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When the owner of a local stationary shop known for its whimsical style is found dead behind Four Paws Animal Shelter, it’s up to tea shop owner and amateur sleuth Daisy Swanson to find the stone cold killer in the latest installment of Karen Rose Smith’s popular Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. When Daisy Swanson arrives at Rumple’s Statuary shopping for a birthday prese When the owner of a local stationary shop known for its whimsical style is found dead behind Four Paws Animal Shelter, it’s up to tea shop owner and amateur sleuth Daisy Swanson to find the stone cold killer in the latest installment of Karen Rose Smith’s popular Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. When Daisy Swanson arrives at Rumple’s Statuary shopping for a birthday present for her beau Jonas, Wilhelm Rumple’s cottage looks like something out of a fairy tale, reminding her of the Storybook Tea family event she’s planning. Even the man himself—short and stumpy in overalls with bare feet—seems like a storybook character. But as a businessman, Rumple is rumored to be as cold and hard as the statues he sells. Maybe that’s why, following a break-in at his cottage, Rumple is found dead in a dog run behind Four Paws Animal Shelter, bashed in the head. Now it’s up to Daisy to get the residents of Willow Creek to spill the tea on a little man who may have had some big secrets, so she can find a stone-cold killer…


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When the owner of a local stationary shop known for its whimsical style is found dead behind Four Paws Animal Shelter, it’s up to tea shop owner and amateur sleuth Daisy Swanson to find the stone cold killer in the latest installment of Karen Rose Smith’s popular Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. When Daisy Swanson arrives at Rumple’s Statuary shopping for a birthday prese When the owner of a local stationary shop known for its whimsical style is found dead behind Four Paws Animal Shelter, it’s up to tea shop owner and amateur sleuth Daisy Swanson to find the stone cold killer in the latest installment of Karen Rose Smith’s popular Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. When Daisy Swanson arrives at Rumple’s Statuary shopping for a birthday present for her beau Jonas, Wilhelm Rumple’s cottage looks like something out of a fairy tale, reminding her of the Storybook Tea family event she’s planning. Even the man himself—short and stumpy in overalls with bare feet—seems like a storybook character. But as a businessman, Rumple is rumored to be as cold and hard as the statues he sells. Maybe that’s why, following a break-in at his cottage, Rumple is found dead in a dog run behind Four Paws Animal Shelter, bashed in the head. Now it’s up to Daisy to get the residents of Willow Creek to spill the tea on a little man who may have had some big secrets, so she can find a stone-cold killer…

30 review for Murder with Darjeeling Tea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I thoroughly enjoyed this refreshing visit to Daisy’s Tea Garden in Willow Creek! The author shares gorgeous word pictures of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and the tea garden. The delicious offerings and events at Daisy’s Tea Garden reflect both elegance and comfort. The characters come alive; each of the primary characters are engaging and easy to become invested in. Sufficient backstory is provided so the new or returning reader can quickly feel at home. The mystery is admirably crafted, and I thoroughly enjoyed this refreshing visit to Daisy’s Tea Garden in Willow Creek! The author shares gorgeous word pictures of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and the tea garden. The delicious offerings and events at Daisy’s Tea Garden reflect both elegance and comfort. The characters come alive; each of the primary characters are engaging and easy to become invested in. Sufficient backstory is provided so the new or returning reader can quickly feel at home. The mystery is admirably crafted, and I was very surprised at the real whodunit. Daisy and Jonas have been seriously dating for some time. She and her son-in-law went to Rumple’s Statuary to find something special for Jonas’s birthday. The owner, Wilhelm Rumple, is described by her customers as odd, but he has the best selection of decorative statuary in the area. Daisy was happy with what she found and is looking forward to seeing Jonas’s reaction to it and to his surprise party. While they were there, they witnessed an unpleasant exchange between a wealthy local businessman, Stanley King, and Rumple. Stanley said he needed more time to make this month’s payment. His son and future daughter-in-law are getting married, and he covered most of their costs. Rumple was not happy, and it didn’t sound like either man would budge when King left. Several days later, Daisy got a call about Four Paws Animal Shelter. Jonas volunteered there, as did Rumple. When the shelter opened that morning, Rumple was found murdered in one of the dog runs. Since returning to Willow Creek, Daisy has been involved with several murder investigations, ones in which she, her family, or loved ones were suspects. She and Jonas knew Rumple, but certainly not well enough to feel driven to help solve his murder. She offered the detective only what she had heard the night she had been at Rumple’s Statuary. Everything changed, however, when she became a target. Reading this novel is like visiting old friends. I like Daisy for many reasons, one being how important to her the Amish values of family and community are. She learned so much from her years of growing up with a close friend who is Amish. She values being an independent woman who does not rely on others to determine her self-worth and has done her best to raise her daughters likewise. I also like Aunt Iris, who has been an important person in Daisy’s life, and enjoy watching the changing, growing relationship Daisy has with her mother. Rumple had many secrets, and he was not a nice man. The only thing in his favor is his love and concern for dogs. Several suspects are identified, and sorting through them would take time. I appreciate that whodunit isn’t discovered in the first couple days, but the police go through realistic processes and timing that many crimes entail. I was unable to solve the mystery on my own no matter how hard I tried. The real whodunit was quite a sad surprise. The end was very satisfactory with a huge, wonderful surprise, and no loose ends remained. