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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater—but there's more than champagne bubbling… Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple's arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater—but there's more than champagne bubbling… Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple's arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette—is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that trouble is brewing. But when she goes to the authorities, they treat her like she's been reading tea leaves—and that's the surest way to put Theodosia's kettle on the boil…


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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater—but there's more than champagne bubbling… Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple's arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater—but there's more than champagne bubbling… Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple's arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette—is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that trouble is brewing. But when she goes to the authorities, they treat her like she's been reading tea leaves—and that's the surest way to put Theodosia's kettle on the boil…

30 review for Shades of Earl Grey

  1. 4 out of 5

    C.

    “Shades Of Earl Grey ”, 2003, is from Laura Child’s series: introduced with the twenty-first century. The covers are pretty and although not a tea nut, I loaded up on her novels; before clueing into “standard mysteries” as the genre more to my tastes. I read these gradually and liked volume 1. The second was not as good and it is not opportune to take up the third, now that I have little patience for all but the best authors quantifying the “cozy mystery” tone. Nevertheless, I believe a two-star “Shades Of Earl Grey ”, 2003, is from Laura Child’s series: introduced with the twenty-first century. The covers are pretty and although not a tea nut, I loaded up on her novels; before clueing into “standard mysteries” as the genre more to my tastes. I read these gradually and liked volume 1. The second was not as good and it is not opportune to take up the third, now that I have little patience for all but the best authors quantifying the “cozy mystery” tone. Nevertheless, I believe a two-star grade is justified for the following reasons. I will dodge details that should be surprises. I had just been riveted by a “Tradd Street” standard mystery and was in the mood to continue visiting Charleston, South Carolina. Karen White immerses us through the mannerisms and homes of characters’ families and friends. Laura unloads details in the frowned upon tactic of “telling”. It disconnects readers from perceiving a personal tour. Every character sparked a paragraph about who they are and how they look, the same as places of interest. It got so I groaned at each entrance and took a break, to skim books I am keener to read! I like originality, therefore was content for the plot to be about theft. We are kept guessing about the thief and I liked learning about tea. The shop’s atmosphere and stewardship is one thing that translates very well. However, the suspense and presence of the mystery were not dominant and balanced enough to make the novel compelling. Laura’s information dump narrating style came out as amateur monologues; not least, pushing the silly term “cat burger”. However, three stars were my intention; until Laura sank to that pointless cliché: a dumb excuse to not boldly use one’s cell phone to contact the police.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    My third tea shop mystery. They are growing on me. Tea is much more complicated than I expected and actually more complicated than I care to know; but I do enjoy the interplay of the main character with her staff at the shop. Mysteries are fairly light, but complicated enough to make them interesting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    BLynne

