Travel Guru Rick Steves is my favorite source for current information on all locations in Europe. You don’t need any other guide book in my opinion and the books are updated regularly.
If your are joining one of our tours, I encourage you to read the Rick Steves guide for that country for a quick lesson on its history, culture, etiquette, currency and other general information.
Cozy mysteries (meaning not very violent or scary) are my favorite genre and I read lots of different series.
This series, by Laura Childs, is set in Charleston, SC (where our Antebellum Tea Tour begins) and has a great cast of characters. You get a real sense of the South, and I enjoy the escapades of the tea room owner, her employees and regular customers.
The Oxford Tea Room Mysteries, by H.Y. Hanna, are set, not surprisingly, in a small village near Oxford and features the university town prominently in the stories. I read these just before my first trip to Oxford, and the references made my visit there even more interesting. Some of the books are available only for Kindle, but you can download the reader for free for your phone or tablet.
A Scone to Die For
Book 0 (prequel)
All Butter Shortdead
Four Puddings & A Funeral
Muffins and Mourning Tea
Tea with Milk and Murder
Two Down, Bun to Go
Til Death Us Do Tart
Pancakes and Corpses
Lemonade and Lies
Doughnuts and Deception
Agatha Frost writes a fun little series, featuring a 30-something woman who owns a charming little cafe in the Cotswolds. With a hunky inspector as her love interest, her granny as a crazy “assistant”, and a cast of other regular characters, the books leave me wishing I was a resident of the fictional village of Peridale.