5/5 Tea Parlors
On The Back:
The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss serves up a new mystery steeped in murder…
When The Parlour opens up in town, domestic diva Sophie Winston finally has a place to satisfy her cravings for all things tea and crumpet related. And the shop serves as the perfect place for the ladies of the town to gather and gossip, especially since it’s conveniently located right across the street from the new antique store run by the handsome and charming Warren Smith.
But speculation around Warren really boils over when he’s found dead—a victim of poisoning after attending a literacy fundraiser at The Parlour the night before. What Sophie learns about the man leaves a bitter taste in her mouth, and she’ll have to strain out a killer from a strange brew of suspects…
Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!
There are some cozy authors that consistently blow me out of the water with the solidity of their book; Krista Davis is one of them. I have never read one of her books and come off it thinking that it was a bad or even mediocre book. Her books are consistently solid, reliable mysteries that I look forward to reading when they’re released. The Diva Serves High Tea was no exception to this rule.
Let me start by saying that the titles are extremely corny and they honestly cast a bad light on the books, in my opinion. They make the books seem superficial, when in fact, each book has had solid characters, that grow in each story. A good book should always play out like a movie in your head, and these books are a prime example of that.
As I said above, in each book the characters grow and learn from their mistakes. The ‘diva’ in the title is an extremely intelligent, capable woman named Sophie. She makes mistakes, yet learns from them, and she isn’t afraid to ask when she needs something. The other cast members, if you will, also have their specific place in these books and without them Old Town Alexandria wouldn’t seem as lively. Natasha, Mars, Bernie, Francie, Wanda, Wolf, Alex, and Wong all reappear, along with some notable new characters.
The mystery was superb. I thought I knew exactly where it was going, but then another small plot was revealed and it threw a wrench in what I thought were Ms. Davis’ plans.
Please, please, please do yourself a favor and read this series. Or, even if you don’t read this series, read the Paws and Claws series also by Krista Davis. Both are two of my favorite cozies still being published. Highly recommend!