Sep 19, 2022

Steeped to Death by Gretchen Rue

Hello my cozy friends, 

Today I am reviewing “Steeped to Death” by Gretchen Rue the 1st instalment in the "A Witches Brew Mystery" series.  I loved this book and totally added it to my favourite witchy series list!

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.

I started reading and did not want to put it down!  I have been in a reading slump for over a month but this book totally took me out of it. Our story is set in the Pacific Northwest in the town of Raven Creek.

Everyone knows I’m a sucker for furbabies and tea so when you add in a chubby orange tabby named Bob and a tea shop well I was hooked.   Imogen turns out to be a great employee/friend to Phoebe along with Amy from the bakery next door. 

It was entertaining, full of twists and turns and I didn’t completely guess whodunnit until Phoebe did. 

Plus all the descriptions of the teas had me wanting a hot cup of tea and one of Phoebe’s Earl Grey Lavender shortbread (luckily the recipe is at the back of the book)

I highly recommend this series to all my cozy loving friends and I can’t wait for book 2 to come out!


I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

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