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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is catering a Charleston benefit, a "Ghost Crawl" through Jasmine Cemetery, when the organizer drops dead—and it looks like foul play. Theodosia stirs things up with her own investigation, and gets into hot water up to her neck.


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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is catering a Charleston benefit, a "Ghost Crawl" through Jasmine Cemetery, when the organizer drops dead—and it looks like foul play. Theodosia stirs things up with her own investigation, and gets into hot water up to her neck.

30 review for The Jasmine Moon Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    One of the better "cafe" cozies. And I do love the tea tips.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    **This really deserves 2 and a half stars.** I don't know why I keep putting myself through the trouble of reading these books. I really don't. Cons --I knew who the murderer was from the second the character was introduced. --The author cannot write dialogue at all. No one talks like these characters do. She uses first names way too much. --The setting of the tea shop gets in the way of the story. Even though, I knew who the murderer was, the story in and of itself was fairly interesting. And I do **This really deserves 2 and a half stars.** I don't know why I keep putting myself through the trouble of reading these books. I really don't. Cons --I knew who the murderer was from the second the character was introduced. --The author cannot write dialogue at all. No one talks like these characters do. She uses first names way too much. --The setting of the tea shop gets in the way of the story. Even though, I knew who the murderer was, the story in and of itself was fairly interesting. And I do understand that the tea shop is the crux of the series, so as a reader, I know that I'm going to hear a lot about it, but it is beyond ridiculous. Its like the author is trying to prove to the reader that she knows everything about tea. For example, after being asked which tea should a character (who happens to be a tea master and blender) choose, we are given a full description of both teas instead of just picking one. The tea master doesn't need to know the description of the teas cause he already knows it. And if this sort of thing were to happen once in awhile then it would totally be okay, its part of the charm of being set in a tea shop, but its not okay when it is happening on every other page. Pros --I do love that it is set in a tea shop. There are times in the story where its appropriate and it is very charming. I wish that there was a tea shop like that where I live. --The story in and of itself is pretty good. --The characters are likeable. --The food that Haley cooks sounds wonderful, so I'm really pleased that they provide the recipes in the back of the book. --I love the fact that it is set in Charleston. Reading these books is what made me want to vacation there and is why my husband and I chose to honeymoon there. Its a lovely place and I like to be reminded of it. Odd thing --So the author takes places and events that actually exist and happen in Charleston and changes their names. I don't know why. She mentions Charleston having their famed Lamplighter Tours every year. This famed event doesn't exist. There is an event that fits the description in everything but the name, so I don't know why she doesn't use the actual name of the tour. The cemetery at the beginning of the story doesn't actually exist as far as I can tell. But there are cemeteries in Charleston that fit the bill. Why not use one of those? --The author likes to give characters names taken from Charleston landmarks. For example, Drayton appears to be named for Drayton Hall (one of my favorite stops in Charleston). As far as I can tell, she doesn't do this a bunch in the Tea Shop Mysteries and it doesn't annoy me, but it really bothered me when I read a couple of her Scrapbooking Mysteries (which is set in New Orleans, where I'm from, so I am familiar with all of the references). And because I'm a glutton for punishment, I will probably keep reading the series, but I really have to space them out.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    During a ghost walk at the Jasmine Cemetery, Theodosia and the crew of the Indigo Tea Shop are serving up tea and treats to spectators when tragedy occurs. The uncle of Theo's boyfriend stumbles into the show, collapsing, and dying in her arms. Knowing Theo's sleuthing skills, her boyfriend, Jory, asks her to look into the murder and try to find the person responsible for his uncle's death. Little do they know the dangers Theo and others will face during the course of the investigation. Like the During a ghost walk at the Jasmine Cemetery, Theodosia and the crew of the Indigo Tea Shop are serving up tea and treats to spectators when tragedy occurs. The uncle of Theo's boyfriend stumbles into the show, collapsing, and dying in her arms. Knowing Theo's sleuthing skills, her boyfriend, Jory, asks her to look into the murder and try to find the person responsible for his uncle's death. Little do they know the dangers Theo and others will face during the course of the investigation. Like the other books in this series, "The Jasmine Moon Murder" is filled with intrigue and the prerequisite red herrings. It is indeed the classic formulaic mystery novel. If you're very familiar with the genre, it will be easy to spot the culprit from the moment they're introduced. Still, it is a fun and interesting read. One final note I must make. Ms. Childs makes a comment in the first half of the book about Theo mixing a special kibble for her dog Earl Grey. This special kibble includes raisins, and I must say that I feel this is irresponsible and dangerous. Raisins are toxic to dogs and cause kidney failure. I do wish that Ms. Childs and her editors would remove that from the book as it is an unnecessary bit anyway. I would hate to think of any readers mixing this same kibble for their own pets.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    I have a soft heart for this series, even though I have never failed to identify the killers -- usually the moment they are introduced. Childs is transparent as glass in the choice of her killers. The dialogue is a little too formal, and the grammar is AWFUL. I have never read such poorly edited books. Besides the terrible grammar, there is almost always a misspelled name somewhere. But. BUT. I love this series! I really adore the tea shop, food descriptions, tea lore, the descriptions of Charle I have a soft heart for this series, even though I have never failed to identify the killers -- usually the moment they are introduced. Childs is transparent as glass in the choice of her killers. The dialogue is a little too formal, and the grammar is AWFUL. I have never read such poorly edited books. Besides the terrible grammar, there is almost always a misspelled name somewhere. But. BUT. I love this series! I really adore the tea shop, food descriptions, tea lore, the descriptions of Charleston, and the characters. Hayley and Drayton, in particular, are utterly charming. Theodosia is fun, but she's so "perfect" it makes me roll my eyes sometimes, especially when she's trying to be humble about it. But I do like her a great deal. So, while the series is poorly written and completely transparent, it remains one of my favorite cozy mystery series around. Odd, but there you have it! Jasmine Moon Murder is a little better than some, a little worse than others, but this was the first one I read and it hooked me. I loved the cemetery descriptions, the drama, and the autumn setting. Overall, a nice book that is whip-quick to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I've read all of the books in this series about Theodosia Browning, who owns a quaint teashop in Charleston, South Carolina. I love the interesting tidbits that the author gives about the Low Country and tea in general. The books have piqued my interest in visiting the Historic District in Charleston and roaming around the cobblestone streets.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    Another mystery solved! Love this cozy mystery series! I did note once concern though and it was pretty early on in the book. Theodosia writes about feeding her dog a “trail mix”. This mix include raisins which can be quite toxic to dogs. So while there are recipes shared in here that look quite yummy, the dog trail mix should be skipped.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    There's a body at the Cemetery Crawl...and no, it isn't one of the expected ones. It is one of the organizers, a well-respected man, and Theodosia's sweetie's uncle! Of course Theodosia is going to do everything possible to find the culprit, regardless of the danger...and danger, there certainly is!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This takes place in the lovely city of Charleston. It involves a murder, a ghost crawl, a hunt/ride, and a tour of homes, Lamplighter Tour. The mystery was okay. I thought it would end differently. I liked the teas and food; they are still my favorite things about this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Ferriter

