Tuesday, April 30, 2013

LAURA CHILDS "SWEET TEA REVENGE" for "Friends Sharing Tea"

This review is better late than never - Laura Childs has produced another fun tea murder mystery.  My unproofed copy arrived from her several months back at a very busy time,  It just happened this was when every extra moment was spent pursuing "shabby painting knowledge" online watching videos and reading informational blogs. 

While visiting my elderly parents last week, I suddenly found the time to finally read Sweet Tea Revenge.  All our favorite characters are in this book:  Theodosia Browning and her award winning employees Drayton and Haley.  And did I mention Detective Tidwell who is always so entertaining?  And lastly, the one and  only Delaine Dish delivers her usual "personality".

I really don't want to present any spoilers but you are always  treated to the happy hummings of the Indigo Tea Room and our opportunity to find Earl Grey (Theo's dog) in good form.  There are many great tea menu ideas in this book and I loved  Hayley's ideas for a Scottish tea (see chapter 15).  Yes, there are recipes too and even Drayton's Cock-A-Leekie-Soup which I definitely plan to try.  Each of Laura's books can be read independently. 

 My favorite character?  Either Drayton who we all simply adore or Detective Tidwell who makes us laugh.  And yes, I have read all 14 books.  Lastly, thank you Laura Childs for listing this blog in the back of your book!

Today for "Friends Sharing Tea" I am once again sharing the English Staffordshire Teapot I recently found along with 2 English teacups:  one by Delphine and one by Rosina and both great recent bargains.  The little plates on  the stand are hand painted from Japan.  Feel free to pour yourself a cup of tea and begin reading. 

This post is being shared with these blogging friends: Sandi at Tea Time TuesdayMartha's FavoritesArtful AffirmationsShare Your Cup Thursday and Home and Garden Thursday

If you have a post on your blog about tea, please join me today for "Friends Sharing Tea" and link below!  It would be nice if you would also include a link on your post to this one!


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a pretty tea set, Bernideen, and a good book to go along with it. I have yet to read a Laura Childs book. I really need to get my hands on one! Thank you for hosting and have a happy week.


The book sopunds great..specially involving tea time! Your tea china is stunning, Bernideen. Thank you for the lovely party, I feel in Downton Abbey when I come here. Big hugs,

Marilyn Miller said...

I can't wait to read this. A friend recently read it and is going to pass the book along. Love each and everyone of her books. Yes, I will have a cup of tea and a read. Thanks!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen,
I love Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries! I am reading 'The Agony of the Leaves' right now and look forward to Sweet Tea Revenge. I have every book in the series and I will no doubt read them again down the road.
Your tea set out on your pretty white coffee table looks lovely; very English Cottage. Thank you for hosting and also joining me for Tea Time.


Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The teacups are lovely on your white table.

Terri said...

Hello Bernideen,
Your post is so lovely! I think your new tea pot is very sweet as well as your two tea cups. I have one of those sets, from Martha. I was also tickled to see that on your header, the tea pot in the top left corner...I just found at the thrift shop! It was dirty and grimy and I don't think anyone could tell it was worth much. But I brought it home and it washed up beautifully. You would never know it had been so badly orphaned!
I have never read this series you mention. But it does sound intriguing. Thank you so much for sharing.

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Hi Bernideen,
I wish I had more time to read. I love to read. Your tea collection looks beautiful sitting on your white coffee table. Thanks for hosting.

Veronica Roth said...

Ok, I've decided that I have to read that book now. Lol, bet there's going to be a run on that title after this week. Thanks so much for hosting and I love the gentle flowers on your cups and tea pot.

Michele said...

One of these days I am going to have to read these stories! How clever of she using those names, etc.

And you are mentioned in the back of her book? That is AWESOME!!!!

Your tea, once again, is completely lovely. I always enjoy visiting your blog, Bernideen. Thank you for hosting a wonderful linky party!


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
so nice, that you had time to enjoy the book at your parents. The story sounds interesting and entertaining. I will see if I can get this book here. Your tea setting is so charming. Thank you for sharing this delight and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Marilyn said...

These easy to read books are some of my very favorites. I love Laura Childs!♥♫

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I just love your settee and coffee table. I have a coffee table similar at the cottage. Your little plate stand is so cute with it's lovely plates. I wanted to tell you that I also had a problem with my computer and it crashed. I received some porn too and it was very upsetting.

I do want to learn how to link you up at my site but I am still learning. Hopefully I will eventually be able to figure that out.

I also have an older parent - my mother who is 92. You must be drained after your visit. I just loved your photographs of all of the beautiful flowers that you took when you were away. Don't flowers help to cheer us up?
Take care,

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

I don't usually read mysteries but this one sounds interesting! You have such lovely tea china. Thanks for sharing with us! I will help myself to a cup of tea on one of your pretty cups!!! Nancy

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Bernideen,
I have all the tea mystery books in paperback and am waiting patiently for the next one. The Indigo tearoom sounds like a perfect place to visit. I enjoy all the characters, too!. Your tea today is so pretty on your white table. Lovely teacups and teapot. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week!

Donna Heber said...

What a darling tea set Bernideen! Your Laura Child's book looks intriguing.

Jeannie and Linda said...

Bernideen your teapot and cups are so beautiful! I can't wait to start reading Laura Child's books. Thank you for sharing her with us. Thanks again for hosting the party each week. Such fun!

Peace always,
Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

Millie said...

Very pretty china once again. The title of the book is intriguing.

Angela McRae said...

I have read all her books as well and dearly love them!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'm late to the party this week Bernideen. I love the series too and have been getting the books on my ereader. It is nice to see your blog listed in the back of the books, a compliment to the tea things you share.
I was at a garden club meeting last week and the woman is leading a garden tour in England & Scotland and mentioned she will be taking the group to Beatrix Potter's garden. Immediately thoughts of you, and your BP corner came to mind.

Beth said...

Love your header, Bernideen. Your tea setting is so beautiful and serene. Sorry about your tulips - not sure how mine will recover either. What a winter we have had...ready for sun and warm days now!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Bernideen, happy that you got to visit your parents and find time to enjoy your new book. Perfect read for a tea lover like you! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Kathy said...

Just love her books! We just got one in at our library and can't wait to read it! Marvelous review and beautifully set! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,