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I am a big fan of Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery series by Karen Rose Smith. Tomes & Tea Mystery Mysteries is a spin off with Jazzi Swanson, Daisy’s daughter.

Jazzi and her friend Dawn open up the bookshop/tea shop Tomes & Tea in Belltower Landing. It is described as a very quaint place, some place I would love to frequent.

A murder happens and naturally Jazzi becomes involved, following in the footsteps of her mom. She did learn from the best! She knows what questions to ask and she has a keen eye.

I did not have an idea who the killer was. I thought for sure it was someone else.

There are a lot of characters in the book and I felt they were described very well and I enjoyed the interactions.

This is a great first book in the series and definitely set up for further story development.

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Release Date: March 26, 2024
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New York State’s Belltower Landing is a lakeside resort town where tourists spend their summer days boating, floating, and paddle-boarding on the water. It’s also the perfect place to cuddle up with a good book and enjoy a cup of tea, courtesy of Tomes & Tea. Owned and operated by Jazzi and her best friend Dawn Fernsby, the book bar is beloved by vacationers and locals alike, but browsers grabbing brews in the off season aren’t enough to help them make ends meet. Jazzi befriends a woman named Brie who has recently made contact with her biological father. As an adopted child herself, Jazzi is more than happy to give Brie emotional support, especially as her wealthy father’s wife and children see her as a threat. But Brie is also looking to start a family of her own. Unfortunately, all the potential princes she’s met through a dating app turn out to be frogs. Then, when Brie is found murdered, Jazzi finds herself playing detective. With a list of suspects ranging from jealous half-siblings to less-than-suitable suitors, Jazzi may need to consult some of her shop’s bestselling mysteries to help her uncover a killer . . .
This is the first in a spin-off series from #daisysteagardenmysteries with Daisys daughter. I love that this series picks up after Jazzi left Pennsylvania for college and we don’t have to wonder what happened to her down the road. I enjoyed getting to see Jazzi in a new light. Dawn is a great addition as well as some other secondary character to the town of Belltower Landing. I’m looking forward to the next installment!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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I mostly enjoyed this book. I did notice that every time the scene changed there is a description of what clothes Jazzi is wearing, which I found unnecessary. I also found that the story wandered in places, particularly about different men. The dialogue implies there’s an attraction or friends are encouraging her to see someone there but nothing is ever done resolved or developed. When they investigate Brie’s life it’s the same thing, just going from man to man. I found it unfulfilling, and frustrating. Just pick an interest and go with it. The murder almost become secondary to all this. I am surprised by who the killer is, I thought that reveal came abruptly. #MurderMarksthePage #NetGalley

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Murder Marks the Page is the first in a new cozy mystery series. Jazzi and her best friend Dawn own Tomes & Tea, the perfect store for lovers of books and tea. Jazzi soon discovers that Dawn's family is pressuring her to sell her share of the store. She can not let that happen; Jazzi and Dawn are the perfect partners. To add to that stress, Jazzi recently met Brie and was helping her in her process of meeting her birth parents; however, Brie was then found murdered. Between trying to save the store and assisting in finding Brie's killer, Jazzi is stressed to the max. Add to that, everyone in town thinks she needs a love life, and, maybe, just maybe, she is considering that too.

Murder Marks the Page checks off a lot of the "needs" for a great cozy mystery. It has a charming setting, an interesting cast of characters, and an intriguing mystery. However, there were a few things that detracted from the overall story. First, there was way too much time spent detailing the characters' outfits. Second, there was too much focus on the adoption/birth parents/adopted parents angle. I understand that was a part of this story and a part of Jazzi's past, but it was emphasized way too much. It became repetitive to the point of annoyance.

Murder Marks the Page is a fine cozy. It's the first in the series, so the author can still develop the characters and lessen the details on outfits and adoption.

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This was a fantastic cozy mystery I liked the plot and the characters were a lot of fun. Very much recommend this book.

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I was really intrigued by the premise. Cozy mystery is right up my alley but the writing just threw me off. There were so many unnecessary descriptions “Jazzis personal style was eclectic.” A few pages later: “If the apartment followed any kind of design, it was probably Bohemian Lakeview.”
Every single newly introduced side character is described including hair and eye colour and background.
And then the word repetitions… In one scene with a bigger number of people, no pronouns are used, no descriptions. Just the characters names again and again and again. It made the book really frustrating to read and I started skimming instead of reading. The ending didn't really surprise me either.

