In Peppermint Peril (Book Tea Shop Mystery, #1)
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?

In Peppermint Peril (Book Tea Shop Mystery, #1) Details

TitleIn Peppermint Peril (Book Tea Shop Mystery, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas

In Peppermint Peril (Book Tea Shop Mystery, #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the first book of the new cozy A Tea and a Read Mystery series. This is a small town cozy mystery in which the main character has returned to work with her aunt in a bookish themed business.Callie Aspen had left Heart’s Harbor, Maine main years before after nursing a broken heart when her long time crush married another friend. This Christmas however she’s returned to visit her aunt and volunteers to help with her aunt’s business, Book Tea.Callie finds herself In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the first book of the new cozy A Tea and a Read Mystery series. This is a small town cozy mystery in which the main character has returned to work with her aunt in a bookish themed business.Callie Aspen had left Heart’s Harbor, Maine main years before after nursing a broken heart when her long time crush married another friend. This Christmas however she’s returned to visit her aunt and volunteers to help with her aunt’s business, Book Tea.Callie finds herself among those she had left behind when she ends up working a special party at Haywood Hall owned by the town’s richest widow, Dorothea Finster. Dorothea had intended on making an announcement about her will but the party was overtaken but Sheila, Callie’s old friend, who had set up her daughter’s surprise engagement much to her daughter’s dismay. But things really go wrong when a dead body is found and a murderer seems to be on the loose.In Peppermint Peril is one of those books that really tried to come in with a bang and it felt a bit like being dropped into a situation I should have known more about. Callie is barely introduced herself in the story when a whole bunch of other characters are coming into play and it was a bit confusing of a start.Once settled in though I felt there still seemed to be a lack of depth to the characters to let them stand out more on their own. There’s not much told about the business, how Callie came about her travels, the other folks in town other than a brief what happened. I think if things had more depth this one would have really stood out as the small town vibe and the Christmas events going on seemed fun but with it hard to connect to anyone this first book was just an alright read.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series. Callie Aspen comes home for the holidays to visit her Great Aunt Iphy, who runs a tea shop catering to book themed events, parties and get-togethers. Iphy knows just the right extra touches to add to the baked items and decorations for these parties, wowing her clients every time. In this first book in the series, Iphy and Callie prepare goodies for an Agatha Christie type atmosphere at Haywood Hall. Dorothea Finster, 93 In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series. Callie Aspen comes home for the holidays to visit her Great Aunt Iphy, who runs a tea shop catering to book themed events, parties and get-togethers. Iphy knows just the right extra touches to add to the baked items and decorations for these parties, wowing her clients every time. In this first book in the series, Iphy and Callie prepare goodies for an Agatha Christie type atmosphere at Haywood Hall. Dorothea Finster, 93 year old owner of the hall, has an announcement about her will that she wants to make. Unfortunately, a murder interrupts the evening before she can make her announcement. Callie finds herself investigating to help Dorothea and childhood friends discover a murderer. I enjoyed this book! To be honest, the plot was pretty predictable and a bit trope-y....but I like the background theme (I would so attend a bookish themed tea party!!!) and the characters. Aunt Iphy makes constant book references and decorates her baked goods with bookish clues. Callie is intelligent and a pretty good investigator, even when the local police (and the killer) tell her to back off. Dorothea Finster is bound and determined to do the right thing by her family and by her ancestral home. It just made for a fun, entertaining cozy mystery, despite the plot being nothing really new. Sometimes, with cozies, it's comfort reading. This book was awesome fun reading for me on a cold, fall evening with a steaming cup of Earl Grey and my two chihuahuas snuggled up on my lap. :) I love holiday themed cozies!I'm definitely going to read more of this series. I can't wait to find out what's in store for Callie, Iphy, the tea shop and Haywood Hall! **I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    January 1, 1970
    3.75/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐.75 (Rounding up to a 4!) ☺ARC provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest reviewIn Peppermint Peril follows Callie Aspen, who, upon returning to her childhood hideout, Hearts Harbor, Maine, finds herself caught up in a murder investigation that involves a missing heirloom, and a mysterious will. Pros:First of all, the fact that this is a holiday themed murder-mystery, and features a vintage tearoom that hosts book-themed tea parties makes me want to gi 3.75/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐.75 (Rounding up to a 4!) ☺️ARC provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest reviewIn Peppermint Peril follows Callie Aspen, who, upon returning to her childhood hideout, Hearts Harbor, Maine, finds herself caught up in a murder investigation that involves a missing heirloom, and a mysterious will. Pros:First of all, the fact that this is a holiday themed murder-mystery, and features a vintage tearoom that hosts book-themed tea parties makes me want to give Joy Avon bonus points, just because. I felt extremely festive reading this. I enjoyed the overall mystery, and I'm happy to say I did not figure out who the killer was (which is one of the reasons I enjoyed myself even more, because this was so well written). 💖Cons:I'm also happy to report that I had no real issues with this one! If you're looking for a short, well-paced mystery to read throughout the holidays, I would highly recommend giving this a shot! The reason I'm giving this a 3.75 (or a 4) star rating instead of a 5 is because I did have just a tiny bit of confusion towards the end, but that's mostly on me.Final Thoughts/Comments:This title is expected to release in November, 2018. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future! ☺️
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    The debut of the Book Tea Shop Mystery is a nice, quick read. Protagonist, Callie Aspen, a tour guide who’s travelled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Book Tea, in Heart’s Harbor, Maine. Callie brings along a sweet Boston Terrier she’s fostering. The Book Tea is catering at Haywood Hall mansion where matriarch Dorothea Finster is ready to reveal the changes in her new will and, thus, has summoned a family gathering. However, the tea party is interrupted by a vicious The debut of the Book Tea Shop Mystery is a nice, quick read. Protagonist, Callie Aspen, a tour guide who’s travelled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Book Tea, in Heart’s Harbor, Maine. Callie brings along a sweet Boston Terrier she’s fostering. The Book Tea is catering at Haywood Hall mansion where matriarch Dorothea Finster is ready to reveal the changes in her new will and, thus, has summoned a family gathering. However, the tea party is interrupted by a vicious crime.New author, Joy Avon, scatters trails of cookie crumbs from one suspect to another, and so forth, and does a good job of keeping the murderer’s identity a secret until the reveal. There is a second mystery plot that ties up all loose ends, and I enjoyed it, also. As I read this cozy, some of the characters grew on me, and I look forward to future developments with them. I just couldn’t get into the Deputy Falk. The story’s premise has great potential and it will be interesting to read the next book and see what happens to Book Tea.I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. Thank you.
