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In Peppermint Peril

(A Tea and Read Mystery #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Joy Avon’s festive series debut featuring a book-themed tea party organizer will be tons of fun this Christmas for Lorna Barrett and Jenn McKinlay fans.

In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble—a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body—to restore the f
ebook, Advance Reader Copy, 285 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the first book of the new cozy A Tea and a Read Mystery series. This is a small town cozy mystery in which the main character has returned to work with her aunt in a bookish themed business.

Callie Aspen had left Heart’s Harbor, Maine main years before after nursing a broken heart when her long time crush married another friend. This Christmas however she’s returned to visit her aunt and volunteers to help with her aunt’s business, Book Tea.

Callie finds herself
A charming cozy mystery full of books and cheer!

A wonderful small town cozy that will make you feel merry and bright... loved the setting of this lovely teashop with a bookish theme and yummy goodies!

Callie has returned home to small town Maine for the holidays and helps her aunt Iphy out at her teashop... Iphy is a book lover and all her goodies have a bookish clue in them... The teashop is hired to cater the will reading of Dorthia Fimster *Love that name* things go awry at the reading and so
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Peppermint Peril is the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series. Callie Aspen comes home for the holidays to visit her Great Aunt Iphy, who runs a tea shop catering to book themed events, parties and get-togethers. Iphy knows just the right extra touches to add to the baked items and decorations for these parties, wowing her clients every time. In this first book in the series, Iphy and Callie prepare goodies for an Agatha Christie type atmosphere at Haywood Hall. Dorothea Finster, 93 ...more
The debut of the Book Tea Shop Mystery is a nice, quick read. Protagonist, Callie Aspen, a tour guide who’s travelled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy’s vintage tearoom, Book Tea, in Heart’s Harbor, Maine. Callie brings along a sweet Boston Terrier she’s fostering. The Book Tea is catering at Haywood Hall mansion where matriarch Dorothea Finster is ready to reveal the changes in her new will and, thus, has summoned a family gathering. However, the tea party is interrupted by a vicious ...more
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐.75 (Rounding up to a 4!)

ARC provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review

In Peppermint Peril follows Callie Aspen, who, upon returning to her childhood hideout, Hearts Harbor, Maine, finds herself caught up in a murder investigation that involves a missing heirloom, and a mysterious will.


First of all, the fact that this is a holiday themed murder-mystery, and features a vintage tearoom that hosts book-themed tea parties makes me want to gi
What a good mystery that turned out to be a heartwarming Christmas story! I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters, and I can't wait to read the next book! In the very back, the author said it would take place in July. This book was really well-written and plotted. I have no idea if the author is someone's pen name who is already established, but if not, it sure seems that way, like they aren't just a beginning writer.

Callie Aspen, who worked as a travel tour guide, was home over Chr
Eve (Between The Bookends)

This book was just OK for me. The mystery was well done and kept me guessing right up until the end, but none of the characters were particularly likable. Plus, the dialogue came off very stiff and formal at times. This was especially noticeable with the deputy, who came across so wooden and flat personality wise. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but I doubt I'll be picking up any more books in the series.



In Peppermint Peril was a pleasant read that’s just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit with a fun mystery at its core.

Upon returning to Heart’s Harbor, Maine for Christmas, Callie Aspen is immediately roped into helping her aunt set up a special tea party at Haywood Hall, home of the town’s oldest resident. Lonely widow Dorothea Finster has gathered her remaining relatives, old friends, and esteemed town residents to make a mysterious announcement about her will. However before the annou
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not well written and gives away too much.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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IN PEPPERMINT PERIL (Book Tea Shop Mystery #1) by Joy Avon is the start of a new cozy mystery series. A murder, a missing heirloom ring and greed over a new will to be announced by the dame of Haywood Hall all threaten the holiday spirit in Heart’s Harbor.

Callie Aspen has returned to Heart’s Harbor for the holidays to help her great aunt, Iphy run Book Tea, a vintage tea and pastry shop where every pastry is based on a mystery stor
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peppermint Peril is the first book in the A Book Tea Shop Mystery series.

