Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday Tea: Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith

I'm halfway through listening to Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the 7th book in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I've been reading or listening to this series for several years  and enjoy picking one up now and then as they are enjoyable books to read. I enjoy the narrator, Lisette Licat who has the authentic South African accent to accompany this book. This series gives the reader a taste of life in Botswana. Mma Ramotswe is the head of the Ladies Detective agency and Mma Makutsi is her assistant detective. They have already encountered a cobra in their office, heard a blackmail story and went off on a road trip to pick up a part for Mma Ramotswe's husband JLB Matakoni who runs an auto repair shop.

The Tea: The perfect tea to accompany this series is one of my favorites, Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla Red, which is an African Rooibus tea.

“Native only to the mountainous Cederberg region of South Africa, Rooibos (or red tea) is naturally sweet and has a slightly nutty flavor with hints of cherry and toffee. In Madagascar Vanilla Red, pure Rooibos is perfectly complemented by the rich flavor of sweet, creamy vanilla – resulting in a sublime and satisfying tea experience.” — Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster Since 1975

The Assessment: Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi often take their tea breaks and brew up a pot of Bush tea, which is Rooibos tea. They serve it to their clients as well even on hot days.


What about you? I'd love to know what you're reading or listening to this week and what your drinking.

Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.


  1. What a cute idea! Glad you're enjoy the book and the tea :)

  2. That sounds like a great combination. I love the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency!

  3. I wish my library would get these on Playaways!! I don't want to download the cd to my ipod because they usually have scratches on them and skip...I think listening to them would be great fun!

  4. Hi Bonnie! You know MVR tea is my fav tea in the whole world!!! I drink it everyday and I have been ever since Celestial Seasonings introduced it. I hope they never stop making it! I'm reading South of Broad by Pat Conroy and listening to The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby-both are good. Take care and have a great day!

  5. I only read the first in this series and never went back although I did enjoy the first one. Maybe one of these days...

  6. Bedside book is THE LACE MAKERS OF GLENMARA - Heather Barbieri and it's awesome and I am only a few chapters in.

    Tea I drank today was Twinings Irish Breakfast. Love this first thing in the morning.

  7. Just read the rest of the prerequisites for Thursday Tea and I reckon the tea I drank this morning and my bedside book go wonderfully together!

  8. Oh I love Rooibus teas! I haven't been over to my tea place in months--and I'm out of any rooibus. Think I just made my Saturday evening plans.


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