Looking for a good mystery to read next time you want to curl up with a hot cup of your favorite tea? Well, put the kettle on because you’re in luck.
If you love reading as much as you love tea, here are six great tea mystery series to explore. All of these series feature tea in a starring role and many are also cozy mysteries, where the main character is an amateur sleuth who is usually a woman.
The cozy mystery sleuth is formally trained in mystery solving, but she usually has some kind of career that allows her to be privy to gossip or information that others might not have—a postmistress, running an inn, or in the case of these tea mystery series, running a tea shop.
All of the descriptions quoted here come directly from Goodreads, an excellent resource to find your next favorite book.
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Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs
This tea mystery series is set in the historic district of Charleston and features Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.Goodreads
There are currently 24 books in this series by Laura Childs. They all have clever tea-related names like:
- Death by Darjeeling
- Gunpowder Green
- Shades of Earl Grey
- The English Breakfast Murder
- The Jasmine Moon Murder
- Chamomile Mourning, and more.
The Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries by Patrice Greenwood
These cozy mysteries take place in Santa Fe and are solved by amateur sleuth and Wisteria Tearoom owner, Ellen Rosings.
The first book in this tea mystery series, A Fatal Twist of Lemon is described as:
“Cops drink coffee.
They don’t belong in Ellen Rosings’s Victorian tearoom. But when her opening day thank-you tea ends in the murder of the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust, the police invade her haven. Enter Detective Tony Aragon: attractive and unsympathetic, with a chip on his shoulder that goes beyond the murder investigation, and Ellen’s delicate bone china cup is full. Is the murderer one of her honored guests, or the ghost rumored to haunt the building? Will Ellen solve the mystery, or will the Wisteria Tearoom’s premiere turn out to be its—and Ellen’s—finale?”Goodreads
There are 11 works in this series, which also offers a box set of the first three mysteries that comes with accompanying recipes.
- A Fatal Twist of Lemon
- A Sprig of Blossomed Thorn
- An Aria of Omens
- A Bodkin for the Bride
- A Masquerade of Muertos, and more,
Author Patrice Greenwood has a website devoted to the Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries with reader activities like teacup of the month polls and/or invitations to Tea with Patrice.
Vampire Tea Room Magical Mysteries by Erin Johnson
This fun, lighthearted magical tea room cozy mystery series by Erin Johnson focuses around a vampire-owned tea room in Bath, UK.
Welcome to the coziest, vampire-owned tea room in Bath! It’s steeped in magic and mystery.
Minnie Wells is working her marketing magic to save the coziest, vampire-owned tea room in Bath, England. But add in a string of murders, spells to learn, and a handsome Mr. Darcy-esque boss, and Minnie’s cup runneth over with mischief and mayhem.Goodreads
There are 5 books in this tea mystery series so far with fun titles like:
- Spelling the Tea
- With Scream and Sugar
- A Score to Kettle
- English After-Doom Tea
- Steeping Secrets
Daisy’s Tea Garden Mysteries by Karen Rose Smith
This cozy mystery series takes place in Pennsylvania’s Amish country where Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris run a tea and treat shop.
The first book in this 8 mystery series, Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes is described by Goodreads as:
In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals—but a murder in their garden has them in hot water . . .
Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective—so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried . . . especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy’s Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey’s grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn’t want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart—but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey’s murder.
Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime scene—and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt’s name and bag the real killer before things boil over . . .
Includes delicious recipes for Iris’s Lemon Tea Cakes and more!Goodreads
Titles in this tea garden mystery series include:
- Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes
- Murder with Cinnamon Scones
- Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches
- Murder with Cherry Tarts
- Murder with Clotted Cream and more.
Oxford Tearoom Mysteries by H.Y. Hanna
This cozy tea mystery series takes place in Gemma Rose’s Oxfordshire tearoom. If you’re a cat lover, you’ll also enjoy the appearances of Gemma’s tabby cat, Muesli.
There are currently 15 books in this series, all of which have cute, tea-centric names:
- A Scone to Die For
- Tea with Milk and Murder
- Two Down, Bun to Go
- Till Death Do Us Tart
- Muffins and Mourning Tea and more.
Here’s the Goodreads description of A Scone to Die For :
When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose’s quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford’s past.
Armed with her insider knowledge of the University and with the help of four nosy old ladies from the village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery—all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O’Connor, now a dashing CID detective.
But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?Goodreads