Agony of the Leaves (Tea Shop Series #13)

Agony of the Leaves (Tea Shop Series #13)

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by Laura Childs
     
 

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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

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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...

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Childs’s lively 13th Tea Shop mystery (after 2011’s Scones & Bones) finds Theodosia Browning with a lot on her plate, what with her bustling Charleston, S.C., tea shop, a line of proprietary blends, and a hot new romance—and that’s even before she discovers the body of ex-boyfriend Parker Scully floating in an aquarium tank. Initially, the young restaurateur’s death appears to be a gruesome accident, but sharp-eyed Theodosia spots what look like defensive wounds on his hands. Theodosia soon finds a number of possible suspects, including some dubious characters with whom Scully had discussed business projects, and even more people inexplicably eager to shut down her investigation. Not to worry: detection frequently gets put on the back burner when Theodosia has to focus on one of her catering jobs. While series fans will no doubt relish every foodie tidbit, others may find that the many red herrings leave a bad taste. Agent: Sam Pinkus, Veritas Media. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Charleston heats up again in Theodosia's 13th outing (Scones & Bones) as the much-anticipated grand opening of the new aquarium goes awry. Complete with recipes and tea-related websites.
From the Publisher
Praise for Laura Childs:

“Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.” —Susan Wittig Albert

“Murder suits Laura Childs to a Tea.”—St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

“Childs has a great eye for local color.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425245538
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Tea Shop Series, #13
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Laura Childs:

“Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.” —Susan Wittig Albert

“Murder suits Laura Childs to a Tea.”—St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

“Childs has a great eye for local color.”—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, and the Scrapbooking Mysteries. She is a consummate tea drinker, scrapbooker, and dog lover, and travels frequently to China and Japan with Dr. Bob, her professor husband. In her past life she was a Clio Award-winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm.

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Agony of the Leaves 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the tea shop series by Laura Childs, I enjoyed this latest book. In the last one, Theodosia's relationship with Parker was ending but it was a surprise to have his character killed off so soon, and even more of a surprise to discover he already had another girlfriend who becomes a suspect, along with several others who were involved with Parker on a business level in the competitive restaurant industry. As ususal, Theodosia and her employee and friend, Drayton, get caught up in investigating a murder that ends up putting them in danger. I always like the recipes that are included from the tea shop treats described in the story. This cozy mystery was easy to read in one day and would be a good one to take along to the beach or on vacation this summer. I'm looking forward to the next one. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
Ritr614 More than 1 year ago
Need a little tea break? Pick up one of Laura Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries, and take a short trip to warm Charleston, South Carolina, far far away from your troubles. Ms. Child’s characters are quirky, likable, and get into the right amount of trouble. The plots escalate from a mellow chamomile morning in Charleston, to a gunpowder green whodunnit, then slide nicely to a sweet jasmine finish. Each book’s title is a fun tea reference, and the information on teas, flowers, and baked goods will leave you reaching for a highlighter. Like icing on a cupcake, the author finishes off her books with recipes, hosting ideas, and even tips on dyeing fabric with teas. Start at the beginning of the series to enjoy the growth in characters. Her recently released book, Agony of The Leaves, is her best yet. At this point in the series, you’ll have traveled along quaint Charleston streets, slipped around dimly lit alleys, stopped in to visit friends in neighboring shops, enjoyed many a haiku from the ever proper Drayton, and possibly, yes possibly, have grown to look forward to Officer Tidwell’s unannounced appearances. While Theodosia’s romances are secondary, and, in my opinion, quite irrelevant to the plot (unless one of the men falls dead into an aquarium), the Tea Shop regulars are, indeed, essential and could possibly step right out of the pages. But I like them right where they are. In the Tea Shop. Because I need to take time out now and then to visit the stress-free Indigo Tea Shop. C’mon by and have a seat at my table. And I’ll make sure Drayton brings you an extra scone.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs never fails those of us who enjoy her tea shop mysteries. This was another good one and along with the story I enjoy reading about all the "tea blends" Drayton comes up with. I purchased this book on my Nook and was so disappointed that many of the words ran together and distracted me from the story. It's too bad B&N can't get the bugs worked out of their electronic books - words running together, question marks that don't belong in the text. Sloppy, sloppy work. Not the fault of the author who continues to entertain!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the tea mystery books. This book was as enjoyable to read as all of the other tea mystery books.
Aprilnow More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading this series and just love the receips in the back. This is a great series for the devoted mystery reader to take up reading and not feel that they've lost insights into the characters by not having read the previous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i couldnt wait until this book came out! I have read the whole series and this one did not disappoint. Its great to have new recipes to try and tea references to explore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her tea shop books and the recipes and tea time tips. I highly recommended her books
lilybardfan More than 1 year ago
A don't put down with a surprising ending.
ReaderVH More than 1 year ago
A little slow compared to previous books in this series, but still a good read. The ending does make you want to read the next book in the series
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Good read, kept me interested .Hope to read more of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Ms. Child's books, and I enjoyed reading this one, too. There does seem to be a lot of "filler" though. But I will continue reading them because they are interesting and entertaining.
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My love affair with cozies started with the first Indigo Tea Shoppe mystery and 13 books later I still love visiting there. These boks are well written fast reads. This one seems a little tired but I love Drayton and Haley and Theo and everything they teach me about an area of the country I know bupkus about. I may read other cozies' series, but these are my favs
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JanPan More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs has, once again, created a brilliant adventure with Theodosia and her enchanting life in Charleston. The city comes alive in all its glorious ambiance, the tea shop as fun and cozy as ever, and the characters are true to their personalities. Amidst all the fun and coziness, Theo manages to find herself in another exciting (and somewhat dangerous) mystery. I'm looking forward to the next Tea Shop adventure!
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