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Death in a Budapest Butterfly
Hungarian Tea House #1
BY Julia Buckley

July 30, 2019/ ISBN 978-1-9848-0482-2
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by  Laura Hinds

Hana Keller and her mother and grandmother run Maggie’s Tea House where, in addition to serving traditional tea services, tea leaves are read. Grandmother Juliana reads the tea leaves, and her special abilities bring more people to the tea shop than the tea services do. Juliana’s readings are highly accurate, but lately she has been seeing darkness and danger. The readings have become sprinkled with Hungarian lore.

Ava Novák is in attendance at an event for the Maygar Women group. She is drinking tea from Hana’s special teacup, The Budapest Butterfly. As Hana wonders how she got the rare cup, which was set up for display, Ava looks ill and stumbles to the restroom. After giving the woman a few minutes of privacy, Hana goes to look for her. She finds her in the back hallway. She hadn’t even made it into the ladies room. Ava is dead. She was murdered, and a police investigation gets underway. Hana is determined to find out who poisoned Ava and to save the tea house from closing its doors for good.

Tea house and tea shop mysteries have been around for a long time now. They are a staple of many cozy mysteries. Julia Buckley has added her own unique characteristics to this book by having Hungarian culture infused throughout.

I always love to find a new cozy series and always hope for something new and special. Death in a Budapest Butterfly is new and special and is an excellent first book. I learned quite a bit about Hungarian legends and traditions and hope that this is just the first of many more to come.

There are Hungarian recipes at the back of the book, which is an added bonus. I believe that this would be an excellent book group selection and will appeal to cozy readers from teens to seniors.

Reviewer Notes: The author also writes The Writer’s Apprentice Mysteries and The Undercover Dish Mysteries

Reviewed 2019