    Another great Tea Shop mystery. A lot of characters to consider but only one is the murderer. Mrs. Childs definitely knows how to keep one guessing!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Listen I am obsessed with tea and would do anything for a cozy series about tea.......but Laura Childs writes like a jackass. Literally the most atrocious dialogue I've ever read in my entire life (and I suffered through Jade Street Protection Services). I gave her five books to fix her dialogue but everyone still sound like assholes. I hate every character in this book because her trash dialogue makes them all sound like they deserve a punch in the face. Except maybe the baker, she's fine. But t Listen I am obsessed with tea and would do anything for a cozy series about tea.......but Laura Childs writes like a jackass. Literally the most atrocious dialogue I've ever read in my entire life (and I suffered through Jade Street Protection Services). I gave her five books to fix her dialogue but everyone still sound like assholes. I hate every character in this book because her trash dialogue makes them all sound like they deserve a punch in the face. Except maybe the baker, she's fine. But the author makes the older characters talk down towards her so condescendingly?? Hayley deserves better than Theodora and Laura Childs' thinly veiled attempt at making Drayton the flamboyant gay friend trope that straight women are obsessed w for some gross reason Bailed after five attempts that were just wastes of my time. I deserve a better tea-themed cozy mystery than what this series is.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I enjoy the Tea Shop mysteries. I don't drink tea, I don't understand about half the descriptions of the tea, but the mysteries are fun and I enjoy Theo, Haley and Drayton - the are fun characters. This time around Theo gets involved in the murder of her current beau's uncle. She must find out if it has something to do with the local theatre, the historical society or the business that Uncle Jasper worked for - which leaves her with a wide cast of potential suspects. There is a cool scene with a f I enjoy the Tea Shop mysteries. I don't drink tea, I don't understand about half the descriptions of the tea, but the mysteries are fun and I enjoy Theo, Haley and Drayton - the are fun characters. This time around Theo gets involved in the murder of her current beau's uncle. She must find out if it has something to do with the local theatre, the historical society or the business that Uncle Jasper worked for - which leaves her with a wide cast of potential suspects. There is a cool scene with a fox hunt (minus the living foxes) and another set in a cemetery that is spooky. I'm way behind on this series so am working to catch up - and I'll enjoy every minute of it.

