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Agony of the Leaves: A Tea Shop Mystery    by Laura Childs Amazon.com order for
Agony of the Leaves
by Laura Childs
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Berkley, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Agony of the Leaves is the thirteenth of Laura Childs' Tea Shop mysteries. And as I expected, it is another good one.

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning did not expect to find a body in the large fish tank when she attended the Grand Opening of Charleston's Neptune Aquarium. A further shock was to discover that the body was that of her former boyfriend Parker Scully.

The death, at first ruled an accident, is then believed to be murder! Of course it was. With Theo involved, what else could it be? She first notices defensive wounds on the victim's hands. Someone wanted him dead! Why? And how? The local police, knowing her connection to the deceased, don't agree at first but soon are swayed to her way of thinking.

Readers are treated to scenes of tea shop business, with use of delicate porcelain china and delicious sounding menus as well as the brewing of various, scintillating teas.

Agony of the Leaves offers a short trip into another life style that of Charleston's more genteel existence; but what undercurrents! For a good mystery, well plotted and written, you can't go wrong with a Laura Childs novel.

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