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  • Going home again isn’t for everyone

    Daisy Swanson’s life is moving along at a good clip. She’s about to become a grandmother, her business with her Aunt Iris is doing well and she has found love again. When the sister of one of Daisy’s friends returns to Willow Creek she hires Daisy to host a tea at her home. When Daisy finds the woman’s body in the butler pantry, Daisy vows to stay out of the investigation. After all, she has a new grandson and a daughter who needs her. But finding a body means that Daisy has some questions she needs answered, but will finding the killer be her final answer? A solid series that will leave you wanting more. The author handled the topic of postpartum depression so well and drew attention to something that many new mothers face and did it with dignity. This book is exactly what I needed as I read it while isolating at home.

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  • A wonderful and relaxing read!

    4.5 Stars Daisy Swanson moved back to her hometown of Willow Creek, Pennsylvania, after the death of her husband. She has two daughters, Jasmine, who is in high school, and Violet, who is expecting her first child with her husband, Foster Cranshaw. Daisy co-owns a lovely tea garden, Daisy's Tea Garden, with her aunt. In this fifth installment in the Daisy Tea Garden Mystery series, Daisy is hired by former actress, Margaret Vaughn, to provide afternoon tea for her theater group. During the event, Daisy senses that there's tension behind the scenes. When she finds Margaret's body on the floor of the pantry, covered in blood and clotted cream, she decides to do her own investigation. I thought this was a wonderful and relaxing read. The characters are well-developed, and the setting is delightful and easy to visualize. The mystery was interesting and kept me guessing until the reveal. Daisy is an admirable character. She's hardworking compassionate, and a wonderful mother and friend. She's smart in her sleuthing and does not rush into dangerous situations. Her family experiences are real and relatable, and the author shines a light on some very important topics - PTSD, postpartum depression, and losing a spouse. The relationship between Daisy and Jonas is progressing at a good pace. I really enjoyed the descriptions of different tea blends and the mouthwatering recipes. Overall, this was a light, enjoyable mystery, and I forward to reading more by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A lighthearted cozy mystery!

    Murder with Clotted Cream is the 5th A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery. It can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series. Daisy Swanson has her hands full in this story. I thought the story contained good writing and it had steady pace. The characters are developed and continue to evolve as the series progresses. A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery series is character driven. Daisy has two children who are each going through different issues. There is also her mother, Rose and her aunt, Iris. I find the family experiences to be realistic and relatable. The author touches on PTSD, postpartum depression, and moving on after losing a spouse. Jazzi, Daisy’s youngest daughter, is reconnecting with her biological mother, but the husband has thrown a wrench in the works. I like how Daisy’s relationship with Jonas Croft is progressing. I was happy to see that they are not rushing matters. I enjoy the author’s descriptions of Willow Creek, Pennsylvania. Her word imagery brings the town alive for me. I like that there are English and Amish elements. The mystery was stimulating. There are multiple suspects who could have committed the crime. There are threats made against Daisy that provides action and suspense. This was my favorite whodunit of the series. I will, though, be avoiding clotted cream! It was fun following Daisy as she asked questions and assembled the clues. There are mouthwatering descriptions of the food served at the tea shop and at the catered tea. I am amazed at the variety of tea blends available. The author even mentions tea blends that pregnant women can and cannot imbibe. My favorite line from Murder with Clotted Cream is, “Tea calms the soul.” Murder with Clotted Cream is an enjoyable cozy mystery that has theater theatrics, clotted cream, a bouncing baby, missing memories, and tasty teas.

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  • A Terrific Instalment!

    This is the fifth book in 'Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery' series by Karen Rose Smith and the first one for me. I adored the title of the novel so I decided to give it a whirl and was not disappointed! In Murder with Clotted Cream the reader is introduced to Daisy Swanson who runs a tea garden she co-owns with her aunt. Daisy moved back to her hometown of Willow Creek, Pennsylvania, after the death of her husband. Daisy is hired by a former actress, Margaret Vaughn, to provide afternoon tea for her theatre group, however, as the event gets underway, there's some backstage tension. When she finds Margaret's body on the floor of the farmhouse pantry covered in blood and clotted cream, she takes it upon herself to investigate. Author, Karen Rose Smith's characterisation was excellent and I found Daisy to be a great mother and friend, as well as being compassionate and level-headed, showing very smart sleuthing skills. The easy to visualise setting sounded delightful and the mystery itself was well done as I was kept guessing until the big reveal. Daisy's family issues felt real and the author spotlighted core topics of depression, PTSD, and loss. I enthused over the delightful descriptions of different tea blends and scrummy sounding recipes. Murder with Clotted Cream was a relaxing, light, and thoroughly enjoyable mystery, and I eagerly anticipate reading more by Karen Rose Smith. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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