Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
When you think about a quaint and elegant tea shop you may picture delightful pottery and scents and delicious scones. I generally do not expect murder and weaponry. Only Laura Childs can combine such things and make me want to keep turning pages.
There are some funny moments and a well-paced plot.
~Teresa Trent, Author
Set in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, Plum Tea Crazy jumps right into the action. . . Always a pleasure to return to Charleston with Theodosia, Drayton and all the gang.
The twists, turns, plots had me cheering Theo on the whole way as she met new people throughout the story who in turn, unknowingly, would set themselves up as a suspect and at the same time point the finger towards someone else who was just as guilty as they were.
~Ms. Cat’s Honest World
Some of my best times reading have been spent in the Indigo Tea Shop. I can vividly smell the smells, imagine the tastes of all the delicious offerings, hear the clink of spoons to fine bone china, as well as the voices of Theo and Drayton.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Plum Tea Crazy has to be one of the prettiest books I’ve ever held in my hands. The cover is just so gorgeous. . . Like most of Ms. Child’s books, you’ll have a hard time deducing who the real suspect was.
~A Chick Who Reads
Plum Tea Crazy grabs you within the first few pages. . . Full of twists and turns. Full of suspects. A little comic relief.
And some great recipes at the end!
~My Reading Journeys
I’ve always enjoyed Theodosia, Drayton, Haley, Detective Tidwell and the rest. It’s fun to come back each spring to another visit into their world! These are well-rounded, complex, developed characters and they’re delightful.
This book has everything I love.
~A. Holland Reads
This story is filled with delightful charm and gentle humor – along with the sights, sounds and tastes of the city. Theodosia is a warm, caring lead character who solves some great murder mysteries.
~The Power of Words
PLUM TEA CRAZY is a fast paced, action packed mystery with tons of fun and tea! I devoured this book, reading it quickly as it spurred me on to keep turning pages as I was so caught up in the action.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
The more I read the book, I realized how talented the author is. She can weave a tale of mystery that captures your attention right away, while enticing you with witty sayings like, “Sweet Fanny Adams,” or “You’re like a danger magnet.” I love that she can make you laugh while still adding intense drama to the story.
There are actually a number feisty females in Plum Tea Crazy. And anyone who thinks Southern belles have class but not a lot of fire needs to read the scene where two of them throw down in the middle of a posh fashion show.
Plum Tea Crazy is classic Laura Childs—a bit of cozy mystery, a modicum of thrills, and a traditional tea party with a twist.
~Mysteries with Character
It’s always nice to read a book that has more than a mystery inside and the Laura Childs series has a lot of friendship, tea delicatessen and some love to spark to the plot of this curious murder…
Ms. Childs packs a lot of fun and coziness into her Indigo Tea Shop series. No reservations needed. Open to page one and snuggle up with good friends, fun dialogue, delicious food and aromatic teas, some haiku, and enticing settings. Enjoy your trip to Charleston!
~The Editing Pen
I always enjoy Theodesia’s adventures. She’s a clever sleuth and the tea shop setting is just wonderful.
~The Book’s the Thing
I found myself drawn in not able to put the book down as it was a real page-turner. I loved watching as Drayton and Theo tried to put the pieces of the puzzle together until at the end the puzzle was finally solved!
I really love this series, it is one that calls readers back to its pages, builds a connection to the characters and leaves you craving more. Five brilliant stars, though it certainly deserves more.
.The word “charming” fits this series perfectly. I had a very enjoyable visit to Charleston, South Carolina and I plan to visit more often.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…
This is a great cast of characters, and as always this one was well written and flowed well, making it a smooth read.
~Melina’s Book Blog
About the Book
Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery)
19th in Series
Berkley (March 6, 2018)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Digital ASIN: B071K4DPRH
Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.
While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it’s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.
At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner–all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!
About the Author
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
Website – http://www.laurachilds.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31
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