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In Cold Chamomile

(A Tea and Read Mystery #3)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Just in time for the holidays, In Cold Chamomile is sure to be a cupid's arrow aimed straight for your bookshelf.

Tea party organizer Callie Aspen learns that Cupid's arrows can be deadly when a Valentine's Day soiree ends in murder.

Callie Aspen can't think of a more appropriate place to spend Valentine's Day than her adopted hometown of Heart's Harbor, Maine. When she's no
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Carrie
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon is the third book in the cozy A Tea and Read Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book of this series will have it’s own fully solved mystery so each can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. However, there’s always some character development to carry over from book to book for those who follow from the beginning.

Callie Aspen had left Heart’s Harbor, Maine main years before after nursing a broken heart when her long time crus
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Rebecca Reviews
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Joy Avon’s In Cold Chamomile is a light cosy with a decent mystery but it’s bogged down with a lagging plot and unnecessary character drama. This is the third book in the Tea and Read Mystery series but it works as a standalone.

It’s Valentine’s Day in Heart's Harbor! Our protagonist Callie Aspen is helping out with the Valentine’s Event at historic Haywood Hall. The townspeople will enjoy a concert, books, and treats. However, love isn’t blossoming. Fussy librarian Mrs. Forrester has a huge argu
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Peggy R
I was looking forward to reading this book after having enjoyed the first two. Unfortunately, I found this installment to be disappointing. The characters fell very flat for me and I found I did not really like them. I also thought the main character came off as weak in this book.

I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me through Netgalley.
Kristina
In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon is the third A Tea and Read Mystery. It can be read as a standalone. Callie Aspen is organizing a Valentine’s fundraiser at Haywood Hall with a variety of events. My favorite was Fall in Love with Books where there was a book exchange, a book sale, and book appraisals. There was also plants for sale, seed swap, dogs for adoption, a concert with a singer as well as tea and pastries. Mrs. Forrester is in charge of the book events and she is a perfectionist. She also o ...more
Kirsti
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

This is another cozy series I greatly enjoy; when you find a good one, treasure it and eagerly await new volumes. All of the characters are connected, and these connections make for both an interesting read and a way to obstruct the sleuth from getting to the truth. Sometimes people aren't hiding murder, just embarrassed about the truth or where they really were. It's interesting following the tells though, and I had the k
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QNPoohBear
3.5 stars

Callie is helping Aunt Iphy organize a Valentine's Day book party as a fundraiser for Haywood Hall. The event has grown since Callie first planned a tea party and the whole community is involved in some way or another. A baritone has been hired to sing Irish songs but when he arrives, his name doesn't ring a bell with Callie but it does with Iphy. She recognizes the singer as someone from her past, someone she thought she had forgotten long ago. The library volunteer, Mrs. Forrest, has
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Tari
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good mystery that Aunt Iphy got a chance to take front stage in. Her old friend was in town for the Valentine's event and was the prime suspect in a book expert's death. I didn't like the tension between Callie and Ace as well as between Peggy and Quinn, so I sure hope all that gets resolved in the next book. There was a lot happening in this book, and I definitely couldn't put it down.

I hadn't honestly guessed the killer too far ahead, but there weren't tons of suspects. I'm a
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Mystereity Reviews
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Haywood Hall is throwing a Valentine's Day event with plant sales, dog adoptions, a concert and a chance to have books appraised by a TV expert! What starts out as a grand day devolves into one problem after another and then the worst problem of all, the TV expert is found dead, stabbed to death with a pair of scissors and the main suspect is Sean Strong, a world renowned baritone and a link to Iphy's past. Iphy and Callie take charge to solve the murder, uncovering clues and putting the pieces ...more
Bea
3.5 stars

This was my first by this author and while I didn't love it, I did like it. I might read more in this series. "In Cold Chamomile" was not fast paced, it had a more leisurely and realistic pacing, but there was always something happening.

