Death in a Budapest Butterfly

Death in a Budapest Butterfly

Hana Keller serves up European-style cakes and teas in her family-owned tea house, but when a customer keels over from a poisoned cuppa, Hana and her tea-leaf reading grandmother will have to help catch a killer in the first Hungarian Tea House Mystery from Julia Buckley. Hana Keller and her family run Maggie's Tea House, an establishment heavily influenced by the family's...

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  • Sue Em

    I loved this book! Certainly I have enjoyed other books by Julia Buckley, but in this one I was immediately drawn into the story and in love with the characters. Hana, her mother and grandmother run a teashop specializing in European high tea when there is a death there during a tea for a Hungarian Ladies group. Charmingly written and immersed in Hungarian culture. There's even a touch of the paranormal as Hana realizes she has a touch of extreme intuitiveness like her grandmother. Highly

    I loved this book! Certainly I have enjoyed other books by Julia Buckley, but in this one I was immediately drawn into the story and in love with the characters. Hana, her mother and grandmother run a teashop specializing in European high tea when there is a death there during a tea for a Hungarian Ladies group. Charmingly written and immersed in Hungarian culture. There's even a touch of the paranormal as Hana realizes she has a touch of extreme intuitiveness like her grandmother. Highly recommended!

  • Betty

    The first book in the Hungarian Tea Shop mysteries is fun read where it explains family life in a Hungarian family. Hana Keller works alongside with her Mother and Grandmother in the family business, Maggie Tea House. The story is a cozy mystery with a twist of paranormal as the woman in the family have inherited the gift of sight. It is refreshing to read a book will the police are willing to work with the protagonist.

    Hana has a collection of teacups which treasures highly. She receives a gift

    The first book in the Hungarian Tea Shop mysteries is fun read where it explains family life in a Hungarian family. Hana Keller works alongside with her Mother and Grandmother in the family business, Maggie Tea House. The story is a cozy mystery with a twist of paranormal as the woman in the family have inherited the gift of sight. It is refreshing to read a book will the police are willing to work with the protagonist.

    Hana has a collection of teacups which treasures highly. She receives a gift of a Hungarian teacup, a Budapest teacup that is decorated with a butterfly. Hana uses it to decorate the tea room when they are hosting a Hungarian group of ladies. Someone uses the cup, adds tea, a poison, and hands to the victim, Ava Norvak. She drinks some of the tea and collapsed. Hana aids the police providing information on the Hungarian background. The homicide detective is named Wolf. What does the name mean in Hungary? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

    Recipes from Nana's kitchen are included.

    Disclosure: Thanks to Berkley for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Carol

    A Budapest Butterfly china teacup is a thing of

    beauty but can it be turned into a weapon of death??

    Hana Keller sets up a special display for the Anna

    Weatherley butterfly teacup in Maggie’s Tea House

    for a function hosting a group of Hungarian women.

    Somehow the teacup is removed from the display. A

    Hungarian saying is written inside the cup, poison

    added then the cup is served to one of the attendees

    by a non employee of the Tea House. After drinking

    from the cup, she dies. Who removed the cup,

    A Budapest Butterfly china teacup is a thing of

    beauty but can it be turned into a weapon of death??

    Hana Keller sets up a special display for the Anna

    Weatherley butterfly teacup in Maggie’s Tea House

    for a function hosting a group of Hungarian women.

    Somehow the teacup is removed from the display. A

    Hungarian saying is written inside the cup, poison

    added then the cup is served to one of the attendees

    by a non employee of the Tea House. After drinking

    from the cup, she dies. Who removed the cup, added

    poison to the team and gave it to the woman???

    This is a very informative read as the reader will learn

    about Hungarian customs, folklore, common saying and

    many delicious Hungarian food specialties.

    Hana, her mother, her grandmother and her mother have

    a paranormal gift of sight which will aid in the solving of

    the murder.

    Characters are vivid, very colorful, well define, quirky

    and extremely interesting. There are several fur babies

    that add to the story: Hana’s cats: Anthony & Cleopatra

    (one black & one gray), Boris the wolfhound, Serena the

    Siamese cat, Inspektor the store cat and a Major a house

    cat.

    The plot is complicated by mixing the past and present.

    It is a fast moving story, intense with plenty of thrills and

    chills, intrigue plus some humor and romance.

    This is the first book in the A Hungarian Tea House Mysteries

    series. A very enjoyable read!!!

    Hungarian Recipes included at the end of book.

