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Murder with Oolong Tea

(Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery #6)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  67 reviews
In bestselling author Karen Rose Smith's sixth delightfully devious Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery, Pennsylvania Amish country's favorite tea house proprietor, Daisy Swanson, finds herself going back to school expecting to serve tea--only to get a crash course in criminal justice!

The faculty of Willow Creek High School are having a get-together after the spring concert with re
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 29th 2020 by Kensington
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Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Oolong Tea by Karen Rose Smith is a 2020 Kensington publication.

Marvelous Characters and a Challenging Mystery!

Daisy is asked to provide the refreshments for a school faculty gathering, when Althea, an unpopular teacher with both her students, and her colleagues, is found dead.

The emotional toll of sleuthing weighs heavily on Daisy, and she is determined not to get involved in another murder, but, by now, she has gained a bit of a reputation as a natural crime solver.

As Daisy beg
Natalia  R
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Oolong Tea is the sixth installment in the Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery series by Karen Rose Smith. Daisy Swanson moved back to her hometown of Willow Creek, Pennsylvania, after the death of her husband. She has two daughters, Jasmine, who is in high school, and Violet, who has recently given birth to her first child and is married to one of Daisy's employees. Daisy co-owns a lovely tea garden with her aunt Iris, and in this installment, is hired to cater an appreciation tea for the te ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it

In this sixth book in the 'Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery' series, tearoom owner/amateur sleuth Daisy Swanson investigates the murder of a schoolteacher. The book works fine as a standalone.


When she was left a widow with two teenage daughters, Daisy Swanson moved from Florida to her hometown of Willow Creek in the Amish region of Pennsylvania. There Daisy and her Aunt Iris run 'Daisy's Tea Garden', a charming eatery that serves soup, salad, sandwiches, pastries, and tea.

Daisy has a lot on her
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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It’s time for Daisy Swanson to go back to school. Willow Creek High School is having their spring concert and that will be followed get-together for the faculty that is being catered by Daisy’s Tea Garden. Daisy is surprised when one of her former teachers stops by the tea garden to discuss the menu because it had already been finalized, but then Althea Higgins has always been a force to be reckoned with. Students fear her and other teachers steer clear of her but when her dea
Sandy Bartles
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was great spending more time with Daisy and her family. While at her daughter’s school, Daisy hears some screaming and goes to investigate, only to find the body of one of her old teacher’s. Poor Daisy. So much going on in her life already, and now she gets involved in another murder. I enjoyed reading about teas I had never heard of before and the recipes in the back of the book look fabulous! I love this series and hope it never ends!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this bo
Robin Leslie Coxon
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Oolong Tea is the 6th in Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery Series by Karen Rose Smith. Ms. Smith always guarantees her readers a well written plot with the most enjoyable characters in each story. Daisy, the namesake for the Tea Garden, and her Aunt Iris return as well as Daisy's girls, Jazzy and Violet. We are given the chance to attempt to figure out who murdered a long-time teacher, Althea Higgins, while Daisy asked to cater a tea for the falculty to show the district's appreciation for ...more
In this installment of the series, four or five people begged Daisy to solve the murder of her high school English teacher, because, of course, she has solved so many mysteries before. As I've said in previous reviews, Daisy has actually never solved anything, but has only ever managed to find the murderer by getting nearly killed by them in the end. Near the end of this one I thought she had possibly solved this one(!), but as always her clue-following, while actually somewhat impressive in thi ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this sixth book of the series Daisy is preparing refreshments for the faculty at Willow Creek High for a small party they are holding after the spring concert. The staff is hoping to take a moment away from teaching and enjoy themselves but teacher Althea makes it difficult. She always has a problem with something whether it be substitute teachers or the clothing that the teens wear. When Althea is found dead and Daisy among the first to find her she knows she must figure out what happened. E ...more
Jerri Cachero
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Investigating the murder of a school employee no one liked, a visit from her daughter's birth mother, temporarily taking in a teen with family problems and managing the tea shop has Daisy on the run!

