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Using various fortune telling tools to interpret her visions, Sunny seeks to aid the residents of Divinity, New York. But when she uses tea leaves to read the frazzled town librarian, what lies at the bottom of the cup is anything but helpful.


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Using various fortune telling tools to interpret her visions, Sunny seeks to aid the residents of Divinity, New York. But when she uses tea leaves to read the frazzled town librarian, what lies at the bottom of the cup is anything but helpful.

30 review for Tempest in the Tea Leaves

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    My rating: 1 of 5 stars I won this book in a giveaway hosted by Violette @ The Mystery Bookshelf. *I rarely give one stars, but this was bad and I feel the need to rant so spoilers beware! You've been warned.* The main character is Sunny Meadows (Nope, I am not fibbing. She changed her name because she was CLEARLY not a Sylvia. And Sunny is much better.) and wants to start her own Fortune Teller business. She decides it's time to move out of her parents house and has chosen Divinity, NY as her new My rating: 1 of 5 stars I won this book in a giveaway hosted by Violette @ The Mystery Bookshelf. *I rarely give one stars, but this was bad and I feel the need to rant so spoilers beware! You've been warned.* The main character is Sunny Meadows (Nope, I am not fibbing. She changed her name because she was CLEARLY not a Sylvia. And Sunny is much better.) and wants to start her own Fortune Teller business. She decides it's time to move out of her parents house and has chosen Divinity, NY as her new home. She is 29 years old after all and wants to take care of herself... with her handy-dandy trust fund, of course. She buys up an old Victorian, which she promptly names Vicky, and plans to remodel and redecorate it herself so she can reside there and run her business out of it as well. This is all very shocking considering the degree of genius we're dealing with. "Shivering, I realized how cold it was in the house. The thermostat read fifty-five degrees. It was a wonder the pipes hadn't burst." We're obviously dealing with Einstein-level genius here. So her business gets started and she has her first customer and she gives her a tea reading and reports that she sees a deer which of course means a dispute and also a flag which means danger! But then! THE KETTLE. Which means he won't be making her tea... he'll be killing her soon. DUN DUN DUN. Okay so dramatic business aside, in addition to the eye-rolling storyline this was very poorly written with the most ridiculous set of characters. She was extremely immature for a 29 year old and was so very unrealistic. This entire book was honestly unrealistic. Cozy mysteries have an air of silliness as a standard, however, the few I've read have managed to still at least make sense and been funny and entertaining. But when Sunny is made the prime suspect in the death and then is promptly recruited by the police department to aid in the investigation... I'm sorry, what? Plus, she acted like a teenager half the time and couldn't control herself from blurting out case details at the most highly inopportune times. Then there was the nonsensical romance between Sunny and the cop and her parents showing up to also assist in the case and then there's Morty the magic cat and Sunny's ongoing absurdity like when she broke into a suspects house but ends up having to hide in the closet while the suspect and her boyfriend watch porn.... This was clearly not my cup of tea. (ha-Sorry. I couldn't resist.) I manage to somehow possess more willpower to keep going when I'm reading a crappy book as a buddy read so that's my only explanation for actually finishing this ridiculous mess of a book. As ridiculous and unbelievable as this book managed to consistently be, the ending and answer to the whole mystery was infuriating. I will definitely not be continuing this series