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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just OK for me. The mystery was well done and kept me guessing right up until the end, but none of the characters were particularly likable. Plus, the dialogue came off very stiff and formal at times. This was especially noticeable with the deputy, who came across so wooden and flat personality wise. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but I doubt I'll be picking up any more books in the series.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    In Peppermint Peril was a pleasant read that’s just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit with a fun mystery at its core.Upon returning to Heart’s Harbor, Maine for Christmas, Callie Aspen is immediately roped into helping her aunt set up a special tea party at Haywood Hall, home of the town’s oldest resident. Lonely widow Dorothea Finster has gathered her remaining relatives, old friends, and esteemed town residents to make a mysterious announcement about her will. However before the annou In Peppermint Peril was a pleasant read that’s just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit with a fun mystery at its core.Upon returning to Heart’s Harbor, Maine for Christmas, Callie Aspen is immediately roped into helping her aunt set up a special tea party at Haywood Hall, home of the town’s oldest resident. Lonely widow Dorothea Finster has gathered her remaining relatives, old friends, and esteemed town residents to make a mysterious announcement about her will. However before the announcement is made, a valuable family heirloom goes missing and the gardener is found murdered in the conservatory. Determined to uncover the truth about what happened, Callie and her aunt begin their own investigation hoping to bring the killer to justice in time to save Christmas.The mystery in this story was interesting and it was the strongest aspect of the book in my opinion. There’s the murder, blackmail, threats against our main character, and multiple credible suspects all of which led to an exciting case. The investigation Callie undertakes is well done and she manages to solve the case in a logical manner. I did have the killer figured out pretty early on which was a bit disappointing as I didn’t understand how the characters weren’t making the connection sooner. Overall though, the mystery element of this book is a good one and I was pretty happy with the way everything was revealed.Callie is a tour guide for historical locations worldwide and doesn’t get much time away from her job which is why this is the first Christmas in years she’s back in Heart’s Harbor. Callie is the type of person who tends to jump to conclusions which did provide some frustrating situations. She has history with Haywood Hall and the presumed heir to Dorothea’s fortune which she is forced to confront in this book. She does have an adorable Boston Terrier named Daisy who was an absolute delight.Callie’s Aunt Iphy was an interesting woman and I really liked the idea of her bookish tea shop, Book Tea, where all the items are based off of different books. Deputy Falk is the one assigned to the murder as the sheriff is out of town due to the holidays and he becomes a prospective romantic partner for Callie. His character was a bit confusing as he continuously flips back and forth between trusting Callie and and thinking she’s lying. That does get better as the book goes on but it was a bit annoying at first.Minor issues with the characters aside, I enjoyed In Peppermint Peril and I’m looking forward to reading more books from this author in the future.**I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • *Avonna
    January 1, 1970
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comIN PEPPERMINT PERIL (Book Tea Shop Mystery #1) by Joy Avon is the start of a new cozy mystery series. A murder, a missing heirloom ring and greed over a new will to be announced by the dame of Haywood Hall all threaten the holiday spirit in Heart’s Harbor.Callie Aspen has returned to Heart’s Harbor for the holidays to help her great aunt, Iphy run Book Tea, a vintage tea and pastry shop where every pastry is based on a mystery stor Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comIN PEPPERMINT PERIL (Book Tea Shop Mystery #1) by Joy Avon is the start of a new cozy mystery series. A murder, a missing heirloom ring and greed over a new will to be announced by the dame of Haywood Hall all threaten the holiday spirit in Heart’s Harbor.Callie Aspen has returned to Heart’s Harbor for the holidays to help her great aunt, Iphy run Book Tea, a vintage tea and pastry shop where every pastry is based on a mystery story or includes a mysterious clue to be solved. Callie travels the world as a tour guide, but has fond childhood memories of Haywood Hall and its occupants so she is excited to be helping her great aunt prepare for a special party at the hall. Instead of a surprise engagement and the announcement of the will’s new terms, a dead body is found in the conservatory.Callie and Iphy use their love of mystery books to follow all the clues, but a certain deputy finds Callie’s interest intrusive. Callie persists because of her love for all involved and even Deputy Falk comes around to aid her in a mutual quest for the killer. Can Callie help the residents of Heart’s Harbor find a killer and help to reveal their secrets and true desires to celebrate a joyous Christmas?This book was a fast and easy read that kept me guessing the identity of the killer. Callie, as the main character had to deal with her own emotional baggage on returning to the hall besides the murder mystery which gave her character depth. All of the secondary characters were interesting and entertaining including Callie’s foster Boston terrier. There are many twists and red herrings in the mystery plot. Overall, an enjoyable and entertaining cozy holiday mystery read.Thanks very much to Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley for allowing me to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Peppermint Peril is the first book in the A Book Tea Shop Mystery series.Callie Aspen is going to take a break from her job as a tour guide and return to her hometown of Heart’s Harbor and give her great Aunt Iphy a hand at her tea shop Book Tea. Callie is excited to learn that Aunt Iphy is putting together a tea for Dorothea Finster at her home, Haywood Hall. Dorothea has plans to announce the terms of her new will and has invited her remaining relatives, and the mayor and his wife, the preside Peppermint Peril is the first book in the A Book Tea Shop Mystery series.Callie Aspen is going to take a break from her job as a tour guide and return to her hometown of Heart’s Harbor and give her great Aunt Iphy a hand at her tea shop Book Tea. Callie is excited to learn that Aunt Iphy is