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English Tea Murder (Lucy Stone #17)

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Lucy Stone is saying cheerio to Tinker’s Cove and jetting off to jolly old England! But when things get dodgy, it appears murder may have followed her across the Atlantic...

Between a busy family and her duties as a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy could use a break. So when her friend Pam tells her about a trip to England sponsored by Winchester College, she jumps at the
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Hardcover, 265 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published June 28th 2011)
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Juliann
As a Londoner who loves history, few things annoy me more than American tourists who blow off the cultural offerings in my city/region and only want to shop (particularly if they are obsessed with Harrod's). Well this is a book entirely full of them.Sure they go to some landmarks but are almost always ducking out early to hit the nearby shops. It took me over a week to get through this book (normally I read a cozy mystery in one sitting) because I kept wanting to throw the book at the wall or at ...more
Lain
Could Lucy and her friends be any more self-centered? So what if the leader of their London tour dies mid-flight... Their tour must go on! The selfish attitude continues; when a member of the tour shares her personal tragedies with Lucy, Lucy becomes irritated that she was such a downer. My goodness, remind me never to approach her with any desire for a little sympathy! It seems to me this book was a thinly veiled means for the author to write off a trip to England as "research." really disguste ...more
Seema
Kind of a boring murder mystery really. The author was clearly going for a new Miss Marple but the main protagonist didn't have to do much of an investigation of the mystery - the clues just fell in her lap while she walked around. Not nearly the suspense, sense of danger, and clear deduction logic of the main protagonist that Agatha Christie offers. A boring book, way too full of non-relevant discussions and details. At times, it flt lie a tourist travelogue more than a murder mystery. Pass.
Luffy Monkey D.
English Tea Murder is the kind of book that divides opinion. It's also an easy book to read and also to write. Despite the tired trick of the author to make us believe what's happening and despite the lack of tension in the book, I don't consider the latter a guilty pleasure. I give scores to books that I read based on how often my brain is inundated with niceness, comfort, anticipation, adventure, escapism, and its bitter enemy/double agent: realism.

I thought not many of the questions were f
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Lindsay
In the latest book, Lucy and her three best friends go to England (so jealous!) with a group of college students when on the flight there, their tour guide and college professor dies for what people assume to be an asthma attack. The most disturbing part about this is that they just leave him sitting dead in his seat for the rest of the trip, and no one acts like its an issues. Ick. They get to England and get a new tour guide, who Lucy used to have a teacher and throughout the whole book her fr ...more
Katie Robinson
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I picked it up because I wanted an "easy cozy mystery" something such as Joanne Flukes book, they are simple, easy, funny books that you can escape reality with, and they are predictable!!! This book however told a true story, and it is the first one that I have read from the author. It is not predictable; it is easy going but its not a "cozy" mystery, the book has some depth. I will be going to my local library for the other books in this series!
Lynn
This is a departure for Leslie Meier in more ways than one. The Lucy Stone series has always been about American holidays -think Christmas, Valentine's Day etc. With this one, she takes us away from Tinker's Cove on a European holiday (i.e. vacation) to London. The tour leader, a local college professor dies of anaphylactic shock before the plane even touches down. Was it an allergic reaction? Or was it something else? Lucy is suspicious, as usual, but why would anyone want to murder the well-li ...more
Andrea
Well Lucy Stone leaves Tinker's Cove for a trip to England, but as readers know suspicious deaths are never far behind where this amateur sleuth goes. This time she's with friends and a rather odd assortment of characters as part of a tour group lead by a professor from the local college who doesn't make it through the flight. The answer to the mystery may in deed lay back in Tinker's Cove after all is said and done, you'll just have to read this charming and dangerous novel to find out for you ...more
Hattie
Lucy Stone, Sue and Pam have just returned from a trip. They traveled from the United States to England. I enjoyed reading about England in Leslie Meier's English Tea Murder cozy. Lucy Stone and her group are traveling along with another group. One of the men has a serious case of Asthma. One man, Dr. Cope, is a Medical doctor. There are two or three college students. One young man's mother is along for the trip and a few other people. I enjoyed their travels around England because Leslie Meier ...more
Pattie Tierney
I haven't read a Lucy Stone book in years. I enjoyed the early books in the series, but began to find Lucy a bit uptight and too judgmental for my liking. I did enjoy this book, however. Perhaps the change of scenery did her some good. Having visited all of the spots that Lucy and her Tour Group visited, I particularly enjoyed the revisit by way of this book.
Joanne
Haven't tried this series before, but wasn't impressed. It's set on a tour through London, and became too annoying as the characters fed each other information from their travel books. E.g., "Oh! It says that the Tower of London will never fall as long as the ravens don't fly away!" After about two pages of travel details rather than plot, I gave up.
Wendy Martin
I really liked this one (I have read ALL of the Lucy Stone mysteries). . .my only gripe would be the details of all of the different places the group went to visit while touring in London. Those parts seemed to make the book drag on. However, I loved that that Meier brings back an old character in Prof. Rhea.
Linda
The Lucy Stone Mystery series titles are named mostly after American holidays, where Lucy lives in Tinker's Cove, Maine. This one is different in that it takes place in England. I love England and I love books that take me there!