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy well-written cozy mysteries that emphasize strong family and community ties, the Amish country setting, various kinds of teas and foods, and romance. From a thankful heart: I received an advanced readers’ copy of this novel from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Daisy Swanson has arrived at Rumple’s Statuary to find the perfect birthday gift for the man in her life. Jonas loves his golden retriever Felix and Daisy thinks he would love a statue version of the canine as well. While there she finds that Wilhelm Rumple has some very unique merchandise to sell in and around his unique little cottage. Some of it is quite pricey. She also hears him have a bit of an argument with a local pet supplement company’s CEO. Daisy couldn’t hear all t Dollycas’s Thoughts Daisy Swanson has arrived at Rumple’s Statuary to find the perfect birthday gift for the man in her life. Jonas loves his golden retriever Felix and Daisy thinks he would love a statue version of the canine as well. While there she finds that Wilhelm Rumple has some very unique merchandise to sell in and around his unique little cottage. Some of it is quite pricey. She also hears him have a bit of an argument with a local pet supplement company’s CEO. Daisy couldn’t hear all the details by money was definitely mentioned. She quickly finds the exact statue she wants and leaves very happy with her purchase. A couple of days later Wilhelm Rumple is found dead behind the Four Paws Animal Shelter where he volunteers. Daisy worries because Jonas volunteers there too. Was it an isolated incident? Could the argument she overheard have escalated to murder? Are others in danger? Daisy is determined to find out who Rumple tea-d off enough to want him dead. Family is a key theme throughout the stories in this series and in this installment we see there may be plenty of changes to shake up Daisy’s world. The characters are growing in natural ways so all the changes make sense. I really enjoy the way the author blends these regular family occurrences, both Englisch and Amish, with the mystery. Her characters are strong and well-developed and come across as caring and genuine. It is a pleasure to sneak into their world. Wilhelm was an interesting character and cleverly written. Foster thought he looked like a troll. “A stumpy little man with unusual features.” He had brown hair that was “curly, fuzzy, and stuck out around his head”, which made his ears stick out more. Dressed in red overalls and bare feet, he was a unique man that had much more going on than met the eye. Daisy would have to dig deep to learn all his secrets. And dig she did. She was very caught up in the mystery of his death and I had a great time trying to follow all the clues with her. This one was a real puzzle to piece together. There were several suspects and the author served up plenty of twists with all the Darjeeling tea, both hot and iced. I was still spinning my wheels when the actual killer was revealed and you could have knocked me over with a tea leaf. Murder with Darjeeling Tea was so well-plotted and written. The characters came alive off the pages and kept me totally entertained and surprised. While the mystery was all buttoned up by the end of the story Daisy has some exciting times ahead and I truly can’t wait for my next visit to Willow Creek. Note: Each book can be read on its own but to really get to know these characters the series is best read in order.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    Daisy is looking forward to buying her boyfriend Jonas something special for his upcoming birthday. Jonas recently adopted a dog and she thought he might like a statue of a dog just like his that he can put on his porch. She goes to Rumple's Statuary where she meets the most interesting man, Wilhelm Rumple. She has heard that he isn't a very pleasant man but her experience wasn't a bad one. When Wilhelm is found dead at the local Animal Rescue Daisy wonders who would have wanted to kill the man. Daisy is looking forward to buying her boyfriend Jonas something special for his upcoming birthday. Jonas recently adopted a dog and she thought he might like a statue of a dog just like his that he can put on his porch. She goes to Rumple's Statuary where she meets the most interesting man, Wilhelm Rumple. She has heard that he isn't a very pleasant man but her experience wasn't a bad one. When Wilhelm is found dead at the local Animal Rescue Daisy wonders who would have wanted to kill the man. She decides she must investigate and soon learns the man had many secrets. There was also bad blood between his brother and himself. With so many options Daisy must figure out how all the clues fit together and who do they point at. Follow along as Daisy investigates, will she be able to find a killer before she ends up dead?