This last Monday my mailman, Thomas, handed over a 6 x 9 envelope. I opened the envelope from Minnesota and out popped an "Uncorrected Proof" of Laura Childs new tea murder mystery "Agony of The Leaves". I've never seen an uncorrected proof before and felt honored of course. I thought - now she wants me to read it. "How can I let her down?" Oh boy, I am so busy tying up all the loose ends of 2011 reports to take to our accountant so Monday and Tuesday the book just sat behind the sales counter.
Wednesday was a very quiet day at the store, so I opened the book. This is #13 in her tea series. After a few pages I heard myself say out loud - "This is great - I mean, who wouldn't want to read this!"
Now it's Thursday night and the book has been read. It was a fun read and what did I like best? The tea room day to day activities - Haley's menu's, that incredible team of Theodosia, Haley and Drayton.....not to mention the beloved dog, Earl Grey. Did I figure out who the murderer was? ABSOLUTELY.........NOT!
IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ ANY OF HER TEA MURDER MYSTERIES - WINTER IS THE PERFECT TIME! Colorado is being slammed by snow - we have 9-10" at my house - maybe time to reread an older one?
LATE...LATE...NOTE: Laura Child's has sent me a note that she will donate 2 hardcover copies in March 2012- even autograph them and send them to the winners of a drawing! Leave your full name here if you would like to be entered.