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Tempest in the Tea Leaves (A Fortune Teller Mystery #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  900 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Sunny is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune telling business in an ancient victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled town librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she's too late. The ruggedl ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Aug 14, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeannie and Louis by: Mystery readers
Rarely do I give a novel a five-star review on the first debut, however, I read "Tempest in the Tea Leaves" in record time. Why? Because, as one reviewer stated, it is "Destined to become a classic." A 29yr old young lady feeling out of touch with the world she was born to, decides it is time to venture out and live her own life, in her own way.

Sunshine Meadows is our sleuth's chosen name (to the chagrin of her parents.) I think the name is perfect. Lady Vicky, is the name of Sunny's new Victori
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I won this book in a giveaway hosted by Violette @ The Mystery Bookshelf.

*I rarely give one stars, but this was bad and I feel the need to rant so spoilers beware! You've been warned.*

The main character is Sunny Meadows (Nope, I am not fibbing. She changed her name because she was CLEARLY not a Sylvia. And Sunny is much better.) and wants to start her own Fortune Teller business. She decides it's time to move out of her parents house and has chosen Divinity, NY as her new
Sunshine Meadows (no I am not kidding) moves to the small town of Divinity, NY to start her fortune telling business. Her first customer is the town librarian. Sunny warns her that she is going to be killed by a man and then sends her one her merry way. The librarian is killed before Sunny can contact the police and Sunny becomes the prime suspect, even though she just met the woman and has no motive to kill her. So of course, Sunny has to clear her name.

I usually don't do bad reviews because I
In the fortune telling business there are a lot of pretenders, but Sunshine Meadows is the real deal—and her predictions can be lethally accurate…

Sunny is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune-telling business in an ancient Victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she’s too l
Sunny Meadows moves to the small town of Divinity, New York.
Hoping to make a new start in her own home and her job as a psychic.
Sunny uses all kinds of divination methods to aid her clients.
When the town librarian asks for a reading, Sunny reads her clients tea leaves.
But what she sees in that cup doesn't bode well!
When the librarian ends up dead as predicted by Sunny, detective Mitch Stone knocks on her door.
Now she has to find the real culprit or she can see herself crystal clear in jail.

Let this be a lesson to us all- just because one is bored while in line at Acme and in need of a Tuesday evening activity does not mean one should purchase a book solely based on the fact that it is within reach.
Sunny Meadows (she named herself that, her real given name is Sylvia Eleanor) declares that she's moving away from the big city and starting her own life and a fortune-telling business in small-town Divinity. Her parents "don't understand her" and "treat her like a child" - probably because, for a 29 year old woman, she sounds & acts more like an eighteen year old kid - an annoying & spoiled hippie-wannabe "trust-fund kid", at that. Sunny even names the stately old Victorian home she's p ...more
Alice Liu
This was such a strange read for me. It was like reading a middle school book in the guise of an adult cozy mystery. The main character, Sunny, speaks like a very young teen, making up silly names to call people and every line is a cliched joke. It reminded me very much of 12-year-olds who restate lines that they hear on television as they practice their communication skills. On 29-year-old Sunny, it just makes her sound stunted, and she never develops past that as a character. The plot is also ...more
Diana Leigh
Tempest in the Tea Leaves is a light and fun cozy mystery with a touch of the paranormal and a hint of romance. This is the first book in Kari Lee Townsend's A Fortune Teller Mystery series. I enjoyed this book!

Fortune teller Sunshine Meadows (aka Sunny) leaves New York City for the small town of Divinity in upstate New York, because she's tired of her high society parents not believing in her or her special gift. Determined to make a new start in Divinity before her trust fund money runs out, s
Kim (Bookishly Me)
Tempest in the Tea Leaves is the first book in Kari Lee's new series.