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Mullet

    Let this be a lesson to us all- just because one is bored while in line at Acme and in need of a Tuesday evening activity does not mean one should purchase a book solely based on the fact that it is within reach.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Sunshine Meadows (no I am not kidding) moves to the small town of Divinity, NY to start her fortune telling business. Her first customer is the town librarian. Sunny warns her that she is going to be killed by a man and then sends her one her merry way. The librarian is killed before Sunny can contact the police and Sunny becomes the prime suspect, even though she just met the woman and has no motive to kill her. So of course, Sunny has to clear her name. I usually don't do bad reviews because I Sunshine Meadows (no I am not kidding) moves to the small town of Divinity, NY to start her fortune telling business. Her first customer is the town librarian. Sunny warns her that she is going to be killed by a man and then sends her one her merry way. The librarian is killed before Sunny can contact the police and Sunny becomes the prime suspect, even though she just met the woman and has no motive to kill her. So of course, Sunny has to clear her name. I usually don't do bad reviews because I usually don't finish books I am not enjoying but I kept hoping this would get better. Sadly, it did not. I found Sunny annoying, the magic cat just a bit too magical and the mystery weak. I don't want to put in any spoilers, I will just say that even for a cozy this book just did not make sense. I will say that I did not guess the killer, but I think that is mostly because it was such a bad story in the end. I will not be visiting Divinity again.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    In the fortune telling business there are a lot of pretenders, but Sunshine Meadows is the real deal—and her predictions can be lethally accurate… Sunny is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune-telling business in an ancient Victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she’s too l In the fortune telling business there are a lot of pretenders, but Sunshine Meadows is the real deal—and her predictions can be lethally accurate… Sunny is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune-telling business in an ancient Victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she’s too late. The ruggedly handsome, hard-nosed detective is a ”non-believer.” He finds the librarian dead, and Sunny becomes his number one suspect, forcing her to prove her innocence before the real killer can put an end to the psychic’s future. I fell quickly and fell hard in love with Sunny and Morty. You can't help it. Sunny, her real name is Sylvia, but she is only called that by her parents, has her hands full. She has moved away from her home, her parents and their money to live a life of her own. Her parents believe she is just going through a phase. Wonderfully written. As a mom, I know her parents are only trying to protect her. As a daughter, I completely understand the need to strike out on your own. This whole relationship adds a lot of humor to this story, as does Sunny's unique relationship with Detective Mitch Stone. The big tough cop who is afraid of a lovable harmless cat. The murder mystery itself was full of plenty of "red herrings" that kept you guessing. I have not been a fan of paranormal mysteries until recently and then relatively tame ones. The psychic elements of this story are very light and fun and I loved it. I rarely give the first book in a series a five star rating because I believe you have to get comfortable with the characters and watch them evolve, but I absolutely love the characters in this book. Especially Morty, closely followed by Sunny of course. I hope we won't have to wait too long for another trip back to Divinity. As you can tell from my rating this book is the purrfect escape!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alice Liu

    This was such a strange read for me. It was like reading a middle school book in the guise of an adult cozy mystery. The main character, Sunny, speaks like a very young teen, making up silly names to call people and every line is a cliched joke. It reminded me very much of 12-year-olds who restate lines that they hear on television as they practice their communication skills. On 29-year-old Sunny, it just makes her sound stunted, and she never develops past that as a character. The plot is also This was such a strange read for me. It was like reading a middle school book in the guise of an adult cozy mystery. The main character, Sunny, speaks like a very young teen, making up silly names to call people and every line is a cliched joke. It reminded me very much of 12-year-olds who restate lines that they hear on television as they practice their communication skills. On 29-year-old Sunny, it just makes her sound stunted, and she never develops past that as a character. The plot is also something that might spring out of a child's imagination, as they don't yet understand adult reality and just make things up as they go. Here are some choice examples: 1.) Sunny is a murder suspect, so the police immediately make her a partner with the detective in charge of the investigation so she can prove that she didn't commit the murder (???) and the detective shares the details of the investigation with her parents so they can help clear her (???); 2.) If you are a lightweight with alcohol and get stone cold drunk on 4 whiskey double shots, just take a short nap and there's no hangover (???); 3.) House pipes freeze at 55 degrees (???); and 4.) If someone standing in front of you holds a gun up to you and starts shooting, just feint to the left and right to avoid the bullets (???). See? Middle school level magical thinking. This book was just so very weird.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    Rarely do I give a novel a five-star review on the first debut, however, I read "Tempest in the Tea Leaves" in record time. Why? Because, as one reviewer stated, it is "Destined to become a classic." A 29yr old young lady feeling out of touch with the world she was born to, decides it is time to venture out and live her own life, in her own way. Sunshine Meadows is our sleuth's chosen name (to the chagrin of her parents.) I think the name is perfect. Lady Vicky, is the name of Sunny's new Victori Rarely do I give a novel a five-star review on the first debut, however, I read "Tempest in the Tea Leaves" in record time. Why? Because, as one reviewer stated, it is "Destined to become a classic." A 29yr old young lady feeling out of touch with the world she was born to, decides it is time to venture out and live her own life, in her own way. Sunshine Meadows is our sleuth's chosen name (to the chagrin of her parents.) I think the name is perfect. Lady Vicky, is the name of Sunny's new Victorian home...again perfect. Sunny is a fortune teller and uses a room in Lady Vicky referred to as "Sunny's Sanctuary" perfect! There is a magical cat, Morty, whom I wanted to adopt myself, and we are 'dog' persons. I adore his personality. Then, there is the town of Divinity, NY. What can I say? Divine! I love the characters living in town, even the naughty ones. This book had it all. Humor, mystery, detective to drool over, gal pals, caring parents that should live at a distance, and a haunted house/or cat? The ending was a complete surprise. I had an inclination but did not get the full picture until the clever author revealed it to me. Now to impatiently await the next book in this series. Go, buy it and sit back and truly enjoy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    C.

