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Murder with Darjeeling Tea–the man no one liked

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Murder with Darjeeling Tea

by Karen Rose Smith

Daisy, owner of a tearoom in Willow Creek, sets out to buy a dog statue for her boyfriend Jonas’ birthday. Unfortunately, the odd man she bought it from is murdered soon after. While trying to keep her business running successfully, she is drawn into the investigation because she has an easy way with people and they find themselves confiding in her. She and the reader are drawn into the world of local secrets, teenage mistakes, catering for the wealthy, rescue dogs, homeless shelters, and Amish customs. It is a wild ride whenever Daisy is around whether she’s on her bike or driving an Amish buggy for her friend. On the side, she is dealing with the deepening of her relationship with Jonas and the realization that her children are moving closer to leaving the nest.

If you are new to this series, you really could jump into it with the eighth book. Author Karen Rose Smith has your back, serving up needed background information as you dive into the story. She is also talented in providing detailed descriptions of the characters and what they are wearing. From the pen of a less skilled writer, this might seem like overkill, but Smith does it in such a way that the characters stand out. Because the background is the tearoom, there is a lot of food talk but it is never repetitive or seems like it is included just to increase the word count. There are many plot threads and a number of suspects. The conclusion of Murder with Darjeeling Tea is dramatic, and the identity of the murderer is a surprise.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: 1. #8 in the Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery Series, but can be read as a standalone.
2. Recipes are included: Chicken Chili, Cheese Biscuits, and Mild Peach Salsa.

Publication: May 24, 2022—Kensington Books

Memorable Lines:

Fiona already had more color in her cheeks and a smile on her face. That’s what the tea garden could do for Daisy’s customers. That’s what her customers could do for her.

Amish buggies in Lancaster County taught everyone in the community an important lesson—slow down and enjoy the scenery.

“What are you thinking about?” he asked. “You look preoccupied.” “Too much to sort out, I’m afraid. Mainly, that life is one big succession of changes. At my age, you’d think I’d be used to it.” “I’m not sure we’re ever used to change.”


  1. WendyW says:

    Nice review, Linda. I like that there are recipes included. Cheese biscuits sound delicious.

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  2. This sounds like a fun one!

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  3. Recipes! Count me in. Lol

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  4. Gretchen says:

    Great review, Linda! I’m glad you enjoyed this one, it’s a great series.

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  5. Carla says:

    Nice review, Linda. I do enjoy this series and have the last three to catch up on. I don’t think Jason is around up to the point I have read. I am looking forward to getting reacquainted with Daisy, her family and friends.

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