Blog Tour – A Dark and Stormy Tea – REVIEW

Welcome! Today I’m hosting a spot on the Great Escapes Blog Tour for A Dark and Stormy Tea by Laura Childs! I’m hosting a review which you’ll find underneath the information below!

About A Dark and Stormy Tea

A Dark and Stormy Tea (A Tea Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
24th in Series
Berkley (August 9, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593200896
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593200896
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09LH6VG4P

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

I usually love this series. I usually devour the new installments in a day or two. But this time, this time the book was not my cup of tea (pun intended).

Let me say first that while it wasn’t to my liking, this book is still very well-written. The plot line is thought out, the characters always have depth and are well-rounded. There are red herrings and plenty of suspects to guess from. That’s why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

However, having said that, I really didn’t like this installment. It felt too “dark” for a cozy mystery. Cozies often have multiple murders, but they don’t usually feature a killer who seemingly just likes to kill. So many murders just in the first several chapters. It just put a “dark” mood on the whole book. There was also more suspense than usual in a cozy mystery.  Now Laura Childs’ books sometimes have more suspense but this seemed more than usual even for her books. The combination of those two things just made this an uncomfortable read that did not resonate with me.

That doesn’t mean I won’t read the next Tea Shop Mystery. I still enjoy the series!! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read this book. It’s very well-written and should be read, especially if you like this series!

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About the Author

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In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

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Thank you for joining me today on this Great Escapes Blog Tour! If you wish to visit other spots along the tour, please click the graphic below and you’ll be taken to the blog tour page!

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