01 October 2009

Thursday Tea: To Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming

This week I'm listening to To Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer Fleming. It's the fourth in the Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alystyne series. Clare is an ex-military pilot who left the armed services to become an Episcopal priest, and Russ is the chief of police. The books take place in the fictional Millers Kill, which is in upstate New York. The novels usually touch on a political or social issue; this one is about the conflicts among environmentalists, big business, and a locally owned lumber operation. I think I've figured out the bad guy in To Darkness, but there is a lot more in the book to keep my interest.

The Tea. I'm still drinking that wonderful Stash Tea's Decaf Pumpkin Spice, which the company describes as "A delicious blend of naturally decaffeinated black teas and natural pumpkin spice flavor combines with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove." I'll have to wean myself off of it so I can introduce you to different tea next week.

The Assessment. The novel takes place in November in or near the Adirondacks. Hot tea would be very welcome to Clare and Russ, who are out in the woods looking for a missing person. However, I somehow think that they would prefer something with caffeine and something unflavored. Oh well, more Pumpkin Spice for me!

What on your reading list this week? Can you suggest another book (any genre) that is set the fall?

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.


Dorte H 10/1/09, 9:36 AM  

I am reading Stieg Larsson´s third & last novel. They - and I - drink a lot of coffee. My brew is nescafe, but those Swedish journalists probably drink something more fashionable.

Julie P. 10/1/09, 11:22 AM  

I just made iced tea with tropical black tea -- you can smell the coconut!

SuziQoregon 10/1/09, 11:47 AM  

I love this series. I read this one back in August. I though it was interesting that the entire book takes place within one day. The build up and increasingly complex web of lies and stupid people trying to cover themselves was more fast paced than some of the earlier books in the series. Some of the stupidity annoyed me, but overall I really enjoyed it.

I need to hunt down a copy of the next book inthis series to I can have it around when I get in the mood for a return to Millers Kill.

Heather 10/1/09, 12:50 PM  

That tea sounds lovely! I wish I drank a greater variety of tea; it sounds so cozy and happy!

I just finished 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, which doesn't feel particularly fallish, but was rather cozy. I'm not sure what I'm going to read next!

bermudaonion 10/1/09, 3:03 PM  

That tea must be good if you're still drinking it! I like to read about environmental issues so the book sounds good.

Anonymous,  10/1/09, 5:33 PM  

Still haven't purchased my pumpkin tea from last week, but I am making pumkin bread tonight :)

Anastasia @ Here There Be Books 10/1/09, 7:38 PM  

Pumpkin spice drinks always trick me into thinking they taste really good, but then when I actually DO drink them I think they're disgusting. Oh well. I still love pumpkin pie! Kinda.

Alice 10/1/09, 10:57 PM  

I'm learning to like tea now (coffee is my first love). LOL!

That's a good series. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

The Tome Traveller 10/2/09, 8:18 PM  

I love pumpkin pie/bread..anything (or so I thought). So I bought Bigelow's Pumpkin Spice Tea, it is okay but not my favorite. I'll have to get the Stash version.

Tried pumpkin coffee, too...bleck!

For an autumn feel there is A Wicked Way to Burn by Margaret Miles...it is a historical mystery set in New England.


Belle 10/2/09, 10:40 PM  

Decaf pumpkin spice tea sounds great. I find I can only drink herbal and decaf blends after 1 or 2 pm, so I love finding new decaf teas.

Ana S. 10/3/09, 7:43 AM  

This mystery series sounds like one I'd enjoy, and oh, the tea! <3

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 10/3/09, 10:23 PM  

You had me at pumpkin spice! I love the Stash teas; have you had licorice? maybe it's called anisette, I'll have to check my cupboard ...

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