    This is the third book the A Tea Shop Mystery and I found it just as enjoyable as the first two in the series. Theodosia finds herself investigating what appears to be an accidental murder and cat burglar roaming around in the historic district. This was a fun read and I'm sure that I will continue to read books from this series. This is the third book the A Tea Shop Mystery and I found it just as enjoyable as the first two in the series. Theodosia finds herself investigating what appears to be an accidental murder and cat burglar roaming around in the historic district. This was a fun read and I'm sure that I will continue to read books from this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This one is just before Halloween, and it didn't feel like a Halloween story, which I liked, and it involves a death and several thefts. The culprit was a surprise, and the way that person was caught was also a surprise. I still like the characters, and it was nice that Earl Grey, Theodosia's dog, was in this story more than the previous books. I liked the teas and food in this book, too. There was a lot of Charleston history in this book, which I enjoyed. This one is just before Halloween, and it didn't feel like a Halloween story, which I liked, and it involves a death and several thefts. The culprit was a surprise, and the way that person was caught was also a surprise. I still like the characters, and it was nice that Earl Grey, Theodosia's dog, was in this story more than the previous books. I liked the teas and food in this book, too. There was a lot of Charleston history in this book, which I enjoyed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This series is definitely growing on me with time. I like the characters more and more with each book, though I still feel like I don't know much about them. Hopefully the author shares more about their background with us in future books (I know I've said that before). I love how Theo's dog Earl Grey was featured more in this book and I hope she is smart enough to keep him with her more as she goes sleuthing. They are doing more fun things at the tea shop and I love reading about the different e This series is definitely growing on me with time. I like the characters more and more with each book, though I still feel like I don't know much about them. Hopefully the author shares more about their background with us in future books (I know I've said that before). I love how Theo's dog Earl Grey was featured more in this book and I hope she is smart enough to keep him with her more as she goes sleuthing. They are doing more fun things at the tea shop and I love reading about the different events they plan and attend. This book focused more on the world of antiques and collectors items, which I enjoyed learning about. There are always tidbits about the historic section of downtown Charleston and it's quickly becoming a place I hope to visit again. As for the mystery, I enjoyed the hunt, but (view spoiler)[ didn't suspect anyone that Theo suspected. That's probably just me knowing that in cozy mysteries, it's almost NEVER someone that the sleuth suspects. But also none of them felt like the right fit. I was, however, surprised by the culprit (I should have been more suspicious of all the help and attention she was giving Theo who she had recently met. (hide spoiler)] I enjoy this series and will definitely continue on.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Novella

    This series is upbeat and written in a positive tone a fun read, although catering to the cream of society, there is a lot of schmoozing that eventually becomes tiresome. Theodosia and the gang at the Indigo Tea Shop work hard and I like that they are always at the shop working for the most part and not leaving others there to handle the business. Most of what they get involved in takes place at a functions they are hired to cater, again working but involved which makes their involvement realist This series is upbeat and written in a positive tone a fun read, although catering to the cream of society, there is a lot of schmoozing that eventually becomes tiresome. Theodosia and the gang at the Indigo Tea Shop work hard and I like that they are always at the shop working for the most part and not leaving others there to handle the business. Most of what they get involved in takes place at a functions they are hired to cater, again working but involved which makes their involvement realistic. I think I enjoyed the first two books better than this one. It was hard to envision how the crime happened, the way it was explained, and how the murderer got away so quickly if he did indeed escape the way they suppose. Whenever I read a plot like this, it seems less logically interesting and we are supposed to accept it and move on, so I end up feeling like the basis for the plot is shaky at best. Thoedosia, Drayton, and the staff at the shop are true to character and have good chemistry. These books have an elegant if not eloquent feel but I was surprised by a sudden downturn in chapter fifteen, pg. 148, where Graham Carmody (not part of the usual book characters) thinks to himself, get his **** ready for tomorrow. So much for the eloquence up to that point, it's a little jarring to shift gears like that. Even though he is a written in character, surely he can be in keeping with the feel of the writing and not dumb down to compromise his character. This is where a writer can find a creative way to show how they can be consistent in keeping us the reader at that level we enjoy so much and not just give in to what we are exposed to in society today. There is lots of tea talk and bits of interesting info the reader can pick up as well as recipes. Overall I have enjoyed this series so far.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb Sharp

    One of the first books I read in this great series! I love the charactrs and the way they conect with each other.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maiju

