The Tea Shop Mysteries feature Theodosia Browning, who is most comfortable in her Indigo Tea Shop and working on charitable events around Charleston. Attending a black tie event is not Theodosia’s style. But when her handsome boyfriend, Max, invites her to the opening-night celebration of a Chinese tea house at the Gibbes Museum, where he is the public relations director, she can’t refuse.
After wandering around the exotic Asian garden, Theodosia decides to check out the photo booth that was installed to give guests a memento of the occasion. When she pushes aside the booth’s curtains what she finds is way more than the picture she was hoping to take . . . it’s the murdered body of museum donor Edgar Webster.
Theodosia’s natural curiosity takes over and she starts questioning attendees of the gala opening. When Max becomes a suspect and is fired from the museum, her curiosity kicks into high gear. Before long, Theodosia is not sure how to narrow down her list of suspects. They all seem to have good motives. Theodosia wonders how she can clear Max and help him get his job back. Determined to save the day, Theodosia digs deeper, which causes the killer to take desperate measures.
Laura Childs latest in the Tea Shop Mysteries series, “Ming Tea Murder,” is a fun read, filled with vivid details and lively characters. Fans of the Tea Shop Mysteries won’t be disappointed. As usual, the mouth watering recipes are icing on the cake!