putting together a tea for Dorothea Finster at her home, Haywood Hall. Dorothea has plans to announce the terms of her new will and has invited her remaining relatives, and the mayor and his wife, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, and a new school teacher to her tea party. All are hoping for substantial bequests to help fund projects that will benefit the community of Heart’s Harbor. At the same time, Shelia Du Bouvrais, wife of Stephen Du Bouvrais Dorothea’s only heir, plans on using the party to announce her daughter’s engagement to her boyfriend, Ben. She has asked Callie to put a family heirloom ring into the cake that is to be served at the party. Ben will be cutting the cake and will remove the ring and propose. But as the old saying goes about best-laid plans going awry happens at the tea party. First, the ring box is empty and the longtime gardener is found brutally stabbed in the conservatory.Callie has known the gardener, Mr. Leadenby, since childhood and is shocked to learn that he has been stabbed to death. She remembers that she had heard Leadenby and Brenda Brink, the school teacher, having a heated discussion. Also, she wants to learn how Sheila had gotten blood on her dress, that hadn’t been there earlier in the evening. She also remembers seeing handyman, Cole Merton, who had a troubled youth, leaving about the time she had put the ring box in the cake. She begins to speculate whether the two events are related. So she sets out to try and find if they are, first, related and who might have done them.This was an enjoyable first book and looking forward to seeing the next book to learn where the series will go once everyone is able to understand the terms of the new will. I enjoyed all the characters but will be looking forward to learning more about them, particularly Aunt Iphy.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    It is Christmas time in Heart's Harbor, Maine and Callie Aspen, the protagonist has returned to childhood home for holidays. This is the first book in a new series A Tea Book Mystery and A new author for me. The story grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let go until I finished.Her Great-aunt has Callie take the cake and other supplies to Haywood Hall for tea party given by Dorothy Finster who plans to read her new will. All invited want or need the money every one believes that s It is Christmas time in Heart's Harbor, Maine and Callie Aspen, the protagonist has returned to childhood home for holidays. This is the first book in a new series A Tea Book Mystery and A new author for me. The story grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let go until I finished.Her Great-aunt has Callie take the cake and other supplies to Haywood Hall for tea party given by Dorothy Finster who plans to read her new will. All invited want or need the money every one believes that she had. The party did not go very well as several persons had the end agenda. A body is found in Conservatory. A plan for a surprise engagement goes wrong. A piece of jewelry goes missing. Callie becomes involved with the homicide detective and his two nephews. Callie finds trouble wherever she went and managed to straighten every event to the point I started to dislike her. I highly recommend this book.Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Liina
    January 1, 1970
    Callie comes home for holidays to visit her great aunt Iphy in Heart's Harbor. Iphy runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom, where sweet treats contain a bookish clue. Iphy and Callie are organizing an Agatha Christie themed party at Haywood Hall. Its owner is a 93-year-old Dorothea, who wants to announce her will, but even before she can do that, an employee is murdered. It's the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series and it was a great beginning to introduce the characters and the setting. In Callie comes home for holidays to visit her great aunt Iphy in Heart's Harbor. Iphy runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom, where sweet treats contain a bookish clue. Iphy and Callie are organizing an Agatha Christie themed party at Haywood Hall. Its owner is a 93-year-old Dorothea, who wants to announce her will, but even before she can do that, an employee is murdered. It's the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series and it was a great beginning to introduce the characters and the setting. In addition to the dead body, there was also a missing heirloom and mysterious will, which made the story even more interesting all together. I absolutely loved the idea of sweet treats with bookish clues. I'd definitely visit a cafe like that. It was a solid beginning to the new series and I'm keeping an eye for the next book. 
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  • Mystereity Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Callie has just returned home from traveling the world to the small town in Maine where she grew up. Staying with her great aunt Iphy and helping out at Iphy’s tea shop, Callie hosts a special tea party at Haywood Hall, a local manor owned by the elderly Dorothy Finster. But the party goes awry and a man is found dead, stabbed to death in the conservatory. Together with the delicious Deputy Falk, Callie begins to unlock the clues that lead to a killer.Fall is in full effect, all the stores have Callie has just returned home from traveling the world to the small town in Maine where she grew up. Staying with her great aunt Iphy and helping out at Iphy’s tea shop, Callie hosts a special tea party at Haywood Hall, a local manor owned by the elderly Dorothy Finster. But the party goes awry and a man is found dead, stabbed to death in the conservatory. Together with the delicious Deputy Falk, Callie begins to unlock the clues that lead to a killer.Fall is in full effect, all the stores have their Christmas decorations out, so now was the time to skate into this wintery cozy. In Peppermint Peril is the first in a new series, and I loved this cute lil’ cozy, perfect to get you into a Christmas mood. A very nice, quick read, I sat down on a chilly afternoon and finished it that evening. I enjoyed the plot, a couple of mini-mysteries within the main plot, lots of clues and suspects that kept me guessing, while the warm community of characters made for a cheery setting (murder aside, that is!) I loved Daisy, Callie’s Boston Terrier sidekick, and there were some heartwarming moments that really bumped up the warmth of the season.And that tea shop! Aunt Iphy bustling around baking up book themed goodies and serving up hot beverages! Heaven. As I sat here huddled in my blanket, I longed for a cup of Snowy Chocolate and A Daily Surprise!An excellent cozy to get you into the Christmas spirit, In Peppermint Peril is a great way to kick off the Christmas season…any time of year!
