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tea

by Sandra Murphy


Have you ever heard of a Rat Tea? Theodosia and Drayton are invited to one by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s well-known hostesses. The servers are dressed as rats in livery. Although it seems more than a little gross, it is part of Charleston’s long history—sponsored fundraisers by the elite for rat control. No longer needed as that kind of fundraiser, hostesses think of them as trendy.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently a new shop opened in Downtown Reedley called Sweet Destination. I went in to check it out and was delighted by what I saw! This place is so charming and filled with so many unique items. The owner, Shelly Henderson, shared with me that the theme of “destination” is showcased throughout the store as she showed me their tables with street sign tabletops (Shelly’s co-owner and husband Mike built the tables), an old luggage cart, their counter is made out of a 100 year old door, and even their business cards are shaped like luggage tags!

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by Sandra Murphy


Brooke owns Heart’s Desire Fine Jewelry. She’s managed to gather jewelers, museums, and private collectors all under one roof to showcase the best of the best in precious gems. Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop are catering the event with jeweled scones (candied fruits) and fabulous teas.

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February Penguin Mysteries

IN THE February 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy


Here is our first group of new February mysteries from Penguin authors-The Grim Steeper by Amanda Cooper, A Turn for the Bad by Sheila Connolly, and A Whisker of Trouble by Sofie Ryan. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all 3 books, and a link to purchase them.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


We are starting the new year with some great mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors-Death by Tea by Alex Erickson, Thread and Gone by Lea Wait, Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass, and Ghost in the Wind: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery by E.J. Copperman. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all 4 books & a link to purchase them.

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Tea-Cozy by The Cozy Chicks

IN THE November 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by The Cozy Chicks


Long day today. Meetings and deadlines, traffic and headaches, arguments and resolutions . . . but now the children are asleep, the spouse is dozing, and dinner was tasty and filling. Finally, it’s time for you!

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by Tom Sims


I walked into Raizana Teas and was engulfed in the subtle tranquility of a sensory invitation to partake of real tea in a real tea house, made by someone who really knows tea. Sol Orazco greeted me immediately and soon I was enjoying the best cup of tea I had ever experienced. And I was relaxing.

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Coffee & Tea Mysteries

IN THE October 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Terry Ambrose




Who doesn’t love a good cup of joe? Perhaps not everyone, but those who don’t love coffee, probably do like tea. Either way, this batch of authors have something tasty brewing up just for you. Coffee and tea house mysteries could be called the mysteries of the new millennium.

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by Alicia Lieu


I will not get to see my mother for Mother’s Day this year because I’m in New York and she’s in California, but if I did, I would take her out for a Mother’s Day Tea. When I was packing my bags to return to New York from San Jose, I told her that I wanted to start drinking more tea instead of so much coffee. So she reached into her cupboard and brought out the best quality tea that she had and packed it in my bag. One was a “high mountain” tea from Taiwan and the other was a green tea that she ordered from Equator Coffees and Teas. She had me sample four different teas that night, just so that I could taste and appreciate the difference between good tea and really great tea.

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Host a Mother’s Day Tea Party

IN THE May 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andDiana Bulls,
andFood Fun
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by Diana Bulls


Nothing says Spring or Mother’s Day, like a tea party. Drinking tea was once a lost ritual in the U.S., but it is now making a comeback. The specialty tea market has grown and tea shops can be found all over, even in cities like Fresno! Tea can be sweet or savory, spicy or fruity and it has depth and flavor. Tea is for people of all ages, and especially for those people who like to feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

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