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    Third book in series!

    Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches is the third book in A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. I recommend reading the series in order to avoid confusion (there are a number of characters and ongoing personal situations). Karen Rose Smith has a relaxed writing style which makes for an easy to read story. I like the various characters that include the kindly Aunt Iris, the kitchen manager Tessa Miller, Foster Cranshaw, Jazzi, Violet, Daisy’s Amish best friend Rachel and various townspeople. While Daisy is busy looking into Derek’s death, she is also dealing with personal drama at home and at work. Foster Cranshaw, an employee & her social media expert, is acting unlike himself and needing extra time off. He refuses to tell Daisy what is bothering him. Jazzi, Daisy’s teenage daughter, wants to have a close relationship with her biological mother, Portia. First, though, Portia needs to come clean to her husband about Jazzi. Sean, Daisy’s father, has concerns and needs some helpful advice. Jonas Croft, Daisy’s boyfriend, is not happy when Daisy cancels plans with him for Violet (Daisy’s eldest daughter). Daisy wonders if Jonas is the right man for her. Violet has some important news to share with Daisy and it is going to change all of their lives. There is a regular customer interested in dating Iris, but first he needs to work up the nerve to ask her out. Murder with Cucumbers Sandwiches is heavy personal drama and light on mystery. There are multiple suspects for Daisy to question in her attempt to identify Derek’s killer. Detective Rappaport wants to keep her nose out of the investigation (as he tells her several times). I do wish the author had put more work into the mystery and had made it the focus of the story. My favorite quote from Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches is “children give us hope that a new generation will treat the world more kindly than we did”. Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches is a light cozy mystery with an unpleasant food critic, a jittery employee, a tearful teen, a hopeful beau, delectable delights, two affectionate felines, tasty tea, and a worried mom with a penchant for sleuthing.
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    Karen Rose Smith

    Willow Creek, Pennsylvania is the home of Daisy Swanson and her two daughters. It is located in the heart of Lancaster’s Amish country. Daisy, along with her Aunt Iris, owns and runs Daisy’s Tea Garden. The Tea Garden serves a large variety of teas, tea cakes, scones, tea sandwiches plus other good eats on different days. This book focus on a food reviewer who is coming to the Tea Garden. This man seems to leave unpleasant reviews about the places he eats. So everyone is nervous. What will he say about Daisy’s? When the man asked to take along some of Daisy’s pimento spread and cucumber sandwiches, they are hopeful this is a sign for a good review. Instead the reviewer dies and it is reported that it was from the cucumber sandwiches he ate?? How could that happen? Who wanted to kill him? Daisy starts her own investigation as soon as the news starts a huge low down in customers. She knows the sandwiches were fine when they left the Tea Garden so who tampered with them? The story presents a large group of suspects. Daisy will need to dig deep to unearth the culprit. Meanwhile, Daisy discovers personal problems she must deal with at the same time. I felt the characters were all well developed, well defined while harboring secrets which will eventually come to light. I enjoyed the mouthwatering foods plus the variety of teas presented. At the end, recipes are provided for Pimento Spread, Easy Cauliflower Carrot Cheese Soup and Rum Raisin Rice Pudding. I look forward to trying them. I had a cream cheese and cucumber sandwich on pumpernickel bread after finishing the story (using what I already had at home and really enjoyed it). This is book # 3 in the Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery Series. It can be read as a stand alone. The author provides enough of the characters backstories to easy the past and present together effortlessly. I volunteered to read Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches. Thanks to Kensington Publishers and the author via Net Gallery for the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and my own. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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