In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery

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Callie Aspen has returned to her childhood home to help her aunt with a special party at Haywood Hall, which happens to include reuniting with two of her old friends. Sheila has her daughter’s life all planned out and is using this event to push her daughter toward an engagement that turns south when the ring goes missing. A simple theft becomes deadly when a body is discovered and the Haywood residents are the prime suspects. To make matters worse, Callie gets off on the wrong foot with Deputy Falk when she questions his tactics and meddles in his family affairs. When his evidence keeps pointing to people she cares about, she digs deeper and is led to a shocking secret buried in the past, a blackmail scheme gone wrong, and a surprising new path for her future.

The tea room is a treat as the most unique cozy location, with the shop blending baked delights with a literature theme, pairing a decadent treat with an equally delicious book clue. Joy Avon blends together two mysteries: a missing ring and a murder. Both seem tied to this one family, but as Callie investigates, she wonders if the culprit could be the same. The two mysteries strike a balance with each other, perfectly tied together and woven into the holiday setting. The underlying tension between her and Deputy Falk is humorous yet flirty as they challenge each other and their disagreements are often a source of bantering fun. They’re a fun balance of personalities as Falk is a little prickly and lacking holiday spirit, and she’s opinionated and embraces the holiday warmth. As she sleuths her away around, she’s drawn back into the life she left years ago and is led to confront her past, but this leads to closure and a new beginning.

The first in a new series, In Peppermint Peril is a charming debut with endearing characters, a delightful setting, and an eccentric family whose secrets are at the heart of the mystery.


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Author Joy Avon
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count
Publisher Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date 2018-Nov-13
ISBN 9781683317937
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Issue January 2019
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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