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Plum Tea Crazy ❂ Plum Tea Crazy kindle Epub ❆ Author Laura Childs – Polishdarling.co.uk Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura ChildsWhile viewing the harbor s Gaslights a Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura ChildsWhile viewing the harbor s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow s walk of Timothy Neville s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow Plum Tea Epub / railing, then plunges three stories to his death But a tragic accident becomes something much sinister when it s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbowAt the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects An almost ex wife, a coworker, a real estate partner all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accountsCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS.

  • Hardcover
  • 318 pages
  • Plum Tea Crazy
  • Laura Childs
  • English
  • 07 April 2019
  • 0451489608

About the Author: Laura Childs

Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club MysteriesLaura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries In her previous life she Plum Tea Epub / 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 fund raising for various non profits, and has two Chinese Shar Pei dogsLaura 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 CharlestonThe 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.



10 thoughts on “Plum Tea Crazy

  1. Tracey Tracey says:

    In a book I read recently, someone s rules for writing and life are cited one of which was don t usethan two similes per page Laura Childs probably doesn t actually exceed that but her writing made me realize anew that it s not the quantity of simile but the quality that counts For example, Robin McKinley uses lots and lots of similes, and they almost invariably elicit a reaction they make me smile, or put a lump in my throat, or make me laugh out loud, or make me feel that lit In a book I read recently, someone s rules for writing and life are cited one of which was don t usethan two similes per page Laura Childs probably doesn t actually exceed that but her writing made me realize anew that it s not the quantity of simile but the quality that counts For example, Robin McKinley uses lots and lots of similes, and they almost invariably elicit a reaction they make me smile, or put a lump in my throat, or make me laugh out loud, or make me feel that little click that comes when you see exactly what the author wanted you to see They re an art The similes in this book are not They re different, I ll give them that except when they re clich d , and they re colorful there are lots of monkeys, and even some castanets , but The writing just grated now and then The ninth or tenth time the author resorted to Batman style sound effects all caps, exclamation points and one character included to be obnoxious did something outrageously obnoxious even for him , I closed the book and deleted it I was at 87% and a good part of what remained was recipes and an excerpt from the next book A day or so later I went back to it I hadn t DNF d a book yet this year, and I was close enough to finishing that I figured I might as well But I didn t enjoy it.WHAP BOOM SMASH I mean who stops in the middle of a supposedly frantic moment to describe the scenery A man falls off a roof intrepid amateur detective races down the stairs to check it out the narrative pauses in the middle of her sprint to dwell on the d cor in the garden sigh BAM, BAM, BAM Cardinal sin of the cozy when the main character tells bald faced lies about what is obviously a hobby or else there wouldn t be a series of books Haley, we don t chase all over Charleston trying to solve the latest murder , Theodosia said And we certainly won t get tangled up in this one Look out your pants are on fire there.WAH HOO Another cardinal sin of the cozy Remarkably slipshod running of a small business Who s minding the store Drayton asked Haley flapped a hand I was But don t worry, everything s cool No, it s not cool if you left the shop completely unattended BOOM The characters arecaricatures than anything else Two of them go from antipathy at first sight to practically weeping in each other s arms, in the span of a week The Young Man is the very picture of a cliched Young Man The gallery owner is the Platonic ideal of the gallery owner The aforementioned obnoxious journalist ticks every single box central casting would want ticked off There are few surprises.BANG As usual, there are lots and lots of nits I could pick Like Delicious, he said Only it came out dulishush because his mouth was full Isn t that pretty much how delicious is pronounced Seriously Dictionary.com dih lish uh s Say it a couple of times Seriously Oh, and like why does Our Heroine s sidekick have such a hard time saying the word murder when talking about the murder He s not that delicate And like Really You expect me to swallow no pun intended the idea that someone not steeped pun intended in a world like this shop might consider a party ruined because you picked a funky tea And really How do you not go directly to the police immediately on receiving a threatening note And how could you possibly confuse the smells of cooked onions and cooked potatoes Have I been doing something wrong EEEEEYOWWW In addition to the comic book sound effects actual examples of which are scattered throughout this review sorry there s also this Holy Hannah Holy crap Holy cats Holy smokes Holy butter beans Holy buckets Holy sweet potatoes Sweet Fanny Adams Holy euphemisms, Batman OneCozy Cardinal Sin When any character puts on their Captain Obvious hat to remind the audience why a bad cozy mystery is a bad cozy mystery The best thing Theo can do is let her boyfriend, Detective Riley, figure it out That s what the City of Charleston pays him for That s the smartest thing, the safest thing, to do at this point YOWWWWWW The usual disclaimer I received this book via Netgalley for review

