Monday, May 20, 2019

Review: Live and Let Chai by: Bree Baker

Title: Live and Let Chai
Author: Bree Baker
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Series: Seaside Cafe Mystery #1
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase


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

Trouble is brewing in Everly's new cafe. 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 caf' 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 Thoughts: 

In this new series we follow Everly Swan whose returned to Charm, North Carolina to open a ice tea cafe.  What she didn't count on was a murder.  Everly finds herself wrapped up in a murder investigation pretty quickly and the new detective is quick to suggest her tea killed someone.  Everly is determined to fix the situation and get people to realize she's not out to hurt the residents of her hometown.  As she investigates she finds herself getting beat up threatened, paddled, her friends car gets sun-screened with a nice warning.  Will Everly figure it out or while she get decaffeinated?

This book was incredible journey as we watch Everly try to get neighbors to realize she's not out to hurt anyone and just wants to move on with her life and make tea honoring her Grandmother.  Then there's the Swan curse to add to it.  It has such fun with Everly's aunts trying to honor their sister's wish with Everly.

Also watching Detective Hays whose new to Charm, and has his own mysterious background and a little boy Denver to boot.  Everly keeps tangling up with the Detective whose trying to adjust to living in Charm and everything it offers.

This book is great for foodies, tea lovers, and beach bunnies.  Who doesn't love a beach themed books?  I know I do this one pulled me in and won't let go.  I found myself so brought into this that I couldn't put the book down until I pieced the story together and it wove so smoothly. Can't wait to read the next book in this series which is:

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