Joy Avon sets a delightful scenario with this cozy Christmas mystery. Callie Aspen is an interesting heroine, she definitely has a history not only in the town but with the key players and with the murder location itself. I enjoyed the fact that the story wasn’t too over the top and the characters were fun without being caricatures. The list of suspects was long and I enjoyed seeing how Callie made her way through the list. I found myself becoming attached to her and her adorable dog and all of the people in her life, both new and old. Her aunt was a pleasure and the shop is so interesting. Watching Callie tip toe around the investigating officer provided plenty of smiles and a few grimaces. I enjoyed that the story itself was so heartfelt. I found myself smiling a lot and tearing up a time or too. Overall, this is a wonderful holiday read. If you enjoy cuddling up with a quaint mystery this is definitely a Christmas treat.
The Story: Callie Aspen has returned to Heart Harbor for the holidays. She finds herself helping her aunt with her tea room. Then she finds herself directly in the center of a murder investigation. The local lawman is definitely not in the Christmas spirit, but Callie is determined to catch the killer even if she’s next on the hit list.
Joy Avon’s festive series debut featuring a book-themed tea party organizer will be tons of fun this Christmas for Lorna Barrett and Jenn McKinlay fans.
In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble—a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body—to restore the festive spirit to their small town.
This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood hideout Heart's Harbor, Maine where her great aunt runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom where every sweet treat contains a bookish clue. Upon arrival in the fairy-tale snowy town, Callie is drawn into the preparations for a special tea party at Haywood Hall, the rambling house of Heart's Harbor's oldest resident, rich but lonely widow Dorothea Finster, who invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious announcement about her will.
Believing they can touch a part of her fortune, everybody is determined to come, despite not liking each other or even their hostess. And Callie's old friend Sheila complicates things by using the tea party to announce her daughter's engagement, even though her daughter isn't sure she's in love with the young lawyer her mother thinks so perfect for her.
Catering to people who each have their own agenda isn't easy for the Book Tea crew, especially once the valuable engagement ring goes missing and a dead body turns up in the conservatory. Can Callie and her great aunt use their love of clues to dig into the crimes and show their unhappy hostess and squabbling guests the true Christmas spirit?