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The Jasmine Moon Murder (Tea Shop Series #5)

The Jasmine Moon Murder (Tea Shop Series #5)

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by Laura Childs

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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is catering a Charleston benefit, a "Ghost Crawl" through Jasmine Cemetery, when the organizer drops dead—and it looks like foul play. Theodosia stirs things up with her own investigation, and gets into hot water up to her neck.


Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is catering a Charleston benefit, a "Ghost Crawl" through Jasmine Cemetery, when the organizer drops dead—and it looks like foul play. Theodosia stirs things up with her own investigation, and gets into hot water up to her neck.

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Publishers Weekly
Childs makes a well-deserved shift to hardcover with the fifth installment in her popular Tea Shop mystery series (Death by Darjeeling, etc.). Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop, and her staff are serving tea and goodies during the first-ever "Ghost Crawl in Charleston's famed Jasmine Cemetery." The event ends abruptly when Dr. Jasper Davis, uncle of Theo's beau, Jory, dies mysteriously and publicly. Det. Burt Tidwell makes Theo promise she won't stick her amateur nose in, but a frazzled Jory pleads with her to use her special abilities as a sleuth to root out the killer. The victim was vice-president in charge of research at a large medical products company, Cardiotech, and Theo suspects Dr. Davis's death is connected with his job. A second murder complicates things, but Theo perseveres and eventually corners the killer using a snazzy bit of up-to-date technology to summon help. Fans will enjoy the rich brew of murder, tea lore and mouth-watering descriptions of food (recipes included). The alluring jacket art a tea spread out on a blanket in the foreground with ghostly gravestones under a full moon in the background captures the mood perfectly. Agent, Sam Pinkus. (Sept. 7) FYI: Childs is also the author of Keepsake Crimes (2003) and other titles in her Scrapbooking Mystery series. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In her hardcover debut, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning (Death by Darjeeling) investigates the murder of a research cardiologist poisoned at Charleston's first cemetery "Ghost Crawl." Though warned off by Detective Tidwell, Theodosia cannot say no to boyfriend Jory, nephew of the victim. She begins by attending the funeral and scoping out potential suspects: the about-to-be-divorced wife, the greedy, cautionless business associate, and the person last seen arguing with the victim. Along the way, the author provides enough scrumptious descriptions of teas and baked goods to throw anyone off the killer's scent. For series fans and others. Childs, the pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt, lives outside of Minneapolis. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Tea Shop Series , #5
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4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.69(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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Jasmine Moon Murder (Tea Shop Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
As with all of Laura Childs books I really liked this mystery. I wish we could have heard a little more about the Ghost Crawl as it sounds liked a fun activity. In this installment Theo and Jory seemed a little closer than they were before. I really liked seeing their relationship developing. As always I loved Drayton and all he had to offer, wanted to hear a little more about Earl Grey and still do not like Haley or Delanie. Haley seems immature and always wants to do things just for spite. The author did a good job of hiding who the murder suspect was. In fact it was in the last few pages that it was all figured out. This is a go to author for me and I will be reading book six soon.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I actually enjoyed this book of the series more than I have a couple of the earlier ones. The characters seemed to interact a little easier. I do admit that I would like to visit Charleston just from the descriptions given. I enjoy reading about the tea shop but a lot of it is above my knowledge of tea and a little hard to follow. A tea 101 was mentioned in the book and maybe there should be something like that for the readers (like me) who don't know a whole lot about it but would like to learn. The mystery was good, and had plenty of twists that kept me guessing, I didn't figure it out.
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ninjamom More than 1 year ago
This series gets better with every book. I've read all of the Tea Shop series books and like them all. I love the exciting and unexpected plots this author dreams up. I really enjoyed this book, it's a great read and easy to relax with. The characters are quite endearing. I think everyone should have a Drayton in their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have become addicted to the Tea Shop mysteries.
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Socks135 More than 1 year ago
Love author Laura Child, can't wait for the next book. The book was a quick read.
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JIB More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoy Laura Childs tea series. She weaves in mystery an a interest in tea in one. And create a great story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in the historic downtown district of Charlotte, South Carolina, agrees to cater the ¿Ghost Crawl¿ society tour of the Jasmine cemetery sponsored by Charleston¿s Medical Triad. The host is Dr. Jasper Davis, the uncle of Theodosia¿s boyfriend Jory. Uncle Jasper and his team developed the Novalaser, a less invasive way of performing angioplasty. All of a sudden Dr. Davis keels over and is dead; Theodosia finds a syringe near the body.---- Jory asks his girlfriend to investigate his uncle¿s death since she has a history of solving homicides. She plunges into the investigation with plenty of enthusiasm and everyone who knows her believe she is on the trail of the killer. When she is out horseback riding, someone tries to shoot her and shortly thereafter somebody throws a rock through her window warning her to stop her inquiries. Theodosia becomes even more determined to find the killer since she doesn¿t let her fear interfere with keeping her promise to Jory.---- The latest Tea Shop Mystery is a delectable and delicious amateur sleuth mystery with mouth watering recipes that are worth the price of the book. The description of tea and the meals that The Indigo Tea Shop serves will make readers salivate. The heroine out does herself in this homicide investigation because she is investigating homicides without empirical evidence. Laura Childs serves up a delightful tea and murder mystery.---- Harriet Klausner