English Tea Murder Hardcover – Jun 28 2011
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About the Author
Leslie Meier is the acclaimed author of sixteen Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. She lives in Harwich, Massachusetts, where she is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
An easy read with lots of quick information, not many slow sections.
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Lucy Stone bid a reluctant farewell to her husband and family and joins a tour group, sponsored by Winchester College, and heads to jolly, old England. She soon finds that
England may be old, but at times, not very jolly. We are introduced to a widely mixed group of personalities starting with Lucy's "Inner Circle of Friends", Sue, Rachael and Pam, who all talked her into this trip in the first place, followed by the puzzling and often sad, Smith family, Dr. Cope and his supposed anorexic granddaughter, Jennifer, tough and totally Goth Amber, and last but not least, fretful Laura Barfield and her "wild child" son, Will. You will start catching possible clues within the first couple of chapters, especially after tour guide as well as College Professor George Temple suffers a seizure on their plane and dies. No one is counted out as a suspect, not even poor Lucy who witnessed his demise. To add some spice to all of the drama, Quentin Rea, a Professor for whom Lucy had a slight crush many years ago, is sent by the college to replace Professor Temple and escort the group to various sites of interest in London and beyond.
I must interject here that I have not had the opportunity to travel abroad and I truly enjoyed the colorful descriptions of historical places one might visit within their own tour.
When clues, large and small, start adding up with some incidents to spike some extra intrigue, Lucy puts her "Sleuth Cap" on to uncover the guilty party. You won't want to put this book down until, with Lucy's help, you find out who did the nasty deed ,all while taking a tour of London and surrounding areas without leaving the comfort of your cozy armchair!
This book is a cozy mystery. To me, it was fun and enjoyable, and I couldn't believe the low ratings it received. It is "cozy", it is not a hard-boiled mystery, and I know cozies aren't for everyone. But cozies are for me, and I loved this book.
In this book, Lucy Stone goes on a college-sponsored trip to England (even though she is not a college student, she had other connections). Lucy's three closest friends, Sue, Pam, and Rachel go on the tour, along with some college students and their families, and a professor who is the guide. For Lucy and her 3 friends, the trip is a vacation. Each day they had trips and tours. I looked forward to each new day and each new tour. I loved it!
Lucy enjoyed the trip, but also couldn't wait to get back home to her husband and kids. I would have felt the same way. I "enjoyed" the trip, but at the same time, I knew I would also had loved getting back "home", as I love "home". When Lucy mentioned the rolling hills and green grass that made her glad that she took the trip even though she was homesick, it made me realize that my ancestors (many, many years ago) were at home right there where she was at, and if they hadn't of come over here, I would have been "right at home" at the time. But instead, I also couldn't wait to get back to what "home" is now. This book was special to me in a way, because I know it was actually "home" to my ancestors, and it could have been more than a "vacation" to me - it could have been "home".
Throughout all these fun adventures and sight-seeing, several interesting and vital pieces of information turn up. All the information and conversations fit together in the end like a jigsaw puzzle fitting together perfectly. At the time, the individual pieces might not seem important, but they are necessary in order to complete the puzzle. I love how the pieces all come together for the completion of the whole puzzle.
There was fun food and sights. The scones and tea, sandwiches, and everything else. I wonder if Ye Olde English Roast Beef is a real restaurant. I will look it up.
I enjoyed Lucy and her 3 friends. Her husband Bill and her children did not star in this book. They did not come on the England trip. Eldest daughter Elizabeth was only featured in emails. Lucy and her friends had a ball . . . except for the stress of worrying about husbands/kids back home, but not so much as to not enjoy the tour, and also the stress of murder and accidents . . .
There is something funny in the middle of page 209 (do not go there if you haven't read the book yet); it really made me chuckle. It was funny that somebody asked Lucy that question. The only thing that would have been funnier, is if Elizabeth had been asked that same question. Now that would have been the joke of the century.
I've heard people complain that Lucy doesn't usually do much "investigating", that clues and solutions usually just fall in her lap on a silver platter. I don't have a problem with that - in fact, that is one thing that I like so much about this series. It cuts down on the hard-core investigating and focuses more on the cozy situations. Remember, this is a soft cozy mystery series, which I mentioned earlier is not for everyone, but it is for me. Just warning you, in case you are looking for hard-core mysteries.
I loved this book!
Lucy is sad by the professor's death, but did not know him so she, her BFFs and the rest of the group tour the country. After a while, Lucy notices an odd vibe amongst the group excluding her pals. There is a lack of passion towards the deceased and in fact she thinks there is general sigh of relief. Then there are the strange dangerous accidents including a student falling off Brighton Pier and someone tried to push Lucy's friend Pam into oncoming traffic. Lucy has a theory to what is happening, but Metropolitan Police easily explain an alternative to her concerns.
Leslie Meier writes a complex cozy in which life imitates art. Fans of the long running series will enjoy the first book outside of Maine, as armchair travelers will appreciate the tour that provides timely insight into British history. The characters are believable as American tourists who have to get used to a new culture very different than in the United States. The whodunit is clever as Lucy Stone amateur sleuth investigates once again.