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Tide and Punishment

(Seaside Café Mystery #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  676 ratings  ·  154 reviews

No one dreams of a killer Christmas...

It's Christmastime in Charm, North Carolina, and while Everly Swan would prefer to focus on decorating her iced tea shop for its first holiday season, Great-Aunt Fran has decided to run for mayor against her long-time nemesis. But when the other candidate turns up dead just before the first scheduled debate, all eyes turn to Fran a

Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Natalia  R
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's Christmastime in Charm, North Carolina and the residents are experiencing an unusual amount of snow this year. Everly Swan has her hands full keeping up with the demand for her holiday cookies and hosting a Christmas party. During the party, her great aunt, Fran announces her intentions to run for Mayor, only to have the current Mayor interrupt her speech to make his own announcement. Later on, he is found dead and Fran immediately becomes the prime suspect. Everly knows her aunt is innocen ...more
Tom Mc Kenna
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars with one whole star going to Lou for best supporting character.
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A fun, fresh cozy with a Christmastime beach setting. The third book of the Seaside Cafe cozy series features protagonist Everly Swan and her popular business, Sun, Sand and Tea, and is sure to quench your thirst with a startling murder and a surprise killer reveal!

The plot moves along quickly and the author skillfully throws suspicious actions on innocent suspects. Everly’s great aunts, Fran and Clara, are engaging secondary characters, as well as Grady Hays who seems interested in a romance wi
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker is the third book in the Seaside Cafe series. It was an engaging book from the first chapter where Everly and her Aunt Fran and Aunt Clara are having a Christmas party at Sun, Sand and Tea.

A quickly paced plot that included not only murder, red herrings, several suspects, and a mayoral race but also community ties, kindness and charity during the Christmas season in Charm, NC. The characters are becoming more fully developed now and I enjoyed meeting Grady Hays'
Rebecca Reviews
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bree Baker’s Tide and Punishment is an entertaining cosy with great characters, a gorgeous setting, an interesting plot, and delightful Christmas festivities that will fill you with holiday cheer any time of year! This Christmas cosy is third in the series but it is a perfect standalone. This is the first book I’ve read in the series but it won’t be the last. I love this book and my only slight issue is that the plot is a little busy.

It’s Christmas in picturesque Charm and Everly Swan has an ove
Sue Em
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Third outing for Everly Swan and her cafe in Charm, NC. Full of southern charm, interesting characters and a darn good story. Christmas is coming and Everly is overwhelmed with cookie orders and Aunt Fran's announcement of her intention to .run for mayor. And then, the current mayor ends up dead with Aunt Fran at the top of the suspect list. Lots of fun and a touch of Yuletide heart to cap the story. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an ho ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Christmas in Charm is plagued by snow, wind, ice, and murder this year. Everly Swan has planned a big holiday party where her sweet Great Aunt Fran plans to announce her run to become the town’s next mayor. When the current mayor steals her thunder with his own announcement she holds it together for a while but then she needs to get some air. When she finds her nemesis dead in the snow with no other witnesses she becomes the top suspect for his murder. Everly knows Fran is inn
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tide and Punishment is the third instalment in the A Seaside Cafe Mystery Series by Bree Baker. I fall more in love with this series with each new book. This year the holidays are bringing murder and mayhem ...

No one dreams of a killer Christmas. . .
It's Christmastime in Charm, North Carolina, and while Everly Swan would prefer to focus on decorating her iced tea shop for its first holiday season, Great-Aunt Fran has decided to run for mayor against her long-time nemesis. But when the other can
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
definitely underwhelming book, compared to the rest of the series....
2,5 stars
Cute, clean mystery set in a sweet, small, North Carolina seashore town.

Immediately following an open-house at Everly's tea shop the mayor was found in the snow murdered. Everly found her sweet old aunt screaming, holding the murder weapon: a decorated ceramic gnome. From that moment until the end Everly spends her spare time trying to clear suspicion of Aunt Fran's guilt. Someone else out there murdered the mayor, but who and why?

