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English Breakfast Murder (Tea Shop Series #4)

English Breakfast Murder (Tea Shop Series #4)

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by Laura Childs

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It is a truly exhilarating experience for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning-helping Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League shepherd hundreds of tiny green loggerheads safely into the sea. But just as she's about to celebrate all her hard work, she spots a dead body bobbing in the waves. Now it's up to Theo to get to the bottom of the murder before the


It is a truly exhilarating experience for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning-helping Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League shepherd hundreds of tiny green loggerheads safely into the sea. But just as she's about to celebrate all her hard work, she spots a dead body bobbing in the waves. Now it's up to Theo to get to the bottom of the murder before the culprit's greed stirs him to kill again.

Editorial Reviews

Trouble is brewing along with the tea in Laura Childs's fourth Tea Shop Mystery, The English Breakfast Murder. Fans of cozies will snuggle right up to this charming southern mystery. As with other books in the series, it's rich in diverting characters, mystifying happenings, and South Carolina atmosphere…and spiced with perilous pursuits, tea lore, worthy causes, and delectable recipes.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Tea Shop Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.85(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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English Breakfast Murder 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
mystryluvr More than 1 year ago
Theodosia is a fresh heroine/sleuth. I love the characters who work in the tea shop, an unlikely group of people who work together well. This book takes you away from the tea shop setting and winds around so many twists and turns till the conclusion. Great Recipies at the end too!!!! I have tried the gingered scones and substituted dried mango for the pears, it worked well and was a hit with my family. Also the dipping sauce makes a great marinate for chicken!
bookloverRP More than 1 year ago
only one book in the series to go, have enjoyed them all. hope she writes more of them. want to see where characters are going.love the setting and recipes.
Pattie_pj More than 1 year ago
The series is fun, the characters are believable, the recipes look scrumptous and I love the Charleston setting
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fast paced mystery with a well written storyline. I highly recommend it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina is doing a booming business despite the depressed economy. In addition to selling all kinds of teas from different countries, the owner serves food and sells aromatherapy teas for the bath. The store proprietor, Theodosia Browning realizes there is more to life than work and volunteers her time to the Charleston¿s Sea Turtle League. When the eggs hatch, the volunteers make sure they make it safely into the ocean.

When it is Theodosia¿s shift she spots a large object floating in the water and swims out to see what it is. She doesn¿t expect to find the dead body of local antique dealer Harper Fisk, a good friend of Theodosia¿s tea blender Drayton Connelly. Both Clayton and Theodosia are sure the man was murdered even if the police won¿t admit it was a homicide. Theodosia, who has solved previous homicides, vows to find the killer even though she is embarking on a dangerous manhunt.

Readers will be charmed and beguiled by this delicious amateur sleuth mystery and will feel like visiting Charles Street to have a cuppa at the Indigo Tea Shop. Laura Childs makes tea sound so delectable sounding that a coffee lover will commit heresy and convert. The heroine is a charming down to earth person who believes in helping out her friends and the community, two sides of her personality, which will endear her to the audiences. There is a plethora of suspects but the reader will be shocked when the author cleverly reveals who the perpetrator is.

Harriet Klausner

5KittyLady More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs, Tea Shop Mysteries are absolutely wonderful. You are kept in suspense until the very end. I like the way that she carries the characters from book to book without making them "boring". Each one feels like your new friend. I recommend for young adult and older. My 90 year old neighbor is enthralled with the books.
TMW08 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read from the Tea Shop Series. I really did enjoy the characters especially Drayton, Haley, Theodosia, and Delaine. The twists the story line took from the Indigo Tea Shop to the different shoppes around town and their properietors. Theodosia and Drayton with their amateur crime solving tactics puts the suspension of the murder of Harper Fisk on two members of the English Breakfast Club only because they were fascinated and shared the same hobby of discovering shipwrecks and civil war artifacts as Harper Fisk. The person who actually murdered Harper Fisk was a surprise. I also loved the way the author gave brief descriptions on the teas that were blended by Drayton and the food that Haley prepared for the morning and afternoon teas. I was a soso tea drinker, but now I am starting to enjoy the many different flavors and the aromas of teas. The recipes in the book I have not tried yet and they all sound scrumptous.
Trip More than 1 year ago
I've read several of the Tea Shop Mysteries and this, by far, was the least enjoyable. It read like an advertisement for the tea shop and Coastal Carolina tourism. There were far too many references to the menu and endless descriptions of various teas. I would not recommend this one. It was very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't decide if the author intended Theodosia Browning to be so snobby, or if it just happened by accident, but this heroine really grates on my nerves! And even though I love a good cup of tea and a scone, I found myself skimming through the long, self-congratulatory descriptions of the fare at the Indigo Tea Shop. At times, Theodosia seems as condescending as her name. She seems much more interested in appearances and presentation than in genuine human warmth, referring to Drayton and Haley numerous times as 'her employees' despite Drayton's senior age and both of their importance to the business. At other times I almost like her, particularly when she is interacting with her dog. I can sympathize with her intelligence and determination to succeed as a single woman and small business owner, but otherwise I can't figure her out. Her boyfriend seems to be more of an acquaintance (and a source of information to further the plot) than anyone for whom she cares deeply. She seems to have started her tea business for the purpose of looking down her nose at her customers (the very same horrid tourists who keep a roof over her head). I'm very disappointed in this series. Yes, the background is interesting but I just can't warm up to the characters. The author seems to feel the need to show off all her research and push the story along rather than let us spend time really getting to know the characters.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
By now you all know I love Laura Childs and do not think I have ever read a bad book by her. This was no exception. I liked how this mystery was themed around a little treasure hunting and Civil War relics. It was sad that Harper Fisk was found drowned. I can not imagine how Theodosia felt when she found him. The more I read about Haley and Delanie the more I do not like them one bit. I think Haley is rude and acts childish. Delanie is a snob and wants everything her way and now. I also did not like her sister Nadine either I think she is worse than Delanie. Now I love Drayton and am always glad that he is in the stories and shares his knowledge of tea. Theodosia is also a favorite of mine she is such a nice helpful person. I liked that we got to see a bit more of Jory this time around. It seemed to take Theodosia a little longer to come up with clues to solve the murder this time around. I liked that Drayton was helping her the whole way. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Theodosia Browning, tea shop owner, is having the time of her life as she's watching green loggerhead turtles emerge from their eggs and strive to make their way to the ocean. While witnessing the spectacle, she sees something floating in the water. She approaches it and discovers a dead body. It's the local art dealer, Harper Fisk. He's a known colleague of friend and tea aficionado Drayton through the Heritage Society. Was greed involved in Harper's death? This adult murder mystery is a very satisfying read. The characters are quirky, lighthearted and real. The plot keeps you turning the pages, trying to solve the mystery with Theodosia. The solution is an exciting surprise. And, the recipes at the end of the book make it equally satisfying to your belly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! I began reading the Tea Shop Mysteries after another author I read ended her series. I have really enjoyed the pace of these books and I enjoy the characters. It is a very good series; each new mystery has been well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone who enjoys a good entertaining mystery, you can't go wrong reading a Laura Childs Mystery. I love her milieu - that being a Tea Shop - and her story telling is enormously entertaining. You'll love reading Laura Childs
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