Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Series #1)

Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Series #1)

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by Laura Childs
     
 

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When a man is poisoned by tea, Theo is the prime suspect. Now she has to prove her innocence and track down the real killer-before someone else takes their last sip. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.

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When a man is poisoned by tea, Theo is the prime suspect. Now she has to prove her innocence and track down the real killer-before someone else takes their last sip. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Highly recommended” by the Ladies Tea Guild

“Book of Choice” by the Red Hat Society

“Tea lovers, mystery lovers, [this] is for you. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.”—Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of Bloodroot

“It’s a delightful book!”—Tea: a magazine

“Murder suits [Laura Childs] to a Tea.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

“If you devoured Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, this new series is right up your alley.”—The Gazette, Goose Creek, SC

Death By Darjeeling is a good beginning to a new culinary series that will quickly become a favorite of readers who favor this genre. The cozy and inviting setting will quickly draw readers in and a likable cast of characters will have them eager to return.”—The Mystery Reader

“Gives the reader a sense of traveling through the streets and environs of the beautiful, historic city of Charleston.”—Lakeshore Weekly News, Wayzata, MN

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Mystery and suspense are brewing when Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning caters an elegant garden party in historic Charleston-and one of the guests turns up dead!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425179451
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/08/2001
Series:
Tea Shop Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
139,725
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Highly recommended” by the Ladies Tea Guild “Book of Choice” by the Red Hat Society
 
“Tea lovers, mystery lovers, [this] is for you. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.”—Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of Bloodroot
 
“It’s a delightful book!”—Tea: a magazine
 
“Murder suits [Laura Childs] to a Tea.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press
 
“If you devoured Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, this new series is right up your alley.”—The Gazette, Goose Creek, SC
 
Death By Darjeeling is a good beginning to a new culinary series that will quickly become a favorite of readers who favor this genre. The cozy and inviting setting will quickly draw readers in and a likable cast of characters will have them eager to return.”—The Mystery Reader
 
“Gives the reader a sense of traveling through the streets and environs of the beautiful, historic city of Charleston.”—Lakeshore Weekly News, Wayzata, MN

 

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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Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 56 reviews.
Reader_of_the_Valley More than 1 year ago
Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs is a quaint book for a lazy afternoon and such. Unlike thriller books that ooze suspense, Death by Darjeeling has a much less extreme suspense, you CAN stop reading but you'd stop and think, 'hmmm, what happened next?'. Death by Darjeeling is also unlike regular murder stories by having subtle suspense, not a page-ripping pageturner. With a wicked plot and comforting characters, Death by Darjeeling is your bestfriend on any rainy day.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Indigo TeaShop located in Charleston, South Carolina's historical district is usually a place of serenity, but today chaos reigns. The owner and her small crew prepare a tea party at the famous Lamplighter tour of Historical homes. The event goes smoothly, but when it is time to leave, someone remains sitting in the shadows. One of Theodosia's employees goes to check on the person only to find him dead.

An autopsy reveals that the man was poisoned. As the word spreads amidst society, business drops at the teacup. Unwilling to sit back and wait for the storm to pass, Theodosia begins to snoop. This leads to several viable suspects including someone who wants to stop Theodora before she gets to close to the truth.

This cute cozy provides a soothing affect on the reader perhaps because there are many bucolic scenes spread throughout the story line. Laura Childs writes such a colorful picture of historical Charleston that the audience will believe they are sipping tea in the area. The well-drawn plot including an intriguing amateur sleuth who-done-it, but the likable cast makes DEATH IN DARJEELING a wonderful reading experience.