    “Tempest In The Tea Leaves” is a new series I’ve savoured; expecting.... my cup of tea. I love a fortune-teller buying a house she adores and establishing a special career. I’m willing to wave away the cliché of attraction with the reigning town cop. Indeed, a psychic needn’t be an elderly foreigner in hoop earrings. However ‘Sunny’ does not carry the mature, composed demeanour of this discipline. The aura of wonderment and enticement are missing. It’s all right that she’s young and determined bu “Tempest In The Tea Leaves” is a new series I’ve savoured; expecting.... my cup of tea. I love a fortune-teller buying a house she adores and establishing a special career. I’m willing to wave away the cliché of attraction with the reigning town cop. Indeed, a psychic needn’t be an elderly foreigner in hoop earrings. However ‘Sunny’ does not carry the mature, composed demeanour of this discipline. The aura of wonderment and enticement are missing. It’s all right that she’s young and determined but her spunk is too argumentative for my taste. All scenes with her parents ruin the ethereal atmosphere we want in books like these. For their part, they stretch too far in the direction of snobby stereotypes. You would think their sole child’s talents would have long been validated in front of them. It may well be me groaning but I found it unlikely and irritating that she stood on someone’s feet during a kiss! It wasn’t a one-time silly moment; it’s twice! Who does that!? I’m not even excited about the angle of an unexplained cat, even though felines are my passion, because it makes no sense my interest can latch onto. That’s saying a lot. He isn’t a ghost but he vanishes and doesn’t drink or eat. It would have sufficed to adopt this dependable, strong-willed cat, minus the bizarre factor. I enjoy the setting and plot ideas surrounding this series. I eagerly credit originality. The mystery itself was excellent and poignant, too. You want the outcome and people involved to matter. The reader is off-guard and entertained by the plot itself, which succeeds at being complex. I’d have liked more psychic activity, which I heard is in greater drought in volume II. I don’t like this protagonist enough, without an abundance of magical components.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kouk

    Sunny Meadows moves to the small town of Divinity, New York. Hoping to make a new start in her own home and her job as a psychic. Sunny uses all kinds of divination methods to aid her clients. When the town librarian asks for a reading, Sunny reads her clients tea leaves. But what she sees in that cup doesn't bode well! When the librarian ends up dead as predicted by Sunny, detective Mitch Stone knocks on her door. Now she has to find the real culprit or she can see herself crystal clear in jail. Tempe Sunny Meadows moves to the small town of Divinity, New York. Hoping to make a new start in her own home and her job as a psychic. Sunny uses all kinds of divination methods to aid her clients. When the town librarian asks for a reading, Sunny reads her clients tea leaves. But what she sees in that cup doesn't bode well! When the librarian ends up dead as predicted by Sunny, detective Mitch Stone knocks on her door. Now she has to find the real culprit or she can see herself crystal clear in jail. Tempest in the tea leaves is the first book in ''A fortune teller mystery'' series! I liked the main character, for a spiritual person she still remained very ''down to earth'' for me. I thought the story was written in a nice way and it didn't take me long to be engrossed in it! The other characters felt very real to me as well and i really liked the tensions between Sunny and the detective! And i just loved Morty the cat! The book kept me guessing who the killer was till the end! This is a nice magical mystery to enjoy yourself with this season and i look forward to ''Corpse in the crystal ball'' which will be published next year!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Sunny Meadows had left home and moved to Divinity, New York. She realized that at age 29, it was time that she followed her passion and live her life the way she wanted to. Her parents do not understand her and are not happy with her career choice. You see, Sunny is a fortune teller and a darn good one, if she does say so herself. She has moved into a “haunted “ house, which she feels will be good for business. What is not so good for business is the fact that her first customer winds up dead on Sunny Meadows had left home and moved to Divinity, New York. She realized that at age 29, it was time that she followed her passion and live her life the way she wanted to. Her parents do not understand her and are not happy with her career choice. You see, Sunny is a fortune teller and a darn good one, if she does say so herself. She has moved into a “haunted “ house, which she feels will be good for business. What is not so good for business is the fact that her first customer winds up dead only a few short hours after the reading. A reading that warned that the client was in danger and would be killed. After the client left, Sunny was so concerned about what was going to happen that she called the police. When a detective (Mitch Stone) showed up, Sunny tells him that a murder is going to happen and even who the victim is. Even though the detective is skeptical, he pays a visit to the victim’s house, only to find her dead. Sunny becomes the number one suspect, since she warned of the murder and tea was found at the crime scene. Being a suspect will not be good for business, so Sunny decides there is only one thing she can do. Find the killer herself. And much to the chagrin of both Sunny and Mitch, they eventually find themselves working together to solve the case. I found the concept of a fortuneteller unique and refreshing. There are probably other fortuneteller series that have been written, but I have not read any. I love reading paranormal cozies and this fit the bill nicely. The fortunetelling and the “haunted” house and the magical cat, Morty, that just appears inside the house were the perfect combination of mystical and mysterious. I loved how the author wove all of these elements to give the story a magical feel. Another thing that I found refreshing was the fact that Sunny is basically on her own. In most of the cozy series I read, the protagonist always have a group of friends to help her investigate. Most of the time they have been friends forever. And do not get me wrong, I enjoy these and love reading about their friendships and relationships. But I also enjoyed the fact that Sunny did not have that group of friends to lean on and had to rely more on her own skills (and those of Morty) to solve the case. I really enjoyed that and made this book a standout, in my opinion. I thought this book had it all. There was humor, mystery, supernatural and suspense. I found myself laughing out loud reading about the relationship between Sunny and Mitch. I enjoyed the bickering and bantering between the two. I loved the loyalty Morty had to Sunny and how he was able to relay messages to Sunny and help her with the case. The mystery was carried out through much of the book and I thought it was well plotted. I eventually figured out who the killer was before it was revealed but that was alright. I still did not know how the book would end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a paranormal cozy read. This is the first book in the series and There are two more books already written. I will definitely be reading both of them. I am just sorry that it took me so long to read the first book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kim (Bookishly Me)

