Series: A Tea Shop Mystery (Book 9)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (March 3, 2009)
About this book:The Charleston Film Festival is under way, and Theodosia Browning and her staff of the Indigo Tea Shop have a busy week of catering jobs. First up is the opening night gala at the renovated Belvedere Theatre. But as tinseltown bigwigs mingle with local luminaries, famous director Jordan Cole is shot on his way to the podium, and the entire audience witnesses his death--larger than life and silhouetted against a white scrim. When two judges quit, festival organizer Timothy Neville asks Theodosia to step in. She reluctantly agrees--only to get pulled into an investigation that's as perilous as any big-screen thriller!
Meet the author- Laura ChildsLaura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
In this edition of the tea shop mysteries we get to go along with Theo to the film awards. We learned something new about Timothy. At the beginning of the book I was upset with what happened to Drayton as he is one of my favorite characters. Nina is back and giving Delanie a run for her money which always makes me smile but there is a twist in one of their story lines. (Sorry I don't want to give away any spoilers) Since Haley is not one of my favorite people I was a little happy that she took a bit of a back sit in this story. I had about three people on my list of suspects and the one who it ended up being was actually a person I was really liking as a new character. C.W. Dredd was a slimy person to me so we shall see how he is in future books. Another thing I liked was that we got to see more of Parker and Theo's relationship which makes me happy. I also like the talk of the teas and thing the idea of a tea list would be great. I am looking forward to the next book to see what kind trouble Theo and the gang get into again.