03 September 2009

Thursday Tea: Mind Scrambler by Chris Grabenstein

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 Peets Masala Chai. This black tea "incorporates pungent Assam and South India broken leaf teas blended with cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, cloves, and fresh-ground tellicherry peppercorns." It's been cool enough to drink hot tea again in the evenings. I know you're supposed to brew this very strong and then add milk and sugar, but I drink it black as is, brewed medium. The aroma is wonderful.

The Book

I'm listening to Mind Scrambler by Chris Grabenstein. It's the latest in a mystery series that takes place on Jersey Shore. I reviewed the first four John Ceepak books earlier this year, so check out that post for more information. In Mind Scrambler, Sea Haven cops Ceepak and Danny Boyle find themselves in Atlantic City to witness a deposition. Soon, of course, there is a murder, but this time Danny is one of the suspects. I'm not very far into the book yet, but I think it's going to be good. The murder takes place in a casino, so there is an interesting mix of police and security guards on the hunt for the murderer.

The Assessment

Okay, I have to be honest here. Neither John Ceepak nor Danny Boyle would ever order a pot of Marsala Chai. Coffee, yes; a soda, yes; and maybe even a beer. I don't see either of them as a tea drinker. But I love this chai tea, and it's a nice drink for the cool evening no matter which book is playing through my earbuds.

Did you read or listen to anything interesting this week? Are you thinking ahead to cooler evenings and a mug of hot cider or maybe even hot chocolate?


Margot at Joyfully Retired 9/3/09, 7:10 AM  

I'm not a big tea drinker but your description of this tea is very appealing. But it is getting into the hot cider time of year and that appeals as well.

Sandy Nawrot 9/3/09, 8:31 AM  

I do the iced tea in the summer, but once the cold frosty Florida winter hits (ha) I am all over the hot tea. Unfortunately, I'm drinking NOTHING right now. OK, I'm back...I have water. I'm reading a WWII ARC that is OK, and on disc 34 of 47 of The Fiery Cross. When will I ever be finished??????

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 9/3/09, 9:27 AM  

I LOVE Grabenstein, and am looking forward to this one.

Unknown 9/3/09, 10:15 AM  

Never heard of this author but the tea definitely sounds good. I can't wait for my pregnancy to be over just so I can get back to my good, strong-in-caffeine-tea-drinking days to be back.

Anonymous,  9/3/09, 10:46 AM  

I'm not sure about the tea, but that cover brings back fun memories.

Julie P. 9/3/09, 12:32 PM  

We visit the Jersey Shore every year! I bet I'd enjoy this series.

Hazra 9/3/09, 12:40 PM  

I really need some hot coffee. It's been raining incessantly where I live; coffee+blanket+Lord of the Rings is what I want, none of which I have right now.

Beth F 9/3/09, 12:43 PM  

Hazra: That sounds heavenly -- hope you get one or three of those quickly!

Barbara 9/3/09, 12:48 PM  

I'm more of a Dr Pepper girl along with milk and water but not all at the same time since that would be weird. Well Laverne did mix milk and Pepsi but I don't think I'll try that myself. As for books I'm reading The House by Bentley Little which is a very bizarre and kinda confusing book. I'm still reading it though.

bermudaonion 9/3/09, 1:28 PM  

Every tea you drink sounds so good. I'm not much of a tea drinker and I'm beginning to suspect it's because I don't have the right tea.

Matt 9/3/09, 9:16 PM  

I just finished Rebecca and will be working on the journal entry over a pot of Chinese green tea.

J.T. Oldfield 9/4/09, 3:44 AM  

tellicherry peppercorns? That sounds awesome!

Thoughts of Joy 9/6/09, 5:44 PM  

I've read the first one and am excited to read more. Glad to see that #5 has started out good for you, too!

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