Murder with Clotted Cream Book Review

Murder with Clotted Cream Book Review

Title: Murder with Clotted Cream
Author: Karen Rose Smith
Published: May 26, 2020, Kensington Cozies
No. of Pages: 196
Cover Price: $5.99 Kindle

Book 5 in Karen Rose Smith’s popular Daisy’s Tea Garden series is
Murder with Clotted Cream where Daisy is hired for a catering job in a historic farmhouse by Margaret Vaughn, an actress with a rich husband. Vaughn and her husband have just returned from New York, and Daisy is serving Margaret’s theater group, but finds Margaret dead on the pantry floor covered with clotted cream.

This cozy is set in Amish country, and Daisy, the protagonist and amateur sleuth has plenty to do with her tea garden restaurant, as well as her family matters that take up much of her time. It is refreshing to read this novel as well as the other books in the series, since they don’t contain any language, sex, or violence. This novel is suitable for all ages, and is well-written and easy-to-follow. The storyline is well thought out, and readers will enjoy the ups and downs that help build the suspense while Daisy tries to keep her family happy and pursues a romantic relationship. Daisy’s girls have typical problems and Daisy puts them first to keep them happy. Smith does an excellent job of developing her characters; the primary characters evolve and change for the better in each of the novels, and it is a good idea to read them in order. However, this novel can be read as a standalone novel and readers will still know what’s going on.

Because this novel is a culinary mystery, it contains recipes from Daisy’s Tea Garden that are simple and mouthwatering. Not only is that a bonus, it makes the novel fun for anyone who loves food. Readers who are fans of light, fun, cozy mysteries will enjoy this novel and the entire series.

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

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