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Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning knows that something’s brewing in the high society of Charleston—something other than her newest tea… The Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston’s favorite spot of tea, has just come out with its latest flavor: Gunpowder Green. Theodosia Browning cannot wait to hear its praises as it is unveiled at the annual yacht race. But when she hears the crack o Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning knows that something’s brewing in the high society of Charleston—something other than her newest tea… The Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston’s favorite spot of tea, has just come out with its latest flavor: Gunpowder Green. Theodosia Browning cannot wait to hear its praises as it is unveiled at the annual yacht race. But when she hears the crack of an antique gun meant to end the race, a member of Charleston’s elite falls dead. Theodosia has a hunch that his demise was no accident—and will go out of her way to prove it. But if she doesn’t act fast, Theo will find herself in hot water with some boiling-mad Charlestonians—and more than a little gun-chai… Includes a delicious recipe and tea-making tips!


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Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning knows that something’s brewing in the high society of Charleston—something other than her newest tea… The Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston’s favorite spot of tea, has just come out with its latest flavor: Gunpowder Green. Theodosia Browning cannot wait to hear its praises as it is unveiled at the annual yacht race. But when she hears the crack o Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning knows that something’s brewing in the high society of Charleston—something other than her newest tea… The Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston’s favorite spot of tea, has just come out with its latest flavor: Gunpowder Green. Theodosia Browning cannot wait to hear its praises as it is unveiled at the annual yacht race. But when she hears the crack of an antique gun meant to end the race, a member of Charleston’s elite falls dead. Theodosia has a hunch that his demise was no accident—and will go out of her way to prove it. But if she doesn’t act fast, Theo will find herself in hot water with some boiling-mad Charlestonians—and more than a little gun-chai… Includes a delicious recipe and tea-making tips!

30 review for Gunpowder Green

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I really enjoyed this sweet and cozy second installment of the Tea Shop Mystery series, and being reunited with Theodosia, Haley, and Drayton to solve yet another "accidental death" that turns out to be murder. Light and breezy, Gunpowder Green reads much like its predecessor: you'll want a good cup of steaming tea and a scone while you read and eliminate the suspects one by one. I found this one easy to solve, but I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless. There's something about Childs' writing style tha I really enjoyed this sweet and cozy second installment of the Tea Shop Mystery series, and being reunited with Theodosia, Haley, and Drayton to solve yet another "accidental death" that turns out to be murder. Light and breezy, Gunpowder Green reads much like its predecessor: you'll want a good cup of steaming tea and a scone while you read and eliminate the suspects one by one. I found this one easy to solve, but I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless. There's something about Childs' writing style that is very soothing, even though she writes mysteries. There's still some suspense and anticipation in all the right spots, but overall this is as cozy as cozy gets! I love it though, and those recipes tacked on at the end are such a wonderful bonus.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Petersen

