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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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This is the tenth book and, while not the best, is a solid book that continues the story of Theodosia Browning, the proprietor of The Indigo Tea Shop of Charleston. The book has the strong sense of place that Laura Childs typically delivers and I really enjoy that. The reader gets to experience the historical district of Charleston and a bit of the surrounding low country/culture since the action is not geographically limited to Charleston proper. The murder portion of this is also strong since it actually has plausability. Many times cozies stretch the imagination on the motive for the murder, but in this case it all makes sense once you reach the end. As far as the characters, I don't think this one was as strong as some of the others and I didn't feel that I learned any more about Drayton and Haley (employees/friends of Theodosia) -- I would have enjoyed that. In particular, Drayton is an intriquing character and I would have liked to have him further developed.
Overall, a good fast read that is a solid contribution to the Tea Shop Mysteries.
The last time they met, Abby tried to bait Theo into a cat fight, but the storeowner refused to be play Abby's game. Detective Burt Tidewell shocks Theo, who has solved several homicides, when he tells her to investigate. Her former boyfriend, Abby's brother Jory, is back from New York and also asks Theo to make inquiries. When she goes to the old plantation what Abby and her husband Drew donated to a historical trust corporation, she finds the remains of a bride who vanished a hundred years ago. In the present she learns that several people benefited from Abby's death as the reporter made many enemies on her climb to the top.
Putting aside the coincidence of another corpse in Theo' path and the cop encouraging her to investigate, this is another delightful amateur sleuth in which readers obtain a taste of the South. The heroine is an easy going person but her demeanor hides her steel spine and independent heart. Theo does what she belies is right even when it may harm a relationship she cherishes. Besides a wonderful look at Charleston and surrounding Low Country, fans will relish drinking tea with Theo as she tries to solve the homicide of someone she disliked.
As well as being a successful small business owner, Theo is an amateur sleuth. In this venture, Theo is riding in the annual hunt club event and stumbles across a dead body.
Theo is pulled into helping to solve the mysterious murder by an old boyfriend who returns to Charleston.
This series is fun and light reading and includes recipes for tea as well.
Theodosia is participating in a horsing event one county over when she literally falls of her horse and stumbles onto the body of Abby Davis, Jory's sister, and someone who is a sworn enemy. Having exchanged harsh words when Theodosia and Jory broke it off, there is no loved lost between the two women. Theodosia is soon drawn into solving Abby's murder by Jory, who implores her to help him in getting to the bottom of her death. As Theodosia starts investigating, she discovers that there is a lot more to Abby than meets that eye, and that buried secrets, a possible extra-marital affair, jealousy and the kidnapping of a prominent South Carolinan's son could be what got her killed.
Oolong Dead is entertaining and delightful, and a must-read for fans of the cozy genre.