  2. LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL says:

    Dollycas s Thoughts Theodosia Theo Browning is enjoying the Gaslights and Galleons Parade with her friend employee tea sommelier Drayton Connelly They are getting a bird s eye view up on the widow s walk of Timothy Neville s Charleston mansion There is a ruckus when local banker Carson Lanier falls over the railing finally dying when his body is impaled on the top of a fence below All the watchers hurry to the grounds and due to some keen observation, Theo sees the fall wasn t an accident, Dollycas s Thoughts Theodosia Theo Browning is enjoying the Gaslights and Galleons Parade with her friend employee tea sommelier Drayton Connelly They are getting a bird s eye view up on the widow s walk of Timothy Neville s Charleston mansion There is a ruckus when local banker Carson Lanier falls over the railing finally dying when his body is impaled on the top of a fence below All the watchers hurry to the grounds and due to some keen observation, Theo sees the fall wasn t an accident, it was caused by the man being shot by a bolt from a crossbow.Knowing Theo s reputation, Timothy Neville asks that she investigate the death Many suspects quickly come to light With the assistance of Drayton, they try to winnow down that list and identify who killed Lanier They also have a lot of tea to serve in the coming days but Theo juggles everything like a pro._____I had gotten behind on this series and with the new one set to be released March 3, I knew it was time to get caught up with the two on my shelf.The Indigo Tea Shop is one of those great cozy places This time along with the daily business, the place has many events coming up a black tie affair, a fashion show, a Japanese art gallery opening, and a Plum Blossom Tea I really love all the teas Drayton creates and all the delicious treats Haley bakes up Some of the recipes are included at the end of the book Even with all this going on Theo has murder in her own crosshairs When Detective Tidwell shockingly asks for help she is thrilled and jumps right in Her boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley is far from thrilled.Ms Childs creates diverse and memorable characters Theo, Drayton, and Haley are engaging and fun The dialogues are crisp and sometimes pretty funny I really enjoy the banter between them The supporting cast is top notch too They all are realistic and believable The suspects have layers that are peeled away throughout the story Every character is thoughtfully developed.The murder occurs early in the story and the drama continues at a constant pace making this book almost impossible to put down I read into the early morning, playing that just onechapter game until my eyes were slamming shut Thankfully the next day was Saturday so after a few chores, I could get back to it It was very entertaining to follow along with Theo and all involved in the sleuthing There were some scary moments but Theo was on a missionand so was I I was just a few steps ahead of herand Yes I was right.Laura Childs is a phenomenal storyteller Plum Tea Crazy was well plotted and written Ms Childs brings Charleston to life with spot on descriptions Her characters practically leap off the page She also gives plenty of background for new readers, so don t be afraid to jump into this series I will be reading and reviewing Broken Bone China soon It is yelling at me from my To Be Read shelf Then I will be ready when Lavender Blue Murder debuts

  3. Karen Karen says:

    I was delighted to be selected to read Laura Childs new cozy, Plum Tea Crazy This is the newest book in the series and is book 19 This one comes out on March 6th I love the idea of this series, the cover and Drayton The dog Earl Grey is also a particular favorite In this mystery like so many in this series there is a lot going on, so much so that it is easy to miss motives and reasoning This book is a heavily layered who dun it with a wonderful tea menu and recipes as well.

