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English Tea Murder by Leslie Meier

English Tea Murder

by Leslie Meier

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The setting was wonderful but the mystery itself was very far fetched. I felt like the author just wanted to write about a trip to London (which I did't mind!), and the plot was an after thought. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
This was a great book that had me stumped until the end! I had to laugh about how Lucy and her friends could never find an open tea room in, of all places, England! ( )
  lhaines56 | Oct 9, 2016 |
Not a great mystery...I pegged the killer within the first chapter. But I really enjoyed the visits to the various landmarks. Felt very atmospheric. Lucy is still being run over a bit, by her friend Sue, but not by her boss (too much) or her kids. ( )
  Beth3511 | May 30, 2016 |
A quick and easy read with the murderous culprit a bit predictable. None the less, it was very entertaining. Revisiting the sights and sounds of London and its surrounding through the characters' impressions and observations was a delight and makes one want to book that flight and immediately head for the V&A Museum (preferably leaving the tourgroup behind). This book is sixteenth in the Lucy Stone series and no doubt - the others would be equally delightful.

Lucy Stone is saying cheerio to Tinker’s Cove and jetting off to jolly old England! But when things get dodgy, it appears murder may have followed her across the Atlantic...

Between a busy family and her duties as a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy could use a break. So when her friend Pam tells her about a trip to England sponsored by Winchester College, she jumps at the chance for a girls getaway. But when tour leader Professor George Temple dies mid-flight after suffering an asthma attack, Lucy’s glad she packed her sleuthing skills...

In London, Lucy and her pals try to forget their harrowing journey across the pond by indulging in some retail therapy and searching for the perfect afternoon tea, from the Tower of London to the shores of Brighton. Professor Quentin Rea, a ladies’ man and former flirt of Lucy’s, arrives to take over the tour, and she finds that while his hairline may have receded, his amorous intentions have not. She also begins to notice the peculiar behavior of other members of the tour group. And when she discovers that all of them have pasts connected to Professor Temple, she suspects that his death was an elaborate act of revenge.

The truth is as elusive as the perfect cup of tea, and it seems that anyone-or everyone-could be the culprit. But when another tour member dies Lucy is suddenly ensnared in a daring scheme that could lead her to a mastermind of murder-or make her the next victim... ( )
  KateBaxter | Jan 25, 2015 |
English Tea Murder is the kind of book that divides opinion. It's also an easy book to read and also to write. Despite the tired trick of the author to make us believe what's happening and despite the lack of tension in the book, I don't consider the latter a guilty pleasure. I give scores to books that I read based on how often my brain is inundated with niceness, comfort, anticipation, adventure, escapism, and its bitter enemy/double agent: realism.

I thought not many of the questions were fully answered. The whole stuff about Caroline's mishap was hardly addressed, unless the whole explanation was summed up in one phrase and I missed it. This book is not perfect and there was never a point where I went, yeah, five stars. Instead I believe, the book came from behind to get its 4 stars out of the blue. If only other books in the series shared similar characteristics. A couple of my favorite characters, Bill and Zoe, got simply some mentions, and they never appeared, even when Lucy had been back in her home town for two bloody months! But I admit Leslie Meier wanted to try different strokes. She maybe got fed up coming up with new, unlikely interactions among the Stone family. A word about the last victim in the book. It was her fate that sealed the high score for the book. All things considered, this book was enjoyable, especially compared to the books that I had to ditch this week. I enjoyed reading this, so I consider this mission, accomplished. ( )
  Jiraiya | Jan 18, 2015 |
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While on a girls getaway to London, Lucy Stone investigates the murder of their tour guide, Professor George Temple, who died mid-flight after suffering a supposed asthma attack.

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