I liked Everly, a lot. Caring, independent yet vulnerable and sh
An engaging and enjoyable cozy mystery. I love the small-town vibes and the fun sorts of folks who show up in this town. Everly again proves to be a smart and sassy sleuth and the murder kept me guessing throughout the story. I really enjoyed the seaside setting and the details about Everly's tea blends in her sweet-tea shop, just as I did in the first two mysteries.

I really appreciate that this series is clean and I think I've gotten at least two other people hooked on it to. I'm looking forwar
Nancy Baker
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The unusual snowfall was the perfect backdrop for a Christmas party in the coastal town of Charm. Everly Swan welcomed guests to her Sun, Sand and Tea iced tea shop complete with a holiday buffet and lots of cookies. Her Aunt Fran was going to make an official announcement that she was running for mayor but they were all surprised when the current mayor showed up. Things went from bad to worse and someone ended up murdered outside of Sun, Sand and Tea.

The author did an amazing job setting the s
Jerri Cachero
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, so much that I bought the first two books in The Seaside Cafe Mysteries, before I finished reading this one!

Everly Swan is the owner of the Sun, Sand and Tea cafe, a gathering spot for locals and tourists. When her Great-Aunt Fran, who is running for mayor, of the Outer Banks island town of Charm, is framed for murder, Everly must use her sleuthing skills to prove her innocent.

I loved the Swan women in this book - Everly who is kind, complex and very relatable and Great Aunts
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An early Christmas present for cozy lovers! This book is just wonderful. Everly Swan is enjoying some unusual wintery weather in Charm, NC right before Christmas. She's not enjoying that her great-aunt Fran is being framed for murdering a local politician. Running the Sun, Sand, and Tea Cafe, baking cookies for all of her customer orders, and making sure the real killer is found has her hoping for a Christmas miracle.

This is the third book in the Seaside Cafe Mystery and I will definitely be go
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Everly Swan owns Sun, Sand, and Tea Cafe in Charm, North Carolina. When Aunt Fran discovers the mayor's corpse with one of her sister's garden gnome as the obvious weapon and picks it up, she becomes the chief suspect, particularly since she planned to seek his office and had arguments with him. Everly appears to have some sort of relationship with the investigator, but having not read earlier installments, I never quite figured that out. The setting is near Christmas, but there is not much of a ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
This is the third book in the seaside café series. This story takes place at Christmas time. Everly's Aunt Fran is planning to run for mayor of Charm, but soon discovers the current mayor dead. All the evidence points to Fran, but Everly knows she is innocent. This has become a must read series for me. I love the characters and the small town setting. They mystery was great. I thought I knew who the killer was and up until the last few chapters I thought I was right but sadly I was wrong. I love ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas is coming and Charm, NC has gotten some very rare snow to help set the mood for Everly Swan’s Christmas party. While leaving the party the Mayor is murdered, which is becoming not so rare in Charm, and all things seem to point Everly’s Great Aunt Fran as the most likely suspect. The fact that Aunt Fran has just thrown her hat into the ring to run against the Mayor in the next election, where he countered with running for reelection at the same time, really puts the pressure on the Swan ...more
Rima Aiello
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is really starting to hit its stride and keeps getting better and better! With the characters you cannot help but want to engage with, a setting that is beyond perfect, and a mystery that you can get lost in, this is a book that is definitely worth reading again and again.
I have really enjoyed reading this series with the great setting on the Outer Banks and interesting, quirky but likable characters. Everly Swan owns Sun, Sand, and Tea, a fun place to go for a cup of tea, sweets or even a meal but especially at Christmas time. When the mayor is found dead outside her cafe' during a holiday open house, things look bad for her Aunt Fran, who is running against the mayor for office. And the murder weapon is a painted Christmas gnome that Aunt Clara painted. Everly ...more
Gail C.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery Lovers
Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker is a light, cozy mystery with some interesting characters and a lovely setting of a fictional town on the Outer Banks. This is the third book in the series, and my first read, but I had no trouble becoming acquainted with all the characters and their relationships to Everly Swan, the protagonist.
The book takes place in the week leading up to Christamas with all the accompanying activity that might occur for a baker who specializes in homemade cookies and special
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
This was my first visit to Charm in the Outer Banks but it won’t be my last. I am in love with the idea of an iced tea shop and all the characters. I’m happy Tide and Punishment was my first visit. It was so magical with the snow on the island.