  4. Chris Conley Chris Conley says:

    I always enjoy these mysteries as much for the tea, recipes, Charleston and its environs as the actual mystery This one seemed to have a lot going on that kept me from sinking into it as much as usual Theodosia and her crew are always entertaining.

  5. Amy Amy says:

    I m a huge fan of this series and wow 19 books This one just didn t hit the mark for me In the first two thirds of the book, Haley acts like a gossip columnist instead of the chef and third in charge Just didn t care for her snarky attitude but it changes once her cousin James arrives I know the cozy genre defies logic when the owner of the business has time to sleuth while the business continues to run successfully but when Theodosia rushes out an hour before the Plum Blossom Tea luncheon I m a huge fan of this series and wow 19 books This one just didn t hit the mark for me In the first two thirds of the book, Haley acts like a gossip columnist instead of the chef and third in charge Just didn t care for her snarky attitude but it changes once her cousin James arrives I know the cozy genre defies logic when the owner of the business has time to sleuth while the business continues to run successfully but when Theodosia rushes out an hour before the Plum Blossom Tea luncheon to see whether a suspect s car was parked somewhere That was just a bit too much for me I enjoyed the romance developing between Theodosia and Officer Riley hopefully, it will continue I am already looking forward to Book 20

  6. Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) says:

    Laura Childs once again has a hit on her hands In book nineteen in the Tea Shop Mystery, Theodosia is shocked to find a murdered banker At first, people believed that the live canons had killed him and caused him to fall onto a fence below but Theodosia soon learns that he was first shot by an arrow before he fell to his death.This time, there are quite a lot of suspects that could have done this and Childs does a fantastic job of circling the characters and giving each one of them a soli Laura Childs once again has a hit on her hands In book nineteen in the Tea Shop Mystery, Theodosia is shocked to find a murdered banker At first, people believed that the live canons had killed him and caused him to fall onto a fence below but Theodosia soon learns that he was first shot by an arrow before he fell to his death.This time, there are quite a lot of suspects that could have done this and Childs does a fantastic job of circling the characters and giving each one of them a solid motive What I love about Childs writing is that she doesn t waste any time in getting the story started Within the first few pages, the murder occurs, setting the quick pace for the rest of the book For me, it s the expert pacing that makes me devour these books so quickly I read this in one sitting, proving that this book is very easy to follow yet offers the intricacy of an expert mystery.For anyone who is curious about this series, this one does have a bit of an English touch to it This is expected since the series is about tea However, in this book, the Asian countries do get some recognition so I really liked that as well.Although this series is long running, you can definitely read this series out of order Just make sure you at least try Laura Childs if you re into Cozy Mysteries I honestly don t think there s another author as good as conjuring up mysteries as well as Childs does.Read my alternate review at Fresh Fiction

  7. Betty Betty says:

    It has been awhile since I read a Laura Child s book I am pleased to see that the book was not full of various teas but focus on the plot It started with excitement and moved fast with turmoil throughout the book Theodosia was not the victim but close friends were hurt Many of the regulars are present and her affair with a homicide detective Riley continues.Theo is attending a party given by a close friend, Timothy Neville and Carson Lanier, a banker is shot and fell to his death from the ba It has been awhile since I read a Laura Child s book I am pleased to see that the book was not full of various teas but focus on the plot It started with excitement and moved fast with turmoil throughout the book Theodosia was not the victim but close friends were hurt Many of the regulars are present and her affair with a homicide detective Riley continues.Theo is attending a party given by a close friend, Timothy Neville and Carson Lanier, a banker is shot and fell to his death from the balcony Theo begins to explore what happened on behalf of a friend There are few parties in the background that adds interest to the tale She finds plenty of suspects, his estranged, his lover, a co worker who wants his job, and his business partner The ending will surprise I recommend this book and series.Recipes from the Indigo Tea Shop and tea tips are included.Disclosure Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for my copy for review The opinions are my own