    Never would have guessed how this one would have ended and I love the recipes at the end of the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    This is the second book in the Tea Shop Mystery series that takes place in Charleston, South Carolina. I enjoy the setting in this book as well as its focus on the Tea Shop and the antique shops of old town Charleston. Once again tea shop owner, Theodosia, finds herself in the middle of a mysterious death. Oliver Dixon, one of the elderly socialites of the town, fires the finish gun at the local regatta, the gun explodes, and Oliver is dead. While most think it's just an accident, Theodosia feel This is the second book in the Tea Shop Mystery series that takes place in Charleston, South Carolina. I enjoy the setting in this book as well as its focus on the Tea Shop and the antique shops of old town Charleston. Once again tea shop owner, Theodosia, finds herself in the middle of a mysterious death. Oliver Dixon, one of the elderly socialites of the town, fires the finish gun at the local regatta, the gun explodes, and Oliver is dead. While most think it's just an accident, Theodosia feel sthat there has been foul play. Along with her employees, Drayton and Haley, twists and turns take them on an enjoyable sleuthing adventure as they try to determine if there was indeed a murder; and if so, who was behind it. A quick, easy to read cozy mystery.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I enjoyed my return to this cozy tea house in Charleston. I love the descriptions of the different teas that are interspersed throughout the story. I would visit this tea shop in a heart beat if I could. Also the idea of special tea events is so creative, especially the mystery tea. The characters are interesting, but I feel like we know nothing about them. I hope they get more developed as the series continues because I'm having a little bit of trouble connecting with them. The mystery was tric I enjoyed my return to this cozy tea house in Charleston. I love the descriptions of the different teas that are interspersed throughout the story. I would visit this tea shop in a heart beat if I could. Also the idea of special tea events is so creative, especially the mystery tea. The characters are interesting, but I feel like we know nothing about them. I hope they get more developed as the series continues because I'm having a little bit of trouble connecting with them. The mystery was tricky, but I had an idea about the true suspect from the day of the murder. (view spoiler)[ Giovanni seemed way too over the top compared to the other characters. Once someone mentioned that he had changed his name to sound fancier I just thought that was fishy. Also Theo totally forgot about him as a suspect. Also I knew something was going on with Billy and Booth because they both just seemed like serious hotheads. They also seemed a little over the top in their personalities and I suspected them of the murder also. I liked the Hercule Poirot-esque way she tried to trick the murderer and wish that had been set up in a little more detail. (hide spoiler)] Overall I enjoy this series, but don't love it....yet? I'm hoping as I get more invested in the characters I'll enjoy it more because the setting is wonderful and what drew me in.

  5. 5 out of 5

    KarenF

    Cute cozy mystery series. The tea information is fascinating and the descriptions of Charleston are wonderful. The mystery itself is engaging without be too taxing, pretty much what I expect from a cozy. My one issue is that the characters can be a bit too precious at times, but it's a minor irritant and easily glossed over to spend some time in the charming tea shop. Cute cozy mystery series. The tea information is fascinating and the descriptions of Charleston are wonderful. The mystery itself is engaging without be too taxing, pretty much what I expect from a cozy. My one issue is that the characters can be a bit too precious at times, but it's a minor irritant and easily glossed over to spend some time in the charming tea shop.

  6. 5 out of 5

    BLynne

    I enjoyed this book. Theodosia finds herself in another murder mystery where the murder was set up to look like a tragic accident. As a favor to a childhood friend she looks into the mystery and discovers the actual killer. I continue to enjoy the characters in this series and I'm looking forward to reading other books from this series. I enjoyed this book. Theodosia finds herself in another murder mystery where the murder was set up to look like a tragic accident. As a favor to a childhood friend she looks into the mystery and discovers the actual killer. I continue to enjoy the characters in this series and I'm looking forward to reading other books from this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danny Reid

    This sequel is tighter paced (bless her for having the murder happen in chapter 1), but Theodosia becomes even more ridiculously luminous and amazing, if such were possible. The mystery is again subsidiary to long sentences that are just lists of things, and the characters resist growth or introspection. It's basically Murder She Wrote plus tea, minus charm. This sequel is tighter paced (bless her for having the murder happen in chapter 1), but Theodosia becomes even more ridiculously luminous and amazing, if such were possible. The mystery is again subsidiary to long sentences that are just lists of things, and the characters resist growth or introspection. It's basically Murder She Wrote plus tea, minus charm.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Theodosia is more than happy to cater the al fresco tea and luncheon for the yacht club's annual race. She's planning on debuting her new tea selection, Gunpowder Green. And although the tea is a hit, something more sinister is, as well...one of Charleston's high society is killed in what first appears to be a freak accident...but was it? Theodosia is determined to get to the bottom of this bizarre occurrence, come what may, with the help of both Drayton, her master tea blender, and Haley, baker Theodosia is more than happy to cater the al fresco tea and luncheon for the yacht club's annual race. She's planning on debuting her new tea selection, Gunpowder Green. And although the tea is a hit, something more sinister is, as well...one of Charleston's high society is killed in what first appears to be a freak accident...but was it? Theodosia is determined to get to the bottom of this bizarre occurrence, come what may, with the help of both Drayton, her master tea blender, and Haley, baker extraordinaire. There are twists and turns aplenty in the excellent follow-up to the series' premier.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Parker

