This was an average cozy for me - I wouldn't seek out another in the series. I think I shy away from Cozies with a mystical bent...Emerald O'Brien, owner of the Chintz 'n' china Tea Room is also a medium who offers her customers tarot card readings. A client leaves Em a charming jade statue of a dragon and dies in a hit and run accident outside her store..Em has to thwart the evil spell of the Jade dragon...
This is the 2nd book in the Chintz and China series, and I really enjoyed it. Emerald finds herself in the possession of a beautiful jade dragon sculpture, but it's cursed, and her happiness and security are about to go spiraling down. She does what she has to do to break the curse and keep her family safe, while managing her business and her love life, both of which are very busy nowadays.
I love the characters in this series. Emerald is strong, steady, and willing to do what it takes to make her family life happy. She's a good mom, and I love the relationship she has with her kids, too. Her friends and neighbors are colorful people, with stories of their own, who stand by Emerald and her kids, and watch out for each other.
#2 in the Chintz 'n China Mystery Series. Things go downhill quickly for Emerald when a man leaves her shop after a reading and is killed by a hit and run driver leaving behind a small jade Ming dragon that has been cursed and disrupts the lives of those that are in possession of it. Unfortunately, little things in this book kept distracting me from the story. Doesn't Yasmine have an editor that would point out that you don't give a school nurse your insurance card or that you don't hear the "ringing" of the dial tone, even if this is a cozy mystery shouldn't an editor still do their job?
I totally enjoyed this second book in the Chintz and China series. I really like the main character and her family. All the characters are well developed and I enjoyed this particular storyline better than the first book. There was a lot in thisbook that carried over from the first book and I can not wait to read the next one in the series. I have a feeling that the books are just going to keep getting better.
Second in the series and definitely not as good as the first was. This one seemed to drag, with no real moments that grabbed you and made you want to keep going. I do like the characters and the setting and there were some good moments, but it was flat overall. I was disappointed because I like the first one so much and expected ths one to be just as good. I hope the next one is better because it's already on my TBR pile!
The bad luck begins for Emerald O'Brien after a client leaves a statue of a jade dragon at her shop, and is then struck by a hit-and-run driver right outside her store. To thwart the statue's curse, Em and her friends will have to follow a trail of heartache which leads all the way back to China's Ming Dynasty.
I enjoyed this second story in the Chintz 'n China Mysteries as much as the first. The author herself is a Witch and Wiccan High Priestess, and uses her knowledge of Wicca and Paganism well in these stories, portraying Em's character realistically in integrating her magickal practices with her everyday life. And with just the right amount of the fantastical added in. :)
A one-day read with a likeable main character, a touch of occult, too much crime and lots of twists and turns. A very interesting mix of conflicts with unsavory mortals and one spiritual character set against a single mom who owns a tea shop that sells fine china and offers tarot card readings and is a respected member of the community. This was book two; I'm backtracking to book one and off to find books three, four and five. I'm happy that she's got another series, too.
This falls under the category of cozy mystery, but it takes a turn through paranormal on the way.
Great second book in the series!
#2 Chintz n China mystery featuring tea shop owner/tarot reader Emerald O'Brien. Immediately after doing a reading for a walk-in client during which Emerald got some bad vibes, the client is run over in the street in front of the shop when Em hails him because he forgot a parcel in the shop. The mysterious client asks Emerald to keep the parcel and then dies, and she unwraps it to find a gorgeous carved jade dragon. Shortly after, a series of bad-luck events plague the O'Brien family, with the store being broken into, Miranda's new, expensive telescope falling from the roof, Kip slicing his finger open, etc. It's up to Emerald to find out what's going on. The mystery was rather obvious and I grew weary of Emerald's Stephanie Plum-esque angst over which of two men to choose, but still quite an enjoyable, quick read as I do like the characters.
Great book, most sets that have more then two books to it kind of get redundent well this set dose not. It just gets better and better.
I thought that this one was a good read, a little better than the first book in the series. It's definitely gotten some better humor in it and there several times I burst out laughing.
Even though I liked the story, sometimes I do think that Emerald is a moron. Quite often it takes her awhile to realize the obvious. With all the bad luck that she had in this story, I don't think it took the jade dragon to do anything to increase it. I find it especially true with the way she manages to tick off people who then find ways of making her life miserable. I also don't understand, this being a paranormal story and all, that with spells and abilities at her disposal that seem to work, why she doesn't do a better job of protecting herself with them.
It was nice to see that the love triangle ended. I really like Joe's character. He's a mature, understanding and funny guy who I hope to see more of in future stories. (Plus, what girl doesn't like a guy in uniform?) Andrew was just annoying, as usual, with his drama and need for attention all the time.
I'm definitely starting to like this series more, even if it has plot-hole issues and gets ridiculous at times. Can't explain why, but I think I'm hooked.
I love this series...wish Yasmine was still writing them!
Interesting, well-written, kept my attention right to the end.
I love this series! I've read them all and the characters feel like old friends! A great combination of everyday things, magic, suspense, and romance! Like potato chips or chocolate, they are hard to put down once you've started!
Enjoyed this second book in the Chintz n China series just as much as the first. A wonderful read, well-written, blending, mystery, intrique and paranormal with a touch of romance. I immediatly ordered the next in the series.
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