Blood Orange Brewing Hardcover – Apr 4 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
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!