Thursday, February 14, 2013

Reading Plan - Week 1 - Cozy Mystery


Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs

Genre: Southern Cozy Mystery with recipes

Cozy mysteries often feature amateur sleuths, lots of details about the community it is set in, and any violence involved usually takes place out of sight. They may be contemporary or historical. A popular trend involves directions on how to do something the protagonists are involved in such as including recipes or patterns.

Theodosia Browning, proprietor of a tea shop in Charleston's historic district, is helping out with her friend Delaine's wedding that is taking place in an historic but down at the heels hotel. Discovering the dead body of Dougan Grenville, the groom and her next-door-neighbor, Theodosia, uses her amateur sleuthing skills in trying to solve the murder. This cozy mystery is filled with lovely descriptions of food, fashion, and home furnishings. This genteel who-done-it has much the same appeal as Southern Living along with some quirky characters and entertaining situations. Tea aficionados will enjoy the list of tea related resources at the end and those who like tasty recipes along with their mysteries will enjoy the ones included.

In my attempts to be a great reader's advisor, I follow a reading plan to read titles and genres that are outside my comfort zone. While this is not particularly my cup of tea, I did enjoy it and am glad to have read it so I can share it with the legions of cozy fans looking for a tasty read.

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