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"It's a major autumn event for South Carolina's culture set - specifically, the Bravissimo Club, a booster organization designed to raise money for the Charleston Opera - and Theodosia Browning is there. Asked to host the lavish tea and the Verdi-themed Masked Ball, Theodosia has a lot on her mind - especially after she finds the dead body of her arch nemesis, Abby Davis. To further complicate things, the victim's brother happens to be Theodosia's old flame. Who would have guessed they would be reunited through cold-blooded murder?" As the opera
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"It's a major autumn event for South Carolina's culture set - specifically, the Bravissimo Club, a booster organization designed to raise money for the Charleston Opera - and Theodosia Browning is there. Asked to host the lavish tea and the Verdi-themed Masked Ball, Theodosia has a lot on her mind - especially after she finds the dead body of her arch nemesis, Abby Davis. To further complicate things, the victim's brother happens to be Theodosia's old flame. Who would have guessed they would be reunited through cold-blooded murder?" As the opera house is transformed into a sumptuous Venetian carnivale, Theodosia's investigation into Abby's murder takes her from the low-country thicket to a grand formal tea and to the backstage maze of a darkened theater, where a maestro of murder waits for the next cue. All proving that when it comes to high drama, Theodosia can give Verdi a run for his money.
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At the start of Childs's soothing 10th Tea Shop mystery (after 2008's The Silver Needle Murder), Indigo Tea Shop proprietor Theodosia Browning and her horse, Captain Harley, encounter murder most unsavory during the annual Charleston Point-to-Point Race. Shortly after clearing a jump, they're spooked by encountering the corpse of Abby Davis, an evening TV news anchor, who's been shot through the forehead. In parallel with CPD Det. Burt Tidwell, Theodosia pursues her own investigation, prompted by attorney Jory Davis, the victim's brother and Theodosia's ex-boyfriend. Prime suspects include anchorman Webster Hall, who lost his job to Abby, and Abby's husband, who may have known she was having an affair. As usual, Childs's plot simmers slowly while Theodosia's dogged yet always elegant sleuthing is as satisfying as sipping a cup of jade oolong. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425225998
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Series: Tea Shop Series , #10
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (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 September 19, 2009

    too much of the same

    I have adored these books in the past...they are well written, descriptive and contain characters one can really get to know. However, after reading all of these books, I am really hoping the author will now change up her "formula" a bit in the crime part. Her formula consists of characters in the tea shop doing their daily thing; a citizen gets murdered..the tea shop owner gets involved, sets up suspicion for several people and then the "least suspected person" actually kills the person...except, one always figures out way ahead "whodunit" and, there is a ridiculous scene in EVERY book...basically the same..at the end, the shop owner chases the criminal, going off alone, getting beaten, buried, or almost murdered just to be rescued in time. I now skip all that stuff..same scene, different place...and I wonder why in the world, the author keeps having the tea owner run off alone in the dark chasing criminals OVER AND OVER...this character sure doesn't "learn from experience"..since we are dealing with the same characters in every book doing the same things, we already KNOW what is going to happen in every single book......it is easy to figure out who the killer is, because the set up is the same every time. I now find I don't really read these for the mystery part, but for just the fun of the tea shop and Charleston. The mystery part is so "stock", that it just gets in the way now...always the SAME. I may have read my last one, unless there is some kind of surprise or intrigue or development of the characters.. they are boring now...and, that makes me VERY SAD !!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Another good one

    This latest addition to the Tea Shop Series is just as good as the previous 9. I really love them all, and like the recipes in the back of the book, too. These are fun, what I call brain candy!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    TEA SHOP MYSTERIES

    I HAVE READ ALL OF LAURA CHILD'S TEA SHOP MYSTERIES. EACH ONE LEAVES ME WITH THE DESIRE TO READ THE NEXT ONE. I CAN HARDLY WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT ONE COMES OUT. SHE IS A FANTASTIC WRITER. BUT I DO WISH THEY WOULD ALSO COME IN PAPERBACK WHERE THEY WOULD BE LESS EXPENSIVE AND MY SIZES WOULD BE UNIFORM. I LIKE MY BOOK SERIES TO BE THE SAME SIZE. BUT I DO NOT HAVE ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE BOOK ITSELF. I AM AWAITING # 11. I ALSO LIKE HER SCRAPBOOKING SERIES.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

