Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup: A Madeline's Teahouse Mystery

Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup: A Madeline's Teahouse Mystery

by Leslie Matthews Stansfield

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After the death of their mother, sisters Terry and Karen Sutter, turn their childhood home into a teahouse. It's a dream come true, but the dream begins to resemble a nightmare when teacups start crashing to the floor in the middle of the night. Could the teahouse be haunted? There's a list of possible ghostly candidates: the prior owner who is rumored to have left behind a buried treasure, two spinster neighbors who disappeared without a trace over forty years ago, or perhaps it's Terry and Karen's own mother trying to communicate with them. Karen, the older sister, thinks running a haunted teahouse might be fun, until the sisters come home one night to find the attic stairs covered in a trail of what appears to be blood. Is it a ghost or a warning? The teahouse's new mascot, a psychic macaw, may provide some unexpected clues, but the sisters will encounter many more surprises before they solve this mystery.

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ISBN-13: 9780988194328
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press
Publication date: 09/29/2012
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup: A Madeline's Teahouse Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
After the death of their mother, sisters Terry and Karen Sutter, turn their childhood home into a tea house. It’s a dream come true, but the dream begins to resemble a nightmare when teacups start crashing to the floor in the middle of the night. Could the tea house be haunted? There’s a list of possible ghostly candidates: the prior owner who is rumored to have left behind a buried treasure, two spinster neighbors who disappeared without a trace over forty years ago, or perhaps it is Terry and Karen’s own mother trying to communicate with them. Karen, the older sister, thinks running a haunted tea house might be fun, until the sisters come home one night to find the attic stairs covered in a trail of what appears to be blood. Is it a ghost or is it a warning? The tea house’s new mascot, a psychic macaw, may provide some unexpected clues, but the sisters will encounter many more surprises before they solve this mystery. This was a great debut and a fun read.  All the characters are easy to identify with and they are an eclectic bunch. Karen and Terry have taken on a major endeavor but they are up to the task. What a wonderful tribute to their mother.  Aunt Rose and Uncle Harry are true gems watching over the girls and butting in every chance they get.  Detective Greg Mullins and his partner Tom are two hunks that add just the perfect amount of romantic tension. But there were two stars for me that both added humor. Mrs. Dinkle has a little problem everyone can hear but her and Mr. Tea, the macaw the could be psychic, has some terrific comments for anyone that come near or just enters the room.  Coming home is always hard but these girls are welcomed with open arms. Their mother’s friends become some of their best customers. I love these senior characters. The author has laid a nice foundation for future installments.  Will romance bloom? What will come out of Mr. Teas mouth next? Who will be the next victim? Are there still ghosts lurking about? I am not so patiently waiting for Stansfield’s next story. 
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Mr. Tea And The Traveling Teacup is the first book in this wonderful new series. This was a very entertaining book. I like to be told a story and Stansfield tells a wonderful story of life in this small Maine community. A well plotted mystery, a little romance and just the right amount of humor. The old folks are an absolute joy. The girls have their Aunt Rose and Uncle Henry living next door and on the other side is Shannon, high school best friends of the girls, and her mother Mrs. Dindle. And I can't forget, Mr. Tea the macaw. He always amazes folks with the things he says. Some think that he is psychic, but he definitely is funny. I would love to live in the neighborhood. Linda and Karen Sutter's mother passed away a few months earlier. They have decided to turn their mother's home into a teahouse and possibly adding a B&B in the future. Linda is glad that her sister will be arriving soon, as three teacups have mysteriously fallen off the middle shelf they were sitting on for no explainable reason. One evening after having supper at their Aunt and Uncle's, they come home to find the stairs to attic down and what appears to be blood. Fortunately it is only paint, but who got into the house and how? Linda and Karen start to ask their aunt and uncle, Mrs. Dindle and Det. Greg Mullins, or as Mr. Tea calls him, "hunk alert". It appears that the house is haunted, but no one is sure by whom. It seem that that the previous owners of Mrs. Dindle house, a couple spinsters, went missing one evening and their whereabouts was never determined. even Linda and Karen's house has a history, too. The owner before their parents was a reputed bank robber and it is thought the money is buried some where on the property. Definitely looking forward to the next book to see what words of wisdom Mr. Tea will come up, what new comments Uncle Henry will have about Mrs. Dindle and see how Linda's possible romance with Greg progresses.