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Daisy Swanson enlists the help of her son-in-law when she goes shopping for an animal statue to give to her boyfriend, Jonas, as a birthday present. They have heard good things about Rumple's Statuary from visitors to Daisy's tea room and that leads them to Mr. Rumple's quaint cottage where he runs his business. At first glance he appears to be the real life version of a garden gnome. He's pleasant enough and Daisy finds the perfect statue of a Labrador dog for Jonas. As they chatted about what Daisy Swanson enlists the help of her son-in-law when she goes shopping for an animal statue to give to her boyfriend, Jonas, as a birthday present. They have heard good things about Rumple's Statuary from visitors to Daisy's tea room and that leads them to Mr. Rumple's quaint cottage where he runs his business. At first glance he appears to be the real life version of a garden gnome. He's pleasant enough and Daisy finds the perfect statue of a Labrador dog for Jonas. As they chatted about what she had in mind, Mr. Rumple invited them into his house and showed them his very expensive collection of animal themed items housed in a very secure safe, not what one would expect to find in this setting. Not long after their encounter Mr. Rumple is found murdered behind the animal shelter. As the investigation progresses it turns out that he wasn't much liked and the list of suspects is very long. He had lots of secrets. Daisy wants to stay out of it but one thing leads to another and she finds herself involved if only to make sure she isn't on the killers' list of victims. Visiting the area around Lancaster, PA is always a treat in this series. Daisy, her family and friends are people I would like to call friends. The blending of the communities of Amish and Englishers is well done and the mysteries always have me guessing wrong. If you love animals and animal rescue this will please you, too. It's not necessary to have read the whole series nor to read them in order as each works as a stand alone. My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    My 4th in this series although it is the 8th instalment, Daisy Swanson runs a tea garden she co-owns with her aunt. Daisy moved back to her hometown of Willow Creek, Pennsylvania, after the death of her husband. Daisy makes a great amateur sleuth and she gets involved when she is out shopping with her son-in-law, Foster Cranshaw, looking for a present in Rumple’s Statuary, the cottage of Wilhelm Rumple. Wilhelm sells concrete statues and she wants one in the style of a golden retriever. He also My 4th in this series although it is the 8th instalment, Daisy Swanson runs a tea garden she co-owns with her aunt. Daisy moved back to her hometown of Willow Creek, Pennsylvania, after the death of her husband. Daisy makes a great amateur sleuth and she gets involved when she is out shopping with her son-in-law, Foster Cranshaw, looking for a present in Rumple’s Statuary, the cottage of Wilhelm Rumple. Wilhelm sells concrete statues and she wants one in the style of a golden retriever. He also sells collectibles made from porcelain, and others from Plymouth Foundry iron or bronze. Her boyfriend, Jonas, an ex-detective has recently adopted Felix, a golden retriever from the Four Paws Animal Shelter where he now volunteers and Felix is on a visit with his previous owner. When Daisy goes to see Serena Langston at the Animal Shelter to collect Felix and Jonas, she meets a new volunteer Hetta Armbruster and learns that Wilheim is also an unpaid worker there. The next day, someone is found dead at Four Paws; it's Wilhelm Rumple. Danger lurks in this charming mix of mystery, delicious-sounding foodstuffs, and furry friends. Daisy has a good relationship with her boyfriend and ex-detective, Jonas and I enjoyed reading about their growing and improving togetherness. She is a great character as she is personable as well as being compassionate and level-headed and her family is one of her main focuses. Engrossing and endearing, I am already looking forward to the next in this series and who knows, maybe I will find the time to read the ones I've missed. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I always enjoy my visits to Daisy’s Tea Garden as the characters are starting to feel like family. As with most cozies, the emphasis seems to be more on the lives of the characters rather than the murder, which is fine, but there is still plenty of investigating. The mystery was easy to follow but a little slow in the middle. I do love the focus on pet shelters and adoption. I received a copy from #NetGalley for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Tucker

    There was no figuring out the murderer, in this installment of Daisy’s Tea Garden mysteries. The victim was not liked by anyone. Still, I tried to follow the clues but never guessed “whodunnit”. One of my favorite things, about this series, is Daisy, her family and friends. There is always so much going on (besides a murder). Each installment invites us into their lives and relationships. It’s like catching up with old friends. Lots more changes are coming to Daisy’s life. As I’ve said before, I s There was no figuring out the murderer, in this installment of Daisy’s Tea Garden mysteries. The victim was not liked by anyone. Still, I tried to follow the clues but never guessed “whodunnit”. One of my favorite things, about this series, is Daisy, her family and friends. There is always so much going on (besides a murder). Each installment invites us into their lives and relationships. It’s like catching up with old friends. Lots more changes are coming to Daisy’s life. As I’ve said before, I so enjoy this series. It is one (of only a few series) I have read every book in the series. I always look forward to each new book. I received an advance copy and hope others enjoy it as much as I did.