    Tempest in the Tea Leaves is the first book in Kari Lee's new series. Sunny leaves her parents house to live in an old Victorian home in a small town called Divinity and start her own business in fortune telling. In her first reading for the town librarian she sees the woman getting murdered. She informs the police and just as she predicted the woman is murdered. The detective on the case Mitch Stone is a non-believer and Sunny put herself right on top of the suspect list. Well she is the only su Tempest in the Tea Leaves is the first book in Kari Lee's new series. Sunny leaves her parents house to live in an old Victorian home in a small town called Divinity and start her own business in fortune telling. In her first reading for the town librarian she sees the woman getting murdered. She informs the police and just as she predicted the woman is murdered. The detective on the case Mitch Stone is a non-believer and Sunny put herself right on top of the suspect list. Well she is the only suspect to be exact. The major of the of Divinity, who is a believer and wants this murder solved as soon as possible, makes Sunny and detective Stone work together to get to the bottom of this. Sunny is one quirky but very likeable character. And her name fits her well since she's a funny, positive and upbeat. What I liked most about her that she isn't your typical 'detective' you read in cozy mysteries. No she really has no clue what she's doing. She blurts out every clue and evidence in front of other people and she gets into the much funny situations every time she does her 'detective thing'. You kind of have to feel for detective Stone to have to work with her on this case. This makes for some fun scenes between Sunny and detective Stone who seemed to be as annoyed with each other at times as they are attracted to each other. I'm looking forward to see how this relationship works out. And let’s not forget Morty. The mysterious big white cat who kind of came with the house. I am definitely looking forward to learning more about him. This is a great, light and fun read. Kari had me laughing out loud a few times. It's a whodunit with a hint of paranormal, with Sunny reading someone's future and even seeing it in front of her. I didn't figure out who it was until somewhere near the end of the book so that makes this a great whoduit for me (I hate figuring out haf way to the book who it is) I can recommend this book to any lover of cozy mysterie. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in Kari's Fortune Teller Mystery series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    I really wanted to like this one. On paper it is perfect. A small town cozy with a nice side of paranormal. And what a cute cover! Sadly I just could not get past the protagonist. Sunny has to be the most immature, bordering on stupid protagonists, I’ve read about to date…and that includes children’s books! At first , I just thought she was going to be a little ditzy…but after a few chapter I had to bail. I really want to say…it’s not you it’s me…but it really was you…

