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Title: In Cold Chamomile
Series: Tea and Read #3
Author: Joy Avon
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Published: February 11th, 2020
This is another intriguing, highly entertaining cosy murder mystery by this talented author – complete with a second chance romance for added interest! This is the third book in the Tea and Read series and involves many characters from the previous books but I suspect it could still be enjoyed as a standalone.
Callie Aspen has helped organise a special Valentine’s event at Haywood Hall, complete with live music, lots of books, an expert book valuer as well as tasty drinks and food. They’re even helping encourage people to consider adopting a dog from the local rescue centre. However, what no one had anticipated is the murder of one of the attendees. Callie has helped solve two murders in the past and certainly wasn’t expecting to be involved in any more. However, when the man Iphy loved more than 50 years ago is accused of murder, Iphy is determined to clear his name and Callie can’t resist trying to help her – even though her boyfriend, Deputy Ace Falk, is adamant she should stay out of this investigation. Can the killer be brought to justice? What will happen to Callie and Ace’s relationship?
With great characters, plenty of twists and turns and added love interests, this is a real page turner that kept me guessing. I definitely didn’t immediately identify the perpetrator, there were a plethora of red herrings to misdirect you. The story is a great addition to this series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys reading cosy murder mysteries set in a delightful community with fantastic characters. I suspect the added information in the ending will be like marmite – loved by some and hated by others . . . but you need to read it for yourself to discover what I mean!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and finding it a fantastic, engaging, intriguing story.
Just in time for the holidays, In Cold Chamomile is sure to be a cupid’s arrow aimed straight for your bookshelf.
Tea party organizer Callie Aspen learns that Cupid’s arrows can be deadly when a Valentine’s Day soiree ends in murder.
Callie Aspen can’t think of a more appropriate place to spend Valentine’s Day than her adopted hometown of Heart’s Harbor, Maine. When she’s not helping out at Book Tea, her great-aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Callie’s adorning Haywood Hall with hearts and roses for the big Valentine’s event, where townspeople will fall in love with sweet treats, heartwarming music, and delightful books. But tension is brewing: The librarian argues with the expert who is on hand to appraise precious volumes. And Iphy is shocked to recognize the baritone who’s slated to sing at the event as an old acquaintance–one she’d hoped she’d never meet again. And then, when a dead body is discovered, the stirring spoon of suspicion points at the many people who had reasons to want the victim dead.
When Iphy’s old acquaintance draws the attention of Deputy Ace Falk, Callie finds herself in a spot. Ace, as usual, doesn’t want Callie involved, but how can she ignore Iphy’s anguish over the fate of a man she cares for more than she will admit? Bringing the killer to justice may endanger Callie’s budding relationship with Ace–and, quite possibly, her own life.
Callie and the Book Tea crew may think they have this case in the bag, but un-kettling truths are yet to be decanted.