Series: A Tea Shop Mystery (Book 10)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (March 2, 2010)
About this book:While riding her horse in a race through the South Carolina Lowcountry, Theodosia Browning finds her arch nemesis, Abby Davis, dead. What's more, the victim's brother is Theodosia's old flame. Who'd have guessed they'd be reunited through cold-blooded murder? Theodosia's investigation takes her from the Lowcountry thicket to the backstage maze of a darkened theater where a maestro of murder waits for the next cue. All proving that when it comes to high drama, Theodosia can give Verdi a run for his money.
Meet the author - Laura Childs:Laura 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.
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What did I think of this book:
Of course I loved the book as Laura Childs is my first love when it comes to cozy mysteries. A couple of things I liked that were mentioned in the book were the Lamplighter Tour. I would love to be able to tour some historic homes. I also liked Drayton's superstitions when it comes to tea bubbles in tea means romance ahead and froth means riches. Drayton will also be my favorite character next to Theo and Earl Grey. As many of these books that I have read I still can't find make myself like Delanie. She is quite annoying to me and she seemed to be a big part of this book. Haley did seem a little toned down this time though. When Theo and Delanie found themselves in a muddy moldy basement I had to laugh because Delanie was dirty but also would not have liked to be there even though there was a puzzle solved while they were there. I was a little upset with Theo this time when she was around Jory as I don't like him. I really like her and Parker together. And once again the author throws a loop in the story and the murderer is not who you expect and there is yet another puzzle solved towards the end. I will be looking forward to when I start the next book in this series.