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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 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 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' demanding curriculum. Her lessons on such controversial subjects as school uniforms and under qualified substitute teachers are earning her an F from her colleagues. But a failing grade was preferable to Althea falling victim to foul play. Daisy was there when her body was discovered in the school swimming pool, murdered by strangulation. Althea was certainly a strict, opinionated taskmaster, unliked by both teachers and students, but would any of them actually want to kill her? As Daisy starts asking questions, she gets a real education in Althea's history, discovering more than enough enemies with more than enough motives to cancel her classes permanently...


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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 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 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' demanding curriculum. Her lessons on such controversial subjects as school uniforms and under qualified substitute teachers are earning her an F from her colleagues. But a failing grade was preferable to Althea falling victim to foul play. Daisy was there when her body was discovered in the school swimming pool, murdered by strangulation. Althea was certainly a strict, opinionated taskmaster, unliked by both teachers and students, but would any of them actually want to kill her? As Daisy starts asking questions, she gets a real education in Althea's history, discovering more than enough enemies with more than enough motives to cancel her classes permanently...

30 review for Murder with Oolong Tea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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 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 begins to gently explore areas of Althea’s life, she discovers some shocking information, few knew about. These revelations, widens the suspect list, making it much harder to pin down whodunit. Meanwhile, Daisy has her hands full with the tea shop, and her family life is busier than ever. Jazzy has asked if her new friend, who is mostly unsupervised by the adults in her life, can stay with them for a while, plus, Daisy is worried she may have pushed Jonas away for good. This is one of the best culinary cozy mystery series going right now. The mystery is interesting, well-plotted, and suspenseful, and as always, the characterizations are lovely, and the delicious foods and teas, create the welcoming atmosphere that keeps me coming back for more! Rose does a great job balancing the mystery with the trials faced by the recurring characters!! Can’t wait to touch base with Daisy and her lovely family again!! *Recipes included!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natalia R

    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 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 teachers at the local high school, when Althea, an English teacher, is found dead in the school swimming pool. Althea was disliked by many of her students and colleagues, but would any of them actually want to kill her? Daisy is determined to find out. This is a delightful series, with well-developed characters, a sense of community and family, and mouthwatering descriptions of food and teas. Daisy is a warm and genuine protagonist, and I care about her and the people in her life. While this is more of a character-driven series, the mysteries are still very interesting and always keeps me on my toes. Definitely recommend it and of course, I will be back for another visit. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    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 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 mind besides managing the tearoom. Daisy's daughter Vi and son-in-law Foster need advice about their finances and help with their 4-month-old baby Sammy; Daisy's 16-year-old daughter Jazzi asks permission for a classmate named Brielle - a rebellious girl with a nose ring, piercings, and tattoos - to stay over for two weeks, while Brielle's parents are traveling; and Daisy's boyfriend Jonas, a custom wood craftsman, is suffering from a friend's betrayal. In addition, Daisy is planning a children's tea AND an event for the local high school. Willow Creek High School is organizing a student concert followed by a teacher appreciation tea, and Daisy has been hired to cater the party. To go over the menu, Daisy meets guidance counselor Stella Cotton and principal Megan Pratt in Willow Creek High School's teachers' lounge, which is filled with faculty and staff. While Daisy, Stella, and Megan are discussing the refreshments for the appreciation tea, sixtyish English teacher Althea Higgins - who taught Daisy in her old high school days - makes loud unkind remarks about a newly hired instructor called Claudia Moore. Later, Althea comes to Daisy's Tea Garden and confronts Daisy because no one asked her opinion about the appreciation tea. Althea wants gluten-free choices as well as organic produce. Daisy soon learns that Althea is an opinionated, outspoken, hard-nosed woman who's always complaining about someone or something. At the appreciation tea, which is held in Willow Creek High School, Althea has a loud confrontation with Claudia, the teacher she dislikes. Afterwards, Althea's body is found in the school pool, strangled with a rope. Claudia is an early suspect for Althea's murder, as is guidance counselor Stella Cotton, who found the body. In actuality, though, there are many possible murderers because Althea angered almost everyone she met. Daisy has previously solved homicides in Willow Creek, and several people - who fear they or their loved ones might be accused - ask Daisy to look into Althea's murder. Daisy agrees, but emphasizes that the police are the REAL detectives. Nevertheless, the locals tend to come to Daisy with their observations and evidence, which Daisy inevitably investigates herself, planning to tell the police if things pan out. In between interviewing people, data mining, searching apartments, making inquiries, and so on, Daisy deals with the issues in her personal life, some of which are very serious. Daisy also serves a lot of oolong tea, blueberry coffee cake, snickerdoodles, scones, cabbage sausage soup, and other goodies to family, friends, customers, and acquaintances. Daisy is a caring woman who helps others and sticks up for the underdog, especially if someone is unfairly criticized in her presence. Daisy also has a fine support system, including her aunt and mother; the employees at Daisy's Tea Room; friends in Willow Creek; and the town police, who appreciate her assistance. This is a fine cozy mystery with likable characters, a good plot, and recipes at the end. Highly recommended to fans of the genre. Thanks to Netgalley, Karen Rose Smith, and Kensington Publishing Corp. for a copy of the book. You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/ The book includes recipes for Blueberry Coffee Cake, Cabbage Sausage Soup, and Coleslaw. Blueberry Coffee Cake Cabbage Sausage Soup Coleslaw