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in a new cozy mystery series by debut author Joy Avon. I found this to be a quick read and a solid start to a series that has good potential. I thought the story had a quaint setting and a steady plot, set during Christmas. The characters engaged me as a reader with the exception of one whose reaction to our protagonist Callie Aspen was a bit confusing. I liked the protagonist and the cast of secondary characters, especially her aunt Iphy. The mystery was nicely done and had me This is the first in a new cozy mystery series by debut author Joy Avon. I found this to be a quick read and a solid start to a series that has good potential. I thought the story had a quaint setting and a steady plot, set during Christmas. The characters engaged me as a reader with the exception of one whose reaction to our protagonist Callie Aspen was a bit confusing. I liked the protagonist and the cast of secondary characters, especially her aunt Iphy. The mystery was nicely done and had me guessing a bit at who exactly committed the murder. There is also a potential love interest for Callie but it wasn't over done and didn't take away from the mystery. I can see the potential relationship progressing naturally and over the course of several books.All in all, I thought this was a solid start to a new series that was a quick and enjoyable read. I'm interested to see where the author takes the series so I will be back for the next installment.I voluntarily read an advanced digital copy of this book provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    Joy Avon's debut mystery, In Peppermint Peril, is the first "A Tea and a Read Mystery". This one is set in the Christmas season, while the second one will take readers back to Heart's Harbor, Maine, for the Fourth of July celebration. Meet Callie Aspen and her Great Aunt Iphegeneia (Iphy).Iphy owns the vintage tearoom Book Tea. She loves mysteries and puts clues on her pastries. When Callie, who is visiting for the Christmas holiday, is dispatched to Haywood Hall with a special cake, she's curio Joy Avon's debut mystery, In Peppermint Peril, is the first "A Tea and a Read Mystery". This one is set in the Christmas season, while the second one will take readers back to Heart's Harbor, Maine, for the Fourth of July celebration. Meet Callie Aspen and her Great Aunt Iphegeneia (Iphy).Iphy owns the vintage tearoom Book Tea. She loves mysteries and puts clues on her pastries. When Callie, who is visiting for the Christmas holiday, is dispatched to Haywood Hall with a special cake, she's curious about Aunt Iphy's mystery with this one. But, neither mystery fan realize they'll be caught up in an actual murder mystery at Haywood Hall.There's a lot of tension. Mr. Leadenby, the retired gardener, doesn't get along with Sheila, Callie's childhood friend. They're snipping at each other at the door. Dorothea Finster, the oldest resident in town at 93 is throwing the tea party at her beloved home. She's about to read her will, and she's invited family and the important people in town, while Iphy and Callie are catering the party. Sheila has her own plans. She wants her daughter's boyfriend to propose to Amber during the party, and she puts a ring box in the center of the cake.But, everything goes wrong during the party. The ring is missing; the young people are upset about the pushy engagement plans. Dorothea never gets to read her will after Amber finds a body in the conservatory. Callie, who loves Haywood Hall and her memories, believes she has to do something to make sure the killer is caught, but she doesn't want to put anyone under suspicion of murder. "In true Agatha Christie style, the will reading had led to murder." And, Callie isn't willing to share information with Deputy Falk who seems too inexperienced to solve the case.The setting of In Peppermint Peril has potential, but this first mystery is weak. It feels rushed, as if the author threw in everything she knows about cozy mysteries. While there are comments about Agatha Christie and Ellis Peters, it feels more like the game of Clue, with a character stabbed in the conservatory. All the characters are amateur sleuths, even the deputy, who relies too much on Callie for information after initial conflicts. Every character lies, and they all rush around trying to cover their tracks. Avon tries for the cozy hometown atmosphere, but she's trying too hard. Let's hope the next mystery in the series is warm and cozy with characters who have a little more depth.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    In Peppermint Peril is the debut novel in Joy Avon’s Book Tea Shop Mystery series. The writing style flows smoothly, and the book is a clean, quick, and easy read. The mystery in this steadily paced book is interesting and includes a murder, blackmail, threats, and multiple suspects. The characters are well developed, and there are lots of red herrings, twists and turns.Calliope “Callie” Aspen, a historical location tour guide who’s traveled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy for the Chr In Peppermint Peril is the debut novel in Joy Avon’s Book Tea Shop Mystery series. The writing style flows smoothly, and the book is a clean, quick, and easy read. The mystery in this steadily paced book is interesting and includes a murder, blackmail, threats, and multiple suspects. The characters are well developed, and there are lots of red herrings, twists and turns.Calliope “Callie” Aspen, a historical location tour guide who’s traveled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy for the Christmas holiday. Callie brought Daisy, a sweet Boston terrier she’s fostering and hopes to find a good forever home for, with her. Great Aunt Iphigeneia “Iphy” is the owner of a vintage tearoom, the Book Tea, asks Callie to set up a special tea party at Haywood Hall for Heart’s Harbor’s oldest resident, Dorothea Finster. Ninety-three-year-old Dorothea, a wealthy widow, who has invited her estranged relatives, old friends, and a few distinguished citizens who hope for bequests when she makes an announcement regarding changes to her will. Callie has a history with Haywood Hall and is worried about being with several people who will be there. Callie left Heart’s Harbor many years ago when her longtime crush, Stephen Du Bouvrais, married her friend, Sheila. Stephen is Haywood Hall’s future heir and Dorothea’s only living relative. Sheila had other plans for the tea party and arranged to announce her daughter, Amber’s, engagement to Ben Matthews, but things don’t work out as she’d planned when the valuable family heirloom ring is missing. Dorothea tries to make her announcement, but things go from bad to worse when the gardener, Mr. Leadenby, is found murdered in the conservatory. Since the sheriff is out of town, Deputy Falk is assigned to the case. Callie is determined to uncover the truth about what happened, and she begins an investigation of her own and shares her findings with Deputy Falk.