Tea & Sympathy by J. New #BookReview #Tea&SympathyMystery1 #PhantomPress #5*


Meet Lilly Tweed. Former Agony Aunt. Purveyor of Fine Teas. Accidental Sleuth.

When Lilly Tweed former agony aunt with the local newspaper is made redundant, she takes the opportunity to pursue a lifelong ambition, to open The Tea Emporium in the small market town of Plumpton Mallet.

But with her replacement making a hash of the column, it’s not long before she is once again being sought for valuable advice.

When the body of a local woman is found drowned in the river, the contents of her pockets reveal a letter from Lilly and she’s unwillingly drawn into the case.

But is it just a tragic accident, as the police think? Lilly isn’t convinced, but pursuing her own inquiry means it isn’t long before she gets into hot water.

Tea & Sympathy series

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

An Enthralling Mystery!

I loved Jacquie New’s series, The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries, and have been desperate to find a gap to read this latest one. A quiet December (or so I thought!) seemed like the ideal opportunity.

Lilly Tweed, having taken redundancy from her job as Agony Aunt with the local newspaper, has set up her own business in Plumpton Mallet, opening her Tea Emporium. Her replacement at the paper hasn’t made a good impression at all and Lilly’s advice continues to be sought. When a local woman is found drowned in the river, Lilly finds herself in the possession of some information which draws her into the case, even though she’d rather not be involved. But will pursuing her own investigation get her into trouble with the local police who are viewing the incident as an accident?

I don’t always take to characters immediately but Lilly Tweed is very likeable and I soon felt as if I had known her forever. There are a host of characters which add to the enjoyment of this story and before long I felt as if I knew them all quite well! The mystery is well thought out and quite enthralling but as well as that I was mesmerised with the details of all the tea in the shop. I’m a coffee drinker but could be very tempted if we had a Tea Emporium in our village. Absolutely delightful, and so very good I just can’t wait to catch up with Lilly Tweed again. Highly recommended and without a doubt entitled to a full five stars!

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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