  4. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts 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 Dollycas’s Thoughts 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 dead body is found in the pool in the middle of the get-together no one is more shocked than Daisy. She vows not to get wrapped up in another murder case but several people ask her to get involved so she feels she has no choice. So she takes a dip into the pool of suspects in her attempt to uncover who strangled the life out of Althea Higgins. Again this author impresses me with her ability to take on issues within her books that inform and pull you deeper into the story for more than just an excellent mystery. Relationships play a huge role in Murder with Oolong Tea. Daisy and Jonas, Jonas and Zeke, Daisy and Zeke, Vi and Foster, Tessa and Trevor, Jazzie and her new friend Brielle, Brielle and her parents, Brielle and her grandmother, Althea, and her grandson, and more. All these characters are well-crafted and strong and their interactions are never dull. There is always something happening at the tea shop, Willow Creek, and the Amish countryside to keep people on their toes. This story was so well-plotted. Tying all the subplots to the main mystery was not an easy task but Ms. Smith does an incredible job. Equipped with her curious nature and her ability to get people to open up to her Daisy sets up several twists and uncovers some unlikely suspects. The author brings suspense in all the right places. I really enjoyed the way the whole story unfolded. The pace was brisk and I was captivated completely following along with all the clues. The food described within these pages made my mouth water. Daisy dished up a lot of Blueberry Coffee Cake both at work and at home. Thankfully the recipe is in the back of the book and would work with a variety of fruits. Murder with Oolong Tea is filled with great characters and a first-rate mystery. It is a wonderful addition to the must-read cozy series. The next installment, Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea will be released on August 24, 2021. I can hardly wait.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Bartles

    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 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 book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin Leslie Coxon

    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 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 their service. In addition to figuring out who might have wanted Althea out of the way, we also get a look into the lives of a young married couple, a mother-daughter relationship, and also a relationship between friends. As always I enjoyed each page from beginning to end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 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 this book, leads only to red herrings. I have no doubt that everyone in Willow Creek thinks Daisy solved the murder, however. Unlike Daisy, I did solve this one, but not with any clues, and only with the logic of what sort of dispensable and not-particularly-suspected character this author always picks to be the murderer. If all this sounds like a complaint, it isn't really. I haven't been reading this series for clever crime solving, but for something utterly comforting during a stressful time, and this definitely delivered. It's so sweetly wholesome it almost makes my teeth hurt, but there's definitely something about knowing that everything will work out, loving relationships abound, and there will always be tea and cats that makes these books so soothing. If that's what you are looking for, this book delivers! *I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    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 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. Even though she was found in the pool she was strangled to death. Althea had quite a few enemies from other faculty to students but who among them hated the woman enough to kill her. While digging into Althea's life Daisy soon learns there were quite a few motives for people to want her dead. Follow along as Daisy puts all the pieces together in hopes of figuring out who killed Althea and why. This is such a great series that keeps you guessing the whole way through.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    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 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 reading! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    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 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 principal of Willow Creek High School, and Stella Conton, the school’s guidance counselor to create the menu for the event. Some recipes Daisy suggests are Daisy’s Spring Garden, avocado-cucumber soup and tomato aspic; egg and olive sandwiches; beef on rye squares, cucumber watercress triangles; and desserts—cake with mini shoofly pies and lemon tarts. To name a few. One of the teachers named Althea Higgins—and Daisy’s former English teacher has been opposed to the school hiring a teacher named Claudia Moore is filling a vacant spot in the math department because the current teacher is on maternity leave. Althea is quite opinionated and is not well liked by her faculty members. Following an altercation between Althea and Claudia at the tea event, Althea is found dead floating in the school’s swimming pool with a rope wrapped around her neck. Daisy starts asking questions trying to find out who would hate Althea enough to want to kill her. Overall, good read. Included in this book are delicious recipes such as Blueberry Coffee Cake, Cabbage Sausage Soup, and Coleslaw. Would recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Tucker

