Sweet Tea Revenge: A Tea Shop Mystery
Berkley, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
heodosia Browning is to be a bridesmaid at her friend Delaine Dish's wedding. How could so much go so wrong on such a joyous occasion? Maybe the murder of the groom could qualify as a downer.
heodosia is the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, where she is assisted by her energetic chef Haley and her tea expert Drayton. The bride's sister is late for the wedding. A horrific storm is brewing over Charleston, South Carolina. What more could go wrong? Just about anything. And it does.
hat follows is a romp through and around Charleston. Theodosia agrees to investigate the groom's murder. The local police aren't too pleased with her intervention – she's outsolved them more than once. Who could have murdered the groom? And, for heaven's sake, why? The groom was a wealthy man. Was someone too greedy to wait until the man died of natural causes? Suspects abound. The bride's sister, for one. The groom's partner. The groom's stepson. Maybe even the bride! And where do Cuban cigars fit into the scenario?
s an extra bonus, recipes and tea time tips are listed in the back of the book. The recipes are for some of the foods served in the tea room:
Tomato Cream Cheese Sandwiches
Dandy Devonshire Cream
(ever have scones slathered with strawberry jam and Devonshire Cream? Heaven!);
Brie and Pear Crostini
uthor Laura Childs has added to her list of surefire fun novels with
Sweet Tea Revenge
, the fourteenth in the
Tea Shop Mysteries
. Childs also has the
to her credit. Take a tea time tip from me and indulge.
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