    I read this cozy mystery for a readers advisory course I’m taking as the genre is very much out of my wheel house. I greatly enjoyed Theodosia’s whit and tea knowledge throughout the story. I understand why people would continue to read about her sleuthing adventures. I don’t know if I’ll read any in the future but it was really nice change and The Indigo Tea Shop made such a lovely home base that it felt like I was truly there sipping tea and uncovering murderers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Bryant

    This is a so-so murder mystery; the attraction to this series is the Indigo Tea Shop and the rarified world of historical Charleston. I'll keep reading these because I really enjoy the tea references, the recipes (the Earl Grey Sorbet sounds wonderful!) and a glimpse at what certainly is an idealized version of life in great historical homes and gardens. Theodosia, her perfect tea shop, perfect dog, perfect apartment, etc. is starting to get on my nerves. This is a so-so murder mystery; the attraction to this series is the Indigo Tea Shop and the rarified world of historical Charleston. I'll keep reading these because I really enjoy the tea references, the recipes (the Earl Grey Sorbet sounds wonderful!) and a glimpse at what certainly is an idealized version of life in great historical homes and gardens. Theodosia, her perfect tea shop, perfect dog, perfect apartment, etc. is starting to get on my nerves.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Mundy

    The second book in the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs. A man is killed at a yacht club event and the suspected killer is his partner at work. Theodosia Browning promises the sister of the partner he is not guilty. And Theodosia is as good as her word. The reader learns interesting things about antique guns and what Garden Week in Charleston, South Carolina is like. Laura Child's books are good, light reading. The second book in the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs. A man is killed at a yacht club event and the suspected killer is his partner at work. Theodosia Browning promises the sister of the partner he is not guilty. And Theodosia is as good as her word. The reader learns interesting things about antique guns and what Garden Week in Charleston, South Carolina is like. Laura Child's books are good, light reading.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    A pretty good book. I enjoyed the idea for the mystery tea and it would be an enjoyable event. The mystery was well done and I didn't guess the killer until the reveal. We learned a little more about the characters and I'd like to continue reading more. A pretty good book. I enjoyed the idea for the mystery tea and it would be an enjoyable event. The mystery was well done and I didn't guess the killer until the reveal. We learned a little more about the characters and I'd like to continue reading more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Another intriguing mystery set in Charleston. The teas and themed teas sounded delicious and fun. I still like the main characters. They and their relationships make the story more interesting.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Pletcher

    A charming cozy mystery An entertaining and charming read! I’m enjoying this series immensely! Looking forward to the third book, Shades of Earl Grey!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Enjoyable series!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    Another solid mystery from the series. Not my favorite but still engaging.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Frenchie

    Tea & mystery - what else can you ask for?

