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Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes

(Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  911 ratings  ·  227 reviews
In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals—but a murder in their garden has them in hot water . . .

Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective—so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried .
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Kensington (first published December 2017)
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Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith is a 2017 Kensington publication.

A fantastic start to a new and refreshing cozy mystery series!

When Daisy’s Aunt Iris finds herself under investigation for the death of her boyfriend, Harvey Fitz, who was murdered right there in the garden of their lovely tea shop, Daisy must rise to the occasion and find the real killer before her aunt is arrested.

Meanwhile, Daisy is dealing with her adopted teenage daughter’s desire to meet her birth mother, a
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, mystery
I really enjoyed this delightful mystery. Every time I picked the book up to read more I found myself wanting tea and lemon tea cakes. I’ve never had a tea cake, but all the raving over them has me convinced they must be delicious! (There is a recipe included for Lemon Tea Cakes that I hope to make soon.)

The first half primarily describes Daisy’s Tea Garden and introduces the characters. The second half of the book focuses more on the potential suspects and provides more information on their pos
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith is the first book in the new cozy Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery series. Daisy Swanson runs Daisy’s Tea Garden with her aunt Iris where they serve specialty teas and desserts along with catering to events.

Daisy is a young widowed mother who since the passing of her husband has come to realize just how important family is to her so she can’t help but worry when her aunt Iris starts seeing Harvey Fitz. What Daisy never expected was for her aunt to find H
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was captivated by this cozy from the first chapter.

Daisy Swanson’s husband Ryan, passed away about 3 years ago. She and her daughters have moved to Willow Creek so Daisy can partner with her Aunt Iris owning and operating Daisy’s Tea Garden. Daisy also purchased and renovated an old barn into an extraordinary home. Iris is dating Harvey Fitz, owner of the men’s clothing store down the street, a very wealthy man. The problem is that while he is separated he is not yet divorce
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, arc, cats, cozy, crafts
A light and relaxing read, the first book, in a new series. The characters are developed and will hold your attention
Daisy Swanson, a widow, and her Aunt Iris have open a tea shop. Daisy set into her hometown after the death of her husband and open the tea shop to order to support herself and her daughters. Aunt Iris is dating a wealthy gentleman who is not yet divorced. Aunt Iris finds her gentleman friend dead in the garden of the tea shop. Aunt Iris is the leading suspect in the murder. Dais
I loved this book! I’m definitely going to read a lot more in this series. It was pretty much I craved tea while reading about the delightful tea room, and I ended up drinking three mugs full while reading!! The MC, Daisy, is engaging and interesting, and the mystery was quite tricky to figure out. I’m excited to continue this series!

Super squeaky clean, suitable for young teens also.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes from Kensington. I literally devoured this book, almost in one sitting! Karen Rose Smith has created a delightful setting - a quaint tea garden in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, as well as truly believable characters. The family dynamics at one memorable meal were absolutely spot-on. The heroine, Daisy Swanson, is a widow with two teen aged daughters, who has come to Willow Creek, PA, to help her Aunt Iris with the tea sh ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Daisy and her aunt Iris co-own a tea shop with delightful teas and pastries in Willow Creek, somewhere in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area. It's a good start to a series. When the owner of a men's clothing store who has been dating Iris while divorcing his wife turns up dead on the shop's patio, suspicion turns to Iris. Daisy is determined to see her aunt's name cleared. She does that with the help of Jonas, a retired policeman who owns a nearby shop, and to whom Daisy is attracted. In another s ...more
Amanda A
3.5 stars
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome start for a brand new series. I thought it was really well-written, descriptions were just right as in not over the top descriptive and I could totally picture this little town in Pennsylvania near Amish country with all its fun shops. There were a lot of characters but I never felt overwhelmed since each one was dealt with in such a way that I felt like I knew them, even if it was someone the reader isn't really supposed to like.

Daisy and her aunt Iris had opened Daisy's Tea
Emily Snyder
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Oy this is a hard review to write. There were some repeated character traits of main characters in this book that drove me insane, so half the time I was battling eye rolls while I was reading. And the dialogue was often basic and predictable. That said, I strangely liked the story? The mystery was interesting and the culprit not nearly as predictable as the dialogue. I’ll probably continue to read the series, but I’ll definitely be taking them out of the library instead of buying them...
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new series by Karen Rose Smith and I enjoyed it. It takes place in a small town with Daisy as the main character. Daisy has returned to her hometown after the death of her husband. She and her two daughters are living in a renovated barn and she and her Aunt Ivy have started a business. Purchasing an old Victorian home, they have opened The Tea Garden. All is going well until Harvey, Ivy's boyfriend, is found dead, bludgeoned in their back garden. Of course, Ivy is a ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A charming start to what promises to be another delightful series from Karen Rose Smith! I loved the characters, and enjoyed sorting out all the "possibles" for the villain. All the loose ends were neatly tied up at the end, and the hint of a future romance made me smile. I'm anxious to embark on the next installment! ...more
Peggy R
This is the first book in a new series by Karen Rose Smith and the first work that I have read by this author. I thought it was a very pleasant read. I enjoyed the setting of the tea room and thought the characters were charming. Daisy is a widow raising her youngest daughter at home and trying to make a go of the tea room with her aunt. I think reader will connect with Daisy and find her to be a main character that is likable. I also enjoyed that family played an important role in this story. I ...more
Erin L
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-food
Good, but not great. A standard entry in the cozy mystery genre which will always have my heart. ALWAYS.

