Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend

#1 Fortune Teller Mystery
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 294
Challenges: Cozy Mystery Challenge
Author's Website
My rating: 3/5

Simple Description:
Sunny has moved to a small town in New York where she is going to start her dream of being a fortune teller, much to the joy of her parents.
Her very first client, however, has a negative reading.  Sunny see’s her death in the near future.   She waits an hour after the lady leaves before calling the police and reporting what she saw.  She’s too late though. 

When the cops get to the house of her first client the detective finds the client dead, murdered.  Sunny is the prime suspect.  As luck would have it, the police do ask Sunny to help them with the investigation and she is determined to prove her innocence.

My Thoughts:
I’m torn on this one.  I felt it was good but there were some things that bothered me about it.  I don’t really think it’s believable that the police would ask Sunny to help investigate, so that bothered me the whole time.  I also felt that Sunny was rather immature at times, I can’t remember her exact age but believe it’s light 20’s or 30.  I just feel like she should have acted her age more.

However, I do think the series has promise.  I didn’t hate the book, I did enjoy it, you just have to get past the issues mentioned above.  Sunny is a very interesting character and she has a lot of spunk.  I think this is a character that could really develop and grow on me.  I also like the hunky police detective, but then, who wouldn’t?   I hope the next book in the series includes more of the fortune teller aspect because that’s part of what drew me to the book and it seemed to take 2nd stage most of the time.

Thanks to the author for providing this book for review.


bermudaonion said...

It seems that I've heard of the police using psychics before, so I guess it might be possible. I'm glad the series has potential.

Kaye said...

I liked the character too but like you, I had quibbles about the improbablility of some situations. I don't like when characters do really stupid things like breaking into houses and cars. Not too bright! Takes away some of the credibility of the story.

Kris said...

Bermudaonion - I've heard that too but they didn't even really use her for that.

Kaye - I agree completely!