Shades of Earl Grey (Tea Shop Series #3)

Shades of Earl Grey (Tea Shop Series #3)

by Laura Childs

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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn’t have to cater—but there’s more than champagne bubbling…


Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple’s arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette—is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that trouble is brewing. But when she goes to the authorities, they treat her like she’s been reading tea leaves—and that’s the surest way to put Theodosia’s kettle on the boil…


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425188217
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: Tea Shop Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 72,011
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.64(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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Shades of Earl Grey (Tea Shop Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Fineldy46 More than 1 year ago
I began reading the Tea Shop mysteries last year and thoroughly enjoy the series, so much so that I went back and began reading them from the beginning. They never disappoint. Ms. Childs' characters have become friends and becoming immersed in her books is like visiting a real establishment, dropping in for a "quick cuppa." Her stories are entertaining and hold my interest to the end. I especially enjoy the recipes and have actually made several of the dishes with great success. Her stories make me want to visit Charleston!
bookloverRP More than 1 year ago
haven't been disapointed by any of the tea shop series.
BrianEWilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a well plotted "whodunnit" mystery. The identity of the killer came as a surprize to me. It's easy to pick up and put down this book and not lose track of the plot and characters. There's some overly flowery/gushing language, mostly in the characters' dialogue that is slightly annoying, but it is mostly at the beginning of the book. The role of Detective Tidwell in the story is a strange one, he plays no part in the story other than to feed information to Theo.This is the first of the series that I have read and I have a few others at hand to read and hope that they are as good or better than this one. The tea information is interesting and the tea shop makes a good hook for the story.
hoosieriu97 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a light mystery, but still enjoyable. I actually guessed the culprit early in the book, which I almost never am able to do. I enjoyed the talk about Charleston and tea as much as I enjoyed the mystery.
JaneAustenNut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3rd in the Tea Shop Mystery series; great little cozy and I also just adore Charleston, SC setting of all the books in the series. I would love to own the Indigo Tea Shop!
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another book in the series of the Tea Shop Mysteries. This one was pretty good, full of info on teas and recipes without being a hindrance to the plot. However, I gave this 4 1/2 stars because the actual perpentrator was completely unexpected, and didn't have enough clues in the book to actually lead to this person, at least, not without being able to do some serious investigating here, which the main character doesn't really do. In all, a very good light reading on days when there's nothing on T.V.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Theodosia Browning runs a tea shop in Charleston, SC., offering exotic teas and delicious pastries, and also caters. There is a good deal of lore about types of teas and tea-drinking, which I found fascinating. Theodosia also becomes involved in a lot of Charleston events, from boat races to saving hatching turtles. I have read some controversy about the accuracy of her portrayal of Charleston. As a tourist, I found it very evocative, but I leave more definitive discussions to people who know what they are talking about.The mysteries are generally competent and enjoyable. I stopped reading them because my tolerance for Upper Upper Class people is obviously much less than Laura Childs. I also found the adoration of Browning by her employees a bit cloying. It's gret to be happy at one's job, but at this rate Theodosia will be walking on water.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
This book still retains their likable and quaint characters, and still ends up a light enjoyable read. Although it would be preferable if read in order so you can get a feel for the characters, it could be read out of order (there’s a few references in the past books but nothing that will let the reader be lost and confused.) My guess as to who the culprit was going to be was spot on. That being said though, what I really enjoyed about this book was the author got the reader to second guess their deductions. There were moments where I was second guessing myself because of the way the breadcrumbs were trailing. That was the best part of the book and the most enjoyable. I liked the little twists and turns being made to finally come to the ending and revealing of the cat burglar. Although the characters and the mystery aspect of the book was enjoyable. The plot itself was a little lackluster and not very interesting to begin with. Delaine really struck a nerve with me as I didn’t enjoy her personality or her drama queen antics. I wanted the plot to be a little more interesting and more engaging to read. If it wasn’t for the breadcrumb trail you were being led on, the book would have been less enjoyable. Overall, it wasn’t the greatest book of the series. The first two were much better. Let’s hope the next one will be better than this book. Still, it’s a light read to get through the day in between heavy novels. Worth a read through for cozy mystery fans.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
As with all of Laura Childs' book I enjoyed it. She does a good job of giving you just enough hints so you think you know who committed the crimes but in the end you did not know at all. It is enjoyable the way she includes all the history of the different teas that are used in the Indigo Tea Shop. In fact I learned that Orange Pekoe is not a flavor but rather a grade of tea. Also teas take on the flavor of flowers they are grown with and that is how some of the flavors like honey tea are made. The more Delanie is in the books the more I do not care for her or her boyfriend Cooper Hobcaw. I still also think that Haley is a little high strung but I love Theodosia and Drayton. I liked that we finally saw a little more of Jory too (Theo's boyfriend). Detective Tidwell is one of my favorites as well. I like how he comes in for his tea and sweets. I am looking forward to getting on to the next book in this series.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, I find the talk of tea interesting. The characters are likeable, I do wish there was a little more humor, although this book seemed to have a little more. The mystery kept me guessing until the end. I will continue to read this series to see how the characters develop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(All right.) *she shrugs.* It's fine. I do, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Laura Childs' mystery books, you will enjoy this one. Love the recipes at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very light weight mystery. Not much depth to the characters. The "murder" is so improbable that I kept thinking that some more plausible account of the opening events would be given when the culprit was caught. The one plus is reading about how devoted someone can become to the subtleties of tea, but beyond that, not much that I can recommend.
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Just finished the Tea Shop series during the long winter in Michigan. Make a pot of English Breakfast or Earl Grey and enjoy!
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Reading a Laura Childs mystery is a relishing experience. It inspires me to want to go to a marvelous tea shoppe in Charleston, SC and then get taken away into an enticing mysterious murder. Yes, a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theo suspects the accidental explosion of an antique pistol killing patriarch Oliver Dixon at the yacht race was not really an accident. But who killed him and why? Was it to do with his new tech venture, his young wife, an old feud? Theo is determined to find out, even if the police won't take her seriously.
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Barb Gutzler More than 1 year ago
Clearly another enjoyable little mystery, easy to follow and fun to read. Great young teen book club stuff!
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