    I volunteered to read Death in a Budapest Butterfly. Thanks

    to Penguin’s First-to-Read Program for the opportunity.

    My opinion is my own.

  • Kristina

    Death in a Budapest Butterfly is the first novel in A Hungarian Tea House Mystery series written by Julia Buckley (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series). Hana Keller is twenty-six years old and of Hungarian descent. Hungarian food and the culture are a big part of the family’s lives. We get a comprehensive account of the various Hungarian dishes prepared. It was interesting to learn more about the Hungarian culture, cuisine, traditions and folklore. I wish, though, that the Hungarian words had

    Death in a Budapest Butterfly is the first novel in A Hungarian Tea House Mystery series written by Julia Buckley (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series). Hana Keller is twenty-six years old and of Hungarian descent. Hungarian food and the culture are a big part of the family’s lives. We get a comprehensive account of the various Hungarian dishes prepared. It was interesting to learn more about the Hungarian culture, cuisine, traditions and folklore. I wish, though, that the Hungarian words had come with a pronunciation guide (next to each word). Hana works with her mother (Maggie Keller) and her grandmother (Juliana Horvath) to run Maggie’s Tea House which features high tea and delicious pastries made by Francois, a French culinary student. I enjoyed hearing about Hana’s teacup collection. The mystery starts off with a bang early in the book. Since many of the suspects are Hungarian, Detective Wolf asks them to be present while he conducts interviews to help with translations. This allows readers to be introduced to various characters plus we find out what they knew about the victim. Hana stays involved in the case as she uncovers information and relays it to Det. Wolf. While I was able to pinpoint the who, I did not know the why. Clues are revealed as Hana talks to various people in the community. I appreciated that we are given all the details of the murder for a complete wrap-up. There were instant sparks between the single Hana and the fetching detective. Hana’s grandmother is happy to give them nudge or two since she would like to see Hana wed. Erik Wolf needs more fleshing out because I thought he was one-dimensional (lacks life). There is a hint that Hana and her grandmother have special psychic abilities. I hope this will feature more prominently in future books. Julia Buckley is a detail oriented writer. She needs to find a balance between not enough and too much which would greatly help the flow and pacing of the book (in my opinion). My favorite phrase was when Detective Wolf said to Hana, “You’ve got the bug, haven’t you? Solving puzzles exhilarates you.” I can certainly understand the feeling. There are recipes at the end for Chicken Paprikash, dumplings and stuffed cabbage. Death in a Budapest Butterfly has Hungarian charm, dainty teacups, a poisoned patsy, a canny killer, a dashing detective, and a neophyte sleuth. 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Book of Secrets°ღ

    Hungarian folklore, European high tea, and just a touch of the paranormal come together to make DEATH IN A BUDAPEST BUTTERFLY a delightful start to a new cozy mystery series!

    Three generations of the Horvath/Keller family run Maggie’s Tea House in suburban Chicago. Hana, her mother Maggie, and grandmother Juliana are shaken when a guest is poisoned to death at one of their events. With a murderer on the loose and their business in danger, Hana is willing to help Detective Erik Wolf

    Hungarian folklore, European high tea, and just a touch of the paranormal come together to make DEATH IN A BUDAPEST BUTTERFLY a delightful start to a new cozy mystery series!

    Three generations of the Horvath/Keller family run Maggie’s Tea House in suburban Chicago. Hana, her mother Maggie, and grandmother Juliana are shaken when a guest is poisoned to death at one of their events. With a murderer on the loose and their business in danger, Hana is willing to help Detective Erik Wolf with his investigation and do a bit of sleuthing on her own.

    The Hungarian history, culture, and myths blended throughout this book made for an enjoyable and unique cozy mystery. I also loved the budding romance between Hana and Erik. Looking forward to seeing what happens next!

    P.S. How amazing is that book cover!

  • Book

    Three generations of Hungarian women own and manage Maggie’s Tea House, specializing in the European high tea. Grandmother Juliana is known for her ability to read the future in a person’s tea leaves. The tea house is named from Hana Keller’s mother, Maggie. The three women are getting ready for a special event for the Magyar Women.

    During the high tea, Ana Novak’s tea is poisoned. Detective Erik Wolf comes to investigate and through the course of inquiry learns that Hana and Juliana both have

    Three generations of Hungarian women own and manage Maggie’s Tea House, specializing in the European high tea. Grandmother Juliana is known for her ability to read the future in a person’s tea leaves. The tea house is named from Hana Keller’s mother, Maggie. The three women are getting ready for a special event for the Magyar Women.

