Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs
Meet Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston's beloved Indigo Tea Shop. Patrons love her blend of delicious tea tastings and southern hospitality. And Theo enjoys the full-bodied flavor of a town steeped in history -- and mystery... — It's tea for two hundred or so at the annual historic homes garden party. And Theodosia, as event caterer, is busy serving steaming teas and blackberry scones while guests sing her praises. But the sweet smell of success turns to suspense when an esteemed guest is found dead -- his hand clutching an empty teacup. All eyes are on Theo... who is now trying desperately to save her reputation and track down the real killer. If only she can make sense of it all--before someone else takes their last sip...
I am a tea drinker, so I was predisposed to like this book and want to read this series, which I do and probably will do. I love the concept of this wonderful group running this cozy tea shop. Theo, the boss lady and Drayton, the know-all of tea, are the two really bright stars in this universe. I had figured out who the murderer had to be quite early, in fact almost from the beginning. BUT, the murderer then became such a minor character as far as what we really knew about her and how big a role she played in the whole story. A couple attempts at playing nice and that was about it. The thing that brought her to my attention was the fact that she was the extra-well dressed one and not comfortable to be around. As soon as the author described her the first time, I thought, "oooo, she'd be a good murderer" and sure enough, she was! Oh well. I will get the second book and see if the cozy part hangs around the tea shop or not. I'm also going to try one of the author's other series as I used to scrapbook as well! Try it, you might like it!
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Judi E. Easley