Review & Baking: Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith

Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery, #1) by Karen Rose Smith

Book cover for Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith
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My review – 5/5 Stars 

This was an all-around joy to read.  It had everything I enjoy in a cozy.  I connected with the characters and felt like I got to know them.  The Tea Garden setting sounded lovely.  All the food and drinks they served up sounded yummy and I was glad I had made some tea and Iris’ Lemon Tea Cakes (recipe included in the book) to nibble on before I started to read!

Picture of teapot and Iris' Lemon Tea Cakes

The mystery was wonderfully done.  It kept me guessing and I just loved it.

This series was added to my must-read-when-the-next-installment-comes-out list as soon as I closed the final page.  My first thoughts were, “Yep, that book had it all, for me.”

Book description from GoodReads:

In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals—but a murder in their garden has them in hot water . . .

Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective—so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried . . . especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy’s Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey’s grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn’t want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart—but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey’s murder.

Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime scene—and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt’s name and bag the real killer before things boil over . . .

Includes delicious recipes for Iris’s Lemon Tea Cakes and more!

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