by Laura Childs
Category: Fiction / Mystery
336 pages; ISBN: 0425202518
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Berkley, May 2005, $21.95, 336 pp.
In Charleston, South Carolina, Theodosia Browning’s Indigo Tea Shop is a smashing success and is now very much one of the in places. Theodora’s contribution to the first Poet’s Tea is moved indoors to the Heritage Society when the weather turns nasty. During a presentation given by Drayton Conneley, a shot rings out and a man falls off the balcony and lands on Theodosia’s cake. The killer escapes and the gala obviously ended early.
She was the last person to see auction house owner Roger Crispin alive when she brought him a cup of tea in the balcony. The police question her and Gracie Venable who is just about to open a millenary story near the Indigo Tea Shop. Haley another co-worker of Theodosia’s is friendly with the woman and is upset that the police are looking at her as a suspect because she was having an affair with the much married Roger. His wife, a mover and Shaker in Charleston, is putting pressure on the police to look at Grace as the killer, leaving it to Theodosia and company to find the real killer just like they have five times before.
The protagonist is one of the most realistic and likeable characters to grace the pages of a mystery novel. Her investigative techniques are all within the realm of possibility so readers feel that anyone could do what Theodosia is doing. This delightful amateur sleuth mystery is entertaining and keeps the audience interested from the time the victim falls into the heroine’s cake. Laura Childs knows how to create the ambience that makes this series so special because one of the main characters is the city of Charleston.
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