Title: Death in a Budapest Butterfly
Author: Julia Buckley
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Page Count: 303
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Hana Keller serves up European-style cakes and teas in her family-owned tea house, but when a customer keels over from a poisoned cuppa, Hana and her tea-leaf reading grandmother will have to help catch a killer in the first Hungarian Tea House Mystery from Julia Buckley.
Hana Keller and her family run Maggie’s Tea House, an establishment heavily influenced by the family’s Hungarian heritage and specializing in a European-style traditional tea service. But one of the shop’s largest draws is Hana’s eccentric grandmother, Juliana, renowned for her ability to read the future in the leaves at the bottom of customers’ cups. Lately, however, her readings have become alarmingly ominous and seemingly related to old Hungarian legends…
When a guest is poisoned at a tea event, Juliana’s dire predictions appear to have come true. Things are brought to a boil when Hana’s beloved Anna Weatherley butterfly teacup becomes the center of the murder investigation as it carried the poisoned tea. The cup is claimed as evidence by a handsome police detective, and the pretty Tea House is suddenly endangered. Hana and her family must catch the killer to save their business and bring the beautiful Budapest Butterfly back home where it belongs.
Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley is the first book in the cozy Hungarian Tea House Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries this first book does contain it’s own mystery to solve so it could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. The character development however will carry over from book to book for those continuing the series.
The Keller family own and operate Maggie’s Tea House, which specializes in a European-style traditional tea service influenced by their Hungarian heritage. Hana Keller works along side her grandmother who also gives tea readings to their customers. Hana’s noticed that lately the readings have gotten a little more ominous but Hana never expected to find a guest is poisoned at a tea event. Hana knows she needs to find the murderer quickly to save the family business.
While Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley is a cozy mystery it did have a touch of paranormal involved with the tea reading which for me is a plus as I love crossing genres. While I did enjoy getting to know the characters in this first book of the series I felt that it wasn’t quite as quirky and over the top as I’m drawn to but still a promising beginning to a solid mystery read. I’d rate this first edition at three and a half stars and would be interested to read more in the future from this series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Julia Buckley is a Chicago author and teacher. A lover of mysteries herself, she spent her teen years absorbing the wonderful mystery and suspense fiction of the 20th Century, all of which helped to influence what she writes today. Her published series include the Writer’s Apprentice mysteries, the Undercover Dish mysteries, the first in the Teddy Thurber series, and the Madeline Mann mysteries. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and the Chicago Writer’s Association. Her first book in the Hungarian Tea House Mysteries, DEATH IN A BUDAPEST BUTTERFLY, is now on sale.
Julia lives with her husband, three cats and a big rambunctious Labrador. She has two grown sons. In her free time she likes to watch Netflix (on which she has discovered the joy of French cinema), tend to the potted plants on her deck, read great books, or take part in one of her two book groups.
Visit Julia at her website, JuliaBuckley.com or her Facebook page, Julia Buckley Mystery Novels, or see her on Twitter @juliabucks. You can also explore her inspirations for Blue Lake on her Pinterest page, or follow her on Instagram at jellenbuckley.
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