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Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches

(Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 295 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Kensington
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May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches by Karen Rose Smith is a 2019 Kensington publication.

Buckle up folks, there is a lot going on in this third installment of the Daisy Tea Garden Series.

For starters, famed food critic Derek Schumaker is all set to write a review of Daisy’s Tea Garden, but before he can post his critique on his popular blog, he is murdered. Not only that, Foster, who happens to be dating Violet, Daisy’s oldest daughter, has refused to cooperate with the investigation.

Worried that
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it

In this 3rd book in 'A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery' series, café owner Daisy Swanson helps the police investigate the murder of a food critic. The book can be read as a standalone.


Daisy Swanson, owner of 'Daisy's Tea Garden' in the Amish region of Pennsylvania, is anxious about an upcoming visit by restaurant critic Derek Schumacher. Schumacher has a reputation for writing harsh reviews, and his scathing blogs have been the death knell for some up-and-coming eateries.

Daisy has other things o
beachbum bookworm
Nov 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Sep 09, 2022 rated it liked it
This was the third installment of Daisy’s Tea Garden Mysteries. It can be a standalone but it really helped that I understood all the drama and relationships from the previous two books. I loved the first two books and I enjoyed this one but more for it’s family drama and romance angst. The mystery really took a back seat and things revealed had no bearing on the mystery. Daisy’s daughters and her parents are all dealing with issues and her and Jonas continue on their slooooow burn romance 😆. I ...more
Derek, a nasty restaurant critic, is coming to Daisy's Tea Garden to review the food. He takes some home and is later found dead. Business slows since people are blaming Daisy's place, so she decides to look into the case, while contending with some shocking news from her daughter and a new romance. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with recipes, give this one a try. ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Holy Cucumbers! When restaurant critic Derek Schumaker arrives at Daisy’s Tea Garden Daisy tries to stay positive. She knows the food they serve is fantastic. Aunt Iris is a little more pensive. The man is known for his derogatory reviews. Reviews that can shut restaurants down. When Schumaker requests a to-go order of cucumber sandwiches, Daisy knows they have the review in the bag.

That all changes when the police show up investigating the critic’s death pointing fingers at t
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This wonderful series continues to delight. And with MURDER WITH CUCUMBER SANDWICHES, author Karen Rose Smith has out done herself! Looking forward to the next installment.
Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches by Karen Rose Smith has readers enjoying March in Willow Creek, Pennsylvania. Daisy Swanson and her aunt, iris co-own Daisy’s Tea Garden where they are preparing for a visit from food critic and blogger, Derek Schumacher. He is widely known for his malicious reviews which has everyone at the tea garden on edge. Derek eats and drinks heartily from the offerings and even gets a to-go order of Daisy’s cucumber and pimento sandwiches. The next day, Detective Morris Ra ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy and her Aunt are filled with anxiety over an upcoming visit from a well known food critic. Derek Schumaker is known for his scathing reviews, he doesn't seem to have a nice thing to say about any of the restaurants he visits. A horrible review from him could definitely hurt their business which has them both worried about what he'll think. They have done everything they can to prepare now it's all in Derek's hands. When the service is over and Derek asks to take an order of tea sandwiches ...more
Sandy Bartles
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the man doing a review on Daisy’s Tea Garden is found dead, there are lots of suspects in his murder. Daisy is run ragged what with the murder, helping her adopted daughter, Jazz, deal with a problem with her birth mother and handling daughter Violet’s big surprise. Everything flows together wonderfully and kept me up all night.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.
Sue Em
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Daisy and her staff at the tea garden anxiously awaited the arrival of Derek Schmaker a food blogger known his scathing review. While his meal seemingly went well, his death shortly thereafter threatens the very life of the tea garden. Daisy has to prove that neither she nor her staff are implicated. Besides the murder, problems with both her daughters and her own nascent relationship keep the pace moving and interesting. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fast-moving and agreeable story set against the Tea House with mystery, greed, jealousy, and romance to hold your interest. Derek Schumaker, a reviewer for often giving negative reports is eating at the restaurant and will be posting a review. Daisy and her staff are on tenderloins about the review. Derek eats his meal and tells Daisy to read the review on his blog. He buys a dozen cucumber sandwich from the restaurant. Later Daisy learns Derek eat the sandwichs and they contain poison. Daisy' ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the third book in the Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series, we find restaurant critic, Derek Schumaker, dead after ingesting food he purchased at the Tea Garden. It seems someone added something extra to his food that killed him. Was it someone who works for Daisy? They are all under suspicion, so of course, Daisy begins her own investigation to make sure all her employees are cleared. While dealing with this, she is also dealing with a couple of personal family situations. She seems to do it al ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this trip to Willow Creek PA and to Daisy's Tea Garden. Spring was just beginning to peek out when there was another murder that Daisy felt like she needed to investigate, or her shop's reputation would suffer as well as the shop would experience financial losses. I like where she and Jonas are in their relationship. It's really sweet and right when they're together. By the end of this book, they'd both grown a lot as individuals as well as a couple. As a side story, Daisy knew ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Fun addition to this series, not the best of the stories, but I am looking forward even so to seeing the next adventures in the lives of Daisy and all her friends and family.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Daisy's Tea Garden is doing well, but Daisy is getting nervous about an upcoming visit from a renowned food critic, Derek Shumaker. He was famous as a chef with a popular TV show, but since then, his critic reviews have been extremely harsh. She sets out to prepare a delicate array of cucumber sandwiches for him, along with cheesy cauliflower soup, a fresh fruit plate, and assorted sweets. After his visit, Daisy hears the unsettling news that Derek has been found dead. If it is murder, there is ...more
Robin Leslie Coxon
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches, #3 of the Daisy Tea Garden series. Daisy and her aunt, Iris, have heard they may have a visit by a food critic,, Derek Shumaker, to their little tea garden Other restaurants who have had a visit from Mr. Shumaker have found poor reviews on his visit. Daisy and Iris are well prepared for his visit and he even commented positively about their cucumber tea sandwiches taking some extra as he left. When he is found dead after his visit and the cucumber tea sandwiches ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 Stars

Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches is the third book in the Daisy’s Tea Garden Mysteries.

