In Peppermint Peril

In Peppermint Peril

Joy Avon’s festive series debut featuring a book-themed tea party organizer will be tons of fun this Christmas for Lorna Barrett and Jenn McKinlay fans. In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble—a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body—to restore the f...

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In Peppermint Peril Reviews

  • Linda

    The debut of the Book Tea Shop Mystery is a nice, quick read. Protagonist, Callie Aspen, a tour guide who’s travelled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Book Tea, in Heart’s Harbor, Maine. Callie brings along a sweet Boston Terrier she’s fostering. The Book Tea is catering at Haywood Hall mansion where matriarch Dorothea Finster is ready to reveal the changes in her new will and, thus, has summoned a family gathering. However, the tea party is interrupted by a vicious

    The debut of the Book Tea Shop Mystery is a nice, quick read. Protagonist, Callie Aspen, a tour guide who’s travelled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Book Tea, in Heart’s Harbor, Maine. Callie brings along a sweet Boston Terrier she’s fostering. The Book Tea is catering at Haywood Hall mansion where matriarch Dorothea Finster is ready to reveal the changes in her new will and, thus, has summoned a family gathering. However, the tea party is interrupted by a vicious crime.

    New author, Joy Avon, scatters trails of cookie crumbs from one suspect to another, and so forth, and does a good job of keeping the murderer’s identity a secret until the reveal. There is a second mystery plot that ties up all loose ends, and I enjoyed it, also. As I read this cozy, some of the characters grew on me, and I look forward to future developments with them. I just couldn’t get into the Deputy Falk. The story’s premise has great potential and it will be interesting to read the next book and see what happens to Book Tea.

    I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. Thank you.

  • Juli

    In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series. Callie Aspen comes home for the holidays to visit her Great Aunt Iphy, who runs a tea shop catering to book themed events, parties and get-togethers. Iphy knows just the right extra touches to add to the baked items and decorations for these parties, wowing her clients every time. In this first book in the series, Iphy and Callie prepare goodies for an Agatha Christie type atmosphere at Haywood Hall. Dorothea Finster, 93

    In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series. Callie Aspen comes home for the holidays to visit her Great Aunt Iphy, who runs a tea shop catering to book themed events, parties and get-togethers. Iphy knows just the right extra touches to add to the baked items and decorations for these parties, wowing her clients every time. In this first book in the series, Iphy and Callie prepare goodies for an Agatha Christie type atmosphere at Haywood Hall. Dorothea Finster, 93 year old owner of the hall, has an announcement about her will that she wants to make. Unfortunately, a murder interrupts the evening before she can make her announcement. Callie finds herself investigating to help Dorothea and childhood friends discover a murderer.

    I enjoyed this book! To be honest, the plot was pretty predictable and a bit trope-y....but I like the background theme (I would so attend a bookish themed tea party!!!) and the characters. Aunt Iphy makes constant book references and decorates her baked goods with bookish clues. Callie is intelligent and a pretty good investigator, even when the local police (and the killer) tell her to back off. Dorothea Finster is bound and determined to do the right thing by her family and by her ancestral home. It just made for a fun, entertaining cozy mystery, despite the plot being nothing really new. Sometimes, with cozies, it's comfort reading. This book was awesome fun reading for me on a cold, fall evening with a steaming cup of Earl Grey and my two chihuahuas snuggled up on my lap. :) I love holiday themed cozies!

    I'm definitely going to read more of this series. I can't wait to find out what's in store for Callie, Iphy, the tea shop and Haywood Hall!

    **I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨

    In Peppermint Peril follows Callie Aspen, who, upon returning to her childhood hideout, Hearts Harbor, Maine, finds herself caught up in a murder investigation that involves a missing heirloom, and a mysterious will.

    First of all, the fact that this is a holiday themed murder-mystery, and features a vintage tearoom that hosts book-themed tea parties makes me want to gi

    ☺️

    In Peppermint Peril follows Callie Aspen, who, upon returning to her childhood hideout, Hearts Harbor, Maine, finds herself caught up in a murder investigation that involves a missing heirloom, and a mysterious will.

    First of all, the fact that this is a holiday themed murder-mystery, and features a vintage tearoom that hosts book-themed tea parties makes me want to give Joy Avon bonus points, just because. I felt extremely festive reading this. I enjoyed the overall mystery, and I'm happy to say I did

    figure out who the killer was (which is one of the reasons I enjoyed myself even more, because this

    so well written). 💖

    I'm also happy to report that I had no real issues with this one! If you're looking for a short, well-paced mystery to read throughout the holidays, I would highly recommend giving this a shot! The reason I'm giving this a 3.75 (or a 4) star rating instead of a 5 is because I did have just a tiny bit of confusion towards the end, but that's mostly on me.

