It’s tea time at the Get Cozy Book Nook! Temperatures are frigid across Southern Indiana (where I live) and much of the U.S., so it’s a great time to snuggle in with a hot beverage and a good book. Tea shop mysteries are super popular. And, they’re great for (of course) tea lovers, but they also feature rich settings and interesting characters for even the most dedicated coffee (or soda, wine, whatever your pleasure) drinkers.
These are some of my favorite tea-themed series, along with a few I’m dying to try:
Laura Childs Tea Shop Mysteries
Tea shop owner and amateur sleuth Theodosia Brown uncovers and solves murders with southern charm. The books are set in the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina and have a flavor that matches the setting. These are thoughtful page turners, and the cast of characters fits the setting without being outlandish or like caricatures. The first book is Death by Darjeeling.
Seaside Cafe Series by Bree Baker
Be sure to check the author. Because there is another (different series) by another author. But, the Seaside Cafe series features Everly Swan’s beachside iced tea shop and cafe. In the first book, Live and Let Chai, the poisoning of a curmudgeonly customer sets off trouble for the new business. A fun series with colorful characters.
Tea By the Sea Mysteries by Vicki Delaney
This series centers around ex-New Yorker Lily Roberts, who opens an English tea room next to the Cape Cod bed-and-breakfast owned by her spunky English grandmother. In Tea and Treachery, her grandmother finds herself in hot water after someone she threatened is murdered. These are smart mysteries with a fun cast of characters.
Some sips I’d love to try:
Tea and Read Mysteries By Joy Avon
These book-themed mysteries center around tea party organizer Callie Aspen and her Boston terrier (books, tea, and a dog-trifecta!). And, they’re supposed to be good for Lorna Barrett and Jenn McKinlay fans (me!), so I’m looking forward to starting this one. The first book is In Peppermint Peril and is set at Christmas time.
Teapot Collector Mysteries by Amanda Cooper
These center around another former New Yorker (Sophie Taylor) who returns to her grandmother’s tea shop after her restaurant fails. So in the first book Tempest in a Teapot, tensions boil over at a bridal shower there, and later the groom’s mother dies while sampling a scone at a competing shop. Now, Sophie must get to work solving the mystery before more people die. Looks like a fun one and features antique teapots.
Where to start:
The most popular series is Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mysteries. And, there are tons of books in the series and it’s got a great setting and interesting, sort of quirky characters.
I really enjoyed the Seaside Cafe series and am dying to try it. And, there aren’t very many books yet, so it’s easy to get in on the ground floor. The books are easy, breezy and have awesome titles.
My Next Pick:
I will definitely be reading the Tea and Read mysteries. I love any books about books, tea,(and a dog!). I like that the first book is centered around Christmas, even when spring approaches. And,I can get in early before there are, like, 30 of them.
Want some food to go with your tea? Try out these culinary mysteries I’ve featured before!
What’s your next pick? Will you be adding a tea-themed mystery to your TBR? Love another tea series, but I didn’t mention it? Let me know in the comments!