20 May 2010

Thursday Tea: Charm City by Laura Lippman

I'm listening to Charm City, the second book in Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series (review of book one). Six months earlier, Tess was almost killed after she started nosing into a murder case, but with the coming of spring, her life is looking up. She has a full-time job by day and a cute younger boyfriend by night.

Well, life isn't completely wonderful. One of her uncles got robbed and beaten and is barely alive. And a journalist friend might be in trouble after he wrote a tell-all piece about a wealthy local businessman. I'm not far enough along in the book to see how or if the two story lines will come together, but a few more evening walks will give me the answers.

The Tea. It's been cold again in central Pennsylvania, and I've been drinking Stash Tea's Keenum Hao Ya. I bought a sampler of the tea, but I think I'll be ordering more next fall. Here's the description: "The narrow, tightly twisted black leaves brew into a brilliant reddish-gold cup with a full-bodied fruity, sweet flavor and a unique orchid aroma. Keemun Hao Ya tastes wonderful without milk or sugar and goes exceptionally well with baked goods like breads and cakes and muffins." I need to bake me some cookies!

The Assessment. Tess is more of a strong coffee in the morning and strong drink at night kind of person. I really doubt she'd give a second look to Keenum Hao Ya tea! That's okay, that means there's more for me.

What about you? If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you're finally seeing some warm weather again. If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, hope it's a glorious fall. No matter where you are, what are you reading or listening to this week? What's in that mug?

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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.

FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.


Jen Forbus 5/20/10, 8:48 AM  

Here in NE Ohio it looks like we're moving back into the warmer temps - thank goodness. Today will be lovely but then we're headed for some more rain. Is it summer yet?

I'm listening to Reed Farrel Coleman's REDEMPTION STREET. It' read by Andy Caploe and I'm enjoying it thoroughly, should be done today or tomorrow. Then I'll be finishing up Chris Grabenstein's HELL HOLE, which I'm also thoroughly enjoying!

I've listened to several of the Tess Monaghan books on audio. At first I wasn't sure about Tess, but she quickly grew on me. I like that she's quirky but not silly or ridiculous. Definitely a fun series.

Beth 5/20/10, 9:26 AM  

I'm happy to report that here in beautiful downtown Charm City the sun is FINALLY back (three days is a long time of gloom!)

I'm finishing up "Girl in Translation" and about to start "Half Life". I think I would have like "Girl" better if I hadn't read it just after "The Invisible Bridge" which I loved!

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bermudaonion 5/20/10, 9:57 AM  

I haven't read any Laura Lippman in a while, but I have enjoyed her work in the past. I sure hope it's warmer in your part of the country next week.

Betty 5/20/10, 11:52 AM  

I haevn't read any books by Laura Lippman but after reading your review of book one in the series I'm putting it on my TBR list. Sounds really good!

Today is reading day as it's rainy here in the Norhtwest so I'm drinking a Ceylon Passion tea...pretending I'm in Hawaii. I just picked up a new non-fiction/self-help book called "Beneficial Law of Attraction" (author Hope Bradford). It's about understanding the dynamics of the universe and how personal prosperity can be attracted “at any time”.

Margot 5/20/10, 1:30 PM  

Your book and tea both sound good to me. I like Stash's English Breakfast Tea.

I'm reading Chili Con Corpses (J.B. Stanley), a nice cozy mystery. It's cool and windy here in Northern California so I'm hunkering down for a good read.

I've cut way back on drinking Diet Coke (yes, the withdrawal was tough) and I'm looking for some good iced teas. I'm going to pay closer attention in the months ahead as you switch to iced teas. It might also make good Weekend Cooking post.

Dorte H 5/20/10, 2:36 PM  

Finally we have seen a bit of decent May weather so I am reading in the sun and drinking plenty of cold water.

The book is Elly Griffiths, The Janus Stone. Excellent entertainment!

Anonymous,  5/21/10, 8:03 AM  

I have been drinking Chinese Keemun but have never heard of the Keemun Hao Ya. When I run out of the Keemun I will order the kind that you have to compare the two.

caite 5/21/10, 2:02 PM  

I am drinking a Stash Earl Grey...and finishing up Plainsong by Kent Haruf..

..and I wish I had a cookie.

Ana S. 5/22/10, 7:34 AM  

I'm seeing some hot weather at last, yes, but if there's one thing I'll miss about the cold weather is the chance to have hot tea. Iced tea just isn't the same for me.

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