Sweet Tea Revenge (Tea Shop Series #14) [NOOK Book]

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In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Agony of the Leaves, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning may always be a bridesmaid, never a bride, but this groom is never going to make it to the altar…



Theodosia Browning’s dear friend Delaine Dish has asked her to be a bridesmaid for her wedding. But when the big day arrives, everything seems to be ...
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Sweet Tea Revenge (Tea Shop Series #14)

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Overview

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Agony of the Leaves, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning may always be a bridesmaid, never a bride, but this groom is never going to make it to the altar…



Theodosia Browning’s dear friend Delaine Dish has asked her to be a bridesmaid for her wedding. But when the big day arrives, everything seems to be going wrong. First, a massive storm is brewing over Charleston. A bad omen? Second, Delaine’s sister is late for the ceremony. And finally, the groom not only has cold feet—his whole body is cold. A murderer has crashed the wedding.



As Theodosia comforts a devastated Delaine, she needs to sort out the suspects on the groom’s side from the suspects on the bride’s side. One thing soon becomes apparent—revenge won’t be the only dish served cold at this wedding. And if Theodosia doesn’t watch her step, a cold-blooded killer may have a rude reception in store for her…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
More than rain spoils a June wedding in Childs’s pleasing 14th Tea Shop mystery featuring Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, S.C. (after 2012’s Agony of the Leaves). On the wedding day of an old friend, maid-of-honor Theodosia finds the lifeless body of the groom, Dougan Granville, “one of Charleston’s top attorneys,” in his suite at the Ravencrest Inn. A glassine envelope and scattered white powder on a table suggest Dougan may have overdosed on cocaine, but subtle signs of a blow to the head point to murder. Since the Ravencrest Inn is rumored to be haunted, two ghost hunters join the investigation. Series fans won’t be surprised when Theodosia’s recklessness (“There’s no time to think! I just have to... do something!”) leads to a climactic confrontation with the killer in an abandoned cemetery. Foodies will appreciate the favorite recipes from the Indigo Tea Shop at the end. Agent: Samuel Pinkus, Philologus Procurator, Inc. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Being a bridesmaid has its dangers. Theodosia Browning, the one and only bridesmaid for Delaine Dish's wedding, watches her friend's special day get off to a less-than-auspicious start. The beautiful city of Charleston cowers under a nasty squall, and the bride is more than a mite testy. The groom, wealthy lawyer Dougan Granville, is the man of Delaine's dreams, but the wedding isn't living up to her high expectations. The venue is a run-down inn, the bride's sister is late, and Dougan wants to cut the honeymoon short. When Theodosia goes in search of the tardy bridegroom and finds him dead; the overwrought Delaine begs her to find his killer. Luckily, Theodosia and the helpers at her Indigo Tea shop, perfectionist tea-blender Drayton and pastry chef Haley, are no strangers to murder (Scones & Bones, 2011, etc.). Dougan's law partner is cagey about his assets, a former girlfriend keeps popping up, the ATF is investigating the Granville cigar store, looking for smuggled Cubans, and a team of ghost hunters wants Theodosia to help them communicate with the recently departed. Theodosia, pressed by Delaine into catering the garden tour at Dougan's magnificent home, has her hands full. But her bump of curiosity refuses to give up on the ever more complicated mystery. Enough suspects to hold your interest, although the best features are the local Charleston lore and the appended recipes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101619643
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Tea Shop Series , #14
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 13,728
  • File size: 799 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbooking Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries. She is a consummate tea drinker, scrapbooker, and dog lover, and travels frequently to China and Japan with Dr. Bob, her professor husband. In her past life she was a Clio Award–winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm.
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  • Posted March 3, 2013

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    Intriguing, Funny, All-Around Good Read