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diana | Book of Secrets

    Tempest in the Tea Leaves is a light and fun cozy mystery with a touch of the paranormal and a hint of romance. This is the first book in Kari Lee Townsend's A Fortune Teller Mystery series. I enjoyed this book! Fortune teller Sunshine Meadows (aka Sunny) leaves New York City for the small town of Divinity in upstate New York, because she's tired of her high society parents not believing in her or her special gift. Determined to make a new start in Divinity before her trust fund money runs out, s Tempest in the Tea Leaves is a light and fun cozy mystery with a touch of the paranormal and a hint of romance. This is the first book in Kari Lee Townsend's A Fortune Teller Mystery series. I enjoyed this book! Fortune teller Sunshine Meadows (aka Sunny) leaves New York City for the small town of Divinity in upstate New York, because she's tired of her high society parents not believing in her or her special gift. Determined to make a new start in Divinity before her trust fund money runs out, she buys an old Victorian house to set up shop, complete with its own mysterious white cat. Unfortunately for Sunny, things go down hill quickly. Her first customer is the frantic town librarian who wants a reading. After reading her tea leaves, Sunny has a vision of the librarian's murder. Sunny warns the police of her vision, but alas it is too late. The librarian is dead just as she predicted, and Sunny is the prime suspect. Sunny insists she's innocent - she's new in town and has no motive! Detective Mitch Stone doesn't believe in any of her psychic woo-woo, but he gives her the benefit of the doubt - for now. That will change if and when hard evidence turns up against her, so it's up to Sunny to help the detective find the real killer. Tempest in the Tea Leaves was a delightful read. Sunny was a likable character with the perfect job for helping to solve a murder, even though it's her fortune telling that got her in trouble in the first place! The author crafted an entertaining mystery that kept me guessing up until the end. There were a few times I thought "that would never really happen with a murder suspect," but I went with it anyway. The engaging characters pulled me into the story. I had plenty of giggle out loud moments, especially the witty exchanges between Sunny and "grumpy pants" Detective Stone, and Sunny and her snooty parents. Even her mysterious cat Morty was a hoot. He had a personality all his own. I'm so curious about Morty and his (and Sunny's) spooky Victorian house (aka Vicky). I'm looking forward to finding out more about them in future books. Tempest in the Tea Leaves is a strong start to a new series. I would recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries who like the addition of a paranormal element. I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    This the first book in the A Fortune Teller Mystery series from Townsend. I really enjoyed this book. I love to be told a story and this book told a great story. There were a couple things that I thought were stretching a point, but overall they worked in very well and contributed to the overall story> Sunny has left the Big Apple to start her life in the small town of Divinity, NY. She has purchased an old Victorian home, that could be haunted, and plans to set up a business as a psychic. The hou This the first book in the A Fortune Teller Mystery series from Townsend. I really enjoyed this book. I love to be told a story and this book told a great story. There were a couple things that I thought were stretching a point, but overall they worked in very well and contributed to the overall story> Sunny has left the Big Apple to start her life in the small town of Divinity, NY. She has purchased an old Victorian home, that could be haunted, and plans to set up a business as a psychic. The house hasn't been open for some time and the first thing Sunny finds is a white cat. The cat seems to be able to go from room to room faster than Sunny!!! Sunny's first client is the towns libraian and she choose to read her tea leaves. Sunny is right on with her reading and tell the librarian that she sees that someone is going to kill her. Within an hour of leaving the her reading the librarian is found dead. It is determined that the tea she drank was laced with digoxin. And she got the tea leaves from. Soon Detective Stone (Grumpy Pants) and Sunny(Tink) are put together as partners/assistant to find the killer. For me, this unlikely duo provided a good deal of the entertainment in this book. Needless to say neither one was really enjoying working together on this case. I'm looking forward to the next book to see how Stone and Sunny will interact. And am looking forward to learning more about Morty the white cat.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    The protagonist, Sunny Meadows, leaves her parents penthouse at the age of 29. However she is anything but mature. She sticks her tongue out, makes up silly names for people she meets, jumps up and down and claps when she is excited, and has an overall preteen attitude. Sunny uses tea leaves to do a physic reading for the town librarian and tells her she will meet an untimely death, as in that very night. Sunny then calls the police and tells them the librarian will die that evening. Shocker, Su The protagonist, Sunny Meadows, leaves her parents penthouse at the age of 29. However she is anything but mature. She sticks her tongue out, makes up silly names for people she meets, jumps up and down and claps when she is excited, and has an overall preteen attitude. Sunny uses tea leaves to do a physic reading for the town librarian and tells her she will meet an untimely death, as in that very night. Sunny then calls the police and tells them the librarian will die that evening. Shocker, Sunny becomes the main suspect when the murder does occur. Enter the square jawed, handsome detective, Mitch. Sunny sneaks a look as his tea cup also, and discovers she will fall in love with him, but it won't work out. Really? I like the fact that she buys her own home and car (though thinking she can keep an old clunker running because she took one automotive course is silly too). Her new home is an old Victorian house, she nicknames Vikki. Sunny names everything. Vikki comes with a ghost cat named Morty. Morty adds a little spice to the story. I think this series will develop into a real treat, but so far, it just lacks any depth to the characters and I have been unable to take the main character too seriously. However, it is only book number one and I am heading for the next in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    2 1/2 stars. This had a really good plot, and likable characters but just too implausible to be taken seriously. I'm not entirely convinced it was written by an adult. Teenager, maybe, or a really ditzy young woman who doesn't have social skills. Sunny Meadows, fledgling psychic, defies her parents (at the age of 29) and moves from NYC to a small town in central NY to start a fortune telling business. She buys an old, haunted Victorian house, and immediately forecasts her first customer's murder. 2 1/2 stars. This had a really good plot, and likable characters but just too implausible to be taken seriously. I'm not entirely convinced it was written by an adult. Teenager, maybe, or a really ditzy young woman who doesn't have social skills. Sunny Meadows, fledgling psychic, defies her parents (at the age of 29) and moves from NYC to a small town in central NY to start a fortune telling business. She buys an old, haunted Victorian house, and immediately forecasts her first customer's murder. Sunny is then suspected of the murder and is commanded by the chief of police to work with the detective to solve the case and clear her name. Seriously, if you can get through that synopsis without rolling your eyes, this might be the book for you. The book read like a teenaged girl's ramblings about what it's like to be an adult, right down to the childish name calling. The whole sexual tension angle between the MC and the detective was contrived and unrealistic, as were a lot of aspects of the story. The only thing that stopped this from being a DNF was the excellent plot, which was amazingly good. I hear the second book is better, and I'll give it a try, but frankly, I don't have a whole lot of faith in it being better than this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ☺Trish