I have a new book boyfriend and his name is Grady. Hubba Hubba. He sounds just about perfect. Tall and sexy with a dark, sad side you want to love away.

I’ve already bought the first book of the series, Live and Let Chai, to read.

I received a complimenta
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this series, which takes place in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The idea of a cafe serving 20 varieties of iced tea sounds like the perfect place for me. I love Everly Swan, the main character, and her somewhat eccentric great-aunts, Fran and Clara. In this book, Great-Aunt Fran becomes a suspect in the murder of the town’s murder. This book kept me guessing until the end. I highly recommend the book and the series.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I didn't want this book to end!
Everly Swan and the cast of characters in the city of Charm are fun and engaging. They are the type of people and the type of town you want to visit. Especially if there is the possibility of snow at the beach!
Everly's Great Aunt Fran has decided to run for Mayor of Charm and during her announcement at the Swan Christmas party, the current mayor upstages her and announces he wants to run for re-election. After the announcement, Fran goes outside to cool off and co
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker is the 3rd book in A Seaside Cafe Mystery Series, and another great addition. It's snowing in Charm, North Carolina, something it rarely does. Everly Swan is busy making cookies, and tea for her cafe. When the Mayor disrupts Everly's aunt Fran's announcement to run for major, with his own announcement, trouble begins. I really enjoy this series, and it is always fun to visit the sea side, and find out what my friends are up to. This is a quick and fun read. It’s ...more
Heidi Prockish
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, 2019
I wish I was more gifted with words to give a better review. This book was so good (like the others in the series). This book is everything you want in a cozy. The author sucks you in from page 1. This series makes me want to curl up and read all day. I cannot wait for the next one to come out.
The Cozy Review
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Series: Seaside Café Mysteries - Book 3
Author: Bree Baker
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Holiday/Tea Shop
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Page Count: 384

Publishing Date: September 24, 2019

From Poisoned Pen Presscomes the 3rd cozy mystery book Tide and Punishment in the “Seaside Café Mysteries” series by Bree Baker. An exciting and enjoyable addition to this fun series. Everly loves her family. She begins to understand how fortunate she is to have the two greatest aunts around. And when one of them finds herse
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

This is the third book in the Seaside Cafe Mystery series! by Bree Baker.

I am in love with this series!

I am very excited about this book if you can’t tell by the first sentence of this review. As I was reading it I felt like the cast and author was giving me a big warm hug and that thought just made me smile. There aren’t a lot of series that I really connect with and this is one of them! Yay for me! Something new to follow.

I can’t believe we are already getting books about Christmas and
“Tide and Punishment” by Bree Baker is the third book in ‘A Seaside Café Mystery Series’, and it was an excellent read. The first one in the series was ‘Live and Let Chai’, although I have yet to read it. but I have read the second instalment - 'No Good Tea Goes Unpunished'.

What highly entertaining mix of mystery and mayhem! This wonderful cozy mystery, set in Christmastime, was both lovely and enjoyable. It made perfect reading for me between other more intense novels. It was funny and quirky w
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everly Swan owns an iced tea shop on the first floor of her home in Charm, North Carolina. She moved back to Charm after breaking up with her boyfriend and she’s looking forward to hosting the Swan Christmas Party. Her great-aunts, Clara and Fran are also there to help her out.

Her Aunt Clara has a fascination with gnomes, a hobby she took up after the last Halloween. Her Aunt Fran, on the other hand, is planning to announce her intention to run for Mayor of Charm. At the party, however, Mayor D
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is a series that I discovered over the summer and I have really enjoyed them. In the newest book we follow Everly during the holiday season as she tries to prove her aunts innocence in a murder. Overall I enjoyed the reading experience but it was not as strong as the other books in the series and did not grab me in the same way. It did make me want to make a pitcher of iced tea this morning though. I will be continuing in the series and would recommend it.
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Bree Baker is a Midwestern writer, obsessed with small town high jinks, sweet tea and the sea. She's been telling stories to her family, friends and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and recipe she's sure to ruin. Now, she's working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Cafe mysteries. He ...more

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