"Chamomile Tea and A Copycat Crime" By Victoria Tait: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sarah Erwin

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Reading Chamomile Tea and A Copycat Crime, book four in Victoria Tait’s Waterwheel Cafe mystery series, is like visiting with old friends.

Sergeant Keya Varma is as busy as ever with her rural police duties and managing her Waterwheel Cafe. The sheep stealing continues in the Cotswolds with no clues, and her sister will soon be out on maternity leave, so Keya must hire new staff.

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If that wasn’t enough, Keya is approached by a local journalist who has been reviewing a 40-year-old murder case and is sure that the man who was convicted is innocent. Keya’s not sure she can help the journalist, and a few days later he is found dead in his car. Could this case be connected to the old case?

Keya and her fellow police officers work together to unravel the mysteries both past and present. The team is led by a new Inspector Miles while Inspector Evans is out on leave. Adjusting to a new leadership style is a challenge for all members of the team.

From page one, I was immediately transported into the story. The setting is so vibrant and the writing so engaging that whenever I read a book in this series, I feel like I am right there with Keya and her teammate as they put pieces of clues together. And this mystery was such a puzzle–so many clues that you just knew had to be tied together, but how? I kept turning the pages and when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about the clues as I went about my day.

The characters are wonderful in this series, and I was delighted that readers were introduced to new characters. I am so happy that there is a possible relationship interest for Keya ––that will be enjoyable to watch unfold in future books. As always, Victoria ends her mysteries in the most satisfying way. The current mystery is resolved, but readers know that right around the corner another mystery awaits, and we will be in good hands with Keya and her team.

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Sarah Erwin started her career as a children’s librarian, later becoming a public library director and now she’s a stay at home mom. While her career might have changed, her love of reading has been a constant since 4th grade and she reads over 200 books a year. Read along with her on her blog Sarah Can’t Stop Reading or on Instagram. Sarah lives in St. Louis, MO with her two kids, her husband and a family dog and cat.

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  1. Mary Holshouser
    Sounds like a good series.
    Print copy, please. Either title will
    be great. thanks

  2. I would love to win a print copy of Chamomile Tea and A Copycat Crime. It sounds like a fabulous story.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  4. I would love to win. I also wish the best for you and look forward to many more of your stories

  5. Oh I’d love to win a paper book copy of this!! Y’all have a save holiday if you celebrate! Sheryl

  6. This book sounds good. I'd love to win a paperback copy! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. This looks like a fun book to read. Think I would enjoy it. JWisherd

  8. I love the tea and the title of the book sounds like an interesting book to pick up.

  9. Thank you for sharing the pics in the newsletter. I would love to win a paper copy of your book.

  10. This sounds thrilling💗 I adore Chamomile tea & great mysteries📚 Fabulous cover and A must Read.

  11. I would love to win a copy. Sounds awesome. JackieT

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