    This title is expected to release in November, 2018. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future! ☺️

  • *Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at:

    IN PEPPERMINT PERIL (Book Tea Shop Mystery #1) by Joy Avon is the start of a new cozy mystery series. A murder, a missing heirloom ring and greed over a new will to be announced by the dame of Haywood Hall all threaten the holiday spirit in Heart’s Harbor.

    Callie Aspen has returned to Heart’s Harbor for the holidays to help her great aunt, Iphy run Book Tea, a vintage tea and pastry shop where every pastry is based on a mystery stor

    Check out all of my reviews at:

    IN PEPPERMINT PERIL (Book Tea Shop Mystery #1) by Joy Avon is the start of a new cozy mystery series. A murder, a missing heirloom ring and greed over a new will to be announced by the dame of Haywood Hall all threaten the holiday spirit in Heart’s Harbor.

    Callie Aspen has returned to Heart’s Harbor for the holidays to help her great aunt, Iphy run Book Tea, a vintage tea and pastry shop where every pastry is based on a mystery story or includes a mysterious clue to be solved. Callie travels the world as a tour guide, but has fond childhood memories of Haywood Hall and its occupants so she is excited to be helping her great aunt prepare for a special party at the hall. Instead of a surprise engagement and the announcement of the will’s new terms, a dead body is found in the conservatory.

    Callie and Iphy use their love of mystery books to follow all the clues, but a certain deputy finds Callie’s interest intrusive. Callie persists because of her love for all involved and even Deputy Falk comes around to aid her in a mutual quest for the killer. Can Callie help the residents of Heart’s Harbor find a killer and help to reveal their secrets and true desires to celebrate a joyous Christmas?

    This book was a fast and easy read that kept me guessing the identity of the killer. Callie, as the main character had to deal with her own emotional baggage on returning to the hall besides the murder mystery which gave her character depth. All of the secondary characters were interesting and entertaining including Callie’s foster Boston terrier. There are many twists and red herrings in the mystery plot. Overall, an enjoyable and entertaining cozy holiday mystery read.

    Thanks very much to Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley for allowing me to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Fred

    Peppermint Peril is the first book in the A Book Tea Shop Mystery series.

    Callie Aspen is going to take a break from her job as a tour guide and return to her hometown of Heart’s Harbor and give her great Aunt Iphy a hand at her tea shop Book Tea. Callie is excited to learn that Aunt Iphy is putting together a tea for Dorothea Finster at her home, Haywood Hall. Dorothea has plans to announce the terms of her new will and has invited her remaining relatives, and the mayor and his wife, the preside

    Peppermint Peril is the first book in the A Book Tea Shop Mystery series.

    Callie Aspen is going to take a break from her job as a tour guide and return to her hometown of Heart’s Harbor and give her great Aunt Iphy a hand at her tea shop Book Tea. Callie is excited to learn that Aunt Iphy is putting together a tea for Dorothea Finster at her home, Haywood Hall. Dorothea has plans to announce the terms of her new will and has invited her remaining relatives, and the mayor and his wife, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, and a new school teacher to her tea party. All are hoping for substantial bequests to help fund projects that will benefit the community of Heart’s Harbor.

    At the same time, Shelia Du Bouvrais, wife of Stephen Du Bouvrais Dorothea’s only heir, plans on using the party to announce her daughter’s engagement to her boyfriend, Ben. She has asked Callie to put a family heirloom ring into the cake that is to be served at the party. Ben will be cutting the cake and will remove the ring and propose. But as the old saying goes about best-laid plans going awry happens at the tea party. First, the ring box is empty and the longtime gardener is found brutally stabbed in the conservatory.

    Callie has known the gardener, Mr. Leadenby, since childhood and is shocked to learn that he has been stabbed to death. She remembers that she had heard Leadenby and Brenda Brink, the school teacher, having a heated discussion. Also, she wants to learn how Sheila had gotten blood on her dress, that hadn’t been there earlier in the evening. She also remembers seeing handyman, Cole Merton, who had a troubled youth, leaving about the time she had put the ring box in the cake. She begins to speculate whether the two events are related. So she sets out to try and find if they are, first, related and who might have done them.

    This was an enjoyable first book and looking forward to seeing the next book to learn where the series will go once everyone is able to understand the terms of the new will. I enjoyed all the characters but will be looking forward to learning more about them, particularly Aunt Iphy.

  • Betty

    It is Christmas time in Heart's Harbor, Maine and Callie Aspen, the protagonist has returned to childhood home for holidays. This is the first book in a new series A Tea Book Mystery and A new author for me. The story grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let go until I finished.

    Her Great-aunt has Callie take the cake and other supplies to Haywood Hall for tea party given by Dorothy Finster who plans to read her new will. All invited want or need the money every one believes that s

    It is Christmas time in Heart's Harbor, Maine and Callie Aspen, the protagonist has returned to childhood home for holidays. This is the first book in a new series A Tea Book Mystery and A new author for me. The story grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let go until I finished.

