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Murder with Cherry Tarts

(Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery #4)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  46 reviews
In Pennsylvania's Amish country, Daisy Swanson has a tea shop to run, a daughter to marry off--and a murder to solve . . .

Daisy's worried one of her employees at Daisy's Tea Garden may be in a spot of trouble. Lately Karina's been loading up on soup and second-day baked goods at the end of her shift--and while the shop's scrumptious treats may be hard to resist, Daisy
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Cherry Tarts by Karen Rose Smith is a 2019 Kensington publication.

A well-plotted, clever whodunit!

Daisy is back and life is as complicated as ever! Vi’s emotions are all over the place, Jazzi is still trying to find a place in her biological mother’s life, while Daisy is concerned about one of her employees who is suddenly asking to take home all day -old food and was spotted out in a dangerous part of town.

When Daisy and her new beau discover the truth, they rise to the occasion,
Natalia  Ramlal
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy Swanson has her hands full with planning her daughter's wedding and running her tea garden. When a homeless father is accused of murder, Daisy and her ex-detective boyfriend Jonas are determined to prove his innocence. Murder With Cherry Tarts is a delightful cozy mystery with delicious food, a wonderful cast of characters, and an intriguing murder mystery. The plot is engaging and well-paced. This was my first time reading a book in this series and I had no problem following the story. I ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy and her aunt run a tea shop in Willow Creek, a small town in Pennsylvania's Amish country. She has befriended a widowed homeless man and his young daughter, helping them to find shelter and a job for him. But a cloud of suspicion hangs over him throughout the book for the murder of the nephew of a local antique shop owner. Daisy is also busy planning her oldest daughter's wedding and continuing her dating relationship with retired detective Jonas. Her teenage daughter Jazzi is also facing ...more
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Murder with Cherry Tarts is the fourth book in Karen Rose Smith’s Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery series. It’s an enjoyable read, with a great cast of characters and an interesting murder mystery. 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.

Daisy Swanson, a widow, lives in the small town of Willow Creek, Pennsylvania, with her two
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I very much enjoyed this new mystery by Karen Rose Smith! Included are several great elements to keep the pages turning. The mystery is challenging. The author shares some history, which I particularly like. Relationships are a highlight, especially that of mothers and daughters and helping others. There is a perfect balance between mystery and relationship.

A wedding is imminent and a baby on the way, adding to the joy and busy-ness of Daisy, her daughters Vi and Jazzi, and Aunt Iris. After
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this next book of the series Daisy is starting to worry about one of her young employees. Karina has been acting a bit weird, taking extra food at the end of her shifts, being seen in the bad part of town, not quite answering questions truthfully. Daisy decides she must find out just what kind of trouble Karina is in and soon learns she isn't in trouble at all, she is just trying to help out a young father and his little girl. Daisy steps in and agrees to help the young man as much as she ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder with Cherry Tarts by Karen Rose Smith is the 4th book in a Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery, and another great addition. Daisy Swanson, a widowed mother of two daughters. Daisy along with her Aunt Iris own Daisy's Tea Garden, in Pennsylvania. Daisy is busy planning her daughters wedding and running the tea garden. When one of Daisy's employees, Karina, keeps asking for leftover food at the end of the day, Daisy wonders why and followers her, with boyfriend Jonas, who is an ex detective. When ...more
With her very popular flavor of the month and special events planned at Daisy's Tea Garden, Daisy Swanson has more on her plate than usual. Her daughter Vi is getting married to another of the tea garden's employees and moving in to a newly configured apartment over Daisy's garage. Her younger daughter, Jazzi, has been trying to adjust to finding her birth mother and discovering if there is a way she can fit into that woman's present family. Daisy finds herself in the attention spotlight more ...more
Patricia Tucker
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better with each new book! There is a murder to solve but there’s, also, family and friends to reconnect with. Daisy is busy helping her daughter plan her wedding, along with getting the young couple’s apartment furnished and ready to move in.

Then, a murder implicates a new friend of her employee, Karina. Daisy steps in to help the young father and his daughter. Family members help, as well, working together to keep father and daughter together.

