Chamomile Mourning (Tea Shop Series #6)

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Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a respected auction house owner plummets from the balcony, landing dead on Theodosia’s specially-prepared cake. Worse yet, it looks like someone helped him over the edge. With a full kettle of ...

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Overview

Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a respected auction house owner plummets from the balcony, landing dead on Theodosia’s specially-prepared cake. Worse yet, it looks like someone helped him over the edge. With a full kettle of suspects, Theodosia pursues an investigation into the murky swamps of the Low Country, where she uncovers a thriving criminal enterprise of art forgery, fraud—and murder…

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The Barnes & Noble Review
In her interview with Ransom Notes in 2004, Laura Childs promised readers that "there's lots more tea and trouble brewing in Charleston!" True to her word, in her sixth Tea Shop Mystery, Chamomile Mourning, she delivers another complex and captivating brew of foul play well steeped in southern culture and the gentle art of tea.

Any hostess dreads last-minute changes of plan…and no one more so than a caterer. When a sudden storm forces Theodosia Browning to shift the Heritage Society's Poet's Tea from its gracious garden setting to an indoor venue on just a few minutes' notice, it's more than just a minor inconvenience. But when a dead body falls from the balcony and lands on Theodosia's recently rescued, elegant, flower-garnished sweet almond cake, it's really the final straw. Not that well-mannered auction house owner Roger Crispin would ever have interrupted so rudely on his own account; but it appears someone has committed the ultimate social sin of shooting Roger dead.

Drayton, Theodosia's tea master and Roger's friend, soon steps in to revive the shattered plans for the Society's much-needed fund-raising auction. But it's Theodosia's talent for judging what people want -- and putting together seemingly disparate elements to create a satisfying whole -- that gets her personally involved in the trouble brewing all around her friends. As Theodosia samples the delights of an elegant new hat shop, visits galleries, and ventures into the lairs of antiquarians, she uncovers the surprising truth behind a deadly enigma.

The tantalizing tale of Chamomile Mourning is garnished with more than a dozen delicious recipes and a delightful selection of tea-time entertaining ideas and custom hat tricks. Sue Stone
Publishers Weekly
When the body of antiques dealer Roger Crispin hurtles over a balcony into a six-layer almond cake, Theodosia Browning, the proprietress of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, is, to say the least, surprised in Laura Childs's Chamomile Mourning: Tea Shop Mystery #6, the strongest installment yet in this cozy series (The Jasmine Moon Murder, etc.). Childs is a master of Southern local color, and, of course, every chapter offers delectable descriptions of aromatic teas and scrumptious quiches and cakes, with recipes. Agent, Sam Pinkus. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Circumstances seem to work against teashop owner Theodosia Browning's (The Jasmine Moon Murder) enterprising spirit once again. Unexpected rain during outdoor activities at the Spoleto Festival forces her business indoors, where an auction house owner falls to his death from an inside balcony, ruining Theodosia's special cake. A solid addition to a popular cozy series. Childs, author of the popular "Scrapbooking Mystery" series, lives in Minnesota. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What could be more dramatic than Charleston's Spoleto festival? A body that interrupts the Poet's Tea at the Heritage Society by landing on the "Almond Cake to Die For."Embarrassed baker Theodosia Browning and her Indigo Tea Shop crew, master tea blender Drayton Conneley and pastry chef Haley Parker, are drawn into investigating the mystery of who shot auction house owner Roger Crispin. The main suspect is their friend Gracie Venable, owner of the new millinery shop Beau Geste, who'd been having an affair with Crispin. While Crispin's wife Simone is using her influence to point the police toward Gracie, Theodosia considers a wide cast of local eccentrics-Simone herself, Roger's partner, the flamboyant boutique owner Delanie Dish, antique dealer Jester Moody and art dealer Maribo Pratt-none with an obvious motive. Theodosia is blindsided when her boyfriend, lawyer Jory Davis, asks her to marry him and move to New York, then dumps her when she refuses to give up the hunt for the killer. Her unquenchable curiosity keeps her nosing around from Charleston to Savannah and almost gets her killed when she stumbles on the truth. Not much mystery until the last few chapters, but this homage to the Low Country and all things tea-related will whet your appetite for the ambrosial recipes Childs (The Jasmine Moon Murder, 2004, etc.) has included for afternoon refreshment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425206188
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Tea Shop Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 114,091
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.88 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    Boring

    As an avid reader,this book failed to keep me interested. Too many cliches,too many characters with strange names made the plot unreal & a bore. This was one the few books I didn't finish reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    You don't have to love tea to love this mystery

    Theodosia Browning¿s Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina, is a great success. The Poet¿s Tea is forced inside. Auction house owner Roger Crispin falls off the balcony and onto Theodosia¿s cake when a shot rang out during a presentation given by Drayton Conneley. Since Theodosia was the last one to see Roger alive when she took a cup of tea to him up in the balcony, she is questioned. The police also question Grace Venable who is opening a store near the tea shop. Haley, a co-worker of Theodosia¿s, is friendly with Grace and is upset when Grace becomes a suspect because she had been having an affair with Roger who was married. Theodosia and friends begin investigating as Roger¿s wife is putting lots of pressure on the police to look at Grace. Theodosia does not believe Grace did it, but she isn¿t positive. The investigation leads her into the swamps of South Carolina where she uncovers art forgery, fraud, and murder. Can she escape with her life to be able to alert the authorities. This was the first I have read in this delightful series. It won¿t be the last. Even though I¿m not a tea drinker, I really enjoyed this book. I found the information about tea enjoyable. The author didn¿t describe it in such depth that non-tea drinkers would be bored. I really like Theodosia and her friends. They are great characters and having it set in Charleston was great. I have visited there once. She really has the ambiance down. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    delightful amateur sleuth

    In Charleston, South Carolina, Theodosia Browning¿s Indigo Tea Shop is a smashing success and is now very much one of the in places. Theodora¿s contribution to the first Poet¿s Tea is moved indoors to the Heritage Society when the weather turns nasty. During a presentation given by Drayton Conneley, a shot rings out and a man falls off the balcony and lands on Theodosia¿s cake. The killer escapes and the gala obviously ended early. --- She was the last person to see auction house owner Roger Crispin alive when she brought him a cup of tea in the balcony. The police question her and Gracie Venable who is just about to open a millenary story near the Indigo Tea Shop. Haley another co-worker of Theodosia¿s is friendly with the woman and is upset that the police are looking at her as a suspect because she was having an affair with the much married Roger. His wife, a mover and Shaker in Charleston, is putting pressure on the police to look at Grace as the killer, leaving it to Theodosia and company to find the real killer just like they have five times before. --- The protagonist is one of the most realistic and likeable characters to grace the pages of a mystery novel. Her investigative techniques are all within the realm of possibility so readers feel that anyone could do what Theodosia is doing. This delightful amateur sleuth mystery is entertaining and keeps the audience interested from the time the victim falls into the heroine¿s cake. Laura Childs knows how to create the ambience that makes this series so special because one of the main characters is the city of Charleston.--- Harriet Klausner

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