Callie Aspen is going to take a break from her job as a tour guide and return to her hometown of Heart’s Harbor and give her great Aunt Iphy a hand at her tea shop Book Tea. Callie is excited to learn that Aunt Iphy is putting together a tea for Dorothea Finster at her home, Haywood Hall. Dorothea has plans to announce the terms of her new will and has invited her remaining relatives, and the mayor and his wife, the preside
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, dogs, e-books, cozy
It is Christmas time in Heart's Harbor, Maine and Callie Aspen, the protagonist has returned to childhood home for holidays. This is the first book in a new series A Tea Book Mystery and A new author for me. The story grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let go until I finished.
Her Great-aunt has Callie take the cake and other supplies to Haywood Hall for tea party given by Dorothy Finster who plans to read her new will. All invited want or need the money every one believes that s
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy tea and books then you definitely read In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon. This first book is a great introduction to this series featuring book themed tea parties.
The characters are likeable from the start (even the members of law enforcement) and the setting is a picture-perfect cozy town complete with a large manor house, a fun tea room, and a murder!
The main characters run a tea shop where every confection contains a bookish clue and have fun literary names (I’d love to order a M
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Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Callie has just returned home from traveling the world to the small town in Maine where she grew up. Staying with her great aunt Iphy and helping out at Iphy’s tea shop, Callie hosts a special tea party at Haywood Hall, a local manor owned by the elderly Dorothy Finster. But the party goes awry and a man is found dead, stabbed to death in the conservatory. Together with the delicious Deputy Falk, Callie begins to unlock the clues that lead to a killer.

Fall is in full effect, all the stores have
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This new book and series by Joy Avon was a delightful distraction. I really enjoyed this new cozy, set at Christmas and about tea, family and perception, I felt at home in this first in series. I can not wait to see where the next story goes. I really enjoyed how honest the main character is and how she made the best of the mystery, situation and her life. I am going to look forward to reading this series for I hope a very long time. This tea and real mystery book is out now.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Callie comes home for holidays to visit her great aunt Iphy in Heart's Harbor. Iphy runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom, where sweet treats contain a bookish clue. Iphy and Callie are organizing an Agatha Christie themed party at Haywood Hall. Its owner is a 93-year-old Dorothea, who wants to announce her will, but even before she can do that, an employee is murdered. 

It's the first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series and it was a great beginning to introduce the characters and the setting. In
Peggy R
This is the first in a new cozy mystery series by debut author Joy Avon. I found this to be a quick read and a solid start to a series that has good potential. I thought the story had a quaint setting and a steady plot, set during Christmas. The characters engaged me as a reader with the exception of one whose reaction to our protagonist Callie Aspen was a bit confusing. I liked the protagonist and the cast of secondary characters, especially her aunt Iphy. The mystery was nicely done and had me ...more
This is reminiscent of a younger contemporary version of a Miss Marple whodunnit, with humour, mysteries galore and a variety of potential perpetrators to keep you guessing! The heroine is Callie Aspen, ably assisted by her great aunt who runs Book Tea, in the village of Heart’s Harbor in Maine. Her great aunt creates special cakes and pastries that have links to book themes and has been asked to cater for a special at Haywood Hall where the owner, Dorothea Finister, plans to reveal the contents ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
During the winter wonderland of the holiday season, wealthy Dorothea Finster has requested a lovely cake for a special tea party at her historical home to present her new will to her invited guests. Callie Aspen arrived home in time to assist her Great Aunt Iphy in the preparation and serving of the cake and tea to the distinguish guests. Unfortunately, the tea party goes awry with a dead body and a missing heirloom.

