- Title: A Fatal Twist of Lemon
- Author: Patrice Greenwood
- ISBN: null
- Page: 392
- Format: Kindle Edition
Cops drink coffee.They don t belong in Ellen Rosings s Victorian tearoom But when her opening day thank you tea ends in the murder of the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust, the police invade her haven Enter Detective Tony Aragon attractive and unsympathetic, with a chip on his shoulder that goes beyond the murder investigation, and Ellen s delicate bone chinaCops drink coffee.They don t belong in Ellen Rosings s Victorian tearoom But when her opening day thank you tea ends in the murder of the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust, the police invade her haven Enter Detective Tony Aragon attractive and unsympathetic, with a chip on his shoulder that goes beyond the murder investigation, and Ellen s delicate bone china cup is full Is the murderer one of her honored guests, or the ghost rud to haunt the building Will Ellen solve the mystery, or will the Wisteria Tearoom s premiere turn out to be its and Ellen s finale
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I was in the mood for a light mystery and this exactly hit the spot. I begin to see what people mean by a "cozy" mystery—or, at least I do if this is one.In addition to the mystery I expected, this book also exudes a love for the city of Santa Fe that was unexpected. An interesting choice, as the main character is the owner of a brand new Victorian tea house so you'd think those themes would clash (they don't). So there's a lot of tea and the American Southwest, both things I'm not particularl [...]
3.5 stars, rounded up because I enjoyed it more than 3 stars' worth, despite niggles.When I saw this on two friends' shelves, and noticed the "Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries" series title, and then discovered it was set in Santa Fe, I knew it was a must-read. As it happens, I ended up liking it more despite the tearoom than because of it, which was surprising. The tearoom, which is a huge part of the story (being both the place where the murder occurs, and protagonist Ellen's life, pretty much) is k [...]
This is my first Patrice Greenwood mystery. She writes a well paced and interesting story with a compelling cast of characters. And I liked that she added an interesting romance full of conflict. More about that later.I loved the setting, Santa Fe, NM. She obviously knows the setting well and while being careful not to become a travelogue, Patrice makes the most of this colorful and culturally diverse setting. If you are opposed to a suggestion of the supernatural, this isn't for you. Of course [...]
This is first in a new series by the author and perhaps her first book. The book opens with the main character saying goodbye to the guests who attended a pre-opening event at her new tearoom. She looks for the remaining invitee and finds her murdered body. Had the story begun during the tea, readers would have been introduced to the suspects and the victim and that would help draw us into the story. It was hard to keep up with the characters partly because half of them had left when the story o [...]
Once in a while I enjoy a mystery, but I prefer cozies--I like humor, atmosphere, a light touch, romance, and justice served, even though things start off with a corpse, in this case found in a brand new tea house. This book has all the things I like. Setting her mystery in Sante Fe, New Mexico, Greenwood paints a delightful picture of the neighborhood, and peoples it with interesting characters. I especially liked the sparks between Ellen and the detective, as they both legitimately misundersta [...]
Star rating: 1.5 - 2 starsOn the night of Ellen Rosings's thank you dinner, she winds up finding one of her esteemed guests strangled with her own lemon agate necklace. With her new business, The Wisteria Tearoom, getting ready to launch, Ellen figures a murder is bad for publicity. She must do everything she can to not only clear her own name but clear the names of the people she holds most dear.What a huge disappointment this book turned out to be. I was so excited when this novel was on sale [...]
So, a cozy mystery. I picked it up, in the sense of opening the kindle file that’s been sitting here for quite a while, because I wanted to read something with a plot, but not something that would get in my way while I work on my own current WIP. A contemporary cozy mystery fit the bill. It would have been even better for the purpose if I hadn’t liked it particularly, but in fact I found A Fatal Twist of Lemon had a good deal of charm. The writing is good, the setting seems well drawn althou [...]
Par for the course as far as cozy mysteries go. This hits the cozy mystery spot, but I think that the author still has some room to grow (which I'm hoping she takes the opportunity to do since there are multiple books in this series) in fleshing out her characters and figuring out what things to recount more details about, and what information could be left on the cutting room floor. As someone who lives in Santa Fe, it was cool to be able to recognize the places to which the author was referrin [...]
