09 June 2011

Thursday Tea: Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters

The Book: Sometimes I pick an audiobook simply for the escape factor. Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series is perfect for fun light listening, and narrator Barbara Rosenblat brings these books alive. This post assumes you've read the first books but really gives nothing away.

Seeing a Large Cat is the ninth book in the series and marks a turning point in the underlying story of the Peabody-Emerson story. Up to now, the novels have taken us from Amelia and Emerson meeting to their marriage and the birth of their son, Ramses, and then their taking on the care of Nefret and then of David.

In Seeing a Large Cat the children have grown into young adults, who are quickly becoming colleagues with Amelia and Emerson and contributing their own knowledge and skills to the family business: Egyptian archaeology. Furthermore, as Ramses transforms from precocious boy to potential heartthrob, the overall plot line is becoming more interesting and more complex. As always, the mystery itself almost takes a backseat to Egypt and the irrepressible Ameilia Peabody.

The Tea: It has been in 90s around here, which means I keep a pitcher of sun tea in my refrigerator at all times. I don't much like the fruit teas hot, but they make a refreshingly cool summer drink. This week it's Adagio's Apricot Tea. The fruit flavor is subtle, which suits me fine. Here's the description: "Combining the sweet flavor of ripe summer apricots with the tangy bright taste of Ceylon black tea, you can experience it year-round. Soft, mellow mouthfeel, succulent flavor and balanced astringency." As always, I drink it black with no sweetener.

The Assessment: The Emersons are British, and they drink tea every day, even in the heat of the Egyptian desert. Would they drink apricot tea? That's a hard call. Amelia is definitely willing to try new things, but I'm not sure she would want someone messing with her tea.

What About You? Whether summer is here or you're getting your first blast of winter chill, what are sipping this week? Since this is both audiobook month and audiobook week, tell me if you are listening to anything good.

Thursday Tea was the brainchild of Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.

Published by Grand Central Publishing, 1998 (various editions available)
ISBN-13: 9780446605571
YTD: 53
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.


bermudaonion 6/9/11, 1:15 PM  

Anything with fruit sounds good to me in this heat!

Zibilee 6/9/11, 2:43 PM  

I just introduced my husband to sun tea. He had never had it before, but loves sweet iced tea. He was so curious about how it was made, but since I had grown up with it, I didn't understand the fascination. I have a feeling that sun tea will be replacing soda for him this summer.

Audra 6/9/11, 2:56 PM  

I love sun tea -- and Elizabeth Peters, although I haven't read her in a decade or more. I ought to pick her up again!

Jen - devourer of books 6/9/11, 3:59 PM  

There must be a library around here somewhere that has these in audio!

Julie P. 6/9/11, 4:00 PM  

I'm not familiar with this series at all. Should give it a try. And I do love that Apricot tea!

Beth Hoffman 6/9/11, 5:30 PM  

Ahhh, an apricot-flavored iced tea sounds wonderful in this heat!

Marg 6/9/11, 9:52 PM  

As we discussed on Twitter, I love this series, and loved the storyline arc that you have coming up shortly! Barbara Rosenblat is an awesome narrator, and even thought I have only listened to one audiobook of this series I can still hear her narration when I do read the books.

Nise' 6/9/11, 10:32 PM  

I've been consuming lots of green tea with lemon as it has been very hot here. I am currently listening to Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein read by Barbara Rosenbalt.

Sheila (Bookjourney) 6/10/11, 12:39 AM  

Like the sounds of the audio.... love the sound of the tea! Mmmm.... love ice tea but I like it slightly sweatened and plain.... no fruity for me :)

caite 6/10/11, 4:52 AM  

she would drink Earl Gray I think...so it is not a big jump to a touch of apricot

Anastasia @ Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog 6/14/11, 8:19 PM  

Sun tea! How neat. I've never had it, myself, but I bet I could make it. It's been in the 90's all week here.

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