My review – 4/5 Stars (originally posted on GoodReads)
I love going out for tea, so I figured I would enjoy this read, and I wasn’t disappointed. I liked hearing about how Ellen discovered her love for it and the backstories behind the creation of the tea shop, her inspiration, and what she went through to set it up.
The mystery kept me guessing and I’m still not sure if that’s because I missed something early on or if the clues were given later in the book(?). In any event, it was fun and I enjoyed the process of figuring it out with Ellen, Tony (the cop) and the rest (employees, friend and Aunt).
I look forward to finding out more about the ghost, too 🙂 I hadn’t noticed the ghost part in the book description, so that was a fun surprise.
I loved all the talk about historical building preservation as well.
All in all, the group of characters were interesting and I felt like they each had their own identity. I was left wanting to learn more about them all and more about tea and (cooking and living in) Santa Fe.
Book description from GoodReads:
They don’t belong in Ellen Rosings’s Victorian tearoom. But when her opening day thank-you tea ends in the murder of the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust, the police invade her haven. Enter Detective Tony Aragon: attractive and unsympathetic, with a chip on his shoulder that goes beyond the murder investigation, and Ellen’s delicate bone china cup is full. Is the murderer one of her honored guests, or the ghost rumored to haunt the building? Will Ellen solve the mystery, or will the Wisteria Tearoom’s premiere turn out to be its—and Ellen’s—finale?