Sunny leaves her parents house to live in an old Victorian home in a small town called Divinity and start her own business in fortune telling. In her first reading for the town librarian she sees the woman getting murdered. She informs the police and just as she predicted the woman is murdered. The detective on the case Mitch Stone is a non-believer and Sunny put herself right on top of the suspect list. Well she is the only su
Tempest in the Tea Leaves is an enchanting addition to all the cozy mysteries out there. Kari Lee Townsend's first in the Fortune Teller mystery series is an engaging whodunit. Psychic Sunshine Meadows leaves the Big Apple for the charming town of Divinity, New York, where she hopes to build a new life and set up her fortune telling business in a haunted Victorian house. Her first reading brings a lot of commotion when the tea leaves spell murder. Her warning to the police comes too late for the ...more
Michelle Madow
This was the first cozy mystery I've ever read, and I'm so glad I did. Kari's writing is fun and fresh, and the main character, Sunny, is so quirky and lovable! Really just trying to get out there and make it on her own when she's thrown into something she never expected. With a hot detective, too! ;) There's some fabulous banter between the two of them that I positively loved. I also love the paranormal elements. All in all, this is an excellent story that I highly recommend!
Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)
I really wanted to like this one. On paper it is perfect. A small town cozy with a nice side of paranormal. And what a cute cover! Sadly I just could not get past the protagonist. Sunny has to be the most immature, bordering on stupid protagonists, I’ve read about to date…and that includes children’s books! At first , I just thought she was going to be a little ditzy…but after a few chapter I had to bail.

I really want to say…it’s not you it’s me…but it really was you…
This is the 7th first book in a new series I've read in the past 2 months and all have been winners. I liked the "woo woo" flavor this series has with the fortune teller, though the heroine's name is a bit silly....Sunshine Meadows?? I can't think of anyone I've ever known who would actually choose a name like that for themselves. Other than the silly name, I liked this one okay!
The author shows some promise in this first book in a new series. I thought the writing was uneven ... too many bumps in the road. I didn't much care for the heroine, Sunny. I love the tea leaf reading and Morty, the cat (or whatever he is) is great. Not sure that I'll try another .. certainly not a full price!
I rated this 3.75/5. It's quite good for a first in a new series and am looking forward to the next book. Sunny Meadows reads tea leaves and sees into the present and the future. She also becomes an amateur sleuth to clear her name when a client dies from poison in tea leaves given to her by Sunny.
Beverly J.
This was one of the top ten worst books I have ever endured. I cannot imagine how an author can have a character do things that are so completely unbelievable. It's too bad, really, there were some really cute aspects at times, but as a whole, NO.
December 9, 2011: I'm on page 203 of 294 of Tempest in the Tea Leaves: This book is awful. At this point I am only reading it to complete my Reading Challenge. What a waste of paper!
I had a hard time liking this book and I think it was mostly due to the main character. She just got on my nerves and I couldn't like her.
Cozy mysteries are very hit-or-miss and in my case there are much more misses than hits, unfortunately.

But this one was great! The characters are funny and have a lot of spark, the story is enjoyable if a bit silly (I've read people complaining it wasn't realistic or credible... well, if you're looking for plausibility in a cosy where the main character is a psychic who reads the future in tea leaves while helping the police, I don't know what I can tell you, really), and I grew fond of Sunny, t

Sunny Meadows (aka Sylvia Eleanor Meadows) waited until she was 29 years old to break from her rich and status minded parents. She changed her name, moved to Divinity, bought a Victoria house (aka Vicky) a house thought to be haunted by the town.

Tempest in the Tea Leaves starts off the Fortune Teller series with a cat that looks more like an over grown rat. Sunny names him Morty and can't see why people seem to be afraid of him. He does behave oddly and has apparently lived in the house while it
Sunny moves away from her parents at 29 to try and start her own life and business. She arrives in Divinity to her victorian home she calls Vicky. The home is said to be haunted and Sunny got a great deal on the place. She also found a strange cat whom she calls Morty. She gets her room all situated and in comes her first customer, the local town librarian. She is scared of something or someone and wants to know her fate. Sunny tries to calm her down after she reads the tea leaves for Amanda. Su ...more
This the first book in the A Fortune Teller Mystery series from Townsend.

