25 June 2009

Thursday Tea (June 25): The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips

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 Stash Tea's Orange Spice Iced. I love fruit-flavored black and green teas for drinking cold in the summer, and this is a good one: "black teas, orange peel, and sweet spices." I make my iced teas as sun tea (well, when we actually see some sun!), and I never use sugar or sweetener.

The Book

I'm still listening to Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (see last week's tea post), but wanted to highlight a different book today. I'm reading the Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips. It's a kind of academic mystery that takes place in modern times and in seventeenth-century Venice. Our hero is Ph.D. student Claire Donovan, who wants to know more about Alessandra Rossetti and why she risked her life and her lover's to embroil herself in Italian politics.

The Assessment

I've just started the book, but I imagine simple orange-spiced iced tea would appeal to Claire. She lives on Cape Cod, and I can see her pondering her dissertation on a warm summer's afternoon while listening to the seagulls and sipping some good, basic iced tea. She may want sweetener.

As always, now it's your turn to tell me what you're reading. I also want to know what is keeping you cool and refreshed this summer. Maybe you're smart and are drinking lots of water, or maybe you go for something more interesting.


Lezlie 6/25/09, 8:25 AM  

The sequel to The Rossetti Letter (The Devlin Diary) is also quite good! As for liquid refreshment, I'm waaaayyy too addicted to Diet Mountain Dew. It's disturbing. :-)


Margot 6/25/09, 8:45 AM  

I love sun tea but I've never tried an orange version. I'll have to check it out.

Anonymous,  6/25/09, 9:26 AM  

I'm a sucker for anything that takes place in Venice. I look forward to hearing more about hits book.

Anonymous,  6/25/09, 9:51 AM  

I'm reading Water for Elephants at the moment and drinking a (refilled) bottle of water.

The Orange Spice tea sounds quite lovely, though. I'm going to have to break down and buy a new sun tea pitcher, though. I'm dying for some good tea!

bermudaonion 6/25/09, 10:14 AM  

I love the cover of that book. It looks like it requires an old fashioned tea to me.

Whitney 6/25/09, 10:20 AM  

The Rossetti Letter looks great and tea sounds interesting too. I'll have to check both of these out!

Julie P. 6/25/09, 10:47 AM  

I just finished THE DEVLIN DIARY and can't wait to read this book. I absolutely adored DEVLIN and know I'll appreciate ROSSETTI too.

As for my tea, I'm drinking decaf iced tea -- mango ginger green tea! It's amazing and I don't even like green tea.

Anonymous,  6/25/09, 4:21 PM  

I recently discovered Tetley Infusions Liquid Tea Mix. They are little pouches of premixed flavours to add to a glass or a bottle of water. They are refreshing and less expensive than bottled iced tea.

I just finished reading 'Careless in Red' by Elizabeth George, one of my favorite authors.

I'm adding 'The Rosetti Letter' to my to-read list. Thanks for all the tips and reviews :)

Melody 6/25/09, 8:39 PM  

The tea sounds great! I want to drink some iced tea now, it's always been hot over here!

Bernadette 6/25/09, 11:36 PM  

That book sounds great Beth - i have put it on my wishlist as it sounds like just my cup of tea (pun deliberate).

Speaking of tea I've just made a boiling hot apple and cinnamon tea - it's the middle of winter here and very cold and rainy today.

The Reading Momster 6/26/09, 1:45 AM  

wow, that tea sounds so good!
And well the book, wow! thts good too!

Poppy Q 6/26/09, 7:04 AM  

I am reading this book at the moment too, and enjoying it. I like the two main characters and it makes me want to visit Venice, even though I know it would be packed full of tourists and very expensive.


Marg 6/27/09, 8:52 PM  

I just borrowed this book from the library! Thanks for posting about it.

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