Live and Let Chai

Live and Let Chai

by Bree Baker

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492664765
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Series: Seaside Café Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 52,362
File size: 906 KB

About the Author

Bree Baker is a mystery-loving daydreamer who got into the storytelling business at a very young age, much to the dismay of her parents and teachers. A few decades later, no one seems surprised that she's made a career of it. According to Bree's eternally patient husband and three saucy children, she's never short on words or imagination, and can't seem to use one without the other. Her favorite tales involve the sea, intrigue and honor, humor and heart. Bree Baker is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. You can learn more about Bree and her books at

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Live and Let Chai 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LisaKsBooksReviews 8 months ago
Easily one of my favorite books of 2018, and now in my top five must read series! When I first read about the Seaside Café Mystery series, I knew I had to check it out. Between the shore atmosphere and the Sun, Sand, and Tea café that sells varieties of teas, I was sure I couldn’t go wrong. All I have to say is, I underestimated just how much I was going to love it! LIVE AND LET CHAI is everything I look for in a cozy mystery. And I do mean everything! 1 - Starting with the characters. Everly Swan is 100% the protagonist that cozies call for. She’s bright, fun, hardworking, has self-doubts (don’t we all?), and is far from the perfect sleuth. The cast of supporting characters, Everly’s aunts, her friend Amelia, and Detective Grady Hayes, just to name a few, help to add enjoyment to every page. 2 - There is NO profanity in LIVE AND LET CHAI! While I am trying to learn to overlook certain small curse words such as h*ll and d*mn, if they are used in very short supply, I still feel profanity has no place in a cozy mystery. 3 - As I mentioned at the beginning of my review, the setting is ideal. And with author Bree Baker’s descriptions, I could vividly see every sight, hear every sound, and smell every aroma she spoke of. 4 - Ms. Baker knows how to write a captivating whodunit. There are two mysteries in LIVE AND LET CHAI. One is a smaller mystery within the main one. It was fun trying to figure out if they were related in any way. As for the main story . . . Oh my goodness. There were several suspects, all with good reasons for wanting the victim dead. I finally settled on who I thought was the most likely killer only to read the surprising reveal and discover I was wrong. And just when I thought everything was over and done, the author throws in a twist at the end that now has me not so patiently waiting for the next installment! If you’re looking for a great cozy mystery, a true, old fashioned one, LIVE AND LET CHAI is the book for you!
Chatting-About-Cozies 9 months ago
I really enjoyed this debut cozy by Bree Baker. It has a cozy beach setting in a town as charming as its name—Charm, North Carolina. I liked the characters, especially protagonist, Everly and her wonderful great aunts, Clara and Fran. The plot is action packed with lots of humor. There’s a white kitty to love named Maggie who hangs out with Evie. Not only does the plot contain a murder mystery, it also has a mystery involving several Little Library houses and some sneaky sand bandits trying to spoil the generosity of Everly’s friend, Amelia. I warmed up to the towns new detective, Grady Hays, his son, Denver, and au pair, Denise. The ending of the story clearly wraps up the murder mystery and leaves intriguing questions about Grady’s past! I’m eagerly anticipating the next story!
Christy41970 10 months ago
I’m ready to move to Charm, and when you read Live and Let Chai, you will be too! As soon as I finished this, I was ready for another. No Good Tea Goes Unpunished, book 2, comes out in February, so I have that to look forward to. Charm is a fictional seaside town in North Carolina’s Outer Banks area. It’s got eclectic shops and characters! Living in a seaside town is my dream. I’d be like Everly’s friend Amelia and own a bookstore. The author made Charm feel real with her descriptive writing and believable, yet quirky, characters. I loved getting acquainted with the characters in Live and Let Chai. Everly is certainly a fun character. I’d love to eat and have tea at Sun, Sand, and Tea while catching up on the latest. Her aunts are awesome. I feel like they’d fit right in with Cassie on Good Witch, one of my favorite shows. Of course, the cat is super important too! My favorite cozy mystery books usually have cats. And my bookstore would have cats! The new detective in town is definitely a character you’ll come to appreciate. The supporting cast of characters were all well-written too. Since this is a cozy mystery, the murder isn’t too gruesome and the mystery is one you can solve if you follow the clues. This has just the right amount of clues…it’s not too obvious or difficult to solve. I highly recommend Live and Let Chai and give it 5 huge stars!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Loved this book, can't wait for the next one!
Dollycas 11 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Welcome to Charm. Everly Swan has just opened her iced tea shop and café in a historic home on the beach, but not everyone is happy about it. Benedict Paine is being a royal pain. He is using his position as councilman to try to close Everly down. When he is found dead on the boardwalk with one of the canning jars she serves her tea in close by, she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Why would she do that? Sabotage her new business over a grumpy old man? Unfortunately, the town of Charm is no longer charming. Thanks to a certain detective Everly has lost all her customers and the formerly charming residents believe she actually killed Paine. Everly is teed off and knows the only way to save her business is to find the killer herself, no matter how much trouble she gets into with that certain detective. But that also puts her in the killer’s crosshairs. This new series is off to a delightful start! Bree Baker has created realistic and engaging characters. Everly has come home to Charm and opened Sand, Sun, and Tea. Her aunts own the Blessed Bee honey shop not far from Everly’s. There is a superstition that the woman in the family are cursed when it comes to love. Enter one hunky detective, who is new in town and seems to set Everly’s heart aflutter, that is when he is NOT announcing to everyone she is a murderer or lecturing her NOT to get involved in his case. Our amateur sleuth does get in a little over her head and enough to make the real killer nervous. I really enjoyed her relationship with her aunts. They are an amazing support system. They are there to help her in any way she needs and their confidence in her success shines through. There are a couple of mysteries to solve. Of course, the murder of the councilman, but there was also someone vandalizing the cute little box libraries along the beach. It gets me pretty upset when people destroy books. Okay, back to the main mystery, the murder. Knowing Everly didn’t do it I zeroed in on two suspects right away. There were many clues telling me I was correct in my thinking and it wasn’t long before I narrowed down the suspects to one. I love it when I am right! The setting, a beach, sand, sun, iced tea, a bookstore, little libraries, was a wonderful escape. I would give almost anything for a beach vacation. And this book is a wonderful book to read while lounging on the beach or by the pool. Ms. Baker’s words will take you there too if you are sitting on your deck with no water around or in your comfy chair inside your house like I was. This was a very entertaining read. My interest has been piqued, I want to get to know these characters better and am very interested in where the author is going to take them.