Blood Orange Brewing (Tea Shop Series #7)

Blood Orange Brewing (Tea Shop Series #7)

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by Laura Childs
     
 

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The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."*

Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the

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The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."*

Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop.

Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she can't refuse. But her investigation opens up a simmering pot of shady politics and personal payback, and Theo soon finds herself in a situation stickier than any jam she's ever served.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
If Southern cozies are your cup of tea, you'll enjoy curling up with the seventh installment of Theodosia Browning's sleuthing adventures (after 2005's Chamomile Mourning). Theodosia, owner of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, is catering a fund-raiser for the local Heritage Society. The food is great, and all of Charleston's bigwigs are enjoying themselves, until a retired businessman and politico, Duke Wilkes, is murdered. Maybe Wilkes was offed by a greedy property developer who disliked Wilkes's zeal for historic preservation, or maybe an entrepreneur his venture capital firm turned down was out for revenge. Childs has a great eye for local color-the book is filled with depictions of stately historic homes and Confederate re-enactors, and the luscious descriptions of Lowcountry cuisine will make your mouth water. Several recipes and Childs's "Teatime Tips" round out this delightful read. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A charity fundraiser in elegant Charleston is an unlikely scene for a grisly murder. Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop (Chamomile Mourning, 2005, etc.), is providing a lavish tea at a candlelight concert to raise money to restore Chait House, a recent gift to the Heritage Society. When the parlor doors are opened, the guests are horrified to behold Duke Wilkes, wealthy patron of numerous charities, dying from a stab wound. A noted sleuth, Theodosia can't refuse when Duke's wife, Pookie, asks her to investigate, even though her nemesis, Detective Burt Tidwell, warns her against interfering. Assuming that the murderer must have been at the fundraiser, she starts looking for suspects among the diverse group. The killer could be the Congressman whose shady campaign finances had been exposed by Duke, the pushy photographer who also publishes a local gossip rag, the entrepreneur whose startup TV station for women had been refused financing by Duke's venture-capital company or the local condo king who wanted to buy Chait House. When the TV promoter is murdered and Theodosia's dog Earl Grey kidnapped, the case develops chilling new aspects, but all is revealed with the help of Theodosia's talented circle. A paean to Charleston, the genteel enjoyment of tea and the tasty treats that accompany it, complete with recipes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425210574
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Series:
Tea Shop Series, #7
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
104,923
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

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