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Plunkett

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    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 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' demanding curriculum. Her lessons on such controversial subjects as school uniforms and underqualified substitute teachers are earning her an F from her colleagues. But a failing grade was preferable to Althea falling victim to foul play. Daisy was there when her body was discovered in the school swimming pool, murdered by strangulation. Althea was certainly a strict, opinionated taskmaster, unliked by both teachers and students, but would any of them actually want to kill her? As Daisy starts asking questions, she gets a real education in Althea's history, discovering more than enough enemies with more than enough motives to cancel her classes permanently . . . Includes delicious recipes This is Daisy Swanson and Jonas's story. This is Althea's story. This is Daisy’s friends and family's story. “Claudia never should have been hired,” Althea Higgins proclaimed loudly enough for everyone in the teachers’ lounge to hear. Daisy Swanson, who was consulting with the principal of Willow Creek High School along with the guidance counselor, listened in spite of herself. Mrs. Higgins had been one of her English teachers when she’d been in high school. Daisy particularly remembered Mrs. Higgins’s love of Shakespeare. The older teacher, who Daisy gauged to be around sixty, wore her gray hair in a long ponytail that trailed down her back. With her high-necked white blouse and her midi-length tan skirt, she looked like a schoolmarm from olden days except . . . she more resembled an unhappy schoolmarm with her mouth pursed as if she’d tasted rhubarb and didn’t like it. Daisy hurried out the door from the all-purpose room and hurried past the pool and other meeting rooms to the outside door and her van. She opened the door of the vehicle and climbed inside. The thermometer in the refrigeration unit said the temperature was on point. Relieved, she removed the mini tarts in their pastry boxes, closed the door to the van, and carried the boxes inside. As March in Pennsylvania was wont to do, the day had begun with a cold chill and it hadn’t dissipated. Wind blew across the portico leading to the inside of the building and Daisy shivered. She hadn’t bothered with her jacket to run in and out. However, as she reentered the building, she heard a piercing scream that sent a frisson of fear up her spine. The sound had come from the pool. Daisy dropped the boxes of tarts and ran for the double doors leading into the pool area. The frosted glass revealed nothing. I recommend reading. Murder with Oolong Tea by Karen Rose Smith is a wonderful well written 5 star book. I am looking forward to reading more books by Karen Rose Smith. I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    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’ 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’s Tea Garden, a full-service tea house that serves various teas, soups, sandwiches, and baked goods. They offer full afternoon tea, either in the special tearoom or catered to a customer’s location. Daisy is going to cater a tea for the high school in appreciation of the teachers. Daisy saw the English teacher she had in high school, Althea Higgins, when planning the tea with Stacy, the counselor. Althea is planning for her retirement for the following year. Mrs. Higgins was liked by very few folks, whether students or fellow teachers. She could be strict, even overbearing, and many students were afraid of her. At the next school board meeting, the topic of students wearing uniforms is on the agenda. Althea wants students to wear uniforms as she believes when students wear good clothes, they think better about themselves and tend to apply themselves more. On the day of the tea, several of Daisy’s employees came to help serve. All was going well until Althea and a teacher she didn’t approve of had words at their table. Both women left the table. Not long afterwards Daisy was in the hallway and heard a scream. Arriving where the swimming pool is, she saw Stella, the counselor, leaning into the pool, trying to drag Althea out of the water, but it was too late. The person who wrapped the pool lane ropes around her neck made sure of that. Daisy has helped solve murders in the past, particularly the time she was a suspect, and another when Aunt Iris was a suspect. She has no plan of getting involved this time. The Tea Garden is busy as tourist season gears up. Her older daughter, Vi, has four-month-old Sammy, and she loves spending time with them. Her younger daughter, Jazzi, is having a friend from school spend a couple weeks with them, and her birth mother will be there for a visit. Against her best intentions, Daisy became involved in the process of gathering information from those who knew Althea, due to her friendship with one of the suspects. One of her employees has a personal interest and was willing to help with the process. I enjoyed catching up with Daisy and her family; there is always something going on with her daughters, boyfriend, and other family members. I also enjoyed the special entertainment for one of the events at the tea garden and reading about the oolong tea and blueberry coffee cake that are highlights. The mystery kept this armchair sleuth busy trying to determine whodunit. Unfortunately, I had considered – and rejected – the real bad guy, so well are the clues planted toward other people. The resolution was satisfactory, with no outstanding items. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy well-written cozy mysteries, tea and food pairings, family relationships, and sweet romance. From a thankful heart: I received a review copy from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    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 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 in the school swimming pool. Daisy takes it upon herself to investigate. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder with Oolong Tea and found it compelling. It was easy to read, and I thought protagonist Daisy was a great character as she was personable as well as being compassionate, level-headed, and showed brilliant sleuthing skills. The mystery itself included more than enough twists and variety to keep me guessing and turning the pages until the big reveal. A good bunch of people surrounded Daisy, the tea shop was charming and the cakes and pastries sounded scrummy, especially the blueberry coffee cake. Daisy's family issues felt real and the author spotlighted topics of trust and kindness. This is a great, very high quality, fun read, and I intend to catch up with the other books in the series. Also, I can’t wait to see what’s next for Daisy in book seven, Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    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 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 with. She has already had words with Daisy over her complaints about the menu. . When she is found murdered Daisy is on the case and soon clues abound of possible suspects. I love the charcter of Daisy and her morals that she lives by. She is kind, helpful and someone we would all want to be friends with. She is savvy about solving crimes and finding clues . She works kindly with the local law enforcement. Her relationship with Jonas took a turn in this book that is promising for the future by the end. I loved how Daisy took in a neglected teen and mentored her in this book as well as cared for her own children , her new Grandson and runs the lovely tea garden . All the characters are old dear friends to readers and featured here as well as a lovely new feisty Grandmother I hope to see regularly in future books . A delightful read that i enjoyed and look forward to the next in series. This is one of my top 3 favorite cozies of 2020 ! Much gratitude to the author for continuing this wonderful series that we all adore.

