her New York City restaurant- In Fashion fails, Sophie Taylor
comes home to Gracious Grove, NY. She has moved into the attic
apartment in Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea House. The tea house
is on the ground level and her Grandmother Rose (who owns
the building) lives on the second floor. Sophie is going to
lend Rose a hand since it is becoming too much work for her.
Sophie has even agreed to do the tea presentation at the bridal
shower of her former summer friend Cissy Peterson. This is
very strange since Cissy's Grandmother,Thelma Mae, owns La
Belle Epoque - an inn and tea room right next door. Plus Rose
and Thelma Mae have rarely spoken in the past 60 years. It
seems Thelma Mae has never forgiven Rose for stealing Harold
Freemont away from her.
up for having the bridal shower at Auntie Rose's - Cissy is
having a tea for her future mother-in-law and several others
at La Belle Epoque. With her attic windows open to get the
breeze, Sophie hears screams from La Belle Epoque. She rushes
over to see if there is anything she can do. Vivienne Whittaker
is on the ground. The ambulance takes her to the hospital.
The guests are all questioned. Wally Bowman gets a call and
moves everyone next door to Auntie Rose's. Vivienne Whittaker
has died. La Belle Epoque's tearoom is now a crime scene.
Sophie had better be careful if she plans on solving this
murder. She could very well end up steeped.
to ponder: Who really wanted to change Cissy's bridal shower
venue? Who was having a heated discussion at Auntie Rose's
Victorian Tea House? Who poisoned the food at La Bell Epoque
party? Will Rose and Thelma Mae ever end their 60 year feud?
in a Teapot we are introduced to a charming and quirky
cast of characters. This includes our feisty protagonist -
Sophie Taylor. She is always willing to lend a hand - even
to her Grandmother's archenemy Thelma Mae. This light-hearted
mystery becomes a page-turner of a read that I could not put
down. It is well-plotted and kept me wanting to find out whodunit.
So if you like a cup of tea with your mystery, you should
be reading Tempest in a Teapot.