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5+ stars for Teatime Trouble by Tonya Penrose #cozymystery #99cents #bookreview

Title: Teatime Trouble

Author: Tonya Penrose

Genre: Cozy Mystery


Book Blurb: 


In Teatime Trouble, the sleuthing duo of Page and Betsy are back, and this time, they're in for a hauntingly good mystery! When they agree to cater a proper afternoon tea for a group of esteemed British authors at Three Fables Inn, Page's inklings lead her to the inn's picturesque gardens. But what she finds there is anything but pretty - a dead body draped over a bench. With the help of her always reluctant cousin Betsy, Page sets out to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death. But when strange and ghostly occurrences start happening around the historic inn, the sleuths realize this isn't your average mystery. Is Three Fables really haunted, as some claim? While Page and Betsy try to piece together the clues, they realize that the answer may be closer than they think. Join them as they delve into the inn's secrets and uncover the truth. Packed with suspense, humor, romance, and unforgettable characters, Teatime Trouble will keep you guessing until the very last page!


Bonus: Betsy’s sharing her recipes, including the enchanted honey cake.


My Review: 


An afternoon tea for a group of British authors at an inn rumored to be haunted…what could possibly go wrong? Murder. Is it the result of a ghost of human? Page and Betsy are back for another cozy mystery, and I’m delighted. With equal portions of humor, mystery, and baking, Teatime Trouble is as sweet as Betsy’s delicious baked treats. The characters are unforgettable with a dash of quirky. The dialogue is whip smart and hilarious. So, don your sleuthing cap and join in the fun.


Let’s start with the characters. This book is fabulous entertainment thanks to two things: Page and Betsy. Their banter over anything and everything had me hooked. I couldn’t get enough of these two ladies. Beyond the banter, they make a great detective duo. Each woman has special skills that help unravel the mystery and the culprit. The rest of the cast is well-written and relatable.


The mystery subplot is brilliantly written with a couple of fun twists I didn’t expect. Tonya Penrose writes with a comedic flair but if you take the comedy out, you’re left with a serious mystery equal to Agatha Christie. I can’t overstate how impressive the writing is.


If you’re a cozy mystery read like me and like a strong dash of humor in your cozies, Teatime Trouble will make you laugh out loud. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to read more with Page and Betsy.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Author Biography:


As an author, Tonya’s moved by the effect humor and narratives have on readers.


That observation illuminates why her stories often convey messages inviting personal exploration. She is enthusiastic about crafting stories with beguiling characters, adding dashes of snappy humor and engaging dialogue that leaves her fingerprint on each page.


When Tonya relocated to the mountains, she found fresh writing ideas waiting. From her favorite porch chair gazing at a tranquil lake, the nudge to scribe her first novel came calling. From her beach chair, she got the idea for a cozy series, Shell Isle Mysteries. Tonya confesses new respect for a chair’s ability to motivate her to write. She chases her writing joy from the mountains to the seashore.


The Shell Isle Mystery Series introduces four novels: Baubles to Die For, Red, White, and Boom, Murder by Numbers, and Teatime Trouble. The characters of Page and Betsy keep chattering to Tonya, so expect future stories in this collection.


Tonya’s other books include Old Mountain Cassie: The Three Lessons, A Secret Gift, and Welcome to Charm.


Her book Venetian Rhapsody represents an exciting collaboration with award-winning composer David Bazo. Words and music present an unforgettable immersive experience in a book and a companion soundtrack album. Find the album at: David Bazo – Sitio Oficial | Autor, Intérprete & Productor. 


Tonya Penrose’s fiction and nonfiction stories are published in numerous anthologies, e-magazines, local press, and literary magazines. She’s a member of Poets and Writers. Tonya Penrose is her fiction pen name.


Social Media Links:




X: @TonyaWrites

Instagram: @TonyaPenroseWrites @TonyaPenroseWrites


Reviewed by: Nancy


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