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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
Finley and Whitt Blake would probably never forget their vacation to Sri Lanka. It started as a work trip for Finley but soon became a much-needed getaway for both sisters. However, even as they tried to soak up the island’s beauty, strange episodes seemed to follow them everywhere. Dead bodies turned up wherever they went, arousing the suspicions of the local police. When they got stranded in a hotel overnight during a tropical storm, they unraveled a piece of an intricate puzzle. Can they solve the mysteries while proving themselves innocent? Join Finley and Whitt in their adventures in Murder in the Tea Leaves by Carter Fielding.
Carter Fielding dubbed her novel a “travel mystery,” and I had trouble deciding which part appealed to me more. Even if the book lacked the crime aspect, I still would have enjoyed it as a travelogue. Fielding has a way with words that created vivid, mesmerizing imagery. I fell in love with Sri Lanka after reading her detailed descriptions of lush greenery and the azure sea. Her skillful writing helped me savor the tastes of Sri Lankan delicacies. Fielding’s words are probably as potent as Finley’s camera to capture the abundant wildlife. The book is an ode to the rich cultural heritage of the island. The slow-burning mystery and the sleuthing activities kept me guessing. Fielding dispensed just enough hints to keep me intrigued. The chemistry between the sisters was charming. I recommend Murder in the Tea Leaves to anyone who appreciates cozy mysteries, sleuth stories, or travelogues.