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Emris Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Callie returned to her old stomping ground to help her Aunt out in her business, finding a dead body in the midst of a surprise will reading and engagement party they were catering for was not the list of things to do. Not only was there a murder, but they also had a theft to deal with and the surprise of seeing her first love and best friend after such a long time. Finding the murderer is a priority and it seems that Callie also found something else unexpectedly. An enjoyable and entertaining r Callie returned to her old stomping ground to help her Aunt out in her business, finding a dead body in the midst of a surprise will reading and engagement party they were catering for was not the list of things to do. Not only was there a murder, but they also had a theft to deal with and the surprise of seeing her first love and best friend after such a long time. Finding the murderer is a priority and it seems that Callie also found something else unexpectedly. An enjoyable and entertaining read with a fun storyline and great characters, fun and exciting. A cozy with a message of love and of course, that spoiler we can’t forget murder, what a time for this cozy knit of family and friends to get spooked by a murderer on the loose.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the 1st book in Book Tea Shop Mystery series, and the series is off to a great start. Callie Aspen returns to Heart's Harbor, Maine to see her great aunt who runs Book Tea. Book Tea is a vintage tearoom that includes a clue from a book in ever sweet treat sold. The Book Tea is catering a tea party for Dorothea Finster, the oldest resident of the town. She has invited her family, friends, and the elite people in town to hear her read her will. Before she has a c In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the 1st book in Book Tea Shop Mystery series, and the series is off to a great start. Callie Aspen returns to Heart's Harbor, Maine to see her great aunt who runs Book Tea. Book Tea is a vintage tearoom that includes a clue from a book in ever sweet treat sold. The Book Tea is catering a tea party for Dorothea Finster, the oldest resident of the town. She has invited her family, friends, and the elite people in town to hear her read her will. Before she has a change to read her will, a murdered body is found. This book kept me reading through all the twists and turns of the book. I can't wait for the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, give this new series a try. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood home in 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. Dorothea has invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a m This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood home in 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. Dorothea has invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious announcement about her will.Everybody is determined to attend, despite not liking each other or even their hostess. Callie's old friend Sheila complicates things by using the tea party to announce her daughter's engagement. But her daughter isn't sure she's in love with the young lawyer her mother thinks is perfect for her.Catering to people who each have their agenda isn't easy for the Book Tea crew, especially once a 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?--Series: A Tea and a Read Mystery - Book 1Author: Joy AvonGenre: Cozy/Tea/career MysteryPublisher: Crooked LaneIn the debut novel for "A Tea and a Read Mystery" series, Joy Avon has managed to delight and entertain, with characters that are well written, fun and truly human. This first book, In Peppermint Peril, has quarks, red herrings, laugh out loud moments, and real emotion. The writing is fluid, with transitions as smooth as glass. There is little in this book that readers will have trouble understanding, and it will leave them wanting more.Callie is a busy traveler who is determined to go back to her regular life just as soon as the holidays are over, but life has a way of getting in the way. Seeing her hometown, and being with the people she loves has made her long to plant roots and stick around but, she is trying to convince herself that she is happy with her life and there is no need to change it. But circumstance, a new pet, and a possible love interest puts a wrench in her Christmas departure plans.Secondary characters are likable, even when they are trying not to be. Readers will fall in love with Callie’s Aunt, Iphy. The setting of Heart's Harbor, Maine, although fictitious, makes readers want to take a sightseeing trip. It is quaint with hints of a life that is simple and old-fashioned. The tea house setting is the perfect backdrop for this story, with the love of a good mystery book, the tea house plays on the reader's sense of times gone by and adds a yearning for holidays the way they used to be.The murder victim starts as a happy memory for Callie, someone she always looked up to in her youth. At first, she is very upset by the death but soon comes to realize that not everyone she knew when she was young is what they seemed to be at the time. The clues to the killer’s identity are all there but are not easily revealed, and other problems crop up along the way. Readers will love the fact that they have no idea who the killer is until the very last pages.This debut book, In Peppermint Peril has lots of twists and turns, plenty of drama, but it also has compassion and love. This author and the series will continue to evolve as new books are added, and it will be fun to see what becomes of these wonderful characters and what kind of trouble Callie can get into. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Callie Aspen, who spends most of her time as tour in Europe, is back home in Heart's Harbor, Maine, spending the Christmas season with her great aunt and the vintage tea room she runs. She is helping her aunt cater a tea at Haywood Hall which is owned by Dorothea Finster. Callie spent a lot of time there when she was a child. She even had a crush on Stephen Du Bouvrais who is presumed to be Dorothea's heir. But Stephen married another friend - Sheila- and they haven't seen each other for years.D Callie Aspen, who spends most of her time as tour in Europe, is back home in Heart's Harbor, Maine, spending the Christmas season with her great aunt and the vintage tea room she runs. She is helping her aunt cater a tea at Haywood Hall which is owned by Dorothea Finster. Callie spent a lot of time there when she was a child. She even had a crush on Stephen Du Bouvrais who is presumed to be Dorothea's heir. But Stephen married another friend - Sheila- and they haven't seen each other for years.Dorothea has gathered quite a crew to hear the reading of her will. The mayor and his wife are there hoping from funding to improve the town. The leader of the town council is also there hoping for money for his pet projects. A new school teacher was also invited and she hopes for some funds to improve the school. Sheila and Stephen, along with their daughter Amber, are also staying with Dorothea. Ben, Dorothea's lawyer and Amber's boyfriend, is also at the party. Also in the house are the housekeeper - Mrs. Keats - and the gardener Mr. Leadenby who used to tell the kids wonderful stories. Sheila has her own agenda for the tea party. She wants to use the occasion to "encourage" Ben to propose to Amber by hiding a valuable family ring in the cake. Callie's aunt is in on the plan and creates a hollow in the cake that will be filled with the ring. But things don't go at all as Sheila hopes. The ring box is empty and Amber doesn't want to marry Ben. She is much more interested in a young man who is a handyman in town. Amber runs from the room and the next thing we hear is her scream. She's found Leadenby dead from a stab wound in his conservatory.The murder case falls into the hands of Deputy Falk but Callie isn't going to step aside. The investigation was nicely twisty since many of the people at the party had reasons to kill Leadenby and others are willing to lie to protect others at the party. Callie and Falk have a difficult time untangling all the stories.This was a nice small town mystery. The characters were interesting. I liked Callie and empathized with her difficult decision about continuing her life as it is or trying something new in a town that feels like home. I liked that she was worried about the dog she adopted after its owner's death. She wanted to find Daisy a good home but knew it would be hard to leave her behind. The one thing this cozy was missing was recipes. I would love to have recipes for some of the treats Aunt Iphigeneia makes in her Tea Room.
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  • Frankie Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the sound of this when I first heard of it and I definitely was not disappointed, In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the new debut series by Joy Avon and I am looking forward to reading more from this series and author.Callie and her cute and a button dog return to her old childhood hideaway; Hearts Harbour for Christmas, she plans to visit her aunt Iphy who runs one of the best tea rooms I have ever come across, they it is a tea shop that hold and caters for bookish themed events I loved the sound of this when I first heard of it and I definitely was not disappointed, In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the new debut series by Joy Avon and I am looking forward to reading more from this series and author.Callie and her cute and a button dog return to her old childhood hideaway; Hearts Harbour for Christmas, she plans to visit her aunt Iphy who runs one of the best tea rooms I have ever come across, they it is a tea shop that hold and caters for bookish themed events and parties, which is such a brilliant idea. Iphy is a master at these events she tends to know exactly what her customers want and she goes above and beyond to cater for them. While staying with her aunt Callie and Iphy are preparing for an Agatha Christie themed event at Haywood Hall. The owner of the Hall; 93 year old Dorothea has decided to make adjustments to her will but as with the stories of the great Agatha Christie her self thing’s don’t exactly go to plan.As the family and friends of the hugely wealthy Dorothea all flock to the Hall to see what if anything is in store for them, which is all very well the only thing is that none of them like each other, in fact dislike is a mild term what this family feels for one and other. To add to the not so happy get-together Callie’s child hood friends adds a bit more fuel to the fire in the form of her wanting to steal the lime light in announcing her daughters engagement, which isn’t the happy news that she would have hoped. Then right in the middle of so much hype and animosity somebody is murdered with Callie right in the middle of the investigation.I love that this has got a real Poirot or Miss Marple feel to it, the murder mystery is brilliantly paced the reader follows Callie and the investigation right up to finally uncovering who the murderer was. Even though this is a contemporary story, for me it has a proper vintage feel to it, it’s cosy and fun and brilliantly engrossing. The writing is clearly stylish, it flows with a rare ease and keeps the readers turning the pages. Callie is a brilliant character she is a genuinely lovely lady who is a pretty damn good investigator – definitely a young Miss Marple in the making. On top of the whole murder mystery you have a jolly good Christmas read that will fill you with festive cheer and it is perfect for these cold and cosy long nights.Marvellous!
