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In Peppermint Peril

(2018)
(The first book in the Book Tea Shop Mystery series)
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Joy Avon's festive series debut featuring a book-themed tea party organizer will be tons of fun this Christmas for Lorna Barrett and Jenn McKinlay fans.

In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble - a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body - to restore the festive spirit to their small town.


This Christmas, Callie Aspen returns to her childhood hideout Heart's Harbor, Maine where her great aunt runs Book Tea, a vintage tearoom where every sweet treat contains a bookish clue. Upon arrival in the fairy-tale snowy town, Callie is drawn into the preparations for a special tea party at Haywood Hall, the rambling house of Heart's Harbor's oldest resident, rich but lonely widow Dorothea Finster, who invited her estranged relatives, old friends and the elite of the town to make a mysterious announcement about her will.

Believing they can touch a part of her fortune, everybody is determined to come, despite not liking each other or even their hostess. And Callie's old friend Sheila complicates things by using the tea party to announce her daughter's engagement, even though her daughter isn't sure she's in love with the young lawyer her mother thinks so perfect for her.

Catering to people who each have their own agenda isn't easy for the Book Tea crew, especially once the valuable engagement ring goes missing and a dead body turns up in the conservatory. Can Callie and her great aunt use their love of clues to dig into the crimes and show their unhappy hostess and squabbling guests the true Christmas spirit?

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"Idyllic[and]charming." - Lucy Arlington

"She has assembled an interesting cast of characters, her plot moves along at an enjoyable pace with enough twists and turns to satisfy, there is just enough romance to spice things up, not to mention the mouthwatering descriptions of the confections coming out of the tea shop make one wish it was around the corner. All in all, a pleasure to read." - Isis Crawford

"Heart’s Harbor, Maine is a charming town where murder never happens - until it does... Cozy to the core!" - Terrie Farley Moran

"Joy Avon’s In Peppermint Peril will fill your holiday with Christmas spirit, charm, and intrigue." - Paige Shelton

"Joy Avon’s Book Tea Shop mystery, In Peppermint Peril, is a delightful Christmas cozy. Ms. Avon’s charming descriptions draw the reader into the village of Heart’s Harbor and holiday celebrations." - Karen Rose Smith

"Callie Aspen is home for the holidays but a murder wasn’t in her plans. With a fierce determination and sleuthing skills to leave the local police in awe, she makes a strong debut in In Peppermint Peril. This is a new cozy series to watch." - Linda Wiken


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Used availability for Joy Avon's In Peppermint Peril

Hardback Editions

November 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery
Author(s): Joy Avon
ISBN: 1-68331-793-9 / 978-1-68331-793-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery (Book Tea Shop Mystery)
Author(s): Joy Avon
ISBN: 1-64385-019-9 / 978-1-64385-019-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: In Peppermint Peril: A Tea and a Read Mystery
Author(s): Joy Avon
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU