There was a time that I thought there were only two kinds of books.
Good Books. You know those, they’re the ones you read, file away and eventually come back to read. Usually, they will take you anywhere from five to seven days to read.
Really Good Book. Now those you not only read once but recycle to be read again. But, of course only after an appropriate length of time has passed. These you will read in three to five days. Oh, and loving every minute of the time spent with the characters.
Well folks, I’ve found a third category.
Great Books. Those are the ones that once you start reading them you can’t and I mean can’t put them down. These are read in two days or less because you can’t put the book down.
Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend falls into that third category.
Kari takes us on a journey where individuals threaten grievous bodily harm on each other. A blossoming romance, at least on the part of one person, who also has one heck
of a jealous streak. Accusations of not following orders. A total disregard for the beliefs of an individual abound. Let’s not forget name calling is common place. And that’s just between Sunny Meadows (Tinker Bell) and Detective Mitch Slone (Detective Grumpy Pants).
All of this while trying to solve a murder where Sunny is the prime suspect. Then again, she’s the one that saw the murder take place. Well, kind of, sort of. She witnessed the killing, not in person per se but in a trance while—hold it. If I tell you how she saw the deed done, you might not want to read the book.
Kari gives us a bevy of other, more plausible, suspects. Each with their own reason for wanting Amanda Robbins, the librarian, out of the way. The real estate developer who might or might not be who they claim. The doctor, but then again he claimed to love Amanda. About the only two people we are introduced to that aren’t suspects, are her parents. Then again, with their combined obnoxious and rude behavior, it’s a miracle Sunny doesn’t off them herself.
But then again, I was even surprised at who the villain turns out to be. I can tell you there are tea leaves, lots of tea leaves, involved before the case is finally solved. With a twist even I didn’t even see coming.
When all is said and done I’m giving Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend
The book is available for preorder, in both paper and Kindle versions now, through Amazon for an August 2, 2011 delivery.