March 6, 2016

Shades of Earl Grey by Laura Childs - Review

Published: January 7, 2003
Number of pages: 242
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Tea Shopy Mystery #3

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn’t have to cater—but there’s more than champagne bubbling…

Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple’s arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette—is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that trouble is brewing. But when she goes to the authorities, they treat her like she’s been reading tea leaves—and that’s the surest way to put Theodosia’s kettle on the boil…

What did I think of this book:
As with all of Laura Childs' book I enjoyed it. She does a good job of giving you just enough hints so you think you know who committed the crimes but in the end you did not know at all. It is enjoyable the way she includes all the history of the different teas that are used in the Indigo Tea Shop. In fact I learned that Orange Pekoe is not a flavor but rather a grade of tea. Also teas take on the flavor of flowers they are grown with and that is how some of the flavors like honey tea are made. The more Delanie is in the books the more I do not care for her or her boyfriend Cooper Hobcaw. I still also think that Haley is a little high strung but I love Theodosia and Drayton. I liked that we finally saw a little more of Jory too (Theo's boyfriend). Detective Tidwell is one of my favorites as well. I like how he comes in for his tea and sweets. I am looking forward to getting on to the next book in this series. 

About the author:
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club, Tea Shop, and Scrapbooking mysteries. In her past life she was a Clio Award–winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm. She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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