Jul 262018
 

Live and Let Chai (Seaside Café Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Sourcebooks Landmark (July 10, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1492664758
ISBN-13: 978-1492664758
Kindle ASIN: B07CP2VVGS

The first book in a delightful new beachside cozy mystery series!

Trouble is brewing in Everly’s new café. Can she bag the culprit?

Life hasn’t been so sweet for Everly Swan over the past couple of years, but now that she is back in her seaside hometown and the proud owner of a little iced tea shop and café right on the beach, things are finally starting to look up—until a curmudgeonly customer turns up dead on the boardwalk. With one of her hallmark glass tea jars lying right next to him and an autopsy that reports poison in his system, it doesn’t look good for Everly or her brand new business.

As the townspeople of Charm, formerly so welcoming and homey, turn their back on Everly, she fights to dig up clues about who could have had it in for the former town councilman. With a maddeningly handsome detective discouraging her from uncovering leads and a series of anonymous attacks on Everly and her business, it will take everything she’s got to keep this mystery from boiling over.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to Charm. Everly Swan has just opened her iced tea shop and café in a historic home on the beach, but not everyone is happy about it. Benedict Paine is being a royal pain. He is using his position as councilman to try to close Everly down. When he is found dead on the boardwalk with one of the canning jars she serves her tea in close by, she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Why would she do that? Sabotage her new business over a grumpy old man? Unfortunately, the town of Charm is no longer charming. Thanks to a certain detective Everly has lost all her customers and the formerly charming residents believe she actually killed Paine. Everly is teed off and knows the only way to save her business is to find the killer herself, no matter how much trouble she gets into with that certain detective. But that also puts her in the killer’s crosshairs.

This new series is off to a delightful start!

Bree Baker has created realistic and engaging characters. Everly has come home to Charm and opened Sand, Sun, and Tea. Her aunts own the Blessed Bee honey shop not far from Everly’s. There is a superstition that the woman in the family are cursed when it comes to love. Enter one hunky detective, who is new in town and seems to set Everly’s heart aflutter, that is when he is NOT announcing to everyone she is a murderer or lecturing her NOT to get involved in his case. Our amateur sleuth does get in a little over her head and enough to make the real killer nervous. I really enjoyed her relationship with her aunts. They are an amazing support system. They are there to help her in any way she needs and their confidence in her success shines through.

There are a couple of mysteries to solve. Of course, the murder of the councilman, but there was also someone vandalizing the cute little box libraries along the beach. It gets me pretty upset when people destroy books. Okay, back to the main mystery, the murder. Knowing Everly didn’t do it I zeroed in on two suspects right away. There were many clues telling me I was correct in my thinking and it wasn’t long before I narrowed down the suspects to one.  I love it when I am right!

The setting, a beach, sand, sun, iced tea, a bookstore, little libraries, was a wonderful escape. I would give almost anything for a beach vacation. And this book is a wonderful book to read while lounging on the beach or by the pool. Ms. Baker’s words will take you there too if you are sitting on your deck with no water around or in your comfy chair inside your house like I was.

This was a very entertaining read. My interest has been piqued, I want to get to know these characters better and am very interested in where the author is going to take them.

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Bree Baker is a Midwestern writer, obsessed with small-town high jinks, sweet tea, and the sea. She’s been telling stories to her family, friends, and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and a recipe she’s sure to ruin. Now, she’s working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Cafe mysteries. Her debut title, Live & Let Chai releases from Sourcebooks in July 2018. Bree is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers and the Romance Writers of America. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Find out more on her website here.  Book #2 – No Good Tea Goes Unpunished – Coming Soon!


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  16 Responses to “#Review / #Giveaway – Live and Let Chai (Seaside Café Mysteries) by Bree Baker @sbkslandmark”

  1. Bree Baker is new to me as an author….and I’m already hooked! I was drawn in immediately by the clever names for the books as well as the covers! After reading the synopsis…I am sold! Thanks for the chance!

  2. I can’t wait to read this new series, it sounds like an enjoyable new series to try.

  3. I love the cover!

  4. Thank you for your review on “Live and Let Chai” by Bree Baker and for introducing me to a new to me author.

    Love both the title and the beachy cover. The arm sticking out from behind the sign isn’t right in your face but once you see it, it’s a neat hint to the story. Can’t wait to explore this author by having the opportunity to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  5. I like the idea of a tea shop setting on the beach. Live and Let Chai sounds like a great beginning to a new series, and I appreciate your featuring it on your blog, Lori ~

  6. This is a new author to me. Sounds like a great start to a new author series. Love the cover!

  7. This book, the title, setting and wonderful story sounds special and interests me greatly.

  8. The cover is cute and the story sounds terrific.

  9. Congrats to Bree on her debut book! It sounds like a great cozy mystery and I have added it to my tbr list. Thanks for sharing.

  10. This sounds like a great book!

  11. This was almost in my hands at B&N this evening. I took a pic of it to remind me to add it to my WWBL {Wanton Wantin’ Book List}.

  12. This sounds like a fun series – and I love anything having to do with the beach! Congratulations on launching a new series!

  13. This sounds like a great new series!

  14. I have found a new book to add to my towering TBR pile. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Sounds like a must read new series to add to my collection!

  16. I love the name of Everly’s cafe. So cute.

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