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Tea & Treachery

(Tea by the Sea Mysteries #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  688 ratings  ·  237 reviews
In this charming new cozy mystery series from nationally bestselling author, Vicki Delany, a New York City expat-turned-Cape Cod tea shop owner must solve the murder of a local real estate developer to help her feisty grandmother out of a jam . . .
As the proud proprietor and head pastry chef of Tea by the Sea, a traditional English tearoom on the picturesque bluffs
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Kensington Books (first published July 20th 2020)
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Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Vicki Delany is one prolific writer. Just as I began reading this book, she's released two more in other series. No wonder I had to pick up this one when I saw it on NetGalley... she's incredible in the cozy mystery genre. In this latest series, Tea by the Sea, she releases the debut, Tea & Treachery. The books revolve around Lily Roberts, granddaughter of Rose, who left the Midwest to open a B&B in Massachusetts. Lily followed her out there, organized a tea room, and now looks after Rose. And i ...more
Natalia  R
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tea and Treachery is the first book in Vicki Delany's A Tea by the Sea Mystery series. The protagonist, Lily Roberts, runs a traditional English tearoom on the grounds of her grandmother Rose's B&B. Rose, who enjoys the peace and quiet of her neighborhood, is furious because the property next door to the B&B may be sold to an aggressive real estate developer who plans to use the land to build a fancy golf resort. Rose is outspoken and hot-tempered and threatens the real estate developer as well ...more
This is a cozy mystery, and this is the first book in the Tea by the Sea Mystery series. I found this book hard to get into because it kind of felt like I was dumped into the middle of something I do not know what was going on. I have to say I got into it pretty quickly. I really enjoyed the mystery part of this book and the character where developed. I really loved Rose's character. Lily is the main character and this book is being told for her point of view. The ending was really good, but I s ...more
beachbum bookworm
This book was an alright read. I expected to like it better than I did because Delany's year-round Christmas series is one of my favorites! There was a lot to like. The setting was great....Cape Cod, a B&B, and a tea in! The mystery was interesting and written with plenty of twists and turns. My problem was the characters, and particularly Rose! I love elderly characters in books...and especially feisty, sassy, full of spunk elderly characters, BUT there is a BIG difference between the ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Peggy R
I'm a fan of Vicki Delany so when I was notified that she had a new series about an English Tea room set in Cape Cod, I was excited to jump into this new world. The writing, plot, and mystery are what we have come to expect from the author. It is an easy and enjoyable read. Lily Roberts has left behind the world of Manhattan for a quieter life running a tea room that is adjacent to her grandmother's bed and breakfast. Lily is joined by her grandmother Rose and her best friend Bernie, who has com ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lily's grandmother, Rose, runs a B&B on Cape Cod, and Lily, a pastry chef, is in charge of the neighboring tea room. A large home on the adjoining lot is falling apart, and a developer wants to tear it down and build a conference center,.When there is a murder and Rose is implicated, Lily tries to do some investigating with the help of her friend Bernie, and of course, Rose. I look forward to reading more by this author--I enjoyed this fun new cozy series with appealing characters. Thanks to Net ...more
Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany is the debut novel in A Tea by the Sea Mystery series. Tea & Treachery is set in Cape Code, Massachusetts where Rose Campbell, Lily’s grandmother, settled after the death of her husband. She purchased a large Victorian home on the cliffs above the sea which provides her with a beautiful view and plenty of peace. When Lily saw the little cottage on the property, she thought it was the perfect place for a tea shop which has been her dream. When not busy whipping up ...more
Randi Annie Framnes
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
When real estate developer Jack Ford is found dead on grandmother’s B & B property, tea shop owner Lily Roberts tries to help, but running Tea by the Sea tea shop in tourist season on Cape Cod while keeping her grandmother out of trouble is big job. The police are determined grandmother Rose has committed the crime, so Lily carves out time for some private investigating.

Tea & Treachery is first installment in Vicki Delany’s Tea by the Sea Mysteries series published by Kensington Books. The cont
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany is a new cozy mystery by a favorite author and I was thrilled to be able to read it.