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    I really enjoyed this book. Daisy owns a tea shop in a small town in Pennsylvania. I loved that Daisy was older and had kids and a grandkid. I loved that the book kept me hooked from the beginning. This is the 8th book in the Daisy's tea garden mystery series and my first. I'm hoping to read the rest of the series. This is a perfect book for a cozy mystery lover. I had no idea who was the murderer and I loved following the clues with Daisy. I really enjoyed this book. Daisy owns a tea shop in a small town in Pennsylvania. I loved that Daisy was older and had kids and a grandkid. I loved that the book kept me hooked from the beginning. This is the 8th book in the Daisy's tea garden mystery series and my first. I'm hoping to read the rest of the series. This is a perfect book for a cozy mystery lover. I had no idea who was the murderer and I loved following the clues with Daisy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    6/2/2022 3.5 stars rounded up. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com. 6/2/2022 3.5 stars rounded up. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    Thoughts: This is the eighth installment in the Daisy’s Tea Garden cozy mystery series and it still entertains. You don’t have to have read the others in the series to get what’s going on, but it definitely helps in understanding the relationships of the people involved. The story takes place in Amish country, Pennsylvania and is true to the area with horses and buggies mingling with bikes and cars. The author does an excellent job of showing the differences between the Englishers (non-Amish) an Thoughts: This is the eighth installment in the Daisy’s Tea Garden cozy mystery series and it still entertains. You don’t have to have read the others in the series to get what’s going on, but it definitely helps in understanding the relationships of the people involved. The story takes place in Amish country, Pennsylvania and is true to the area with horses and buggies mingling with bikes and cars. The author does an excellent job of showing the differences between the Englishers (non-Amish) and the Amish even when mingling in the same community. In this one, Daisy is struggling with the upcoming empty-next syndrome as her daughter Violet prepares to leave for college and her older daughter and family look into moving away from the apartment above Daisy’s garage. And then there’s Daisy’s relationship with her boyfriend Jonas and where that’s going. And Aunt Iris and her beaus. There is a lot going on in town beyond the murder. And as always, Daisy is right in the middle of it. Daisy is looking for a statue of a Labrador dog for Jonas for his birthday—one that matches his own dog. The man she goes to, Rumple, is a strange little man, but she finds what she wants at his statuary. While she’s looking, he shows her expensive small statues in a safe so when he ends up dead a few days later, she wonders if it has anything to do with what he deals in. Which it does…in a way. But not in the way she thinks. Suspects start adding up, but there’s no motive until she discovers it and breaks the case wide open—unfortunately for her as it puts her in the murderer’s crosshairs. Recommendations: If you’ve read the other Tea Garden book, definitely pick this one up – especially for the surprise at the end! And if nothing else, the great recipes included in the books. If you haven’t read any of them, you’re missing a great series! Disclaimer: Thanks to Kensington and Netgalley for providing this ARC. Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Murder With Darjeeling Tea by Karen Rose Smith is another of the vastly popular Daisy's Tea Room Mysteries. Not only is this a murder mystery but it is the story of a family, with all its ups and downs and relationships. Dairy is a widow with a natural daughter, Viv, who got pregnant before she was married. She and the baby's daddy, Foster, had married and had some tough times when Viv had to deal with a serious bout of post partum depression. All had worked out and they were on a good path now. Murder With Darjeeling Tea by Karen Rose Smith is another of the vastly popular Daisy's Tea Room Mysteries. Not only is this a murder mystery but it is the story of a family, with all its ups and downs and relationships. Dairy is a widow with a natural daughter, Viv, who got pregnant before she was married. She and the baby's daddy, Foster, had married and had some tough times when Viv had to deal with a serious bout of post partum depression. All had worked out and they were on a good path now. Then there was Jazzi, whom she had adopted, but now was hers in every way. She was currently filling out college applications, after having successfully found her birth mother and, not without difficulties, established a relationship. The, there was Jonas, an ex-police detective and her love. They were happy together and individually assessing where this relationship was going. And Daisy's aunt and partner, Iris, who is just getting over a broken relationship. There is far more of this part of the story, than the murder. Smith makes these people all so relatable and Daisy so easy to talk to that she is able to get information from people that the police are never able to get. It's all in the conversations. This time, the whole thing revolves around a dog rescue and the brother and sister who own it. Jonas volunteers there and got his own dog, Felix, there, so he is less than thrilled when a volunteer is killed there one night. During the investigation, Daisy learned secrets she didn't really want to know. She did make some new friends, though, and that always made her happy. Even with the murder, it is a heart-warming story, so much about the good things, and not the bad. I was invited to read a free e-ARC of Murder With Darjeeling Tea by Kensington, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #kensington #karenrosesmith #murderwithdarjeelingtea