Callie and her great-aunt Iphy are running an event at a local historical house. As happens, not everything goes smoothly. Unfortunately, that includes a murder. Callie gets drawn into the investigation because the prime suspects are, respectively, a lo
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Jerri Cachero
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
September became February as I read In Cold Chamomile! Valentine's Day is the setting for this new to me series and it was a fun read! When Callie's Aunt Iphy becomes involved in the murder of a book expert attending a charity event, Callie has to clear her name!

There was so much going on in the book and I enjoyed all the backstories, they made the mystery even better. Callie is a wonderfully written character and the supporting characters are lovable. The mystery had twists and turns that kept
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Bridget
Who wouldn’t be inclined to read 'In Cold Chamomile' with its alluring and eye-catching cover and fascinating premise? This is Joy Avon’s very enjoyable third novel in the ‘A Tea and a Read’ mystery series. The first book was ‘In Peppermint Peril’, followed by 'Sweet Tea and Secrets'.

Callie Aspen helps out at ‘Book Tea,’ her great-aunt’s vintage tearoom, where each treat has a bookish clue. Callie's is busy organising the Valentine’s Day Event at historic Haywood Hall, where townspeople
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Toni
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2020-tbr
4.5 Stars

This is the third book in the Tea and Read Mystery series by Joy Avon.

I really enjoyed this book. The suspense was good, the mystery complex but the ending was not my favorite. I am more of a happily ever after reader. I want it all to work out in the end. And in a way it did, but just not for a certain character. Crestfallen and disappointed were the words that came to mind when finishing this. I hope they can tie it all up nicely in the next installment. I really want my happily ever
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Elaine
Rating 4.5/5*

This is another intriguing, highly entertaining cosy murder mystery by this talented author - complete with a second chance romance for added interest! This is the third book in the Tea and Read series and involves many characters from the previous books but I suspect it could still be enjoyed as a standalone.

Callie Aspen has helped organise a special Valentine's event at Haywood Hall, complete with live music, lots of books, an expert book valuer as well as tasty drinks and food. T
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Dawn Michelle
After reading the first two book in prep for this release, I was looking forward to reading this book ad seeing where everything was going.

Unfortunately, I found this book to be disappointing. Very disappointing actually. The characters fell very flat for me - it was like she was writing all new characters and none of them resembled the characters from the previous books. It was like reading a completely different series], and I found I did not really like them [or at least as much as I liked
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Barb
Callie and Iphy agree to be part of a Valentine's Day event at Haywood Hall, bringing together music, books and sweet treats. When someone from Iphy's past turns up unexpectedly, and then becomes the primary suspect of a suspicious death, Iphy refuses to leave the investigation to the police. Callie, hesitant to leave Iphy to her own machinations, reluctantly gets involved as well.

This is the third book in the Tea & Read series, which I found a little disappointing compared to the previous inst
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☆☆Hannah☆☆
Overall I liked it. There sadly was a time in this book that everyone was unlikable. Like many people this was my least favorite one so far. I did enjoy the mystery part though and I was surprised by the why more than the who. I just hope if there is another book that things will be better with everyone.
Cheryl
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Callie is helping her aunt with her book and tea. A joint effort with singing and a book appraiser offering people money for their books. A substitute singer from overseas shows up and it is her aunt’s old boyfriend. While wondering about that she has to find out who killed the singers and get her aunt’s boyfriend off the suspect list. A little romance trouble for herself and her employee adds to the store.
Kristin
In Cold Chamomile has an engaging plot, a few red herrings and a bunch of suspects. I'm a bit torn about the ending though. It ends good for a couple of the characters, but not so much for a couple of others (I will not say who, in order not to spoil the ending for anyone). I also wished a few of the characters were a bit more developed. ...more
Maria
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, library, kindle, 3m
These characters are just so annoying! They’re almost unbelievable as people. The story itself was not very long but could have been even shorter if it didn’t have the unnecessary relationship issues of Peggy and Quinn. I think I’m done with these.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Callie Aspen is looking forward to the Valentine's Day event that is being held at Haywood Hall, an historical mansion in Heart's Harbor, Maine. Everything is going well and she's excited about the way it's turned out. However, it seems that the town's librarian, Miss Forrester, has persuaded a television antiques appraiser to appraise books at the event, and he seems pretentious to her.