    Sunny Meadows (she named herself that, her real given name is Sylvia Eleanor) declares that she's moving away from the big city and starting her own life and a fortune-telling business in small-town Divinity. Her parents "don't understand her" and "treat her like a child" - probably because, for a 29 year old woman, she sounds & acts more like an eighteen year old kid - an annoying & spoiled hippie-wannabe "trust-fund kid", at that. Sunny even names the stately old Victorian home she's purchased Sunny Meadows (she named herself that, her real given name is Sylvia Eleanor) declares that she's moving away from the big city and starting her own life and a fortune-telling business in small-town Divinity. Her parents "don't understand her" and "treat her like a child" - probably because, for a 29 year old woman, she sounds & acts more like an eighteen year old kid - an annoying & spoiled hippie-wannabe "trust-fund kid", at that. Sunny even names the stately old Victorian home she's purchased "Vicky" . . . I mean, come on, seriously? Tempest in the Tea Leaves, the first in Kari Lee Townsend's Fortune Teller Mystery series, has a good premise and a mystery filled with some surprising twists & turns, but that sort of gets lost in the midst all of the cutesy name-giving and the not-so-funny, juvenile banter amongst the characters (especially between Sunny and the handsome detective, Mitch Stone). If those annoying facets can be toned down, I'd be willing to give this series/author another try, especially to see if Sunny exhibits any personal growth and maturing in her interactions with others.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Sunny Meadows, formerly Sylvia, moves to the upstate NY town of Divinity having bought an old Victorian house to open her business as a psychic. Her house is purported to be haunted, adding to the charm of her whole new endeavor. Her first client is a frightened librarian and what Sunny reads in the leaves is death and murder. She informs the police, only to be met with skepticism. When the librarian is murdered, Sunny is targeted as the prime suspect. She works with and against the handsome Dete Sunny Meadows, formerly Sylvia, moves to the upstate NY town of Divinity having bought an old Victorian house to open her business as a psychic. Her house is purported to be haunted, adding to the charm of her whole new endeavor. Her first client is a frightened librarian and what Sunny reads in the leaves is death and murder. She informs the police, only to be met with skepticism. When the librarian is murdered, Sunny is targeted as the prime suspect. She works with and against the handsome Detective Mitch Stone to prove herself innocent and real. A good mystery with some flaws. I'll read the next one since the author is a good storyteller. This is the second mystery series where the heroine is nicknamed Tinkerbell (the other series does it better, and Sunny seems to move back and forth between screwball and smart cookie. The character of Sunny needs a little work but she's still likeable and interesting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Crys

