Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Series #1)

Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Series #1)

by Laura Childs

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Overview

When a man is poisoned by tea, Theo is the prime suspect. Now she has to prove her innocence and track down the real killer-before someone else takes their last sip. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425179451
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/08/2001
Series: Tea Shop Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 64,256
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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“Highly recommended” by the Ladies Tea Guild “Book of Choice” by the Red Hat Society
 
“Tea lovers, mystery lovers, [this] is for you. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.”—Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of Bloodroot
 
“It’s a delightful book!”—Tea: a magazine
 
“Murder suits [Laura Childs] to a Tea.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press
 
“If you devoured Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, this new series is right up your alley.”—The Gazette, Goose Creek, SC
 
Death By Darjeeling is a good beginning to a new culinary series that will quickly become a favorite of readers who favor this genre. The cozy and inviting setting will quickly draw readers in and a likable cast of characters will have them eager to return.”—The Mystery Reader
 
“Gives the reader a sense of traveling through the streets and environs of the beautiful, historic city of Charleston.”—Lakeshore Weekly News, Wayzata, MN

 

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Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Reader_of_the_Valley More than 1 year ago
Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs is a quaint book for a lazy afternoon and such. Unlike thriller books that ooze suspense, Death by Darjeeling has a much less extreme suspense, you CAN stop reading but you'd stop and think, 'hmmm, what happened next?'. Death by Darjeeling is also unlike regular murder stories by having subtle suspense, not a page-ripping pageturner. With a wicked plot and comforting characters, Death by Darjeeling is your bestfriend on any rainy day.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Indigo TeaShop located in Charleston, South Carolina's historical district is usually a place of serenity, but today chaos reigns. The owner and her small crew prepare a tea party at the famous Lamplighter tour of Historical homes. The event goes smoothly, but when it is time to leave, someone remains sitting in the shadows. One of Theodosia's employees goes to check on the person only to find him dead.

An autopsy reveals that the man was poisoned. As the word spreads amidst society, business drops at the teacup. Unwilling to sit back and wait for the storm to pass, Theodosia begins to snoop. This leads to several viable suspects including someone who wants to stop Theodora before she gets to close to the truth.

This cute cozy provides a soothing affect on the reader perhaps because there are many bucolic scenes spread throughout the story line. Laura Childs writes such a colorful picture of historical Charleston that the audience will believe they are sipping tea in the area. The well-drawn plot including an intriguing amateur sleuth who-done-it, but the likable cast makes DEATH IN DARJEELING a wonderful reading experience.

