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Tempest in the Tea Room (Ezra Melamed Mystery #3)

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Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes when a crime wave sweeps through 19th-century London's Jewish community and the adventures of wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Ezra Melamed are recorded for posterity by Miss Rebecca Lyon, a young lady not quite at the marriageable age.

In this third volume of the series, tragedy strikes when the Jewish orphanage's children are stricken with a
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Published 2012 by Aster Press
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Charles Ray
Ezra Melamed is a Jewish detective in London of the 1800s. In Libi Astaire’s Tempest in the Tea Room, Melamed must discover why otherwise healthy orphans are becoming deathly ill. In this tale, set against the backdrop of London’s Jewish community, complete with jealousy, revenge, unrequited love, and snobbish pretensions, we meet a character who is understated, and at the same time, larger than life.
Astaire does a deft job of describing the social milieu in which a cast of interesting character
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Yael Shahar
Tempest in the Tea Room is an entertaining read--a mystery set in London in the early 1800's, and written in a style that captures the flavor (or should I say "flavour") of the time. Replete with well-researched historical details and colorful characters, the book takes the reader into the heart of the Regency era Jewish community. While the reader has all the clues as to "whodunit" long before the characters in the story, the quest for answers reveals schemes within schemes.

The story is told w
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Lynn Demsky
“Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes when a crime wave sweeps through 19th-century London's Jewish community and the adventures of wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Ezra Melamed are recorded for posterity by Miss Rebecca Lyon, a young lady not quite at the marriageable age.
In this third volume of the series, tragedy strikes when the Jewish orphanage's children are stricken with a mysterious and nearly fatal stomach ailment. When the ailment travels to the Mayfair home of Lady Marblehead, a young Jew
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Rebecca
The Tempest in the Tea Room is a light, entertaining mystery of the cozy sub-genre. Despite the period setting and details, this book is more like an Agatha Christie than like an Austen classic or a Georgette Heyer novel. Each character--including our eventual suspects--is introduced slowly, one-by-one, at the beginning of the novel. Two mysteries are introduced (poisoning and a missing bracelet) and then Mr. Melamed must discover the perpetrator.

Ms. Astaire writes her characters to be both humo
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M. Myers
This well-plotted mystery gives an absolutely delightful glimpse into Regency London's Jewish community along with its tale of poisoning and greed. The style of it -- chronicled by an intelligent young girl at the behest of the adult detective -- is great fun. Nice touches of humor. Fans of Jane Austen should especially enjoy it, but it has wide appeal.
Deborah
I stumbled upon this fun series by finding this book as a free offering for my Kindle--this is the 3rd Ezra Melamed Mystery.(this review is of a re-read after picking up the first 2 books in the series). The mysteries take place in the early 19th century among the Jewish community of London. It weaves in events in British life and Jewish history that might not be known to many readers. I've found many books set during the same time period that took themselves too seriously; this book has hit jus ...more
Kimberly
Fun and enlightening about Victorian era London Jewish community
Patricia
Ezra Melamed might be the central character and a nan who thinks and acts to solve mysteries/problem involving his early 19th century Jewish community in London but I love young Rebecca Lyon (the "recorder" of this tale) who wants to solve problems too even though her efforts aren't always helpful/appreciated. I find her a delightful character -- young, loving, devoted to friends/family, and one who reads novels.

No sex
No violence
Jakenv
Here was a delightful mystery which made up for days earlier disappointments. Clever use of period & characters. This is what a mystery should be about for a reader to have an enjoyable time.
NVTony
Great mystery with lots of plot lines with usual red herrings. Found another delightful mystery for those who like their old favorite writers & characters. Reflects period & ideas of the era.
Sheila
I really enjoyed this story. It was a mystery and it was fun. Very entertaining.
Auntie J
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I am a mystery writer and explorer of Jewish history who was born in Kansas and now lives in Jerusalem.

The first book in my Ezra Melamed/Jewish Regency Mystery Series, The Disappearing Dowry, was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for 2010. Other books in the series, which revolves around Regency London's Jewish community, include The Moon Taker (2015) The Doppelganger's Dance (2013), Tempest in
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The Disappearing Dowry (Ezra Melamed Mystery #1) The Doppelganger's Dance (An Ezra Melamed Mystery, #4) The Ruby Spy Ring (Ezra Melamed Mystery, #2) The Moon Taker: A Jewish Regency Mystery (Jewish Regency Mysteries Book 2) Terra Incognita: A Novel

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