There's not really much of a mystery, and what's there is on the bland side. A very rushed introduction and set-up left me very confused about the setting, the characters, and the whole mystery itself. None of the characters are very developed, but the suspects suffer the most from that. I have an idea of why the murderer did it, but their motivation and method are never discussed in the resolution. The murder is introduced so early and there's no foundation laid for getting to know the sleuth, [...]
Maybe it's just because I completely relate to the protagonist's love of the English Tea Experience (I had my most profound one in Cambridge) and am fascinated by Santa Fe, NM, but I found this book irresistible. Once I started reading, I found myself wanting to return to it the way I'd want to return to a favorite restaurant or sit down for a cuppa. This is a very nicely balanced book—characters, plot, mystery, romance, a little (possible) ghost action. I loved it. I am actually bummed that I [...]
Great characters, crisp, clear writing, personable in every way. The second book in the series is already in my TBR!
It took me a bit to finally get into this, but it turned into a thoroughly enjoyable cozy murder mystery, with a dash of a ghost. I’m looking forward to reading more about Ellen and her tearoom. I also want to have tea in a tea room! Santa Fe is a supporting character in this - lots of descriptions about the town, the shops, which is nice since it’s different from what I’m used to, and I haven’t ever been. Recommended for lazy winter afternoons with a cup of tea at an elbow!
I would go 4 and a half stars on this one.The thank you tea at the Wisteria Tearoom in Santa Fe turns out great, until someone is murdered in the dining room. Owner Ellen Rosings has put all her money into the tearoom, the place of her dreams, and she fears the murder will be the end of it before the tearoom even opens.Much to the dismay of police officer Tony Aragon she starts asking questions, to see if she can figure out whodunit before her dreams go down the tube.This book is set in Santa Fe [...]
A Fatal Twist of Lemon is a book I got through LibraryThings Early Reviewers. In exchange for the book, I have been asked to write this review. This book is a solid cozy mystery. You have an amateur sleuth trying to solve a mystery that impacts her life directly. It was fast paced and an easy read. I found it enjoyable once I got into it. I found that Greenwood did a good job setting up her red herring and eventual discovery of the true killer. I love a good mystery and found this one very enjoy [...]
"Paramedics arrived in mere moments and confirmed that Sylvia was beyond help. I felt guilty and apalled and terribly, terribly sad. I also felt apprehensive, especially when the police began to invade."A gem of a premise - I mean how perfect is a combination of tea and murder to make a 'cozy' mystery? - is not just wasted in this, it's thrown on the ground and trampled on like a socialite housewife trying to make her just-new-from-Nordstroms-but-already-old, too ashamed to donate them as is, cl [...]
The first day my tearoom opened was wonderful---mostly.Ellen has opened the Wisteria Tearoom in historic Sante Fe. She is hosting a thank you tea for people that helped her open including members of the Preservation Society. Everyone becomes a suspect when the Society's president, Sylvia is found strangled in the dining room. Detective Tony Aragon is a moody character prepared to think the worst of everyone. Ellen feels that he is not looking hard enough for the murderer and begins her own inves [...]
I want to like this more than I probably should. That's not to say that this book was bad, it just dragged a touch. I think there were too many characters introduced at once. I'm only vaguely aware of who is who. With so many moving parts I found it really hard to keep up with the entire cast. I think this took away from some of the enjoyment of the book. I would have liked to see more between Tony and Ellen. Depending on what I think of the preview of the next book, A Sprig of Blossomed Thorn, [...]
I feel like this series was written just for me. I am seriously in awe of the way Patrice Greenwood wrote this mystery and this series is now very dear to my heart. I did not willingly put this book down. I felt so involved, so invested in this tea room, the mystery and the characters so rich and diverse! An old Victorian, A Haunted Tea Room, an unexpected murder, recipes that feel like they jump off the page and right into your stomach. Yes this is a series for me. If you are a tea and cozy mys [...]
