Hello, subscribers! My name is Lucy Leaf. As I’m sure you all know, my sister, Betsy Bean, had a wildly successful advice column for a coffee company. However, I noticed one significant problem. Her column was all about coffee (and probably way too much focus on Irish cream).

Now, I have no problem with coffee, mind you, and Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries are my favorite cozies. But there is no cup of coffee that can compare to a cup of tea, which is why it’s the most popular beverage in the world – after water, of course.  Not surprising, considering how a good, strong brew can turn anyone’s day around and even has health benefits. Which is why I sent Betsy Bean the entire series of my other favorite, Laura Child’s Tea Shop cozies.

However, I am not here to change you all into tea lovers. (But I’ll try). I just want to share what’s been brewing in the back of my head. It’s been “oolong” time since I’ve written for an audience, and of course, no one can “matcha” Betsy’s way with words, but I’m going to give it a try and hopefully add some varie-tea to my new column “Spilling the Tea.” So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite tea, and we’ll get started. And please send in your questions for wise and thoughtful advice. Send me a question via the contact page here. Then be sure to visit the writing page for lots of sage, wise wisdom.