  12. 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. Although it was not exceptional, it was entertaining. Each book is able to stand on its own and deliver an HEA, which is an important attribute in a series when I . 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. Although it was not exceptional, it was entertaining. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    Although I find the mystery gets lost a bit in all the other things going on, I am charmed by the tea shop, LOVE all the descriptions of the teas, teapots, and tea foods. I enjoy reading the recipes, and some of them I want to try. I LOVE tea, in almost any form, so while the mystery is good, what I really enjoyed in this book was the description of the tea and chocolate truffles, some of the tea sandwiches, mmmmmmm, makes me hungry!

  14. 4 out of 5

    BLynne

    Theodosia finds herself involved in resolving the murder of Jasper, her boyfriend Jory's uncle. As she accumulates a list of suspects she discovers that there are more involved with Jasper then what she thought. I liked how I was not really able to figure out who the murder was until it was actually reveiled in towards the end. I felt that it was a good twist. I do like this series and plan to continue reading it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Marie

    Hmm, I'm not sure I like where Theodosia's character development is going. She's starting to get a big head after solving a few murders. I noticed this happens a lot with the younger sleuths. I hope Childs doesn't make her worse. The murderers are also becoming very obvious. It's always the person who seems a little off.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Book #47 read in 2011 This book seemed less about the mystery and droned on about the tea shop. I understand the background of the characters is important, but in a mystery novel, the mystery should be more prominent.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ilka

    I love the bits of tea trivia and the character's tea shop but something about the author's style makes it very hard for me to picture the people in this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Mclaren

    Honestly, there are times I wonder how Theodosia Browning, Laura Childs' enterprising tea shop owner and amateur sleuth, can run a business. How can she run a business with only herself and two employees, while donating herself and her employees and her product at a charity event, dating her boyfriend or sleuthing? I guess that is one of those questions that you are not supposed to think about when reading an enjoyable cozy mystery. So once again, the story starts as Theo and her employees are se Honestly, there are times I wonder how Theodosia Browning, Laura Childs' enterprising tea shop owner and amateur sleuth, can run a business. How can she run a business with only herself and two employees, while donating herself and her employees and her product at a charity event, dating her boyfriend or sleuthing? I guess that is one of those questions that you are not supposed to think about when reading an enjoyable cozy mystery. So once again, the story starts as Theo and her employees are serving tea and baked goods at a Ghost Crawl through the grounds of a historic cemetery. The charity event is sponsored by Charleston's Medical Triad, of which her boyfriend's Uncle Jasper, is a part. All seems to be going well and the evening is drawing to a close when who should make an appearance? Uncle Jasper, who proceeds to fall down dead! While everyone is shocked and stunned, Theo heads towards the stage and steps on the first clue - a syringe - which she has the presence of mind to grab with a napkin, hence not adding her fingerprints! Soon the police are on hand and Theo has been admonished to not snoop into the murder. Five minutes later — if that long — she agrees to look into it for her boyfriend, Jory. So what is a woman to do? She tries to keep both boyfriend and police detective happy and gets herself deep into the case. There's plenty to keep Theo and her assorted staff, friends, etc., busy in this tale — all served with the tasty bakery goods and teas served up along with this story. And while its not great reading, it is fun.

