Authors: Laura Childs
Tea Lovers, meet Theodosia Browning. A fine southern lady who shares your love for tea. And probably knows more about it than you do. Laura Childs brings us the Tea Shop mysteries, set in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina.
Theo, as she is affectionately known, runs a tea shop. Her assistant bakes delectable treats for tea and lunch. Hired to cater the annual Lamplighter Tour of historic homes, Theo becomes the top suspect when a developer is found dead, presumably by drinking some tea. Theo and her friends set out to uncover the truth. Turns out the dead man was unscrupulous and more than one person had it in for him, including the ancient head of the historical society, his own partner, and an environmental activist. While the police aren’t entirely pleased with Theo’s meddling, she does have connections, and the grapevine yields a lot of information.
This is the first book in this series, and I have read these more for the atmosphere than for the story itself. Some might find it apt to have a pet dog named Earl Grey, while some might think its too obvious. You will learn about exotic teas like Darjeeling, Oolong, Lapsang something or other, Ceylon etc. and when to make them. You will get engrossed in reading about the different funky teapots the Indigo tea shop has, and when and how they should be used. You will learn the quirks of all the characters. And you will enjoy solving the murders that happen too often in this charming town.
As mysteries go, having a themed series seems to be the in thing now. An amateur sleuth who knows her tea, and wears elaborate hats and dresses is certainly an unusual combination. Will you like to read these books or not? You can’t go wrong with reading at least one book from this series.