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  • Frankie Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the sound of this when I first heard of it and I definitely was not disappointed, In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the new debut series by Joy Avon and I am looking forward to reading more from this series and author.Callie and her cute and a button dog return to her old childhood hideaway; Hearts Harbour for Christmas, she plans to visit her aunt Iphy who runs one of the best tea rooms I have ever come across, they it is a tea shop that hold and caters for bookish themed events I loved the sound of this when I first heard of it and I definitely was not disappointed, In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the new debut series by Joy Avon and I am looking forward to reading more from this series and author.Callie and her cute and a button dog return to her old childhood hideaway; Hearts Harbour for Christmas, she plans to visit her aunt Iphy who runs one of the best tea rooms I have ever come across, they it is a tea shop that hold and caters for bookish themed events and parties, which is such a brilliant idea. Iphy is a master at these events she tends to know exactly what her customers want and she goes above and beyond to cater for them. While staying with her aunt Callie and Iphy are preparing for an Agatha Christie themed event at Haywood Hall. The owner of the Hall; 93 year old Dorothea has decided to make adjustments to her will but as with the stories of the great Agatha Christie her self thing’s don’t exactly go to plan.As the family and friends of the hugely wealthy Dorothea all flock to the Hall to see what if anything is in store for them, which is all very well the only thing is that none of them like each other, in fact dislike is a mild term what this family feels for one and other. To add to the not so happy get-together Callie’s child hood friends adds a bit more fuel to the fire in the form of her wanting to steal the lime light in announcing her daughters engagement, which isn’t the happy news that she would have hoped. Then right in the middle of so much hype and animosity somebody is murdered with Callie right in the middle of the investigation.I love that this has got a real Poirot or Miss Marple feel to it, the murder mystery is brilliantly paced the reader follows Callie and the investigation right up to finally uncovering who the murderer was. Even though this is a contemporary story, for me it has a proper vintage feel to it, it’s cosy and fun and brilliantly engrossing. The writing is clearly stylish, it flows with a rare ease and keeps the readers turning the pages. Callie is a brilliant character she is a genuinely lovely lady who is a pretty damn good investigator – definitely a young Miss Marple in the making. On top of the whole murder mystery you have a jolly good Christmas read that will fill you with festive cheer and it is perfect for these cold and cosy long
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    In this first book of the series we are introduced to Callie Aspen who has come back to Heart's Harbor, Maine for the holidays. After arriving her Aunt, who owns Book Tea, asks her to help with the catering for a party at Haywood Hall. The old woman who lives there, Dorothea, is having a gathering to share with all what her new will says and thinks a tea is the perfect setting. When a murder occurs during the party everyone starts looking at each other wondering who the culprit could be and are In this first book of the series we are introduced to Callie Aspen who has come back to Heart's Harbor, Maine for the holidays. After arriving her Aunt, who owns Book Tea, asks her to help with the catering for a party at Haywood Hall. The old woman who lives there, Dorothea, is having a gathering to share with all what her new will says and thinks a tea is the perfect setting. When a murder occurs during the party everyone starts looking at each other wondering who the culprit could be and are they finished with killing. After the police arrive Callie wonders if they will be able to do their job and find a killer among all those who hated the victim, they don't seem to be adept at the job they were hired to do. She decides she must try to figure out who the killer is before something else bad happens but is she canny enough to do just that? Follow along as Callie weaves her way through a murder, old relationships, and wonders where her life is headed. Will she be able to figure out who the killer is? Will she fix old relationships? Can she decide where she wants her life to be? The characters were interesting and the setting was great. I felt like I got to know them a bit but look forward to learning more about them in the future.I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Darcysmom
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for free in exchange for an honest review.In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series. We get to know Callie, Aunt Iphy, and Deputy Sheriff Falk in addition to many long time residents of Heart's Harbor, Maine.Callie has come home to Aunt Iphy's for Christmas. She becomes embroiled in an Agatha Christiesque murder investigation when a guest at a will reading is murdered.In Peppermint Peril is a ver I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for free in exchange for an honest review.In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series. We get to know Callie, Aunt Iphy, and Deputy Sheriff Falk in addition to many long time residents of Heart's Harbor, Maine.Callie has come home to Aunt Iphy's for Christmas. She becomes embroiled in an Agatha Christiesque murder investigation when a guest at a will reading is murdered.In Peppermint Peril is a very strong start to the Book Tea Shop Mystery series. Callie and Aunt Iphy are nicely fleshed out characters, who still have room to grow as the series continues. Deputy Falk is another strong character and a good potential romance down the line for Callie. I am very much looking forward to seeing how the series continues.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is a new cozy mystery with promise.Callie Aspen is visiting her Aunt Iphy who owns Book Tea in the small Maine town of Heart's Harbor for Christmas. She agrees to help her aunt organize a tea party at Haywood Hall for Dorothea Finster. Callie is drawn into two mysteries when a lovely ring disappears from the cake being served at the tea party and then an employee is killed during the party. As this is the first book in a series, this book took sometime introducing In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is a new cozy mystery with promise.Callie Aspen is visiting her Aunt Iphy who owns Book Tea in the small Maine town of Heart's Harbor for Christmas. She agrees to help her aunt organize a tea party at Haywood Hall for Dorothea Finster. Callie is drawn into two mysteries when a lovely ring disappears from the cake being served at the tea party and then an employee is killed during the party. As this is the first book in a series, this book took sometime introducing the characters so the book did start slowly. However, the paced picked up as the red herrings and twists led me from page to page to discover who was behind the murder and why. A satisfactory read and I would definitely consider reading the next one in this series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Callie Aspen is home for a Christmas break from her job as a world traveling guide. While she is there, she helps her aunt run a mystery themed tea shop and ends up involved in a murder that takes place at a tea for a will reading. With this being the first in a series, I would have preferred if the story had centered around the tea shop itself and done a more focused job of introducing the main characters. I felt like more time was spent on people who probably won't continue as characters in th Callie Aspen is home for a Christmas break from her job as a world traveling guide. While she is there, she helps her aunt run a mystery themed tea shop and ends up involved in a murder that takes place at a tea for a will reading. With this being the first in a series, I would have preferred if the story had centered around the tea shop itself and done a more focused job of introducing the main characters. I felt like more time was spent on people who probably won't continue as characters in the series. (For that reason, I did not give it the 1 star bump I normally give the first book in a series.) I also didn't feel a connection between Callie and why she felt the need to investigate. But, in the end, this was a nice cozy perfect for reading during a lull in holiday activities.A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review.
