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Tempest in the Tea Leaves

(Fortune Teller Mystery #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,435 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Using various fortune telling tools to interpret her visions, Sunny seeks to aid the residents of Divinity, New York. But when she uses tea leaves to read the frazzled town librarian, what lies at the bottom of the cup is anything but helpful.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Berkley
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Jun 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I won this book in a giveaway hosted by Violette @ The Mystery Bookshelf.

*I rarely give one stars, but this was bad and I feel the need to rant so spoilers beware! You've been warned.*

The main character is Sunny Meadows (Nope, I am not fibbing. She changed her name because she was CLEARLY not a Sylvia. And Sunny is much better.) and wants to start her own Fortune Teller business. She decides it's time to move out of her parents house and has chosen Divinity, NY as her new
Nicole Mullet
Oct 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries, 2011
Let this be a lesson to us all- just because one is bored while in line at Acme and in need of a Tuesday evening activity does not mean one should purchase a book solely based on the fact that it is within reach.
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozies, mystery
Sunshine Meadows (no I am not kidding) moves to the small town of Divinity, NY to start her fortune telling business. Her first customer is the town librarian. Sunny warns her that she is going to be killed by a man and then sends her one her merry way. The librarian is killed before Sunny can contact the police and Sunny becomes the prime suspect, even though she just met the woman and has no motive to kill her. So of course, Sunny has to clear her name.

I usually don't do bad reviews because I
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In the fortune telling business there are a lot of pretenders, but Sunshine Meadows is the real deal—and her predictions can be lethally accurate…

Sunny is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune-telling business in an ancient Victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she’s too l
Alice Liu
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was such a strange read for me. It was like reading a middle school book in the guise of an adult cozy mystery. The main character, Sunny, speaks like a very young teen, making up silly names to call people and every line is a cliched joke. It reminded me very much of 12-year-olds who restate lines that they hear on television as they practice their communication skills. On 29-year-old Sunny, it just makes her sound stunted, and she never develops past that as a character. The plot is also ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jeannie and Louis by: Mystery readers
Rarely do I give a novel a five-star review on the first debut, however, I read "Tempest in the Tea Leaves" in record time. Why? Because, as one reviewer stated, it is "Destined to become a classic." A 29yr old young lady feeling out of touch with the world she was born to, decides it is time to venture out and live her own life, in her own way.

Sunshine Meadows is our sleuth's chosen name (to the chagrin of her parents.) I think the name is perfect. Lady Vicky, is the name of Sunny's new Victori
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Tempest In The Tea Leaves” is a new series I’ve savoured; expecting.... my cup of tea. I love a fortune-teller buying a house she adores and establishing a special career. I’m willing to wave away the cliché of attraction with the reigning town cop. Indeed, a psychic needn’t be an elderly foreigner in hoop earrings. However ‘Sunny’ does not carry the mature, composed demeanour of this discipline. The aura of wonderment and enticement are missing.

It’s all right that she’s young and determined bu
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2011
Sunny Meadows moves to the small town of Divinity, New York.
Hoping to make a new start in her own home and her job as a psychic.
Sunny uses all kinds of divination methods to aid her clients.
When the town librarian asks for a reading, Sunny reads her clients tea leaves.
But what she sees in that cup doesn't bode well!
When the librarian ends up dead as predicted by Sunny, detective Mitch Stone knocks on her door.
Now she has to find the real culprit or she can see herself crystal clear in jail.

Mary Brown
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sunny Meadows had left home and moved to Divinity, New York. She realized that at age 29, it was time that she followed her passion and live her life the way she wanted to. Her parents do not understand her and are not happy with her career choice. You see, Sunny is a fortune teller and a darn good one, if she does say so herself. She has moved into a “haunted “ house, which she feels will be good for business. What is not so good for business is the fact that her first customer winds up dead on ...more
Kim (Bookishly Me)
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Tempest in the Tea Leaves is the first book in Kari Lee's new series.

Sunny leaves her parents house to live in an old Victorian home in a small town called Divinity and start her own business in fortune telling. In her first reading for the town librarian she sees the woman getting murdered. She informs the police and just as she predicted the woman is murdered. The detective on the case Mitch Stone is a non-believer and Sunny put herself right on top of the suspect list. Well she is the only su
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
I really wanted to like this one. On paper it is perfect. A small town cozy with a nice side of paranormal. And what a cute cover! Sadly I just could not get past the protagonist. Sunny has to be the most immature, bordering on stupid protagonists, I’ve read about to date…and that includes children’s books! At first , I just thought she was going to be a little ditzy…but after a few chapter I had to bail.

I really want to say…it’s not you it’s me…but it really was you…
Diana | Book of Secrets
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tempest in the Tea Leaves is a light and fun cozy mystery with a touch of the paranormal and a hint of romance. This is the first book in Kari Lee Townsend's A Fortune Teller Mystery series. I enjoyed this book!

Fortune teller Sunshine Meadows (aka Sunny) leaves New York City for the small town of Divinity in upstate New York, because she's tired of her high society parents not believing in her or her special gift. Determined to make a new start in Divinity before her trust fund money runs out, s
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This the first book in the A Fortune Teller Mystery series from Townsend.