    Opening the pages of a Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mystery series feels like actually walking into the Indigo Tea Shop and experiencing the sights, sounds and mouth-watering aromas found within. Sweet Tea Revenge, the latest installment in the series, begins with a wedding that was never meant to be - and someone makes sure of that. Theodosia Browning is serving as maid-of-honor for her friend, Delaine Dish, who is marrying Theo’s neighbor, Charleston attorney Dougan Granville. Despite terrible weather for June and a few other minor problems, the wedding is about to begin when the groom is a no-show. Unfortunately for Theo, she finds him dead in his room just down the hall from the bride. At first it appears Dougan may have overdosed. But soon it’s discovered his death was no accident. Detective Burt Tidwell arrives and Delaine becomes a prime suspect. A short time later ghost hunters show up wanting to connect with the dearly departed since it’s rumored Ravencrest Inn, where the wedding was to be held, is haunted. After a desperate plea from her friend, Theo begins to make a few inquires on her own. Theo has her hands full between running her business, the Indigo Tea Shop; searching for Dougan’s killer; assisting the ghost hunters; and trying not to be the killer’s next victim. The cast of characters fans of the series have come to love return, along with a number of new and zany ones. The story flows quickly, pulling you in and holding you spellbound until the last drop of Sweet Tea Revenge. The author combines mystery, suspense, friendship, and humor for a tantalizing cozy. The suspense will keep you guessing. Childs’ vivid descriptions will place you in the center of the action in historical Charleston with its beautiful scenery, alluring structures, and enchanting residents. Sweet Tea Revenge is the 14th installment in the Tea Shop Mystery series, but can be read alone. However, to fully appreciate how Theo and her friends have developed and evolved since the series began the books should be read in order. In addition, in the back of the book Childs has included delicious recipes, tea time tips, tea resources, and a sneak preview of her next Scrapbooking Mystery, Gilt Trip, coming soon. You don’t have to like tea in order to enjoy Sweet Tea Revenge. Just have a thirst for intriguing mysteries and charming characters and this story will quench that sensation with ease. FTC Full Disclosure - An ARC of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    bkinard@bellsouth.net

    Living in Charleston,SC the story keep me on pins and neddles.Love the story which flowed nicely. Great.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    One of her best!

    Story keeps you going to the very end!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Highly recommended!

    Laura Childs has done it again!I recommend this book (and her others) as fun-time mystery reading!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

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    if you are a fan of laura childs you won't be disappointed

    good familiar characters, yummy discriptions of food served at her tea shop, the mystery keeps you interested, it no scarpetta mystery but great cozy fare.....

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    ¿A Steaming Cup of Murder and Mystery¿ Theodosia Browning ha




    “A Steaming Cup of Murder and Mystery”

    Theodosia Browning has a “Full plate”. Not only as the owner/operator of the bustling “Indigo Tea Shoppe”, but she has agreed to be the Maid of Honor in her flighty friend, Delaine Dish’s whirlwind wedding. The wedding day turns out to be a stormy one in Charleston, which makes the venue, the “Ravencrest Inn” even creepier and more foreboding. The guests are seated, Delaine’s perpetually late sister/bridesmaid, Nadine finally saunters in, while Theo, attending to her Maid of Honor duties, tries to keep Delaine calm and collected before her march down the aisle. All seems to be going according to plan until Drayton, Theo’s tea expert, cannot locate the Groom. It seems that no one has spotted the other half of the matrimonial duo, Attorney Dougan Granville. Theo goes to his room and knocks. No answer. She carefully opens the door and calls out, still no answer. When she ventures into his room, she finds him sprawled out, dead, on the fainting couch, with traces of cocaine on the table. Was it an overdose? It is seriously considered while other information is being collected. What if it isn’t an overdose?
    Now Theo really has her hands full! Between a hysterical Bride and rotund Detective Burt Tidwell looking at Theo as a possible suspect, she decides to put on her ”sleuthing cap” and try to unravel the mystery with help from her loyal employees, Drayton and Haley. Who would want Dougan Granville dead? Who would profit the most by his demise? Who had room 314, next to the Groom? Perhaps someone he had tried to defend? How about his ex- girlfriend Simone Asher? Or his Law Partner Allan Grumley? Dougan’s stepson Charles Horton also makes the list of suspects, but then again, so does the Bride! In the midst of the turmoil, Theodosia attempts to keep smarmy photographer, Bill Glass at bay from the crime scene and deal with Brothers, Jed and Tim Beckman, who supposedly are “Ghost hunters”. It’s enough to make your head spin—but Theo handles it in her usual firm and clever fashion. Ms. Childs leads us on a complicated path, full of twists, turns and tea while thoughtfully including some of “Haley’s” recipes and “Tea Time Tips” for the reader to use and enjoy. I’m looking forward to journeying back to the Indigo Tea Shoppe and I bet you will be too! Nancy Narma

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    I consider the best features of this series to be the setting an

    I consider the best features of this series to be the setting and tea information, along with the recipes. I have found these recipes to be the best ones for modern use. They're simple enough and very tasty. My wish is that this were just a cozy series without the mystery element. Plotting seems to be this writer's weakest link, detracting from the series. However, this newest book reflects more discipline in writing, an improvement over the past few editions. Hope she continues to sharpen especially her plots.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Have read all of the Tea Shop Mysteries and Scrapbooking Mysteri

