To bring in the month of October, our Author of the Week is Leslie Matthews Stansfield! Her cozy mystery is Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup: A Madeline's Teahouse Mystery!
Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup: A Madeline’s Teahouse Mystery follows the story of Terry and Karen Sutter. After their mother’s death, they decide to turn their childhood home into a teahouse; a dream come true. The dream becomes a nightmare when teacups begin crashing to the floor in the middle of the night. Is the teahouse haunted? The previous owner—who is rumored to have left behind buried treasure—two neighbors who disappeared over forty years ago, or Terry and Karen’s mother trying to communicate with them are the possible ghostly candidates. Karen finds the idea of running a haunted teahouse fun, until the sisters come home one night to what appears to be blood on the attic stairs. They don’t know whether to take it as a ghost or a warning. The teahouse’s new mascot, a psychic macaw, may provide some unexpected clues, but the sisters will encounter many more surprises before they solve this mystery.
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“Her stomach flipped as a new wave of fear almost brought her to her knees. Shaking, she debated which way to turn. Her first instinct was to check the tearoom where the shelf holding the ever toppling teacups was. However, that would leave her back exposed to the parlor. She stood still, wanting to listen, but her pounding heart was making such a racket that she could barely hear herself think. Her back against the wall beneath the stairs, she slid herself stealthily along to the broom closet. Carefully cracking open the door, she reached in and grabbed a broom. She inched her way back. Easy, girlie, she told herself. She quickly turned around so she was against the wall next to the doorway of the tea room and she could see into the dark parlor.”
Leslie Matthews Stansfield also wrote the book for the town Windsor Locks, CT where she currently resides. She has four children and eight grandchildren.
She grew up in Delmar, New York, graduated from the University of Hartford, and recently received her Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. When she’s not tutoring in math for a public school, she is at her church as the Christian Education Director. She is currently working on the second book in the Madeline’s Teahouse series, so be sure to read the first one!
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