Book Review: Tea, Treats & Terror by Carolyn Dean

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Tea, Treats & Terror (Ravenwood Cove Mystery #9)Tea, Treats & Terror by Carolyn L. Dean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re new to the Ravenwood Cove Mysteries, there are currently 10 published by Carolyn Dean. They are usually ~100 pages each, considered novellas, and are very lighthearted and simple whodunits. The books are more often about the relationships between the characters, the lovely Oregon setting, and the everyday things people go through in life.

In this caper, a new tea shop opens in town. Will it take over the current coffee shop? A few residents are worried, especially when the owner begins to spread bad news about his competition. Who dares move to a new town and tries to hurt the citizen? Amanda will figure it out… except the poor guy dies from an allergy attack even while trying to get his epi pen to work. What happened?

I enjoy seeing Amanda’s marriage and relationship with her husband. She is also getting close to a new person in her life that has ties to her past. I won’t spoil it, but it was a bit of a shock to see where this story went! It’s been over a year since I read the first few books, so I can’t be sure if history was changed a little. Either way, it makes for good tale, and I look forward to the next one. Light, simple, and fun… you can read them in an hour and just have a relaxing adventure.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are four books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, and Mistaken Identity Crisis. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


17 thoughts on “Book Review: Tea, Treats & Terror by Carolyn Dean

    Rosepoint Publishing said:
    May 3, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Sounds like some fast, fun reading, perfect for plugging into those extra long ones from which you need a break. Great review!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 4, 2019 at 7:40 AM

      Yes, exactly. I had an hour while a contractor was installing a new door, so I read it! Thanks.


    Shalini said:
    May 3, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Oooh I loved your review. This seemed like a fun simple novella… No no I can’t add to my TBR.. I calculated thanks to Nina’s post.. I have 70 books… How did that happen

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 4, 2019 at 7:41 AM

      Thank you. I know! It’s similar in style to the Joanne Fluke ones, and I know how you felt about those… so that might help you decide. 70 is a lot! 🙂


    The Cozy Pages said:
    May 3, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Short and sweet. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    Noriko said:
    May 4, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Great review! You made me grab the first book in the series!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 4, 2019 at 7:45 AM

      It’s very light / sweet, not all that different from Fluke’s but without the recipes. I’m curious what you think.

      Liked by 2 people

    lghiggins said:
    May 4, 2019 at 5:02 AM

    I like the idea of a whole series of novellas—certainly an atypical approach to cozy mystery series.

    Liked by 3 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 4, 2019 at 7:46 AM

      Yes. I believe she published 3 or 4 within a month in the fall almost two years ago, and they were all free. I’d picked them up and found them cute / nice escape.

      Liked by 2 people

    robbiesinspiration said:
    May 7, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    An Epipen failing really does make me fearful, Jay. Interesting review.

    Liked by 1 person

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