Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes is the first book in the Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. It’s about Daisy Swanson, a widowed mom who becomes worried about her Aunt Iris when she starts dating a wealthy, still married man. When her aunt’s new boyfriend is murdered, it’s up to Daisy to clear her aunt’s name.
This was a really fun and light cozy mystery! I really enjoyed it. Daisy, the main character and I, instantly bonded. She felt like someone I would be friends with in real life, and I loved that! She was likeable and her personality and her experiences were relatable. The way she loves and tries to protect her family was truly amazing and amicable. The other characters were all pleasant and interesting. Everyone seemed well-crafted and well-thought-out.
I loved the setting—the tea shop. It was very cute and charming. Everything was beautifully described. Sometimes I wished I could jump inside the book and taste everything.
The mystery itself was intriguing and unpredictable. It had just the right amount of suspects and the clues linked together well. It kept me guessing until the very end, which is hard for me because I’m very quick to guess the bad guy.
Overall, a great start to a new cozy mystery series! I highly recommend to all cozy readers!
In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals—but a murder in their garden has them in hot water . . .
Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective—so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried . . . especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy’s Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey’s grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn’t want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart—but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey’s murder.
Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime scene—and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt’s name and bag the real killer before things boil over . . .
Includes delicious recipes for Iris’s Lemon Tea Cakes and more!