The nearby college is taking a trip to England, led by a professor. There's room for outsiders on the tour so Lucy and her 3 friends sign up for the trip. Unfortunately, on the plane flight there the professor has an asthma attack and dies; the death is termed natural b
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Eileen
New book by Leslie Meier just came out 7-1-11. Just received from the library and can't wait to read it.
Finished this book in two days, great cozy mystery. Highly recommend it. Love this author.
Pat
Lucy Stone is saying cheerio to Tinker’s Cove and jetting off to jolly old England! But when things get dodgy, it appears murder may have followed her across the Atlantic...

Between a busy family and her duties as a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy could use a break. So when her friend Pam 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 suffering an asthma attack, Lu
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Nancy
This is the first time I have read this author. Book was good. Not too high a reading level, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Lucy Stone is saying cheerio to Tinker's Cove and jetting off to jolly old England! But when things get dodgy, it appears murder may have followed her across the Atlantic. . .

Between a busy family and her duties as a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy could use a break. So when her friend Pam tells her about a trip to England sponsored by Winchester College, she jumps at the chanc
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Linda
“English Tea Murder” by Leslie Meier is a Lucy Stone Mystery. This story’s setting is in and around London, England. Lucy joins a University tour group to travel with a group of her friends to England and while on the plane the College Professor George Temple, who was to be the guide on the trip unexpectedly dies and is replaced by a former love interest of Lucy’s by the name of Professor Quentin Rea. Is there anything amiss in the death of Professor Temple? The mystery begins.

The Professor Que
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Kathryn
3 Stars

I came into the Lucy Stone series late, about 14 or so books late. :-) I do like that with this particular book I don't feel lost, or compelled to thumb through an entire series for points of reference. Though I am the type of mystery reader who prefers to set a base of familiarity by reading the first book in series, I am confident in saying that if you have not read all of Meier's books in this line you will not have missed anything important.

As this title implies, Lucy and three of her
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Saadia
This is the first time I am reading a full book by L. Meier, previous read was the Candy Cane Murders, with a short story. Easy to read, but profoundly human...

Heroine is a middle-aged lady from Maine with imagination and a nose for suspicious activities. During her tour trip through England with group of fellow travelers from a small college, she begins to piece together motives and opportunity... She actually figures out there is a master mind at work and a few months after her return home, he
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Nancy Narma
I must admit from the “Get-go”, that, outside of a couple of short story collaborations with other authors, “English Tea Murder” is the first full volume of work by Ms. Meier that I have read. However, believe me when I tell you, it will not be my last as I want to read more about Lucy Stone, the mystery solver from Tinker’s Cove. This is an easy read you’ll enjoy. I know I did!
Lucy Stone bid a reluctant farewell to her husband and family and joins a tour group, sponsored by Winchester Colleg
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Romancing the Book
Review by Lisa: The book begins with Lucy Stone and her friends jetting off to England on a trip sponsored by Winchester College. While in flight, tour leader Professor George Temple experiences an asthma attack. Dr. Cope, who is also with the tour group, attempts to save Professor Temple but cannot. Although, upset about the Professor’s death, Lucy and her friends decide to continue their tour of England.

