Agony of the Leaves (Tea Shop Series #13)

Agony of the Leaves (Tea Shop Series #13)

by Laura Childs


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In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Scones and Bones, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning finds herself in hot water when a body surfaces at the grand opening of Charleston's Neptune Aquarium...

The opening of the aquarium is a major Charleston event, and Theodosia has been hired to cater tea, scones, and sandwiches for the private party to honor dignitaries and big buck donors. Things are going swimmingly, until Theodosia escapes the party for a momentary rest, only to discover the body of a man entangled in a net, drowned in one of the aquarium's state-of-the-art tanks.

To make matters worse, the victim is Theodosia's former boyfriend Parker Scully. The EMTs on the scene think Parker's drowning was an accident, but when Theodosia notices what look like defense wounds on his hands, she realizes that someone wanted Parker dead. The local police aren't keen on hearing her theory-especially because of her ties to the victim-so Theodosia knows that if she wants Parker's killer brought to justice, she'll have to jump into the deep end and start her own investigation...


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425245538
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: Tea Shop Series , #13
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, and the Scrapbooking 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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Praise for Laura Childs:

“Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.” —Susan Wittig Albert

“Murder suits Laura Childs to a Tea.”—St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

“Childs has a great eye for local color.”—Publishers Weekly

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Agony of the Leaves 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the tea shop series by Laura Childs, I enjoyed this latest book. In the last one, Theodosia's relationship with Parker was ending but it was a surprise to have his character killed off so soon, and even more of a surprise to discover he already had another girlfriend who becomes a suspect, along with several others who were involved with Parker on a business level in the competitive restaurant industry. As ususal, Theodosia and her employee and friend, Drayton, get caught up in investigating a murder that ends up putting them in danger. I always like the recipes that are included from the tea shop treats described in the story. This cozy mystery was easy to read in one day and would be a good one to take along to the beach or on vacation this summer. I'm looking forward to the next one. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
Ritr614 More than 1 year ago
Need a little tea break? Pick up one of Laura Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries, and take a short trip to warm Charleston, South Carolina, far far away from your troubles. Ms. Child’s characters are quirky, likable, and get into the right amount of trouble. The plots escalate from a mellow chamomile morning in Charleston, to a gunpowder green whodunnit, then slide nicely to a sweet jasmine finish. Each book’s title is a fun tea reference, and the information on teas, flowers, and baked goods will leave you reaching for a highlighter. Like icing on a cupcake, the author finishes off her books with recipes, hosting ideas, and even tips on dyeing fabric with teas. Start at the beginning of the series to enjoy the growth in characters. Her recently released book, Agony of The Leaves, is her best yet. At this point in the series, you’ll have traveled along quaint Charleston streets, slipped around dimly lit alleys, stopped in to visit friends in neighboring shops, enjoyed many a haiku from the ever proper Drayton, and possibly, yes possibly, have grown to look forward to Officer Tidwell’s unannounced appearances. While Theodosia’s romances are secondary, and, in my opinion, quite irrelevant to the plot (unless one of the men falls dead into an aquarium), the Tea Shop regulars are, indeed, essential and could possibly step right out of the pages. But I like them right where they are. In the Tea Shop. Because I need to take time out now and then to visit the stress-free Indigo Tea Shop. C’mon by and have a seat at my table. And I’ll make sure Drayton brings you an extra scone.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs never fails those of us who enjoy her tea shop mysteries. This was another good one and along with the story I enjoy reading about all the "tea blends" Drayton comes up with. I purchased this book on my Nook and was so disappointed that many of the words ran together and distracted me from the story. It's too bad B&N can't get the bugs worked out of their electronic books - words running together, question marks that don't belong in the text. Sloppy, sloppy work. Not the fault of the author who continues to entertain!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the tea mystery books. This book was as enjoyable to read as all of the other tea mystery books.
