Last Christmas, Callie Aspen left her tour guide job and settled in Heart's Harbor, Maine. Now, she helps out at Book Tea, her great aunt’s vintage tearoom, where each treat has a bookish clue. Though she’s excited to start her new life, Callie worries she may regret having burned her bridges behind her. Fortunately, she finds immediate distraction in the preparations for a spectacular Fourth of July tea party, which will recreate key moments from the town's rich history.
Intrigued to learn that 1980s TV star Monica Walker was last seen in Heart's Harbor before she vanished—allegedly to elope—Callie probes the townsfolk for information. She’s stunned when several locals share contradictory stories about the last day before Monica's disappearance. Did she intend to leave her hit TV series? Was she being stalked by her ex? And why is the newspaper editor who investigated the story at the time so anxious about the cold case heating up?
When one of the talkative townspeople turns up dead, Callie aims to catch the killer. But it’s no picnic: Deputy Falk doesn’t want her meddling, and the locals suddenly know more about the past than they’d been at liberty to admit. If Callie and the Book Tea crew can’t crack the case, they’ll pay a very steep price in Joy Avon's explosive second Book Tea Shop Mystery. (Summary via Goodreads)
Callie Aspen is home !! In the first book in Joy Avon's Book Tea Shop Mystery series, In Peppermint Peril, Callie returns to her hometown, Heart's Harbor to spend the holidays with her great-aunt. Of course she gets herself thrown in the middle of a murder case and feels it is up to her to solve the case and bring justice and peace to her hometown. However Avon teases the reader into wondering if Callie is going to leave her hometown and return to her job as a tour guide and leave everyone and everything she loves in her rearview mirror......
Well in Sweet Tea and Secrets, Avon's second book in this series Callie returns home for good just in time to help Aunt Iphy prepare for the big Fourth of July celebration......and again get in the middle of a murder case. But this time she can't help herself !! Okay maybe she can help herself but it seems like she has a knack when it comes to suspecting everyone and helping the local deputy, Falk, weed through everything.
I'm a huge fan of Avon and this series. I love Callie and the way she suspects everyone and works though everything and wants to help her hometown anyway that she can. I love the innocent relationship she has with Deputy Falk and their chemistry ( I just know things are heating up for them...). I love the small town feel that Heart's Harbor has and that while reading these books, you feel like you are right there along side Callie. Your imagination takes over as you read these books and you are there !! I couldn't put this book down and was mildly upset when I got to the end.....but I know that when the next book in this series comes out, it will only take me a moment to get back into being a part of Heart's Harbor......
Review by Missi M.