Tempest in the Tea Room is a really cozy in bed, enjoyable read. Libi Astaire wrote this book so skillfully, that you fell like you are back in time to 1811 in London, England. It is a tasteful mystery, with just the write amount of humor and sub-plot.
Judging the Book by its Cover - a first glance review:
I love the size of this paperback! It is perfect for traveling or curling up with at home.
The cover is simple, yet elegant. It follows the same design as the previous two Ezra Melamed mysteries.
Some Details I Liked:
This might sound trivial, but I adore authors that can finish what they started in a book. Libi Astaire, starts with one scene and follows up with that idea at the very end.
This book is written so well that as I read it, I was able to visualize almost every part. When the girls had their sewing party, I was ready to get out my needle and thread. With the scene in the graveyard, I could feel his (can't give away who :P ) chills.
Who This Book is For:
This book is light reading and great from the middle elementary school to the middle-aged reader. It has Judaic references, as well as mentioning Hashem, but I think a non-Jew could easily enjoy this book.
Who This Book Isn’t For:
This book is not a serious whodunnit. If you are looking for a surprise ending, this isn't the book for you. It also isn't gory or too intensely suspenseful.
What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better:
I guessed the culprit pretty early on, but still enjoyed the story-line.
This is a lovely historical novel.
I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it, but that it no way changed the way I read it and reviewed it.