16 July 2009

Thursday Tea (July 15): Rapture in Death by J. D. Robb

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 Lapsang Souchong tea, which is "Black tea from the Fujian province of China. Lapsang Souchong tea (also called Russian Caravan tea) has a famously smoky aroma and flavor." This tea was in the black tea sampler I bought from Adagio. It is really smoky and reminds me of a campfire. I'm not crazy about it, I think that it must be an acquired taste . . . and I don't have it yet.

The Book

I just started listening to Rapture in Death by J. D. Robb. This is the fourth in the In Death series, which is a bit difficult to describe. Eve Dallas is a detective in New York City in 2050s. She is tough and vulnerable all at once. There are science fiction elements to the books (you can travel off planet, for example), but they are not overwhelming. In fact, I normally hate SF, but I love these books. I have not listened to enough of this novel to know how the mystery/crime aspect is going to play out. [The assessment contains a minor spoiler for the first book in the series.]

The Assessment

Roarke, who is attracted to Eve from the first moment they meet, is one of the richest men in the world. So it is entirely possible that Eve would be able to obtain Lapsang Souchong tea, even in the mid-twenty-first century. In that sense, the tea fits the book. However, I don't really see Eve drinking an exotic tea; she's a bit more down to earth than that.

Here's where I turn to you: I want to know what you're reading or listening to this week. And I'm always interested in what's in your glass or mug.


Sandy Nawrot 7/16/09, 9:08 AM  

I am currently drinking a glass of OJ and just finished a walk while listening to Sarah Waters' "The Little Stranger"...not a good match I will admit. The audio really requires something a little less all-American. Something spooky, whatever that would be!

Jeanne 7/16/09, 9:41 AM  

I love all the J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) books and have read all but the latest one that's out in hardback. So far, the series is still as good as it was in the beginning! I'm drinking Luzianne iced tea this morning.

Anonymous,  7/16/09, 11:01 AM  

I have several of this series on my shelf, but refuse to read them out of order. So now I've got to find the first one!
The tea sounds interesting. Not sure about the smoky aspect though.

Anonymous,  7/16/09, 11:01 AM  

I have several of this series on my shelf, but refuse to read them out of order. So now I've got to find the first one!
The tea sounds interesting. Not sure about the smoky aspect though.

Julie P. 7/16/09, 11:09 AM  

I'm with you on the smoky flavor. Would not be my tea of choice!

Margot 7/16/09, 12:32 PM  

Ahh, the other side of Nora Roberts. I like the series too. No special drink for me this morning. Trying to push the water down me.

Unknown 7/16/09, 12:35 PM  

I have always wanted to read the Death series, I see it all over the place. Maybe I will one of these days.

bermudaonion 7/16/09, 1:40 PM  

That tea doesn't sound good to me, either. I'm almost through with Soul Survivor and will pick up The Unit next.

Heidenkind 7/16/09, 4:29 PM  

Did you see Top Chef Masters last night where the Swedish chef mixed lapsang souchong with whipped cream for his chocolate dessert? Eugh! :P That sounded gross.

Right now I'm drinking lemon tea over ice. Very refreshing. :)

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 7/16/09, 5:31 PM  

I'm not one for strong smoky teas, but I do love getting to hear about your tea drinking experiences.

Melody 7/16/09, 7:56 PM  

I'd love to have a taste of that tea out of curiosity!

I think I've only read the first book in this series so far... though I enjoyed it, I don't have the urge to catch up on the series and I don't know why.

Whitney 7/16/09, 8:01 PM  

I'm with you on the smoky teas it is definitely a acquired taste. The J.D. Robb's Death series looks good though.

TexasRed 7/17/09, 8:21 AM  

Hmm.... I haven't read any of the JD Robb Death series. Surprised that it has some sci fi elements to it. I'll have to keep my eyes out for the first book in this series.

Nise' 7/18/09, 6:08 PM  

I have been a fan of this series since it came out. I just started listening to it and am enjoying it so far!

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