Parlor – August-December 2016

Welcome to the parlor archive for August-December 2016! If you would like to post a comment, please visit the current Parlor page.

Well, here we are in August at last! Book 5, A Masquerade of Muertos, came out August 9. I hope you enjoy it! I am now going to stagger off to the chaise longue…

– Patrice

earlier Parlor pages:
~ December, 2014
~ January, 2015 ~ February-April, 2015 ~ May-June 2015 ~ July 2015 ~ September-December 2015
~ January-April 2016 ~ May-July 2016



  1. I always feel like l’m in the tearoom or whatever setting you are describing. I can’t wait to read book three; I fact, I’m starting it tonight! I do wish there were so illistrations throughout the stories.

  2. Loved the picture of the parlor!!

  3. Bravissima! “Masquerade” is absolutely great! Your books just keep getting better and better! Hope you’re enjoying time on that chaise longue, but please don’t stop writing them; they’re really too good! I think the price one must pay for excellence is that there’s pressure to continue! The wait ’til Book 6 will seem interminable!

    Am sitting with cup of Hu Kwa, re-reading it already! (By the way, I meant to tell you: Hu Kwa is supposedly the standard against which “the other lapsang suchows” are compared. I hadn’t realised it was even in the same category- I’ve tasted other LS tea, and while they were similar, there was indeed a difference…)

    • Patrice Greenwood

      Thank you, Monk! I’ve never tried Hu Kwa, so I’ll have to look for some. I take Lapsang Soochong very sparingly; it’s so powerful.

      I am already working on book 6, so never fear! There will be more Wisteria Tearoom books.

  4. Hello Patrice… I am in Santa Fe frequently and have loved your Tearoom Mysteries!
    I can see the events in my mind’s eye, and so enjoy “knowing” where things happen and the familiar surroundings…. your stories are engrossing and enjoyable… I love that Captain Dusenberry still lives on in the house, and he is a friendly ghost…
    Please keep these wonderful adventures coming… I am on Book 3 and will finish it this weekend. Am so looking forward to reading #4 and your new one, #5.
    Bravo !!
    PS – is there a “real” Wisteria Tea Room? I would love to come by when I am next in town… thanks…..

    • Patrice Greenwood

      Dear Betty,

      Thank you for enjoying the books, and for telling me what you like best!

      Alas, there is no “real” Wisteria Tearoom, but the next best thing is the St. James Tearoom in Albuquerque, which inspired me to write this series. If you will ever be passing through Albuquerque on your way to Santa Fe, do plan to visit. You will want to allow two hours and come with an appetite – their afternoon tea is a full meal and it’s exquisite. The menu changes every month.

  5. A refreshing book without an overabundance of romance! Thank you.

  6. Just read ‘A TWIST OF LEMON’ and much enjoyed it. I do like finding a new series I want to follow. However, speaking as an Australian who has spent a lot of time in England, and enjoyed a lot of cream teas, why do you always accompany your scones with lemon curd? Strawberry jam, I think you call it conserve, is by far the most usual, and dare I say, traditional, accompaniment. Just a small nitpick, although it did grate with me.
    Hope the series continues for a long time.

    • Mary – Thank you!

      The lemon curd is a nod to the St. James Tearoom in Albuquerque, which is the inspiration for the Wisteria Tearoom. They always serve lemon curd (or sometimes other fruit curds) with their scones.

      I know that other American tearooms also serve lemon curd, so maybe it’s an American custom.

  7. Hello Patrice,

    I would like to say I thoroughly enjoyed your stories. Each one full of details and mouth watering descriptions of the cakes and different tea’s. Thank you for the recipes too, though I’ve not tried any of them yet, but I shall, soon. I’ve just finished reading book five and was that intrigued by the Gothic and the Poe setting that I have downloaded Poe’s “Terrifying Tales” so to understand the coloured rooms.
    I will wait patiently for book six. I’m looking forward to finding out more about the Captain, he’s a mystery. The front cover’s of the books are very attractive, I like all the different teasets and how Ellen named the tea rooms after flowers. What a lovely touch to change Marigold to Violet, I shed a few tears for Vi.

    Oh, and one more thing… is Tony Aragón nuts! What is he afraid of? Ellen won’t bite his head off! Sorry, I just needed to get that out of the way.

    • Patrice Greenwood

      Dear Polly –

      Thank you! I’m delighted you enjoy books, and that you wanted to learn more about Poe after reading book 5.

      For anyone who’s curious, “The Masque of the Red Death” is quite short and is available online at

      Regarding Tony….we’ll just have to see….

  8. I may have only found your books recently, but I am hooked! I went through the first three in five days. Can hardly wait to finish the others and I look forward to more! Thanks for sharing your writing talent!

  9. Dear Ms. Greenwood,

    I’ve read the first 5 books, and am hoping for #6 in 2017!

    Longing for more teashop mysteries.

    Dana Pratt

  10. Patrice Greenwood

    Thank you, Dana! You will certainly see #6 in 2017. At the moment it is tentatively scheduled for August.

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