Highly recommended for cozy mystery lovers, especially if you happen to like Laura Child's Tearoom Mysteries. In my opinion, however, this series is superior even though it is much newer. The characters have much more depth. They even have flaws, which I found refreshing. I also enjoyed the Santa Fe setting, and a cast of characters that aren't all white as Wonder bread, for a change. I've read the other two as well, and aside from disappointment in the brevity of the dénouement in the third bo [...]
I enjoyed the characters and the mystery very much. Not a complex mystery but it was fun to read. I look forward to reading the other books in the series to see how the Ellen and Tony's relationship develops and how Ellen deals with Willow, the lady who wants to add Ellen's tearoom to her ghost walk. Then there is the ghost is he really turning the lights and music on? I am definitely reading the other books in the series.
I fully enjoyed the story and characters. They grew throughout and I felt I was getting to know them. Will certainly continue the series. Especially want to follow the burgeoning romance of our heroine and the cop.
Cozy mystery set in Santa Fe (good) with a protagonist who owns a Tea Shop modeled on an English Tea experience (weak). I didn't really like the characters. Probably would not read any more in this series.
Got this when it was on kindle for .99 cents. Glad I did I cannot wait to read the next two in the series. A perfect mix of cozy and down right haunting.
It started really well and grabbed me from the start and then sadly, it loosened its grip and just dragged while getting nowhere. The ideas good and the characters were easy to like, although the 'H' is a bit of an overgrown child with all his chipped shoulders, judgemental prejudices and insecure moments - especially for a detective how could he possibly have gotten that far with all his childish antics?Where it fell down for me is that after the initial 'bang, here's our plot, now let's figure [...]
This was an odd series. On the one hand, I never warmed to the protagonist; she has some irritating habits that became more annoying as pages passed. Well, actually, I couldn't stand her. Her situation is an excellent example of one of the things I hate most about cozies and comfort reads in general: she went from sitting around in aimless depression to highly successful owner of a gorgeous teashop, with half a dozen employees, in no time flat and with hardly a hiccup. This does not happen In Re [...]
I love going out for tea, so I figured I would enjoy this read, and I wasn't disappointed. I liked hearing about how Ellen discovered her love for it and the backstories behind the creation of the tea shop, her inspiration, and what she went through to set it up. The mystery kept me guessing and I'm still not sure if that's because I missed something early on or if the clues were given later in the book(?). In any event, it was fun and I enjoyed the process of figuring it out with Ellen, Tony (t [...]
The last thing Ellen Rosings wanted two days before the Wisteria Tearoom's grand opening was a murder, especially one in her own parlor. Strangled with her own necklace, Ellen couldn't imagine why anyone would want to harm Sylvia, the president of the Sante Fe Preservation society, but there it was. Someone had - and the police were looking at her.This is a cozy mystery that would almost do Dame Agatha proud. It's long on description and day to day and includes the necessary amateur sleuth. What [...]
Good read. Cozy mystery set in a tea room. The story moved right along. I found that the descriptions of all the teas and foods served in the tea room vied for my attention equally with the plot. The house seemed small to me for a tea room which had so many employees for a start-up that at times it felt claustrophobic. The story built slowly until the climax of the mystery, then it just dropped off at the end. A let down to me after the skill evident in the telling of the rest of the storya made [...]
From the cover: They don't belong in Ellen Rosings's Victorian tearoom. But when her opening day thank-you tea ends in the murder of the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust, the police invade her haven. Enter Detective Tony Aragon: attractive and unsympathetic, with a chip on his shoulder that goes beyond the murder investigation, and Ellen's delicate bone china cup is full. Is the murderer one of her honored guests, or the ghost rumored to haunt the building? Will Ellen solve the myste [...]
For the love of Santa FeI enjoyed the book for the world it was in. I've lived in Santa fe and love it there. I loved knowing where Ellen was in town and understanding cultural references. That being said, I could see this book being frustrating for an outsider. The mystery was not my favorite. I still don't fully understand how she died, or why. But I did enjoy the haunting and the romance is kind of cute.
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