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Daisy is looking for the perfect birthday gift for Jonas, and decides to investigate the local statuary store. There, she finds the perfect dog statue for him, but while there, overhears an altercation between the owner Wilhelm and Stanley King. When Wilhelm's body is found a short time later, she advises the police about the argument. But then as she learns more about Wilhelm, she wonders if there are others who had problems with this man. Once again, despite all her good intentions, she finds Daisy is looking for the perfect birthday gift for Jonas, and decides to investigate the local statuary store. There, she finds the perfect dog statue for him, but while there, overhears an altercation between the owner Wilhelm and Stanley King. When Wilhelm's body is found a short time later, she advises the police about the argument. But then as she learns more about Wilhelm, she wonders if there are others who had problems with this man. Once again, despite all her good intentions, she finds herself drawn into another murder mystery, one that threatens her own life. I really enjoy this series because the main characters have become very real to me. I love the way Daisy and her family interact with each other and the townspeople. It's rare in today's world to find spontaneous respect and courtesy to family, friends and even strangers and this series helps create that through its characters and story...despite also being a murder mystery. I enjoy how the relationship between Daisy and Jonas has been progressing, and how he makes sure to include her whole family in his relationship with Daisy. I am looking forward to the next story in this series. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book and all opinions are strictly my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Daisy Swanson finds that her life is changing yet again. Her relationship with Jonas is deepening. She's looking forward to giving him a surprise party for his birthday. Her decision to get him a dog statue from Wilhelm Rumple changes her focus when he's murdered. The victim was a mysterious man who had no friends. His one good trait was that he cared for dogs. Daisy is concerned that the police aren't making any headway. I knew that she would try and help. Daisy is such a good listener. People Daisy Swanson finds that her life is changing yet again. Her relationship with Jonas is deepening. She's looking forward to giving him a surprise party for his birthday. Her decision to get him a dog statue from Wilhelm Rumple changes her focus when he's murdered. The victim was a mysterious man who had no friends. His one good trait was that he cared for dogs. Daisy is concerned that the police aren't making any headway. I knew that she would try and help. Daisy is such a good listener. People know she cares and that she can be trusted so they confide in her. Her tea shop is the perfect gathering place for Willow Creek locals and tourists. I always enjoy visiting here. It's great catching up on all the happenings. There is so much going on. I find it heartwarming seeing Daisy with her daughters. Jonas is her rock. I love how they support each other. Now if Daisy doesn't get hurt tracking down a killer, everything will be fine! Murder with Darjeeling Tea is a well crafted mystery that I enjoyed very much. Karen Rose Smith has a wonderful writing style. The identity of the killer was a surprise. I'm anxiously waiting for her next Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Kraft

    Wilhelm Rumple, owner of a statuary business, is found murdered in a dog run at the Four Paws animal sanctuary where he volunteers. Daisy had just bought birthday present for Jonas there and when she hears of his death, she helps the police investigation by turning over anything she hears that may help with the investigation. Apparently, there are a lot of people in town that do not think very highly of Rumple; in fact, there were secrets many people wanted to keep hidden, one that someone would Wilhelm Rumple, owner of a statuary business, is found murdered in a dog run at the Four Paws animal sanctuary where he volunteers. Daisy had just bought birthday present for Jonas there and when she hears of his death, she helps the police investigation by turning over anything she hears that may help with the investigation. Apparently, there are a lot of people in town that do not think very highly of Rumple; in fact, there were secrets many people wanted to keep hidden, one that someone would murder for. I have ready every book in this series, because I am never disappointed and they are well written, entertaining reads with characters we can relate to. The mysteries and story behind the murders in these books are well thought out and anyone who likes to read clean, cozy mysteries without bad language will enjoy this series. I definitely recommend it. Note: I was given a copy of this book by the author through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Pinnell