Aprilnow More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading this series and just love the receips in the back. This is a great series for the devoted mystery reader to take up reading and not feel that they've lost insights into the characters by not having read the previous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i couldnt wait until this book came out! I have read the whole series and this one did not disappoint. Its great to have new recipes to try and tea references to explore.
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs presents a mild mystery that does not contain graphic violence or sex. Sometimes, Childs uses a heavy hand in pitching charities. The recipes and description of Charleston are exquisite. I wish that Childs would publish a book of the recipes included in the Tea Shop Mysteries. In this caper, Theodosia's ex boyfriend, Parker Scully is killed. The parties and expeditions in Charleston create a worldly atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoy this simple, yet delicious sojourn in Charleston.
BrianEWilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's an OK mystery -- the identity of the killer was a surprise to me and I expect it will to most readers because it seems totally random. There are several loose ends left after the murder is solved and I suspect these may be carried over to the next in the series to add some momentum. This is the 13th in this series and it looks to me if it may be running out of steam.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We are thrown into a lot of activities in this Tea Shop mystery outing.The suspicious death of Theodosia's ex-boyfriend is sad, but she hardly seems like she would have the time to investigate much in this busy story. The alleged murder at an Aquarium opening leads to charity scavenger hunts, tea ceremonies, a coffee/tea Expo, bees, visits to Aunt Libby and more charity events. I always like to visit Theodosia, Haley and Drayton, but book thirteen made me a little tired! Yummy recipes and a teaser for another tale at the end make it all worthwhile!
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Tea Shoppe Mysteries by Laura Childs is one of my favorite series, so when I received it in the mail from the author I was excited to read it, but I wanted to have the right amount time to savor it. So it was at the top of the pile when I headed off to my Florida vacation. It barely made it to Florida before I was finished having entertained me in the airport and on the plane. Theodosia Browning and her friends at the Indigo Tea Shop are front and center trying to solve the murder of Theo's former boyfriend Parker Scully. The same background characters allow the reader to snuggle in and concentrate on the villains du jour and solve the murder.SPOLIER Here in lies my problem with this installment. The mystery lacked a gel that would hold it together. The murderer isn't even introduced until well into the book and the clues just weren't there for the reader to solve the mystery along with the characters. A disappointment - yes. Bad book - definitely not for those that love the series. I hope that the future books are back on track because, no matter what I enjoyed it and that's all that's necessary IMHO.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Theodosia is at the grand opening of the Neptune Aquarium. As she stares into a tank, she suddenly sees something that doesn't belong there -- the lifeless body of her former boyfriend, Parker Scully. Everyone assumes he somehow fell in the tank, but Theodosia is convinced otherwise although she has no idea why anyone would want him dead. There is a missing folder of his "current projects" when his office is searched for clues. The autopsy does reveal that he was murdered. As usual, Theodosia investigates in her own way. As with all the books, there is a lot of information about tea, lots of travel in the Charleston area, and the delicious menus Haley creates. While the conclusion caught me by surprise, it was one I should have seen coming. I really hate that Parker was the victim. I'm not real crazy about her new boyfriend Max. I love all my visits with the Theodosia, Drayton, Haley, and the dog Earl Grey. Do I really have to wait another year for the next one?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her tea shop books and the recipes and tea time tips. I highly recommended her books
lilybardfan More than 1 year ago
A don't put down with a surprising ending.
ReaderVH More than 1 year ago
A little slow compared to previous books in this series, but still a good read. The ending does make you want to read the next book in the series
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Good read, kept me interested .Hope to read more of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Ms. Child's books, and I enjoyed reading this one, too. There does seem to be a lot of "filler" though. But I will continue reading them because they are interesting and entertaining.
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My love affair with cozies started with the first Indigo Tea Shoppe mystery and 13 books later I still love visiting there. These boks are well written fast reads. This one seems a little tired but I love Drayton and Haley and Theo and everything they teach me about an area of the country I know bupkus about. I may read other cozies' series, but these are my favs
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