Then, the baritone who was scheduled to appear has been replaced by another man - Sean Strong - and her Aunt I
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Christine
This is the third book in the tea and read series. Callie Aspen is decorating Haywood Hall for a Valentine's event. An expert that is in town to appraise volumes is found murdered. The main suspect becomes the fill in baritone who has a connection to Callie's aunt Iphy. Iphy knows her old friend isn't a killer so she asks Callie to help investigate. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book. However, I didn't like the spot it put Callie in. She spent the last half of the book fighting with eithe ...more
Leah
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This wasn't as enjoyable as the previous books in the series. In this book, everyone is petty and dramatic. They were different in the previous books. It was distracting me from the story. The way the story ended for a couple of characters wasn't surprising, but I hoped it would have gone a bit differently. The mystery was interesting, though. The story should have focused more on that and left out all the drama. ...more
Patty
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon is the 3rd book in A Tea and Read Mystery series, and another fun addition. Callie Aspen lives in Heart's Harbor, Maine and is working for her great aunt Iphy who runs Book Tea. Book Tea is a vintage tearoom that includes a clue from a book in ever sweet treat sold. Callie and Iphy are busy getting ready for Valentines day funraiser for Haywood Hall. When the volunter librarian aranges for a professional to praise books, people want to sell, he is not a plesant man. ...more
Sarah Smith
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-read
I received this book as an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) through NetGalley. It will be published February 11, 2020. This is the third book in the A Tea and Read Mystery Series, I have not read the first 2. This is set around Valentines day and Callie Aspen and her Great Aunt Iphy Aspen have organized an event to raise money for Haywood Hall. However, instead of love there is a murder. As I have not read the previous 2 books, I was not attached to the characters, in fact I hated most of them. I fe ...more
Ellen Jones
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
In cold chamomile is the third book in A Tea and A Read Mystery series by Joy Avon. Our heroine, Callie Aspen, is helping her aunt Iphy host a Valentines Day fun raiser for an historic building in Hearts Harbor, Maine that ends in murder. Ace Falk, the acting sheriff and Callie’s boyfriend is on the case with the unwelcome assistance of Callie and Iphy. One of the surprise guest performers at the event is an old boyfriend of Iphy’s that she hasn’t seen or talked to in 50 years. When he is arrest ...more
Claire Lyons
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely foray into the murky world of small town living, I really enjoy these carefully crafted and interesting stories based around a tea shop. This is the third book and there was much more 'backstory' about some of the characters which adds depth. The crimes are always intriguing and well planned which keeps your interest until the last page. I'm hoping that someone is made a Deputy in book four... ...more
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly wanted to like this one more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid mystery but the characters didn't seem to spark and in particular Ace.
He'd always seemed charmingly gruff but he was awful in this book!
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Avina Ramnani
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a light, fun read and the twists and turns kept it interesting! I really liked the concept of Book Tea and imagining what it would be like when it came up in the book (which I am glad it did many times). ...more
Janet
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Just in time for the holidays, In Cold Chamomile is sure to be a cupid's arrow aimed straight for your bookshelf.

Tea party organizer Callie Aspen learns that Cupid's arrows can be deadly when a Valentine's Day
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Faythe Shattuck
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Tea party organizer Callie Aspen learns that Cupid's arrows can be deadly when a Valentine's Day soiree ends in murder.

Callie Aspen can't think of a more appropriate place to spend Valentine's Day than her adopted hometown of Heart's Harbor, Maine. When she's not helping out at Book Tea, her great-aunt Iphy's vintage tearoom, Callie's adorning Haywood Hall with hearts and roses for the big Valentine's event, where townspeople will fall in love with sweet treats, heartwarming music, and delightfu
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