Our summer book selection here at Cook the Books is the first novel in author Laura Childs’ Teashop Mystery series, Death by Darjeeling. This delightful mystery series is set in Charleston, South Carolina and features tea shop owner Theodosia Browning, who left the high-pressure world of advertising to open the Indigo Tea Shop, where she and her knowledgeable staff serve and educate customers about how to properly brew and serve hundreds of varieties of teas. When Theodosia and her staff cater a historic homes garden party, one of the guests is found murdered, by a poison in his tea cup! It is up to our intrepid heroine to sleuth out the real murderer to protect her business reputation and avoid having her and her tea shop employees considered as criminal suspects.
Our featured author, Laura Childs, has graciously agreed to serve as our judge for this round, which ends July 30, 2012. In addition, she has also offered to send a copy of her latest installment in the Tea Shop Mystery series, Agony in the Leaves, the thirteenth novel so far, to our Cook the Books winner, who will also receive the coveted Cook the Books winner’s badge for their blog.
Since 2008, when Cook the Books was first started by me, Deb of Kahakai Kitchen and Johanna of Food Junkie, Not Junk Food, we have read and cooked from 21 great books, ranging from chef memoirs to literary fiction to collections of food essays. Somehow, though, we have not dug into a culinary mystery, so I thought it would be fun to dive into this Tea Shop Mystery series. This book also gives us the opportunity to try out some new teas, tea-flavored goodies and tea-time treats, so break out your lace tablecloths, dust off your best china and let’s have a tea party with Theodosia and Company this summer!
To join in the fun, all you need to do is buy or borrow a copy of Death by Darjeeling, cook something in your kitchen inspired by the book and then blog about it. You can leave a comment below to let me know that you have written your post or email me at infoat oldSaraTogabooks dotcom. I have already received two mouthwatering (and fun to read!) submissions, so I am looking forward to receiving others in the coming weeks for a lovely tea-infused roundup. We especially welcome new people to join our band of regular Cook the Book readers.