(Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries, Book 1)
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?
(Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries, Book 2)
Notorious for failed relationships.
Ellen Rosings knows that’s true of cops. Detective Tony Aragon has even said it about himself, or something like it. Despite her misgivings, she is drawn to him, but can he reach past a cop’s cynicism to trust her?
As summer surrounds her Wisteria Tearoom in the beauty of a lush rose garden, death overshadows the tearoom a second time. Maria Garcia―a venerable member of the Santa Fe Rose Guild―breathes her last in the tearoom’s front parlor, throwing Ellen into a morass of doubt and conjecture. Was it murder, or merely misfortune? Or―as Tony suggests―was it a crime of racial hatred? The more Ellen learns about the inner politics of the Rose Guild, the more she suspects foul play.
(Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries, Book 3)
A cop at the opera…
Wisteria Tearoom owner Ellen Rosings coaxes Detective Tony Aragón to go with her to the Santa Fe Opera, but the magnificent performance of Tosca ends in disaster. In bizarre counterpoint to the opera’s plot, the leading man is murdered in his dressing room, and Tony must rush to secure the crime scene. Ellen is left to comfort Vi Benning, a former server at the tearoom who is now an apprentice at the Opera and a protégée of the slain singer.
No opera aficionado, Tony turns to Ellen for help navigating the world in which he must now conduct an investigation. At the same time, Ellen is coping with a sudden, mysterious jump in business at the tearoom. Her problems are eclectic:
…Who killed the famous baritone?
…What do the antique letters she’s found have to do with the tearoom’s resident ghost?
…And will she and Tony ever find time for a normal date?
A Bodkin for the Bride
(Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries, Book 4)
Something old, something new, something dead…
It’s autumn in Santa Fe, and Ellen Rosings is planning her Aunt Nat’s wedding at the Wisteria Tearoom. Her progress is derailed by a dead body—yes, another one—that she finds in her aunt’s driveway.
The corpse is an artist Ellen saw that morning selling gem-handled knives at the Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market. The detective assigned to the case—not, alas, the handsome, sympathetic Tony Aragón—is looking to Ellen to explain why the body ended up in Nat’s driveway. Tony is busy on his own case and can’t help.
Soon the dead artist starts appearing in Ellen’s dreams, holding the knife that was found beside him. He wasn’t stabbed. What does it mean?
Between the dreams, the looming wedding, work pressures and a tenacious case of hiccups, Ellen fears she’s unraveling. Then a gem-handled knife is left embedded in Nat’s door, and Ellen knows she must solve the artist’s death before another crime strikes closer to home.
“Intelligently written and awash with local color, a feast for dessert and tea lovers everywhere!”
—USA Today bestselling mystery author Edie Claire
A Masquerade of Muertos
(Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries, Book 5)
Goths reenacting Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” on Halloween night…what could possibly go wrong?
Despite her desire to make the Wisteria Tearoom a haven of tranquility, Ellen Rosings can’t rid her parlors of the shadow of death. Fascinated with the tearoom’s resident ghost, her customers flock to spirit-tours-with-tea, and to crown all, the office manager and her Goth friends plan a Halloween masquerade recreating a classic horror story.
Between his heavy workload and his fits of jealousy when Ellen looks at anything male, Detective Tony Aragón can’t offer her much comfort.
Are the flashes of light she’s been seeing some kind of message from the spirit world? Or is it just coincidence when a body turns up where she last saw a gleam?
(A Wisteria Tearoom Interlude)
After a disastrous Halloween party at the Wisteria Tearoom, Ellen Rosings seeks to draw some understanding out of the chaos.
While trying to support her grieving Goth office manager, Ellen ponders the mysterious flashes of light she saw in another part of Santa Fe, wondering if they are related to Captain Dusenberry, the tearoom’s resident ghost. She asks for help from the local spirit-tour guide, Willow Lane, who takes curiosity about the captain’s unsolved murder to a new level, where Ellen finds herself exploring the very meaning of spirit.
Will a séance in the tearoom finally provide the answers to her questions?
This is a novella, a short companion story to the Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries series. It is recommended that you read A Masquerade of Muertos (book 5) before reading this story.