Harriet Klausner

Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
What can I say but that I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it just got me so wrapped up in Theo's Indigo Tea Shop and the mystery itself was intriguing in its' own little way I had to read this from cover to cover. Everything about it was just so "cozy". I loved the different descriptions about tea, and being a tea lover myself am now in the look out for new teas to try. Aside from the wonderful tea descriptions and the desserts that went along with it, the mystery was a fun read. Nothing too flashy and sensational. However there were proper moments of suspense and intrigue which kept the reader going and more engrossed to keep reading some more. I loved the characters in the book. The suspects were believable and each had a motive for murder. I liked Theo and her staff at the tea shop who supported her through her investigation. They were all likable characters (although I found Drayton to be a particular favorite as he was the actual tea connoisseur). As for the real murderer and the solving of the case, I thought I had guessed correctly but I was blindsided and it wasn't who I expected it to be. There were a couple of questions I would like to have answered but I figured they would wait until the next book or two to see what would happen to certain characters I'm curious about. Plot flow was good and interesting. Nothing distracting to take away from the main theme. Theo is a great strong character and her determination to solve this case and save the reputation of her business and friend makes her even more likeable and noble. Overall a wonderful mystery cozy! this will definitely be a series I will continue reading. I recommend this for cozy mystery lovers and tea aficionados alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are very charming and present lovely mystery stories. Hard core mystery fans may find these books lacking, but the books excell in giving the reader a pleasureable reading experience. This book is like a cup of tea, perfect for a bright sunny morning, so READ ON!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and throughly enjoyed it. I also read the other reviews here both for and against this book and the author. As the saying goes 'you can't please all the people all the time'. If a reader is looking for a heavy read she may not like the books in the Tea Shop Mystery Series but for a good summer reading this book does fine. I am looking forward to reading Ms. Childs other books in this series.
alliAK More than 1 year ago
I definitely learned more about different teas. The murder plot was better towards the end, I kept getting bored in the beginning.
Maria359 More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs has a gift for making you feel like you are friends with the characters in her novels. The Tea Shop Mysteries make you feel the need to brew a pot of tea settle down with a scone and read. This story is full of twists that will leave you guessing right to the last chapter. It has a great surprise ending too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Childs creates interesting and fun characters that I enjoyed following through the tale. I am a tea drinker, and her details on the tea shop and the city of Charleston do her immense credit. I highly recommend this entertaining story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love reading about the South. You will love this book. I read the book before I went to Charleston and it made the city that much more interesting. It gave the city a personification. I loved all the characters and am looking forward to my next endeavor with Theodosia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific mystery set around the central theme of a tea shop. Author Laura Childs' writing draws a beautiful picture of just how a tea shop in the south should look and feel. Her characters are engaging and the mystery to be solved makes quite a page-turner! Very similar to Mary Higgins Clark's style of writing. I like to think of it as fluffy--a comfortable book to read when you want to escape a bit from your life. Be sure to have a hot cup of tea handy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book! I wish the Indigo Tea Shop was right in my neighborhood! I enjoyed the tea tips and what a "novel" idea to put in a receipe. I cannot wait till the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plotting was good, the characters well drawn and believeable, the situation good, etc. I read a lot of 'tea cozy' mysteries and am hopeful of more of these to follow. I can whole heartedly recommend this to readers who want their murders clean, their sleuths believeable and their violence gracefully presented. (If I wanted 'realism' I would watch TV, not read.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea behind this cute mystery makes it immediately endearing and the cast of characters only serves to further the sentiment. I enjoyed reading about the Historic District and the surrounding area of Charleston and Ms.Childs did a wonderful job of capturing it. The only real problem that I had with this story was that it was wrapped up so quickly with little build up as to the true murderer. That aside, it was a wonderful read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As proprietor of the Indigo Tea shop, Theodosia Browning wears a lot of hats: business owner, tea buyer, chief cook and teacup washer. Does she need one more problem? Of course not - but while catering a tea during a historic homes tour, someone turns up dead. Never mind that he's a slightly scummy real estate developer, Theodosia's reputation is suddenly at stake. Backed by her fellow tea shop entrepreneurs, Theo sets about solving the mystery of the deadly Darjeeling. Was it the fiery environmentalist? The octogenarian major domo of the Heritage Society? The realtor's unsavory partner? Or someone else? Even though there's plenty trouble brewing, Theo turns up the right clues and, ultimately, revives her reputation. This is a real tea cozy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't tie up some of the loose ends, didn't do much character development. Setting is charming and learned a lot about teais, but that's about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do like tea and enjoyed reading this mystery. I guessed the guilty person but not until almost the end of the book. Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading mysteries and i like drinking tea. They go hand in hand very well in this book. Looking forward to reading the next.
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PMich More than 1 year ago
These books read alot like Agatha Christies Miss Marple. They are a real pleasure after years of high intensity , FBI type mysteries. I'm so burned out on on those. It's so nice to discuss a murder over a cup of tea.
rudyLF More than 1 year ago
Good easy reading, will purchase more in the series.
greatreader1 More than 1 year ago
Storyline keeps you involved. Characters are well crafted and the recipes are great.
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wfnren More than 1 year ago
Theodosia Browning owns the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, SC. She only has two employees, Drayton, her right hand man, and Haley, and it is a profitable business. Everything runs smoothly until they cater a tea for two hundred or so for the Annual Historic Homes Garden Party. As the guests are singing praises about the teas and blackberry scones being served, one prominent guest is being poisoned. Bethany, who is a friend of Haley's and helping with the tea party, screams as she discovers Hughes Barron slumped over. This draws a screeching halt to the tea and police are called. Theodosia soon finds herself and Bethany among the list of persons of interest. Because word has gotten out that Hughes was poisoned, the locals are avoiding the Indigo Tea Shop and because Theodosia and Bethany are on the list of suspects, Theodosia starts doing her own investigating. With garden shears being held to her neck, right at the carotid artery, her life is in grave danger. Has her sleuthing gone too far? You'll have to read the book to discover 'who dunnit' and if Theodosia survives. This was my first cozy mystery and I had a hard time reading it, I'm not blaming the book or the author because it isn't my normal storyline to read, I was sick when I started it, and then I had to deal with an insurance company for several days on other issues. I will recommend this book because I did finish it and am on to the second one in the series.