Vanilla Chai and A Vanishing Victim



Vanilla Chai and A Vanishing Victim: A British Cozy Murder Mystery with a Female Sleuth
(A Waterwheel Cafe Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

About Vanilla Chai and A Vanishing Victim


Vanilla Chai and A Vanishing Victim: A British Cozy Murder Mystery with a Female Sleuth (A Waterwheel Cafe Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Cotswold, England
Kanga Press (January 5, 2024)
Number of Pages c. 240
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C4V4CCGT


A missing child. A half-baked ransom demand. Can a community cop sift through clues and rescue the tot before teatime?

Sergeant Keya Varma’s culinary dreams come true as she joyfully opens her own café. And attending her sister’s wedding is the cherry on the cake. But her excitement sinks like a souffle when a customer’s little boy disappears.

Shaken as well as stirred into action, the part-time police officer joins the search, but she’s shattered when even a ransom payment doesn’t bring the rug rat back home.

For Keya, justice is served with a side of scones, but can she save the child before the clotted cream turns sour?

Indulge in the Waterwheel Café cozy mystery series, where Keya Varma mixes crime with coffee and crêpes. If you crave appetising characters, a dash of humour, and a dollop of English charm, you’ll devour Victoria Tait’s delicious tale.

Bake your way into intrigue with Vanilla Chai and a Vanishing Victim today!

About Victoria Tait

Victoria Tait was born and raised in Yorkshire, England.  After following her military husband around the world, she drew on her life’s experiences, and a love of Agatha Christie, Father Brown, and Murder She Wrote, to write British based cozy mysteries.

Her determined female sleuths are joined by colourful and quirky teams of helpers, and her settings are vivid and realistic.  As you’re compelled to keep turning the pages, you’ll be irresistibly drawn into a world where you’ll experience surprises, humour and sometimes, a tug on your heartstrings.

Do you like tea, mysteries, and books? Then why not join Victoria’s TeaCozy Club for regular news and updates, and download the free prequel to the Dotty Sayers Antique Mysteries series as a gift by visiting

Who doesn’t like tea, cake, and a slice of murder!

Q&A With the Author:

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Vanilla Chai and A Vanishing Victim is the 3rd book in the Waterwheel Café cozy mystery series. The heroine, Sergeant Keya Varma, first appeared in my Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series. Both series were set in Britain’s picturesque Cotswolds.

Dotty is now travelling around the UK in her books, so I enjoyed returning to my original setting to see what my characters were up to. And some new characters have entered the world so I enjoying getting to know them, too.

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

I’m currently writing the next book in the series, Chamomile Tea and A Copycat Crime, which I’ll release in the summer. Then I’ll start the series’ Christmas-themed book, the plot of which I’m working on.

I’ll be running a Kickstarter at the end of the month for the Easter release of my Dotty Sayers Antique mystery series Daffodils and Deadly Deeds, set in Northumberland.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

I shall continue writing in my Waterwheel Café mystery series, and my Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series. 

I’m also planning a new series, set in Yorkshire, with a 50-year-old protagonist going through her midlife crisis. I think I can have lots of fun with my character, and it’ll mirror my own journey as I turned 50 this year.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing in 2019 and published my first book in 2020. That series of 6 books, The Kenya Kanga Mysteries, is set in Kenya, where I’d lived for nearly eight years. Then I started writing British cozy mysteries with the Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series, which currently has 8 books, and this is the 3rd book in the Waterwheel Café Mystery series. 

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I hope you enjoy the book, and if you want to read more about Keya and her friends, you can start with Hour is Come, which introduces both my protagonists. Download your free copy by visiting my website


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  1. love the name of this book.. and the story is very intriguing too


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