Murder with Cherry Tarts Book Review

Murder with Cherry Tarts Book Review

Title: Murder with Cherry Tarts
Author: Karen Rose Smith
Published: November 26, 2019, Kensington
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: $7.29 Paperback, $5.99 Kindle

Book four of Daisy’s Tea Garden Mysteries, Murder with Cherry Tarts, by Karen Rose Smith, begins when Daisy is suspicious when one of her employees, Karina, has been taking home soup and day-old baked goods, with Daisy’s permission every night after work. Daisy is a bit concerned and follows Karina to see what’s up. Karina is giving the leftovers to a single man named Keith and his daughter who are homeless. He has been finding antiques and selling them to a local antique shop to support him and his daughter who are living in his vehicle. Daisy, of course, gets involved and wants to help this man and his child. However, when one of the employees of the antique shop is murdered, and the down-on-his-luck man, Keith, becomes the prime suspect, Daisy feels she must investigate and uncover the identity of the real murderer before Keith goes to prison and his daughter is turned over to social services.

Daisy’s Tea Garden Mysteries are fun, easy reads. They are cozies with recipes at the end, and culinary mystery fans will appreciate that they are well-written with believable, well-developed characters. In this particular installment, the story line is easy to follow; although there is a murder (a not-too-well-liked man who is cheating his uncle, the owner of the antique shop), the story is upbeat and the story line is mostly positive. There is some building suspense, however, and readers will have a hard time putting the book down until learning who the murderer is. The dénouement is quite unexpected, and Daisy and Keith find themselves in a sticky situation before all is resolved.

For cozy fans, this novel is recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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