Review: Sweet tea and Secrets
Title: Sweet Tea and Secrets
Series: A Book Tea Shop Mystery #2
Author: Joy Avon
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: Last Christmas, Callie Aspen left her tour guide job and settled in Heart's Harbor, Maine. Now, she helps out at Book Tea, her great aunt’s vintage tearoom, where each treat has a bookish clue. Though she’s excited to start her new life, Callie worries she may regret having burned her bridges behind her. Fortunately, she finds immediate distraction in the preparations for a spectacular Fourth of July tea party, which will recreate key moments from the town's rich history. Intrigued to learn that 1980s TV star Monica Walker was last seen in Heart's Harbor before she vanished—allegedly to elope—Callie probes the townsfolk for information. She’s stunned when several locals share contradictory stories about the last day before Monica's disappearance. Did she intend to leave her hit TV series? Was she being stalked by her ex? And why is the newspaper editor who investigated the story at the time so anxious about the cold case heating up? When one of the talkative townspeople turns up dead, Callie aims to catch the killer. But it’s no picnic: Deputy Falk doesn’t want her meddling, and the locals suddenly know more about the past than they’d been at liberty to admit. If Callie and the Book Tea crew can’t crack the case, they’ll pay a very steep price in Joy Avon's explosive second Book Tea Shop Mystery.
My Review: While this book was a pretty solid cozy mystery there were a few areas that it was lacking in. I enjoyed the mystery overall and liked the mix of a cold case with a fresh one. I like some of the characters, others though I felt really need more development. They just felt flat to me. I also wanted more the Books and Tea shop. It felt like she was never there, despite that now being her job. I liked the end of the mystery and thought it was pretty well done. Overall it was an okay book. I would definitely give the author another chance though. Although this is the second book in the series it can be read as a stand alone.
*I received this book from crooked lane books in exchange for an honest review*