A Bitter Bouquet by J. New #BookReview #Tea&SympathyMystery4 #PhantomPress #5*

Meet Lilly Tweed.

Former Agony Aunt. Purveyor of Fine Teas. Accidental Sleuth.

Organising and catering for a local wedding means the potential to expand into events for Tea Emporium owner Lilly Tweed, and she’s pleased to confirm the booking.

But as the bride’s family let her down one by one, Lilly finds herself taking on more tasks than she’d agreed to. Luckily, she’s brought a local café owner on board to provide the food.

During the rehearsal, family arguments and spilled wine are the worst catastrophes, but the wedding itself ends in murder. For at the heart of this family lies a dark secret.

It’s up to Lilly, alongside her friends, Bonnie, the detective in charge of the case, and Archie, the local crime reporter, to solve the case. But while there are motives galore, clues are scarce.

When the family suddenly close ranks and the investigation stalls, Lilly is left wondering if blood really is thicker than water, especially when she discovers their secret.

Tea & Sympathy series

  1. Tea & Sympathy
  2. A Deadly Solution
  3. Tiffin & Tragedy
  4. A Bitter Bouquet
  5. A Frosty Combination

Thrilling & Exciting!

This is turning into a series I just cannot resist!

With this fourth book in this extremely entertaining series, we find Lilly Tweed organising the catering for a local wedding. However, as others fail to keep their promises, Lilly finds herself trying to cover more and more tasks herself, and the strain is beginning to get to her. On the day of the nuptials, she is happy that everything is going well – until, that is, a murder takes place. True to form, Lilly Tweed finds herself trying to work out what happened and, most importantly, who is the killer!

As this series has progressed, Lilly’s Tea Emporium has went from a new store to an established business on a firm footing with staff she can depend on and a loyal following of customers. It is no surprise that she is being asked to take her talent and her merchandise to other places. Unfortunately, all too often there are dirty dealings afoot and Lily just can’t help but get involved in trying to solve the latest case.

What a clever idea to have Lilly’s latest outing at a wedding! As always, there is plenty going on and no straight road to untangle things. The author always throws in a red herring or two along the way and I end up suspecting several characters before the guilty one is finally revealed. Having read the first four in this series in one month, I’m going to keep the fifth one to savour in the near future. This is another fabulous tale, gorgeously written by an author who knows how to entice her readers into a mystery and compel them to want to discover everything that happens. The ending came both as a shock and a surprise – I can barely wait until I can fit the next book into my list! Thrilling and exciting, this is is well worth all five glowing stars as well as my hearty recommendation!

I downloaded this novel via Kindle Unlimited: this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: mystery

Author Details

J. New is the author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries, traditional English whodunits with a twist, set in the 1930’s. Known for their clever humour as well as the interesting slant on the traditional whodunit, they have all achieved Bestseller status on Amazon.  J. New also writes the Finch and Fischer and the Tea & Sympathy mysteries, both contemporary cozy crime series. 

Jacquie was born in West Yorkshire, England. She studied art and design and after qualifying began work as an interior designer, moving onto fine art restoration and animal portraiture before making the decision to pursue her lifelong ambition to write. She now writes full time and lives with her partner of twenty-two years, along with an  assortmentof stray cats and dogs they have rescued.

For rights enquiries (other than e-book & print), please contact, Sarah Hershman at Hershman Rights Management.

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