  8. Yvonne Yvonne says:

    Theodosia Theo Browning, along with her sidekick and employee, Drayton Connelly is enjoying the Gaslights and Galleons Parade at Timothy Neville s Charleston mansion Suddenly a body shockingly falls over the railing to his death The victim is Carson Lanier, a local banker and this is not looking like an accident at all Timothy pleads with Theo to use her investigative skills to find out who could have done such a thing.Theo and Drayton are immediately on the case They dig through Carson s Theodosia Theo Browning, along with her sidekick and employee, Drayton Connelly is enjoying the Gaslights and Galleons Parade at Timothy Neville s Charleston mansion Suddenly a body shockingly falls over the railing to his death The victim is Carson Lanier, a local banker and this is not looking like an accident at all Timothy pleads with Theo to use her investigative skills to find out who could have done such a thing.Theo and Drayton are immediately on the case They dig through Carson s life and begin to uncover his involvement in some mysterious things There s a soon to be ex wife who seems to have a lust for money, a secret business partner and a secret mistress There is no end to the suspect list, but Theo is determined she will uncover the true culprit.This is the 19th book in Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery series I haven t read the previous ones and I was hesitant to jump in this late in the game, but I loved every minute of it I m a fan of Laura Childs Scrapbooking Mystery series and I ve been wanting to try her other cozy mystery series So, when I had an opportunity to read this one, I grabbed it My only complaint is that I didn t start this series sooner.I had no problem getting to know the characters right from the start I didn t feel as if I was coming into the middle of a movie I felt a part of the story rght away The mystery begins and ends with this book There isn t a cliffhanger or any kind of mystery which needs to be read in order At least I didn t feel as if there were any.There s a romance brewing for Theo with the local detective I d be interested to see where that leads.The storyline moved at a fast pace and kept me guessing almost to the end It s very well written I can see me getting involved in this series from book 1 The characters and the tea shop setting are perfect for a cozy mystery The word charming fits this series perfectly I had a very enjoyable visit to Charleston, South Carolina and I plan to visitoften FTC Disclosure I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher I was not required to write a positive review All opinions expressed are my own

  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    First, thank you to the publisher s for providing a free electronic preview copy via NetGalley.I have been aware of this series for many years, and always intended to pick up a volume Starting with volume 19 may not have been the best initiation point, for I was frankly disappointed 4 star reviews, gorgeous covers, and my love of tea may have resulted in unrealistic expectations.The pacing seemed erratic The protagonist bungee d back and forth between almost every possible suspect I had the First, thank you to the publisher s for providing a free electronic preview copy via NetGalley.I have been aware of this series for many years, and always intended to pick up a volume Starting with volume 19 may not have been the best initiation point, for I was frankly disappointed 4 star reviews, gorgeous covers, and my love of tea may have resulted in unrealistic expectations.The pacing seemed erratic The protagonist bungee d back and forth between almost every possible suspect I had the murderer figured out within a couple of chapters by virtue of the fact they were the only character outside of the series staples that the protagonist liked The police were portrayed as incompetent caricatures Throw in a hundred or so cliches and about a dozen random facts and voila, you have enough pages to fill out a book just not enough for a satisfactory mystery or conclusion in my opinion.If you love this series, please don t let my review dissuade you Certainly it has been proven to have an audience Read it for the descriptions of tea, Charleston, good food, and some fashion However, if you love the works of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, or mysteries where the plot develops slowly through careful observations, involved interviews, and character development rather than hasty accusations, strident confrontations, and repartee, you might want to give it a pass

  10. Lisa Morin Lisa Morin says:

    I can never get enough of this fabulous series by Laura Childs.I remember the first time I picked up one of these books, I was automatically hooked.I feel like I would know Theo and Drayton anywhere.The dynamic duo not only brew up an amazing cup of tea, but their unique way of solving mysteries are just as fun.While attending a private party, Theo watches a man drop to his death, she thinks surely it was an accident.When Theo runs to his aid, she makes a gruesome discovery which leads her and D I can never get enough of this fabulous series by Laura Childs.I remember the first time I picked up one of these books, I was automatically hooked.I feel like I would know Theo and Drayton anywhere.The dynamic duo not only brew up an amazing cup of tea, but their unique way of solving mysteries are just as fun.While attending a private party, Theo watches a man drop to his death, she thinks surely it was an accident.When Theo runs to his aid, she makes a gruesome discovery which leads her and Drayton into a mysterious world of the rich, where answers are waiting to be discovered.The recipes always sound delicious and the mouthwatering tea will have you brewing up your own special blend in no time.Fans of this series will be delighted with Plum Tea Crazy.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley

