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Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries)
by Vicki Delany
About Tea & Treachery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07ZPKGT3R
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.
Tea, scones and murder await you at the picturesque bluffs of Cape Cod.
Tea by the Sea is a quaint traditional English tearoom in a unusual setting of the picturesque bluffs of Cape Cod bringing a little bit of England to this part of America. Lily runs the tearoom and her grandmother Rose owns the Victorian B&B next door, but it appears that the threat from a land developer who is pushing to rezone the land nearby to build a golf resort could see them out of a home as well business.
Rose is not shy in her objections to the plans and she has an altercation with Jack Ford the developer which sees her announce nothing will happen unless its over her dead body or someone elses! Of course we all know when someone says something like that someone does end up dead – in this case its Jack who is found at the bottom of the cliff steps near the B&B!
The police zone in on Rose whilst Lily and her friend Bernie discover a whole host of other suspects that would easily want to see Mr Ford dead, and they do everthing they can to take the heat off Rose and find the real killer. With twists and turn, a great setting, wonderful characters and a potential romance for Lily that might come Tea &Treachery was a brilliant cozy mystery and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next in this series.
About Vicki Delany
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.
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