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    fans will relish drinking tea with Theo as she tries to solve the homicide of someone she disliked

    The proprietor of the Charleston Tea Shop Theodosia Browning is having a great time competing in the Charleston Point-to-Point Race. All of a sudden her horse becomes riled and out of control. Theodosia Browning leaps off and does a controlled roll limiting her injuries. However, her sudden landing leads to the discovery of the body of TV reporter Abby Davis with a bullet wound in the victim¿s forehead.<BR/><BR/>The last time they met, Abby tried to bait Theo into a cat fight, but the storeowner refused to be play Abby¿s game. Detective Burt Tidewell shocks Theo, who has solved several homicides, when he tells her to investigate. Her former boyfriend, Abby¿s brother Jory, is back from New York and also asks Theo to make inquiries. When she goes to the old plantation what Abby and her husband Drew donated to a historical trust corporation, she finds the remains of a bride who vanished a hundred years ago. In the present she learns that several people benefited from Abby¿s death as the reporter made many enemies on her climb to the top.<BR/><BR/>Putting aside the coincidence of another corpse in Theo¿ path and the cop encouraging her to investigate, this is another delightful amateur sleuth in which readers obtain a taste of the South. The heroine is an easy going person but her demeanor hides her steel spine and independent heart. Theo does what she belies is right even when it may harm a relationship she cherishes. Besides a wonderful look at Charleston and surrounding Low Country, fans will relish drinking tea with Theo as she tries to solve the homicide of someone she disliked.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Perfect Beach Reading

    Purchased this book to read on the beach and it's like the Harlequin of mystery books - you can fall asleep, drop the book, pick it back up and know what's going on. I've read every one of the Tea Shop books and while they might not be "literature", they can be entertaining. Word of caution: don't read while hungry! The recipes are almost worth the price of the book!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Theodosia Browning at her best

    No matter how many Tea Shop Mysteries I read, they just keep getting better and better. I love Theodosia and her able employees, Drayton and Haley. Everyone just seems to fit in so well. The idea of the Masked Ball was so "southern." Laura Childs themes are so realistic as far as visualizing the old south. Every time I read one of her books, I look forward to the next one.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Ten and Counting

    You would think after ten books, there would be no victims left in Charleston, but Laura Childs makes the story believable and captures your interest right from the start. I love the tea shop and all the people who work there. What a great place to spend the afternoon. Looking forward to the next story.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Tea, But not Brewed "Ooo-long" Enough

    I like Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries, and this one did not really disappoint, so much as it needed a tad more character development...like a pot of good tea that needed to brew a little longer. Ex-boyfriend Jory's sister is the body Theodosia's horse trips over, in this latest escapade, and Jory asks her to look into it, much to the objection of present boyfriend Parker. But the interaction between these characters is tepid, and it's hard to care about either of these guys. The relationship between Theo and her Tea Shop buddies, as well as the portly Det. Tidwell, is much more real and thus the reader can actually care for these folks. This is a cozy, rainy day book to read...with a great cup of tea and a muffin, of course, and as always, the reader is treated to littl tid-bits about historic Charleston, SC, and interesting facts about tea. Also, there is another historic mystery tied in with this one about a bride who went missing more that eight decades ago. Theo does run headlong into trouble, as usual, which one would expect if one has read any of the other Tea Shop Mysteries. This is not a book for those looking for thrills and chills, although there is a bit of danger (due to the aforementioned pinchant Theo has for running headlong into trouble). It is for those looking for something fun to read to escape the rigors of day-to-day life. Be prepared by having tea on hand. You'll be wanting a cuppa very soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Oolong Dead by Laura Childs

    I have read all Tea shop series and I feel the keep getting better. I love her books. THe characters are so real. The tea facts are so interesting.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    Wonderful addition to the series

    I really enjoyed this book as well as the complete series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Loved it!

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books in this series. Each one always has a really funny part and the whodunit aspect throughout usually keeps me guessing until the end. Love this author.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Love the series

    I look forward to the next book after reading the present one. I purchase the hardbacks so I don't have to wait for the paperbacks. I love tea!

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Thrilling Mystery

    One if those mysteries you can hardly put down, because it is so interesting.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Huge Laura Childs Fan

    I love everything from Laura, but this one was really wonderful from the cover to the very last word. She can not write fast enough for me!!!!!!!!

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