This is the first in a new series called Daisy’s Tea Garden by Karen Rose Smith. I love starting a brand new series–that way I can’t really be too far behind, right? The tea room is in a old Victorian and just seems like the perfect setting for such a place. Daisy and her aunt made sure it was pleasing to men and women, not so fancy and frilly that guys wouldn’t be caught dead there. Well one does end up dead but you’ll have to read it and find out why! I can’t wait for the second book. There was a teaser excerpt that definitely left me anxious for when it comes out!
My Goodreads review:
Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an awesome start for a brand new series. I thought it was really well-written, descriptions were just right as in not over the top descriptive and I could totally picture this little town in Pennsylvania near Amish country with all its fun shops. There were a lot of characters but I never felt overwhelmed since each one was dealt with in such a way that I felt like I knew them, even if it was someone the reader isn’t really supposed to like.
Daisy and her aunt Iris had opened Daisy’s Tea Garden in Willow Creek, PA a couple years ago after Daisy’s husband Ryan had passed. She and her girls, Jazzi and Vi, had moved back home from FL. The tea room and garden were doing pretty well until Aunt Iris’s almost-fiance was murdered in the garden. Since the police had it in their minds that Iris was guilty, Daisy knew she had to investigate and get it solved before her aunt ended up in jail.
Daisy’s old friend Cade who had been her high school crush was cautious and didn’t want her to investigate but her new friend Jonas who owned a nearby furniture store had been a detective in Pittsburgh and while he knew the dangers of investigating, he understood Daisy’s need to do that. With two guys in her life now, each one of them being super nice, Daisy had her share of confusion although she admitted to herself that Jonas sparked a little something in her when he was around. It’ll be interesting to see which one she ends up with. At this point, I don’t even know which one I prefer–I like them both! Jonas did seem more attentive but he was also helping with a little side story of helping Jazzi, Daisy’s adopted daughter, find out who her birth mom was.
The many fun characters weren’t hard to keep separate. They were distinctive and some were quirky. Aunt Iris was very sweet and could be feisty when riled so I really enjoyed reading about her. I was sad about her fiance but knowing her, she may find someone else. I also really liked Sean, Daisy’s dad who seemed to be the voice of calm and collected in the family when his wife Rose and her sister Iris didn’t agree on things. It wasn’t daytime drama disagreements or anything though. They were still a very close family and realized that family did indeed come first. I liked the addition of college age Foster helping in the tea room–Daisy’s daughter Vi was really eyeing him up!
I had a feeling and was right about the killer but there were lots of clues sprinkled throughout early enough that even though I got distracted thinking someone else could have done it, I kept coming back to the same person. It was a great take down, equally acted on by all parties and pretty exciting. The ending was pretty sweet too!
There were some of the tea room’s recipes in the back, definitely the one for the lemon tea cakes along with a little teaser excerpt for the next book which I know I’ve probably pre-ordered or will be getting. I am sold on this series and its delightful characters!