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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
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published June 28th 2011)
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Aug 07, 2012 Juliann rated it it was ok
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
Jul 07, 2012 Lain rated it it was ok
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
Mar 04, 2012 Seema rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 18, 2015 Luffy rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
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
Lisa Morin
Oct 25, 2015 Lisa Morin rated it it was amazing
I love Lucy Stone and I am a huge fan of all her books. I am partial to the books that take place in Tinker's Cove, but this one was really good.
Lucy and her friends have a wild adventure in jolly old England and of course Lucy is wrapped up in yet another murder.
I liked the twist on the murder that this story took, and of course I had a bunch of laugh out loud moments complete with snorts.
I consider Lucy Stone my go to comfort books, they always bring laughs to me when I need them.
Katie Robinson
Aug 02, 2014 Katie Robinson rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 20, 2011 Lynn rated it liked it
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
May 07, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 22, 2014 Hattie rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2011 Pattie Tierney rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 15, 2011 Joanne rated it did not like it
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
Jun 10, 2014 Wendy Martin rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 14, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2016 Sandybear76 added it
Shelves: mysteries
Lucy and her 3 friends are traveling to London for a vacation with a group of students and their parents from the local college. Lucy is nervous about flying and about leaving her husband and kids at home. The group has many places to see and shopping to do. Before they land in London, the group is really in trouble as their group leader midflight from an allergy attack. Lucy and her friends are enjoying the sights but the group of students and parents are a tense bunch to be around. Little acci ...more
Jul 01, 2011 Eileen rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 30, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
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
Sep 14, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
“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
Jul 03, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-received
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
Sep 21, 2011 Saadia rated it really liked it
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
Nancy Narma
Sep 14, 2011 Nancy Narma rated it really liked it
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
Romancing the Book
Nov 09, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 26, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 05, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
Is murder anyone’s cup of tea?

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


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.
Sep 11, 2011 Mayda rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Gelert
I love murder mysteries. Some of my best discoveries have been just browsing the shelves and finding one that peaks my interest. When I saw tea and English, I knew I wanted to read this book.

Lucy Stone finds herself in England trying to solve a murder that no one seems to think has happened. In between touring the sights of England, she is piecing together what she believes is the perfect murder and how many were actually involved.
Oct 08, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
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
Apr 14, 2014 Tricia Douglas rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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.
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