    Absolutely enjoyed this mystery. I bought it on a whim at the bookstore because (1) I like a good mystery and (2) this type of mystery fits my interest. I was not disappointed. The author does not make us wait for the mystery to start. We are introduced to Sunny's character as she leaves NYC for Divinity to start a new life, on her own. Two chapters in we are thrust forward into a mystery surrounding the death of the librarian, a death that Sunny foretold in the librarian's tea leaves. Since Sunny Absolutely enjoyed this mystery. I bought it on a whim at the bookstore because (1) I like a good mystery and (2) this type of mystery fits my interest. I was not disappointed. The author does not make us wait for the mystery to start. We are introduced to Sunny's character as she leaves NYC for Divinity to start a new life, on her own. Two chapters in we are thrust forward into a mystery surrounding the death of the librarian, a death that Sunny foretold in the librarian's tea leaves. Since Sunny predicted the death, she is the prime suspect. She must spend her time in Divinity clearing her name instead of reading tea leaves and enjoying her new found freedom. With Detective Mitch Stone constantly watching her back, Sunny finds it difficult to clear her name with so many different leads. After all, she is a psychic and not a detective. With wit and humor, Townsend delivers a solid story - with a few minor flaws - that left me wanting the second novel ASAP.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Sorry to the author of this book but I just plain didn't like it. It was very childish and the main character was unrelatable. the plot was illogical to the point of being nearly unreadable for an adult. I'd recommend this book to a middle schooler maybe. this book is about a trust fund girl with a magical (yeah it's actually magic...there is no other magic in this book) cat who somehow gets to help solve a murder that she is the main suspect of. because that makes sense. also she's very proud o Sorry to the author of this book but I just plain didn't like it. It was very childish and the main character was unrelatable. the plot was illogical to the point of being nearly unreadable for an adult. I'd recommend this book to a middle schooler maybe. this book is about a trust fund girl with a magical (yeah it's actually magic...there is no other magic in this book) cat who somehow gets to help solve a murder that she is the main suspect of. because that makes sense. also she's very proud of her newfound independence from her parents (At age 29 *cringe*) but she's not independent from that trust fund? Idk just don't read this unless your 12.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Madow

    This was the first cozy mystery I've ever read, and I'm so glad I did. Kari's writing is fun and fresh, and the main character, Sunny, is so quirky and lovable! Really just trying to get out there and make it on her own when she's thrown into something she never expected. With a hot detective, too! ;) There's some fabulous banter between the two of them that I positively loved. I also love the paranormal elements. All in all, this is an excellent story that I highly recommend! This was the first cozy mystery I've ever read, and I'm so glad I did. Kari's writing is fun and fresh, and the main character, Sunny, is so quirky and lovable! Really just trying to get out there and make it on her own when she's thrown into something she never expected. With a hot detective, too! ;) There's some fabulous banter between the two of them that I positively loved. I also love the paranormal elements. All in all, this is an excellent story that I highly recommend!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Harvee

    I rated this 3.75/5. It's quite good for a first in a new series and am looking forward to the next book. Sunny Meadows reads tea leaves and sees into the present and the future. She also becomes an amateur sleuth to clear her name when a client dies from poison in tea leaves given to her by Sunny. I rated this 3.75/5. It's quite good for a first in a new series and am looking forward to the next book. Sunny Meadows reads tea leaves and sees into the present and the future. She also becomes an amateur sleuth to clear her name when a client dies from poison in tea leaves given to her by Sunny.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    This is the 7th first book in a new series I've read in the past 2 months and all have been winners. I liked the "woo woo" flavor this series has with the fortune teller, though the heroine's name is a bit silly....Sunshine Meadows?? I can't think of anyone I've ever known who would actually choose a name like that for themselves. Other than the silly name, I liked this one okay! This is the 7th first book in a new series I've read in the past 2 months and all have been winners. I liked the "woo woo" flavor this series has with the fortune teller, though the heroine's name is a bit silly....Sunshine Meadows?? I can't think of anyone I've ever known who would actually choose a name like that for themselves. Other than the silly name, I liked this one okay!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Snap

