English Tea Murder
by Leslie Meier
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published June 28th 2011)
Between a busy family and her duties as a reporter for the Tinker's Cove Pennysaver, Lucy Stone could use a break. So when a friend 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 an asthma attack, Lucy's glad she packed her sleuthing skills. . .
In London, 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 has receded, his amorous intentions have not. Lucy also begins to notice peculiar behavior among other members of the group. And when she discovers all of them have pasts connected to the late Professor Temple, she suspects his death was an elaborate act of revenge. Then another tour member dies, and Lucy is suddenly ensnared in a daring scheme that could lead her to a mastermind of murder—or make her the next victim. . .
This is the seventeenth book in the Lucy Stone mystery series by Leslie Meier. This is also part of a bind up called British Murder featuring this book and the British Manor Murder #23 also by Meier.
This book gives homage to one of the world’s most popular mystery writers, Agatha Christie. And in true Christie fashion, an American group going on a tour in London has a mysterious death during the plane ride to England. Their tour guide has trouble breathing and succumbs to anaphylactic shock due to a peanut allergy and dies. Lucy wonders if this death is more than it seems but the thought is pushed quickly out of her mind as she begins to enjoy the wonders of London. Mysterious accidents keep happening throughout the book and Lucy revisits her initial pondering about Tour Guide Temple’s death.
When you get to the end of this you will be in awe at how this book is a wonderful nod to Agatha Christie and done quite well, in my opinion. I enjoyed seeing all the sites of London while getting to know all the tour guide participants and wondering how this motley crew ever came together to begin with. Great fast read. And the mystery really keeps you on your toes too.
If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.