Ms. Delany's comfortable writing style allows me to become fully engaged with the setting and the characters throughout the story. Lily has her hands full in Cape Cod as she cooks breakfast for her grandmother's B&B and bakes for her tea room, Tea by the Sea. The characters are developing nicely in this first book and I felt like I got to know them a little. Lily, Rose and Bernie/B
Jessica Robbins
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, blog-tour
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Fantabulous start to a new series by Delaney. Set in Cape Cod with ocean views and small town living we meet Lily. She runs her own adorable tea house on her grandma's property in an old cottage while she lives in another one. As well as that she cooks breakfast for grandma's B&B. Grandma Rose is a hoot and half. She has no problem speaking exactly what she has on her mind with no fact it interest in oth
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew I'd love this book as much as I do the author's other series, and it didn't disappoint. The setting is amazing, and I really enjoyed the main characters. Rose is another grandmother character I've read recently that isn't quite the loving or huggified grandma that we're all used to in cozy mysteries--she'll take some getting used to, but she's growing on me already because she's clever and likes to use the old lady card to her advantage sometimes--but she knows her limits and doesn't abus ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tea & Treachery
Vicki Delany

Nothing I love more than a cozy mystery and starting it from the very first book of a series. This really was a delight to read with its fun characters, a Victorian Tea Room, and a Victorian Bed and Breakfast - say no more, I was sold! The location was also perfect in the beautiful fictional sea side town of North Augusta in Cape Cod - this was truly a delightful read.

Delany's writing was so vivid and rich in detail that I did feel I was part of the town as I was read
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, kindle, library, 3m
The story was good, it held my interest but after the third mention of her making brownies while the mayor was making her speech at the opening, I was annoyed with the repetitiveness. Was it really that important a point?
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

Delany’s writing is the perfect blend of wit and mystery, and I’m always sure to laugh out loud at least once over the way she’s particularly phrased a scene to highlight its humor without dumbing it down. In Tea & Treachery, I found myself chuckling over Lily’s summing up of the chaos that ensued after a body was found on her grandmother’s property. It begins with “Whereupon the scene had descended into something out of a French farce,” continues with one intentionally (and humorously
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Such an enjoyable new series!  I can just imagine visiting Cape Cod and having tea at Lily's tearoom or even staying next door at Rose's B&B.  It is very picturesque and the descriptions provide the motivation to visit that area at some time in the future.

Since this is the first in the series, the author does a wonderful job of sharing the character's past and how they ended up here since they were not born and raised on the Cape.  I felt like that added to the depth of the characters to have in
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tea & Treachery by Vicky Delany is the first book in Tea by the Sea Mystery series.

Even though this is the first book Ms. Delany is a well known and successful writer so there were no beginner's mistakes.
Mystery is solid, well presented, characters are realistic and believable.
The story flows nicely, at the beginning we have the chance to familiarize with main characters and the beautiful setting before murder happens which I think is very nice especially with the first book in the series.

Karen Hollins-Stallman
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Traci
“Tea & Treachery” by Vicki Delany the first instalment in the Tea by the Sea Mysteries. This was a great start to a new series and one that I will be adding to my favourites.

As my friends all know I love the sea and anything British so combining a seaside locale with and English B&B and a traditional English Tea Shoppe I knew I had to read this book. I am so glad I did!

I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in one go yesterday. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns as well
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Um....I really wanted to like this book. The plot is fun, the setting is gorgeous, the food is lovely, but I HATED the secondary characters of Rose, the grandmother, and Bernie, the best friend. Instead of being supportive of Lily, they spend all their time ordering her around, getting her to do their work, taking her away from her business and generally being PITAs.

If your tolerance for narcissists is higher than mine, you may enjoy this book, but I will not be reading the next books in this s
It's always a pleasure to start a brand new cosy mystery series and this one, Tea & Treachery written by Vicki Delany certainly lived up to my expectations!

