23 July 2009

Thursday Teas (July 23): Delectable Mountains by Earlene Fowler

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 Irish breakfast tea, which "smoothly blends the high notes of a high-grown Ceylon with the malty underscore of a hearty Assam." Irish breakfast tea is not overly strong but has a nice flavor. I've been drinking it iced in the afternoon.

The Book

I'm about halfway through the audio of Delectable Mountains by Earlene Fowler, which is the twelfth entry in the Benni Harper series. These books are cozy mysteries that revolve around Benni, who runs a folk art museum with artist studios in San Celina, California. She grew up on a ranch outside of town and is currently married to the town's chief of police. In this novel, she discovers a body in the church sanctuary. Fowler has created a great group of characters and interesting mysteries. Plus there's always something to learn about quilting and other crafts.

The Assessment

Benni is pretty down to earth, but she does live in California and knows how to place a complicated order at the local coffee shop. I think that if she were drinking tea, she'd pick something like Irish breakfast--it's simple but just a bit more than ordinary.

As always, I'd like to know what you're reading or listening to this week. And whether you're in the heart of summer in the Northern Hemisphere or hoping winter will end in the Southern, let me know what's in your mug or glass.


Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 7/23/09, 7:33 AM  

I have to try Irish Breakfast. I see it a lot but have never had any. I like the milder flavored tea. I'm drinking lemonade and reading Kindred by Octavia Butler, which I adore

Elizabeth Spann Craig 7/23/09, 7:51 AM  

I'm not familiar with the series. Thanks for the tip...I'll have to read them.

I'm drinking coffee and reading the paper now. :) But, it's still early in the day.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Julie P. 7/23/09, 8:38 AM  

I read some of this series many years ago and really enjoyed them. Just a few months ago, I read Ms. Fowler's new book (not a mystery) and thought it was very uplifting!

Sandy Nawrot 7/23/09, 8:49 AM  

I'm not drinking or reading anything yet today, but last night was reading the wonderful "Random Acts of Heroic Love" with a glass of red. Good stuff!

Whitney 7/23/09, 9:10 AM  

I hadn't heard of this series before but I love the title, and as always your tea sounds delicious too! This week I've been drinking English Breakfast Tea.

Anonymous,  7/23/09, 9:48 AM  

I love to see what tea you are drinking with your book. Last night I had Stash Spiced Chai and read The Quilter's Apprentice. Not sure they went together at all :)

Lenore Appelhans 7/23/09, 10:53 AM  

I like mixing some Bailey's into my Irish Breakfast tea.

caite 7/23/09, 11:37 AM  

I love cozy mysteries and I love Adagio Irish Breakfast...in fact I have a cuppa right here by my side!

Bonny 7/23/09, 12:50 PM  

I read this series a few years ago and loved the books! I think I have some catching up to do ;)

Just finished reading 'A Twist of Orchids' by Michelle Wan. An excellent contemporary mystery set in the Dordonne region of France.There's 2 previous books to this one in the series, but I think each book can be read alone. Have to get those. too.

White Jasmine tea went really well with this book as its made from flowers. I like lighter teas once in a while.

Belle 7/23/09, 8:47 PM  

A folk art museum with artists studios sounds lovely. I think I need to give this series a try. Right now I'm listening to the Mysterious Mr. Quin (Agatha Christie), and I just discovered a really lovely caramel rooibos tea :)

Shelly B 7/23/09, 9:21 PM  

Stopped by to say hi and to let you know that you have 2 awards at my blog.


Dorte H 7/24/09, 9:38 AM  

Once again I felt embarrassed because I was not reading anything. I finished a book last night and have not opened the next one yet.

When I think about it, I don´t know why I should feel like that at all. This spring and summer I have written quite a lot. Mostly very short writing exercises, or editing old stuff, but I have also written a real short story during the last week.

So I suppose I can say I am inside the head of a young girl who has been hurt a lot (or should I say she is inside my head?). The place is somewhere in Denmark - but that is not really significant for the story.

Robin M 7/25/09, 3:43 PM  

Sounds like an interesting series. Will have to check it out.

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