    During the high tea, Ana Novak’s tea is poisoned. Detective Erik Wolf comes to investigate and through the course of inquiry learns that Hana and Juliana both have special abilities for sensing what’s going on around them. Hoping to help catch the killer before their business is ruined, Hana does her own sleuthing, feeding what she finds to Erik.

    Julia Buckley incorporates the rich Hungarian culture throughout the story adding layers of interesting background on Hungarian food, art and mystical beliefs. Ms. Buckley fabricates an imaginative mystery with twists and a suspense driven pace. The first Hungarian Tea House Mystery is truly a treat to be savored.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    review to come

  • Minx

    Being the kind of reader who is attracted to a book by its cover, it is no wonder I was eager to read this book. I just find the cover to be adorable! Death in a Budapest Butterfly is the first book in the A Hungarian Tea House Mystery series and what a delightful cozy mystery this turned out to be. I loved the inclusion of Hungarian culture and folklore which permeated everything in this story. At the start I was introduced to Hana, her mother and grandmother, who are all co-owners of Maggie’s

    Being the kind of reader who is attracted to a book by its cover, it is no wonder I was eager to read this book. I just find the cover to be adorable! Death in a Budapest Butterfly is the first book in the A Hungarian Tea House Mystery series and what a delightful cozy mystery this turned out to be. I loved the inclusion of Hungarian culture and folklore which permeated everything in this story. At the start I was introduced to Hana, her mother and grandmother, who are all co-owners of Maggie’s Tea House. They were getting ready for a high tea event for the Magyar Women group, which was a group of ladies who were all of Hungarian decent, like a club. It was during this event that a murder most foul was committed and Hana and her family were quickly drawn into an investigation that would open their eyes to danger and mystery as well as bring a family secret out into the open.

    I was so excited that the murder happened at the start because the police were immediately brought in and the action began. I especially loved the chapter titles during the interrogation portions because the title named who was being interviewed, it was clever. Each chapter was a different accounting from eye-witnesses and I felt like I was a part of the mystery itself rather than a bystander. Since the murder happened up front, it is not till later in the book that I really got to know Hana and her family and I came to really like them! There was also a burgeoning romance taking place but I wish there had been more of a romantic buildup because as it was, I was not drawn to the romance. Additionally, there was a slight paranormal element introduced in this book and I think it is going to have a larger focus as the series continues. Overall, Death in a Budapest Butterfly was a wonderful cozy mystery that will appeal to mystery lovers and tea aficionado’s everywhere!

    This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Berkley Prime Crime. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Welcome to Maggie’s Tea House where Hana, her mother Maggie, and grandmother Juliana, serve cakes and tea focused on the family’s Hungarian heritage. A real treat is that Juliana can read tea leaves and predict the future. The ladies have a vast tea service collection for their customers and Hana has a private collection too. She just added a beautiful butterfly cup, one that she has put on display at their latest event.

    With the event well underway Maggie notices her cup is

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Welcome to Maggie’s Tea House where Hana, her mother Maggie, and grandmother Juliana, serve cakes and tea focused on the family’s Hungarian heritage. A real treat is that Juliana can read tea leaves and predict the future. The ladies have a vast tea service collection for their customers and Hana has a private collection too. She just added a beautiful butterfly cup, one that she has put on display at their latest event.

    With the event well underway Maggie notices her cup is not where she left, but on a table being used by a woman, she doesn’t recognize. Her grandmother is busy reading leaves and Hana overhears some ominous predictions. She looks back to see the woman who was using her cup hurrying off to the bathroom. After a few minutes, Hana heads that way to find the woman dead.

    Detective Erik Wolf arrives on the scene, the butterfly cup is bagged as evidence and he and his partner start getting everyone’s information. When he does start questioning witnesses he asks for Hana, Maggie, and Juliana’s help because they are familiar with the woman and the Hungarian language. With their business labeled as a crime scene, they agree but that doesn’t stop them from doing some snooping on their own.

    This series is off to a fine start!

    Hana Keller is 26 years old and still single much to her mother and grandmother’s dismay. She lives with her cats Anthony & Cleopatra and she has a passion for promoting her family’s Hungarian culture. Her mother Maggie is the force behind the tea house, but her grandmother is also very involved. I really enjoyed getting to know them, but feel we have just scratched the surface of who they are. There is a thread that purposed that Hana may have a gift similar to her grandmother that seems to have skipped her mother’s generation. I am interested to see how this is featured in future stories.

