Do you enjoy reading mysteries?  I love them!  Lately, I've been reading the "tea shop" mysteries
of Laura Childs, set in beautiful Charleston, SC.  It's not often we get 3 things for the price of 1,
but Ms. Childs gives us a mystery, tea recipes and an armchair tour of Charleston.  I feel as if I
know every corner of the fictional "Indigo Tea Shop" and now, whenever I think of tea, I just
naturally think of Charleston, too.  That's why we're having our tea in Charleston today, to admire
the unique architecture of the city.  The tea and scones are ready, come and join the party!  
Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside:  candles
at four o'clock, warm hearth rugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing
in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.
-- Thomas DeQuincey
When the world is at odds and the mind is at sea,
Cease the useless tedium and brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in its fragrance, there is solace in its taste;
And the laden moments vanish, and the frown from your face,
The world becomes a lovely thing, there's beauty, as you'll see;
All because you briefly stopped to brew a cup of tea.
-- "Afternoon Tea at Pittock Mansion"
Come along inside.....we'll see if tea and biscuits can make the world a better place.
-- "The Wind in the Willow"
There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a cup of tea.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are hot, it will cool you;
if you are depressed, it will cheer you, if you are anxious, it will calm you.
-- William Gladstone
Steam rises from a cup of tea and we are wrapped in history,
inhaling ancient times and lands, comfort of ages in our hands.
-- Faith Greenwood
Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.
-- Catherine Douzel
Tea Recipes

You do WHAT with tea?

Children's Tea Party

The English in Me: Tea Links

The History of Tea

Celestial Seasonings

Some of my favorite mysteries:

Laura Childs: The Teashop Mystery Series

Murder She Baked: The Hannah Swenson Cookie Jar Mysteries

The Chocoholic Mysteries

Diane Mott Davidson: Goldilocks Catering Mystery Series

I know what you're thinking, but I like mysteries that don't involve food,
too!  Especially cozy English mysteries; also, M.C. Beaton's Hamish McBeth
books are among my favorites, probably because they give me an
opportunity to visit the Highlands of Scotland. :-)

Stop, You're Killing Me! A great resource for mystery lovers
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