I really enjoyed this book. I love to be told a story and this book told a great story. There were a couple things that I thought were stretching a point, but overall they worked in very well and contributed to the overall story>

Sunny has left the Big Apple to start her life in the small town of Divinity, NY. She has purchased an old Victorian home, that could be haunted, and plans to set up a business as a psychic. The
As my 4 stars indicate, I really like the first two books in this series (I read 1 and 2 on the same day, so this is really a combo review). It's a fast read, light cozy mystery series. I enjoyed the characters of Sunny and her new friends and family. There were some issues I had though, such as Sunny being asked to participate in the investigation of a murder to which she is the sole suspect. Not going to happen. She also jumps up and down clapping her hands and hugging her new "partner", that' ...more
Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend.

Let me begin by pointing out some of the enjoyable aspects of this book. The main character Sylvia (Sunny) Meadows. A like able name, a like able character and an only child living home with parents for far too long.
Far too long is just what Sunny wants to put behind her as she finally takes the plunge to leave and go out on her own. Where is she going? To a little town known as Divinity in upstate New York. She finds a lovely, if a bit run down, V
I decided to read this book because the idea appealed to me as I read tarot cards myself. I do not intend to read anymore in this series as this first book, which I do not think suffered from first bookitis, but from over zealous character creation. The characters were at time caricatures and a bit too aggressive/obvious for my tastes. The SKEPTICAL cop, the overly cartoony parents,the "they don't understand me" daughter, the "SKEPTIC and the psychic WILL have a relationship", and the "let's for ...more
Looking for a mystery in which the sexual tension between the two protagonists is so hot they can’t stand each other? Kari Lee Townsend’s Tempest in the Tea Leaves provides a great deal of innuendo in the tradition of so many comic romps. I wasn’t sure I was going to be a fan of Sunny Meadows, the heroine. It was the cat in the book that won me over, followed by the humor.

At twenty-nine, Sunny Meadows is a free spirit, the daughter of a doctor and a lawyer who just don’t understand her “gift.” S
Tempest in the Tea Leaves
By Kari Lee Townsend
Copyright August 2011
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime

Leaving the Big Apple for the quaint town of Divinity, New York, Sunny is determined to make it on her own as a psychic. With an ancient Victorian house as her place of business, Sunny uses various psychic methods to aid the town’s residents. But when she uses tea leaves to give a reading for a frazzled librarian, what she finds at the bottom of the cup is anything but helpful.
Sunny informs the polic
Jemma Gutierrez
As far as im concerned i like a good mystery but never have been fond of reading one, always bores me for some reason. That's until i figured it takes a special kind of mystery to attract me; mainly involves psychics, magics, paranormal, hint of romance then you can count me in!

Temptest in the Tea Leave started fast, really fast but being an impatient reader, i appreciated it more than i was bothered by it. Our heroine foresaw (is that a real word?) the death of a librarian. An hour later she ca
In this fun and frolicsome mystery by Kari Lee Townsend, we meet psychic Sylvia "Sunny"

Meadows. She can see the future for others by reading tea leaves, but her own life is a mess.

Sunny leaves the big city to build a life and a new business in small-town Divinity, but things get

off to a rocky start. She moves into a haunted house, complete with a scary, and possibly

magical cat, whom she christens Morty.

During a tea-leaf psychic reading, Sunny sees tragedy, which comes true as the woman is

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National Bestselling Author, Agatha, RT Reviewers Choice & Golden Duck Award Nominee. Kari Lee Townsend lives in central NY with her very understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter. A former teacher with a master's in English education, she is a long-time lover of reading and writing. She is best known as the author of the Fortune Teller Mystery series, but als ...more
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