    not sure if the book really is worth three stars but the descriptions of tea made were so wonderful, I gave it anyway.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Theodosia Browning owns and operates Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina. She has also been known to dabble in solving crimes. While Theo never goes out looking for trouble, she always seems to find it. While attending an engagement party for the niece of an acquaintance Theo is witness to a shocking accident. When the engagement ring, a family heirloom of royal proportion, goes missing, Theo and her business associate and friend Drayton are asked to search for it. She ponders the even Theodosia Browning owns and operates Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina. She has also been known to dabble in solving crimes. While Theo never goes out looking for trouble, she always seems to find it. While attending an engagement party for the niece of an acquaintance Theo is witness to a shocking accident. When the engagement ring, a family heirloom of royal proportion, goes missing, Theo and her business associate and friend Drayton are asked to search for it. She ponders the events of the evening and believes that this is no accident. As Theo learns of more item of value that have gone missing she begins to look into what is going on in her neighborhood a bit more closely. She is so concerned that she shares what she learns with Detective Tidwell. He soon begins to share Theo’s suspicions. This is the third book in the Tea Shop Mystery series. While I have enjoyed each one, and recommend them, I find that I take longer to read them than I would expect. The plot moves steadily, so I am not putting it down for lack of action. The characters are developed nicely. In this book though I found a lack of closure with regards to two characters. Perhaps that is because I read more into their involvement in the story than I should have. I will probably read the next book in the series. I find the setting to be interesting and that is one of the things that keeps drawing me back to the books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Petersen

    This was a keeping me on the edge of my seat sort of cozy mystery and I absolutely adored it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Enjoyable read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Marie

    Welp, I'm officially done with this series. Theodosia is one of those amateur sleuths, you know, the kind who run into danger without thinking things through. There's a scene where she chases a dark figure out of the hospital, a figure who could possibly be a thief and murderer. She even brings her dog along in hopes he will stop the person. Not all dogs can be attack dogs. I couldn't believe she would do something so reckless, something that could have gotten her or her dog hurt. She's also tre Welp, I'm officially done with this series. Theodosia is one of those amateur sleuths, you know, the kind who run into danger without thinking things through. There's a scene where she chases a dark figure out of the hospital, a figure who could possibly be a thief and murderer. She even brings her dog along in hopes he will stop the person. Not all dogs can be attack dogs. I couldn't believe she would do something so reckless, something that could have gotten her or her dog hurt. She's also trekking dangerously close to smug territory. Just because you solved two previous cases doesn't make you superior to the detective. The tea shop aspect is also what bugs me. Running a small business is tough work with lots of struggles. I've never run a business and even I know this. Everything seems to go perfect for the shop, without an ounce of hardship for Theo. If they concoct a new tea it's always magnificent. If they add new food to the menu everything is always sold out within the hour. If they create new, tea-infused products it's a huge success. Everyone in town loves everything the Indigo Tea Shop sells, making it the greatest small business in the entire world. I know this is fiction, but even fiction needs to be somewhat realistic. Theo's infinite successes makes it Disney channel cheesy. You don't ever want to go Disney channel level of cheesy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    I love the stories that Laura Childs weaves. However, I have two small issues with this book and her other books, generally. The first is that I don't really like how in the beginning of some chapters, she writes in the perspective of characters other than the protagonist, Theodosia. While I appreciate having extra 'insider' information, it doesn't flow very well with the rest of the novel. (However, in her later books, she stopped doing that.) The second is that the mark of a superlative myster I love the stories that Laura Childs weaves. However, I have two small issues with this book and her other books, generally. The first is that I don't really like how in the beginning of some chapters, she writes in the perspective of characters other than the protagonist, Theodosia. While I appreciate having extra 'insider' information, it doesn't flow very well with the rest of the novel. (However, in her later books, she stopped doing that.) The second is that the mark of a superlative mystery writer is that the story includes all the necessary clues for the reader to figure out whodunit. That is decidedly not the case for Laura Childs' books. There is absolutely no way you can ever figure out who the perpetrator is, because there is simply never enough information--and key important information--for the reader to piece it together. Now, it's true that we know what Theodosia knows. But other authors writing in the third person have been able to achieve this (for example, Rex Stout). It does make the books slightly less interactive, but on the other hand, makes them more exciting to read because you know that you really will be surprised.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Theodosia is at an engagement party that ends in tragedy. But it is not just tragedy but also burglary. The antique wedding ring that was meant to be used has gone missing. Then the Historical Society, displaying a valuable neckless looses power during a members only viewing and the neckless is gone. Theo goes through a lot of suspects but as in a couple other recent books - the character responsible is hardly mentioned. Hence I gave it a 3 and not a 4. I do like the characters although the love Theodosia is at an engagement party that ends in tragedy. But it is not just tragedy but also burglary. The antique wedding ring that was meant to be used has gone missing. Then the Historical Society, displaying a valuable neckless looses power during a members only viewing and the neckless is gone. Theo goes through a lot of suspects but as in a couple other recent books - the character responsible is hardly mentioned. Hence I gave it a 3 and not a 4. I do like the characters although the love interest is a bit uninvolved - barely making an appearance. I will read on as I do like to learn about the various teas in the shop. I would like to go to a tea shop to experience different teas just like the one in this story. I will read on in the series and would recommend this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Loved it! Laura Childs' mystery stories are good. Her character Theodosia Browning, left a lucrative marketing job to open and run a tea shop in the historic district in Charleston South Carolina, her books are all quick reads and she always has good endings-I just hate it when you know who done it way before the end of the book. This story is about a the murder of a young marine at his engagement party. Theodosia if forced to work with the local police detective whom doesn't like her involvemen Loved it! Laura Childs' mystery stories are good. Her character Theodosia Browning, left a lucrative marketing job to open and run a tea shop in the historic district in Charleston South Carolina, her books are all quick reads and she always has good endings-I just hate it when you know who done it way before the end of the book. This story is about a the murder of a young marine at his engagement party. Theodosia if forced to work with the local police detective whom doesn't like her involvement in the investigation---not that it stop Theo from her own detective work..good story and good recipes in the back of the book--

