Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Steeped In Evil by Laura Childs

I'm usually not much of a murder mystery reader but when I was asked to review this tea infused novel, I just couldn't resist. I am so glad that I did because it turned out to be a real page turner. The main character, Theodesia Browning, is a redheaded tea shop owner with a penchant for getting tangled up in murder investigations. I was worried that I might be a little lost having never read other books from this series but that was not an issue at all. The author's style is wonderfully colorful and descriptive. Every time that I picked up this book I was transported to Charleston, South Carolina.

The timing couldn't have been better as I leave my job in the wine industry to manage a tea house. Both tea and wine are intricately and factually woven throughout the story. I don't want to give too much away but I will say that I was left guessing until the very end. I've been working a ton lately and a light, fun read like this was just what the doctor ordered. Don't let the 350 page count scare you, I breezed through it in about a week of reading just on my commute. A collection of delicious sounding recipes is included at the end of the book, many of which are featured in the story. I will definitely need to give a few of those a try myself!

You can find out more about this book here.
Book provided for review by author.