    Have read all of the Tea Shop Mysteries and Scrapbooking Mysteries- love them ALL!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    the blurb above tells the story, but what it doesn't tell you th

    the blurb above tells the story, but what it doesn't tell you that reading one of ms laura's tea shop mysteries is like coming home. the characters are family, each with their indvidual quirks. as you read, you fell as though you can taste the tea, and the scones, and you can feel the atmosphere of the tea shop. ms laura is very well versed in teas, and the recipes included in the back of the book are to die for. i've made quite a few of these and have enjoyed delicious scones and soups and other things too. haley and drayton, (my favorite, every woman needs a drayton in her life), round out the tea shop family. if you haven't read a tea shop mystery by laura childs, you are missing a great read. her brand of humor sets her stories apart as well. get it, read it, i dare you to say you didn't enjoy it!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    Sweet Tea Revenge is the 14th book in the A Tea Shop Mystery ser

    Sweet Tea Revenge is the 14th book in the A Tea Shop Mystery series. It's always a treat for me to enter the cozy confines of the Indigo Tea Shop. Child's writing puts me right inside the store and I can literally see Theodosia, Haley, and Drayton scurrying around helping the customers of shop.

    Delaine Dish has asked Theodosia to be a bridesmaid at her wedding. the wedding day has arrived and as time is approaching for the ceremony, Theodosia goes to Dougan Granville, the groom, and finds him dead with his nose close to unknown powder. What with a heated argument have being heard between the couple just a couple hours earlier, Delaine immediately becomes a person of interest. Of course Delaine asks Theodosia to do her own little investigation, much to Detective Tidwell's disapproval.

    As Theodosia is organizing her thoughts on how to proceed with her inquiries, Jed and Tim Beckman arrive at Ravencrest Inn. Jed and Tim and want to film at Ravencrest for a segment Southern Hauntings. They excited to hear a death has just occurred, because they feel there is a better chance of making contact with the spirit world. Theodosia is reluctant to allow it, hopes that they may be of some help.

    As Theodosia starts getting involved, she finds out that Dougan's estranged stepson wants into the law firm that Dougan is a partner in. From Delaine, she learns that Allan Grumley, the other partner in the law firm, seems hesitant to share with Delaine the terms of Dougan Will.

    Child's once again kept me guessing to end of the book.

    Tasty sounding recipes are included, as well as an extensive list of tea related link.

    I am looking forward to #15.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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    The moment had finally arrived. My Gunpowder Green tea was brew

    The moment had finally arrived. My Gunpowder Green tea was brewed, blanket heated and ready, pillow fluffed, and a fresh new copy of Laura Child’s Sweet Tea Revenge beckoning from my night table. With a huge grin, I opened the book to the first pages and immediately tumbled into the story. Laura Childs has a way of making that happen.

    Sweet Tea Revenge is Laura Child’s latest episode in her Tea Shop Mysteries set in Charleston, South Carolina. As thunder rolls and rain pelts the windows in our opening scene, our main character, Theodosia, is racing up the stairs of Ravencrest Inn to assist her friend, Delaine, who is getting married. The bride is dressed, flowers are strewn about, and guests await the big moment. Unfortunately, the moment is bigger than intended. Something borrowed was taken care of, but something blue was not supposed to be the groom.

    Hopefully you’ve read each book from the Indigo Tea Shop series because you are reunited with friends: Haley, Draper, Delaine, and Theodosia. No I did not forget Officer Tidwell. How could I? In this latest mystery, Tidwell has become delightfully enriched with a few charming enhancements. All I will say is, do enjoy his new “appreciation” for the fine art of Tea. Utterly endearing.

    The storm continues as guests are presented before us like a southern buffet: the Ravencrest Innkeepers, Simone the leggy ex of the groom, Nadine’s boyfriend, the curmudgeon real estate partner, ghostbusters Tim and Jed, and an elusive Bobby St. Cloud.

    Ms. Child’s characters are deliciously filled out with dimension and memorable traits with a few new folks to meet along the way. In between murder, chaos, and panic, Laura Childs gives us a respite as we are treated to the aromas of creamy scones and tea simmered chicken.

    I adore the attention to detail Childs gives us. She uses all five senses to treat us to an afternoon around the southern streets, through heady, jasmine-filled gardens, and back to the Indigo Tea Room in time to hear the snap of crisp, bright tablecloths spread onto the tables. Be prepared to smell Haley’s warm peach scones or cinnamon raisin biscuits arriving on a tray. This tale will leave you hanging by a thread with enough clues and red herrings to keep you guessing to the end. Don’t peek – enjoy the ride.

