Tea and Treachery on Cape Cod
Meet Lily Roberts, pastry chef, head baker, and proud owner of Tea by the Sea, a traditional afternoon tea room in the Outer Cape Cod town of North Augusta.
Lily’s tea room sits on the property of Victoria-On-Sea, a 19th century Victorian mansion now run by her grandmother Rose Campbell as a B&B.
Rose is English, and she came to America in the 1950s when she married. They lived their entire married life in Iowa which, as Rose will tell you, is no place for an Englishwoman who needs to be near the sound of the sea. After five children, numerous grandchildren, and a long and happy marriage, when her husband died, Rose pursued her dream and bought Victoria-On-Sea. Unfortunately, for Rose, she can’t afford the taxes and the upkeep on the house, so she had to turn it into a B&B and somehow she convinced her Manhattan-loving granddaughter, Lily, to help her run it as well as turn an abandoned stone cottage on the property into a tea room.
Having her own tea room has long been a dream of Lily’s and now she has the chance to make a go of it. When Rose was young she was a cook’s assistant in a grand manor house in Yorkshire. The Lady of the house loved entertaining at afternoon tea and Rose was taught to prepare it to perfection. Rose has handed that tradition down to Lily (Lily’s 16th birthday gift from her grandparents was a set of Royal Doulton Winthrop china), which Lily incorporates into Tea by the Sea.
It’s not easy for Lily, running the tea room, making breakfasts for the B&B, helping to keep her grandmother’s head above water and Rose out of trouble. But she’s loving having her own place and living on Cape Cod, so let’s hope she does manage to keep the impulsive Rose out of trouble.
Tea and Treachery is the first in the Tea By the Sea mysteries from Kensington Books.
Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries)
by Vicki Delany
About Tea & Treachery
Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries)
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07ZPKGT3R
In this charming new cozy mystery series from nationally bestselling author, Vicki Delany, a New York City expat-turned-Cape Cod tea shop owner must solve the murder of a local real estate developer to help her feisty grandmother out of a jam . . .
As the proud proprietor and head pastry chef of Tea by the Sea, a traditional English tearoom on the picturesque bluffs of Cape Cod, Roberts has her hands full, often literally. But nothing keeps her busier than steering her sassy grandmother, Rose, away from trouble. Rose operates the grand old Victorian B & B adjacent to Lily’s tea shop . . . for now. An aggressive real estate developer, Jack Ford, is pushing hard to rezone nearby land, with an eye toward building a sprawling golf resort, which would drive Rose and Lily out of business.
Tempers are already steaming, but things really get sticky when Ford is found dead at the foot of Rose’s property and the police think she had something to do with his dramatic demise. Lily can’t let her grandmother get burned by a false murder charge. So she starts her own investigation and discovers Ford’s been brewing bad blood all over town, from his jilted lover to his trophy wife to his shady business partners. Now, it’s down to Lily to stir up some clues, sift through the suspects, and uncover the real killer before Rose is left holding the tea bag.
About Vicki Delany
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.
Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. She is the 2019 recipient of the Derrick Murdoch award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. Vicki lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Website – www.vickidelany.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor;
Review of Tea & Treachery
Review (4 Stars): Tea & Treachery was an absolutely fun mystery that is sure to keep you guessing. I loved the idea of have a tea shoppe and introducing people to the joys of drinking tea. Lily was a great character that was willing to do whatever it takes to protect her grandmother and you will instantly like her. The mystery had so many twists and turns, so I enjoyed the fact that it kept me guessing. This is the first book in a brand new series and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
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