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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
What can I say but that I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it just got me so wrapped up in Theo's Indigo Tea Shop and the mystery itself was intriguing in its' own little way I had to read this from cover to cover. Everything about it was just so "cozy". I loved the different descriptions about tea, and being a tea lover myself am now in the look out for new teas to try. Aside from the wonderful tea descriptions and the desserts that went along with it, the mystery was a fun read. Nothing too flashy and sensational. However there were proper moments of suspense and intrigue which kept the reader going and more engrossed to keep reading some more. I loved the characters in the book. The suspects were believable and each had a motive for murder. I liked Theo and her staff at the tea shop who supported her through her investigation. They were all likable characters (although I found Drayton to be a particular favorite as he was the actual tea connoisseur). As for the real murderer and the solving of the case, I thought I had guessed correctly but I was blindsided and it wasn't who I expected it to be. There were a couple of questions I would like to have answered but I figured they would wait until the next book or two to see what would happen to certain characters I'm curious about. Plot flow was good and interesting. Nothing distracting to take away from the main theme. Theo is a great strong character and her determination to solve this case and save the reputation of her business and friend makes her even more likeable and noble. Overall a wonderful mystery cozy! this will definitely be a series I will continue reading. I recommend this for cozy mystery lovers and tea aficionados alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are very charming and present lovely mystery stories. Hard core mystery fans may find these books lacking, but the books excell in giving the reader a pleasureable reading experience. This book is like a cup of tea, perfect for a bright sunny morning, so READ ON!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and throughly enjoyed it. I also read the other reviews here both for and against this book and the author. As the saying goes 'you can't please all the people all the time'. If a reader is looking for a heavy read she may not like the books in the Tea Shop Mystery Series but for a good summer reading this book does fine. I am looking forward to reading Ms. Childs other books in this series.
alliAK More than 1 year ago
I definitely learned more about different teas. The murder plot was better towards the end, I kept getting bored in the beginning.
Maria359 More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs has a gift for making you feel like you are friends with the characters in her novels. The Tea Shop Mysteries make you feel the need to brew a pot of tea settle down with a scone and read. This story is full of twists that will leave you guessing right to the last chapter. It has a great surprise ending too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Childs creates interesting and fun characters that I enjoyed following through the tale. I am a tea drinker, and her details on the tea shop and the city of Charleston do her immense credit. I highly recommend this entertaining story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love reading about the South. You will love this book. I read the book before I went to Charleston and it made the city that much more interesting. It gave the city a personification. I loved all the characters and am looking forward to my next endeavor with Theodosia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific mystery set around the central theme of a tea shop. Author Laura Childs' writing draws a beautiful picture of just how a tea shop in the south should look and feel. Her characters are engaging and the mystery to be solved makes quite a page-turner! Very similar to Mary Higgins Clark's style of writing. I like to think of it as fluffy--a comfortable book to read when you want to escape a bit from your life. Be sure to have a hot cup of tea handy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book! I wish the Indigo Tea Shop was right in my neighborhood! I enjoyed the tea tips and what a "novel" idea to put in a receipe. I cannot wait till the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plotting was good, the characters well drawn and believeable, the situation good, etc. I read a lot of 'tea cozy' mysteries and am hopeful of more of these to follow. I can whole heartedly recommend this to readers who want their murders clean, their sleuths believeable and their violence gracefully presented. (If I wanted 'realism' I would watch TV, not read.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea behind this cute mystery makes it immediately endearing and the cast of characters only serves to further the sentiment. I enjoyed reading about the Historic District and the surrounding area of Charleston and Ms.Childs did a wonderful job of capturing it. The only real problem that I had with this story was that it was wrapped up so quickly with little build up as to the true murderer. That aside, it was a wonderful read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As proprietor of the Indigo Tea shop, Theodosia Browning wears a lot of hats: business owner, tea buyer, chief cook and teacup washer. Does she need one more problem? Of course not - but while catering a tea during a historic homes tour, someone turns up dead. Never mind that he's a slightly scummy real estate developer, Theodosia's reputation is suddenly at stake. Backed by her fellow tea shop entrepreneurs, Theo sets about solving the mystery of the deadly Darjeeling. Was it the fiery environmentalist? The octogenarian major domo of the Heritage Society? The realtor's unsavory partner? Or someone else? Even though there's plenty trouble brewing, Theo turns up the right clues and, ultimately, revives her reputation. This is a real tea cozy!
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What can I say but that I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it just got me so wrapped up in Theo's Indigo Tea Shop and the mystery itself was intriguing in its' own little way I had to read this from cover to cover. Everything about it was just so "cozy". I loved the different descriptions about tea, and being a tea lover myself am now in the look out for new teas to try. Aside from the wonderful tea descriptions and the desserts that went along with it, the mystery was a fun read. Nothing too flashy and sensational. However there were proper moments of suspense and intrigue which kept the reader going and more engrossed to keep reading some more.I loved the characters in the book. The suspects were believable and each had a motive for murder. I liked Theo and her staff at the tea shop who supported her through her investigation. They were all likable characters (although I found Drayton to be a particular favorite as he was the actual tea connoisseur). As for the real murderer and the solving of the case, I thought I had guessed correctly but I was blindsided and it wasn't who I expected it to be. There were a couple of questions I would like to have answered but I figured they would wait until the next book or two to see what would happen to certain characters I'm curious about. Plot flow was good and interesting. Nothing distracting to take away from the main theme. Theo is a great strong character and her determination to solve this case and save the reputation of her business and friend makes her even more likeable and noble.Overall a wonderful mystery cozy! this will definitely be a series I will continue reading. I recommend this for cozy mystery lovers and tea aficionados alike.
adeptmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The plot of this book is interesting, as is the information about tea. Unfortunately, the book is sadly overwritten with excessive--and often repetitive--details. The point of view changes paragraph to paragraph, giving the reader a dizzily schizophrenic feeling. For example, read the first six pages of the book that Amazon provides. The first five SEEM (with a few jarring exceptions) to be narrated from the POV of the heroine, Theodosia. But then Theodosia says something and you get these bizarre paragraphs: "These charming metaphors drew a quick scatter of applause from her delighted guests as Drayton looked on, pleased by the dramatic entrance of his beloved employer. "But then, most people were charmed by Theodosia Browning the moment they met her. She was all sparkling blue eyes and barely contained energy, with a broad, intelligent face, high cheekbones and a full, perfectly formed mouth that could pull into a pucker when she was feeling perplexed." Aside from the gag factor (Childs seems determined to make the reader appreciate her heroine's perfection), the switch between points of view is disconcerting. One feels as if she's forced into this tactic because her characters simply aren't well-drawn. At the end, you don't feel as if you really know them any better than you did at the beginning. The overwriting and general pushiness of the author makes the reader want to scream out that old clich of high school teachers everywhere: "show, don't tell!"
Alliebadger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meh. I wasn't blown away by this one. Death by Darjeeling, while a unique idea for a mystery, felt very cut-and-dry. There weren't really any twists and I predicted whodunnit about halfway through the book. I was a little annoyed that there are several unanswered questions about motivations that could easily have been explained with just a sentence or two--for example, why Theodosia Browning, tea shop owner and former advertising executive, decides to try and solve a murder mystery. Perhaps I'm just not making this connection. I will give Childs credit though--a problem I often have in mysteries is that I forget who some of the characters are and then get awfully confused come the big exciting ending. But each character was distinctly unique and easy to remember, without too many to throw you off. As I said, very meh.
BrianEWilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an easy and pleasant read, which can be finished in a couple of hours. At the end the murderer is in police custody without any violence or gore.It's the first in the Tea Shop mystery series and therefore the recurring characters are introduced. There's not much character development in this book and generally that holds true in the others that I have read in the series. The police detective Tidwell is one of the more interesting characters. Some of the others are cartoonish or stereotypical. The storyline is good with several possible culprits identified. One can successfully guess the true villain about two-thirds of the way through the book, but the writing is sufficiently good that you carry on reading to the end.There's some local colour included about Charleston (its history and so on) as well as the inevitable tea trivia.All in all, its a good start for the series and better than one of the others that I read. It's too early to say whether the series will turn out to follow a formula.
enemyanniemae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is nothing like finishing the last page of a book and knowing without a doubt that you will be picking up the next in the series very soon. (the last one I felt that way about was Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series) This series was a no brainer for me. It's a mystery. Check. It's a cozy. Check. It revolves around tea. HUGE check. And it was delightful. Theodosia Browning, a thirty-something former rat race participant is now the owner of a tea shop in the historic district of Charleston, SC. When a man turns up dead at an event for which she is catering, finds herself sleuthing. After all, he's been poisoned and she notices that her local business is down. She learns that the dead man is an unscrupulous real estate developer with many enemies. Within a short time, she has found not one, not two, but at least three people with motive and means for murder. With no help from the investigating officer (who drops hints that one of the shop's employees is a suspect while unnerving staff with his frequent visits), Theodosia follows leads and does a little detective work on her own and soon has all of the suspects zeroing in on her. Her sleuthing skills could use work as far as invisibility is concerned.The story flows gently but firmly and sweeps the reader along on a most enjoyable ride. There were a few red herrings along the way, which I hope will be expanded upon in later books. I also look forward to getting to know the quirky characters who comprise the world of Theodosia Browning's Charleston. If you are looking for hard-core mystery, just keep right on looking. This is not your cup of tea. But if you love a cozy mystery with likable characters and an interesting base, you might enjoy the Tea Shop mystery series.
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first of the Indigo Tea Shop mysteries. During a tea tasting, as a part of a tour of Charleston, a greedy land develeoper dies, teacup in hand. Bristling in indignation that someone would be poisoned while drinking her tea, shop owner Theodosia Browning starts to investigate the murder. I will be reading more in this series.
lexxa83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book fell in the good, but not great category. I loved the setting, and the pacing and plot were also good. I think I had the most issues with the main characters. I was OK with Theo, although she was a little bit of a heroine figure rather than a likable, real person. I am hopeful that the character will be developed in the rest of the series and am willing to read the next one to see. Drayton, the master tea blender, verged on some sort of annoying gay uncle, and I hope that his character will improve in the next book too.
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Laura Childs other series and of course I decided why not try the tea shop series. I love this series as well as the other. I am going to enjoy learning more about Theo and her shop.
Bethene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed, learned about historical Charleston NC and about teas as well as a good mystery, good character descriptions.
lwright on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first of the Tea Shop Mysteries. Well written mystery with information about tea and fun tea time recipes
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Others have given a more in-depth review on this, so I'll merely give my opinion here. Since I came into this series mid-way, I must say her later books are way better than this first one. One thing that does frustrate me about this series is how much Theodosia and the Detective DO NOT work together.....one wonders why.....Aside from the mystery, I'm mostly into this for the variety of teas, the background, and of course, the recipes at the end. There was only one for this book, which disappointed me greatly since it wasn't the recipe I was hoping for. Overall, it was a light read for me.