    Once again Karen Rose Smith has written a compelling story that kept me turning page after page. A man who had no friends and apparently only had one good trait, he loved dogs. During one of his shifts at night volunteering at the dog shelter, he’s murdered. Unfortunately the number of people who could possibly have done the deed is great. I had my suspicions and I believe that is exactly what Ms. Smith had in mind when she so craftily wrote the book. I bounced around like a ping pong ball zeroi Once again Karen Rose Smith has written a compelling story that kept me turning page after page. A man who had no friends and apparently only had one good trait, he loved dogs. During one of his shifts at night volunteering at the dog shelter, he’s murdered. Unfortunately the number of people who could possibly have done the deed is great. I had my suspicions and I believe that is exactly what Ms. Smith had in mind when she so craftily wrote the book. I bounced around like a ping pong ball zeroing in on first one person then another, none of which turn out to be the killer. The characters are real. They have substance and could be someone you’ve met or someone you know well. They are believable. I think that’s part of the appeal to this series. No super powers or unbelievable heroic acts. You can identify with the characters. I find myself wishing Willow Creek was a real town in Pennsylvania because I want to be one of the tourists that visit the Tea Garden, Woods and the many quaint shops I read about when I open one of these books. I am looking forward to the next one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Although I suggest you read this series in order to get the most from it, you can read this mystery all on its own. A mixture of Amish and Englisher culture, for the most part the community gets along. In this book we find that we may have more in common than people often think. Daisy is struggling with some empty nest symptoms, even though her girls have not exactly left home yet. Change is on the horizon. She also has a beau with whom she wants to move to another level, His birthday is coming an Although I suggest you read this series in order to get the most from it, you can read this mystery all on its own. A mixture of Amish and Englisher culture, for the most part the community gets along. In this book we find that we may have more in common than people often think. Daisy is struggling with some empty nest symptoms, even though her girls have not exactly left home yet. Change is on the horizon. She also has a beau with whom she wants to move to another level, His birthday is coming and she wants to get him something , something meaningful. The descriptive prose is wonderful, making settings and relationships as important and as enjoyable as the plot. Secrets abound and several mysteries intertwine. Danger also rears its ugly head! A well crafted series that any mystery lover will enjoy. Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Publishers for the opportunity to read, enjoy and review this book. The opinions expressed are all my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    All Daisy wanted to do was buy a statue for Jona's birthday but noooooo. Wilhelm Rumple was a cranky and difficult man who owned the Statuary until someone murders him at the animal shelter- where Jonas is a volunteer. Daisy knows he has some valuable stuff in his house but she didn't know (although she's not surprised) that others didn't like him but who would murder him? It's always fun to spend time with Daisy, her family, and her community- a place where others usually (well, except the murd All Daisy wanted to do was buy a statue for Jona's birthday but noooooo. Wilhelm Rumple was a cranky and difficult man who owned the Statuary until someone murders him at the animal shelter- where Jonas is a volunteer. Daisy knows he has some valuable stuff in his house but she didn't know (although she's not surprised) that others didn't like him but who would murder him? It's always fun to spend time with Daisy, her family, and her community- a place where others usually (well, except the murderers) respect one another. Daisy's daughters Jazzy and Violet are both about to have big life changes and this has shaken her a bit as she contemplates what it's going to be like without them around the house. The girls, her aunt, her friends- all great characters. AND there are recipes. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I really enjoy this series but if you haven't read it before, know that this latest will be fine as a standalone.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is the eight installment of Daisey’s Tea Garden Mystery series. Family is a key theme throughout this series and doing the right thing when needed. Again, I enjoy visiting Daisy and her family, Jonas, and other friends in this quaint Pennsylvania town. The characters just get richer and have greater depth. I feel as if I’m there with them. I empathize with Daisy as she tries to navigate and balance giving guidance and freedom to her daughters so they may make good decisions for themselves. Dai This is the eight installment of Daisey’s Tea Garden Mystery series. Family is a key theme throughout this series and doing the right thing when needed. Again, I enjoy visiting Daisy and her family, Jonas, and other friends in this quaint Pennsylvania town. The characters just get richer and have greater depth. I feel as if I’m there with them. I empathize with Daisy as she tries to navigate and balance giving guidance and freedom to her daughters so they may make good decisions for themselves. Daisy is planning a surprise party for Jonas. She visits Rumple’s Statuary to find the perfect gift, a life size statue of his retriever, Felix, for his front porch. A few days later, Wilhelm Rumple is found dead behind the animal shelter. As par for the course Ms. Smith delivers plenty of well-thought-out twists and turns that deliver an intense story. I was concerned for all involved investigating what happened to Mr. Rumple. I highly recommend this book and series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Reviews