  18. 4 out of 5

    cheryl holtman-mucci

    Fun read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robin Thomas

    These are nice little murder mysteries solved by the owner of a tea shop. My favorite character name is Delaine Dish who, of course, is the neighborhood gossip.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    A cute cozy mystery. The descriptions of the different settings make you feel as if you are there, even having tea and sandwiches along with the main characters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    This series is set in Charleston, SC. Theodosia Browning runs a tea shop. Her two assistants in the shop are helping her serve at the annual yacht race. When the boats are about to cross the finish line, the gun used to signal the race end explodes killing a prominent man. There are many suspects and a detective on the case, but Theo sets out to prove who committed the murder and almost gets killed herself. This is a new series for me. I am enjoying it since (1) I enjoy occasionally those cozies This series is set in Charleston, SC. Theodosia Browning runs a tea shop. Her two assistants in the shop are helping her serve at the annual yacht race. When the boats are about to cross the finish line, the gun used to signal the race end explodes killing a prominent man. There are many suspects and a detective on the case, but Theo sets out to prove who committed the murder and almost gets killed herself. This is a new series for me. I am enjoying it since (1) I enjoy occasionally those cozies which have recipes (which this one does) and (2) I like the idea of a tea break with sandwiches and pastries. I even like teas. Other than Theo, my favorite character is Drayton Connely who assists Theo along with baker Haley to solve the mystery. He acts a bit as an older protector for Theo and seems to be the one who paves the way for her among the society of Charleston. I will continue to read this series, partly for the background of Charleston and South Carolina low country and for the interplay of Theo and Detective Tidwell.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    3 1/2 stars would be more accurate. Once the mystery gets going, I really started to enjoy the story. The in between stuff can be a bit dull. I love the stuff about the tea and Charleston, but I feel that the author goes into so much detail just to prove that she knows all about tea and Charleston. Too easy to figure out the murderer. (view spoiler)[I thought that it was a little too easy to figure out who the murderer was. Child would say that a character had done something weird, just as many as 3 1/2 stars would be more accurate. Once the mystery gets going, I really started to enjoy the story. The in between stuff can be a bit dull. I love the stuff about the tea and Charleston, but I feel that the author goes into so much detail just to prove that she knows all about tea and Charleston. Too easy to figure out the murderer. (view spoiler)[I thought that it was a little too easy to figure out who the murderer was. Child would say that a character had done something weird, just as many as the other murder suspects had done, but he would repeatedly not become a murder suspect. Too obvious. Also there was all this nonsense with the tablecloth. It makes sense to analyze the substances found on it after the murder along with trying to figure out where those substances came from. But to not find blood on the tablecloth after the guy fell onto the tablecloth after he was "shot" is completely ridiculous. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Landry

    Childs’s Gunpowder Green was a delightful read, the second in the Tea Shop Mystery series. As with the first book, Theo has her friends and coworkers Drayton and Haley to help her investigate the sudden death of a well-to-do Charlestonian that occurred before their very eyes. It’s a rather typical mystery novel plot and is done well, but what draws me to the series is the setting and characters that Childs crafts. It makes me want to walk into the Indigo Tea Shop and have a cup of whatever new b Childs’s Gunpowder Green was a delightful read, the second in the Tea Shop Mystery series. As with the first book, Theo has her friends and coworkers Drayton and Haley to help her investigate the sudden death of a well-to-do Charlestonian that occurred before their very eyes. It’s a rather typical mystery novel plot and is done well, but what draws me to the series is the setting and characters that Childs crafts. It makes me want to walk into the Indigo Tea Shop and have a cup of whatever new blend or variety just came in while chatting with these likeable folks. A note, though – it was funny to read this book from 2002 and having the characters talking about PDAs as the latest new, up and coming technology while logging my progress on this book through my iPhone. What a difference ten years makes!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Absolutely fascinating, with two mysteries going on at the same time. Theodosia has got her work cut out for her if she's going to catch the killer and expose the others this time, because there are just so many darn suspects! Stop acting suspicious people, Theo is on to you! As always, the host of secondary characters rally around Theo as she investigates, each adding their own new dimension to things. She has the help and ear of Detective Tidwell, and thus a whole new range of information. It a Absolutely fascinating, with two mysteries going on at the same time. Theodosia has got her work cut out for her if she's going to catch the killer and expose the others this time, because there are just so many darn suspects! Stop acting suspicious people, Theo is on to you! As always, the host of secondary characters rally around Theo as she investigates, each adding their own new dimension to things. She has the help and ear of Detective Tidwell, and thus a whole new range of information. It adds even more color and complexity to the books. A really fun tea based cozy series, I'm definitely learning a lot about tea! I'm not really a tea drinker, but I've bought a packet of earl grey to combine with this series, and make it go down all the sweeter. Five stars!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series. I read this over 10 years ago and i still remember searching the library for the next book. The tea shop mysteries as well as the Scrapbooking mysteries were my go to books. Now that I am starting my book collection again I plan on buying the whole collection. Everything about it just got me wrapped up in protagonist Theo's Indigo Tea Shop, Drayton, and Haley. The authors description of charleston has made me want to live in the South. Own my o I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series. I read this over 10 years ago and i still remember searching the library for the next book. The tea shop mysteries as well as the Scrapbooking mysteries were my go to books. Now that I am starting my book collection again I plan on buying the whole collection. Everything about it just got me wrapped up in protagonist Theo's Indigo Tea Shop, Drayton, and Haley. The authors description of charleston has made me want to live in the South. Own my own tea shop/book store just like Theo. As for the mystery itself I found it intriguing, and well thought out. If you are looking for a light, fun read then this series fits the bill.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This woman sleuth happens to own a tea shop. Who knew there were so many different types of tea and ways to serve them? Not me, this series has taught me something there. Theo stays busy, busy, busy. But she always finds time to investigate the current murder. Each book delivers a cozy read for enjoyable entertainment. I liked this one, but not as much as some of the others in this series. These characters are like friends and its always great to see them again. Each book is able to stand on its . This woman sleuth happens to own a tea shop. Who knew there were so many different types of tea and ways to serve them? Not me, this series has taught me something there. Theo stays busy, busy, busy. But she always finds time to investigate the current murder. Each book delivers a cozy read for enjoyable entertainment. I liked this one, but not as much as some of the others in this series. These characters are like friends and its always great to see them again. Each book is able to stand on its own and deliver an HEA, which is an important attribute in a series when I chose to read it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Writerlibrarian

