Thursday Tea (February 18): Murder 101

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

The book: I’ve gotten back onto a cozy mystery kick, which is super handy because I’ve got a bunch of them stocked up from the last time I was in the mood for a cozy. I’ve already plowed my way through two and am onto my third, Murder 101 by Maggie Barbieri.

It stars an English professor, Alison Bergeron, who’s under suspicion for a murder she didn’t commit. I’m only a little ways into it, so I can’t tell if it’ll be good or not, but so far it is! I like how weird Alison is– she doesn’t fit neatly into any of the cozy mystery heroine cliches. She’s young, she’s not fiery or plucky, and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t have a cat. She is newly divorced, but that’s not so bad, considering all the other differences.

The tea: I haven’t had any of my fancy teas in a few months (blood orange! fairy vanilla…thing!), and they’re basically just sitting on my shelf getting expired. So I made an effort to bring my tea ball thing with me and now I’m drinking Pomegranate black. It’s good, though a bit weak for me. I need to steep it longer, I guess.

(Stash Tea’s website has gotten a facelift, by the way; have you noticed?)

Do they go together? No one’s busted out any beverages except water and martinis yet, so I don’t know if Alison is a tea drinker or not. She’s kind of high-strung, though (she’s already thrown up three times from nervousness and I’m only 40 pages in!), so I’m not sure any sort of caffeine would be good for her.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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