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Murder with Clotted Cream–cozy mystery with an emphasis on relationships

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Murder with Clotted Cream

by Karen Rose Smith

You can jump right into Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery Series with Murder with Clotted Cream, the fifth book in this series by Karen Rose Smith. The author does an outstanding job of providing information on the characters for the new or returning reader.

Daisy Swanson is co-owner of Daisy’s Tea Garden. In this book, Daisy is hired to provide a tea for the actors preparing a play for the Little Theater, newly built by a real estate developer and his actress wife. When a murder occurs at the tea, Daisy finds herself in the middle of yet another investigation. Other major parts of this plot are relationship oriented: Daisy and her boyfriend Jonas, Daisy’s daughter Jazzi and her biological mother, Daisy and her own mother Rose, and Daisy’s other daughter who suffers from postpartum depression. As you can see, Daisy has a lot on her plate, and it doesn’t help that the detective on the case has an ax to grind with Daisy’s boyfriend.

There are a lot of suspects to keep you guessing and some danger along the way for Daisy. The book also deals with important parenting issues across the generations. Some of Daisy’s investigations are digital or local to her town, but others involve a train trip to New York City. We get to view her not as a one-dimensional heroine but as an independent businesswoman, a caring mom, a widow exploring a friendship blossoming slowly into romance, and a careful observer of those around her.

I would like to extend my thanks to Netgalley and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Mystery

Notes:  1. #5 in the Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery Series, but great as a standalone.

  2. Includes 3 original recipes

Publication:   May 26, 2020—Kensington Books

Memorable Lines:

“She knows how to ask questions, and she doesn’t treat everyone she meets as if they were hostile witnesses. You might be better served to do the same.”

November has descended with a cold grip, and today was a perfect example of a steel-gray day with the reminder of winter in any wind that blew.

Daisy heard Jonas gasp as if Zeke had punched him in his solar plexus. In that one statement Zeke just might have changed Jonas’s attitude about life, about love, and about moving forward.


  1. Carla says:

    I missed the fourth book where her daughter has a baby. I need to catch up. Nice review Linda. I can imagine that four generations provided a bit of tension.

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  2. I have read this book and enjoy it. A good review.

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  3. Cozy mysteries are my favorite, this one sounds like it has a lot of twists and turns!

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    • lghiggins says:

      I like cozies. I don’t have to worry about coming across something offensive. They are relaxing and usually not very long. I like to mix it up with my reading genres, but cozy mysteries predominate.

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  4. LA says:

    Do you keep a list of cozies/books you read that have tea as a theme?

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    • lghiggins says:

      No, I don’t and I just did a search on my site and it was not very effective in pulling up those reviews. There are a lot of tearoom themed cozies. I can share with you that there is a very fun magazine called Tea Time that you might like if you enjoy having tea, either at a tea room or in your own home. My daughter had an extra copy for January/February and gave it to me. The banner at the top reads “TEAROOMS, FOOD, TEA, TABLE SETTINGS.” This is their first-ever Irish issue, and it is beautiful.


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