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Blood Orange Brewing [Hardcover]

Laura Childs
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April 4 2006 Tea Shop Mysteries (Book 7)
The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."*

Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop.

Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she can't refuse. But her investigation opens up a simmering pot of shady politics and personal payback, and Theo soon finds herself in a situation stickier than any jam she's ever served.

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If Southern cozies are your cup of tea, you'll enjoy curling up with the seventh installment of Theodosia Browning's sleuthing adventures (after 2005's Chamomile Mourning). Theodosia, owner of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, is catering a fund-raiser for the local Heritage Society. The food is great, and all of Charleston's bigwigs are enjoying themselves, until a retired businessman and politico, Duke Wilkes, is murdered. Maybe Wilkes was offed by a greedy property developer who disliked Wilkes's zeal for historic preservation, or maybe an entrepreneur his venture capital firm turned down was out for revenge. Childs has a great eye for local color—the book is filled with depictions of stately historic homes and Confederate re-enactors, and the luscious descriptions of Lowcountry cuisine will make your mouth water. Several recipes and Childs's "Teatime Tips" round out this delightful read. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club, Tea Shop, and Scrapbooking mysteries. In her past life she was a Clio Award–winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm. She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best of series April 3 2006
By Coppertop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was a solid addition to Childs' tea series, but not the best. The plot was somewhat slow and almost plodding at times. While I don't mind slow, this just didn't have the punch of some of the earlier books. We lost Theodosia's romantic interest in the last book and this one seems to be unsure where to go with that. I really thought she might develop something with the detective, but this book seemed to leaning towards Parker...not though with any major changes. I think some additional story on Drayton and Haley would be a nice addition to future books...Haley is working on a recipe book in this book and that adds to her character somewhat, but should continue to build. This book is more of a stagnation in the series than a continuation on the ladder. Definitely something to read if you have read the rest of the series, but not a good place to start if you are just joining the series.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant April 2 2006
By SAS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Blood Orange Brewing was a pleasant comfortable outing with Theodosia and friends. Although the murder occurred at the very beginning of the book, the sleuthing seemed to fall flat. I did not find the solution very satisfying. It seemed to be randomly selected because it was time to end the book. I missed the explanation of the why behind the plot development concerning Earl Grey even after rereading the end of the book looking for the answer. I found that loose end troublesome. I did enjoy the interactions between Theodosia, Drayton and Haley. And as usual, the descriptions of the food and teas were mouth-watering as well as the included recipes. The tea shop mysteries are still engaging and a recommended read however I would not consider this its best outing.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 9 2006
By mysfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book seems to miss the mark in an otherwise enjoyable series. While the descriptions of the teas and food are good, the mystery falls short. Throughout the whole story, Theo moans that she's having trouble finding clues and solving the murder; then suddenly at the end it comes to her and she goes racing off to find the proof. There is never any mention as to how the murder was done in that house during a concert with numerous people or how the secret rooms played into it. It was not a satisfying conclusion at all. The characters seem to be acting as they normally do, and Haley's manic character has been toned down at last, although she has some expressions that don't really ring true: "Pop a chill pill, Drayton!" Who talks like that? In general, the characters are likable, but they're not enough to carry this poorly planned mystery.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant, albeit Frustrating Read... May 14 2006
By Kristigirl6 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been anxiously awaiting this next book in the tea shop series for a long while. I really love the wonderful descriptions of Charleston and the antics of the cast of characters in these books - Drayton is my absolute favorite - and then Delaine.

Having said all this, I came away from this book truly frustrated with the abrupt and disconnected ending. As other readers have suggested, the ending seemed to come out of nowhere - and it didn't fit well with the book's plot. Meanwhile, many questions were left completely unanswered - how did the murder actually happen? What is the background and connection of the secret room? How did murder #2 occur? Why was Earl Grey abducted and how?

Now, as readers, we can fill in some of the blanks with our imaginations - but truly - I expected to be paid off with a LOT more detail than what was given. When I reached the book's conclusion, I started looking frantically through the recipes trying to be sure I hadn't missed another chapter that would fill in the blanks.

As well, I find it strinkingly odd that so many of the main characters in this series are unmarried - Theo, Drayton, Haley, Delaine, Dectective Tidwell, Jory Davis, Parker Scully. That's a lot of unattached people milling about romantic Charleston!

I adore this series - and I plan to keep reading it - but I sure hope Ms. Childs goes back to her earlier novels to remind herself of why they were so cozy and fun to read. Something was truly missing in here.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed Mystery... May 26 2006
By L Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In the 7th book in the Tea Shop Mystery series, another of Theodosia Browning's catered events is thrown into mayhem with the addition of a dead body. As a group of shocked onlookers watch, Duke Wilkes, topples face forward onto the floor of the Augustus Chait House during an event for the Restoration Committee. He has been murdered, and Theo starts to see the case as a locked room murder mystery. It appears as though someone from within the Heritage Society had an issue with Duke, and Theo, Haley, and Drayton once again throw caution to the wind and help the Charleston Police Department with this baffling case.

I love this series, although I do agree with several other previous reviews regarding the ending of the book. The "how" and the "why" of the murders were not explained well, and the ending to the book seemed a bit rushed. However, I read these books more for the characters than I do the mysteries themselves. I like the way that Haley, Theo, and Drayton work together, and I enjoy the descriptions of the teas and the goodies they serve at the Indigo Tea Shop (yum!). I look forward to future installments getting back on track with the previous books, as they were all a delight.

The first book in the series is called "Death by Darjeeling". Enjoy!
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