Thursday, April 26, 2018

Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Mystery #1) by Laura Childs

Title: Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Mystery #1)
Author: Laura Childs
Pages: 256
Year: 2001
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)

About the book:

     Meet Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston’s beloved Indigo Tea Shop. Patrons love her blend of delicious tea tastings and southern hospitality. And Theo enjoys the full-bodied flavor of a town steeped in history — and mystery… — It’s tea for two hundred or so at the annual historic homes garden party. And Theodosia, as event caterer, is busy serving steaming teas and blackberry scones while guests sing her praises. But the sweet smell of success turns to suspense when an esteemed guest is found dead — his hand clutching an empty teacup. All eyes are on Theo… who is now trying desperately to save her reputation and track down the real killer. If only she can make sense of it all-before someone else takes their last sip…

My review:

     This is a good cozy mystery.

     I thoroughly enjoyed Theodosia Browning and her employees at the Indigo Tea Shop. There is a nice variety of personalities among this group. They are well developed and easy to connect with.

     The plot is great. There are a number of people that appear to be suspects. It was very interesting to see who the real murderer is and how that person is caught.

     There is one thing that bothered me about this book though. At times I felt that the story was encumbered by all of the details given in the descriptions. There seemed to be long periods that were just description of something or someone followed by another description about something or someplace else. The story seemed to bog down.

     If you enjoy cozy mysteries with lots of twists this book may be your cup of tea. I have decided to give it a rating of 4 stars.

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