Since this is my first foray into the world of Daisy and her Tea Garden I found it a bit difficult to catch up on all the basic who’s who info. I did a lot of re-reading in order to make sure I had it all down. I had a tendency to zone out in the first half of the book.

Basic premise: restaurant critic comes to the tea room, eats Daisy’s cucumber sandwiches, loves them, orders some to go and ends up dea
Deborah Almada
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable book in the series, this one deals more with relationships, many relationships, with people we have come to know and like, the characters and the Tea House are part of what makes this series enjoyable to me so I was OK with the mystery in this book fading behind the character drama. We do get a mystery and an introduction to some new characters but the changes going on in the lives of some of the main characters takes center stage!
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy is a single mom with two daughters and lots of surprises on the horizon. Things heat up when a food blogger dies after he was at the tea shop.

Great series and the characters are interesting to get to know and the setting is different from most stories. Karen Rose Smith's writing makes you feel like you are there with everything happening. Hope to read more of the series soon.
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Visiting Daisy’s Tea Garden is a sweet indulgence! The Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery series is a favorite! It uses the perfect recipe of afternoon tea, mystery, family challenges, and sweet romance. Daisy, her family, and friends exemplify what we big city dwellers miss in the anonymity of crowds and traffic.

After Daisy’s husband died, she packed up her daughters and returned to Willow Creek where her family and friends are. She and Aunt Iris, a tea aficionado, opened Daisy’s Tea Garden. Daisy’s be
Lori Bonkoski
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this third visit to Daisy's Tea Garden. I love the background of these stories, a widowed mom, trying to do her best to raise her kids, care for her business and deal with aging parents. This was a well written story and I enjoyed the parallels between the family of the murdered man and Daisy's own. Some angst and uncertainty added to the story, but well plotted and a good read! ...more
I always enjoy a visit to Daisy's Tea Garden. Daisy, her friends, family, and growing romance are enjoyable to watch unfold. Big changes are coming.
Business is going well. The staff are all a bit on edge, as they know a reviewer will be writing up the Tea Garden soon. He has a reputation for being difficult but they have confidence in their atmosphere and products. Daisy's reputation continues to get positive response. The family of employees has a wonderful balance, even if one of them seems to
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches
Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery, Book #3
By Karen Rose Smith
ISBN# 9781617739644
Author Website: karenrosesmith(.)com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele


Restaurant critic Derek Schumaker, notorious for his bitter reviews, is about to visit Daisy’s Tea Garden, and Daisy and Aunt Iris are simmering with anxiety. A bad word from the culinary curmudgeon could really hurt their business, but Daisy tries to stay confident. After
Aug 25, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
That's another mediocre cozy mystery in the bag. This was my first Daisy's Tea Garden book, but I had no trouble jumping right into the story or the lives of the small town in Pennsylvanians. As with most cozies, the narrative doesn't just focus on the murder mystery, but also delves into the main character's business, love life, family and friends. Cucumber Sandwiches went all in on Daisy's family life, to the point where I forgot there was even a murder mystery as part of the story. It felt li ...more
RO G'ma
Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches is the third installment in Karen Rose Smith’s Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. It’s an enjoyable read, with a great cast of realistic characters and an interesting murder mystery with lots of twists and turns and possible suspects. The storyline is well plotted, the characters are well developed, and the story moves at a steady pace. There’s a good mix of the importance of family, friendship, caring and compassion, romance, and mystery. Ms. Smith provides great ...more
Rosemary K
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy and her Aunt have worked hard to make Daisy's Tea Garden a success. Currently they are preparing for a food critic to come and review their establishment. Everyone is concerned . They want Derek Schumacher to like their food. Unfortunately things don't go as planned. Derek is murdered right after his visit. Now everyone there is under suspicion. I like Daisy. She's a good mom and cares for the people around her. Her romance with Jonas Groft is filled with love and caring. I liked seeing th ...more
Lorraine Kraft
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In book three of Karen Rose Smith's Daisy Tea Garden Mysteries, Daisy and the crew are on pins and needles as local ex-chef and celebrity restaurant critic, Derek Shrumaker, is coming to Daisy's Tea Garden to do a review. The trouble is, he has trashed every restaurant he's been to and Daisy and her Aunt Iris are afraid if he writes a bad review, it will ruin their business. When he asks for some cucumber sandwiches to go, they sigh with relief. But their relief is short-lived when Derek is foun ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I had never heard of this series before and when I saw the title, which is quite interesting, I wanted to give it a go but I guess it was a mistake.
This fast and small read is good for a rainy day but it was too light for me. I had not read the prequel so I was a bit lost at the beginning trying to figure out what was going on and entangle the complicated relationship between the characters and I felt I was missing something until I was halfway through the book. In order to make it less obvious
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished the 3rd in the series of the Daisy's Tea Garden Mysteries...... Each story the characters became more know to me as the story is told. A restaurant critic has bitter reviews about many places. Daisy is concerned he will do the same for her after he enjoys some of her favorite foods. He takes food home since he likes it so much, but then he dies and all are wondering if Daisy or any of her employees were responsible for killing him. Much action is going on as she tried to find out w ...more
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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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