Published May 29th 2018 by Kensington Publishing
This is the second book in the Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery series and an enjoyable addition it was. The Store owners in Willow Creek are getting ready for the Quilt Lovers’ Weekend. It is being spearheaded by art gallery owner and Tessa’s boyfriend, Reese Masemer. When his body is found, bludgeoned, by the bridge where Tessa loves to paint, she is the primary suspect.Daisy does not want to see her friend and employee arrested for a crime she is sure she did not commit, so she begins to ask questions. When the murder weapon is found hidden in the attic of Tessa’s house, it is obvious that someone is trying to frame her. As Daisy begins her search, she goes online and discovers that Reese has a lot of secrets. Does someone from his past hate him enough to kill him? I didn’t guess the killer and I am glad that Daisy has finally come to her senses about one of the handsome men in her life.
I loved visiting Willow Creek again. Aunt Iris is such a sweetheart and Iris and Daisy have a great relationship. Iris and her mom, Rose, do not have a great relationship as Rose has expectations for Daisy that she does not want to pursue. Daisy’s two children Jazzi and Violet both make an appearance in the story and show how important family is to Daisy. Daisy is a character I enjoy, as the issues she copes with are realistic and easy to relate to. The supporting cast is also interesting and their relationships fill out the story in a realistic way. I am not sure about the romance in the book yet, I hope it proceeds in a slow and positive way. The one character I do not like at all is Detective Morris Rappaport. He is not a very nice person and often has blinders on when investigating. I like that he was put in his place in the story. The mystery was well done. There were a lot of clues to follow, many suspects as Reese’s past became known and some twists. I had no idea who the culprit was until the final, climactic reveal at the end. The culprit is believable, but it seemed to come out of left field to me. I like when I can go back and say, yes, I didn’t see that. I love scones, so am looking forward to trying the recipe at the back for Cinnamon Scones. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers. You do not need to read the first book to enjoy this one.
About the Book: Daisy Swanson and her Aunt Iris run a delightful shop in Pennsylvania’s Amish country with an emphasis on tasty teas and treats—but murder is not so sweet . . .
As local merchants unite to attract tourists for a much anticipated weekend quilting event, business is sure to spill over into eateries like Daisy’s Tea Garden. Gorgeous craftwork is hanging everywhere—but among the quilts, potholders, and placemats, one gallery owner is wrapped up in some dangerous affairs . . .
Reese Masemer had been dating one of Daisy’s employees, Tessa, an artist, though their last interaction was as strained as a cup of loose leaf tea. Now Reese has been found dead near a covered bridge where Tessa’s been practicing her sketches. She’s the obvious suspect, but Daisy’s learning that there were some major secrets in Reese’s background, and several of his relationships were infused with resentment. To save Tessa, she’ll have to find out who’s tainted this quaint little town with murder . . .
About the Author: Karen Rose Smith’s plots are all about emotion. She began writing when she listened to music and created stories to accompany the songs. After expressing feelings in poetry, earning a degree in English and French, completing short stories that became too long to find a market, she turned to her love of relationships in romance.
An only child, Karen spent a lot of time in her imagination and with books—Nancy Drew, Zane Gray, The Black Stallion and Anne of Green Gables. She dreamed of brothers and sisters and a big family like her mother and father came from, seven children in her mom’s family and ten in her dad’s. On weekends she was often surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins. This is the root of her plotlines that include small communities and family relationships as part of everyday living. She believes universal emotions unite us all and that is the reason she uses them to propel her plots.
Karen is an animal lover and especially a cat lover. She and her husband are cat parents to four rescued felines—London, Zoie Joy, Halo, and Miss Paddington (Paddy) who is growing out of kittenhood. If you’d like to read about Karen’s fur babies and care for strays, follow her on Facebook, visit her website: http://www.karenrosesmith.com and/or sign up for her newsletter IN TOUCH.