Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Ming Tea Murder"

It’s scones and scandal for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Steeped in Evil…

Normally Theodosia wouldn’t attend a black tie affair for all the tea in China. But she can hardly say no to her hunky, handsome boyfriend, Max, who directs public relations for the Gibbes Museum in Charleston. Max has organized an amazing gala opening for an exhibit of a genuine eighteenth century Chinese teahouse, and the crème de la crème of Charleston society is invited.

In the exotic garden staged in the museum’s rotunda, a Chinese dragon dances to the beat of drums as it weaves through the crowd. The guests are serenaded by a Chinese violin as they sample an assortment of tempting bites. And to give them a memento of the occasion, there’s even a photo booth. But Theodosia makes a grim discovery behind the booth’s curtains: the body of museum donor Edgar Webster.

While Theodosia prefers tea service over the service of justice, this case is difficult to ignore—especially after Max becomes a suspect. Now she must examine the life of the fallen philanthropist and find out who really wanted him to pay up…


My Thoughts...

Even though this book is #16 in the series A Tea Shop Mystery, it is also a stand-alone book.

From the first page to the last page I was drawn right into the story, I love a good cozy...It only took a few pages until Theodosia Browning found a dead body in a photo booth...  Now starts Theodosia's investigation to try to find who would do such a dastardly deed.

Since this is a Tea Shop Mystery, I loved the Afternoon Tea Party with the theme: "Titanic Tea" (if you are a Titanic fan you will understand) Served at the tea were some of the delights that the first class passengers enjoyed as their last meal... (Asparagus vinaigrette, Sautéed chicken lyonnaise, Poached salmon with cucumbers on a bed of rice. Desert was Waldorf pudding and Chocolate eclairs.) 

As I read these Tea Shop Mysteries, I like to imagine who Theodosia looks like...This time I imagined her looking like Reese Witherspoon. It's my imagination so I can imagine whatever I want...

The story moved along quickly keeping me slurping my tea as I was trying to figure out who was the guilty person of all the many suspects. But, again I was caught by surprise when the guilty one was discovered.

And that ending! Wowser! I enjoyed the 'jouncing' ending.

A great big THANK YOU to the author, Laura Childs, for providing this book for me to read and review. Thank you for a few days of fun reading, and visiting some old friends from Charleston, South Carolina. What can I say except it was my cup of tea, and I enjoyed it so much I am awarding it 5 star shaped tea leaves. 

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

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