Thursday, June 10, 2010
The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Childs
It was the Dickensian evening Theodosia Browning had been hoping for. Charleston shop-owners dressed in cloaks of yore threw open their back doors to visitors, who took advantage of bargains and Theodosia's delicious teas.
But later, the alleys clear except for one body- which a horrified Theodosia discovers. It's Daria, the map store's owner. Locals have shown interest in buying her shop-but enough to kill? Plus there's been a customer hell-bent on acquiring a not-for-sale map. Most alarming of all theories, however, is Detective Tidwell's: the killer mistook Daria for Theodosia. And if that theory holds, the killer's work isn't done.
This was one of those cozy little mysteries that was well worth reading. Laura Childs has created lovable characters, a brilliant plot, and the amazing city of Charleston as a beautiful backdrop. Not only did I love the story, I loved the way the author incorporated the history of Charleston, and not mention the fact that Drayton reminds me of the proprietor of my local tea shop. This is one tea-riffic mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end.
If you love a good weekend mystery then the Teaberry Strangler is the book for you. So brew up a pot of Earl Grey and enjoy an amazing trip to Charlestown.
Oh I almost forgot to mention the recipes in the back of the book as well as the tea party ideas are to die for.
My thanks to the author Laura Childs for sending me this copy to review.