The Book: Author Karin Slaughter started with two separate mystery series, one that stars Sara Linton, a pediatrician/coroner and one that stars Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Slaughter combined the series, and Fallen is the second book in which the two protagonists appear together. This is my first Slaughter book, so I'm grateful that she adds enough background (when appropriate and needed) to bring the new reader up to date.
Fallen starts with Will's partner, Faith Mitchell, single mother of a 4-month-old girl, as she is driving home from work on a Saturday afternoon. When she arrives at the home she shares with her mother, Faith finds her baby locked in a backyard shed, a dead man in the laundry room, the house ransacked, and a hostage situation in her mother's bedroom. Before police backup can arrive, Faith has killed two men but has no idea where her mother is.
A solid police procedural, Fallen is suspenseful and doesn't hide the nastier side of crime. Sara, Will, and Faith are complex characters, and we learn enough of their off-duty personalities to get a feel for them as unique individuals. Because I'm not quite halfway thorugh the audiobook, I can't yet reasonably predict the ending, but I can already tell that Slaughter isn't going to make it easy for me. The plot is easy to follow but is not straightforward or necessarily obvious.
The audio book is narrated by Shannon Cochran, who brings a hint of emotion and personality into the reading. Cochran nicely guides the listener, and her well-paced and easy-to-understand narration is a pleasure to listen to.
The Tea: Last week I was up in Maine, where we had a few cool, rainy afternoons, which were perfect for hot tea. I packed a small sampler tin of Singell tea from Harney & Sons and was looking forward to trying it. The description from the company says: "Singell is located outside the village of Kuresong, about halfway up to Darjeeling city. This was the best second flush darjeeling that we tasted this year. We loved its rich body and dark, fruity muscatel flavors." I liked it just fine, but I didn't love it. Maybe I should have added a little milk or sugar, but I drank it black and unsweetened (as always).
The Assessment: Because Sara, Will, and Faith live in Georgia, I can pretty much guarantee they drink tea. Doesn't everyone in the South drink tea? But I am also sure they're likely drinking their tea in a tall glass with sweetener and lots of ice. Would they drink Singell tea? I'm going to say no.
The giveaway: Thanks to audiobook producers AudioGo, I'm thrilled to be able to offer two copies of the unabridged audiobook of Fallen. These are CD copies and I can send them anywhere in the world. To enter, simply fill out the form, and I'll pick two winners on July 7. Remember, this one is open worldwide.
Thursday Tea was the brainchild of Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.