  19. 5 out of 5

    N Reads

    Number 5 in the cozy Tea Shop Mystery series. I thoroughly enjoy this series. It's a quick read, and unlike a lot of reviewers here, I didn't know who the killer was until the very end. Charleston sounds charming. I would love a tea shop somewhere near me that had such an extensive variety of teas and also someone who knew something about them. There used to be one on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, but only sold pre-packaged tins. But I digress.... A murder committed in a cemetery during a live perfor Number 5 in the cozy Tea Shop Mystery series. I thoroughly enjoy this series. It's a quick read, and unlike a lot of reviewers here, I didn't know who the killer was until the very end. Charleston sounds charming. I would love a tea shop somewhere near me that had such an extensive variety of teas and also someone who knew something about them. There used to be one on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, but only sold pre-packaged tins. But I digress.... A murder committed in a cemetery during a live performance was intriguing. But geeze, did it HAVE to be her boyfriends uncle, of all people? I enjoy most of the characters, except Delaine. False friend, she is. And sometimes Theodosia can be a bit stupid: someone shoots at her and she isn't concerned. Overall, though, a great book with characters that seem to come to life for me. HEADS UP, LAURA CHILDS. Before you give out dog food recipes, make sure the ingredients are ones that dogs can eat. The granola Theodosia feeds her dog has raisins, made from grapes. Dogs should NEVER eat this food as it can be incredibly toxic to them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Book 5 in the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs begins with the first ever Ghost Crawl fund-raiser in Charleston's Jasmine Cemetery. Theodosia and her staff from the Indigo Tea Shop are catering the event as a favor to Theodosia's boyfriend Jory Davis' Uncle Jasper. Jasper is a prominent member in the field of angioplasty. But before the night is over, Jasper staggers, collapses, and dies! Of course, Theodosia agrees to help Jory figure out who killed his uncle. As she investigates, she di Book 5 in the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs begins with the first ever Ghost Crawl fund-raiser in Charleston's Jasmine Cemetery. Theodosia and her staff from the Indigo Tea Shop are catering the event as a favor to Theodosia's boyfriend Jory Davis' Uncle Jasper. Jasper is a prominent member in the field of angioplasty. But before the night is over, Jasper staggers, collapses, and dies! Of course, Theodosia agrees to help Jory figure out who killed his uncle. As she investigates, she discovers several possible suspects. I smiled when I read, "I found the perfect silver tags online from a little scrapbook shop in New Orleans called Memory Mine." This is a reference to the Scrapbooking Mystery series that Laura Childs writes! I really enjoy this mystery series. Theodosia, Haley, Drayton, and Delaine are wonderful characters. I plan to keep reading this series to see what they get up to!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kest Schwartzman

