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Steeped to Death
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2022
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"Phoebe Winchester's beloved aunt Eudora has a taste for adventure-and a knack for making magical tea. It's even rumored that she just might be a witch. So when Eudora passes away and leaves everything to her niece--her Victorian mansion, her bookshop/tea store, The Earl's Study, and one very chubby orange cat named Bob--Phoebe gets more than she bargained for. And she knows she's in deep when a dead man is found on the shop's back step, apparently killed while trying to break in. Two suspects immediately emerge among the townspeople of Raven Creek, Washington. There's village busybody Dierdre Miller, who seems desperate to buy Eudora's house, and handsome PI Rich, one of Phoebe's childhood friends--but how well does she really know him after all these years apart? Phoebe knows she should leave it to the professionals, but as she starts to dig into the underbelly of Raven Creek, she begins to uncover the truth about Eudora. What's more, her aunt might not have been the only witch in the family, as Phoebesoon discovers she has unique and unexpected gifts of her own. Now, it's just a matter of putting her newfound power to the test and cast a spell that could catch a killer"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

For fans of Laura Childs and Amanda Flowers, it’s teatime in Raven Creek—but a murder at the The Earl’s Study sets the stage for an intoxicating brew of small-town chicanery with a hint of the supernatural.

Phoebe Winchester’s beloved aunt Eudora has a taste for adventure—and a knack for making magical tea. It’s even rumored that she just might be a witch. So when Eudora passes away and leaves everything to her niece—her Victorian mansion, her bookshop/tea store, The Earl’s Study, and one very chubby orange cat named Bob—Phoebe gets more than she bargained for. And she knows she’s in deep when a dead man is found on the shop’s back step, apparently killed while trying to break in.

Two suspects immediately emerge among the townspeople of Raven Creek, Washington. There’s village busybody Dierdre Miller, who seems desperate to buy Eudora’s house, and handsome PI Rich, one of Phoebe’s childhood friends—but how well does she really know him after all these years apart?

Phoebe knows she should leave it to the professionals, but as she starts to dig into the underbelly of Raven Creek, she begins to uncover the truth about Eudora. What’s more, her aunt might not have been the only witch in the family, as Phoebe soon discovers she has unique and unexpected gifts of her own.

Now, it’s just a matter of putting her newfound power to the test and cast a spell that could catch a killer. - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Gretchen Rue lives in the Canadian prairies, which affords her ample time to read during six months of winter. She plays cat mom to four mostly indifferent fur children, and plant mom to roughly 100 very demanding flora. When she isn't sipping tea and working on her next novel, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and watching baseball. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Newly divorced Phoebe Winchester, the narrator of Rue's sprightly debut and series launch, moves from Seattle to Raven Creek, Wash., after inheriting a Victorian mansion from her late Auntie Eudora, who was rumored to have been a witch. Eudora also left Phoebe a cat, Bob, and the Earl's Study, a bookstore/tearoom, which Phoebe endeavors to learn how to run as she tries to fit into small-town life. Her troubles begin when a dead man, later identified as Carl "Ox" Bullock, turns up on the backstep of the Earl's Study. Was Carl, who had a criminal past, trying to break in? One murder suspect is Deirdre Miller, an alarmingly aggressive local who insists that Phoebe sell her Eudora's house and business. Another suspect is PI Rich Lofting, a childhood friend Phoebe hasn't seen in years, but with whom she was once close. Meanwhile, in seeking to learn more about her aunt, Phoebe discovers that Eudora really was a witch and that she herself may have magical powers, which could help her solve a murder and prevent her own. A lovable cat, plenty of tea, enticing recipes, and more are sure to please cozy fans. Rue is off to a good start. (Sept.)

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