Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend
The Berkley Publishing Group
Berkley Prime Crime
Ebook (also available in paperback)
Sylvia “Sunny” Meadows leaves her penthouse family home in New York City, very much against her parents’ wishes. She’s determined to start a new life for herself in the small town of Divinity in upstate New York. Sunny purchases an old Victorian home that she promptly names “Vicky” and discovers “Vicky” comes with a cat. A very strange cat who Sylvia names “Immortal” – “Morty” for short. Along with Vicky and Morty, Sunny opens her new business and is ready to be a success. Problem is, there are plenty of disbelievers out there – Sunny happens to be a fortune teller.
When her first customer is murdered right after a tea leave reading, Sunny’s business is almost non-existent. She also finds herself as the prime suspect in the murder, even though she has no motive and hardly knew the victim. However, Detective Mitch Stone has a hard time buying Sunny’s innocence. After all, she read the victim’s fortune and claimed she saw her murder. Detective Stone doesn’t believe a word of it. He’s sure she committed the murder herself.
Not everyone is a non-believer and that includes Divinity’s mayor. He pairs Mitch and Sunny up to find out who the real killer is. As their investigation throws them closer and closer, the sparks fly and the chemistry between the two of them sizzles. How could a believer and non-believer ever find love together – especially if one of them turns out to be a killer.
Another cozy that I absolutely loved. This is the first one in a brand new series called “Fortune Teller Mysteries” and it’s such a delightful, enjoyable read. Often in new series the characters come off as a bit stiff, but not in this one. Each character came to life on each page. This heroine is one I fell in love with immediately. The hero is gruff, but loveable. I love the nicknames they give each other. He calls her “Tink” (after Tinkerbell) and she calls him “Grumpy Pants” – very well suited for both. LOL
It’s a fast-paced, light, fun read – everything I love in my cozies (not to mention a mystical cat). Another 5 kitty read for me as well as a Socrates Great Book Alert.
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library for my own enjoyment.