    This is a charming series that I have read from the beginning. Daisy and her family,, the tea shop and the morals of the people capture the reader in this Amish town . This is a family oriented series where people come first to all with kindness and consideration. Daisy is integral to the town as she is a friend and advisor to all. The sleuth was intriguing and kept me guessing to conclusion. I loved the twist at the end the author included for her long time readers. Each new book in the series This is a charming series that I have read from the beginning. Daisy and her family,, the tea shop and the morals of the people capture the reader in this Amish town . This is a family oriented series where people come first to all with kindness and consideration. Daisy is integral to the town as she is a friend and advisor to all. The sleuth was intriguing and kept me guessing to conclusion. I loved the twist at the end the author included for her long time readers. Each new book in the series is charming and delightful. This is a series I highly recommend. The tea shop is a charming place for readers to spend time. We all wish we could live in Daisy's world so we are thankful to the author for continuing this wonderful series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Enjoyable read. Well written, engaging, and believable. Karen Smith's descriptions of the Susquehanna valley are excellent. I'm from central PA & have visited the area she writes about. The mystery begins with the question, "who killed Wilhelm Rumple?" Daisy Swanson had just met the man before his murder at the Four Paws Rescue Shelter where her boyfriend volunteers. Rumple didn't like people and wasn't liked in return. The cops can't find the weapon, the motive, or the killer. Enter Daisy and h Enjoyable read. Well written, engaging, and believable. Karen Smith's descriptions of the Susquehanna valley are excellent. I'm from central PA & have visited the area she writes about. The mystery begins with the question, "who killed Wilhelm Rumple?" Daisy Swanson had just met the man before his murder at the Four Paws Rescue Shelter where her boyfriend volunteers. Rumple didn't like people and wasn't liked in return. The cops can't find the weapon, the motive, or the killer. Enter Daisy and her small town community. I loved the character interactions and the accessory family and friends stories. This is the first book I have read of this series. A good standalone story but I'm looking forward to reading more books in the Tea Garden series. Thank you Netgalley & Kensington Publishing for the eARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    LittleRead

    When the man Daisy buys a statue from is found murdered, she can’t help but wonder why anyone would kill him. His business seemed old school and he had a few pricey items under lock at his place, but why were they truly worth killing for? While Daisy really has no skin in this game, she still can’t help asking a few questions. But when she attracts the attention of the murderer, she has to hope she won’t be joining the strange little man in the thereafter. I adore this series. The Cats, the dogs When the man Daisy buys a statue from is found murdered, she can’t help but wonder why anyone would kill him. His business seemed old school and he had a few pricey items under lock at his place, but why were they truly worth killing for? While Daisy really has no skin in this game, she still can’t help asking a few questions. But when she attracts the attention of the murderer, she has to hope she won’t be joining the strange little man in the thereafter. I adore this series. The Cats, the dogs, the people, the Amish and Mennonite, it all comes together so well. Each entry is a solid whodunit with lots of red herrings along the way. If you’re new to the series, you’ll enjoy having a bunch of books you can binge on too. This is a truly cozy cozy series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Murder with Darjeeling Tea is the 8th title in Karen Rose Smith's Daisy Tea Garden Mysteries. Daisy and her son-in-law, Foster go to Rumple's Statuary to find a dog statue as a birthday gift for Daisy's boyfriend, Jonas. Wilhelm Rumple creates beautiful statues, has a collection of expensive object d'art hidden in a secret room, and volunteers at the Paws Animal Shelter. When he is found murdered at the Shelter, Daisy looks for an explanation and reasons why. As her queries continue Rumple's tru Murder with Darjeeling Tea is the 8th title in Karen Rose Smith's Daisy Tea Garden Mysteries. Daisy and her son-in-law, Foster go to Rumple's Statuary to find a dog statue as a birthday gift for Daisy's boyfriend, Jonas. Wilhelm Rumple creates beautiful statues, has a collection of expensive object d'art hidden in a secret room, and volunteers at the Paws Animal Shelter. When he is found murdered at the Shelter, Daisy looks for an explanation and reasons why. As her queries continue Rumple's true character is revealed and tangles the p!ot. Many suspects, red herings and family changes all keep Daisy curious and busy. Series fans will be pleased. Thanks to NetGalley for sending this book to review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Daisy is an Englisher in an Amish neighborhood, has many friends, an ex-cop/woodworker for a boyfriend, and operates a tea shop in their small town. A local man with an expensive business is found murdered behind the animal shelter and the matter is very puzzling to everyone. The core characters are all very nice (especially the plott-hound), and while there are a few unpleasant visitors it is hard work for both Daisy and the local police to solve the crime. Good sleuthing with interesting twist Daisy is an Englisher in an Amish neighborhood, has many friends, an ex-cop/woodworker for a boyfriend, and operates a tea shop in their small town. A local man with an expensive business is found murdered behind the animal shelter and the matter is very puzzling to everyone. The core characters are all very nice (especially the plott-hound), and while there are a few unpleasant visitors it is hard work for both Daisy and the local police to solve the crime. Good sleuthing with interesting twists and red herrings. Nice addition to a fine series. I requested and received a free e-book from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I am loving this series. It was