Tea party organizer Callie Aspen learns that Cupid’s arrows can be deadly when a Valentine’s Day soiree ends in murder.
Callie Aspen can’t think of a more appropriate place to spend Valentine’s Day than her adopted hometown of Heart’s Harbor, Maine. When she’s not helping out at Book Tea, her great-aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Callie’s adorning Haywood Hall with hearts and roses for the big Valentine’s event, where townspeople will fall in love with sweet treats, heartwarming music, and delightful books. But tension is brewing: The librarian argues with the expert who is on hand to appraise precious volumes. And Iphy is shocked to recognize the baritone who’s slated to sing at the event as an old acquaintance–one she’d hoped she’d never meet again. And then, when a dead body is discovered, the stirring spoon of suspicion points at the many people who had reasons to want the victim dead.
When Iphy’s old acquaintance draws the attention of Deputy Ace Falk, Callie finds herself in a spot. Ace, as usual, doesn’t want Callie involved, but how can she ignore Iphy’s anguish over the fate of a man she cares for more than she will admit? Bringing the killer to justice may endanger Callie’s budding relationship with Ace–and, quite possibly, her own life.
Thank you to NetGalley, Joy Avon and Crooked Lane Books for a digital copy of this book in return for an honest opinion.
This is the third book in the series following Callie and the residents of Heart’s Harbor – I haven’t read either of the previous books but that didn’t cause any issues – the previous murders are referred to in this book but not in any detail.
If you enjoy stories about amateur sleuths helping the local police, then this is a recommended read – Callie and her aunt set out to try to stop people wrongly suspected of murder being sent to prison. As an avid reader who enjoys visiting tea shops and loves dogs, this book ticked many boxes.
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