Saturday, April 14, 2012

Agony of the Leaves (A Tea Shop Mystery)

I've finished "Agony of the Leaves" the book in her Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs.

Product Description

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Scones and Bones, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning finds herself in hot water when a body surfaces at the grand opening of Charleston's Neptune Aquarium ...

The opening of the aquarium is a major Charleston event, and Theodosia has been hired to cater tea, scones, and sandwiches for the private party to honor dignitaries and big buck donors. Things are going swimmingly, until Theodosia escapes the party for a momentary rest, only to discover the body of a man entangled in a net, drowned in one of the aquarium's state-of-the-art tanks.

To make matters worse, the victim is Theodosia's former boyfriend Parker Scully. The EMTs on the scene think Parker's drowning was an accident, but when Theodosia notices what look like defense wounds on his hands, she realizes that someone wanted Parker dead. The local police aren't keen on hearing her theory-especially because of her ties to the victim - so Theodosia knows that if she wants Parker's killer brought to justice, she'll have to jump into the deep end and start her own investigation...


About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club, Tea Shop, and Scrapbooking mysteries. In her past life she was a Clio Award – winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm. She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (March 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425245535
ISBN-13: 978-0425245538

My Review:

Theodosia Browning was hired to cater tea, scones and sandwiches for the private party to honor dignitaries and big buck donors at the opening of the Charleston Aquarium. She takes a breather and finds a man tangled in a net in a state of the art aquarium.

She discovers the body is her former boyfriend Parker Scully and he has defensive wounds on his hands when she investigates his body.  She's in shock and determined who would want to kill Parker and why?

It was a delight to see Drayton the tea expert extraordinaire and Haley the Indigo Tea Shop Chef had a bigger role in helping Theodosia solve the case. This is a great series to learn about all the different types and varieties of teas and there is always recipes at the end and ideas how to host a theme tea party.


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