Mar 052016

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I am happy to welcome Laura Childs to Escape With Dollycas today!
Her latest Tea Shop Mystery, Devonshire Scream was released on Tuesday.

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Tea and a Mystery to chase
away the final shreds of winter.

A guest blog by Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author of
Devonshire Scream, the newest Tea Shop Mystery.
Post provided by publicist.

As winter lingers, a nice hot cup of tea makes for a fragrant, warming treat. Keemun black tea, known as the “Burgundy” of teas, is full-bodied, slightly sweet, and goes beautifully with scones and date bread. Lapsang Souchong another Chinese tea with a slightly smoky flavor, pairs elegantly with apples and Cheddar cheese.

Dimbulla from Ceylon has a bright flavor and red-amber color. Add a little milk to this one and enjoy a cup with your favorite bars or cookies. There are scores of other delightful Ceylon teas, too, many flavored with orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, mangoes, and cherries.

Russian Caravan teas, Chinese blends that often includes Keemun tea, is available in a number of different brands. This is the rich, hearty brew that was so loved by the Czars! There are also gingerbread and pumpkin spice teas on the market. And, of course, that perennial favorite, spiced chai.

Be sure to visit your favorite tea shop, gift shop, or grocery where you’re in the mood to discover some great new teas. And if grandma didn’t bequeath you her antique teapot, check out your local antique store!

Now . . . if murder happens to be your cup of tea, let me tell you about my latest Tea Shop Mystery, Devonshire Scream. In this cozy-thriller, tea shop maven Theodosia Browning tries to track down a gang of jewel thieves who stage a daring “smash and grab” during a fancy soiree at Heart’s Desire Fine Jewelry in Charleston. Could it be the wealthy yacht broker, transplanted European, motorcycle-riding tough guy, or mild-mannered professor? The FBI thinks international jewel thieves are at work, but when the Heritage Society decides to put a priceless Faberge Egg on display, Theodosia takes matters into her own hands.

Because I write cozies with a thriller pace, this savvy amateur sleuth’s investigation leads her from high tea into high drama with a pulse-pounding shocker at the end! So cozy up for a fun read and enjoy my tea time tips and recipes as well. Really, once you read about Cranberry Cream Scones, Shortbread Squares, and Waldorf Tea Sandwiches, you’re going to want to make them for yourself!

Laura Childs

devonshire SCREAMDevonshire Scream: A Tea Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
17th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – (March 1, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281666
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Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart’s Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and sip some of Theo’s best blends. But just as Theo settles in to enjoy the fruits of her labor, the party is crashed by a gang of masked muggers who steal the precious gems and jewels on display. The thieves disappear almost as quickly as they arrived, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body in their wake.

Although the last thing Theo wants is to get involved, she can’t help but intercede when her dear friend Brooke, aunt of the victim and owner of Heart’s Desire, begs for help in figuring out who committed the brutal burglary. Though the FBI believes this daring “smash and grab” is the work of an international gang of jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home…


About The Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of 17 Tea Shop Mysteries, 13 Scrapbooking Mysteries, and 6 Cackleberry Club Mysteries. On July 5 she will release Little Girl Gone, the first book in her Afton Tangler Thriller Series written by Gerry Schmitt. In her previous life she was CEO of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, enjoys travel, and has two Shar-Pei dogs.

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  38 Responses to “Special Guest – Laura Childs – Author of Devonshire Scream – #Giveaway too!”

  1. Laura is one of my favorite cozy author’s. I am reading this series now with a friend and am enjoying it as much as I do the scrapbooking series.

  2. The Tea Shop mysteries are among my very favorite books. Thanks for so many hours of reading enjoyment. I cannot wait to read Devonshire Scream.

  3. Love your mysteries such awesome reads, keep them coming. Thanks for this amazing giveaway.

  4. I love this series. This would be a great title to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  5. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Love these books!

  6. The cozy/thriller genre is certainly different than what I’m used too. Sounds like fun! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  7. Your book covers so classic and fancy and pretty like tea. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  8. You can be assured that any book by Laura Childs will be a great read. Thanks for the latest on her book Devonshire Scream.

  9. Most enjoyable series. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

  10. Love a good mystery.

  11. I just finished reading Ming Tea Murder and enjoyed it very much. I can’t wait to read Devonshire Scream.

  12. Delightful and intriguing mystery. Thanks.

  13. Love this author and all her series! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Sounds so good and thank you for providing 1 book for giveaway

  15. This is an awesome series. How can you go wrong with a tea shop set in Charleston SC, the perfect setting!

  16. Tea goes great with everything.

  17. Tea is my favorite: Darjeeling and English Breakfast at the top of the list.

  18. I love the Tea Shop Mystery series. It has been the catalyst to renew my passion with tea, tea blends, tea cups and pots, and all the best tea treats. I have a Charleston Tea sent to be every month! Thank you, Laura!

  19. Fascinating topic in this story, and love these covers and titles.

  20. I have not read this series yet, but would love to start! The book cover is beautiful, and I love anything having to do with tea!

  21. I adore this series, this latest installment is on my wish list !

  22. This is a great series! I love that it involves a tea shop in Charleston SC. What better place for a tea shop.

  23. This sounds exciting! And enough suspects to make it intriguing. Would love to read this – haven’t read in this series yet but it sounds like a good place to start.

  24. Great post and review. I have read all of Laura’s books from the beginning and can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. You’ve got me wanting to try all those teas now – I can almost smell the Lapsang Souchong – always a favorite.

  26. I need to start this series from the very beginning – I’m sure I would get an education on teas – which I sorely need! Enjoyed the guest post and thanks for the giveaway!

  27. This would be a wonderful treat, I tried to go today to Laura’s book signing today and my car broke down before I got to Once Upon a Crime. The series is great and I look forward to the next chapter.

  28. I love Laura’s Tea Shop Mysteries and look forward to reading this new addition to the series. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  29. Sounds like another fun cozy series for me!

  30. I love Laura’s books and own 11 of them between the Tea Shop and Cackleberry books. I’d love to add this new one to my home library.

  31. Sounds like a great mystery. Thank you for the giveaway.

  32. This has been & continues to be one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series. I would love to go to Indigo Tea Shop & visit Theo, Drayton & Hayley for the day. This series never disappoints.

  33. Thanks for the chance! I love Laura Childs books! I just started this series but I have read all of the scrapbook mysteries!

  34. I love Laura Child’s tea mysteries! Love her characters. Love her recipes. Love her mysteries which grab me at the beginning and hold me until the end.

  35. Congratulations on the new release! The Tea Shop mysteries are among my very favorite books. Thanks for so many hours of reading enjoyment and! the giveaway

  36. I’m not much of a hot tea drinker but your descriptions of them may make me change my mind. Looking forward to reading this series. Thanks for the interview.

  37. A series that I have really enjoyed through the years.

  38. Love that cover!! This series is new to me. The synopsis was most intriguing and I am really looking forward to how things will turn out . Thanks for the chance to find out sooner, rather than later

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