Here is the third book in the Tea and Read series by Joy Avon. I really like this newer series that features Callie Aspen and her great aunt Iphy who run a tea shop where Iphy makes book-related goodies. I love Callie’s little adopted Boston Terrier, Daisy. She always seems to know when her mom needs her. This book featured Aunt Iphy a little more as the girls tried to figure out why Iphy’s old guy friend from fifty years ago was suddenly back in Hearts Harbor. Iphy was more worried about him than she wanted to let on at first. But Callie always has her ways of getting answers. I’m very anxious for the next book. This one left some questions even though the murder was cleaned up nicely.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a really good mystery that Aunt Iphy got a chance to take front stage in. Her old friend was in town for the Valentine’s event and was the prime suspect in a book expert’s death. I didn’t like the tension between Callie and Ace as well as between Peggy and Quinn, so I sure hope all that gets resolved in the next book. There was a lot happening in this book, and I definitely couldn’t put it down.
I hadn’t honestly guessed the killer too far ahead, but there weren’t tons of suspects. I’m always a sucker for a good red herring though. Ace seemed more on edge during this book than he had previously, but Callie and Iphy did do some snooping that he was justified in being upset at. As I said, I don’t care for tension with characters and their love interests, so I’m relying on the next book to smooth it out. Aunt Iphy did get a sweet little ending out of this. I’m interested to see what she has to say when we see her next. I can’t say too much or give it away. 😉
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher through NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. Publication date is February 11, 2020.