Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries) by Vicki Delany
About Tea & Treachery
In this charming new cozy mystery series from nationally bestselling author, Vicki Delany, a New York City expat-turned-Cape Cod tea shop owner must solve the murder of a local real estate developer to help her feisty grandmother out of a jam . . .
As the proud proprietor and head pastry chef of Tea by the Sea, a traditional English tearoom on the picturesque bluffs of Cape Cod, Roberts has her hands full, often literally. But nothing keeps her busier than steering her sassy grandmother, Rose, away from trouble. Rose operates the grand old Victorian B & B adjacent to Lily’s tea shop . . . for now. An aggressive real estate developer, Jack Ford, is pushing hard to rezone nearby land, with an eye toward building a sprawling golf resort, which would drive Rose and Lily out of business.
Tempers are already steaming, but things really get sticky when Ford is found dead at the foot of Rose’s property and the police think she had something to do with his dramatic demise. Lily can’t let her grandmother get burned by a false murder charge. So she starts her own investigation and discovers Ford’s been brewing bad blood all over town, from his jilted lover to his trophy wife to his shady business partners. Now, it’s down to Lily to stir up some clues, sift through the suspects, and uncover the real killer before Rose is left holding the tea bag.
What I Thought:
I am not a tea drinker, but I enjoyed Vicki's descriptions of an proper English tea, I also enjoyed the mystery in this book. Lily has come to Cape Cod to help her grandmother, Rose with her B & B, Victoria-on-Sea, while Lily runs the tea shop, Tea by the Sea. When a local developer wants to turn a neighboring property into a gold resort, Rose is firmly against the development. When he developer is found dead at the bottom of the stairs to the ocean on Rose's property, Rose is the main suspect. Rose, Lily, and Lily's friend, Bernie, investigate to clear Rose. There are many suspects, but the lead detective is set on Rose being the killer. There are many twists and turns, which threw me off as to who the killer really was. Along with a great setting and great characters, this one had a very good plot. The descriptions of the setting makes me really want to visit Cape Cod. I was totally surprised by the ending and the reveal of the killer. It took me by complete surprise. I look forward to more in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.
About Vicki Delanyi
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.
Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. She is the 2019 recipient of the Derrick Murdoch award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. Vicki lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.Author Links Website – www.vickidelany.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor; Twitter: @vickidelany and@evagatesauthor Instagram: vickidelany Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo – Google Play – IndieBound a Rafflecopter giveaway