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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!
Celia Imrie is an Olivier award-winning actress best known for her parts in the films Calendar Girls and Nanny McPhee. In February 2015 she returns as Madge in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Her roles on stage include Dotty in Noises Off and Mrs Tilehouse in The Sea, and, on television, Diana in After You've Gone, Vera in A Dark Adapted Eye and Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques. Last year she brought her cabaret/revue show Laughing Matters to Crazy Coqs and then to the St James Theatre. Her autobiography, The Happy Hoofer, was published in 2011.
“Her work has a definite joie de vivre and a sunny, good-natured feel.” —The Daily Mail
“A very witty novel by a very witty woman. Hugely entertaining.” —Julian Fellowes, creator of "Downton Abbey," on NOT QUITE NICE
“A lovely read . . . A story that gradually unfolds into something delightful.” —Kirkus Reviews on NICE WORK
“Imrie's movie-like farce is an enjoyable, lighthearted read.” —Booklist on NICE WORK
“With sly, charming villains committing dastardly deeds, Olivier award-winning actor Imrie brings her own theatrical experience to bear on this refreshing whodunit . . . This charming collision of Agatha Christie and The Love Boat will delight fans of classic mysteries.” —Kirkus Reviews on SAIL AWAY
“Imrie capitalizes on her background in comedic acting, creating scene after scene rife with screwball comedy. And as the multiple mysteries collide, Imrie nimbly ratchets up the excitement. A caper-filled romp in the Riviera sure to delight expats and mystery lovers alike” —Kirkus Reviews