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  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    January 1, 1970
    When I started this book, I didn't know what to expect, since this is a new author and the beginning to a new series. While I felt it began slightly slow, as the story went on I realized that this could indeed be a nice series to come home to. Why, you ask? Well, my review should tell you what I mean.Callie Aspen has come home to spend the holidays with her Aunt Iphy, who runs the Book Tea tearoom. Iphy has been asked to provide a tea for an old friend, wealthy widow Dorothea Finster. Dorothea's When I started this book, I didn't know what to expect, since this is a new author and the beginning to a new series. While I felt it began slightly slow, as the story went on I realized that this could indeed be a nice series to come home to. Why, you ask? Well, my review should tell you what I mean.Callie Aspen has come home to spend the holidays with her Aunt Iphy, who runs the Book Tea tearoom. Iphy has been asked to provide a tea for an old friend, wealthy widow Dorothea Finster. Dorothea's family and friends are attending because they've been told that she wants to make an announcement regarding her will.But unbeknownst to Dorothea, the wife of her only relative, Stephen Du Bouvrais, has a surprise of her own. Sheila has decided to turn the occasion into an impromptu engagement party for her daughter Amber - without even consulting the girl. When Callie arrives, she sees Sheila again and is surprised that she's manipulating everything the way she wants it, not Dorothea. She shows Callie the ring she wants hidden inside the cake - which will be cut by Amber's prospective husband Ben - and when everyone arrives and that indeed occurs, Callie is surprised to find the ring missing from the box. With Ben feeling humiliated and running away, Amber upset and leaving the room, and Sheila demanding to know where the ring has gone, Dorothea realizes that everything has gone wrong. It's not too long after that when Callie hears a scream and Amber comes out of the conservatory exclaiming that the old gardener Leadenby is dead. Callie is trying to keep the situation under control but it's nearly impossible, and wonders who would have wanted to kill him?But before she can find out the truth, she's going to have to deal with the people around her wanting to keep their secrets hidden, and a surly Deputy who never expected he'd have to deal with a murder in their quiet town. But which one of these people wanted Leadenby dead, and did he have secrets of his own that got him killed?I felt that this book was slightly different because the protagonist isn't the usual type we find in cozy mysteries. She's a 39-year-old tour guide who's come home to spend Christmas with her great aunt. She didn't lose her job or break away from a bad relationship. There's a hint that she left town because she was hurt that Stephen chose Sheila over her, but there's no angst over it. She actually wears makeup (not lip gloss which I really feel is better suited for teens, not grown women) and isn't Too Stupid To Live.Callie asks questions of people, but isn't really invasive and is truly interested in helping them. She seems to me to be a bit of a Fixer; because she's a tour guide she probably has to deal with 'people problems' and I get the feeling that she truly wants to help people, not just grill them about the murder.Callie eliminates suspects one by one, but she doesn't withhold information from Deputy Falk, going so far as to seek him out to share what she's learned so far. While he doesn't specifically tell her to stay out of the situation, he does tell her to be careful - giving us the impression that this is his first murder investigation and he's also learning as he goes; it gives him a human quality that's nice.There were a couple of disappointments, however; I did feel that it was irresponsible of Falk to offer her a beer knowing she had to drive - in winter, no less, and a long way into town from where he lived. He should have said something along the lines of: "I'm going to have a beer. I'd offer you one, but you're driving. Would you like a soda or coffee?" I can forgive a lot in books, but I do have a hard time with people drinking and driving, and worse when it comes to a police officer doing it like it's no big thing. I would also like to see it expanded on as to why Falk doesn't like Christmas. There's a mystery there about him that's worth exploring further.I didn't much care for the character of Sheila; she seemed pretentious and I hate pretentious people. Yes, she married well and has money, but that's no reason to act superior around people and order them to do things. I also didn't feel the connection between her and Stephen, but since it wasn't a major plot point, it didn't really matter. But I did wonder why Agatha Christie kept coming up when there was nothing about Dame Christie in the book at all. Yes, the cake had book clues, but none about this particular author, which left me a little disappointed, especially since I don't read the author they did concern. However, it was written fairly well and I liked how it all came together in the end. I enjoyed the fact that there was no 'evil nemesis' to throw a wrench in the works (let's hope the sheriff doesn't come back to town and decide off the bat he doesn't like Callie and try to make her life miserable). Callie proved herself to be a capable woman who doesn't fall apart in a crisis and can think on her feet. In other words, an admirable person. While the murder itself wasn't too involved, it was still a delightful endeavor, and there were some nice subplots along the way that kept the story moving along. All in all, a gratifying story with a decent ending that leaves us looking toward the possibilities of Haywood Hall in the next in the series. Recommended.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I always love a good Christmas cozy, so I was very excited to read In Peppermint Peril when I heard about it. However, this one missed the mark just a bit for me. I found it to be slow moving, and just was never able to become invested in the story. I did however love the setting, and Daisy the dog was adorable.. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, all opinions are my own
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me. The main character, Callie, was very rough and I couldn't relate to her at all.The story felt disjointed and I felt like I was missing something.I couldn't finish it, so I have no idea how it ends.I did volunteer to read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.I will not be reading more in this series.
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  • Gwessie Tee
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely fantastic book, this is my first by this author and i hope to read many more written by ms Avon in future,The hero and our Heroine both very likable and very well written, loved the whole plot and it definitely keeps you guessing which is also fantastic, i love the mystery combined with a hint of romance , definitely loved itThank you for writing it.
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  • Holly Calhoun
    January 1, 1970
    I think I'll like the main characters in this series in follow up books more than this initial book. I think I just didn't feel enough of a flow of Callie's day and interactions outside of her murder investigation. I just couldn't find any interest in hardly any of the characters.
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  • Susan Furlong
    January 1, 1970
    The quaint setting drew me in, the characters captivated me, the mystery kept me turning pages. Highly recommended. Review based on Advanced Reader Copy.
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