A Nice Cup of Tea by Celia Imrie
English | 2019 | General Fiction | ePUB | 1.3 Mb
A Nice Cup of Tea:In this witty third novel in the Nice series, from beloved actress Celia Imrie, the retired expats in the South of France must rally to save their failing restaurant, and protect Theresa from an unsavory stalker.
The beautiful town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and the plush red carpets of Cannes, is home to Theresa, Carol, William, Benjamin, and Sally: five retired expats who have pooled their resources to set up La Mosaïque, a divine little restaurant. But there is trouble in paradise: the friends are desperately struggling to make ends meet. It will take every bit of their talent and gumption to save La Mosaïque. With fussy customers, obnoxious cruise parties, and a failing delivery van, it’s certainly not going to be easy.
On top of this, Theresa and Sally have their own distractions. Theresa’s teenage granddaughter has run away, and Theresa herself has been getting mysterious phone calls and the strong sense that someone’s watching her. Meanwhile, Sally’s run into a nasty couple from her acting days, and their barbed jibes are enough to send her on an ill-advised search for the limelight.
A Nice Cup of Tea is a delightful cozy mystery, a wickedly fun page-turner that’s sassier than a cup of tea, no matter how Nice!
“She had made sandwiches and tea, but felt unable even to look at them. Carol and Zoe hunched over the table. The phone sat in the centre, pride of place, like a Sunday roast.
Sally was with Theresa, wiping down the tops and packing the dishwasher, fussing around her while she laid a tray with plates, cups and cutlery.
‘I just need to keep busy,’ Sally said as she sprayed a whiff of surface cleaner over the fridge door and dabbed at an imaginary smear.
‘It’s like waiting for a prison verdict,’ said Zoe.
‘I’d prefer to think it’s more like knowing whether or not we have the X-factor,’ drawled Carol, a beautiful American from Muncie, Indiana, who had in fact, before undergoing surgery to become herself, been christened and brought up as Mark. ‘Even if we get the lowest estimate, I feel I have to say that. Only half a million? Gee, I’d be happy as a clam being forced to share that half a million between the six of us. But if we hit the bingo, and we bag several millions each, well “