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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ISBN-13: 9781683317937
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Series: A Book Tea Shop Mystery , #1
Sales rank: 96,612
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (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 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Tangen 4 days 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 6 days 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 7 days 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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.