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For someone who loves outdoor pursuits including cycling and paddle-boarding as well as books and the company of friends, living in the lakeside community of Belltower Landing is Jazzi Swanson's dream. This is where she has joint ownership, with bestie, Dawn, of a bookshop and drinks bar called Tomes & Tea, as well as a nice apartment, and friends who regularly attend her book club. What else could she want? When they are introduced to a young woman who is considering searching for her birth father, Jazzi and Dawn, who are adopted themselves, happily spend time answering all her questions.

It is the busiest time of year for local businesses and so as well as helping new friend, Brie, Dawn and Jazzi are trying to find ways of increasing their profit margins outside the tourist season while also welcoming a small fluffy kitten into their home! When a body is found in the small town however, Jazzi finds herself drawn into the investigation just as her mother, Daisy, had been when she was growing up in Willow Creek. Apparently she is as skilled as her mum and Jazzi soon finds herself looking over her shoulder and looking at everyonewith suspicion. Will she discover whodunnit or will they find her first?

This is the start of author Karen Rose Smith's new series and also my first time reading her work which I enjoyed for the most part. There is a lot of scene setting which, in this instance, is to be expected and from the descriptions I could definitely live in Belltower Landing where I would frequent Tomes & Tea on a regular basis! I'm not a big fan of love triangles, which run through this, as I find them distracting, but again, as this is book one, I will reserve judgement for a while. I liked the detective who seemed a little confused by Jazzi at times which was fun. Overall this was a promising start to a new cosy series and there will hopefully be more from Jazzi and Dawn for me to be on the lookout for in the future.

I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, Kensington Books, but the opinions expressed are my own. This is a good start and well worth a read. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

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Jazzi Swanson is out of college and co-owner of Tome and Tea bookstore and Tea spot. She is young but determined and a reluctant sleuth because her mother, Daisy Swanson from Daisy Tea Garden Mysteries, was known for investigating murders. Dawn Fernsby is best friend, business partner, and roommate. In many ways Dawn and Jazzi are more like sisters. Oliver is a local upscale pub owner from Australia and a potential romantic interest. Parker is a bookclub participant and software applications developer who, although very subtle, I see as a potential romantic interest as well.

The mystery has plenty of suspects and Jazzi never intends to investigate but ends doing so anyway. I like the lake setting woven throughout the story. The climax had some harrowing moments as the killer is revealed and Jazzi is in danger. A subplot is extra efforts to bring in more business to the bookstore which provides a touch of realism about the business through the story. A deligtful touch is Jazzi adopting two adorable kittens.

Rating: Excellent - A fun read-it was good.

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This book was pretty good! I enjoyed it, although it didn’t really make my list of favorites. It wasn’t bad in any way, just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Loved reading this book and new authors series. If you favemt read her books yet I highly recommend doing so

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The first in a new series. I found this fast paces cozy a delight! Jazzi is an interesting character that I am looking forward to reading more about. A rash of burglaries has the neighbors upset. When one is found dead Jazz I and the other residents try to solve the mystery. Loved the setting! Good solid mystery. Thanks #netgalley and Kensington for the eARC in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are mine.

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With all the trappings of a small town setting, this book follows the cozy formula of amateur sleuth solving a murder close to home. In this case, it's a book shop owner looking into the death of a woman she befriended. Lots of suspects that you'd find in a typical cozy. First book in a series, so interested to see where this will go.

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I really liked the premise of the book, but found the experience a bit heavy handed, overall and really didn't enjoy Jazzi as a character.

This is the first of Karen Rose Smith's books I've read, so maybe I'd get more of Jazzi's personality from the previous series, but there were a lot of references to Jazzi's mother without her mother ever actually being in the book, or any examples of why their relationship might be difficult or why Jazzi thought she needed to do things on her own so much. The reasoning she gives in the text and to the detective is that her family did a lot for her while she was growing up, as a teen, and while she was in university and like...? That's what families are meant to do?

