Review of Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs
Theodosia and the gang are back in another tea shop mystery that should keep you guessing until the end. The usual cast of characters are present. There’s Theo’s sidekick Drayton, who is always willing to help. Haley has plenty of yummy recipes. And don’t forget heartthrob Detective Pete Riley. Of course, Theo again crosses swords with the smart, but ever-obnoxious Detective Tidwell. Theo and Tidwell disagree over who’s a suspect and who’s not, making this mystery a virtual Charleston Who’s Who of suspects.
The fun begins when a bolt from a crossbow pierces the heart of a crooked financier. The death causes Theo and Drayton to chase after the killer in the nearby Stagwood Inn. With Theo having again inserted herself into a murder investigation, the parade of suspects and the conflict begins.
The book has a complex plot filled with asides into Theo’s tea shop that will keep fans of this series entertained. There are plenty of quirky characters in this adventure. This time, we have an unfaithful financier, a horribly dispirited handyman, and even a secret siren.
Plum Tea Crazy is classic Laura Childs—a bit of cozy mystery, a modicum of thrills, and a traditional tea party with a twist.
Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
About the Book
Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery)
19th in Series
Berkley (March 6, 2018)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Digital ASIN: B071K4DPRH
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.
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!
About the Author
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.
Website – http://www.laurachilds.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31
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