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The Teaberry Strangler (Tea Shop Series #11)
     

The Teaberry Strangler (Tea Shop Series #11)

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by Laura Childs
 

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Charleston is bustling with shoppers looking for antiques-and, of course, Theodosia Browning's delicious teas. But when the cobblestone alleys clear, Theodosia finds the map store owner strangled to death. Many wanted her shop-but enough to kill? Most alarming, however, is Detective Tidwell's theory: that the killer mistook her for Theodosia.

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Charleston is bustling with shoppers looking for antiques-and, of course, Theodosia Browning's delicious teas. But when the cobblestone alleys clear, Theodosia finds the map store owner strangled to death. Many wanted her shop-but enough to kill? Most alarming, however, is Detective Tidwell's theory: that the killer mistook her for Theodosia.

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Publishers Weekly
Set in Charleston, S.C., Childs's tepid 11th tea-themed puzzler (after 2009's Oolong Dead) offers an elegant heroine in her 30s who some readers may feel too often acts like an old lady. One rainy March evening, while walking along a cobblestone alley, Theodosia Browning, the proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop, spots Daria Shand, her good friend and owner of a neighboring shop, in a “nasty struggle” with an unknown assailant. The attacker flees at Theodosia's approach, leaving Daria dead in the alley. A minty fragrance Theodosia detects at the crime scene may provide a useful clue in her informal murder investigation. Childs supplies plenty of touristy asides as well as savory details about teas and gourmet goodies, if at the expense of the action. The continuing animosity between police detective Burt Tidwell and Theodosia adds some tension, but the mystery never quite catches fire as it simmers to a close. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425240205
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Tea Shop Series , #11
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
149,930
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(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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Teaberry Strangler 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Jane_AustenAP More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The charactors are interesting and ingaging. I always wish I could meet them in person. I want to spend time in the little tea shop, eating Haley's tasty treats and drinking what ever tea Drayton has offered up. This edition to the series is just as fantastic as the past 10. The world being well established, this book adds further depth and color to an already full and vibrant place. I highly recommed this book.
Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
Theodosia Browning steps in the alley behind her tea shop and finds her friend Daria, the map store's owner, strangled. There are many suspects and theories. One theory is the killer mistook Daria for Theodosia. This is a favorite series of mine. While I'm not a tea drinker, I love Charleston and mysteries set there. If the tea shop were real, I would have to stop in for a snack. It sounds very inviting. Theodosia is reluctant to investigate this time, but is soon thrust in the middle of everything. I like the plotting and characters of this book. It kept my interest and I couldn't figure out who the killer was too early. I always appreciate that. I highly recommend this book and series. Dawn Dowdle
later More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoy this series and eagerly await each new book. The characters are authentic, believable and fun. These books make me feel as if I am right there in downtown Charleston. If only someone would actually build this tearoom, a lot of us would come. The recipes are easy to follow and are delicious. I have bought each of these books and intend to keep them forever in my personal library. They are easy and fun to read.
Stepupgramma More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs has developed a method to keep the reader glued to her writing. The revelation of the "killer" is almost always a surprise - and her process to get there is filled with fun, frivolity - lots and lots of tea and food information and an eclectric group of characters. Theodosia, of course, is a constant - although a risk taker - and her staff of remarkably loyal tea master and chef - bind the story line together. Childs is best read from the beginning of the series - but each book can stand alone. You learn something about tea and it's sources from every one of her books. Great rainy Saturday afternoon "curl up with a book" choice.
GrammaSharon More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this vbook. As always, her characters, descriptions and plot hold my attention. Can't wait to see her moved in to her new "historic" house - maybe next book!
Naneka More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the mystery surrounded by tea and finger sandwiches and lovely narrative that brought the ambiance to life.
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Another keeper, love this series!
Wei More than 1 year ago
I love this series of books. "The Teaberry Strangler" was one of the best of the sereis. I love the characters and the plot is very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the book. It transported me into the neighborhood and its inhabitants. It is not a page turner.
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ethel55 More than 1 year ago
A back alley crawl for tourists ends badly for the owner of a map shop down the way from Theodosia Browning's Indigo Tea Shop. Naturally, Theo stumbles upon the body of her friend Daria, chasing away a cloaked form. I found this 11th tea shop mystery to be as fresh and carefully plotted as usual. All of our favorite characters, from Haley to Drayton, to Inspector Tidwell and fashionista Delaine, help Theo sort out the neighborhood's latest crime. Theo's former boyfriend, Jory, adds an extra storyline that maybe will be continued in number twelve? I guess we'll see. There are the usual yummy sounding recipes at the back too!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the back alley behind Church St. in Charleston, South Carolina, shopkeepers host a Dickensian evening wearing period pieces and selling bargains to enthralled visitors. The idea and deployment were that of Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning who serves a lot of Darjeeling and sandwiches. After the gala ends, she is walking the alley glowing with success when she sees her friend Daria Shand owner of the Antiquarian Map Shop fighting with someone. She rushes to her friend's assistance, but by the time she gets there, Daria is dead and her killer gone. The store is a mess as someone, probably the killer, tore up the valuable merchandise. Theo is outraged by the homicide and the vandalism, but vows to stay out of the investigation until her Aunt Libby, a close friend of Daria's grieving mother, pleads with her to do otherwise. Theo snoops finding plenty of viable suspects, but dislikes CPD Detective Tidwell's theory that the intended victim might not be Daria, bur instead a proprietor of tea. Laura Childs presents another spectacular whodunit set in an upscale shopping district of Charleston with specialty shoppes. Figuring out who the culprit is proves difficult as Daria had apparent enemies wanting to buy her store and the police theory that Theo saw the murder and might identify the killer too. Fans will enjoy sipping tea with Theo as she works the case in which she may have been the planned victim. Harriet Klausner