Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend


Genre: Cozy Mystery
Subject: Psychic powers,
Setting: Divinity, NY
Main Characters: Sunshine Meadows, Mitch Stone, Morty
Series: yes, #1 Fortune Teller Mysteries
Dates Read: March 22 - March 23
Number of pages: 304
Off the Shelf (pre-2012)? Source?: yes, Nook stockpile
Category for 12 in 12 challenge: Study hall, Home Ec
Sylvia Meadows didn't like her name. Her parents didn't
like her choice of occupation. So Sylvia changes her name
to Sunshine Meadows (very hippyish) and moves to
Divinity,a small town in New York state and opens up
shop as a fortune-telling psychic. The funny thing is, she
really is psychic.
Her first customer is the town librarian and Sunny sees the
woman's death. Fleeing in terror, the librarian is found a
hour later, dead in her apartment. Who is the main
suspect, none other then our newest resident Sunshine
I loved this book. The characters were funny and charming,
typical but unique. In most Cozies the main character sets
out to solve the mystery because they don't trust law
enforcement, but in this cozy, Sunny knows that it really
should be investigated by the cops but the Police Chief
makes her work with the detective so that they can keep an
eye on her and if she does have psychic abilities use them.
But Sunny isn't exactly helpful - blurting out info that the
police would prefer to keep quiet, and apparently hurting
rather than helping.
The clues and investigation with a hint of whimsy was LOL
funny at times or downright slapstick at others. There were
instances of the "paranormal" (Morty the cat - white as a
ghost - doesn't seem to need to eat and appears and
disappears quite easily.) and a bit of romance maybe.
Definitely a new series to watch and wait for with
high anticipation.

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