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10 thoughts on “Plum Tea Crazy

  1. Tracey Tracey says:

    In a book I read recently, someone s rules for writing and life are cited one of which was don t usethan two similes per page Laura Childs probably doesn t actually exceed that but her writing made me realize anew that it s not the quantity of simile but the quality that counts For example, Robin McKinley uses lots and lots of similes, and they almost invariably elicit a reaction they make me smile, or put a lump in my throat, or make me laugh out loud, or make me feel that lit In a book I read recently, someone s rules for writing and life are cited one of which was don t usethan two similes per page Laura Childs probably doesn t actually exceed that but her writing made me realize anew that it s not the quantity of simile but the quality that counts For example, Robin McKinley uses lots and lots of similes, and they almost invariably elicit a reaction they make me smile, or put a lump in my throat, or make me laugh out loud, or make me feel that little click that comes when you see exactly what the author wanted you to see They re an art The similes in this book are not They re different, I ll give them that except when they re clich d , and they re colorful there are lots of monkeys, and even some castanets , but The writing just grated now and then The ninth or tenth time the author resorted to Batman style sound effects all caps, exclamation points and one character included to be obnoxious did something outrageously obnoxious even for him , I closed the book and deleted it I was at 87% and a good part of what remained was recipes and an excerpt from the next book A day or so later I went back to it I hadn t DNF d a book yet this year, and I was close enough to finishing that I figured I might as well But I didn t enjoy it.WHAP BOOM SMASH I mean who stops in the middle of a supposedly frantic moment to describe the scenery A man falls off a roof intrepid amateur detective races down the stairs to check it out the narrative pauses in the middle of her sprint to dwell on the d cor in the garden sigh BAM, BAM, BAM Cardinal sin of the cozy when the main character tells bald faced lies about what is obviously a hobby or else there wouldn t be a series of books Haley, we don t chase all over Charleston trying to solve the latest murder , Theodosia said And we certainly won t get tangled up in this one Look out your pants are on fire there.WAH HOO Another cardinal sin of the cozy Remarkably slipshod running of a small business Who s minding the store Drayton asked Haley flapped a hand I was But don t worry, everything s cool No, it s not cool if you left the shop completely unattended BOOM The characters arecaricatures than anything else Two of them go from antipathy at first sight to practically weeping in each other s arms, in the span of a week The Young Man is the very picture of a cliched Young Man The gallery owner is the Platonic ideal of the gallery owner The aforementioned obnoxious journalist ticks every single box central casting would want ticked off There are few surprises.BANG As usual, there are lots and lots of nits I could pick Like Delicious, he said Only it came out dulishush because his mouth was full Isn t that pretty much how delicious is pronounced Seriously Dictionary.com dih lish uh s Say it a couple of times Seriously Oh, and like why does Our Heroine s sidekick have such a hard time saying the word murder when talking about the murder He s not that delicate And like Really You expect me to swallow no pun intended the idea that someone not steeped pun intended in a world like this shop might consider a party ruined because you picked a funky tea And really How do you not go directly to the police immediately on receiving a threatening note And how could you possibly confuse the smells of cooked onions and cooked potatoes Have I been doing something wrong EEEEEYOWWW In addition to the comic book sound effects actual examples of which are scattered throughout this review sorry there s also this Holy Hannah Holy crap Holy cats Holy smokes Holy butter beans Holy buckets Holy sweet potatoes Sweet Fanny Adams Holy euphemisms, Batman OneCozy Cardinal Sin When any character puts on their Captain Obvious hat to remind the audience why a bad cozy mystery is a bad cozy mystery The best thing Theo can do is let her boyfriend, Detective Riley, figure it out That s what the City of Charleston pays him for That s the smartest thing, the safest thing, to do at this point YOWWWWWW The usual disclaimer I received this book via Netgalley for review