    Her Great-aunt has Callie take the cake and other supplies to Haywood Hall for tea party given by Dorothy Finster who plans to read her new will. All invited want or need the money every one believes that she had. The party did not go very well as several persons had the end agenda. A body is found in Conservatory. A plan for a surprise engagement goes wrong. A piece of jewelry goes missing. Callie becomes involved with the homicide detective and his two nephews. Callie finds trouble wherever she went and managed to straighten every event to the point I started to dislike her. I highly recommend this book.

    Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Carrie

    In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the first book of the new cozy A Tea and a Read Mystery series. This is a small town cozy mystery in which the main character has returned to work with her aunt in a bookish themed business.

    Callie Aspen had left Heart’s Harbor, Maine main years before after nursing a broken heart when her long time crush married another friend. This Christmas however she’s returned to visit her aunt and volunteers to help with her aunt’s business, Book Tea.

    Callie finds herself

    In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the first book of the new cozy A Tea and a Read Mystery series. This is a small town cozy mystery in which the main character has returned to work with her aunt in a bookish themed business.

    Callie Aspen had left Heart’s Harbor, Maine main years before after nursing a broken heart when her long time crush married another friend. This Christmas however she’s returned to visit her aunt and volunteers to help with her aunt’s business, Book Tea.

    Callie finds herself among those she had left behind when she ends up working a special party at Haywood Hall owned by the town’s richest widow, Dorothea Finster. Dorothea had intended on making an announcement about her will but the party was overtaken but Sheila, Callie’s old friend, who had set up her daughter’s surprise engagement much to her daughter’s dismay. But things really go wrong when a dead body is found and a murderer seems to be on the loose.

    In Peppermint Peril is one of those books that really tried to come in with a bang and it felt a bit like being dropped into a situation I should have known more about. Callie is barely introduced herself in the story when a whole bunch of other characters are coming into play and it was a bit confusing of a start.

    Once settled in though I felt there still seemed to be a lack of depth to the characters to let them stand out more on their own. There’s not much told about the business, how Callie came about her travels, the other folks in town other than a brief what happened. I think if things had more depth this one would have really stood out as the small town vibe and the Christmas events going on seemed fun but with it hard to connect to anyone this first book was just an alright read.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Melanie

    was a pleasant read that’s just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit with a fun mystery at its core.

    Upon returning to Heart’s Harbor, Maine for Christmas, Callie Aspen is immediately roped into helping her aunt set up a special tea party at Haywood Hall, home of the town’s oldest resident. Lonely widow Dorothea Finster has gathered her remaining relatives, old friends, and esteemed town residents to make a mysterious announcement about her will. However before the annou

    was a pleasant read that’s just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit with a fun mystery at its core.

    Upon returning to Heart’s Harbor, Maine for Christmas, Callie Aspen is immediately roped into helping her aunt set up a special tea party at Haywood Hall, home of the town’s oldest resident. Lonely widow Dorothea Finster has gathered her remaining relatives, old friends, and esteemed town residents to make a mysterious announcement about her will. However before the announcement is made, a valuable family heirloom goes missing and the gardener is found murdered in the conservatory. Determined to uncover the truth about what happened, Callie and her aunt begin their own investigation hoping to bring the killer to justice in time to save Christmas.

    The mystery in this story was interesting and it was the strongest aspect of the book in my opinion. There’s the murder, blackmail, threats against our main character, and multiple credible suspects all of which led to an exciting case. The investigation Callie undertakes is well done and she manages to solve the case in a logical manner. I did have the killer figured out pretty early on which was a bit disappointing as I didn’t understand how the characters weren’t making the connection sooner. Overall though, the mystery element of this book is a good one and I was pretty happy with the way everything was revealed.

    Callie is a tour guide for historical locations worldwide and doesn’t get much time away from her job which is why this is the first Christmas in years she’s back in Heart’s Harbor. Callie is the type of person who tends to jump to conclusions which did provide some frustrating situations. She has history with Haywood Hall and the presumed heir to Dorothea’s fortune which she is forced to confront in this book. She does have an adorable Boston Terrier named Daisy who was an absolute delight.

    Callie’s Aunt Iphy was an interesting woman and I really liked the idea of her bookish tea shop, Book Tea, where all the items are based off of different books. Deputy Falk is the one assigned to the murder as the sheriff is out of town due to the holidays and he becomes a prospective romantic partner for Callie. His character was a bit confusing as he continuously flips back and forth between trusting Callie and and thinking she’s lying. That does get better as the book goes on but it was a bit annoying at first.

    Minor issues with the characters aside, I enjoyed

    and I’m looking forward to reading more books from this author in the future.

  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

    This book was just OK for me. The mystery was well done and kept me guessing right up until the end, but none of the characters were particularly likable. Plus, the dialogue came off very stiff and formal at times. This was especially noticeable with the deputy, who came across so wooden and flat personality wise. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but I doubt I'll be picking up any more books in the series.

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