  16. 5 out of 5

    Writerlibrarian

    This is the tale of one cat burglar who found Theo on its tail. An horrible accident leaves a groom to be dead and an engagement ring missing, Theo happens to be on the premises and makes it her quest to find the culprit after a rash of burglery happens all around the Tea shop. Well paced, with interesting characters who are given more layers as books go by. The plot is mysterious enough and you might find the culprit before the name is revealed but it won't mess up with your enjoyment of the no This is the tale of one cat burglar who found Theo on its tail. An horrible accident leaves a groom to be dead and an engagement ring missing, Theo happens to be on the premises and makes it her quest to find the culprit after a rash of burglery happens all around the Tea shop. Well paced, with interesting characters who are given more layers as books go by. The plot is mysterious enough and you might find the culprit before the name is revealed but it won't mess up with your enjoyment of the novel.

  17. 5 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. This one did not really appeal to me as much as the others, for reasons I'm unable to pinpoint at this time. Each book is able to stand on its own and deliver an HEA, which is an 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. This one did not really appeal to me as much as the others, for reasons I'm unable to pinpoint at this time. 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I love how Laura Childs can write about something that should be mundane (i.e. the daily workings of a tea shop) and turn it into my favorite part of a book. That said, there wasn't as much about tea and the tea shop in this installment. I missed that. However, the mystery was solid. It kept me guessing until the very end, which I always love in a whodunnit story. I love how Laura Childs can write about something that should be mundane (i.e. the daily workings of a tea shop) and turn it into my favorite part of a book. That said, there wasn't as much about tea and the tea shop in this installment. I missed that. However, the mystery was solid. It kept me guessing until the very end, which I always love in a whodunnit story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    3 1/2 stars. I love the atmosphere of Charleston and its historic district. Definitely a character as much as Theo, Drayton and Haley. I also love learning about the different types of teas. A fun series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reba

