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An attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series.
Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
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Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery)
22nd in Series
Setting – South Carolina
Publisher: Berkley (October 5, 2021)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthiest women in town.
As the champagne flows and the tea steeps, Drucilla is so pleased with the reception by her partygoers that she reveals her secret plan to Theodosia. The Grande Dame has brought the cream of Charleston society together to reveal that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway. It looks like the excitement has gotten to the elderly woman–except that there is a syringe sticking out of her neck.
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!
Twisted Tea Christmas Review
Christmas cozies. They’re one of the best parts of the holiday season! If you’ve not “visited” Theodosia Browning’s Indigo Tea Shop yet, jump in now with Twisted Tea Christmas.
Theodosia and her tea sommelier Drayton are catering a Victorian Christmas party for Drucilla Heyward, an elderly, wealthy Charleston woman when she is murdered. Who would want to kill this kind philanthropist? In typical fashion, Theodosia and Drayton are on the case.
I always enjoy reading Laura Childs’s Tea Shop Mysteries. The Charleston, SC setting is charming as is the Indigo Tea Shop. The Indigo Tea Shop hosts many special teas throughout the year, but these Christmas themed teas are the best. I love how all of the little details about both the special and everyday teas are included. You can picture the tables set with different types of china, flatware, flowers, centerpieces, and more with the descriptive scenes in Twisted Tea Christmas.
The characters in these books are some of my favorites. I love Drayton with his knowledge of tea and subtle sense of humor. Haley is the genius behind the delicious foods served at the tea shop. Add Miss Dimple, Detective Tidwell, Riley, and the merchants on the tea shop’s block, and you’ve got delightful and diverse characters who bring a lot of color to the series.
This mystery had a lot of suspects to choose from, so it’s not an easy one to solve. I jumped back and forth among the suspects and didn’t figure it out until the end!
I absolutely recommend Twisted Tea Christmas as well as the prior books in the Tea Shop Mystery Series. You’ll fall in love with the characters and setting just like I did!
About Laura Childs
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook 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 specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries – 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 – 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 – 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.
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Twisted Tea Christmas TOUR PARTICIPANTS
Brianne’s Book Reviews – REVIEW
The Avid Reader – REVIEW
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
Novels Alive – SPOTLIGHT
I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
I Read What You Write – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW, GUEST POST
Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – SPOTLIGHT
Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW
Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST
Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT
Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW
Dear Reader – REVIEW
Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT
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