I am happy to welcome Laura Childs to Escape With Dollycas today!
Her latest Tea Shop Mystery, Devonshire Scream was released on Tuesday.
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!
Devonshire Scream: A Tea Shop Mystery
17th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – (March 1, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00Z8VT9US
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…
INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!
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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