    The author shows some promise in this first book in a new series. I thought the writing was uneven ... too many bumps in the road. I didn't much care for the heroine, Sunny. I love the tea leaf reading and Morty, the cat (or whatever he is) is great. Not sure that I'll try another .. certainly not a full price! The author shows some promise in this first book in a new series. I thought the writing was uneven ... too many bumps in the road. I didn't much care for the heroine, Sunny. I love the tea leaf reading and Morty, the cat (or whatever he is) is great. Not sure that I'll try another .. certainly not a full price!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I very much enjoyed my introduction to the little town of Divinity, New York and Sunny Meadows. Sunny's running commentary on the things that were happening gave me more than a few giggles. So did Mort's antics. Her parents were super frustrating and I wanted to shake them both like they were martinis. All in all this was a very fun read. I'm happy I picked it up from my library's exchange rack. I very much enjoyed my introduction to the little town of Divinity, New York and Sunny Meadows. Sunny's running commentary on the things that were happening gave me more than a few giggles. So did Mort's antics. Her parents were super frustrating and I wanted to shake them both like they were martinis. All in all this was a very fun read. I'm happy I picked it up from my library's exchange rack.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beverly J.

    This was one of the top ten worst books I have ever endured. I cannot imagine how an author can have a character do things that are so completely unbelievable. It's too bad, really, there were some really cute aspects at times, but as a whole, NO. This was one of the top ten worst books I have ever endured. I cannot imagine how an author can have a character do things that are so completely unbelievable. It's too bad, really, there were some really cute aspects at times, but as a whole, NO.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    December 9, 2011: I'm on page 203 of 294 of Tempest in the Tea Leaves: This book is awful. At this point I am only reading it to complete my Reading Challenge. What a waste of paper! December 9, 2011: I'm on page 203 of 294 of Tempest in the Tea Leaves: This book is awful. At this point I am only reading it to complete my Reading Challenge. What a waste of paper!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I had a hard time liking this book and I think it was mostly due to the main character. She just got on my nerves and I couldn't like her. I had a hard time liking this book and I think it was mostly due to the main character. She just got on my nerves and I couldn't like her.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Sunny is a moron and I have no desire to read any more about her.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Veronique

    Because it's NYE and it's 40 degrees C outside and my brain is on vacation. Because it's NYE and it's 40 degrees C outside and my brain is on vacation.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cooper

    Cute idea, poorly executed. Sunny Meadows moves from NY to the quaint town of Divinity, NY. She’s a psychic and with her very first client, tells them they’re going to die. Umm, say what now? I’ll admit, I have gone to one or two psychics in my time but more for pure entertainment than anything. If I had one tell me I was going to be murdered, I’d laugh, leave, and then leave a bad yelp review. So, Sunny calls the police and the hunky detective comes to her house. Ok, I’ve lived in a small town…th Cute idea, poorly executed. Sunny Meadows moves from NY to the quaint town of Divinity, NY. She’s a psychic and with her very first client, tells them they’re going to die. Umm, say what now? I’ll admit, I have gone to one or two psychics in my time but more for pure entertainment than anything. If I had one tell me I was going to be murdered, I’d laugh, leave, and then leave a bad yelp review. So, Sunny calls the police and the hunky detective comes to her house. Ok, I’ve lived in a small town…the police don’t come to your home unless you’ve been attacked or robbed. Ok, so I’ll overlook that. But then she tells him a murder is going to happen. She doesn’t know when or how and tells the detective she “saw it”. Can I say how quickly she’d either be 1: arrested or 2: placed in a psychiatric facility. Ok…. Oh, since Sunny told the detective that the woman was going to be killed and then she was, Sunny becomes a suspect. But, hold on now, the police captain pairs her up with hunky detective. Because, you know, when you’re a murder suspect the police just love having you involved with the murder investigation….sigh. At first I liked that the love interest gave her the nickname “Tink”…because I love Tinkerbell. But after a while, it sounded more and more condescending and just became annoying. On a personal note, I hate when authors use “giggle” to describe something anyone over the age of 12 would do. Sunny is 29…please, women do not giggle, they laugh. Unfortunately, Sunny is written as very immature and written as if she were tween instead of someone about to turn 30. Of course, Sunny isn’t the brightest. She was mystified why her pipes hadn’t burst as it was a bone chilling…let me look, 55 degrees. Not my cozy cup of tea!

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