Cozy Mystery Served Up with a Glass of Peach Iced Tea

The Cozy Mystery IDB Read group has been enjoying stories by Bree Baker in her Seaside Café Mysteries series.  They center around Everly Swan and her seaside iced tea shop and café called Sun, Sand and Tea.  After a failed attempt at culinary school and leaving her ex-boyfriend, Everly has returned to her hometown of Charm, North Carolina and opened her café on the beach.  She is trying to get her newly established café off the ground but murder and mayhem seem to be following her around the island.  With the help of some loving aunts, her childhood best friend and a hunky new detective in town, Everly tries to solve these murders on her own. This series comes with some great characters and many plot twists and turns.  It makes you want to travel to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, especially when the author describes the ocean air and all the wonderful things served at Sun, Sand and Tea.  Peach Iced Tea seems to be a specialty of Everly’s made from a secret family recipe.  While we couldn’t track down the secret family recipe, below is a recipe for Peach Iced Tea from www.eatingwell.com.  Make a batch and imagine you are sitting on the beach in North Carolina.

The IDB Read Cozy Mystery Group meets every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00-11:00 am via a conference call.  Call the library at 515.281.1323 for the conference call number and you too can listen to one of our volunteer narrators, Judy Fausch, read live from the Seaside Café Mysteries series. 

Peach Iced Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe peaches, pitted and cut into chunks
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • Ice for serving

Directions

Place peaches and mint in the bottom of a large heatproof and shatterproof pitcher. Muddle with a wooden spoon until the peaches are pulpy and broken down. Hang tea bags in the pitcher and pour in boiling water. Let steep for at least 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Refrigerate the tea until cold. Fill glasses generously with ice. Strain the tea and pour over the ice. Garnish with mint if desired.

Tips

To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/4 Cups 

Per Serving:  14 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 3.3g; dietary fiber 0.7g; sugars 2.4g; fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 282.7IU; vitamin c 2.6mg; folate 6mcg; calcium 15.1mg; iron 0.6mg; magnesium 7mg; potassium 94.3mg; sodium 5.6mg.

IDB Read Western and Cozy Mystery

With IDB Read you can call in and listen to one of our wonderful volunteer narrators read live on the phone, followed by a short chat about the book.  Don’t worry if you miss a day, we’ll catch you right up on the next call!

IDB Read Western meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am – 11:00am.
Listen to our volunteer narrator Bob White read a Louis L’Amour western.

IDB Read Cozy Mystery meets every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am – 11:00am.
Listen to our volunteer narrator, Judy Fausch, read a cozy mystery.

Call the Library at 515.281.1323 for the conference call number.

Thanks for listening with us!

Cozy Mystery IDB Read

Please join us for the Cozy Mystery IDB Read!  Every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am – 11:00am we will listen to narrator, Judy Fausch, read a cozy mystery.  We will be starting with Live and Let Chai by Bree Baker.  A cozy whodunit set in a beachside town in North Carolina.

Life hasn’t been so sweet for Everly Swan over the past couple of years, but now she’s back in her seaside hometown of Charm, North Carolina. The proud new owner of Sun, Sand, and Tea—a café right on the beach—Everly thinks that things are finally starting to look up. Until a grouchy customer turns up dead on the boardwalk with a jar of one of her specialty teas lying right next to him! When an autopsy reports poison in his system, things don’t look good for Everly or her tea shop.  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 the maddeningly handsome Detective Grady Hays discouraging her from uncovering leads and a series of anonymous attacks on Everly and her tea shop, it will take everything she’s got to keep this murder mystery from boiling over.

Nothing sounds better than being whisked away to the beach right now during our extreme cold streak!  So grab your phone, a nice cozy blanket, a comfy chair, and let’s take a trip to North Carolina.

Don’t worry if you miss a day, we’ll catch you right up on the next call!

Call the Library at 515.281.1323 for the conference call number.

Thanks for listening with us!

Cozy Mystery IDB Read – Please join us!

The Cozy Mystery IDB Read has a new time and days!  Starting on Wednesday, February 10th, please join us on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am-11:00am via conference call to listen to narrator, Judy Fausch, read a cozy mystery.  What is a cozy mystery you ask?  According to Wikipedia, “cozy mysteries, also referred to as ‘cozies’, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence occur off stage, the detective is an amateur sleuth, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.”  What could be better on a snowy, winter morning than curling up in your favorite chair and listening to a nice, cozy mystery?  If you are interested in joining the call, please call the library at 515.281.1323 and we will give you the conference call information.

Western IDB Read is also still going strong!  Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am-11:00am, you can call in and listen to Bob White read a western by Louis L’Amour.  Same conference call number as the Cozy Mystery IDB Read.

Thanks for listening with us!

Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryWe went deep sea diving straight into the ocean and found ourselves learning and swimming with the enormous Blue Whale! In fact, did you know that the Blue Whale is a mammal and can weigh as much as 441,000 pounds and can grow to be as big as a jet airplane! Wow, now that is amazing! We spent time on the beach while making our very own Sandcastle Sand Art with our library friend Ellie! Next, we got to meet Abigail who dazzled us with her sparkling crown and BEE QUEEN sash as she introduced us to her very own bee hive. We got BUZZING with the BEES! Did you know that bees cannot see the color red and can flap their wings 200 times per second, plus out of every 4 bites of food bees are responsible for 3 of those delicious bites?  We are so excited, in the month of September don’t miss out, we are going to make beeswax candles and lip balm with our friend Abigail. I can’t wait!!  Finally, as if this week isn’t fun enough, Friday we learned all about plants. Plants provide us with both oxygen and food, wow, who knew that! We got to make our very own CHIA pet friend.

We only have one week left of our Summer Reading Program Virtual Event, but I have great news for all of you, the fun will continue as we look ahead! Stay tune to “up and coming” detail in the very near future. COMING UP NEXT WEEK …

Summer Week and STEM Week Virtual Event

  • July 27- Will it Pop or Will It Not Experiment, Singing Glasses Experiment, Circle, Square or Triangle Who is the Strongest Experiment
  • July 29 – Singing Balloon Experiment, Stress Ball Frenzy
  • July 31 – Ice Cream in a Bag Activity!

IDB Read Kids with Bob White will continue through August every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm.  We are continuing to read the Bunnicula series by James Howe!

To see the full summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515.452.1338

Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryWhat a blast this week learning about jellyfish and sharks and making our very own Amazon Rain Stick!

Don’t forget to join Bob White at IDB Read Kids every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm as he begins a new book called, Howliday by James Howe!

Coming Next Week…

Let’s go on an Adventure Around the World Virtual Event!
July 13th, 15th and 17th at 1:00pm
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat breakfast in Australia, or better yet, make a new friend from Australia?  Pack your suitcase we are going on a trip to visit other countries.

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian