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  • First in a new series

    This is the first in a new series. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I tend to stay away from cozies that have a plot involving real estate and shady developers; however this was an interesting cozy. Great characters and a well written whodunit. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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  • A wonderful start to a new series!

    Tea and Treachery is the first book in Vicki Delany's A Tea by the Sea Mystery series. The protagonist, Lily Roberts, runs a traditional English tearoom on the grounds of her grandmother Rose's B&B. Rose, who enjoys the peace and quiet of her neighborhood, is furious because the property next door to the B&B may be sold to an aggressive real estate developer who plans to use the land to build a fancy golf resort. Rose is outspoken and hot-tempered and threatens the real estate developer as well as writing an angry letter to the local newspaper. When he is found dead on her property, she immediately becomes the main suspect. With the help of her grandmother and best friend, Bernie, Lily is determined to find the real culprit. I thought this was an enjoyable and easy read. The setting is charming and the English tea traditions are well-researched. As a tea lover, I enjoyed the descriptions of various teas as well as the mouth-watering pastries and sandwiches that accompany them. The main character, Lily, was easy to like. She was friendly, level headed, and hardworking. I look forward to seeing how her business grows and how the relationships in her life develop, particularly with Simon and the new detective. The secondary characters were well-developed and mostly likable. I wasn't the biggest fan of Bernie and Rose. Instead of supporting Lily, they spent the entire book pushing her around and expecting her to drop everything for them. This didn't affect my enjoyment of the story, however, I hope to see a stronger Lily in book two. The mystery was well done and kept me guessing. While the culprit wasn't a complete surprise, I enjoyed the action-packed reveal. Overall, this is a wonderful start to a new series and I look forward to my next visit to North Augusta. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • First in a new series

    Lily Roberts runs a proper tea house on the grounds of her Grandmother Rose’s serene seaside B&B in Cape Cod. Rose’s quiet life is threatened when a developer is interested in buying the property next door for a hotel and golf course. Rose vows to fight the development, swearing it will happen over her dead body. When the developer is found dead on the B&B’s beachfront Rose becomes the prime suspect. Rose and Lily’s BFF, Bernie, don’t trust the local detective assigned to the case and begin their own investigation, dragging a very unwilling Lily along for the sleuthing. Will The three of them be able to figure it out before Lily or Rose are picked picked before their time? A great start to a new series by the author of the Sherlock Holmes bookshop mystery series. New England, and olde England, come together for a beautiful setting for this new series that features a grandmother and granddaughter duo. There is a lot of potential in this series and I can’t wait to see what the gals get up to next!

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  • Death on Cape Cod

    This fun, cozy mystery is the first of a series. The story centers around a grandmother who runs a Bed and Breakfast, her granddaughter who runs the kitchen for the B&B as well as her own Tea Room. There are assorted friends and employees that figure in, too. Let's see, a dog, a cat, a couple of undercurrent romances, cops and politicians with dubious ethics and a new woman cop with big-city experience. Doesn't that sound like a fresh setting that no one else has ever written? The author includes some recipes at the end. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • A good start.

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of TEA & TREACHERY (Book 1 of the Tea by the Sea Mysteries) by Vicki Delaney in exchange for an honest review. Lily Roberts, a professionally trained pastry chef, has recently left the big city, joined her grandmother Rose in running a Cape Cod B&B, and opened a traditional English tearoom. A man with binoculars begins appearing around town and appears to be stalking the ramshackle property adjacent to Rose’s B&B. Rose soon learns the binocular stalker is real estate developer Jack Ford, who has plans to convert Rose’s neighboring property into a golf resort. Rose, immediately, loudly, and publicly, protests the anticipated development; confronts Ford, the property owner, and the town council member promoting the rezoning; and puts other plans in motion to preserve her own property’s peace. When Ford meets his maker via a long drop from a tall cliff on Rose’s property, Rose is the obvious suspect. The detective’s extreme laziness and habit of fabricating evidence in order to avoid actual investigation is part of local lore, so Lily begins cultivating her own list of suspects. It looks like Lily will have to weed out the killer before the shady detective can replant prickly Rose in a penitentiary. I thought this was a good start to a new series. I recommend this book to fans of Vicki Delaney and to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, seaside settings, B&Bs, bakeries, real estate, historic homes, and crooked officials. #TeaTreachery #NetGalley

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