Tea and Book Pairing: A Cozy Replete With Delights

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There’s a type of cozy mystery where one figures out the basic whodunnitandhow pretty quickly, but the interest lies in the unfolding of the histories and characters involved. Katherine Bolger Hyde’s Arsenic With Austen is a delightful book in this genre. Though the setting is well-drawn and beautiful and the protagonist engaging, my favorite parts of the book were the places where the author clearly relishes the English language. Here are two of my favorite passages where the wit seemed in line with the Austen quotes throughout:

He preferred to be alone with his grief–though he wanted all the world to know about it.

and

Emily pushed open the door and paused to take a deep breath of thoughtful, well-educated air.

That air is, of course, in the beautiful and well-outfitted library that serves as the heart of the book. Besides the library, the house that Emily inherits holds other treasures, including cubbies hidden in woodwork and at least one secret passageway. Fans of the genre will understand how these details give one a little flutter.

Bonus Language Joy: Though it wasn’t low to begin with, my opinion of the story went up the first time the narration used the word “replete.” Most people these days have either forgotten the word entirely, or they imprecisely substitute “complete” in its place.

To go with this high-minded and literate murder mystery, I have chosen Tealyra’s Rosy Earl Grey loose tea. The floral aroma and bitter edge make for an indulgent afternoon pour that pairs well with cream and sugar despite its light liquor. The tea blenders were right to describe this blend as the tea version of rose Turkish Delight, but with a bite to it. I recommend that you brew it with an extra spoon of tea leaves added to the pot and serve with milk or cream and a little sugar in your favorite china cup.

Amazon Shopping List: Arsenic With Austen Kindle edition, Tealyra Rosy Earl Grey, a lovely teacup such as this Wedgewood Daisy Story Teacup and Saucer Set.

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Hospitality and the Mystery of Grace

Coming November 2015 with Light Messages Publishers
coming November 2015 with Light Messages Publishers

A wise priest I know explains the mysteries of the church like this: a baby doesn’t understand being nourished by her mother, but she knows she’s being nourished by her mother. I think we all experience grace and mercy that way. In Tea & Crumples, the characters are faced with challenges far beyond comprehending, but they are met with love that’s even deeper. Sometimes tea is just tea. But sometimes, it’s a connection to the deep soul nurture we all crave. I hope you feel the mercy, lovingkindness, steadfast love, there right when you need it most grace this weekend. And I hope you share a cup of it with another soul that needs love.

Coming November 2015 with Light Messages Publishers.
Coming November 2015 with Light Messages Publishers.