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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reissue edition (31 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425179451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425179451
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THEODOSIA BROWNING LEANED back from the clutter of her antique wooden desk, balanced a bone china cup and saucer on one knee, and took a much-needed sip of Lung Ching tea. Read the first page
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2003
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Theodosia Browning is the owner of a teashop in Charleston, SC's historic district. When developer Hughes Barron is found poisoned with a cup of her tea in his hand, she's upset. But when a friend becomes the prime suspect, Theo starts to investigate to find the real killer. The late Mr. Barron was not a scrupulous man, so there is no shortage of suspects. Even his partner had motive. But can she find the killer before he comes after her?
I really enjoyed this book, however, it's obviously a first novel. The writing style is a little wooden in spots, and the first chapter bogs down a little giving backgrounds of the series characters. On the other hand, I was drawn in by the characters and really came to care for them. The plot wasn't quite developed as well as it could have been, but it progressed well, was logical, and there were plenty of good red herrings to keep me guessing. The setting was intriguing; I'd love to visit the area after reading this book. And the tea aspect was just right. I'm not a tea person, but the information was interesting enough without overshadowing the mystery.
Overall, the flaws were minor, and I really did enjoy this book. The author shows a lot of promise, and I look forward to watching her talent develop as the series progresses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2011
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It sounds a bit silly to call a murder mystery book `charming' but that's just what this novel is. Set in the utterly beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, which is just steeped in Southern hospitality, this book encompasses tea, historical landmarks, mystery and of course murder (!); yet somehow the murder doesn't quite take the edge off just how gloriously pretty the setting is- no mean feat!

Theodosia Browning (Theo) owns the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston's historical district. At an event she is serving tea and her delicious sounding scones, when a local property developer is found keeled over clutching an empty tea cup- only this was no accident... After one of Theo's friends is later suspected of the man's murder, Theo decides to do a little bit of investigating of her own, but can this first-time amateur sleuth solve the crime?

In this very first Tea Shop Mystery we are introduced to a fantastic cast of characters. Some of the introductions and back story felt a little bit long winded, granted, but I appreciate that the author wanted to set the scene and explain who was who and this was done very well. I'm assuming that there will be less of this in future books once characters and their relationships become more established.

This is actually my first time reading a Laura Child's cosy mystery and I'm glad I started with these- even the cover oozes prettiness and elegance! I'm actually a coffee drinker myself and the only tea I can tolerate is fruit tea or iced tea, but even I have to admit that the fictional `Indigo Tea Shop' sounds just divine- I now have a real hankering to go to Charleston and see if folks are just like they are in this lovely little book. Dare I say it; I might even attempt a cup of `proper' tea at some point soon myself!

Recommended. I can't wait to read the rest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2011
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This is the first book in the Tea Shop Mystery Series by Laura Childs.

Thirty something Theodosia Browning is the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston. Theodosia left a successful, but stressful career in advertising, and opened a quaint little teashop with the help of her friends and co-workers; baker extraordinaire, Haley and tea specialist, Drayton. When a very unpopular developer is found dead in a garden party catered by the Indigo Tea Shop, the police suspect that he was poisoned by one of Theodosia's teas and one of her employers is the main suspect. Naturally, Theodosia takes it upon herself to investigate, in order to acquit her friend and clear her tea shop's name.

This Agatha Christy style mystery is excellently written; each chapter reveals a new clue and each realistically drown new character introduced, presents a new suspect. The characters are very well developed and likable and the descriptions of Charleston fantastic. Apart from the great mystery plot, as this is a Tea Shop Mystery, there are a lot of tea trivia; information about various blends of tea, different flavours, ideas for tea related events, and very detailed descriptions of the mouth-watering dishes prepared by Haley for the Indigo Tea Shop, all these weaved into the story. In addition, the book includes a Recipe from the Indigo Tea Shop, "Theodosia's Tea-Marbled Eggs".

I discovered these fantastic Tea Shop Mysteries recently, when I read the fifth book in the series The Jasmine Moon Murder (Tea Shop Mysteries) and I got hooked, so after I read all the books that came after that one, I decided to go back to the beginning.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2001
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This is a most pleasant acount of life in Charleston. I have never been there but now feel I should go - it sounds a lovely place. The information about tea is fascinating and not too heavy.
The characters are all very life-like and charming.
The "mystery" element is well handled (although not too much of a surprise, in view of the samll cast of characters).
Highly recommended and I really look forward to the next volume!
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