"Vanilla Chai and A Vanishing Victim" By Victoria Tait: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sarah Erwin

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Vanilla Chai and A Vanishing Victim is book three in Victoria Tait’s A Waterwheel Cafe cozy mystery series. While I was delighted to return to a mystery featuring Sergeant Keya Varma, part-time police officer and owner of the Waterwheel Cafe, this book also easily works as a standalone mystery novel for those new to the series. 

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Keya lives a full and busy life working both as a police officer and owner of her café, not to mention her sister’s finally rescheduled upcoming wedding ceremony. Thankfully her sister and mom help out in the cafe daily, which Keya especially needs when a timely case of a kidnapped child lands on her desk. And the little boy isn’t a stranger–Keya had seen him just days before in her cafe with his two parents. Keya dives deep into this case that is full of twists and turns.

Just like her previous books, Victoria brings to life a small English village in the Cotswolds, full of unique and loveable characters–all adding to the novel’s English charm. I especially enjoy Keya’s fellow officers at the Cirencester station–they are like an extension of Keya’s family and also add a bit of humor throughout. If you’ve read the Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series by Victoria, you’ll note that Keya and Dotty are good friends, and that is such a fun crossover.

The descriptions of the cafe’s sweets and drinks had me wishing I could try an iced vanilla chai, even though I read this during winter and not on a hot English summer day when the novel is set. It’s fun to see how those living in the village all offer to help Keya out in some way at the cafe.

And I certainly can’t forget to mention the solid, well-plotted mystery that drives the story forward. I enjoyed following the clues right along with Keya, although thankfully she solved the mystery better than I could! Books by Victoria are a lovely treat and I’m so glad I could pick this one up. Perfect for readers looking for a cozy mystery featuring a small English village.

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Sarah Erwin started her career as a children’s librarian, later becoming a public library director and now she’s a stay at home mom. While her career might have changed, her love of reading has been a constant since 4th grade and she reads over 200 books a year. Read along with her on her blog Sarah Can’t Stop Reading or on Instagram. Sarah lives in St. Louis, MO with her two kids, her husband and a family dog and cat.

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  1. Mary Holshouser
    Keya keeps busy - glad she has family
    to help out. Sounds like a good read.
    thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. Would love to get a copy, I enjoy this author! tWarner419@aol.com

  3. Seems like a good book!!

  4. This sounds like a really good mystery. Would love to read it.

  5. I am always looking for new authors to read. This book sounds like the kind I enjoy readin

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  7. Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading. I prefer a print copy.

  8. Would love to win a copy

  9. Sounds like a great read!

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  11. How fun! It would be such a privilege to win this book! Luis@ole.travel

  12. I'd love to get a copy! tWarner419@aol.com

  13. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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