great hanging out with Daisy, Jonas and the wonderful people of Willow Creek again. I love how these folks inner act with each other. I like how the Four Paws Animal Shelter was given a lot of attention. Shelters are always in need of assistance. I love all the animals in this story. I would love to go shopping in all the cool shops. After spending all my money, I would want to go to Daisy’s and sample all the delicious food that she and her crew prepare. You’ll f I am loving this series. It was great hanging out with Daisy, Jonas and the wonderful people of Willow Creek again. I love how these folks inner act with each other. I like how the Four Paws Animal Shelter was given a lot of attention. Shelters are always in need of assistance. I love all the animals in this story. I would love to go shopping in all the cool shops. After spending all my money, I would want to go to Daisy’s and sample all the delicious food that she and her crew prepare. You’ll find some recipes included. I can’t wait to go back and catch up with everyone. I received this book from NetGalley, but my opinion is my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Books

    Another book in the Daisy Tea Shop Series. It helps to have read some of the previous books to this cozy mystery series because if you haven’t, it’s a bit difficult to figure out how all the characters relate to one another. Daisy is in the middle of another cozy mystery. If you like older women as the central character in the story, then you will definitely enjoy the sleuthing skills of Daisy. This story kept me guessing as to who the guilty party was. Thank you to #netgalley an #kensingtonbooks Another book in the Daisy Tea Shop Series. It helps to have read some of the previous books to this cozy mystery series because if you haven’t, it’s a bit difficult to figure out how all the characters relate to one another. Daisy is in the middle of another cozy mystery. If you like older women as the central character in the story, then you will definitely enjoy the sleuthing skills of Daisy. This story kept me guessing as to who the guilty party was. Thank you to #netgalley an #kensingtonbooks for allowing me to read the eARC of this cozy mystery. All opinions expressed above are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    Real wonderful read. I have also enjoyed this series, with this latest volume, I think I finally put my finger on why. Karen Rose Smith is a great storyteller. She tells a wonderful story that includes a mystery, it not a mystery with a few details packed around it. I love the characters in this series, the extended family, friends and community. Not everyone is perfect but they are all real, that has a lot to do with this book's mystery. A very enjoyable read, highly recommend. Real wonderful read. I have also enjoyed this series, with this latest volume, I think I finally put my finger on why. Karen Rose Smith is a great storyteller. She tells a wonderful story that includes a mystery, it not a mystery with a few details packed around it. I love the characters in this series, the extended family, friends and community. Not everyone is perfect but they are all real, that has a lot to do with this book's mystery. A very enjoyable read, highly recommend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Grissinger

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The latest installment of the Daisy's Tea Garden series has all of our favorite regulars and a few surprising twists at the end. The speciality tea sounds amazing and a lot of fun. A murder victim with a secret and a town full of people, many of whom have secrets of their own and so suspects abound. A relaxing and fun read. Great addition to the series. The latest installment of the Daisy's Tea Garden series has all of our favorite regulars and a few surprising twists at the end. The speciality tea sounds amazing and a lot of fun. A murder victim with a secret and a town full of people, many of whom have secrets of their own and so suspects abound. A relaxing and fun read. Great addition to the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ileana Renfroe

    Murder with Darjeeling Tea finds Daisy busy trying to figure out who killed Rumple, the owner of Statuary dead following a break-in at his cottage. It was a great cozy mystery with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. Can't wait to read more books by this author, great job! Murder with Darjeeling Tea finds Daisy busy trying to figure out who killed Rumple, the owner of Statuary dead following a break-in at his cottage. It was a great cozy mystery with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. Can't wait to read more books by this author, great job!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Renee Winter

    Daisy Swanson is such a delightful character. In th this book she is trying to solve who murdered a pet shelter worker. Love how the characters have evolved in this series. Lots of suspects will keep you guessing until the end. Kudos Karen Rose Smith!! Thanks #netgalley and #Kensington for the earc in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori Bonkoski

    Daisy is preparing a surprise party for Jonas' birthday. She purchases a statue for him. When the business owner is murdered, Daisy tries to stay out of the investigation, but is pulled in by all her community connections. A great read, lots of suspects and a surprise ending. Can't wait for the next installment! Daisy is preparing a surprise party for Jonas' birthday. She purchases a statue for him. When the business owner is murdered, Daisy tries to stay out of the investigation, but is pulled in by all her community connections. A great read, lots of suspects and a surprise ending. Can't wait for the next installment!

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