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Fifty-something widow Willow Foxglove is looking forward to a cup of tea and a dalliance with the local realtor. Instead, she ends up with a dead body on her doorstep! When the murder victim is revealed as her 'kind-of' boyfriend, the finger of blame points squarely at Willow. To avoid a murder charge, she needs to track down the real killer. Believing that the local A Fifty-something widow Willow Foxglove is looking forward to a cup of tea and a dalliance with the local realtor. Instead, she ends up with a dead body on her doorstep! When the murder victim is revealed as her 'kind-of' boyfriend, the finger of blame points squarely at Willow. To avoid a murder charge, she needs to track down the real killer. Believing that the local Aniseed Valley sheriff is unequal to the challenge, Willow sets about clearing her name. She must also decide the fate of a gifted Maine Coon kitten, who's set her allergies ablaze. As the net tightens, Willow draws on the book-smarts of best friend Harmony and conspiracy-laden facts from second-best friend Reg to help solve the crime. And, of course, she can always rely on handy hints from her favorite TV show of all time - Miss Walsham Investigates! Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries are quick 1-2 hour reads, perfect for filling in time waiting for appointments, commuting to work, or when your significant other insists on watching a TV show that makes you roll your eyes! These books contain no swearing, no gore, no cliffhangers, and no graphic scenes.


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Fifty-something widow Willow Foxglove is looking forward to a cup of tea and a dalliance with the local realtor. Instead, she ends up with a dead body on her doorstep! When the murder victim is revealed as her 'kind-of' boyfriend, the finger of blame points squarely at Willow. To avoid a murder charge, she needs to track down the real killer. Believing that the local A Fifty-something widow Willow Foxglove is looking forward to a cup of tea and a dalliance with the local realtor. Instead, she ends up with a dead body on her doorstep! When the murder victim is revealed as her 'kind-of' boyfriend, the finger of blame points squarely at Willow. To avoid a murder charge, she needs to track down the real killer. Believing that the local Aniseed Valley sheriff is unequal to the challenge, Willow sets about clearing her name. She must also decide the fate of a gifted Maine Coon kitten, who's set her allergies ablaze. As the net tightens, Willow draws on the book-smarts of best friend Harmony and conspiracy-laden facts from second-best friend Reg to help solve the crime. And, of course, she can always rely on handy hints from her favorite TV show of all time - Miss Walsham Investigates! Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries are quick 1-2 hour reads, perfect for filling in time waiting for appointments, commuting to work, or when your significant other insists on watching a TV show that makes you roll your eyes! These books contain no swearing, no gore, no cliffhangers, and no graphic scenes.

30 review for Pushing Up Daisies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I picked this one up through Kindle Unlimited mainly because of the cover... I think it's so cute! I've learned that I've been really loving short novellas, and I've always known I really enjoy characters that are much older than I am. It's nice to finish a book in one afternoon and feel so accomplished. This is a delightful cozy mystery about a 50ish woman who's boyfriend turns up dead in her garden. Not much too it, very short and sweet. I will definitely continue on in the series. I picked this one up through Kindle Unlimited mainly because of the cover... I think it's so cute! I've learned that I've been really loving short novellas, and I've always known I really enjoy characters that are much older than I am. It's nice to finish a book in one afternoon and feel so accomplished. This is a delightful cozy mystery about a 50ish woman who's boyfriend turns up dead in her garden. Not much too it, very short and sweet. I will definitely continue on in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I feel like the explanation was missing at the end of this book. The mystery was very simple and quick to read. I thought the characters were likable but I have to be very honest and say I was glad I just borrowed it through my Kindle Unlimited. The killer was more or less left up to our assumption so the ending was a let down to me with no arrest or closure. I'm pretty sure it wasn't left like that to continue in the next book. The story line was that a retired lady named Willow found her boyfr I feel like the explanation was missing at the end of this book. The mystery was very simple and quick to read. I thought the characters were likable but I have to be very honest and say I was glad I just borrowed it through my Kindle Unlimited. The killer was more or less left up to our assumption so the ending was a let down to me with no arrest or closure. I'm pretty sure it wasn't left like that to continue in the next book. The story line was that a retired lady named Willow found her boyfriend Roger dead in her garden. He'd left her a kitten that he'd ordered in special from the pet shop since it was Maine Coon cat, which she was allergic to. Her friendship with Harmony and Reg was pretty cute--they were funny and supportive. Very nice characters but again, no real mystery closure. I will probably borrow the next book on Kindle Unlimited just to see how she's getting along with the kitten.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Perfect cozy read! Great introduction to a new cozy mystery series written by a well established author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    This is the first book in a six part series. It's more of a long short story really and I'll probably carry on the series now and then when I want something light and uncomplicated to read. I chose this book to read as I wanted to read some cozy mysteries set in New Zealand or Australia so I was a bit disappointed that there was no sense at all of where it was set. I wonder if any of her other books have more of a setting in term of location with reference to a particular way of life? This is the first book in a six part series. It's more of a long short story really and I'll probably carry on the series now and then when I want something light and uncomplicated to read. I chose this book to read as I wanted to read some cozy mysteries set in New Zealand or Australia so I was a bit disappointed that there was no sense at all of where it was set. I wonder if any of her other books have more of a setting in term of location with reference to a particular way of life?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Cute, quick, cozy mystery read. Nothing too outlandish or deep. Entertaining.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Mustache Louie Matos