  17. 4 out of 5

    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 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 series, Daisy, a widow with 2 daughters, returns to her small, home town to be closer to her family. In need of a fresh start, Daisy and her aunt Iris open a Tea Shop. Although the business is very successful, its seems a dark cloud has been hovering around the town, especially the tea shop. With murder and mystery popping up in town, Daisy or someone she cares about always seem to be a suspect. In this installment, Daisy is investigating a murder, taking care of a neglected friend of Jazzi, Vi and her family, and dealing with her own relationship with Jonas. I enjoy the family element of this series so much and that after everything Daisy has to deal with, she is there to help others in need. Although she spreads herself thin, she is strong enough for everyone. There were some relationship issues that I did not like in this novel bit they had to be addressed so I understand. This was book 6 so I am really going to need Daisy and Jonas's relationship to step it up a notch at this point lol. I received this book in digital format from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I cannot wait for book 7, Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea, releasing later this year.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    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 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 familiar with the characters, but it still was an enjoyable read. Daisy, because of experience, doesn’t take undue or stupid risks, as some amateur sleuths do in “cozy” mystery series, so that was also a good feature. Daisy comes off as a bit of a “goody two shoes” (weird idiom, am I right?) but she is essentially just a good person. The mystery of who murdered Althea Higgins was the focus of the story and we eventually find out more about the murder victim, softening her from our initial view of her as a demanding teacher with an obnoxious personality. Recipes are included in the back of the book for items mentioned along the way. I just might try to make that blueberry coffee cake! Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monika

    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 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 nature. You know what to expect going into a cozy mystery, to some degree, but all the charm and twists I craved were in this story. Enjoyed it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    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 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 family and values. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book received through NetGalley and all opinions are strictly my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    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 CriminalElement.com. 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 CriminalElement.com.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    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

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    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 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 Willow Creek, and follow Daisy as she navigates life, love, family and of course, a mystery. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol Deegan

