In Vicki Delany’s latest Tea by the Sea mystery, Lily Roberts pores over the clues in a piping hot new case when a confrontational celebrity chef is murdered at her Cape Cod tearoom during the filming of a popular baking show. As readers dive into Murder Spills the Tea and help Lily solve the case, they’ll enjoy nibbling on the tearoom’s delightful version of classic cucumber tea sandwiches, featuring a trio of fresh herbs and bright notes of lemon.
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- ½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 36 to 54 thin slices English cucumber
- 12 large slices white sandwich bread
- In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, chives, dill, parsley, lemon zest and juice, salt, and pepper.
- Lay cucumber slices on paper towels to absorb moisture.
- Trim and discard crusts from bread slices to make even squares.
- Spread a layer of mayonnaise mixture onto each bread slice. On 6 bread slices, place 6 to 9 cucumber slices in a single layer without overlapping. Top with remaining bread slices, mayonnaise side down.
- Using a serrated bread knife in a gentle sawing motion, cut sandwiches diagonally into 4 equal triangles. Serve immediately, or cover with damp paper towels, place in a covered container, and refrigerate for a few hours until serving time.
The country’s hottest TV cooking show is coming to Cape Cod! Against her better judgment, Lily Roberts is entering America Bakes! with her charming tearoom, Tea by the Sea. However, filming proves disruptive as the set closes the tearoom during Lily’s busiest season. Tensions really bubble over when infamous bad-boy chef and celebrity judge, Tommy Greene, loses his temper with Lily’s staff, resulting in an on-camera blowout with Cheryl Wainwright. Just when Lily thinks the competition can’t get any worse, Tommy is found dead in Tea by the Sea’s kitchen… murdered with Cheryl’s rolling pin!
Suspicion immediately falls on Cheryl, but the temperamental star has racked up plenty of culinary clashes in the past, both on- and off-screen, for Cheryl to find suspects of her own. Nearly anyone associated with Tommy or the show could be the killer: be it one of Lily’s fierce competitors, a member of the beleaguered film crew, or even one of Tommy’s fellow judges—struggling cookbook maven, Claudia D’Angelo, not to mention beauty contest winner, Scarlet McIntosh. While Lily’s baking up a storm for the show, she must also whip up an impromptu investigation, before the murderer rolls someone else over.
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty books, from clever cozies and Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, the Year Round Christmas mysteries and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series. Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and a co-organizer of Women Killing it, a crime writing festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.