    Pushing Up Daisies is Book 1 of the Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries. Willow Foxglove is in her 50s. She was a former model and grows her own herbs and spices. She looks forward to having her own little Tea Shop but does not know when that could happen. In the meantime she is looking forward to her boyfriend showing up on the sly. When he does not show up, she is disappointed. Even more so when his dead body is found in her garden. With little faith in the local sheriff, Willow enlists her best friends, Pushing Up Daisies is Book 1 of the Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries. Willow Foxglove is in her 50s. She was a former model and grows her own herbs and spices. She looks forward to having her own little Tea Shop but does not know when that could happen. In the meantime she is looking forward to her boyfriend showing up on the sly. When he does not show up, she is disappointed. Even more so when his dead body is found in her garden. With little faith in the local sheriff, Willow enlists her best friends, Harmony and Reg in trying to solve the mystery. After all on her favorite TV show, Miss Walsham Investigates, they make it look so easy. This is a quick 2 hour read with lots of fun little twists. I thoroughly enjoyed it and decided to buy the entire 6 book set.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Different faces on show Easy read, gentle cozy. Okay the ending was a bit "off" but the rest of it more than made up for it. She had been a widow for some time but now was enjoying a special friendship with the local estate agent. That is if her friends would stop popping in when she was expecting him. Imagine her surprise when she finds a kitten, a dead body and is accused of murder. Can she and her quirky friends find the real culprit before anyone else is accused of the murder. The characters Different faces on show Easy read, gentle cozy. Okay the ending was a bit "off" but the rest of it more than made up for it. She had been a widow for some time but now was enjoying a special friendship with the local estate agent. That is if her friends would stop popping in when she was expecting him. Imagine her surprise when she finds a kitten, a dead body and is accused of murder. Can she and her quirky friends find the real culprit before anyone else is accused of the murder. The characters are full of idiosyncrasies which make for an entertaining read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

    Got from Kindle unlimited as part of the Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries Books 1-6. Surprisingly short. More short story than novel. I enjoyed it. Still not sure I love the characters though. That is, it was so short that I didn't have time to get invested in them. Remainder of six: Berry Murderous (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Book 2) Deathbed of Roses (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Book 3) Orange Juiced (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Book 4) Keeping Mums (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Book 5) Hibiscus Homicide (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Got from Kindle unlimited as part of the Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries Books 1-6. Surprisingly short. More short story than novel. I enjoyed it. Still not sure I love the characters though. That is, it was so short that I didn't have time to get invested in them. Remainder of six: Berry Murderous (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Book 2) Deathbed of Roses (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Book 3) Orange Juiced (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Book 4) Keeping Mums (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Book 5) Hibiscus Homicide (Tea Shop Cozy Mystery Book 6)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michele Crandell

    A simple murder mystery, but really without much of the mystery. I liked the light and flowing plot, but the story moved rapidly, there was little character development, and motives for everything felt rather flat. If there had been a little more development in the story, and the investigation by our main character had gone on a little longer, this story would have made for a really compelling afternoon read over tea. Instead, it focused in all the wrong details and left me ready to just finish t A simple murder mystery, but really without much of the mystery. I liked the light and flowing plot, but the story moved rapidly, there was little character development, and motives for everything felt rather flat. If there had been a little more development in the story, and the investigation by our main character had gone on a little longer, this story would have made for a really compelling afternoon read over tea. Instead, it focused in all the wrong details and left me ready to just finish the story. All the points for Mavis the cat though.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca MacCeile

    A Good Fun Read I was pursuing listings looking for something fun and easy to read. This author caught my eye, and I’m so glad she did! I loved the way the characters grew through out the story, and it was a wonderful balance of serious classic mystery, with a splash of fun as well. I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the Tea Shop Cozy series and exploring some of he authors other works.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol Darling