I did not figure out who the
Robin Leslie Coxon
Murder with Cherry Tarts is the fourth book in the Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series. You do not need to read the previous three to be able to follow this book. Daisy Swanson and her Aunt Iris are co-owners of Daisy's Tea Garden in Willow Creek, Pennsylvania. The tea garden was well known for their teas, soups and baked goods along with their formal Victoria tea and quite a tourist draw. Daisy is still working on making the tea garden and success while being a mother, daughter, niece, boss while ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a cute, cozy mystery read. I liked this book; despite having not read the prior novels in this series. Yet, this book can be read as a stand alone novel. Daisy is sweet. All of her treats sounded so yummy.

I would like to get to know the rest of the characters better. They seemed like people that I would want to hang out with. However, as much as I did find everyone enjoyable; there was a bit of a barrier where I felt like I was not able to fully embrace them as closely as I would have
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy Swanson’s and her family run Daisy’s Tea Garden in Pennsylvania Dutch country. As the family prepare’s for Daisy’s oldest daughter, Vi, to marry, Daisy finds herself helping a homeless single father and his daughter. When the young father is accused of murdering a business associate, Daisy does her best to help the father and child out.

Coming from a Pennsylvania Dutch family, this book was like comfort food for my soul. It make me feel closer to my grandmothers who are both gone. A solid
Sandy Bartles
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lot of exciting things happening and I, for one, am loving it! Vi’s wedding is getting close and everyone is rushing around trying to get ready. At the same time, Daisy gets involved in trying to solve another murder. I have to admit I solved this case at the same time Daisy figures it out. The author is so good at hiding the real killer. I enjoyed this book so much that I was up all night reading it!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.
Lisa Morin
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite books in this series. I enjoy the characters and the style of writing by the author.
Daisy has a lot on her plate and when she discovers one of her employees is helping a father and daughter who are down on their luck, she becomes involved and finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.
Definitely needs to go on any cozy reader's tbr pile.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy Swanson’s life is particularly demanding at the moment, as work and personal matters are very time-consuming. Daisy’s Tea Garden is co-owned with her aunt, and she feels making certain things run smoothly is her responsibility. She is also involved in planning a wedding, could be in a relationship with a special man if things work out, and a murder has occurred that has her wanting to defend a possible suspect. As she juggles all the issues which require her attention, quite a few ...more
Grace Koshida
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daisy Swanson wonders if her employee Karina is OK. Karina has been taking extra soup and second-day baked goods at the end of her shift and is going out to a rundown part of Willow Creek. Following Karina, Daisy learns she has been helping homeless single dad Keith and his toddler daughter Mandy who have been living out of their van. Keith has been making money selling antiques at a place called Pirated Treasures. But when antiques shop employee Barry Storm is bludgeoned to death with a marble ...more
Shannon Binegar-Foster
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. I love this series so much. I like the new characters introduced in this book. I was completely wrong about who the killer was. Not at all who I expected.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Cherry Tarts by Karen Rose Smith
In Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson has a tea shop to run, a daughter to marry off—and a murder to solve . . .
Daisy’s worried one of her employees at Daisy’s Tea Garden may be in a spot of trouble. Lately Karina’s been loading up on soup and second-day baked goods at the end of her shift—and while the shop’s scrumptious treats may be hard to resist, Daisy suspects there’s more going on, especially since Karina has been seen hanging out in a
Cozy Cat Reviews
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book in the charming "Daisy's Teagarden" mystery series by cozy author Karen Rose Smith. I have read the series and loved each book. This may be my new favorite of the series. Thank you to the author, the publisher and to Net Galley with gratitude for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. This new release was so exciting I cannot wait to read the next in series!