In Peppermint Peril is a fun and exciting cozy mystery with a Christmas theme,
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood hideout Heart's Harbor, Maine where her great aunt runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom where every sweet treat contains a bookish clue. Upon arrival in the fairy-tale snowy town, Callie is drawn into the preparations for a special tea party at Haywood Hall, the rambling house of Heart's Harbor's oldest resident, rich but lonely widow Dorothea Finster, who invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This book just missed. Callie moves back to her childhood hideout to help her aunt run a tea room. They are preparing for a special tea party at the rambling house of the town’s richest woman. She plans on revealing her will. Everyone comes even though they don’t like her or each other. A man is found dead and Callie gets involved in finding out who did it.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to get the opportunity to review this book. At first the book started out kind of slow, but it gradually picked up momentum and I was totally hooked by it. Callie has returned to Heart’s Harbor, Maine for the Christmas holiday and is helping out her great-aunt Iphy at her shop, Book Tea. Callie is given the task of helping with a tea party given by Dorothea Finster, the lady who owns the largest manor house, Haywood Hall, in town, which is the house Callie spent a lot of time in gr ...more
Callie Aspen is returning to her hometown of Heart's Harbor, Maine for the holidays. It's the first time she's been back in years. Callie has fond memories of visiting Haywood Hall as a child and playing with her friends. Now she is trying to avoid her childhood playmates, married to each other with a nineteen-year-old daughter. This is going to be difficult because her great-aunt Iphigenia, who runs a vintage tea room with a bookish theme, is catering a tea party for the town's oldest resident, ...more
Joy Avon's debut mystery, In Peppermint Peril, is the first "A Tea and a Read Mystery". This one is set in the Christmas season, while the second one will take readers back to Heart's Harbor, Maine, for the Fourth of July celebration. Meet Callie Aspen and her Great Aunt Iphegeneia (Iphy).

Iphy owns the vintage tearoom Book Tea. She loves mysteries and puts clues on her pastries. When Callie, who is visiting for the Christmas holiday, is dispatched to Haywood Hall with a special cake, she's curio
RO G'ma
In Peppermint Peril is the debut novel in Joy Avon’s Book Tea Shop Mystery series. The writing style flows smoothly, and the book is a clean, quick, and easy read. The mystery in this steadily paced book is interesting and includes a murder, blackmail, threats, and multiple suspects. The characters are well developed, and there are lots of red herrings, twists and turns.

Calliope “Callie” Aspen, a historical location tour guide who’s traveled the world, is visiting her Great Aunt Iphy for the Chr
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Peppermint Peril there is no shortage of of the things to love about this first book in Joy Avon's debut book in her Book Tea Shop Mystery series.

In Peppermint Peril you meet Callie Aspen who returns to her hometown of Heart's Harbor to spend the holidays with her great-aunt. Unfortunately for her when she goes to help at a party at the Haywood Hall, a place that holds dear childhood memories for her, a long-time employee of the property is murdered. Because the property and
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the first A Tea and Read Mystery. Calliope “Callie” Aspen has returned to Heart’s Harbor, Maine to help her Great Aunt Iphy with her tearoom, Book Tea. Iphy incorporates mystery books into her pastry decorations and hosts book themed events. Callie is carting the supplies to Haywood Hall for the tea party being hosted by Dorothea Finster, the town’s oldest resident, a week before Christmas. Callie has fond memories of playing at Haywood Hall as a child plus she ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This certainly fit the bill for an easy read at the holidays. For Christmas, Callie heads to Heart’s Harbor, Maine, where she spent a lot of time as a child during the holidays with her great aunt Iphy. She has some time between jobs as a tourism guide and Iphy puts her to work right away, helping with a big to do (involving some childhood friends she hasn’t seen in years) at the opulent Haywood Hall. Things go awry rather quickly and Callie jumps right in, purposefully and not, to help understa ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon is the 1st book in Book Tea Shop Mystery series, and the series is off to a great start. Callie Aspen returns to Heart's Harbor, Maine to see her great aunt who runs Book Tea. Book Tea is a vintage tearoom that includes a clue from a book in ever sweet treat sold. The Book Tea is catering a tea party for Dorothea Finster, the oldest resident of the town. She has invited her family, friends, and the elite people in town to hear her read her will. Before she has a c ...more
Emris Lindsay
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Callie returned to her old stomping ground to help her Aunt out in her business, finding a dead body in the midst of a surprise will reading and engagement party they were catering for was not the list of things to do. Not only was there a murder, but they also had a theft to deal with and the surprise of seeing her first love and best friend after such a long time. Finding the murderer is a priority and it seems that Callie also found something else unexpectedly. An enjoyable and entertaining r ...more
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