    Retired widow starts dating. She just started dating again after being widowed and wasn't quite ready to share it in words with friends. An evening date for tea and companionship were hope that they might put the attraction into words. Things went terribly wrong and she is alone again and trying to prove her innocence. Good read. Retired widow starts dating. She just started dating again after being widowed and wasn't quite ready to share it in words with friends. An evening date for tea and companionship were hope that they might put the attraction into words. Things went terribly wrong and she is alone again and trying to prove her innocence. Good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Delightful mystery I've just read the first in this series but I know enough to know I'll be reading anything Ms Hayton has written! Her characters are well written and her storylines are believable. It's not Midsomer but I will be visiting quite often for a mystery story and a nice cup of tea! Delightful mystery I've just read the first in this series but I know enough to know I'll be reading anything Ms Hayton has written! Her characters are well written and her storylines are believable. It's not Midsomer but I will be visiting quite often for a mystery story and a nice cup of tea!

  13. 4 out of 5

    M. White

    A great beginning Pushing Up Daisies is a well-crafted beginning to fun new series. The characters are well developed, but still leave you eager to learn more about them...and what's not to love about a cute Main Coon kitten who rules the house. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to all cozy fans. A great beginning Pushing Up Daisies is a well-crafted beginning to fun new series. The characters are well developed, but still leave you eager to learn more about them...and what's not to love about a cute Main Coon kitten who rules the house. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to all cozy fans.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deanie Nelder

    I think this book is intended to be "little old lady sleuth" kind of book, though MC Willow is only in her 50's. She and her BFF aren't smart enough to be Miss Marple types, and not wacky enough to be a an offbeat, funny detective. There's nothing terribly wrong with the book, it's just boring. And it hardly involves a tea shop at all. I think this book is intended to be "little old lady sleuth" kind of book, though MC Willow is only in her 50's. She and her BFF aren't smart enough to be Miss Marple types, and not wacky enough to be a an offbeat, funny detective. There's nothing terribly wrong with the book, it's just boring. And it hardly involves a tea shop at all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Neat little story This murder mystery was was an easy read with enough action to keep the reader entertained throughout the book. I am definitely interested in reading further in this series to see what mystery and mayhem Willow Foxglove gets into next!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Willow's "special someone" doesn't show up for dinner one night She was worried, of course. At least he could have called. That worry disappeared when she found... Read this book to find out what happens. Really good read! Willow's "special someone" doesn't show up for dinner one night She was worried, of course. At least he could have called. That worry disappeared when she found... Read this book to find out what happens. Really good read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Pleasant enough read, characters are likeable. The ending however felt rushed and not properly finished. I had to go back to see if I missed the reveal of the killer. The ending lets it down, but enjoyed it enough to read the next in the series at some point

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tracey North

    A quick read It was a cute story with quirky characters that I hope will get more and more interesting as the series progresses. It was a fast read. It could have used more depth to the story and characters, but overall enjoyable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Nicely written cozy mystery with great characters. The storyline was decent, not long and drawn out, but just the right length. A good start to a series of short mysteries that can be read in an hour or two.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patricia H. Phelps

    Willow finds a murderer gentleman friend in her garden Willow is arrested at first, but she and her friends take it upon themselves to find the real murderer. In the course of doing so, Willow finds another side of the man she had come to love.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judith Allen

    Daisies I enjoyed reading this story very much. The characters are just that. Not always totally believable, but interesting. Good storyline. Well written. Thank you for good entertainment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eirlys

    Weeping Willow Willow's friend is murdered in her garden and his kitten needs a home. She is allergic to cats and her life is changed forever, but for good or bad? Liked the characters, and I am looking forward reading more about them. Weeping Willow Willow's friend is murdered in her garden and his kitten needs a home. She is allergic to cats and her life is changed forever, but for good or bad? Liked the characters, and I am looking forward reading more about them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim Hamilton

    I loved this short cozy and plan to check out Katherine Hayton's other series. I loved this short cozy and plan to check out Katherine Hayton's other series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I did not like this book and read only part of the first chapter.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barb Nifong

    A good read I very much liked this book. It was a quick read and kept my interest. I look forward to the second book in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    gary c lehn

    Good series........ I enjoyed this story of easy adventure and suspense. The author has put together a wonderful cast of characters to help tell her story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Sacks

    Very cute Quick read, but interesting and involving. Good characters, mystery. Just right for a quick read before bed. I'll try another! Very cute Quick read, but interesting and involving. Good characters, mystery. Just right for a quick read before bed. I'll try another!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Really enjoyed this book, was like a pleasant visit to a little village. Looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Boreros

    Wonderful Story I enjoyed reading this Tea Shop Mystery Book 1. Interesting characters and mystery. I hope Book 2 is just as good.

  30. 4 out of 5

    C

    Who done it This is a who done it read that might make you think back to a few TV shows that used to be on in the evenings.

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