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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Review - In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon

In Peppermint Peril is the debut book in Joy Avon new series: A Book Tea Shop Mystery.

The book takes place in a charming little town in Maine called, Hearts Harbor. The main character of the story, Calliope (Callie) returns to Hearts Harbor to spend Christmas with her Great Aunt Iphigenia, (affectionately referred to as Aunt Iphy).  Aunt Iphy runs a Book Tea Shop that serves up loads of yummy treats all with a "book clue" in them.

As you get into the book you discover that a special Tea Party has been set up at Haywood Hall where Callie spent many happy times as a child.  Callie is now a Travel Tour Guide but is spending the Christmas Holiday with her Great Aunt.

As the town all gathers at Haywood Hall for what they believe to be the reading of the owner's new will a murder takes place.

Callie takes it upon herself to help solve this crime because it involves people she cares about.  She meets up with the town Deputy Sheriff Falk , whom at first she isn't even sure he's qualified to solve a murder.  As the story unfolds they end up more or less working together to put the pieces of puzzle together to solve the murder.

There are a couple of "subplots" in the story that tie into the story line without distracting the reader from the main plot.

After the inital confusion of trying to figure out what a Book Tea Shop actually was I started to really get into the story.  The characters were easy to follow and relatable.  There seemed to be a hint of a "romance" to possibly follow between Callie and the Deputy in future books in this series.

It's an, easy to read book free from foul language and explicit sexual situations.  If you are looking for a charming read with a bit of mystery I would recommend trying this new series.  Available here on Amazon for Pre-Order.

Thank you to Net Galley and Joy Avon for an ARC in exchange for an honest review of this book.  -  I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.  I give this book a 4 Star Rating.


  1. Your header is beautiful! This book reminds me of the Aurora Tea mystery series on the Hallmark movie channel. I like the title, too.

  2. It sounds like a good book. I like reading mysteries and for some reason the cozy mysteries are always delightful

  3. Doesn't sound like my "cup of tea" (pun intended). But I thank you for doing the review.


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