  2. LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL says:

    Dollycas s Thoughts Theodosia Theo Browning is enjoying the Gaslights and Galleons Parade with her friend employee tea sommelier Drayton Connelly They are getting a bird s eye view up on the widow s walk of Timothy Neville s Charleston mansion There is a ruckus when local banker Carson Lanier falls over the railing finally dying when his body is impaled on the top of a fence below All the watchers hurry to the grounds and due to some keen observation, Theo sees the fall wasn t an accident, Dollycas s Thoughts Theodosia Theo Browning is enjoying the Gaslights and Galleons Parade with her friend employee tea sommelier Drayton Connelly They are getting a bird s eye view up on the widow s walk of Timothy Neville s Charleston mansion There is a ruckus when local banker Carson Lanier falls over the railing finally dying when his body is impaled on the top of a fence below All the watchers hurry to the grounds and due to some keen observation, Theo sees the fall wasn t an accident, it was caused by the man being shot by a bolt from a crossbow.Knowing Theo s reputation, Timothy Neville asks that she investigate the death Many suspects quickly come to light With the assistance of Drayton, they try to winnow down that list and identify who killed Lanier They also have a lot of tea to serve in the coming days but Theo juggles everything like a pro._____I had gotten behind on this series and with the new one set to be released March 3, I knew it was time to get caught up with the two on my shelf.The Indigo Tea Shop is one of those great cozy places This time along with the daily business, the place has many events coming up a black tie affair, a fashion show, a Japanese art gallery opening, and a Plum Blossom Tea I really love all the teas Drayton creates and all the delicious treats Haley bakes up Some of the recipes are included at the end of the book Even with all this going on Theo has murder in her own crosshairs When Detective Tidwell shockingly asks for help she is thrilled and jumps right in Her boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley is far from thrilled.Ms Childs creates diverse and memorable characters Theo, Drayton, and Haley are engaging and fun The dialogues are crisp and sometimes pretty funny I really enjoy the banter between them The supporting cast is top notch too They all are realistic and believable The suspects have layers that are peeled away throughout the story Every character is thoughtfully developed.The murder occurs early in the story and the drama continues at a constant pace making this book almost impossible to put down I read into the early morning, playing that just onechapter game until my eyes were slamming shut Thankfully the next day was Saturday so after a few chores, I could get back to it It was very entertaining to follow along with Theo and all involved in the sleuthing There were some scary moments but Theo was on a missionand so was I I was just a few steps ahead of herand Yes I was right.Laura Childs is a phenomenal storyteller Plum Tea Crazy was well plotted and written Ms Childs brings Charleston to life with spot on descriptions Her characters practically leap off the page She also gives plenty of background for new readers, so don t be afraid to jump into this series I will be reading and reviewing Broken Bone China soon It is yelling at me from my To Be Read shelf Then I will be ready when Lavender Blue Murder debuts


  3. Karen Karen says:

    I was delighted to be selected to read Laura Childs new cozy, Plum Tea Crazy This is the newest book in the series and is book 19 This one comes out on March 6th I love the idea of this series, the cover and Drayton The dog Earl Grey is also a particular favorite In this mystery like so many in this series there is a lot going on, so much so that it is easy to miss motives and reasoning This book is a heavily layered who dun it with a wonderful tea menu and recipes as well.


  4. Chris Conley Chris Conley says:

    I always enjoy these mysteries as much for the tea, recipes, Charleston and its environs as the actual mystery This one seemed to have a lot going on that kept me from sinking into it as much as usual Theodosia and her crew are always entertaining.