This is a wonderful next in series with all the definitive elements of a cozy mystery that we love and a well
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a pleasure to spend time in Willow Creek, Pennsylvania in the company of Daisy Swanson and her family - some by blood, others by choice. Daisy is not only running her family's tea shop with her Aunt, she is also helping pull together her daughter, Violet's upcoming wedding. Then there are renovations to the garage apartment to oversee and her adopted daughter wants to connect with her birth mother. For most people, that would be more than enough but not for Daisy. She has noticed that her ...more
Rosemary K
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy Swanson is one busy lady. She's trying to balance family, the tea shop and her relationship with Jonas. She's feeling the stress. Suddenly her life gets more complicated when she helps Keith, a homeless man, and his little girl. Now he's suspected of murder. Can Daisy and Jonas find who really killed Barry? I like Daisy. She's such a good and caring woman. With her understanding of people and their motives, she can be counted on to find the truth. I liked how Jonas is there to assist her. ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am loving Daisy and family and friends. In this story they help Keith and Mandy, who have hit upon hard times. A lot of us could be in their same situation. I hope there is a Karina, Daisy, and Jonas around if you or I find ourselves in need of help. How nice is it that folks have the Tea Garden to go and visit with friends and just unwind from some of the stress in their lives? I love how close Daisy and her girls are even through they are both going through growing pains and changes in their ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy is trying to cope with keeping her tea shop running as well as preparing for her daughter, Vi’s, upcoming wedding/move into the newly renovated garage apartment/pregnancy concerns. And then there’s trying to help Jazzi sort out her feelings about her new relationship with her birth mother. So why does she feel she has to look into what’s going on with one of her employee’s when she notices her taking more than the usual share of leftovers at the end of her shift. When she asks Jonas to ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Another terrific book in Karen Rose Smith's Daisy's Tea Garden Mysteries! I really enjoy these books.

On a side note, I was amused to see when Daisy and Jonah drove over to Gettysburg and visited the Peace Light on the Gettysburg battlefield and a Civil War memorabilia store on Baltimore Street. I live 15 minutes from Gettysburg, worked at hotels there for 12 years and spent countless hours on the Gettysburg battlefield itself. As a matter of fact, I was the night auditor at a hotel on the
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The 4th installment of the Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery Series. Daisy Swanson runs a tea shop in Amish country in Pennsylvania and is getting ready for her daughter’s wedding but she is concerned about one of her employees Karina who has requesting older food that is still edible. Daisy follows her to a run down area of town to learn she has been helping out a homeless father Keith and his daughter Mandy who are living out of his van. Keith works at a place that sells antiques known as Pirated ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley, arc
This is the fourth in the series. It can be read as a standalone. I liked the plot twists, the subject matter, and how people seem not to see homeless people. This story brings to light that people become homeless for reasons some of us never think about.
I liked how Keith tried to care for his daughter even though he didn’t have much. Jonas and Daisy’s compassion for others is remarkable. Daisy’s relationship with her daughters, Jonas, her future father-in-law and her parents are all very
Lorraine Kraft
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Between planning her daughter Vi's wedding and the tea garden, Daisy Swanson is swamped. In addition to this, Karina, one of her employees is acting very strangely.

When Daisy finds out Karina has been helping a single dad who is barely making ends meet by selling some antiques, she and Josh join Karina in doing what they can to help him. But when an employee of an antique's store is found dead, Karina's new friend is the number one suspect. Daisy does her own investigation to prove he is
Lori Bonkoski
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy is worried. She has the Tea Garden, her daughter Vi's wedding and a staff member who is being very secretive. She follows her staff member one evening, along with Jonas, her significant other, and discovers a young man living in his van with his 2 year old. He is selling things to an antique store as a way to make money, but needs a place to call home. Jonas and Daisy set about helping him out. When he goes to sell something to the antique store, the young man who works there has been ...more
Nina Harrington
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Widow Daisy Swanson has brought her two daughters back to her home town of Willow Creek in Amish country. She loves the deep roots of the people who live in this small community and their historical traditions.
Daisy has more than enough to do keeping up with her shop, planning her elder daughter's wedding and managing her adopted daughter's issues, but when there is a murder in the town, a stranger is blamed for the crime.
As Daisy tries to find out more, the deep secrets, greed and resentment of
Kathleen Gray
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daisy's got soooo much going on- not the least of which is running her business AND planning her daughter Vi's wedding. Oh, and helping her other daughter Jazzi. And her relationship with Jonas, a retired detective. When her employee Karina begins to take food, Daisy and Jonas work out that she's actually feeding Keith, a homeless single father, and his daughter. Keith has been selling antiques to Otis and his nephew Barry but it's a tough go. Daisy and Jonas take Keith and Mandy in- and when ...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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