    We are also meet several women/suspects from the neighborhood, the hunky Detective Wolf and his partner. Detective Benton. We are also introduced to pastry chef Francois, Hana’s brother Domo, and her dad too. It is a large cast but the author takes time to make each unique and has left plenty of room for growth. There are some sparks between Hana and Detective Wolf but it is very early in the series and hard to classify as a relationship YET, but we know where they are headed. 🙂

    The mystery was filled with intrigue. I did like that Hana and Detective Wolf stayed in constant communication and she passed on everything she uncovered. I was also pleased that the family was not automatically pegged as suspects and were treated with respect whenever they needed to answer questions. There were twists and turns too and clues were released in unique ways. The author’s detailed writing style played well for this type of plot.

    The Hungarian theme and language continued throughout the story. I had known a little about the culture and was happy to learn more. When Detective Wolf was around it was necessary for words to be translated and as a reader, not familiar with the language that was appreciated. I love that recipes are included in the back of the book. To learn that Grandma Juliana is partly based on the author’s grandmother brought me even more joy about this book. What a wonderful to pay tribute to someone important in her life.

    I found Death in a Budapest Butterfly to be delightfully entertaining. I want to get to know these characters better and visit the tea room again soon.

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    2.5 stars

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    Hana works at her family's Hungarian tea house and loves her job. When the Magyar Women, a group of older Hungarian women, rent out the space for an afternoon tea, she expects it to be gossip, “when you going to meet a nice boy” talk, and friendship sharing, she does not expect murder.

    With the reputation of their tea house on the line, Hana and her

    2.5 stars

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    Hana works at her family's Hungarian tea house and loves her job. When the Magyar Women, a group of older Hungarian women, rent out the space for an afternoon tea, she expects it to be gossip, “when you going to meet a nice boy” talk, and friendship sharing, she does not expect murder.

    With the reputation of their tea house on the line, Hana and her mother and grandmother work with Detective Wolf to help solve who wanted Ava Novak dead. Hungarian myths, legends, magic, food, and new and old mysteries swirl around as Hana wonders who could do such a thing and if maybe she should let a Wolf into her heart.

    The first in a new series,

    , introduces us to Hana. She's of Hungarian descent and even though she is American, the Hungarian culture plays a big part in her life. She helps her mother and grandmother run Maggie's Tea House, a business that has been in her family for generations. When Hana sees that one of the members of the Magyar Women is drinking from her very rare Butterfly tea cup that was only supposed to be a for looks center piece, she makes a move to rescue it. When she sees a Hungarian message about a witch written inside the cup, she immediately searches for Ava, the woman drinking from the cup, and discovers her dead in the bathroom. This starts off the mystery of who could have poisoned a woman in such a public setting and why.

    I liked the beginning way the author started off the mystery, the murder happens fairly quickly and then we get relaying of events with each chapter having a specific character giving their account to Detective Wolf. This helps to introduce us to the characters, set the scene, and engage the reader in who is and isn't telling the truth while shifting through the character's testimony.

    While I thought the layout of the murder mystery started off strong, I would have liked to have felt like I knew Hana and her family better. It is not until the latter half of the story that I finally felt like I “knew” them, cared, and felt settled in their world. The murder mystery is obviously the highlight of the story but I like to care about the main characters we are following along with.

    The relationship between Erik Wolf and Hana was a bit too immediate. Wolf's character was very dry and not fleshed out enough for me; he felt like a blank slate. I did like how the author created a plausible excuse for Hana to be somewhat involved in the investigation, her and her family translate Hungarian to English for him and explain some Hungarian cultural norms and structures.

    The story structure reaches out from Hana and her mother and grandmother, this was a matriarchal cozy mystery. There was some supernatural or mystic elements added with Hana inheriting “gifts” or “sight” from the female line in her family. The Jekyll and Hyde theme is threaded throughout with the how could the killer be a “little old woman”?

    I thought the mystery was wrapped up well, the author gave us meaning and backstory for reasons and it wasn't all Scooby Doo dumped at the end. I did think this had a little bit of a heavier feel than the usual light cozy mystery. The inclusion of recipes at the end was delightful as the author will make you hungry with all the descriptions of food throughout the story.

    Detective Wolf was too much of a blank slate for me and his romance with Hana lacked depth in its immediacy. The murder mystery started off strong, lost some steam in the middle, but had a satisfactory explanation, and sad one. Hana's family supernatural abilities added a fun twist and all the Hungarian folklore, food, and culture additives gave this a special feel. A pleasing start to a series where I'll look for more depth to certain characters and relationships when the next mystery pops up.

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