Wednesday, June 9, 2010

HAVE YOU READ "THE TEABERRY STRANGLER" ? - A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs

I don't think I have ever read a MYSTERY in my life - until now! I've done it - I've read Laura Child's new book....The
Teaberry Strangler!  I felt I owed it to her to read this as she lists THIS BLOG in the back of her book!  This is Laura's 11th tea mystery book (I think) so now I plan to go back and read the first one....Death by Darjeeling!

I had no expectations reading the first chapter but quickly found myself enthralled in the descriptions of tea and food served at Theodosia's Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina.  I have never been to Charleston but have had a business myself in a historic district for years, so I could really relate to the circumstances of doing business in such a place and reading ALL the tea trivia information regarding her business.  WITHOUT SPOILING ANY DETAILS REGARDING THE MURDER in this story let me say.....I started by jotting down the characters in the back of the book.....there were so many this was the only way I could keep them straight!

 I am sorry this is sideways - I have had this problem coming in sideways......a blogger crisis!  I saw another blog where this happened to them too! get the idea....I also
imagined a number of situations like a back alley crawl for would that work for me and my store and of course it wouldn't as the back upstairs of our store is rather STUFFED with things and I can't imagine customers coming in the back as our building is built into a hill and quite higher up in back than the front!  Since I am very involved in sponsoring our Old Colorado Historical Society Annual Tea Event, I was entertained by Theodosia's involvement in her area as well!  I was impressed by her catering success...she was so much in demand- like 3 times in one week her tea shop catered in the evenings.  I did calculate a lot of hours here for her two employees.

Today I had 2 groups of people from Charleston - one friend was a former Colorado Springs customer here who lives there now and another lady overheard us talking who was also from Charleston!  Both LOVE CHARLESTON !

Maybe it's time for you to escape in a tea shop mystery......
we sell this hardback copy for $24.95 and gladly ship!


Marilyn Miller said...

I have read it and loved it. I thought it was the best of the best.

ellen b. said...

I just finished her Eggs in Purgatory and I've just started Blood Orange Brewing. I enjoy mysteries.

Marlena said...

I have read all of this series, some several times - my go-to cosies. This one I thought wasn't quite as good as the others, but I did read it in a hurry. I have ordered it again from the library. My budget doesn't allow for for hardcover, sad to say

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I have read all of her Tea Shop Mysteries except this one. I have to wait for them to come out in paperback. They are my favorite cozy mysteries.

However, my daughter actually purchased this one when she was on vacation (she NEVER buys fiction in hardback but needed something good to read). She though it quite good.

She has an excellent combination of characters. Of course, like any mystery writer, one would hope there are not that many murders around any one person. :)

Marilyn said...

I've read all of L. Child's Tea series except this one. It's on my wish list at PBS, but most likely will get a copy this summer to read. The characters do become 'your friends' while reading and it is probably easier to remember them from the start. BTW, I know that is a pen name for the author-just can't remember what her real name is! I suffer from O.L.D.! Thanks for sharing. ♥♫

Patti said...

This book was on the "new release" table at my local library, and my daughter has loved the series, so she checked it out. After she finished it, I was browsing through the book...and that is how I discovered some of these teatime blogs. I had just decided to return to blogging after a 15 month hiatus, and I was really longing for some lovely, feminine, teatime blogs...and this book led me right to so many of y'all.

The book was due before I got a chance to read it, but I checked out one of her older books (Chamomile Mourning), and I am really enjoying it.

Patti (Of Days and Dreams)

parTea lady said...

I've read the Teaberry Strangler and all the other Tea Shop Mysteries. Her characters are great and I enjoy all the tea info as well.

She (Gerry Schmitt) has branched out with other series, but the Indigo Tea Room is by far my favorite.

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2020 said...

Hi Bernideen! I bet you were as surprised as I was when I found my blog listed in the back of the book! What an honor! I have read about half her books now and want to pick up some more next time I'm at Barnes & Noble. LOVE this writer and the characters do become your "friends" after a while...and of course, I love that her dog is named Earl Grey! Too cute!! :)

kimberly shaw said...

You have me wanting to read this from your excellent review! I have not seen this series before, thanks so much for sharing it!

Angela McRae said...

I'm a fan of this series as well and always look forward to her next release!