Death by a Thousand Sips by Gretchen Rue

Death by a Thousand Sips by Gretchen RueDeath by a Thousand Sips by Gretchen Rue
Series: Witches' Brew Mystery #2
Published by Crooked Lane Books on September 5, 2023
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

DEATH BY A THOUSAND SIPS is only the second book in the Witches’ Brew series but it’s already one of my favorite cozy mystery series.

About Death by a Thousand Sips

Phoebe recently inherited the Earl’s Study, a tea shop/bookstore, as well as a Victorian house, and an adorable cat, Bob, when her Aunt Eudora died. A former big city dweller, Phoebe’s adjusting to small town life.

She’s also learning more about the witchy powers she discovered that she shared with Eudora. 

Phoebe attends an estate auction, hoping to find books to add to her bookshop’s stock. What she finds is a dead body. Feeling like she’s got to clear her name – second murder victim she’s discovered in six months – Phoebe starts investigating the people at the estate sale and their motives. Despite the detectives on the case and her PI friend (maybe more??), Rich, telling her to stay out of it.

My thoughts about Death by a Thousand Sips

This contemporary cozy series is so much fun! It combines several of my favorite things – tea, books, baked goods, paranormal powers, and a sassy, ginger cat with a solid mystery.

The small town of Raven Creek with its quirky inhabitants makes me wish it was real so I could visit all of the shops, getting a butter burger at Peach’s Dinner and dessert at the Sugar Plum Fairy Bakery.

Phoebe’s relatable as a new small biz owner – trying to find work/life balance for herself and her staff. Trying to make changes to the business without upsetting long-time customers. Her ‘are we dating or not’ romance dance with Rich is charmingly cute in its awkwardness.

I also love how she can’t help but keep looking into the murder, even after being warned away. I understand that feeling of ‘just gotta know!’

I appreciated the strong female friendships that Phoebe’s forming and even her acknowledgment that finding friends as an adult is difficult.

Recipes included for extra deliciousness.

In closing

This series is perfect for fans of Lana Harper if you enjoy witchy reading. Perfect for fans of Mia P. Manansala if you enjoy foody mysteries.

Thank you Crooked Lane Books for the ARC of Death by a Thousand Sips.

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About Gretchen Rue

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.

**Gretchen Rue also writes as Sierra Dean**

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