Genres: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Daisy’s Tea Garden in Pennsylvania’s Amish country is known for its elegant finger foods—but now owner Daisy Swanson has to finger a killer . . .
Restaurant critic Derek Schumaker, notorious for his bitter reviews, is about to visit Daisy’s Tea Garden, and Daisy and Aunt Iris are simmering with anxiety. A bad word from the culinary curmudgeon could really hurt their business, but Daisy tries to stay confident. After all, how can he resist her cucumber sandwiches with pimento spread—not to mention the cheesy cauliflower soup and strawberry walnut salad?
Schumaker takes a to-go order when the afternoon tea service is done, which Daisy hopes is a good sign. But when he perishes from a seizure, it looks like his food was dosed with something deadly. Considering a threat that recently appeared on his blog—and whispers of scandal in his past—Daisy has quite an assortment of suspects to sift through . . .
Includes delicious recipes!
My Review Of
Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches
Let me say that I truly enjoyed the small town feel of this book and I felt like I was sitting at a table in Daisy’s Tea Garden, because that is how descriptive the author is in every scene of the tea shop, in fact I could even envision the china that the tea and food is served on.
What I liked about this book was of course the mystery of who killed the seemingly nasty restaurant critic Derek Schumaker who visits Daisy’s Tea Garden and puts fear into everyone of receiving a bad review from him.
The list of suspects is long and not without some red herrings thrown in to put me off track. I enjoyed the budding romance between Daisy and Jonas who seem to be taking things very slow.
While the main focus of the book is the mystery of who killed Derek Schumaker, there is a bit of a side story with Daisy’s daughter Jazzi who is hoping to connect with her birth-mother, Daisy remains supportive of Jazzi although I felt that this must be hard for Daisy but Daisy is ever the supportive mother, friend and employer.
In the end a shocker as to who the killer was! This book is full of surprises and secrets. I felt very connected to the characters, especially Daisy and I look forward to binge reading on books 1 & 2.Let me say that I truly enjoyed the small town feel of this book and I felt like I was sitting at a table in Daisy’s Tea Garden Click To Tweet
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