Publication date: September 22, 2021
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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A small English town. An enchanted tea room. A murder at a horse race. Can this newbie witch and her vampire friends catch the killer?
Minnie Wells, here! I was hoping for a fun weekend at the biggest horse races in England. But instead, I discover the body of an infamous horse trainer, murdered in the stables!
Now I’ve got to team up with my sassy black cat familiar to catch the killer, and clear the track’s veterinarian of the bogus charges against him.
But as I wade through a long list of suspects, from rival jockeys to angry animal rights activists, I’m afraid I’ve caught the killer’s notice.
Can I solve the case before I’m next on the chopping block?
This is a clean, paranormal cozy mystery series with zero profanity or violence, but heaps of humor and a hint of romance. If you like escaping into stories with charming English settings, hilarious characters, talking cats, and twisty mysteries, you’ll love English After-Doom Tea!
This is Book 4 in the Vampire Tea Room Magical Mystery Series by Erin Johnson. These are relatively short books - this one is 166 pages - but there is a lot packed in a few pages. Witches, vampires, shifters, and more add a fun paranormal element to this delightful cozy series.
Minnie has convinced her vampire boss to take his quaint Regency-era tea room on the road to a big horse racing event. While Fitz and her butler-waiter friends are busy running the mobile tearoom, Minnie gets pulled into another murder investigation when her witchy mentor’s friend is implicated. Minnie’s talking cat familiar, Tilda, is a big help as they unravel lots of secrets to find out whodunnit.
I really love all the characters in this series and, while I’m not a big romance fan, the burgeoning romance between Minnie and her vampire boss Fitz is really quite sweet. I am definitely rooting for them. This series really is a lot of fun and this adventure outside Bath and the tearoom was especially entertaining. The author does include a bit about the dangers of horse racing with a bit of commentary on how hard it is on the horses (a sentiment I agree with from my own experience in the equally harmful dog racing industry). There is mention of an animal dying in the past and there is an animal injured during the course of this book, but it is a cozy so let’s just say that we get around to a happy ending at least on the current animal’s fate.
I am looking forward to Book 5, Steeping Secrets, due out in May. The author has several other cozy series, including The Winter Witches of Holiday Haven and Magical Renaissance Faire Mysteries. They are all on my To-Be-Read pile!
Author’s site: https://www.erinjohnsonwrites.com/