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

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,250 Ratings  ·  172 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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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
Oct 30, 2011 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2011
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.
Aug 08, 2011 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, mystery
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Aug 12, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 15, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2015 C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tempest In The Tea Leaves” is a new series I’ve savoured; expecting.... my cup of tea. I love a fortune-teller buying a house she adores and establishing a special career. I’m willing to wave away the cliché of attraction with the reigning town cop. Indeed, a psychic needn’t be an elderly foreigner in hoop earrings. However ‘Sunny’ does not carry the mature, composed demeanour of this discipline. The aura of wonderment and enticement are missing.

It’s all right that she’s young and determined bu
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
Mary Brown
Jun 06, 2015 Mary Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sunny Meadows had left home and moved to Divinity, New York. She realized that at age 29, it was time that she followed her passion and live her life the way she wanted to. Her parents do not understand her and are not happy with her career choice. You see, Sunny is a fortune teller and a darn good one, if she does say so herself. She has moved into a “haunted “ house, which she feels will be good for business. What is not so good for business is the fact that her first customer winds up dead on ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Kouk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Book of Secrets
Jul 14, 2011 Book of Secrets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
May 04, 2011 Kim (Bookishly Me) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Jul 14, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 10, 2011 Mirjam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jul 16, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist, Sunny Meadows, leaves her parents penthouse at the age of 29. However she is anything but mature. She sticks her tongue out, makes up silly names for people she meets, jumps up and down and claps when she is excited, and has an overall preteen attitude. Sunny uses tea leaves to do a physic reading for the town librarian and tells her she will meet an untimely death, as in that very night. Sunny then calls the police and tells them the librarian will die that evening. Shocker, Su ...more
Mystereity Reviews
2 1/2 stars.

This had a really good plot, and likable characters but just too implausible to be taken seriously. I'm not entirely convinced it was written by an adult. Teenager, maybe, or a really ditzy young woman who doesn't have social skills.

Sunny Meadows, fledgling psychic, defies her parents (at the age of 29) and moves from NYC to a small town in central NY to start a fortune telling business. She buys an old, haunted Victorian house, and immediately forecasts her first customer's murder.
Sep 08, 2014 ☺Trish rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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
Crys (The Hodgenator)
Absolutely enjoyed this mystery. I bought it on a whim at the bookstore because (1) I like a good mystery and (2) this type of mystery fits my interest.

I was not disappointed.

The author does not make us wait for the mystery to start. We are introduced to Sunny's character as she leaves NYC for Divinity to start a new life, on her own.

Two chapters in we are thrust forward into a mystery surrounding the death of the librarian, a death that Sunny foretold in the librarian's tea leaves. Since Sunny
Sunny Meadows, formerly Sylvia, moves to the upstate NY town of Divinity having bought an old Victorian house to open her business as a psychic.
Her house is purported to be haunted, adding to the charm of her whole new endeavor.

Her first client is a frightened librarian and what Sunny reads in the leaves is death and murder. She informs the police, only to be met with skepticism. When the librarian is murdered, Sunny is targeted as the prime suspect. She works with and against the handsome Dete
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…
Michelle Madow
Aug 06, 2011 Michelle Madow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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!
Aug 13, 2011 Melodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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!
Jul 23, 2011 Harvee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!
Beverly J.
Aug 17, 2013 Beverly J. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 12, 2011 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Because it's NYE and it's 40 degrees C outside and my brain is on vacation.
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!
Aurian Booklover
Dec 18, 2012 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At age 29, Sunny Meadows is more than ready to leave her parents, who see her as nothing more than a disappointment. Her father is a successful surgeon, and her mother a successful attorney, a killer in a courtroom. And Sunny is a psychic, something neither parent wants to believe in. The first thing Sunny did when she was 18, was legally change her first name from the hated Sylvia into Sunshine, which fits her much better.
And so Sunny sets out in her old VW Bug to the small town of Divinity, an
Apr 09, 2012 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
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
This is a dual review that first appeared at my blog, Bea's Book Nook,


This was a fun book, not too long, and a great way to start a series. Light, with a quick pace, it sets up characters that you want to learn more about. There are lots of little twists, and while I had a good idea of who the villain might be, I still had more than one suspect by the time of the big reveal.

I like Sunny. I like Sunny and Detective Stone together, both as crime solving
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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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