself. After snubbing them and their society lifestyle, she packs her worldly goods in her little bug and heads for her new life in Divinity, NY, funded by her large trust fund! Author's characterizations are childish and shallow throughout. Dialogue tries to be so cute its sacrine. Sunny is more a spoiled brat than young woman approaching 30 wanting to carve out a life for herself in a profession often ill-received. The "haunting" story elements of an old house and ghost cat were devoid of eeriness and added little or nothing to help keep this reader's interest. Gave up by page 45 in favor of reading tea leaves...more entertaining than this book!
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
A good new cozy mystery....I would recommend this first in a new series. I think book 2 in this series has just been released. Easy to read, fast paced story, and a good introduction of characters.
Becky-Books More than 1 year ago
I loved it! The book was a quick read, kept my attention, and I can't wait to read the second one! I gave it to my aunt, and she loved it too. The characters are fun, and I love the victorian home and the small town setting. The Detective is cute, and their chemistry and banter is so on point. I highly recommend it.
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CheliD More than 1 year ago
Sylvia Meadows didn't like her name. Her parents didn't like her choice of occupation. So Sylvia changes her name to Sunshine Meadows (very hippyish) and moves to Divinity, a small town in New York state and opens up shop as a fortune-telling psychic. The funny thing is, she really is psychic. Her first customer is the town librarian and Sunny sees the woman's death. Fleeing in terror, the librarian is found a hour later, dead in her apartment. Who is the main suspect, none other then our newest resident Sunshine Meadows. I loved this book. The characters were funny and charming, typical but unique. In most Cozies the main character sets out to solve the mystery because they don't trust law enforcement, but in this cozy, Sunny knows that it really should be investigated by the cops but the Police Chief makes her work with the detective so that they can keep an eye on her and if she does have psychic abilities use them. But Sunny isn't exactly helpful - blurting out info that the police would prefer to keep quiet, and apparently hurting rather than helping. The clues and investigation with a hint of whimsy was LOL funny at times or downright slapstick at others. There were instances of the "paranormal" (Morty the cat - white as a ghost - doesn't seem to need to eat and appears and disappears quite easily.) and a bit of romance maybe. Definitely a new series to watch and wait for with high anticipation.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
In this fun and frolicsome mystery by Kari Lee Townsend, we meet psychic Sylvia "Sunny" Meadows. She can see the future for others by reading tea leaves, but her own life is a mess. Sunny leaves the big city to build a life and a new business in small-town Divinity, but things get off to a rocky start. She moves into a haunted house, complete with a scary, and possibly magical cat, whom she christens Morty. During a tea-leaf psychic reading, Sunny sees tragedy, which comes true as the woman is murdered shortly after. Sunny becomes a suspect, and must contend with a grumpy but attractive detective that she won't admit she likes. They argue constantly, neither giving the other an inch. To add to her troubles, her annoying, arrogant parents show up, constantly putting her down and getting in the way. Poor Sunny can't even get a proper haircut, as the salon completely messes up, and now Sunny has just too much to handle. Circumstance keeps throwing her with the detective, and she tries to solve the case, hoping she'll get off the hook soon, as being a murder suspect isn't good for building a new business. She's an outsider in this little hamlet, and suspects abound, mostly over a fight to save the town library. Sunny does what she can, but there's just so many things going on, it's like trying to stand still in a hurricane. The pace reminds you of those fun screwball Hollywood movie comedies of the 30's and 40's, with rapid-fire dialog, and verbal sparring matches between couples who are right for each other, even if neither will admit it. The story hurtles at breakneck speed toward a resolution of the mystery and Sunny's personal crises. So if you like your amatuer sleuths sassy and fun, you'll enjoy this read. It's the start of a series, so get in on the ground floor!
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christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
Sylvia "Sunny" Meadows has always felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round whole in her parents' hoity-toity world in New York City. At 29, Sunny packs her worldly goods into her Volkswagen bug and heads for Divinity, New York where she's purchased an old Victorian house and plans to open up a fortune-telling business. Her first client is the town librarian and Sunny is troubled when the tea leaves show the woman's life is in danger. After the librarian leaves, Sunny deems it best to tell the police, but by then, it's too late; the woman's already dead. And the investigating officer, Detective Mitch Stone, suspects Sunny's the culprit. Although there's major chemistry between them, the two get off to a rocky start which becomes even more treacherous when the mayor decides he wants Sunny to team up with Detective Stone to help solve the murder. Sunny's parents arrive to help clear their daughter's name and Sunny's frantic to find the murderer while the murderer is busy planting evidence against her. This cozy mystery is charming and fun, although one distraction is the protagonist's demeanor. Although she's 29 years of age, she seems much younger, doing such things as sticking out her tongue at people and calling the detective names such as "Mr. Grumpy Pants". Her relationship with her parents is more along the lines of a rebellious teenager than a grown woman. Townsend adds a touch of the paranormal with a mysterious cat named Morty who hangs around Sunny's house, inexplicably appearing and disappearing, and scaring visitors. A bit implausible to this reader was the mayor's decision to partner not only a newcomer to town, but a suspect in the murder, with the detective investigating said murder. All in all, an engaging read with certain aspects readers might find distracting or may choose to ignore.
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SJM-reader More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this first book in what hope will be a long running series. I did not have a clue as to who did it until near the end. That is the way of a good mystery. Looking forward to more in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book in the series! Loved the characters and their interaction. I forsee a lot of "will they,won't they" in the future I vote for WILL!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago