Live and Let Chai
by Bree Baker
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.
My Review of Live and Let Chai
I’m ready to move to Charm, and when you read Live and Let Chai, you will be too! As soon as I finished this, I was ready for another. No Good Tea Goes Unpunished, book 2, comes out in February, so I have that to look forward to.
Charm is a fictional seaside town in North Carolina’s Outer Banks area. It’s got eclectic shops and characters! Living in a seaside town is my dream. I’d be like Everly’s friend Amelia and own a bookstore. The author made Charm feel real with her descriptive writing and believable, yet quirky, characters.
I loved getting acquainted with the characters in Live and Let Chai. Everly is certainly a fun character. I’d love to eat and have tea at Sun, Sand, and Tea while catching up on the latest. Her aunts are awesome. I feel like they’d fit right in with Cassie on Good Witch, one of my favorite shows. Of course, the cat is super important too! My favorite cozy mystery books usually have cats. And my bookstore would have cats! The new detective in town is definitely a character you’ll come to appreciate. The supporting cast of characters were all well-written too.
Since this is a cozy mystery, the murder isn’t too gruesome and the mystery is one you can solve if you follow the clues. This has just the right amount of clues…it’s not too obvious or difficult to solve. I highly recommend Live and Let Chai and give it 5 huge stars!
Everly Swan’s iced tea shop has quickly become a favorite in the quaint seaside community of Charm, North Carolina. Thanks to an unusually busy tourist season, word of her delectable creations has traveled all the way to Martha’s Vineyard, swaying an old friend and her high-profile fiancé to tie the knot on the beach right outside Sun, Sand, and Tea.
When the couple requests that Everly cater the entire event, she is thrilled to accept the offer–and all the wonderful exposure that’s sure to come with it. But before the wedding bells can ring, Everly finds the groom’s body heading out with the tide… and it’s up to Everly to catch the culprit!
About Bree Baker
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 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 released from Sourcebooks in July 2018. Bree is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers and the Romance Writers of America.