  5. Amy Amy says:

    I m a huge fan of this series and wow 19 books This one just didn t hit the mark for me In the first two thirds of the book, Haley acts like a gossip columnist instead of the chef and third in charge Just didn t care for her snarky attitude but it changes once her cousin James arrives I know the cozy genre defies logic when the owner of the business has time to sleuth while the business continues to run successfully but when Theodosia rushes out an hour before the Plum Blossom Tea luncheon I m a huge fan of this series and wow 19 books This one just didn t hit the mark for me In the first two thirds of the book, Haley acts like a gossip columnist instead of the chef and third in charge Just didn t care for her snarky attitude but it changes once her cousin James arrives I know the cozy genre defies logic when the owner of the business has time to sleuth while the business continues to run successfully but when Theodosia rushes out an hour before the Plum Blossom Tea luncheon to see whether a suspect s car was parked somewhere That was just a bit too much for me I enjoyed the romance developing between Theodosia and Officer Riley hopefully, it will continue I am already looking forward to Book 20


  6. Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) says:

    Laura Childs once again has a hit on her hands In book nineteen in the Tea Shop Mystery, Theodosia is shocked to find a murdered banker At first, people believed that the live canons had killed him and caused him to fall onto a fence below but Theodosia soon learns that he was first shot by an arrow before he fell to his death.This time, there are quite a lot of suspects that could have done this and Childs does a fantastic job of circling the characters and giving each one of them a soli Laura Childs once again has a hit on her hands In book nineteen in the Tea Shop Mystery, Theodosia is shocked to find a murdered banker At first, people believed that the live canons had killed him and caused him to fall onto a fence below but Theodosia soon learns that he was first shot by an arrow before he fell to his death.This time, there are quite a lot of suspects that could have done this and Childs does a fantastic job of circling the characters and giving each one of them a solid motive What I love about Childs writing is that she doesn t waste any time in getting the story started Within the first few pages, the murder occurs, setting the quick pace for the rest of the book For me, it s the expert pacing that makes me devour these books so quickly I read this in one sitting, proving that this book is very easy to follow yet offers the intricacy of an expert mystery.For anyone who is curious about this series, this one does have a bit of an English touch to it This is expected since the series is about tea However, in this book, the Asian countries do get some recognition so I really liked that as well.Although this series is long running, you can definitely read this series out of order Just make sure you at least try Laura Childs if you re into Cozy Mysteries I honestly don t think there s another author as good as conjuring up mysteries as well as Childs does.Read my alternate review at Fresh Fiction


  7. Betty Betty says:

    It has been awhile since I read a Laura Child s book I am pleased to see that the book was not full of various teas but focus on the plot It started with excitement and moved fast with turmoil throughout the book Theodosia was not the victim but close friends were hurt Many of the regulars are present and her affair with a homicide detective Riley continues.Theo is attending a party given by a close friend, Timothy Neville and Carson Lanier, a banker is shot and fell to his death from the ba It has been awhile since I read a Laura Child s book I am pleased to see that the book was not full of various teas but focus on the plot It started with excitement and moved fast with turmoil throughout the book Theodosia was not the victim but close friends were hurt Many of the regulars are present and her affair with a homicide detective Riley continues.Theo is attending a party given by a close friend, Timothy Neville and Carson Lanier, a banker is shot and fell to his death from the balcony Theo begins to explore what happened on behalf of a friend There are few parties in the background that adds interest to the tale She finds plenty of suspects, his estranged, his lover, a co worker who wants his job, and his business partner The ending will surprise I recommend this book and series.Recipes from the Indigo Tea Shop and tea tips are included.Disclosure Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for my copy for review The opinions are my own


