Review: Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley

Death in a Budapest Butterfly by Julia Buckley

Synopsis and Details:

Hanna Keller runs her family’s Tea House, serving up scrumptious snacks and tantalizing teas but when a customer keels over from a poisoned cuppa, Hanna and her tea-leaf reading grandma will have to catch a killer in the first of the new cozy mystery series from Julia Buckley.

Hanna Keller and her family run Maggie’s Tea House, an establishment heavily influenced by the family’s Hungarian descent and specializing in a European-style traditional tea service. But truthfully, one of the shop’s largest draws is Hanna’s eccentric grandmother, who’s known for her remarkable ability to read the future in the leaves at the bottom of their customers’ cups. Lately, however, her readings have become alarmingly ominous…

Hanna is also an avid teacup collector and especially takes pride in the Anna Weatherley butterfly cup she recently procured. But the exquisite piece of porcelain soon becomes the center of a murder investigation, when it’s suspected of delivering poison to one of the guests at their most recent event. Hanna’s determined to find the true killer, exonerate her family, their business, and in the process, reclaim her beautiful Budapest Butterfly.

Series: Hungarian Tea House Mystery #1  |  Genres: Contemporary, Cozy Mystery  |  Release Date: July 30, 2019  |  Publisher: Berkley Books  | Pages: 304  |  ISBN: 978-1984804822  |  ASIN: B07K5ZJ2QL  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Berkley Prime Crime

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Being the kind of reader who is attracted to a book by its cover, it is no wonder I was eager to read this book. I just find the cover to be adorable! Death in a Budapest Butterfly is the first book in the A Hungarian Tea House Mystery series and what a delightful cozy mystery this turned out to be. I loved the inclusion of Hungarian culture and folklore which permeated everything in this story. At the start I was introduced to Hana, her mother and grandmother, who are all co-owners of Maggie’s Tea House. They were getting ready for a high tea event for the Magyar Women group, which was a group of ladies who were all of Hungarian decent, like a club. It was during this event that a murder most foul was committed and Hana and her family were quickly drawn into an investigation that would open their eyes to danger and mystery as well as bring a family secret out into the open.

I was so excited that the murder happened at the start because the police were immediately brought in and the action began. I especially loved the chapter titles during the interrogation portions because the title named who was being interviewed, it was clever. Each chapter was a different accounting from eye-witnesses and I felt like I was a part of the mystery itself rather than a bystander. Since the murder happened up front, it is not till later in the book that I really got to know Hana and her family and I came to really like them! There was also a burgeoning romance taking place but I wish there had been more of a romantic buildup because as it was, I was not drawn to the romance. Additionally, there was a slight paranormal element introduced in this book and I think it is going to have a larger focus as the series continues. Overall, Death in a Budapest Butterfly was a wonderful cozy mystery that will appeal to mystery lovers and tea aficionado’s everywhere!

*Thank you to Berkley Prime Crime for this ARC of Death in a Budapest Butterfly*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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About the Author:

Author Julia Buckley

Julia Buckley has loved reading and writing since childhood. She is still a sucker for a great story, and, like any bibliophile, she loves libraries, Scholastic Book Fairs, the smell of ink, pads and pens, typewriters, and books you can’t put down. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband Jeff, a giant dog named Digby and three spoiled but wonderful cats. She has two grown sons and a beautiful daughter-in-law.

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