Thursday, January 11, 2024

Friday Focus: Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts via Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires. 

Today I'm featuring Vanilla Chai and a Vanishing Victim by Victoria Tait. The excerpts shared are from an advanced eBook version provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Beginning . . . Thirty-three year old Sergeant Keya Varma slumped into her office chair in her team's room on the ground floor of Cirencester Police Station, t he English Cotswolds.


My thoughts . . . Thus begins the third installment of The Waterwheel Cafe cozy mystery series by Victoria Tait. Vanilla Chai and a Vanishing Victim is a delightful return to the charming Cotswolds region of England, with its picturesque landscape and cozy atmosphere. Each book in the series is a new chapter in the life of unflappable and extremely competent Keya Varma, a part-time police officer, that  introduces a new tea to savor and crime to solve


Synopsis:  A missing child. A half-baked ransom demand. Can a community cop sift through clues and rescue the tot before teatime?

Sergeant Keya Varma’s culinary dreams come true as she joyfully opens her own café. And attending her sister’s wedding is the cherry on the cake. But her excitement sinks like a souffle when a customer’s little boy disappears.

Shaken as well as stirred into action, the part-time police officer joins the search, but she’s shattered when even a ransom payment doesn’t bring the rug rat back home.

For Keya, justice is served with a side of scones, but can she save the child before the clotted cream turns sour?

Indulge in the Waterwheel Café cozy mystery series, where Keya Varma mixes crime with coffee and crêpes. If you crave appetizing characters, a dash of humor, and a dollop of English charm, you’ll devour Victoria Tait’s delicious tale.

Bake your way into intrigue with Vanilla Chai and a Vanishing Victim today!

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