Friday, February 10, 2017

"STEEPED IN EVIL" - A Tea Shop Mystery Review

Another one of Laura Child's tea murder mysteries has been read.......................finally!

The simple fact of the matter is life got a little crazy for me these last few years.  I got behind doing reviews on Laura's books (what with going out of business to retire after 28 years, selling a retail building, selling a house and moving from Colorado to Missouri). Laura recently gave me a gentle and kind nudge.  I am determined to "catch back up".

When I first started reading Laura's tea shop books, I quickly realized that Drayon was my favorite character.  He is the mature gentleman who oversees
the smooth and efficient operation of Theodosia Brown's Indigo Tea Shop.  I hate to point this out but in the beginning, he was older than me. Now I am pretty sure I am older than him which can be a little unsettling but I just have to deal with that!

I love the familiar faces of Haley, Theo's Pastry Chef and Delaine Dish - owner of the Cotton Duck.  I read recently that some people who review books read the first few chapter and then the end of the book only.  Drayton would be most upset by such behavior and I can assure you that I read every word!

So are you ready for a visit to Charleston, South Carolina and in need of some southern charm mixed with adventure?  The murder of Drew Knight at the Knighthall Winery is front and center in this mystery book.  Of course Theodosia Browning whose determination solves yet another tea murder mystery is the real star of this story.    

Help yourself to one of these Apricot Scones
made from a recipe here in this 15th tea shop mystery book.  You can relax and have scones and feel like you are right
in the Indigo Tea Shop.

If you haven't read any of these books you can decide if you want to read them in sequence starting with "Death By Darjeeling"or you can pick one out and read it independent of the others!  Right now - I'm moving on to #16 "Ming Tea Murder".

Do I have any suggestions for Laura?  Yes, at the next Indigo Tea Shop "Downton Abbey Tea" I would definitely think Miss Dimple should do a little theatrical presentation as Mrs. Patmore - perhaps sharing about her brief romantic encounter? 
 The customers would love that! 
 And what about Drayton portraying Mr. Carson?


NanaDiana said...

I have never heard of those books but I like a good mystery...and I like that the author continues characters from book to book. Sounds like a fun read to me.
You have had a busy time of it. I did not realize that you had made so many changes in your life in the past few years.

I have to say- I think that is an awful practice if you are reviewing a book to read the beginning and the ending!!!! I don't know how you could give an honest review doing that. xo Diana

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I've read almost all of these books and I love them! Drayton is a gem, isn't he?

Miss Dalrymple would be amazing as Mrs. Patmore! :)

Joy said...

I love these books!

Anonymous said...

I am so overdo for a proper tea party!

Thelma said...

I haven't read any of these books. They look like a good read. The apricot scones sound delicious. Love the tea pot and dishes.

Margie said...

I'm a fan of the Indigo Tea shop books too! I have to read the books in consecutive order. I also like how Laura Childs shares recipes and links to tea websites at the end of the book.

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
We both chose tones of mauve and green for our tea times today! Love your violet chintz tea set! Gorgeous! Have a Wonderful Weekend! Karen

janice15 said...

Never heard of the books until now. You have been quite the busy lady... Your room looks lovely and I love the teapot so pretty Bernideen.. apricots were mamas favorite fruit.. I will have to make some in Memory of her... I think I can read the recipe... lovely tea. Thank you Happy weekend with love Janice

Deborah Montgomery said...

I read a half dozen or so of her books several years ago and somehow forgot about them. How lovely to know there are more to read. I loved this series. Will have to go to the library and pick some up.
And I can't believe people do reviews that way!! Happy Sunday Bernideen. xo

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

I will have to check out Laura's books! They look like great reads! Love all the photos of the pretty teaware!

Angela McRae said...

I've read all of these and can't wait for the next one!

handmade by amalia said...

I'm always in the market for a nice murder :-)

Marilyn Miller said...

I do enjoy Drayton too. I have read quite a few of her books and I believe I have her most recent one on order from Amazon.

Anne Payne said...

These books sound good! I've never heard of them but will have to check my local library and see if they carry them. Your tea time is gorgeous, as always. My son lives in MO and I hope to visit there someday.