Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday Memes: Steeped In Evil

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Today I am spotlighting Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs.

In the newest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author ofSweet Tea Revenge, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is about to learn the true meaning of terroir…

Theodosia Browning has never considered herself a wine connoisseur—tea has always been her forte. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to pass up an invitation to a fancy wine-tasting party at the upscale Knighthall Winery, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

But a sweet evening takes on a bitter aftertaste when a dead body is discovered in one of the wine barrels. The son of proprietor Jordan Knight has been murdered.

Dissatisfied with the police investigation, Knight turns to Theo for help. She’s heard through the grapevine that there are both family and business problems at Knighthall. They say in vino veritas, but everyone at the winery seems to be lying through their teeth. Sorting through the guest list as well as family and staff, Theo has her pick of suspects. It may look like the killer has her over a barrel, but cracking tough cases is vintage Theodosia Browning.

Opening Paragraph
    Theodosia Browning didn’t consider herself a wine connoisseur, since tea was really her forte. Fragrant Darjeelings, malty Assams, and her current favorite, a house-blended orchid plum tea that tickled her fancy as well as her taste bud.
     On the other hand, how often did a girl get invited to a fancy wine-tasting party at the very upscale Knighthall Winery?

My Teaser
    He crumpled to his knees, landing hard, and his entire face seemed to collapse. Then, an agonized shriek rose up from his lips, blotting out the music and even the gasps from the crowd.
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So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!
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  1. I would definitely pick this one up despite the fact that I don't drink tea or wine. My teasers this week are from Eyes Closed Tight by Peter Leonard and The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski. Happy reading!

  2. I don't think I would pick this up, altho the tease does sound interesting!

    trish - my teaser tuesday

  3. I've always wanted to read this author's series. If I ever clear my reading back log, I might give it a go.

    My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/03/first-chapter-first-paragraph-52.html

  4. I just finished the previous one in the series and would love to read this one too. Come enter a contest on my blog to win five cozies in a tote, courtesy of Berkley Prime Crime.
    Book Dilettante

  5. I'm not a big fan of murder mysteries but I enjoyed the teasers.
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Maya xx Love Bites and Silk

  6. Not sure this one is up my alley…
    Here's Mine: http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/memoirs/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros-shadows-sun-gayathri-ramprasad/

  7. I am drinking Earl Grey while reading your intro/teaser! Too early for wine ;)

  8. This sounds like a fun cozy, especially since I enjoy tea, wine, and mysteries!
    My Teaser is from SPARE CHANGE.

  9. I love cozy mysteries and this one sounds really good. Thanks for visiting.

  10. Reminds me of good old Agatha Christie and her crime investigation. Though it was probably a bit more gentle in the olden days:)
    My post is here

  11. Yes, I would definitely want to read more.

  12. I like the opening paragraph and all the talk about tea. I want to read this one.

  13. Ah! So she knows her Darjeeling from her Assam! Respect.

  14. This sounds like a really good murder mystery! I have to remember to look for a copy(:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!