    I can't help it. I love these silly, cozy mysteries. Sometimes I just need Brain Candy and this does it for me. I can't help it. I love these silly, cozy mysteries. Sometimes I just need Brain Candy and this does it for me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I know the characters after reading Death by Darjeeling first. I enjoyed the story set in a quaint tea shop.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Shades of Earl Grey, third in the A Tea Shop Mystery, a cozy mystery series by Laura Childs. Theodosia is the main character. She owns The Indigo Tea Shop in Historic Charleston in South Carolina. I’ve read the first two books recently and for the most part, I’m not a huge fan of cozy mystery novels, but for whatever reason, maybe because I’m a fan of drinking (hot) tea and I love reading, this series works for me. Theo has two full time staff members working for her. Without them, Theo wouldn’t Shades of Earl Grey, third in the A Tea Shop Mystery, a cozy mystery series by Laura Childs. Theodosia is the main character. She owns The Indigo Tea Shop in Historic Charleston in South Carolina. I’ve read the first two books recently and for the most part, I’m not a huge fan of cozy mystery novels, but for whatever reason, maybe because I’m a fan of drinking (hot) tea and I love reading, this series works for me. Theo has two full time staff members working for her. Without them, Theo wouldn’t have a business. Drayton, Theo’s right-hand man who knows everything about tea and then some. Hailey makes up the menu and prepares the food (and then some). Between the 3 of them, they run the tea shop, and solve mysteries on the side. An engagement ring goes missing and the groom to be, dies. Then other antiques start going missing and it’s looking like it’s a cat burglar on the prowl. I was just in Charleston, SC earlier last week; my first visit and I Loved the Historic District! So, it made reading Shades of Earl Grey even better as many of the areas the author was talking about/describing I’ve walked those same streets Theo buys some of her tea from Charleston Tea Plantation. Had I remembered about this series and it being in Charleston, I would had remembered about the Tea Plantation. Had I remembered I would had looked into how far it is from where we were staying. Ugh! Tristan (my son who I went with, our first mother/son trip together) also enjoys a cuppa tea, would had done our first tea tour. Darn it! Every time I read one of these books, I learn something about tea. Here’s one thing I learned this time around: “Charleston Tea Plantation is the only tea plantation left in the United States. Their American Classic tea has been the official White House Tea sine 1987 and has also been designated Hospitality Beverage of South Carolina.” Spoiler Alert – a bit, but not too much I read the story closely in hoping that I could solve the mystery. I was disappointed I choose the wrong person. I thought it was pretty farfetched when Theo and Earl Grey (Theo’s dog) are hiding in the closet waiting for the cat burglar, that person shows up, sees them, takes the baited item and feels they can escape the city with all the treasures without attempting to kill Theodosia. Theo has seen who it is. That person would be on the run forever. I feel that part of the story should had been written differently because it didn’t make sense. I like how Laura Childs has some of Harley’s Theodosia’s young pastry chef, recipes at the end of story. And then there’s a “teatime Entertaining Ideas” behind that. Do you know “tea is one thing that never improves with age. Freshness does count.” You do now. I like how Laura Childs has some of Harley’s Theodosia’s young pastry chef, recipes at the end of story. And then there’s a “teatime Entertaining Ideas” behind that.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Reader The Brown Bookloft

    Summary: Charleston resident Camille Cantroux is looking forward to her engagement party. Although her wedding to Captain Corey Buchanan is to take place in Savannah, most of her friends live in Charleston and her aunt, Delaine Dish, worked hard to make her niece’s party a grand affair. The party is barely under way at the lovely Lady Goodwood’s Inn when a huge crash is heard coming from the Garden Room. The guests discover that the glass ceiling has collapsed. At the center of the rubble is Capt Summary: Charleston resident Camille Cantroux is looking forward to her engagement party. Although her wedding to Captain Corey Buchanan is to take place in Savannah, most of her friends live in Charleston and her aunt, Delaine Dish, worked hard to make her niece’s party a grand affair. The party is barely under way at the lovely Lady Goodwood’s Inn when a huge crash is heard coming from the Garden Room. The guests discover that the glass ceiling has collapsed. At the center of the rubble is Captain Buchanan, dead from a glass shard embedded in his spine. The wedding is now most certainly off. An investigation and search reveal that the heirloom wedding ring is missing. Theodosia Browning, amateur sleuth and owner of the town’s popular Indigo Tea Shop, thinks that a cat burglar came through the roof just to steal the ring. After other expensive items begin to disappear downtown, she is sure of it. She tries to convince the police of her theory but they don’t appear to take her seriously. Theodosia is determined to discover the identity of the cat burglar and bring the perpetrator to justice. Comments: Shades of Earl Grey is the third in the smartly written cozy mystery from Laura Childs. I love the atmosphere and characters. I stayed in Charleston for a couple of nights many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed my time in this historical, charming city. With its fine teas and delicious sounding baked goods, I would live to have an Indigo Tea Shop near me! There are some recipes included at the back of the book for those who like to bake. Recommended for readers of mysteries, especially cozy mysteries, and those who like books set in Charleston, South Carolina. My rating: 4 Stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sensitivemuse

