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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