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Lavender Blue Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
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Lavender Blue Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery)
21th in Series
Publisher: Berkley (March 3, 2020)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Tea-Maven Theodosia Browning brews up trouble in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.
Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are guests at a bird hunt styled in the precise manner of an English shooting party. Which means elevenses (sloe gin fizzes), gun loaders, the drawing of pegs, fine looking bird dogs, and shooting costumes of tweed, herringbone, and suede.
But as gunshots explode like a riff of Black Cat firecrackers, another shot sounds too close for comfort to Theodosia and Drayton. Intrigued but worried, Theodosia wanders into the neighbor’s lavender field where she discovers their host, Reginald Doyle, bleeding to death.
His wife, Meredith, is beside herself with grief and begs Theodosia and Drayton to stay the night. But Theodosia awakens at 2:00 A.M. to find smoke in her room and the house on fire. As the fire department screams in and the investigating sheriff returns, Meredith again pleads with Theodosia for help.
As Theodosia investigates, fingers are pointed, secrets are uncovered, Reginald’s daughter-in-law goes missing presumed drowned, and Meredith is determined to find answers via a séance. All the while Theodosia worries if she’s made a mistake in inviting a prime suspect to her upscale Lavender Lady Tea.
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!
My review of Lavender Blue Murder
I read so many books that I often miss out on great cozy mystery series. That is obviously what happened with The Tea Shop Mysteries! I knew that by jumping in at book 21, I might be a little lost; however, I wasn’t at all. This book is so well written, and I feel like I knew the characters just as well as if I’d begun with book one. I love books like that! Sure, Theodosia might not have had a boyfriend in the beginning of the series, but that’s not a spoiler! Most cozy mystery books eventually have a well established relationship in them.
Side note: Theo and her boyfriend seem to have a perfectly clean relationship. There weren’t even any innuendos, and I really appreciate that! I don’t want my cozy mystery characters sleeping together. Like I said, I haven’t read the entire series, so I don’t know what happens between them in the other books.
I love Drayton, Theo’s tea sommelier. He certainly knows his teas, and he knows how to “hang on” when Theodosia is on the trail of a murderer. I absolutely want to visit this imaginary tea shop and taste all of the brews Drayton serves and eat all of the food Haley cooks! The setting is perfect for a cozy, and I want to stroll the historic district in Charleston after reading this book. Who wants to go with me?
The mystery in Lavender Blue Murder is well plotted, and if you’re like I am, you’ll be in the dark as to who the murderer is until near the very end. This book has great pacing and will keep you engaged throughout.
5 huge stars! I can’t wait to read more Tea Shop Mystery books.
About the author
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbooking Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura’s 3 Cozy Mystery Series
The Tea Shop Mysteries are set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries are a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries are set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
Website – http://www.laurachilds.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31
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