Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wednesday Murder and Herbal Tea #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Cozy mystery #Hudson Valley

Murder and Herbal Tea (Mrs. Miller Mysteries Book 5)

Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here   for some great excerpts. Mine shows Katherine's wedding and her leaving the reception to go to the aid of her missing guest.

Katherine’s wedding day has arrived and she and Lars make their vows. When she notices one of her best friends hasn’t arrived, she begins to worry. Her friend owns a shop where tea and accompaniments are sold. Her friend’s partner is a micromanager. Katherine’s friend has wanted to dissolve the partnership. A call to the New England town brings the dreadful news of a murder. Kate’s protectiveness factor takes hold and she leaves a note for Lars and heads to rescue her friend. Though she has promised to leave murders alone, she feels she has no choice. Lars follows to help her solve another murder.

Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2017
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Murder and Herbal Tea by Janet Lane Walters
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Books We Love
First Sentence: During the second week of June, Lars arrived in the Hudson River village where I live and where he had a home.
Review: Katherine, aka Kate, Miller is finally marrying Lars Claybourne. They barely tie the knot and Kate’s off to

 clear her friend, Joyce, of any wrong doing…even though all fingers point at her. (Without giving up any spoilers)
It’s serious charges against Joyce, and Kate’s all into figuring out what the authorities seem to be missing.

 Following her process of elimination down a twisty path of possibilities kept me on my toes, enjoyably so.

I read Ms. Walters’ book out of sequence, (this is book 5) not that you should read the Mrs. Miller Mysteries books

 out of order, but I was able to follow along with the story and character relationships flawlessly.

A happy ending always makes me smile, and Ms. Walters delivers. I recommend this book to anyone who’s into

 cozy mysteries where the story-star sleuth comes packed with personality plus; )

Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2017
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Who leaves her groom on their wedding day to solve a murder? Mrs Miller-Claybourne, that's who! And her readers are all the better for it! A tolerant and helpful new husband, a friend in need, cooked books, suspects galore, lots of delicious food, tea, and Victorian homes and shops settings make this a welcome addition to this delightful cozy mystery series. And policemen? When are you going to learn that condescending: "Leave detecting to me" remarks are just NOT WISE in the presence of our super sleuth??

2019 Book Hooks

Following to snatch Lars from his kidnappers proved impossible. Every time someone 
stopped me to gush congratulations, my stomach tightened. I thought about being rude 
but we were in church and today was meant to be a joyous occasion.
     I noticed Sarah’s foster son near the stage. He held a rectangular object in one hand.
 His fingers moved so fast they blurred. Texting, I hoped. I hurried toward him. He held a
     "Jamal, could I use your phone? There’s a call I must make.”
     “Sure, Mrs. M.” His hand covered his mouth. “Forgot. You’re now Mrs. C. Do you
 know how to use one?”
     I patted his crisp curls. “I may be old but I have some skills with modern technology.
 Mine’s at home.”
     He scuffed the floor with the toe of his shoe. “Didn’t mean you were old.”
     “It’s all right. I won’t be long.” I slipped from the noisy room and ducked into the small
 parlor. Drawing a deep breath, I dialed Herbal Haven’s number. After fifteen rings I 
hung up. How did I transpose the last four numbers last week? After two tries, I heard
 Joyce’s voice.
     “Who is this?” she asked. “More harassment?”
     “It’s Kate. What happened? What did she do?”
     “Got herself murdered.”
     “No joke. Everything’s a mess. I couldn’t call you. They took me in for questioning
 yesterday morning and didn’t release me until an hour ago when it was too late to
 call.” Her voice trembled. “They told me not to leave town.”
     “When was she killed?”
     “Sometime Monday night. Yesterday on my way to your place I stopped at the shop
 for a basket of fresh herbs I’d fixed for you to plant at your new house. I found her 
body, called the police and instantly became the prime suspect.”
     “Why you? You had no reason to want her dead, especially when you planned to
 buy her out. Did she know?”
     “She was making plans to move. One problem. She wanted to keep this quiet until
 she had the cash.”

     “How odd.”

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J.Q. Rose said...

I love cozies and this one sounds like an entertaining one.

Kate Hill said...

She's in a difficult situation. Hope they find the real murderer.