    I don't know if it's better to think that Laura Childs absolutely CANNOT write dialogue, or to imagine, with much laughter, that she actually talks like this. I'm not gonna pull a quote, because every single exchange, thoughout, is the same weird, stilted, not-at-all-how-humans talk language. None of these characters pass the Turing test. The plot, also, is... well, it's absurd. Childs seems to subscribe to the school of generating suspense by not deciding, even privately, who committed the murd I don't know if it's better to think that Laura Childs absolutely CANNOT write dialogue, or to imagine, with much laughter, that she actually talks like this. I'm not gonna pull a quote, because every single exchange, thoughout, is the same weird, stilted, not-at-all-how-humans talk language. None of these characters pass the Turing test. The plot, also, is... well, it's absurd. Childs seems to subscribe to the school of generating suspense by not deciding, even privately, who committed the murder until the last chapter, when I can only assume she used a random number generator to make the decision. Why am I, despite this, giving the book five stars? Because it was never MEANT to be good. It was meant to be the exact thing it is. It succeeded in its goal. It is the perfect thing to read, while giggling, on the front porch of a vacation home, with a pot of tea.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    It took a long time to read this book because I wanted to anything else but open it. Not a fan of it dragging on in places, and it seemed to be just conversations at times, but once I was past the 3/4-way mark, it picked up, and got me interested enough to complete the tale. I did like the tea shop, the blends mentioned, and the recipes in the back. Theo seems like someone I might like, but this book didn't show her in the best light; she was the main character, but it didn't feel that way to me It took a long time to read this book because I wanted to anything else but open it. Not a fan of it dragging on in places, and it seemed to be just conversations at times, but once I was past the 3/4-way mark, it picked up, and got me interested enough to complete the tale. I did like the tea shop, the blends mentioned, and the recipes in the back. Theo seems like someone I might like, but this book didn't show her in the best light; she was the main character, but it didn't feel that way to me, at times; she felt slightly off center, as if the focus should be more on the events, tea, and food. I have a few other books in this series, and will give them a try, but this was kind of a dud for me. Three stars for the tea & recipes. PS: There were no graphic death or sex scenes, nor cussing, in this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reba

    So, I am in a bit of a quandry. There are things about this series I really like. The setting, all the info on tea, etc. I even like a lot of the characters. However, I find myself visibly cringing at the tone-deaf Southern-ness of it all. The abiding love and honor for the Confederate cause, the slang that you know needs to be checked. However, I'm quite sure that this book is authentic to life in the South. And, I can't fault the author for this representation that I am sure rings true. It jus So, I am in a bit of a quandry. There are things about this series I really like. The setting, all the info on tea, etc. I even like a lot of the characters. However, I find myself visibly cringing at the tone-deaf Southern-ness of it all. The abiding love and honor for the Confederate cause, the slang that you know needs to be checked. However, I'm quite sure that this book is authentic to life in the South. And, I can't fault the author for this representation that I am sure rings true. It just makes me uncomfortable. And, I struggle with this. Should this keep me from reading the series? Obviously, this is a question that only I can answer.

  24. 5 out of 5

    JLJ

    '' On top of all that, a teapot's simply got to have personality. '' - Theodosia Browning This is the first entry I read in the Tea Shop Mysteries series and like Theodosia's treasured tea pots, I found it full of personality. The main character is headstrong and smart, the supporting cast is filled with colourful characters and the story is sprinkled with interesting tidbits of tea lore and original recipes. The mystery itself personally kept me guessing even though all the other amateur sleuths '' On top of all that, a teapot's simply got to have personality. '' - Theodosia Browning This is the first entry I read in the Tea Shop Mysteries series and like Theodosia's treasured tea pots, I found it full of personality. The main character is headstrong and smart, the supporting cast is filled with colourful characters and the story is sprinkled with interesting tidbits of tea lore and original recipes. The mystery itself personally kept me guessing even though all the other amateur sleuths found the identity of the culprit to be painfully obvious. All in all, it's a short and cozy mystery novel to be enjoyed with a steaming cup of tea!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I enjoy the tea shop mysteries. I like to drink tea and eat baked goods so the background of interesting teas and yummy sounding treats appeals to me! The fact that there is a murder to solve gives the characters something to do and a problem to solve. In this book, an inventor and philanthropist is killed by syringe. He happens to be the uncle of Theodosia Browning's boyfriend and she promises to look into the murder. The police ask her to stay out of it, of course, but when does that ever stop I enjoy the tea shop mysteries. I like to drink tea and eat baked goods so the background of interesting teas and yummy sounding treats appeals to me! The fact that there is a murder to solve gives the characters something to do and a problem to solve. In this book, an inventor and philanthropist is killed by syringe. He happens to be the uncle of Theodosia Browning's boyfriend and she promises to look into the murder. The police ask her to stay out of it, of course, but when does that ever stop a nosy sleuth? The characters are fun and this time I may try one of the recipes in the back. I have read several of Laura Childs' mysteries and I recommend them to cozy mystery readers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Judine Brey

