Agony of the Leaves (Tea Shop Series #13)

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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...

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Overview

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!

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425245538
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: Tea Shop Series , #13
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Childs

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.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    As a fan of the tea shop series by Laura Childs, I enjoyed this

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    Need a little tea break? Pick up one of Laura Child¿s Tea Shop M

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    Laura Childs never fails those of us who enjoy her tea shop myst

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

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    Another Tea Shop Winner! You will love it!

    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!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    tea rific!

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Love this book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Bots

    Kewl *thumbs up*

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Can't honestly say if I'd recommend it to the loyal tea shop fans.

    I was disappointed in this book. Felt as though the author attempted at writing differently with a "twist". Didn't like that Parker was killed off so soon nor did I like the idea of the new girlfriend. I half expected Theo to inherent something from him, all things considered but the killer, that was a surprise and so much so it sounded like an after thought. Hope the rest of you enjoyed it but I found that there was something missing.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    Very enjoyable and always makes me hungry

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Loved the story by this author as always, but this Nook version

    Loved the story by this author as always, but this Nook version was the WORST! Words run together on almost every page, and recipes at the end with ? in the ingredients of at least 3 recipes. Very disappointing quality!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Pony rp dying.

    Help us.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Great surprise twist

    Laura Childs is one of my favorite mystery writers. Her story is light and easy to read but involves you so much that you don't want to put the book down. Theodosia, Drayton and Hailey are in the middle of another mess and find the surprising answer just in time again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Soulkit

    Tackled him giggling

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Thundertail

    Pads in.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Jade

    At how to make jello shots

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!!

    Good read, kept me interested .Hope to read more of her books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Enjoyed

    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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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Another Good Story in the Series, however...

    While this another good book in the Tea Shop series; the constant adventures of the lead character Theo are getting a little old. Love the part of the story (in all the tea shop series) that involve the shop, tea & food & tea party events. Theo in over head involvements in every crime/mystery that comes to town is getting to point of unbelievable or sustainable over time.

    Theo willingness to get involve where she doesn't always belong in order to save the day or the person or to bring justice to the deserving party is good. But this behavior has lost her past boyfriends; she lost Parker (who was a good catch) because she fell for Max. Her need to feel guilty over her (white) lies is too silly. Either lie outright and move on or tell your BF what you are doing & deal with his unhappiness/complaints etc.

    Love all the other characters that bring color to the town & the story line.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Always a welcome respite

    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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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    I agree with Giry. This was a bad entry. However, the latest o

    I agree with Giry. This was a bad entry. However, the latest one, "Sweet Tea Revenge" shows improvement in the writing. Hope it continues.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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