    Along with yummy recipes and tea ideas, something very special awaits us at the end. Her new nonfiction book, “Living a Tea Shop Life” is in the works. I’m first in line.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Good Read

    I'm a fan of the Tea Shop mystery books. I enjoy reading each book as they come out in print. Would recommend this one and any of the author's previous books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Delightful book

    This is a fun, easy read which is enjoyable and relaxing after a busy day! Theodosia and friends fall into another mystery, and you can feel the heat and humidity of Charleston in June and taste the delicious teas and goodies they cook up.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Another great read!

    I always find her books fun, interesting, holds my attention and since I am a tea lover, wish there was a tea shop in my town. Always look forward the next mystery. Keep up the good works.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Highly recommended!

    First Mystery in a long time where I did not see the villian before the last two pages! Real surprise and up to Laura Childs usual standards. Read and enjoy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    Definitely Recommend

    Once again Ms. childs gave us a great read! Highly recommend the whole series!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Kate

    Hey cole.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Highly Recommended if You Enjoyed the Others!

    I enjoyed this book just as much as her others! Pretty easy reading.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    Absolutely thrilling, Laura Childs does it again with Sweet Tea

    Absolutely thrilling, Laura Childs does it again with Sweet Tea Revenge. She brings the mystery, intrigue, humor, and vast knowledge of all things tea to life in the pages of this exciting new release. All of the characters that we've grown to love make their appearance, and we're introduced to some new and fun characters that I can't wait to read more about!

    From the moment I picked up this book, I knew it was going to blow me away. Her cozies always do! They have a quick, heart-pounding pace, much like a great crime thriller, but still includes so many of the cozy elements that I adore. She has a knack for creating a great mystery - one that will literally have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

    The amount of detail that is put in to this story is incredible. It draws you in and makes you feel as though you're right in the middle of everything, watching it unfold before your very eyes. As Theo delves into her own investigation of the murder that's shocked her community, it's almost as if you become her - seeing every clue, speaking to every suspect - it's amazing.

    Such a talented author with such a creative series. Sweet Tea Revenge is, in my opinion, her best one to date in this series. And while it is a part of a series, you could read it as a stand alone and still enjoy the story. But I would recommend starting at the beginning - you'll thank me if you do! :)

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions are my own.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

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    Laura Childs brings readers the 14th book in her Tea Shop myster

    Laura Childs brings readers the 14th book in her Tea Shop mystery series, Sweet Tea Revenge. Long time fans of the series will once again be immersed in the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Setting is everything! Familiar sights and sounds, as well, as characters make this novel feel like a visit with good friends. If you are new to the series, you'll quickly fall in love with the Indigo Tea Shop and it's owner, Theodosia Browning. From wedded bliss to murdered grooms, this novel has a surprise in store for everyone.

    What I liked:

    Sweet Tea Revenge was a surprise to me in a lot of ways. But the more things change, the more they stay the same. This book had the same wonderful Charleston setting that readers have come to know and love. I know that personally I find out something interesting about this beloved city in every one of Child's books. I love the descriptions of the city itself with it's extensive history and quaint historic buildings and of course Theo's tea shop. The Indigo Tea Shop is the crux of the setting. Without it, I think the series would falter. But luckily, Childs once again enamors readers with her imaginative ways of bringing Charleston and the Indigo Tea Shop to life.

    Another thing that remains the same, is the great detective trio that makes this series work. Theodosia is obviously the leader of the pack. She's been involved in many a mystery by now. She has Drayton her tea brewing master at her side and her baker, Hayley. Between the three of them and of course, officer Tidwell, they continue to solve mystery after mystery. Yes, these characters have been around for awhile. They have matured and become seasoned. Does that mean they have lost something along the way? I don't think so. It just makes them seem like people I have come to know. People I have a keen interest in, good friends I enjoy reading about over and over.

    Delaine's groom and soon to be husband, is found dead in his room at the wedding venue. Who could possibly have wanted him dead? Delaine is distraught and Theodosia wants to find the killer. It wasn't the most elaborate plot I have seen from Childs, but it had a simplistic charm that I enjoyed. Theo has to split the suspects into friends of the bride and friends of the groom and go about investigating from there. This one was a little shorter on twists and turns readers have come to expect from Childs, but still packed a punch and had me bum-fuzzled for awhile trying to figure it out. It relies a lot on the reader as well as Theodosia's powers of observation. Like putting together a puzzle. Now where did I see that piece? How does this and this fit together? A great puzzler!

    What I didn't like:

    I won't say this was my favorite of the series, because I will always love the first one, the best. It's just one of those things I fell in love with it and nothing has surpassed it for me. This was a good edition to the series, it may not have been the best, but it was certainly up to par with the rest of Laura Childs work. 

    Bottom Line: 

    I don't think this series, has lost a thing. It's just as good now as ever, and I can see some hints of things to come that may make it even better. More Max please!

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