    I wish Jory Davis would hurry up and propose to Theodosia Browning. Maybe then he wouldn't be so quick to ask her to "look into" his uncle's murder. It just seems to needlessly put her into dangerous situations. Drayton and Haley are at their finest and there are moments of their interactions with Theo that are laugh-out-loud funny. That said, my problem with this book series is the same problem I have with most series like this: How many dead bodies can Theo "happen upon" in Charleston? Is the I wish Jory Davis would hurry up and propose to Theodosia Browning. Maybe then he wouldn't be so quick to ask her to "look into" his uncle's murder. It just seems to needlessly put her into dangerous situations. Drayton and Haley are at their finest and there are moments of their interactions with Theo that are laugh-out-loud funny. That said, my problem with this book series is the same problem I have with most series like this: How many dead bodies can Theo "happen upon" in Charleston? Is the city really that big? Is she that unlucky? I'm nitpicking, but that's what comes to mind.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley Cornwell

    I continue to enjoy this series. This addition is no exception. Theo continues to a compelling sleuth and her relationship with Jory is deepening. Hilary and Drayton are an essential part of the story and crime solving, if not in actually practice then in support. Learning about tea continues to be an interesting side benefit of the series. After finishing this book, I actually went into an independent tea shop in my city and enjoyed a delightful Japanese Sencha. Sadly, the clerk hadn't heard of I continue to enjoy this series. This addition is no exception. Theo continues to a compelling sleuth and her relationship with Jory is deepening. Hilary and Drayton are an essential part of the story and crime solving, if not in actually practice then in support. Learning about tea continues to be an interesting side benefit of the series. After finishing this book, I actually went into an independent tea shop in my city and enjoyed a delightful Japanese Sencha. Sadly, the clerk hadn't heard of the series and I encourage her to check it out!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    An unusual Charleston Society benefit, a Ghost Crawl, takes place in the Jasmine Cemetery with tea and sweets from the Indigo Tea Shop. Unfortunately, Jory's uncle, Dr. Jasper Davis, is killed during the event. He was injected with fentanyl. Dr. Davis was a medical researcher working on something to replace conventional angioplasty. Was the murderer one of his colleagues that he argued with, the wife he had not gotten around to divorcing, or someone angry that his company was not currently fundi An unusual Charleston Society benefit, a Ghost Crawl, takes place in the Jasmine Cemetery with tea and sweets from the Indigo Tea Shop. Unfortunately, Jory's uncle, Dr. Jasper Davis, is killed during the event. He was injected with fentanyl. Dr. Davis was a medical researcher working on something to replace conventional angioplasty. Was the murderer one of his colleagues that he argued with, the wife he had not gotten around to divorcing, or someone angry that his company was not currently funding charity organizations? Can Theodosia solve this case for Jory and provide him an answer?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen Sarti

    Somehow, I already lost interest in this cozy mystery series. I was wondering about it a bit since the murder mysteries are well thought through, but then realised that the too naive, too southern-nice sleuth grates on my nerves. When reading, she always sounds like a 50 or 60 years old lady from the South, and then you'll get reminded that she is indeed supposed to be in her early 30s. I also really like the teashop environment, the recipes and tea talk. Just not enough to stick with these book Somehow, I already lost interest in this cozy mystery series. I was wondering about it a bit since the murder mysteries are well thought through, but then realised that the too naive, too southern-nice sleuth grates on my nerves. When reading, she always sounds like a 50 or 60 years old lady from the South, and then you'll get reminded that she is indeed supposed to be in her early 30s. I also really like the teashop environment, the recipes and tea talk. Just not enough to stick with these books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Mundy

    This was the first book I have read in "A Tea Shop Mystery" by Laura Childs. The book is set in Charleston, South Carolina. The main character, Theo Browning, owns a tea shop. In this particular book, her boyfriend's uncle is murdered. I enjoyed the twists throughout the book that kept one guessing. Reading this book caused me to want to read the first book in the series, "Death by Darjeeling". Actually, I'd like to read all the books in the series.

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