I was in the mood for a cozy mystery, and Karen Rose Smith’s Murder with Oolong Tea delivered. I loved the tea shop setting and was glad to find recipes in the back. I don’t normally jump into the middle of an unfamiliar-to-me series, but the author dropped just enough detail that it was easy to keep track of the characters’ relationships and histories.
The main character and amateur sleuth, Daisy, is not perfect – I found her kind of uptight and judgy at first – but she grows, and you really get a sense of her kind, loving nature. You know what to expect going into a cozy mystery, to some degree, but all the charm and twists I craved were in this story. Enjoyed it!