The reader soon meets the star of the show, Lily Roberts, who has waved goodbye to Manhattan and settled in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the proud owner of Tea by the Sea, a traditional English tearoom on picturesque sea cliffs. She has plenty to keep her busy, including her Granny Rose who runs the Victorian B & B adjacent to Lily’s tea s
Dawn Michelle

I wanted to like this so much more than I did [the bestie really enjoyed it so I was very hopeful]. Unfortunately, there were several things that made it just an average read for me [and I really enjoy this author typically, so this is kind of sad for me to have to write].

1. Rose. OH. MY. GOSH. Though I will admit by the end of the book that she had grown on me some, I was not impressed or enamored by her [and from what I am reading, not many are, so I feel better about that] initially [a
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
What a great location for a cozy: a tea house (next to a B&B) by the sea! Lily, the protagonist, is the owner and pastry chef of the tea shop, and granddaughter to Rose, owner of the B&B. Her friend Bernie is visiting for the summer, trying to write her first book. The three characters couldn't be much more different, but I found they complemented one another well and really liked Bernie. When the owner of the house next door wants to sell, a local developer makes a big deal about wanting to buy ...more
Micky Cox
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing new series set in the Cape Cod area. Lily runs a tea shop that offers an authentic afternoon tea as well as makes breakfast for her Aunt Rose's B&B that she also lives in a small cottage behind. When the property next door is up for rezoning into an ostentatious resort and golf course, Rose is fighting mad and goes on the offensive which lands her in hot water when the developer ends up dead at the bottom of the cliff behind Rose's home. Lily and crew must work quickly to solve the ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Tea Cozy

I was very excited when I found out Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany was mine as a winner in a Goodreads Giveaway. I have read the author’s most recent series centered around a specialized book shop.
This novel is the first in a new series. The author has not only written another clever cozy mystery, but has done lots of research on teas and fancy afternoon tea. There are even recipes for some of the yummy creations at the end of the book.
Lily is a wonderful amateur sleuth and her grandm
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I've been exploring loose leaf tea recently, so tea related cozy mysteries seemed like the perfect accompaniment! This one was really enjoyable, and I definitely want to read more about Lily, Rose, Bernie, Simon, and Matt. Would love to be at a Cape Cod tearoom right now...
Sam Sigelakis-Minski
3 5 stars raised to 4 because this is an ARC, I love Vicki Delany, and it is the first in the series. RTC

Review from my blog:

Thank you, Netgalley and Kensington Books, for this opportunity!

What I Loved:

The Setting. Cape Cod is an absolutely beautiful, magical place, and I would stay at a cliffside B&B with an old-fashioned tea room in a heartbeat. This sounds like a dream come true. While the book doesn’t discuss the town or surrounding areas as much, the onsite location was so well written
Lisa Morin
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strong start of a new cozy mystery series.
Tea & Treachery has a cast of good, solid characters who are very likable.
I enjoyed getting to know Rose and Lily and the idea of an afternoon tea sounds delightful.
I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

4.5 stars. Tea & Treachery is a delightful opener to Vicki Delany’s newest cozy mystery series, Tea by the Sea. I hesitate to use the word “charming,” because the blurb already did… but I can’t help it: it is charming!

Take one pastry-chef-cum-teashop-proprietor. Add a feisty, wily English gran (who owns a B&B), the teashop owner’s best friend (a would-be writer and a force of nature), a hot English gardener, an unscrupulous developer,
K.A. Davis
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TEA & TREACHERY, the first book in the brand new A Tea by the Sea Mystery series, by Vicki Delany, is a delightful start! A Victorian B & B, a traditional English tearoom, a decrepit neighboring house, and a shady real estate developer blend together for an enjoyable cozy read. Protagonist, Lily Roberts runs the teashop, Tea by the Sea, on property holding the B & B, Victoria-on-Sea, which is owned and operated by her grandmother. I’ve been a longtime fan of Ms. Delany and love the way she can b ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a lot to like in this opening volume of a new series by cozy mystery author, Vicki Delany. The Cape Cod setting and a tea shop as one in a pair of businesses run by the main character are not new elements. In fact, readers of Delany’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mysteries series will recognize them at once.

I will admit to being skeptical about the repeat foundations. However, the voice of the narrator, the supporting cast of characters, and the flavor and pacing of the plot line are fresh
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