Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Release Date: June 7, 2016
HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who enjoy the series
The kettle’s about to boil over . . .Full disclosure: I haven't read any other books in this series, which may be why I didn't enjoy Tea Cups and Carnage very much. South Cove seems like an interesting place to live, small town life mixed with lots of tourism is a recipe for some interesting predicaments. This is supposed to be a standalone book but I felt disconnected from the story and never really invested in the characters.
The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there’s nothing cozy about murder . . .
Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi’s sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi’s name—without getting herself in hot water.
Jill is the lead character in this book, and while I enjoyed her point of view, there was a lot of mundane details about her life that I felt were unnecessary. I can't remember exactly how many times cooking dinner and letting the dog out were mentioned but it seemed like over 4x which is a lot for a book under 200 pages.
The writing was solid and it was an easy book to get through, I just realized by the end of the book that I didn't really care who had committed the murder. That, to me, means that I never really got invested in the characters.
I think the book probably is a great addition to an already established series/set of characters but I didn't enjoy it as a standalone.