    This book still retains their likable and quaint characters, and still ends up a light enjoyable read. Although it would be preferable if read in order so you can get a feel for the characters, it could be read out of order (there’s a few references in the past books but nothing that will let the reader be lost and confused.) My guess as to who the culprit was going to be was spot on. That being said though, what I really enjoyed about this book was the author got the reader to second guess their This book still retains their likable and quaint characters, and still ends up a light enjoyable read. Although it would be preferable if read in order so you can get a feel for the characters, it could be read out of order (there’s a few references in the past books but nothing that will let the reader be lost and confused.) My guess as to who the culprit was going to be was spot on. That being said though, what I really enjoyed about this book was the author got the reader to second guess their deductions. There were moments where I was second guessing myself because of the way the breadcrumbs were trailing. That was the best part of the book and the most enjoyable. I liked the little twists and turns being made to finally come to the ending and revealing of the cat burglar. Although the characters and the mystery aspect of the book was enjoyable. The plot itself was a little lackluster and not very interesting to begin with. Delaine really struck a nerve with me as I didn’t enjoy her personality or her drama queen antics. I wanted the plot to be a little more interesting and more engaging to read. If it wasn’t for the breadcrumb trail you were being led on, the book would have been less enjoyable. Overall, it wasn’t the greatest book of the series. The first two were much better. Let’s hope the next one will be better than this book. Still, it’s a light read to get through the day in between heavy novels. Worth a read through for cozy mystery fans.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roberta Biallas

    Again, another endearing mystery from Laura Childs. I liked that the plot was somewhat different from traditional mysteries. While the book starts out with a tragic death, it is accidental and not an obvious murder. As usual, Childs gives us a selection of new characters for the reader to try and guess as the villain: the waiter-for-hire with a suspicious knowledge of antiquities, the somewhat shady lawyer courting one of Charleston’s most notorious Gossips, or the often overlooked secretary. Ch Again, another endearing mystery from Laura Childs. I liked that the plot was somewhat different from traditional mysteries. While the book starts out with a tragic death, it is accidental and not an obvious murder. As usual, Childs gives us a selection of new characters for the reader to try and guess as the villain: the waiter-for-hire with a suspicious knowledge of antiquities, the somewhat shady lawyer courting one of Charleston’s most notorious Gossips, or the often overlooked secretary. Childs never gives one obvious red herring, she always presents three of four to confuse us. But there are also the delightful ‘returning players’ that make the series so enjoyable. Theodora (a grown up Nancy Drew), Haley, Drayton, Aunt Izzie, Earl Grey, Jory, and Miss Dimple are all there. Another character is the city of Charleston itself. Reading these books makes me really want to visit that southern locale. “Shades of Earl Grey” is a little bit slower I pace than some of her other books. But it is still a worthy book so spend a rainy afternoon reading (with a cup of Earl Grey tea, of course). Read on....

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Shades of Earl Grey is the third mystery in Laura Childs' tea shop mystery series. (Shades of Earl Grey is a drink created by Drayton Conneley, Theodosia's right hand man at the Indigo Tea Shop.) The Indigo Tea Shop has become a fine place to get scones, muffins, and shortbread. It has catered teas and wedding receptions, but now Theodosia is looking forward to enjoying an engagement party as an invited guest. Delaine Dish's niece, Camille Cantroux, is planning to marry Captain Corey Buchanan in Shades of Earl Grey is the third mystery in Laura Childs' tea shop mystery series. (Shades of Earl Grey is a drink created by Drayton Conneley, Theodosia's right hand man at the Indigo Tea Shop.) The Indigo Tea Shop has become a fine place to get scones, muffins, and shortbread. It has catered teas and wedding receptions, but now Theodosia is looking forward to enjoying an engagement party as an invited guest. Delaine Dish's niece, Camille Cantroux, is planning to marry Captain Corey Buchanan in a few weeks. But the evening ends sadly when their heirloom wedding ring goes missing and the glass ceiling collapses and claims the life of Buchanan! After this unfortunate event, a sapphire necklace goes missing at the Heritage Society. Theodosia thinks there is a cat burglar sneaking around the historic district. So there is only one thing to do: try to lure the cat burglar! I enjoyed visiting the characters of Charleston again. I hope to see more of Jory Davis in future stories.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Knight

    This is my favorite so far in the Tea Shop Mystery series. I loved that Earl Grey, the dog, had a starring role. I was hoping so due to the title. The normally annoying friend Delaine Dish showed depth of personality. I've been reading many cozy mystery series and they are all written in first person style. It's a relief that this one is different. It's so much easier to have description in a narration format. And the author can tell the story with points of view from several characters. This se This is my favorite so far in the Tea Shop Mystery series. I loved that Earl Grey, the dog, had a starring role. I was hoping so due to the title. The normally annoying friend Delaine Dish showed depth of personality. I've been reading many cozy mystery series and they are all written in first person style. It's a relief that this one is different. It's so much easier to have description in a narration format. And the author can tell the story with points of view from several characters. This series is lush and rich in characters and in surroundings. I'm enjoying the scenery and history of Charleston. (view spoiler)[I also liked that this is a mystery without a murder. (hide spoiler)]

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Still liking this series... Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater—but there's more than champagne bubbling… Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple's arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette—is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that Still liking this series... Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater—but there's more than champagne bubbling… Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple's arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette—is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that trouble is brewing. But when she goes to the authorities, they treat her like she's been reading tea leaves—and that's the surest way to put Theodosia's kettle on the boil…

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cooper

    It's been a while since I've read A Tea Shop Mystery and I don't know why. Delightful, clever, and bakery filled mystery that had me guessing as to who the cat burglar was. The description of the various teas could convert me into a tea lover. It's a nice backdrop to the cozy mystery that sends Theo into another crime solving adventure. The novel has a nice pace and nicely meshes Theo's personal life and the mystery. Now that I've remember how much I enjoy this series, I'll be reading more. It's been a while since I've read A Tea Shop Mystery and I don't know why. Delightful, clever, and bakery filled mystery that had me guessing as to who the cat burglar was. The description of the various teas could convert me into a tea lover. It's a nice backdrop to the cozy mystery that sends Theo into another crime solving adventure. The novel has a nice pace and nicely meshes Theo's personal life and the mystery. Now that I've remember how much I enjoy this series, I'll be reading more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda C

    Theodosia Browning, tea shop owner, attends an engagement party where the groom is killed by a glass shard in a collapsing greenhouse. However, when the heirloom engagement ring is found to be missing and then a priceless antique necklace is stolen, Theo begins to wonder if there may be cat burglar in Charleston. She and her friends try to figure out who the thief may be. A few reckless actions on Theo’s part take things down a notch, but I like the characters and tea information so I will proba Theodosia Browning, tea shop owner, attends an engagement party where the groom is killed by a glass shard in a collapsing greenhouse. However, when the heirloom engagement ring is found to be missing and then a priceless antique necklace is stolen, Theo begins to wonder if there may be cat burglar in Charleston. She and her friends try to figure out who the thief may be. A few reckless actions on Theo’s part take things down a notch, but I like the characters and tea information so I will probably read more.

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