Review & Contest: English Tea Murder by Leslie Meier

English Tea Murder by Leslie Meier
Series: Lucy Stone Mysteries (#17)
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 304
Source: Goodreads contest win

Lucy Stone is saying cheerio to Tinker’s Cove and jetting off to jolly old England! But when things get dodgy, it appears murder may have followed her across the Atlantic…

Between a busy family and her duties as a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy could use a break. So when her friend Pam tells her about a trip to England sponsored by Winchester College, she jumps at the chance for a girls getaway. But when tour leader Professor George Temple dies mid-flight after suffering an asthma attack, Lucy’s glad she packed her sleuthing skills…

In London, Lucy and her pals try to forget their harrowing journey across the pond by indulging in some retail therapy and searching for the perfect afternoon tea, from the Tower of London to the shores of Brighton. Professor Quentin Rea, a ladies’ man and former flirt of Lucy’s, arrives to take over the tour, and she finds that while his hairline may have receded, his amorous intentions have not. She also begins to notice the peculiar behavior of other members of the tour group. And when she discovers that all of them have pasts connected to Professor Temple, she suspects that his death was an elaborate act of revenge.

The truth is as elusive as the perfect cup of tea, and it seems that anyone-or everyone-could be the culprit. But when another tour member dies Lucy is suddenly ensnared in a daring scheme that could lead her to a mastermind of murder-or make her the next victim…

Review: The book begins with Lucy Stone and her friends jetting off to England on a trip sponsored by Winchester College. While in flight, tour leader Professor George Temple experiences an asthma attack. Dr. Cope, who is also with the tour group, attempts to save Professor Temple but cannot. Although, upset about the Professor’s death, Lucy and her friends decide to continue their tour of England.

Professor Quentin Rea arrives within a few days to take Professor Temple’s place as the new leader. Lucy and her friends tour the country looking for gifts to bring home and the perfect afternoon tea. While on one of these excursions, she begins to notice the other tour members acting strangely. They appear to have no sympathy for the passing of Professor Temple. Throw in helicopter parents, a randy Professor Rea, difficult young college students, a few “accidents” and you have a darn good mystery.

This is the 17th book in the Lucy Stone Mysteries series. I have to admit that prior to this book I had not read any of the Lucy Stone books. That is about to change because I love the character of Lucy Stone and Ms. Meier’s writing style. The characters were quirky and interesting especially Professor Rea. I enjoyed the dynamic between Lucy, Sue, Rachael and Pam.

English Tea Murder reminded me of an Agatha Christie style book with all of the red herrings. The best part was that I could not figure out what happened to Professor Temple and who did it until the end. I enjoyed the setting being in England and loved that British history was incorporated into the book. It was like traveling to England with Lucy and her friends except that I did not get to enjoy afternoon tea. This is a great read and I look forward to reading the other Lucy Stone Mysteries.

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Lisa is graciously offering up her review copy of English Tea Murder to one lucky commenter.  The book is hardcover and in very good condition (read once).  Due to shipping costs, the contest is only open to US residents.  In Lisa’s review she talked about arm chair traveling.  To enter the contest, tell us if you also enjoy arm chair traveling via books and where is your favorite location? Be sure to include your email address in your comment so I have a way to contact you if you’re chosen as the winner.  The contest will end on Sunday, November 13.