March 7, 2018

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs - Review and Giveaway

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

Book details
Cozy Mystery 19th in Series 
Berkley (March 6, 2018) 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0451489609 
Digital ASIN: B071K4DPRH 

Book description
Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor's Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow's walk of Timothy Neville's Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it's discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner--all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.


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 fundraising 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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My thoughts
Another great installment in Laura's tea shop series. I don't think I have ever read a bad book by this author. The gaslight parade sounds like a fun time minus the dead body of course. Of course I got to "hang" out with one of my favorite characters - Drayton. I always like that Theo has a way of figuring out who was the murderer when the author throws twits in there that leave me guessing. Add to that you get to hear about the great food created at the tea shop and learn about new to me teas. This book has everything I love. I will be watching for the next in the series. 


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  1. Thank you for your review and information on "Plum Tea Crazy" by Laura Childs as well as being part of the book tour.

    The book sounds like a wonderful read and I'd love the opportunity find out for myself.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. This is one of my favorite series. Charleston SC is a perfect setting for a tea shop. Looking forward to reading "Plum Tea Crazy".