The book was a fun read and I enjoyed the pleasant and positive personality of Daisy. A mystery that had "red herrings" and interesting supporting characters, kept me reading. The tea shop was charming and the pastries and read sounded delicious. Be sure and have a snack and a cup of tea while readin
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Daisy Swanson is the co-owner of Daisy’s Tea Garden which she runs with her aunt Iris. They cater to events as well as manage operations at the tea garden.

Her tea garden is also preparing for the spring and summer Amish country has tourist trade in Lancaster County.

Willow Creek High School is having a get-together—after the spring concert—in appreciation of the teachers and the school has hired Daisy’s tea garden to cater the appreciation tea event. She will be working with Megan Pratt , the pri
Patricia Tucker
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! There’s always an intriguing mystery to figure out, as well as catching up with Daisy’s friends and family.

Unraveling the victim’s past makes this mystery even more interesting. I don’t want to give anything away, but felt differently about the victim by the time the murderer was revealed.

Thank you for another wonderful installment in this series, Karen Rose Smith. Keep them coming!

I received an advance copy through NetGalley.
Elizabeth Plunkett
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Delicious mystery set in a tearoom in the heart of Amish country. This was my first book I’ve read in this series but it won’t be my last! The author did a good job of introducing characters so that I wasn’t confused as someone who started several books into the series. The book was fast paced, but delightful cozy and wholesome. As a bonus it included some yummy looking recipes.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Oolong Tea by Karen Rose Smith
(A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery Book 6)
In Pennsylvania's Amish country, Daisy Swanson finds herself going back to school expecting to serve tea--only to get a crash course in criminal justice . . .
The faculty of Willow Creek High School are having a get-together after the spring concert with refreshments provided, courtesy of Daisy's Tea Garden. Oolong tea and chocolate biscuits are just what the staff needs to help them unwind from Althea Higgins' demand
It is a delight to visit Daisy’s Tea Garden in Willow Creek, Lancaster County, PA! Sixth in the series, it is a welcome addition. The characters are like old friends and are defined well through realistic dialog and actions. Picturesque descriptions invited me into each scene, and the mystery kept me guessing. Some relationships are challenged and stretched while some grow and flourish.

Daisy and her teenage daughters moved to her hometown about three years ago. Daisy and her aunt Iris own Daisy’
This is the sixth book in a series by Karen Rose Smith about Daisy Swanson who runs a tea garden she co-owns with her aunt. Daisy moved back to her hometown of Willow Creek, Pennsylvania, after the death of her husband. Daisy is hired by Willow Creek High School to provide refreshments for a meeting of the faculty which is due to take place after the spring concert. The event gets underway but then a long-serving, very opinionated English teacher's dead body - Althea Higgins - is found floating ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder with Oolong Tea is the 6th in the charming Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery Series by Karen Rose Smith. I love returning to this series with wonderful charcters that feel like old friends. The receipes included are divine . This next in series is my favorite of the series with a well crafted sleuth that kept me guessing to conclusion.

Daisy is hosting a tea for a teacher appreciation event. One of her own previous teachers is attending who is contentious and difficult for everyone to get alone
Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)
I adore this series. The setting of a small town tea shop, the cast of characters, and the sweet and sinister plot lines have made the Daisy's Tea Garden Mysteries one of my top series.

First and foremost, I love any book, especially a cozy, that has a middle aged (give or take a few years) protagonist. Also, when said protagonist is a single woman battling her own insecurities while trying to keep it together for her family, that's the perfect recipe to connect emotionally with the books.

