Title: In Cold Chamomile
Author: Joy Avon
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Page Count: 215
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Just in time for the holidays, In Cold Chamomile is sure to be a cupid’s arrow aimed straight for your bookshelf.
Tea party organizer Callie Aspen learns that Cupid’s arrows can be deadly when a Valentine’s Day soiree ends in murder.
Callie Aspen can’t think of a more appropriate place to spend Valentine’s Day than her adopted hometown of Heart’s Harbor, Maine. When she’s not helping out at Book Tea, her great-aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Callie’s adorning Haywood Hall with hearts and roses for the big Valentine’s event, where townspeople will fall in love with sweet treats, heartwarming music, and delightful books. But tension is brewing: The librarian argues with the expert who is on hand to appraise precious volumes. And Iphy is shocked to recognize the baritone who’s slated to sing at the event as an old acquaintance–one she’d hoped she’d never meet again. And then, when a dead body is discovered, the stirring spoon of suspicion points at the many people who had reasons to want the victim dead.
When Iphy’s old acquaintance draws the attention of Deputy Ace Falk, Callie finds herself in a spot. Ace, as usual, doesn’t want Callie involved, but how can she ignore Iphy’s anguish over the fate of a man she cares for more than she will admit? Bringing the killer to justice may endanger Callie’s budding relationship with Ace–and, quite possibly, her own life.
Callie and the Book Tea crew may think they have this case in the bag, but un-kettling truths are yet to be decanted.
In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon is the third book in the cozy A Tea and Read Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book of this series will have it’s own fully solved mystery so each can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. However, there’s always some character development to carry over from book to book for those who follow from the beginning.
Callie Aspen had left Heart’s Harbor, Maine main years before after nursing a broken heart when her long time crush married another friend. After finally visiting her aunt last Christmas however Callie finally decided to move back and help her aunt in her bookish themed vintage tearoom, Book Tea.
When not helping out at Book Tea though Callie has been in charge with decorating Haywood Hall for a huge Valentine’s event. Of course though things never stay calm around Callie and a disagreement ends up breaking out at the event. And amidst it all Aunt Iphy recognizes the man set to perform and through all the chaos another dead body is found which leads Callie to another investigation.
Following the Tea and Read Mysteries from the beginning I think the series is one that has slowly come together and improved with each book. The beginning felt like being tossed into chaos without knowing the characters but the more I get to know them the more I’ve enjoyed the books so hopefully that enjoyment continues to build with each to come.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Joy Avon is a writer and a lover of books, tea, and sweet treats. She decided to combine her loves into a cozy mystery series and delved into the world of writing novels. When not reading or writing, she can be found buying bonbons, fluffy socks, or notebooks to jot down her next idea.
Laurel Lefkow is an award-winning American actress and voiceover artist. The voice of several major advertising campaigns, cartoon series, corporate videos, and audiobooks, she is also a regular on BBC Radio 4.