I enjoyed the characters and the setting for this one and found the mystery to be pleasant.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith is the 1st book in the Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series, and a great book. Daisy Swanson, a widowed mother of two daughters, along with her Aunt Iris open the tea garden. Iris is dating a not quite divorced man, when he is found murdered, and Iris becomes a suspect. Daisy can not let anything happen to Iris, and is determined to find the real murder.

Once I started this book I could not stop reading it. It was a quick read that kept me guessing. I
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Daisy, a widowed mom of two teens, owns and runs a tea shop with her Aunt Iris. Iris is getting serious about a wealthy businessman who is not quite divorced. Daisy wonders if her aunt is rushing into something she shouldn’t, as Harvey comes with a lot of baggage: an angry almost ex-wife and two grown kids who feel entitled to everything they want. When Harvey turns up murdered in the tea garden, Iris and Daisy are prime suspects. This cozy has a lot going for it, including secondary storylines ...more
Janet Robel
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was super cute. This is the first in a new series. The tea shop is just darling and makes me wish I could visit. Daisy is great! I love how she looks out for her Aunt Iris. Cozy mystery readers will enjoy this and getting to know Daisy. Just love these type of books!
Jessica Robbins
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Karen Rose Smith has hit a grand slam homer with her fabulous first in a new series, Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes! I thoroughly enjoyed it and am eagerly looking forward to the next one. The author has the perfect elements – very likable characters, a lovely Tea Garden with scrumptious-sounding food, and a mystery that will stump some of the most diligent readers.

Daisy Swanson wears many hats – widowed mother to teen girls Violet and Jazzi, as well as daughter, sister, niece, and business owner/
Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris run a teashop in the middle of Pennsylvania's Amish country. Daisy is a widowed mother of two, one who has just left for college and the other in high school. Iris, who never married, has recently become involved with Harvey Fitz, who is in the process of a divorce. When Harvey is found murdered in the tea garden, Iris makes the top of the police's suspect list. It is up to Daisy to get to the bottom of things before a killer strikes again.

If there were a place fo
Robin Leslie Coxon
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes in the first in the Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery by Karen Rose Smith. The main characters are Daisy Swanson and her maternal aunt, Iris, is set in Willow Creek, Pennsylvania. Both are co-owner’s of a business named Daisy’s Tea Garden. Daisy, a widow with two daughters, has worked with her aunt to establish the Tea Garden which included spaces for those who wanted to just buy their tea and baked goods/soup, but also could accommodate those who enjoyed an afternoon tea. I ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to Kensington Publishing Corp. and Goodreads for the opportunity. This book is the first in the new Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series and I am hooked! It was an engaging cozy mystery surounding the killing of her Aunt's beau in the garden of Daisy's Tea Shop. I liked the setting and the different storylines of the mystery itself, Daisy's girls/family, and the hint of romance coming back into Daisy's life. I definitely didn't see that e ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this new book we meet Daisy the owner of Daisy's Tea Garden. Her aunt begins dating a man who is not only well known in the community but still married leaving Daisy feeling very apprehensive about all that could go wrong. When the man in question is murdered and things start pointing in Iris's direction Daisy hopes that she will be able to help solve the mystery of who killed Harvey and why. Follow along and see of you can solve the mystery!!! What a lovely start to a series, Karen didn't di ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good start to a new series! Great recipe at the end!
AUTHOR Smith, Karen Rose
TITLE Murder With Lemon Tea Cakes
DATE READ 05/23/20
GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Cozy Mystery/2017/hoopla-audio/8 hr 3 9 min
SERIES/STAND-ALONE #1 Daisy's Tea Garden
CHALLENGE Good Reads 2020 Reading Goal 99/120;
CHARACTERS Daisy co-owner with her Aunt Iris of Daisy's Tea Garden
COMMENTS A light nice cozy set near Pennsylvania Dutch Country PA. Aunt Iris is dating Harvey who is separated from his wife and is in pro
Denise Spicer
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the author’s first in a new series: “A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery”. Daisy, widow with two teen daughters has opened a small-town Pennsylvania teashop with her aunt Iris. Her Aunt’s new boyfriend gets murdered and Daisy tries to protect Iris from a suspicious cop. Two possible boyfriends (of course) for Daisy plus her adopted daughter’s search for her birth mother add side interest.
Lisa Malmquist
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute cozy in a new series, set in a tea shop. The setting is in Pennsylvania Amish country.

Daisy is a widowed mother of two teenage girls. Daisy and her aunt Iris own the tea shop together and serve soup, tea, scones and other delicacies.
Aunt Iris is dating Harvey Fitz a wealthy Men's wear shop owner. Harvey is not quite divorced despite having a relationship with Iris.
Harvey is later found dead in the garden at the back of the shop.
Now Iris is under suspicion by the police.
Daisy is hoping that
Joy Gerbode
This book is a good mystery, with lots of yummy tea food references. I don't like that it makes the police chief look incompetent, but otherwise it's a good read. ...more
Cat Tutt
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one I picked up because my mom was reading it, and I thought it'd be fun if we could talk about it. In the end I owe her a debt of gratitude because I adored this book!

The characters are so much fun, and the relationships between them are heartwarming and feel so real. I found myself charmed over and over again by scenes and interactions between the characters and touched by the care they seemed to have for one another.

And the mystery itself was a puzzler. I literally figured it out one
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Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try

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