AliciaTN1 More than 1 year ago
When sisters, Terry and Karen, turn their home into a teahouse, life gets a bit interesting.  The teahouse must be haunted because each night a teacup tumbles off the shelf and shatters not only the cup but also the sisters' nerves.  The house has a troubled past and the sisters wonder if that past has caught up to them.  If broken teacups aren't enough, vandalism that may or may not be ghostly also disturbs their sleep.   However, when they add Mr. Tea, a psychic macaw, life gets a shot of humor as he always seems to know the perfect thing to say. I found this first book by Ms. Stansfield to be an easy read that was enjoyable.  There are enough clues, twists and surprises to keep one guessing along with a bit of romance and a lovable family.  I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. The idea of the talking/psychic Macaw adds humor. Nice little mystery with humor and a little romance. I look forward to the next installment. NICE CLEAN COZY
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Madeline's Teahouse Mystery series by Leslie Matthews Stanfield.  The story opens on Terry Sutter waking from sleep to the sound of glass breaking downstairs.  Specifically, a tea cup on the middle shelf falling to the floor.  Just as it has over and over again, every night for weeks. With the death of their mother just seven months prior, Terry and Karen Sutter have turned their mother's house into a Teahouse.  This was their life long dream and the first step towards their ultimate goal of a Bed & Breakfast.  Terry gave up her job as an art teacher and moved back to Connecticut to supervisor the renovations and get everything set up while Karen worked out notice at her job as an accountant in California.  Karen is finally coming in that evening and will be seeing all of Terry's work for the first time.  Terry is nervous and worried about Karen's reactions. When Karen arrives, she is impressed at what her little sister has accomplished and feeling a little guilty about leaving all the work for her.  Terry assures her that her job was much easier to leave and that Karen's contribution of money was very much needed.  As Terry shows off all the changes, she lets Karen know about the issue of the teacup and lets Karen place one on the shelf.  The next morning, Terry procrastinates getting up, waiting for Karen to discover the broken cup herself.   Later that day, Aunt Rose shows them a cup that she bought at the Goodwill that looks exactly like the one Terry and Karen's mother used since she was 10 years old and that went missing up on her death, one that has the same crack in the handle and same smudged ink in the flower design.  Uncle Henry jokes about yet another mystery surrounding the house.  When Karen asks about it being haunted, Henry tells them the stories surrounding the house and it's previous owners.  Tales of bank robbery, treasure, 2 missing women and a mysterious death surround the house and it's former owners.  Once they start looking into these tales and trying to solve the mysteries surrounding the house's former owners, secrets are revealed. I must admit, I wasn't really expecting much with this book.  It doesn't have a fancy smancy cover, or a compelling blurb full of escapades and excitement.  It is about 2 sisters in their early 40's turning their childhood home into a Teahouse in Connecticut.  Connecticut for heaven's sake.  Not exactly a hot spot for criminal activity.  Boy, wasn't I surprised at how much I enjoyed it!   This book is about connections and family and faith.  Normally I like action packed stories, chock full of fast moving adventures and mystery. Not that there isn't adventure and mystery, but its done more at the level of a sedate walk then a flat out run.  And when you are taking that sedate walk, you get to really enjoy the scenery around you and really enjoy the nuances.  The dialogue was fantastic and the characters where wonderful and so very true to life.  Personally if you don't have an Uncle Henry in your life, you need to go get one!  I really liked this book and can't wait for book 2, Mr. Tea and the Bobbin' Body.   I am giving this book 4 stars on Goodreads.  It was such a pleasant contradiction, my contrary soul fell in love.  This book has faith mixed with the paranormal, southern-style grace and charm set in a New England backdrop, and sweet innocent romance 20 years in the making.  What's not to love?
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
I read this book because it sounded like a cute cozy mystery to me and we all know I love a good cozy mystery. I think it was a neat idea for the sisters to turn their childhood home into a teahouse, how cool would that be - but then when it turns out not when it turns out your house may be haunted. This was a new author for me and I am glad I chose to review it. I loved the macaw as a fun touch to this story - Mr. Tea always had something to say. This book was full of twists and turns which kept you guessing right up until the very end as whodunit which makes for a good mystery to me. The character development in this book was very good - I felt like I could know any of these people. This is going to be a fun series to continue on with. 4 stars