  8. Yvonne Yvonne says:

    Theodosia Theo Browning, along with her sidekick and employee, Drayton Connelly is enjoying the Gaslights and Galleons Parade at Timothy Neville s Charleston mansion Suddenly a body shockingly falls over the railing to his death The victim is Carson Lanier, a local banker and this is not looking like an accident at all Timothy pleads with Theo to use her investigative skills to find out who could have done such a thing.Theo and Drayton are immediately on the case They dig through Carson s Theodosia Theo Browning, along with her sidekick and employee, Drayton Connelly is enjoying the Gaslights and Galleons Parade at Timothy Neville s Charleston mansion Suddenly a body shockingly falls over the railing to his death The victim is Carson Lanier, a local banker and this is not looking like an accident at all Timothy pleads with Theo to use her investigative skills to find out who could have done such a thing.Theo and Drayton are immediately on the case They dig through Carson s life and begin to uncover his involvement in some mysterious things There s a soon to be ex wife who seems to have a lust for money, a secret business partner and a secret mistress There is no end to the suspect list, but Theo is determined she will uncover the true culprit.This is the 19th book in Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery series I haven t read the previous ones and I was hesitant to jump in this late in the game, but I loved every minute of it I m a fan of Laura Childs Scrapbooking Mystery series and I ve been wanting to try her other cozy mystery series So, when I had an opportunity to read this one, I grabbed it My only complaint is that I didn t start this series sooner.I had no problem getting to know the characters right from the start I didn t feel as if I was coming into the middle of a movie I felt a part of the story rght away The mystery begins and ends with this book There isn t a cliffhanger or any kind of mystery which needs to be read in order At least I didn t feel as if there were any.There s a romance brewing for Theo with the local detective I d be interested to see where that leads.The storyline moved at a fast pace and kept me guessing almost to the end It s very well written I can see me getting involved in this series from book 1 The characters and the tea shop setting are perfect for a cozy mystery The word charming fits this series perfectly I had a very enjoyable visit to Charleston, South Carolina and I plan to visitoften FTC Disclosure I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher I was not required to write a positive review All opinions expressed are my own


  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    First, thank you to the publisher s for providing a free electronic preview copy via NetGalley.I have been aware of this series for many years, and always intended to pick up a volume Starting with volume 19 may not have been the best initiation point, for I was frankly disappointed 4 star reviews, gorgeous covers, and my love of tea may have resulted in unrealistic expectations.The pacing seemed erratic The protagonist bungee d back and forth between almost every possible suspect I had the First, thank you to the publisher s for providing a free electronic preview copy via NetGalley.I have been aware of this series for many years, and always intended to pick up a volume Starting with volume 19 may not have been the best initiation point, for I was frankly disappointed 4 star reviews, gorgeous covers, and my love of tea may have resulted in unrealistic expectations.The pacing seemed erratic The protagonist bungee d back and forth between almost every possible suspect I had the murderer figured out within a couple of chapters by virtue of the fact they were the only character outside of the series staples that the protagonist liked The police were portrayed as incompetent caricatures Throw in a hundred or so cliches and about a dozen random facts and voila, you have enough pages to fill out a book just not enough for a satisfactory mystery or conclusion in my opinion.If you love this series, please don t let my review dissuade you Certainly it has been proven to have an audience Read it for the descriptions of tea, Charleston, good food, and some fashion However, if you love the works of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, or mysteries where the plot develops slowly through careful observations, involved interviews, and character development rather than hasty accusations, strident confrontations, and repartee, you might want to give it a pass


  10. Lisa Morin Lisa Morin says:

    I can never get enough of this fabulous series by Laura Childs.I remember the first time I picked up one of these books, I was automatically hooked.I feel like I would know Theo and Drayton anywhere.The dynamic duo not only brew up an amazing cup of tea, but their unique way of solving mysteries are just as fun.While attending a private party, Theo watches a man drop to his death, she thinks surely it was an accident.When Theo runs to his aid, she makes a gruesome discovery which leads her and D I can never get enough of this fabulous series by Laura Childs.I remember the first time I picked up one of these books, I was automatically hooked.I feel like I would know Theo and Drayton anywhere.The dynamic duo not only brew up an amazing cup of tea, but their unique way of solving mysteries are just as fun.While attending a private party, Theo watches a man drop to his death, she thinks surely it was an accident.When Theo runs to his aid, she makes a gruesome discovery which leads her and Drayton into a mysterious world of the rich, where answers are waiting to be discovered.The recipes always sound delicious and the mouthwatering tea will have you brewing up your own special blend in no time.Fans of this series will be delighted with Plum Tea Crazy.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley


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