In this
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Murder with Oolong Tea is the sixth book in the series: Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery, but the first one I’ve read. The setting is the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, so the influence of the Amish is prominent but the main characters are not followers of the Amish way of life. Daisy Swanson runs a tea “garden” in a small town and has been helpful to the local police in solving previous murders, as explained in the book. I’m sure it would have been a richer, more satisfying read if I’d been more famil ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for a cozy mystery, and this delivered. I loved the tea shop setting and was glad to find recipes in the back. I don't normally jump into the *middle* of an unfamiliar-to-me series, but the author dropped just enough detail that it was easy to keep track of the characters' relationships and histories. The main character and amateur sleuth, Daisy, is not perfect - I found her kind of uptight and judgy at first - but she grows, and you really get a sense of her kind, loving natur ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Daisy is excited about catering the spring tea event for the local school district. But when one of the teachers is found dead in the pool, she is once again in the middle of a murder investigation. To make things more complicated, she had tried to mediate between Zeke and Jonas, and this put a definite strain on her relationship with Jonas. And then there’s her daughter’s houseguest, Brielle. Is she a good or bad influence on Jazzi? A fun cozy mystery, with characters that are more centered on ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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1/13/2021 3.5 stars. Might have been a 4 except for the bizarre white privilege showing in the shoplifting bit. Well-spoken, for real? Full review tk at ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another good addition to this beloved series.
I was happy to catch up with the well written characters and follow their evolution.
The mystery is solid , full of twists and turns, and kept me guessing.
Can’t wait to read the next installment, highly recommended
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this arc, all opinions are mine
So, you know a book is enjoyable when as soon as you finish it you search for the other books in the series and download them all. Murder with Oolong Tea was the first book in Daisy's Tea Garden mystery series that I've had the pleasure of reading, but it won't be the last. Perhaps I just needed a cozy mystery escape this weekend. Or maybe I needed to revisit my favorite Lancaster county. Or maybe I just wanted a fun read with smart, sensible characters. Whatever the reason, I was happy to visit ...more
Carol Deegan
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like the setting in this book of a tea shop, and wish I could visit there. This is not the first book in this series, and I have not read the previous books; I didn’t have any problem following the story as there was enough background given so the reader isn’t confused. The characters are likable and very real, as is the storyline. I had no idea of the identity of the murderer until almost the end of the book. Anyone who likes cozy mysteries would like this book. Received an ARC of this book f ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the latest cozy mystery in the Daisy’s Tea Garden series, Karen Rose Smith gave many clues which took me on a journey of discovery yet sometimes I was left more baffled. Ms. Smith certainly placed any relevant evidence in the right location to keep me guessing as to what was actually going on with the investigation of a murdered woman, while plenty of significant facts about Daisy’s personal life had me connecting with her even more during this story. With the growing number of information-ga ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder With Oolong Tea by Karen Rose Smith is a Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery, the scone of the series I have read, and quite good. Daisy is a widow with two daughters, one a young mother, and the other a teenager. She works hard and she expects them to as well. The older, Vi, had a tussle with post-partum depression but seems to have come out the other end. She and her young husband, Foster, are stilling adjusting to marriage and parenthood but things are looking good. The younger, Jazzi, wants he ...more
Lisa Morin
Murder with Oolong Tea is a perfect addition to the series.
Daisy owns the local tea shop, where the food and drink are delicious and the gossip flows as free as the tea.
Daisy is asked to cater an appreciation tea for the teachers at the local high school. Everyone seems happy with the idea, with the exception of Althea Higgins, a long time teacher, who has no problem vocalizing her complaints.
Everyone has a different opinion of Althea, some appreciate her and some, well it seems they only toler
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars. An interesting version of a small town cozy mystery.

Daisy runs Daisy's Tea Garden with her aunt and she's catering the teacher's appreciation tea at the local high school. But during the tea, teacher Althea Higgins is found murdered in the pool! Althea had had plenty of enemies both in and outside the school, but would any of them murder her? Daisy's position at the tea garden allowing her to hear lots of gossip and her previous experience helping the police solve murders means she ge
Althea Higgins had taught at the high school as long as anyone could remember. She was nearing retirement age but still expressed her strong opinions on every subject, especially about student attire and discipline. Some respected her but most tried to avoid her.
Daisy Swanson is delighted to be asked to cater an appreciation tea for the teachers after the spring concert. Her biggest concern is whether the refrigeration unit in her van is up to the task. No one got to appreciate the delicious re
Lizz Axnick
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I did not like this book. I did not really like it from the get go but it never got any better as I moved through it.

Daisy owns Daisy's Tea Garden in Amish country. She delights in serving teas, baked goods, salads and soups (which she repeats ad nauseum throughout the book) to tourists and her regulars. When she agrees to serve at the teacher appreciation tea at the high school, she has no idea she will soon be embroiled in a murder investigation.

None of this book surprised me. Gee, the mean ch
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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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