Professor Quentin Rea arrives within a few days to take Professor Temple’s place as the ne
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Laura
Really loved the story, the descriptions of London reminded me of my trips there as a child and it wasn't particularly an over Americanised view point of England like I was expecting. I did unfortunately notice quite a big inconsistency in this story that although didn't ruin the story, did leave me wondering why it was even put in there in the first place. I did hazard a guess but it should have been explained. I love the books but its such a shame the books weren't edited better to avoid these ...more
Kate Baxter
A quick and easy read with the murderous culprit a bit predictable. None the less, it was very entertaining. Revisiting the sights and sounds of London and its surrounding through the characters' impressions and observations was a delight and makes one want to book that flight and immediately head for the V&A Museum (preferably leaving the tourgroup behind). This book is sixteenth in the Lucy Stone series and no doubt - the others would be equally delightful.
Jill
Is murder anyone’s cup of tea?

Lucy Stone’s trip to London is frivolity with death abroad and at home.

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Author Leslie Meier never seems to lack new characters to murder or places to be murdered. In English Tea Murder, the 19th novel in the “Lucy Stone Mysteries”, the author follows Lucy and friends on a college-sponsored trip to London. Meier includes extensive tour site descriptions along with character conversations that illustrate awkward interactions often found between tour group members.
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Mayda
Lucy Stone may be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean her sleuthing abilities are taking a break. When the leader of the tour group dies on a flight to England, Lucy wonders if somehow, something more could have been done to save him. But when other suspicious happenings occur, Lucy becomes watchful and starts investigating. Fans of Leslie Meier will delight in this latest tale as Lucy journeys to merry old England with some college students and friends. Along with the mystery, readers will be tr ...more
Lisa
This was a first-read book and also the first time I read this author. It's a nice little cozy with appealing characters and an interesting plot line. The main character is Lucy Stone, a reporter for a local paper in a small town in Maine. Lucy and her friends are taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to England through their local college. Murders occur almost as soon as the plane takes off and Lucy and company soon find themselves in the middle of several precarious situations. The neatest thing ab ...more
Tricia Douglas
I thought this cozy was a little slow and actually lacked a mystery. Only the first ten pages and the last 20 discussed the mystery and how it was solved. Most of the book was based on touring and shopping in England. I didn't feel the characters or the storyline were strong. This was my first book by Meier and so I should try another one of her books before my mind is definitely made up on this author.
Alice
most sophisticated plotwise of series so far.

pg 167 Agatha Christie's Murder on Orient Express and play --the MouseTrap --murder, an act of retribution occurs long after the crime.

replicates amorality of detective not being concerned with right or wrong, but justice.

reintroduces sleazy, womanizer Professor Quinten Rea

trip itinerary reminded me of 1969 trip I took as Senior in college.
Linda Sanders
Lucy Stone goes on a college-sponsored trip to England (even though she is not a college student, she had other connections). Lucy's three closest friends, Sue, Pam, and Rachel go on the tour, along with some college students and their families, and a professor who is the guide. For Lucy and her 3 friends, the trip is a vacation. Each day they had trips and tours. I looked forward to each new day and each new tour. I loved it! While in flight, tour leader Professor George Temple experiences an a ...more
Aldafan
Mostly I liked it due to the English setting The story itself was odd and the ending even more odd. Early in the trip someone dies in flight but that didn't seem to strike anyone as odd and they continue with their tour. Some of the group want to shop or easy more than tour. But still, I was envious of the trip,
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Leslie Meier lives in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the creator of 'Lucy Stone', a reporter and amateur sleuth in New England.


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