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A Fatal Twist of Lemon, by Patricia Greenwood.

August 14, 2012

A Fatal Twist of Lemon (Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries) by Patrice Greenwood.  Evennight Books (2012), ebook, 209 pages.

A cozy mystery set in a Santa Fe tearoom and complete with Santa Fe art, real estate deals, and ghosts.

Ellen Rising is just opening her tea room near the Santa Fe Plaza when someone murders the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust is attending a luncheon there.  Ellen fears that the venture on which she has risked everything is doomed.  The tearoom opens, but the search for the culprit bogs down.  Maybe the killer was the ghost who once owned the house.   Ellen remains bright and plucky.   She even stands up to the arrogant cop investigating the crime. And of course, in the end the murderer is revealed.

The story is well told and entertaining.  The characters are varied and interesting. The mystery is not too easily resolved, although other elements of the plot are somewhat predictable.  Patrice Greenwood grew up in Santa Fe and places the first of her new mystery series there.  Details of the town and its ambiance make the book distinctive—at least to those of us who love the place.

I read an ebook review copy of A Fatal Twist of Lemon, obtained through LibraryThing and distributed by the bookviewcafe.com.  BVC offers an interesting group of genre ebooks at very reasonable prices.  You may want to check out their other mysteries and fantasies.

This is an enjoyable book, but not a great one.  I recommend it to those who prefer their mysteries to be polite and well-mannered.  I will be glad to read more about the Wisteria Tearoom.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2012 11:21 am

    I am a sucker for anything that has to do with tearooms. They are my all time favourite places. I shall have to hunt this down.

  2. August 14, 2012 11:51 am

    Good. I hope you enjoy this Santa Fe version. It may be available as an ebook through the site I mentionsed.

  3. August 16, 2012 10:42 am

    A fine and fair review.

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