09 July 2009

Thursday Tea (July 8): Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm

Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

The Tea

This week I'm drinking Adagio's Ceylon Sonata tea, which the company describes as "bright and lively, with a wonderfully delicate flavor." It's fairly mild, and I've been enjoying a mug of this tea while sitting on the deck after dinner. The evenings have been blessedly cool here.

The Book

I'm listening to Death Qualified by Kate Wilhelm. This is the first in the Barbara Holloway series, which takes place in Oregon not far from Eugene. It's a complex mystery that explores not only the solution to the murder but also Barbara's relationship with the law and her father, who is also her boss. The story is told from a number of people's view points, and Wilhelm pulls this off beautifully. Plus the books is read by Anna Fields who is one of my favorite narrators. I'm finding it difficult to turn off the MP3 player!

The Assessment

Barbara is educated and is a lawyer, but she's also pretty down to earth and has managed to escape the stereotypes of her profession. Although strong coffee or a stiff drink might be her first choice, it is reasonable to think that no-nonsense Ceylon tea might be found in her cupboard. After all, this is the Pacific Northwest and her father blends his own coffee beans.

As always, now it's your turn to tell me what you're reading. And don't forget to mention this week's drink--and please don't say water (see Game On Diet). Let me know: tea, coffee, wine, or whiskey? Lemonade or soda?


Whitney 7/9/09, 8:23 AM  

Both book and tea sound wonderful! Adagio's Tea looks yummy, I'll have to keep my eyes open for it. I'm drinking English Breakfast Tea this week.

Sandy Nawrot 7/9/09, 1:18 PM  

I drank enough hot tea in Poland to last me another two years until I return. Seriously! I had it 6 or 8 times a day. So we have been indulging in non-Polish drinks since returning...lemonade, Napa wine, Vitamin water!

Meghan 7/9/09, 1:20 PM  

This book doesn't sound like one for me, but my mom loves complex mysteries. I'll have to recommend it to her.

Your tea sounds lovely, as always. I'm drinking far less tea now that it's summer. I'll have to start making iced tea instead!

bermudaonion 7/9/09, 1:21 PM  

I'm almost through with The Chosen One and my beverage of choice is a soft drink or *gasp* water.

stacybuckeye 7/9/09, 3:54 PM  

I've been wanting to try and since this is the first of a series I'll add it to my list. And by the length of my list I should get to this in March 2017.

Nicole 7/9/09, 4:57 PM  

Looks good. I'm starting to realize that I can always rely on you to find a good series.

Right now I am reading The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte and loving it and drinking lemonade.

Margot 7/9/09, 5:09 PM  

I like the way you analyzed the character of the book. She sounds like someone I'd like to know.

wisteria 7/9/09, 8:58 PM  

I liked your assessment and overview but especially your description of your tasty cup of tea.
I'm reading American Lion, Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham. He won a Pulitzer for this book. I am loving it!! This is a well written narrative focusing on the man not the history. Can't actually put it down. Speaking of not wanting to put it down. I'm drinking a new coffee, black cherry with a little French Vanilla cream. It is sooooooo good. I might have to stay up all night and finish reading about Andrew.

Veens 7/9/09, 11:46 PM  

Wow! I love your description of the tea... it "sounds" YUMM!

I am readinf Memoirs of Geisha and well I would love to taste the Japanese tea used for there Tea Ceremony - and it is mentioned a lot in the book. But as the Geisha herself suggests, it is very sour.. and not easily likable. :)

Bernadette in Australia 7/10/09, 12:42 AM  

Thanks Beth - finding good audio books is so hard. I'm putting this one on my audible wishlist.

but I'd be drinking it with hot chocolate right now - very cold and wintry here today

Jeanne 7/10/09, 1:38 PM  

I love these Kate Wilhelm mysteries. Did you know she started out as a SF writer? I'm drinking iced green tea.

Julie P. 7/11/09, 8:58 AM  

How can I say anything but water????? I'm actually drinking some Starbucks Verona right now as I'm catching up on blogs.

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