Welcome! Thank you for stopping by. I’m your host, Samantha McGraw. Come on in and sit a spell. Would you like a cup of tea? Something to nibble on? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Allow me to introduce myself . . . I started this blog because I’m obsessed with four things:

Chocolate – The food of life! I adore milk and dark chocolate equally and there is never a day that goes by that I don’t consume at least a small piece. My absolute, irresistible temptation though is chocolate covered strawberries; I can never resist them, and really, why should I? No doubt you’ll see this love sneak its way into a few recipes here.

Afternoon Tea – Tea of any kind, really. All varieties and flavors make me a happy girl. But with a little nibble, it’s even better. Usually hot but sometimes cold, you’ll find it in my cup no less than five times a day. It’s the nectar of life! More on where this obsession was born here.

Cottage Living – I’ve always said that if I ever won the lottery, I wouldn’t buy a mansion. Instead, I’d live in a beautiful little cottage with a garden full of fragrant flowers where I could while away the days. Although I don’t live in a cottage now, I have dreams of someday owning one. Until then, I’ll dream about here.

Mysteries – Ever since I was a young girl and my mom bought me my first Nancy Drew, I’ve been obsessed with mysteries. Can’t get enough of them. Later, my first Agatha Christie crossed my path and Ms. Christie had me hooked. (You can read more about my love for her here.) While you may occasionally see me reading something else, it won’t be for long. And a well-written story that keeps me up at night is my favorite kind. Here you’ll find posts about some of my favorite writers, interviews with a few good authors, and a short story or two (some even written by me!).

The idea for this blog came to me when I was talking to an author friend about my first mystery novel (in the works!) and her best advice was “write about what you love.” Since these are all things I love, I decided a blog would be a great way to bring them all together.

Please feel free to stay for a while, poke around and find something you like, and if there’s anything you’d love to see and don’t, shoot me a message. I’m always on the lookout for new post ideas! You can reach me at samantha@teacottagemysteries.com.