Monday, March 5, 2012


This morning it was past the time that I needed to leave for work. I had been taking advantage of our impending warm day to water my garden and back yard.  Over the years I have lost so many perennials because I didn't understand how important winter watering was in Colorado!

Actually, there was more to being late - I was finishing the last bit of "Blood Orange Brewing" which is Laura's Child's #7 Tea Shop Mystery Book.  Two years ago, I first read the "Teaberry Strangler" and then went back to start from the beginning of the series.  Then, last summer I got bogged down with "The Jasmine Moon Murder" which is #5.  

Just recently, I opened the mail to find a copy of "Agony of the Leaves" which is #13. Laura had sent me an unproofed copy so of course, I had to read it. Then, I thought I should go back to "The Jasmine Moon Murder" which I found I remembered little about after this time had passed.  So.....I started it over and finished it.  In the last two weeks I have read "Chamomile Mourning" and "Blood Orange Brewing".

This great spot above - is a fireplace in my shop and it is so cozy! I have to tell you that so far my favorite mystery is "Blood Orange Brewing". And my favorite scene?  Well, Delaine Dish leans against the wall of the old Augustus Chait House and accidently pushes a secret wall panel open, causing her to fall in getting trapped in cobwebs and musty darkness.  This is the Queen of Glamor- Delaine Dish- owner of the Cotton Duck Boutique and Theodosia Browning soon joins her by falling in the same way. This scene is hilarious!  

Have you read any of Laura Child's 13 books that are the Tea Shop Series?(she has other series such as Quilt ones)  You will love these friendly books which take you to Charleston, South Carolina's Indigo Tea Room.  The cast of Theodosia Browning and her employees  Drayton and Haley are terrific.  I can't forget Detective Tidwell and Delaine Dish!

And now I'm on to #8 Dragonwell Dead........


Brenda said...

I love these books. I think I am a couple behind,you have reminded me it is time to catch up. She also writes a series about scrap bookers, but I like the tea shop series the best by far.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Just love the books and your tea pot is stunning. Thank you for sharing it with us. Blessings, Martha

Michele said...

I absolutely must read those, they sound GREAT!

I haven't read a good mystery in years, actually. It is time to start these then!

Thanks for the suggestion.

Marilyn said...

I'm a fan, also. Need the two most recent ones, but am waiting for my copies on Paper Back Swap. I have more credits than book money at the moment since I treated myself to Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini.♥♫

Martha said...

I love Laura Childs books and have them all -- can't wait to get the latest!

From the Kitchen said...

I have read a few of her books and then, somehow, got away from them. Thanks for the reminder. We used to live in Charleston before moving to the Chicago area. Love Chicago but miss the south!!


Anonymous said...

That's it! I will HAVE to start downloading onto my Nook! I lived in Charleston for four years - back in the late 80's and early '90's - just down the road from Drayton Hall - as I suppose one of the characters you mentioned may be named after. I wonder if I will recognize any of the settings - it's been so long. Some research is in order. Thanks for the inspiration!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Would you believe I haven't read any of these books? I am going to have to go into Indigo and see if I can find them in there. The stories sound like something I could truly get lost in! Thanks for joining me for tea and have a wonderful day.


Two Cottages And Tea said...

Good Morning Bernideen,
I also enjoy these books. I've read and saved all of them for future reference of the recipes. I'm looking forward to reading the latest one when it comes out in paperback.
Happy March to you!

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

I love this series as well, Bernideen! Looking forward to the latest paperback. Probably should be getting a digital version. I can just reach out at night and grab a copy and read a bit before I go to sleep! Sitting here with my chai before I go do errands! Stay warm and cozy! xxoo Nancy

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I have read many of these delightful books. Just recently finished , Dragonwell Dead. I want to read all 13!


Antiques And Teacups said...

I just got this one out of the library yesterday! I am looking forward to reading it. Your cozy fireplace is the perfect place to read with a cuppa.

Clara said...

You have me all excited for wanting to read these books. I must check out that tearoom in Charleston, Sounds wonderful. Take care~Clara

Beth said...

Hi Bernideen, These sound like really good books! Thanks for letting us know about them. I'm adding them to my list!
Blessings, Beth

Beth said...

Hi Bernideen, These sound like really good books! Thanks for letting us know about them. I'm adding them to my list!
Blessings, Beth

Bernideen said...

I need to let everyone know that there is NO REAL TEA ROOM IN CHARLESTON - this is fiction. You won't find it in real life! I think Laura Childs has made us believe it is there for sure!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen
I started reading the series when you mentioned them on your blog last year some time. They're being read in a random order and now that I have an ereader, not all are available here I downloaded 'Agony of the Leaves'.
I love the the characters that Laura has created and the teas and food described in the books.

Angela McRae said...

I've read all these books in the tea shop series and almost wish I had NOT, because then I would have more of them to look forward to!