    Much better paced and written than the first novel in the series. The writing is crispier, the characters are more three dimensional. Childs shows more tells less. Theo finds herself investigating the "accidental" death of one's of Charleston's rich and famous man. The poor man died over one's of Theo catering table cloth. Childs also found a way to bring alive Charleston's historical district without falling into the book/guide travel trap. Interesting mystery and interesting characters will ke Much better paced and written than the first novel in the series. The writing is crispier, the characters are more three dimensional. Childs shows more tells less. Theo finds herself investigating the "accidental" death of one's of Charleston's rich and famous man. The poor man died over one's of Theo catering table cloth. Childs also found a way to bring alive Charleston's historical district without falling into the book/guide travel trap. Interesting mystery and interesting characters will keep me reading this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    The second in the series of Tea Shop mysteries. Theodosia Browning is the tea shop owner and amateur sleuth. A really good "cozy" mystery. The descriptions of Charleston SC are wonderfully expressive and you can almost feel the breezes and see the dogwood blossoms opening. The characters are well developed and quite an array of them. A quick and satisfactory read. However, you will come away with an intense desire for a good cup of tea! I am looking forward to reading the entire series. The second in the series of Tea Shop mysteries. Theodosia Browning is the tea shop owner and amateur sleuth. A really good "cozy" mystery. The descriptions of Charleston SC are wonderfully expressive and you can almost feel the breezes and see the dogwood blossoms opening. The characters are well developed and quite an array of them. A quick and satisfactory read. However, you will come away with an intense desire for a good cup of tea! I am looking forward to reading the entire series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    So-so. I read the first book in this series years ago. Now I understand why I wasn't anxious to get back to the series. It is not a bad book, just not one that made me want to keep reading. If you liked #1, you'll probably like this one. This series is just not my cup of tea (pun only secondarily intended.) So-so. I read the first book in this series years ago. Now I understand why I wasn't anxious to get back to the series. It is not a bad book, just not one that made me want to keep reading. If you liked #1, you'll probably like this one. This series is just not my cup of tea (pun only secondarily intended.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Another one of her tea shop mysteries, which are cute. At a Charleston sailing race, a man is killed when he fires an antique gun. Theodosia, the owner of the tea shop, lauches her own investigation when it seems the cops aren't getting anywhere. Another one of her tea shop mysteries, which are cute. At a Charleston sailing race, a man is killed when he fires an antique gun. Theodosia, the owner of the tea shop, lauches her own investigation when it seems the cops aren't getting anywhere.

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