Dragonwell Dead (Tea Shop Series #8)

Dragonwell Dead (Tea Shop Series #8)

by Laura Childs

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Overview

Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she still enjoys Charleston's Spring Plantation Ramble, especially since she can promote her Indigo Tea Shop and her latest concoction, Dragonwell Sweet Tea. But the party's over when Mark Congdon wins a bid for a rare orchid-and promptly dies. It looks like a simple heart attack, but Theo suspects that someone purposely turned his green thumb blue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425220450
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2008
Series: Tea Shop Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 65,131
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.71(h) x 0.82(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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Dragonwell Dead (Tea Shop Series #8) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish they would put ALL the tea shop mysteries out for ebook reading ! I have requested it but that was a while ago. I don't want to skip over any in the series...this is very frustrating. I gave a 5 star review because I really like this cozy mystery series....but I want to read them all on my Nook. (I don't want to have to go buy them..that is why I got my Nook!!!)
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Theodosia and her faithful friends of the Indigo Tea shop - Drayton and Haley - are confronted at an orchid auction they are catering with the untimely death of their friend Mark Congdon. Drayton is particularly affected since Mark and he were both Orchid collectors. As in the past, Theodosia doesn't set out to investigate the murder, but gets sucked in by circumstances. This mystery was the most action packed of the series so far, and a delightful read.
Victoriana1961 More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying all of the teashop mysteries and this was no exception. If you are a tea lover or just love all things related to "taking tea" then this is the mystery series for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Theodosia Tea mysteries. I also live in beautiful Charleston, SC and recognize everything she describes in her books. I bought my Nook ( and a 32 gig microchip) in the hopes I could keep all of my authors titles on it. But I only have 7 of each one of Lauren's series, Tea Shop, Scrapbooking & the Cackleberry Club. Why doesn't the publishing house release them all? A more important question, even though it doesn't involve the books, why doesn't Charleston, SC have a lovely tea shop like the Indigo Blue? The closest one is in Summerville! This book is an awesome romp through the insanity of having to deal with not only your best friend's wedding, but a high society wedding to boot! Add in the wedding being thrown together so fast, sort of a shotgun wedding without a shotgun, a Southern thunderstorm, Cuban cigars, Cocaine, the groom's ex-girlfriend as a wedding guest, the groom turning up dead AND having your best friend (the bride) as prime suspect and you have a mystery no pot of Southern Sweet Tea will help...well maybe not! Plus, there is a great recipe for making sweet tea in the back! I have been atea drinker since my mother put it in my bottles. I have always made it like she did and it was always good. A 2 quart pitcher lasts less than 24 hours here and I am the only one who drinks it these days. This recipe gave me a completely different way of doing it and it is DELICIOUS!!! Never dif I think to steep it, lid on, for 10 minutes, I thought the tannin would build up and it would be awful, but it wasn't!! If you like, what we southerners call "Sweet tea", then make this recipe and then find a shady spot to read the book. You will not regret it! R Paul Charleston, SC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished the Tea Shop series during the many snow storms of Michigan. Make a pot of English Breakfast or Earl Grey and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A light mystery with just enough suspense to keep you reading. Interesting characters that you want to continue getting to know. I am thoroughly enjoying the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura keeps the action moving at an interesting clip. The tea and cakes are delicious and comforting and a surprise at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Childs' Tea Shop mysteries are always a great read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Charleston, South Carolina, the annual Spring Plantation Ramble gala begins as the city¿s affluent open their gardens to the public. A festive atmosphere permeates the entire town as flower shows and rare plant auctions are everywhere. Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning loves the annual event that symbolizes spring to her and not just because business booms which it does during the festivity. She just loves the flowering of Charleston that the Ramble represents. This year she has the added pleasure of selling her new brew, Dragonwell Sweet Tea. --- Theodosia and her master tea blender Drayton provide the tea stand as a favor to the Broad Street Garden Club at the Carthage Place Plantation where a rare plant auction occurs. Commodities broker Mark Congdon has the high bid for a rare monkey-face orchid for $900. Mark is euphoric over his win, but almost immediate his body goes into a violent fit with foam coming out of his mouth. In spite of Theodosia¿s CPR efforts he dies. Everyone assumes it is a fatal heart attack until Sheriff Billings¿ report states cause of death is unspecified toxin. Mark¿s widow Angie asks Theodosia, who has solved some mysteries, to investigate her husband¿s death she reluctantly agrees as her tea is considered the prime suspect by many. --- As always with a Tea Shop Mystery, readers will appreciate Theodosia¿s investigation as this time she has the motive of clearing her tea¿s reputation. The story line is fast-paced as the heroine makes inquiries including out of state that frighten a killer who believes the shop owner may be getting to close to reading the tea leaves. Fans of the series will enjoy this amateur sleuth¿s latest exploits while savoring the Indigo Tea Shop¿s recipes with some tips to improve your brewing techniques. --- Harriet Klausner
BookDivasReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another delightful, light tea shop mystery by Ms. Childs. It's always interesting to see how Theodosia gets hooked into "investigating" happenings (usually murder) around Charleston SC. Of course Indigo Tea Shop, is always front and center as a hangout for friends and tourists. Drayton, her master tea blender, and Haley, the chef and baker, are usually her willing -- and sometimes unwilling -- accomplices. This does not detract from the action taking place. In this story we are introduced to Mark Congdon, a futures broker, and his wife Angie -- the owner of a local bed and breakfast. Of course we no sooner meet him then Mark is keeling over with an apparent heart attack. However, it isn't a heart attack...he's been poisoned. Theodosia is pulled in because the poison was delivered in her iced tea and due to her friendship with the Congdons. She barely starts her investigation when the B&B burns down due to arson. There's a lot happening in this mystery: murder, arson, possible insurance fraud, orchid envy, and a possible adulterous liaison. All this while Theodosia and Drayton are preparing for an Orchid Society fundraiser. What makes this series work so well is the fact that just when you think you know 'whodunit,' the author pulls a fast one and surprises you. These are not predictable mysteries and, for that reason alone, are a worthwhile read...Dragonwell Dead is no exception.
lahochstetler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I should start by stating that I am clearly not the intended audience for this sort of book. This is the first book I've read in the "cozy mystery" genre, and everything about it was just a bit too cute for my taste. Much of the plot was highly improbable. The basic plot involves tea shop owner Theodosia Browning trying to figure out why a local orchid aficionado dropped dead immediately after winning a rare specimen at an orchid auction. There's not much else to say about the plot, so I'll get on to the elements I found unbelievable or troublesome. First, the prose is chock-full of description that seems to serve little purpose. Second, there's really no character development. The characters are entirely one-dimensional. Third, the elements of the story and completely implausible. What police chief allows a random civilian to drop off key evidence in a homicide investigation to him at her convenience? Finally, all the extraneous elements of the story are just a bit too perfect. Everything is the best and the nicest.- the nicest tea shop, the most popular bed and breakfast. The tea shop has an unflappable chef who can always make just the most perfect pastries. All this saccharine is more than a little tiresome. Nowhere have I seen a discussion (and an extensive discussion, at that) of a community of small businesses that suffer from none of the concerns endemic to business owners. Ultimately this was a quick read, but I got little out of the experience.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Theodosia and her faithful friends of the Indigo Tea shop - Drayton and Haley - are confronted at an orchid auction they are catering with the untimely death of their friend Mark Congdon. Drayton is particularly affected since Mark and he were both Orchid collectors. As in the past, Theodosia doesn't set out to investigate the murder, but gets sucked in by circumstances. This mystery was the most action packed of the series so far, and a delightful read.
JaneAustenNut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The no. 8 Tea Shop Mystery provides additional information about this lovely cozy mystery series. Just great!
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely a lot more action in this book than usual. It seems the author gets better with each book in this series, amping up the action as she goes along. I would've liked to have seen a picture of the monkey faced orchid though....
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
Another edition of the Tea Shop Mysteries by one of my favorite authors. I love each visit I can make to the tea shop with Theo and Drayton. Again I do not care for Haley. There was a new character in this book that I did like and hope to see more of - the intern Charlie. I really like how Parker and Theo get to work events together and that we see them interacting together. Delanie continued to annoy me with her antics. There were two people - one more so than the other that I had pegged for the murder but I was way off base after the author revealed who the killer was. One thing I did find a little off was how much Sheriff Billings let Theo be involved in the investigation and how much information that he shared with her. It was nice for her though. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
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