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Dragonwell Dead (Tea Shop Series #8)

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Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she still enjoys Charleston's Spring Plantation Ramble, especially since she can promote her Indigo Tea Shop and her latest concoction, Dragonwell Sweet Tea. But the party's over when Mark Congdon wins a bid for a rare orchid-and promptly dies. It looks like a simple heart attack, but Theo suspects that someone purposely turned his green thumb blue.

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Overview

Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she still enjoys Charleston's Spring Plantation Ramble, especially since she can promote her Indigo Tea Shop and her latest concoction, Dragonwell Sweet Tea. But the party's over when Mark Congdon wins a bid for a rare orchid-and promptly dies. It looks like a simple heart attack, but Theo suspects that someone purposely turned his green thumb blue.

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In the enjoyable eighth installment of Childs's tea shop series (after 2006's Blood Orange Brewing), Mark Congdon, commodities broker and co-owner of a Charleston bed and breakfast, drops dead after sipping a glass of sweet tea at the Spring Plantation Ramble. This was no simple heart attack—Mark was poisoned. Eager to help out Mark's grieving widow, tea shop proprietress and gumshoe Theodosia Browning offers to collect his belongings from his office. There, she discovers that a surprising number of co-workers, including a spurned lover and a professional rival, had reason to want Mark dead. Yet again, Childs proves herself skilled at local color, serving up cunning portraits of Southern society and delectable descriptions of dishes like cheesy crab casserole (recipe included). (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425220450
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Tea Shop Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 115,205
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.78 (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 April 17, 2012

    I wish....

    I wish they would put ALL the tea shop mysteries out for ebook reading ! I have requested it but that was a while ago. I don't want to skip over any in the series...this is very frustrating. I gave a 5 star review because I really like this cozy mystery series....but I want to read them all on my Nook. (I don't want to have to go buy them..that is why I got my Nook!!!)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fine Tea Shop Mystery

    In Charleston, South Carolina, the annual Spring Plantation Ramble gala begins as the city¿s affluent open their gardens to the public. A festive atmosphere permeates the entire town as flower shows and rare plant auctions are everywhere. Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning loves the annual event that symbolizes spring to her and not just because business booms which it does during the festivity. She just loves the flowering of Charleston that the Ramble represents. This year she has the added pleasure of selling her new brew, Dragonwell Sweet Tea. --- Theodosia and her master tea blender Drayton provide the tea stand as a favor to the Broad Street Garden Club at the Carthage Place Plantation where a rare plant auction occurs. Commodities broker Mark Congdon has the high bid for a rare monkey-face orchid for $900. Mark is euphoric over his win, but almost immediate his body goes into a violent fit with foam coming out of his mouth. In spite of Theodosia¿s CPR efforts he dies. Everyone assumes it is a fatal heart attack until Sheriff Billings¿ report states cause of death is unspecified toxin. Mark¿s widow Angie asks Theodosia, who has solved some mysteries, to investigate her husband¿s death she reluctantly agrees as her tea is considered the prime suspect by many. --- As always with a Tea Shop Mystery, readers will appreciate Theodosia¿s investigation as this time she has the motive of clearing her tea¿s reputation. The story line is fast-paced as the heroine makes inquiries including out of state that frighten a killer who believes the shop owner may be getting to close to reading the tea leaves. Fans of the series will enjoy this amateur sleuth¿s latest exploits while savoring the Indigo Tea Shop¿s recipes with some tips to improve your brewing techniques. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Great Read.

    Laura keeps the action moving at an interesting clip. The tea and cakes are delicious and comforting and a surprise at the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    Number 8 is Great!

    I am enjoying all of the teashop mysteries and this was no exception. If you are a tea lover or just love all things related to "taking tea" then this is the mystery series for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    I want ALL of the books for my Nook!

    I love the Theodosia Tea mysteries. I also live in beautiful Charleston, SC and recognize everything she describes in her books.
    I bought my Nook ( and a 32 gig microchip) in the hopes I could keep all of my authors titles on it. But I only have 7 of each one of Lauren's series, Tea Shop, Scrapbooking & the Cackleberry Club.
    Why doesn't the publishing house release them all?
    A more important question, even though it doesn't involve the books, why doesn't Charleston, SC have a lovely tea shop like the Indigo Blue? The closest one is in Summerville!
    This book is an awesome romp through the insanity of having to deal with not only your best friend's wedding, but a high society wedding to boot! Add in the wedding being thrown together so fast, sort of a shotgun wedding without a shotgun, a Southern thunderstorm, Cuban cigars, Cocaine, the groom's ex-girlfriend as a wedding guest, the groom turning up dead AND having your best friend (the bride) as prime suspect and you have a mystery no pot of Southern Sweet Tea will help...well maybe not!
    Plus, there is a great recipe for making sweet tea in the back! I have been atea drinker since my mother put it in my bottles. I have always made it like she did and it was always good. A 2 quart pitcher lasts less than 24 hours here and I am the only one who drinks it these days. This recipe gave me a completely different way of doing it and it is DELICIOUS!!! Never dif I think to steep it, lid on, for 10 minutes, I thought the tannin would build up and it would be awful, but it wasn't!! If you like, what we southerners call "Sweet tea", then make this recipe and then find a shady spot to read the book. You will not regret it!
    R Paul
    Charleston, SC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    MUST READ

    Just finished the Tea Shop series during the many snow storms of Michigan. Make a pot of English Breakfast or Earl Grey and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    A light mystery with just enough suspense to keep you reading. Interesting characters that you want to continue getting to know. I am thoroughly enjoying the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2009

    Loved another Tea Shop story

    Childs' Tea Shop mysteries are always a great read.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Cozy cup of tea

    Theodosia and her faithful friends of the Indigo Tea shop - Drayton and Haley - are confronted at an orchid auction they are catering with the untimely death of their friend Mark Congdon. Drayton is particularly affected since Mark and he were both Orchid collectors. As in the past, Theodosia doesn't set out to investigate the murder, but gets sucked in by circumstances. This mystery was the most action packed of the series so far, and a delightful read.

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