BOOK REVIEW: MR. TEA AND THE TRAVELING TEACUP by LESLIE MATTHEWS STANSFIELD

 Synopsis:

After the death of their mother, sisters Terry and Karen Sutter, turn their childhood home into a teahouse. It’s a dream come true, but the dream begins to resemble a nightmare when teacups start crashing to the floor in the middle of the night. Could the teahouse be haunted? There’s a list of possible ghostly candidates: the prior owner who is rumored to have left behind a buried treasure, two spinster neighbors who disappeared without a trace over forty years ago, or perhaps it’s Terry and Karen’s own mother trying to communicate with them. Karen, the older sister, thinks running a haunted teahouse might be fun, until the sisters come home one night to find the attic stairs covered in a trail of what appears to be blood. Is it a ghost or a warning? The teahouse’s new mascot, a psychic macaw, may provide some unexpected clues, but the sisters will encounter many more surprises before they solve this mystery.

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Author Bio:            

LESLIE MATTHEWS STANSFIELD is the author of MR. TEA AND THE TRAVELING TEACUP, the first book in the Madeline’s Teahouse series. She is the author of a previous book, Windsor Locks, on the town she lives in. She grew up in Delmar, New York, and credits her friends with developing her imagination. Leslie is a graduate of University of Hartford and recently received her Masters’ degree from the University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership. She is a math tutor in a public school as well as the Christian Education Director of her church. She is currently working on her second book in the Madeline’s Teahouse series. She has four children and eight grandchildren and lives in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Reader review . . . 

Terry and Karen have returned to their childhood home after the death of their mother.  They want to honor their mother’s dream of opening a teahouse, and eventually, a bed & breakfast.  But crashing teacups in the night, a trail of what might be blood, and a psychic bird combine to make the sisters wonder if the house is haunted.  And, if it is, who is haunting it?
The cozy mystery is one of my favorite genres.  The characters are engaging and entertainingly quirky. This would have been a 5-star review if not for two things.  First, the solution was a little too easy to guess early in the story.  Secondly, and this is directed toward the editor/proofreader, there were several editing and grammatical errors that should have been caught before the book went to print.  I don’t usually mention this in a review, but there were enough to be distracting. However, I enjoyed the book and  I look forward to further adventures in this series as the characters continue to develop.
4 stars

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