    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 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 from NetGalley and Kensington Books. All opinions expressed are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    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 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-gathering challenges connected to an unknown killer entwined with way too many real-life issues, MURDER WITH OOLONG TEA is constantly intriguing and highly entertaining. While much money made at Daisy’s Tea Garden comes from tourists visiting her shop located in Amish country, Daisy Swanson also does catering. An upcoming event will be held at the Willow Creek High School from where she graduated, as its teachers are to be honored. One of those teaching is a woman who taught when she was there, and Althea Higgins comes to speak with her right before the day of the meal. The English teacher is just as narrow-minded as she was in the past, and she lets Daisy know her opinion about a subject without holding back any words. The day of the appreciation observance arrives and all goes well with the food served, yet for some reason Althea leaves abruptly after being on the phone. But when Daisy needs to check on a potential problem, she inadvertently becomes tangled up in a police investigation when the reason for the teacher not returning turns out to be that she had been murdered. I have been thoroughly enjoying this cozy mystery series, as its characters are very true-to-life while any crimes committed also seem convincing. The daily ups and downs in the life of Daisy plus those around her are portrayed with believable situations. The events are always filled with displays of genuine emotion by those being affected, and their reactions let me know exactly how they felt about the circumstances. When a happening in this book deals with the murder of Althea, the moment might give me insight into what really took place or it could only add to my puzzlement, especially when I learned about someone with a motive. MURDER WITH OOLONG TEA mentions food a lot, and I was glad that recipes for some of my favorites were at the end of the story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    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 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 her friend, Brielle, to come and stay with them for a couple of weeks while her attorney parents go to Europe. Daisy is torn, but open. Her relationship with Jonas is good. Generally speaking her life is fine, until the day she is catering a thank you tea for the teachers at the high school and she hears screaming. It turns out it is the counselor trying to pull a dead teacher out of the pool. Things take a definite downturn with that development. There is so much going on with each of the characters in this novel, just like real life. They all get handled, some of them well. Some get handled with interference, which is seldom helpful. Brielle turns out to be unexpected out come around after interaction with Daisy and Jazzi. Turns out she is looking for attention and getting none. Daisy is so sensible and can read most people really well. She isn't a gossip, which goes a long way toward people trusting her. This is a wonderful series full of real people with real problems just trying to live their loves. The characters are well written and have depth; they grow as time moves on. Smith writes endearing characters with real-world traits and problems. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I was invited to read a free ARC of Murder With Oolong Tea by Net galley. All opinions contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #murderwithoolongtea

  27. 5 out of 5

    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 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 tolerate her. During the tea, an unfortunate event occurs, and Daisy finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation. As much as she wants to mind her own business, Daisy feels compelled to ask questions. Daisy has a lot on her plate as well, her daughter Vi is a new mom and wife, who has had her share of struggles. Her daughter Jazzy is still getting to know her birth mom, and then asks a huge favor if Daisy. Add in the tension between Daisy’s significant other, Jonas and local police detective Zeneca Willet, and you have all the makings of a whirlwind cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this book, and it kept me guessing until the very end. I enjoyed the introduction of a few new characters and I hope this author finds a way to keep them active in future books. I would definitely recommend this book and the series, written by the talented Karen Rose Smith. #netgalley # murderwithoolongtea

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    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 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 gets pulled into the investigation. As if she didn't have enough problems going on with her daughter's friend staying with them and her trying to repair her boyfriend's friendships... I enjoyed Willow Creek and all the people, as well as the mystery with all the moving parts! My biggest struggle with this book was the use of too many details at times, really bringing me out of the story. I don't really need to know that Daisy's daughter knows that the veggies bake at 450 for 20 minutes then at 350 for the rest of the time or the entire history of a local pottery company. The book is well-researched and Karen Rose Smith clearly knows a lot about the Pennsylvania Dutch and the Lancaster County region, but sometimes we don't actually need those details to understand what's happening. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    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 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 refrigerated tarts, as Daisy jumped into action when she heard a terrified scream coming from the swimming pool. Nonstop action as you turn the pages. Friendship and relationship issues arise, murder and mystery are at the center of it all, but there is so much more happening. Both of Daisy's daughters need extra attention, Jazzi makes a new friend, with both positive and questionable characteristics. Why does Daisy feel the need to find a killer? Her friends all believe she has a better chance at it than the police. We get to visit with the Amish once again and are treated to wonderful recipes in this book. You won't be able to put this book down and I bet you don't discover the killer until the end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    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 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 character gets murdered and everyone is a suspect because no one liked her. Been done. I realize a lot of cozies have very similar plot lines but I can deal with that if the characters, setting and the surrounding story are interesting. This one was not. I usually like foodie-type mysteries because of the recipes and the atmosphere of the protagonist running a quaint shop but I just did not like any characters in this book, Also, I have not read any of the others in the series and while I don't feel like you need to as you enter this story, some of the backstory provided is a little weird and may make more sense if starting from the beginning. I will definitely pass on this series. Thank you Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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