I really enjoyed this book. I love to be told a story and this book told a great story. There were a couple things that I thought were stretching a point, but overall they worked in very well and contributed to the overall story>

Sunny has left the Big Apple to start her life in the small town of Divinity, NY. She has purchased an old Victorian home, that could be haunted, and plans to set up a business as a psychic. The hou
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
The protagonist, Sunny Meadows, leaves her parents penthouse at the age of 29. However she is anything but mature. She sticks her tongue out, makes up silly names for people she meets, jumps up and down and claps when she is excited, and has an overall preteen attitude. Sunny uses tea leaves to do a physic reading for the town librarian and tells her she will meet an untimely death, as in that very night. Sunny then calls the police and tells them the librarian will die that evening. Shocker, Su ...more
Mystereity Reviews
2 1/2 stars.

This had a really good plot, and likable characters but just too implausible to be taken seriously. I'm not entirely convinced it was written by an adult. Teenager, maybe, or a really ditzy young woman who doesn't have social skills.

Sunny Meadows, fledgling psychic, defies her parents (at the age of 29) and moves from NYC to a small town in central NY to start a fortune telling business. She buys an old, haunted Victorian house, and immediately forecasts her first customer's murder.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Sunny Meadows (she named herself that, her real given name is Sylvia Eleanor) declares that she's moving away from the big city and starting her own life and a fortune-telling business in small-town Divinity. Her parents "don't understand her" and "treat her like a child" - probably because, for a 29 year old woman, she sounds & acts more like an eighteen year old kid - an annoying & spoiled hippie-wannabe "trust-fund kid", at that. Sunny even names the stately old Victorian home she's purchased ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sunny Meadows, formerly Sylvia, moves to the upstate NY town of Divinity having bought an old Victorian house to open her business as a psychic.
Her house is purported to be haunted, adding to the charm of her whole new endeavor.

Her first client is a frightened librarian and what Sunny reads in the leaves is death and murder. She informs the police, only to be met with skepticism. When the librarian is murdered, Sunny is targeted as the prime suspect. She works with and against the handsome Dete
Absolutely enjoyed this mystery. I bought it on a whim at the bookstore because (1) I like a good mystery and (2) this type of mystery fits my interest.

I was not disappointed.

The author does not make us wait for the mystery to start. We are introduced to Sunny's character as she leaves NYC for Divinity to start a new life, on her own.

Two chapters in we are thrust forward into a mystery surrounding the death of the librarian, a death that Sunny foretold in the librarian's tea leaves. Since Sunny
Dec 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sorry to the author of this book but I just plain didn't like it. It was very childish and the main character was unrelatable. the plot was illogical to the point of being nearly unreadable for an adult. I'd recommend this book to a middle schooler maybe. this book is about a trust fund girl with a magical (yeah it's actually magic...there is no other magic in this book) cat who somehow gets to help solve a murder that she is the main suspect of. because that makes sense. also she's very proud o ...more
Michelle Madow
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
This was the first cozy mystery I've ever read, and I'm so glad I did. Kari's writing is fun and fresh, and the main character, Sunny, is so quirky and lovable! Really just trying to get out there and make it on her own when she's thrown into something she never expected. With a hot detective, too! ;) There's some fabulous banter between the two of them that I positively loved. I also love the paranormal elements. All in all, this is an excellent story that I highly recommend! ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I rated this 3.75/5. It's quite good for a first in a new series and am looking forward to the next book. Sunny Meadows reads tea leaves and sees into the present and the future. She also becomes an amateur sleuth to clear her name when a client dies from poison in tea leaves given to her by Sunny. ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
This is the 7th first book in a new series I've read in the past 2 months and all have been winners. I liked the "woo woo" flavor this series has with the fortune teller, though the heroine's name is a bit silly....Sunshine Meadows?? I can't think of anyone I've ever known who would actually choose a name like that for themselves. Other than the silly name, I liked this one okay! ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
The author shows some promise in this first book in a new series. I thought the writing was uneven ... too many bumps in the road. I didn't much care for the heroine, Sunny. I love the tea leaf reading and Morty, the cat (or whatever he is) is great. Not sure that I'll try another .. certainly not a full price! ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed my introduction to the little town of Divinity, New York and Sunny Meadows. Sunny's running commentary on the things that were happening gave me more than a few giggles. So did Mort's antics. Her parents were super frustrating and I wanted to shake them both like they were martinis. All in all this was a very fun read. I'm happy I picked it up from my library's exchange rack. ...more
Beverly J.
Aug 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the top ten worst books I have ever endured. I cannot imagine how an author can have a character do things that are so completely unbelievable. It's too bad, really, there were some really cute aspects at times, but as a whole, NO. ...more
Dec 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
December 9, 2011: I'm on page 203 of 294 of Tempest in the Tea Leaves: This book is awful. At this point I am only reading it to complete my Reading Challenge. What a waste of paper! ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I had a hard time liking this book and I think it was mostly due to the main character. She just got on my nerves and I couldn't like her. ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it did not like it

Sunny is a moron and I have no desire to read any more about her.
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Because it's NYE and it's 40 degrees C outside and my brain is on vacation. ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Cute idea, poorly executed.

Sunny Meadows moves from NY to the quaint town of Divinity, NY. She’s a psychic and with her very first client, tells them they’re going to die. Umm, say what now? I’ll admit, I have gone to one or two psychics in my time but more for pure entertainment than anything. If I had one tell me I was going to be murdered, I’d laugh, leave, and then leave a bad yelp review.

So, Sunny calls the police and the hunky detective comes to her house. Ok, I’ve lived in a small town…th
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National Bestselling Author, Agatha, RT Reviewers Choice & Golden Duck Award Nominee. Kari Lee Townsend lives in central NY with her very understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter. A former teacher with a master's in English education, she is a long-time lover of reading and writing. She is best known as the author of the Fortune Teller Mystery series, but also wr ...more

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