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    MURDER WITH CINNAMON SCONES - AWESOME COZY MYSTERY

    “Murder with Cinnamon Scones” by Karen Rose Smith is the 2nd book in the Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. It’s the story of Daisy Swanson, who owns Daisy’s Tea Garden with her Aunt Iris in Willow Creek, a Pennsylvania – Amish community. Daisy is a widow raising two daughters, Violet, a college student home on some weekends who is dating one of Daisy’s employees, Foster Cranshaw, and Jazzi, who has recently looked for and found her biological mother. One of her employees, Tessa, is her best friend as well who also rents the second and third story of the Victorian home the tea garden is in. Tessa has been dating Reese Masemer, owner of the local business Revelations Art Gallery, for a short time. Love seems to have bloomed and they have been spending a lot of time together including some nights. The whole town is preparing for the Quilt Lover’s Weekend in hopes of building up the towns tourist traffic and increase business is this small quaint town. Both Reese and Daisy are on the committee to promote the event. Before the start of the event, Reese is found murdered and Tessa seems to be the prime suspect. Daisy knows she is innocent and determined to clear her name while not tarnishing the upcoming event or getting in harm’s way herself. She’s not having much luck with the latter after being pushed down a flight of stair, getting grazed by a bullet in the arm or looking down the barrel of a gun. Along the way to finding the murderer, she gets assistance from former Philadelphia detective turned woodworking business owner, Jonas Groft, who she has a major attraction for, as well as from Foster, who turns out to be a big help in information gathering and a respectful young man. You hear some words of wisdom from her childhood Amish friend, Rachel. You will also get irritated at Detective Rappaport who seems determined to pin the murder on Tessa every time you turn around. Loved the way the author played the story out keeping you turning the pages guessing who the murdered might have been and what possible motive they may have had while showing how a small town like Willow Creek looks out for one another pulling together in a crisis to help in any way they can. She shows what real community should be like and a place you would love to live. The book is exciting and page turning keeping you guessing to the very end. Then she wraps it up so nicely that you sigh with contentment and wonder how you couldn’t have seen that one coming. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a great cozy mystery!
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    Engaging cozy mystery!

    Murder with Cinnamon Scones by Karen Rose Smith is the second book in A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery series. Daisy Swanson co-owns Daisy’s Tea Garden with her Aunt Iris in Willow Creek, Pennsylvania. The town is getting ready for Quilt Lovers Weekend in three weeks. Daisy has been working with Reese Masemer, owner of Revelations Art Gallery and Tessa’s boyfriend, on the preparations. Unfortunately, Reese will not get to enjoy the fruits of his labors. He is found dead in the woods near the covered bridge and Tessa finds herself at the top of the suspect list. Matters are not helped when Chloie Laird, Reese’s attractive assistant, openly accuses Tessa of the crime at the tea shop. Knowing that Tessa did not commit the crime, Daisy takes a deep dive into Reese’s life. It seems that Reese had some secrets and one of them could have gotten him killed. Murder with Cinnamon Scones is well-written and has steady pacing. There is a lovely cast of characters and a charming town. Daisy is friendly, smart main character who is moving on with her life after the death of her husband. I think she is handling her adopted daughter’s (Jazzi) search for her biological mother very well. It is sensitive issue that the author handled thoughtfully. Daisy has starting dating Jonas Graft, but their path is bumpy. I could have done with less romance and more mystery. I prefer a romance that plays out slowly in the background. There are beautiful quilt descriptions in the book especially of the Baltimore Album Quilt. There are many cozy moments with cooking, baking, eating, tea events, family time, town events, quilting plus more. I especially like that Daisy and her kids live in a converted barn. Foster Crenshaw’s father is worried about him working at the tea garden and his relationship with Daisy’s daughter, Violet. Mr. Crenshaw does not want Foster’s college plans derailed. The mystery had some good components, a couple of suspects and misdirection. I am not a fan of Detective Morris Rappaport who is a cliché cozy mystery detective. Murder with Cinnamon Scones can be read alone if you have not had the opportunity to pick up Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes. I am rating Murder with Cinnamon Scones 4 out of 5 stars. I thought Murder with Cinnamon Scones was an engaging cozy mystery that will delight readers of this genre and Karen Rose Smith.
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