In Hot Water: A Misty Bay Tea Room Mystery (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the A Misty Bay Tea Room Mystery series.


In bestselling author Kate Kingsbury's Misty Bay Tea Room series debut, the proprietress of a British-style tea shop must draw on her love for mystery novels to sleuth a murder.

Vivian Wainwright is living her dream. The middle-aged widow owns the Misty Bay Tearoom, a quaint, English-accented shop on the Oregon coast. But on the eve of the tearoom's second anniversary, the dream turns nightmarish when a man falls to his death from a hotel balcony.

The body belongs to Dean Ramsey, ex-husband of Vivian's assistant, Jenna. Detective Tony Messina quickly zeroes in on Jenna as prime suspect, since she was seen leaving the hotel shortly before the body was found.

Vivian and her other assistant, Gracie, set out to help clear Jenna's name, using their wit and a bit of criminology know-how Vivian picked up from her late attorney husband. Detective Messina is on board, but he's starting to develop feelings for his number one suspect. Puzzling questions persist--chief among them, whose clothes was Dean wearing when he landed on the rocky shore?

To complicate matters, Vivian's friend, pet shop owner Hal Douglass, seems to know some secrets about the hotel that could add a long list of names to the suspect list...including Hal's own. Vivian must work quickly because if she can't, Jenna faces a murder rap...or worse.

About the Author

Kate Kingsbury is the national bestselling author of over sixty books. Her work has appeared on many bestseller lists and her books have sold all over the world. She grew up in London, England and moved to the U.S. in the early sixties. She now lives in Oregon and spends some of her spare time playing golf and camping in an RV with her husband, Bill and a Chihuahua/mix puppy named Bella.

Praise For…

Praise for In Hot Water:
"Lively characters and a simmering romance will leave readers looking forward to the sequel."
Publishers Weekly

“A bright new sleuth of a certain age and an interesting cadre of sidekicks.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Well-drawn characters and the charming tea-shop frame distinguish this cozy.”

“A trio of lively sleuths, a delightfully cozy tea parlor, and enough suspects to keep the reader guessing to the end.”
—Kate Collins, New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop mysteries

"A fast paced cozy mystery with contemporary elements yet English tea room charm."
—Karen Rose Smith, bestselling author of the Daisy’s Tea Garden mysteries

"A stellar cozy-mystery novel. Highly recommended author and series."
—Christine DeSmet, author, Fudge Shop Mystery Series

“From the moment you meet Vivian Wainwright, you’ll want to eat delicious scones her tearoom, live in her coastal town, and join in as she leads a small but intrepid band of amateur sleuths to solve a twisty murder and prevent a miscarriage of justice.”
—Barbara Ross, award-winning author of the Maine Clambake mysteries

Praise for the Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries:
“A winning debut for this ghostly cozy series."
—Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Haunted Home Renovation series

“A page-turner from the first scene...Better hurry-Kate Kingsbury’s fine new series is about to get all booked up!”
—Susan Wittig Albert, New York Times bestselling author of Blood Orange

“What’s not to like about a laughing ghost? Dead and Breakfast is a spirited beginning to Kate Kingsbury’s new Merry Ghost Inn series. More laughter to come.”
—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Times Two

“All the ingredients necessary for an entertaining red from start to surprising finish.”
—Sally Goldenbaum, USA Today bestselling author of the Seaside Knnitters Society Mysteries

“Kate Kingsbury is a pro...This book is so well done it almost reads itself. Treat yourself to the first in a new series—a must read.”
—Carolyn Haines, USA Today bestselling author of Rock-A-Bye Bones

“A laughing ghost, a winsome dog, and a charming Oregon coastal village make the Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries a place you’ll want to visit again and again.”
—Leslie Budewitz, Agatha Award winning author of the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries
Product Details
ISBN: 9781639103652
ISBN-10: 1639103651
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: February 21st, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: A Misty Bay Tea Room Mystery