There were also a lot of instances of describing things I really didn't need/want to know about, especially outfits, which were described often and in detail. Jazzi also made several mental comments that something a character owned was more than she would make in a month/more than she'd spend in a week/etc., and came off as a bit tacky. The book also makes it very clear that Jazzi is not ready for a romantic relationship, but then Jazzi tries to interpret every interaction with a male character as one of romance and scrutinizes every little feeling if she's falling for them or if she needs to pull back because she thinks they have a crush on her.

I was pleasantly surprised by who the murderer turned out to be and how neatly it worked out without feeling trite or cheap. And Belltower Landing sounds like a great place to live. Smith has definitely created a very quaint community, but some of her characters could use a little extra work.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Fast paced, cozy mystery with great characters and a charming setting.
When a rash of home burglaries becomes evident in town, Jazzi, Dawn and the other residents start to become a little afraid. But when a friend is found murdered in her home, right after Jazzi met her for dinner, things become unsettling. Can the two crimes be related? Jazzi tries really hard to stay away from sleuthing, but when opportunity presents itself, she can't resist.
Really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend. Looking forward to seeing what is next for Jazzi and Dawn and their tea room/ book store.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Lately I've been getting into cozy mysteries, especially when it involves a book store owner. I find these types of books to be a fun, easy read and I do love to see if I can solve the mystery. Murder Marks The Page fit the bill. This was an enjoyable, stress free read. I didn't even guess the correct villain! You do have to stretch your imagination a bit over Jazzi's sudden involvement over someone she just barely met, but overall, a really good read.

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Release Date: March 26, 2024
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New York State’s Belltower Landing is a lakeside resort town where tourists spend their summer days boating, floating, and paddle-boarding on the water. It’s also the perfect place to cuddle up with a good book and enjoy a cup of tea, courtesy of Tomes & Tea. Owned and operated by Jazzi and her best friend Dawn Fernsby, the book bar is beloved by vacationers and locals alike, but browsers grabbing brews in the off season aren’t enough to help them make ends meet. Jazzi befriends a woman named Brie who has recently made contact with her biological father. As an adopted child herself, Jazzi is more than happy to give Brie emotional support, especially as her wealthy father’s wife and children see her as a threat. But Brie is also looking to start a family of her own. Unfortunately, all the potential princes she’s met through a dating app turn out to be frogs. Then, when Brie is found murdered, Jazzi finds herself playing detective. With a list of suspects ranging from jealous half-siblings to less-than-suitable suitors, Jazzi may need to consult some of her shop’s bestselling mysteries to help her uncover a killer . . .
This is the first in a spin-off series from #daisysteagardenmysteries with Daisys daughter. I love that this series picks up after Jazzi left Pennsylvania for college and we don’t have to wonder what happened to her down the road. I enjoyed getting to see Jazzi in a new light. Dawn is a great addition as well as some other secondary character to the town of Belltower Landing. I’m looking forward to the next installment!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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I had enjoyed the previous series in the mystery, I enjoyed how good this spin off had a great concept overall. The characters were what I was looking for from the other books. Karen Rose Smith has a great writing style and can’t wait to read more.

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This new spin-off mystery series starts out okay, but it kind of feels like a rush job to me. I like the business set up of the Tomes and Tea shop, with Jazzi co-owner with a friend (who's being pressured by her family to sell off her share and go into the family business). And they're roommates too. This could be claustrophobic, but the author does a good job of mixing in plenty of other secondary characters to keep things interesting.

One thing I don't care for is the constant listing of who's wearing what, or what plants Jazzi is walking past, etc. They feel kind of rote or encyclopedic and don't really add anything.

The mystery itself is interesting and well-plotted. I mis-guessed the killer, which is always promising :>) I'll be interested in seeing how the next book is.

Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This book was...fine. I didn't hate it, but I definitely didn't find myself getting into it. I haven't read the author's other books, but it seemed like she focused a lot on the food people were eating and clothes they were wearing rather than what was going on. There also seemed to be a few things missing (never figured out how Jazzie got to get all those books but maybe I skimmed that part).

I received a copy of this book for a review, but all opinions are my own.

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I really enjoyed reading the ebook review copy.. The book is an extension of the Daisy Tea series. I feel it is the next generation of cozy mysteries. It involves Jazzi Swanson, Dasiy (Swanson) Groft's daughter. This evolves around Brie Frazier's murder and around the Belltower Landing Tourist town. The least expected suspected at the end of the book.

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