Thursday, November 13, 2014


Publisher:   Berkley
Published:   August 2, 2011
ISBN:  978-0425265598
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Sunny Meadows is ready to hit the road and leave the big city and all its drama behind and head to the peaceful and quiet little down of Divinity.  She’s already bought a lovely old Victorian she’s dubbed Vicky and has dreams of opening her own little fortune telling business.  Her parents, a doctor and a lawyer are less than thrilled, believing their only off spring should engage in a more practical business.  But Sunny has her goals and dreams and nothing—not even a creepy old house, an onery car or murder is going to keep them from her.

Okay, so Vicky isn’t creepy so much as old, right?  And Morty is just a big ole white cat—does it really matter that no one seems to remember him being around before Sunny’s arrival?  And the bit about murder… well it’s not really Sunny’s fault she was the last person to see the victim alive, right?

The characters are one of the reasons I enjoy cozy mysteries.  They’d often people you wouldn’t mind being friends with even with their little quirks.  I didn’t find much in the characters in Kari Lee Townsend’s TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES to like.  I totally understand having parents you’re at odds with—but she was just outright rude and nasty to them.  She didn’t really make any friends in town either. 

The concept of the Fortune Teller Mysteries is a good one – but the writing was choppy, with characters going in one direcdtion and then, for no reason, another.  A Chief of Police appointing a murder suspect to partner with a seasoned detective to figure out who killed the victim? An unexplained disappearing cat?  A house that may be haunted, but nothing really creepy happens in the house?  And no true fortune reader would come right out and tell a client they were going to die—that just goes against good business and ethics.

Divinity does seem like a good setting, as does the old Victorian.  There is potential to the series if the author can settle down and pick a direction.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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