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Scones & Bones [Hardcover]

Laura Childs
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March 1 2011 A Tea Shop Mystery (Book 12)
Savor the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of The Teaberry Strangler.

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is lured into attending the Heritage Society's "Pirates and Plunder" soiree. But it's an antique diamond skull ring that gets plundered by someone who murders a history intern in the process. Theodosia knows she'll have to whet her investigative skills to find the killer among a raft of suspects.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Culinary Cozy Mystery Romp! March 20 2011
By PoCoKat
It is always a delight to visit the wonderful world of Theodosia Browing and her Indigo Tea Shoppe in Charleston. Scones and Bones is the twelfth Tea Shoppe Mystery in this wonderful culinary cozy series by Laura Childs. Our heroine, Theodosia always stumbles onto a mystery and this time there are pirates, buried treasures, ancient skull cups and secret societies thrown into the mix. Of course, Indigo Tea Shoppe's resident tea expert Drayton Conneley is beside Theo throughout her adventures. The other characters who fill out Theo's circle are the tea shoppe's chef/baker Haley, Detective Tidwell and her very crazy demanding friend Delaine Dish and her sister Nadine. Besides the pirate murder mystery there is romance as Theo adds a new man into the mix. Our heroine is torn between old love Parker Scully, who is not being very attentive, and new man Max Scofield who is the museum's Public Relations Director. This is a wonderfully fun romp through Charleston and the surrounding countryside. Each Tea Shoppe Mystery convinces me more and more to visit Charleston as soon as I can! You need not have read the entire series as this book can easily be a stand alone.

As always, Ms. Childs has included some intriguing recipes at the end of the book. I cannot wait to try out the Lemon Scones as well as the Tomato and Basil Dip. She also includes Tea Time Tips and Tea Resources. There is also a preview of Laura Childs' next Scapbooking Mystery, Skeleton Letters at the very end.

I highly recommend Scones and Bones as well as all of Laura Childs books in the Tea Shoppe Mysteries, the Scrapbooking Mysteries and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. I am looking forward to Theodosia's next Tea Shoppe Mystery, The Agony of the Leaves.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery, plot and fun characters, I'm going to go back and read this series from the start March 1 2011
By Crystal Fulcher - Published on Amazon.com
I am starting to realize that I really enjoy Cozy Mysteries. They are a lot of fun with out all the sometimes gruesome details of other mystery and suspense novels and it's also fun to watch an amateur solve the case. And Ms. Childs makes some very interesting characters in her books that I found endearing and I enjoyed watching through the book.

This is the first book I have read in The Tea Shop Mystery series, and it's the 12th book in the series. But don't let that stop you if you haven't read any in the series. I know I would know and understand the characters more if I had read the earlier books, but I never felt lost and I got to know the characters well and found that this book is a good stand-alone cozy mystery. Will I go back and read the series now? Sure I will and I will continue to read from this point. The characters and the setting have really drawn me in and I look forward to having another series to read.

Let's talk a little about characters. Theodosia, Drayton and Hayley seem to be the main characters. They are the owners and workers at their tea shop in Charleston, South Carolina. I loved getting to know them a little in this book and found I really liked all three of them and liked how the work together even though they are all three very different people. Theodosia (Theo) takes the lead role in the book and she and Drayton work together to solve the mystery with help from some other friends, while running the tea shop and participating in the Food and Wine week that is going on in the city. To go along with the mystery there may also be some romance brewing.

I also found the setting to be fascinating. Charleston is a town I would like to visit and since I live just a few hours north on the North Carolina coast I loved the setting. I also loved the pirate lore in this book. Using Blackbeard is a great plot device. Everyone knows about Blackbeard and I loved seeing our own beloved Beaufort Inlet mentioned in the book (I live and work just a few miles from there and that is where the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard's ship has been found). Ms. Childs does a wonderful job with pirate lore and incorporating it into the story and into the Charleston area.

The mystery was fun. I liked following Theo and Drayton around as they met other people and began to put the pieces together. Though I did somewhat suspect who did it, it still came as a surprise once they figured it out. It makes a great cozy mystery and I enjoyed reading every minute of it.

My only problem with the whole book was I felt the ending was a little rushed. I understand that this happens sometimes. Even though I was a bit disappointed with this, it did not take away from my overall love for the book. And I will definitely be picking up the next one in this series to see where a storyline from this book goes and to see what kind of mystery Theo and Drayton get to solve next.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Tea Shop Mystery March 1 2011
By Books and Chocolate - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a fan of Laura Childs and especially the series featuring Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning who always manages to find herself in the middle of a murder investigation. In this latest book in the series Theodosia and her right-hand man, master tea blender Drayton Conneley, attend the heritage society's "Pirates and Plunder" party featuring all kinds of historical pirate memorabilia but at center stage is a diamond-embedded cup made from a human skull, believed to be that of Blackbeard himself. When the cup is stolen and a guest is murdered in the process, Theodosia finds herself once again on the trail of a killer, putting herself and her friends at risk of becoming his or her next victim.

The story includes interesting pirate folklore and introduces Max Scofield, a new love interest for Theodosia that may force her to choose between him and current boyfriend Parker Scully.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited nor required. If I didn't like the book I would say so.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not of interest May 16 2013
By Jeanne E. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
I read on the internet that Laura Child's books were wonderful...so I picked up Scones & Bones. After the first few pages, I was wondering, what was so wonderful? (I'm currently reading Follett's second book in his trilogy.) The Child's book is worthless...so many mentions of name brands, etc. - is the author getting support as an advertiser? Hoping the book would become more interesting, I pushed myself to get to page 50. Closed. Won't finish. Trite, formulaic, pretty cover design is it.
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Scone" is Hard to Swallow March 9 2011
By Anne M. Lopiccolo - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow - as an avid fan of the Tea Shop Mystery series set in my beloved Charleston, SC, I was deeply disappointed by this most recent installment. It was extremely formulaic with very little character development, locale descriptions, and a ridiculous mystery. The dialogue between Theodosia, Haley, and Drayton seemed stilted and Drayton's continual sniping about Haley's love life seemed very out of both character and context. Sadly, it did not drive the plot forward.

Faint hope remains for the next in this series. Here's hoping that (1) we get more genuine understanding as Theodosia struggles with her love triangle, (2) there is more description of the SC lowcountry, (3) there are more detailed descriptions of tea and tea shop menus, and (4) that the characters seem more realistic and less like carboard cutouts.

"Scones and Bones" was simply not the same caliber as previous titles in the series. Perhaps Child's next installment will be more aligned with previous efforts. I am certainly willing to give it another chance, given the quality of the first 10 books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but good April 21 2012
By Anya - Published on Amazon.com
Scones and Bones did have a different feel, but I felt the author gave reasons. This is not one of my favorites for her three series, but a really good book nonetheless. I hate the lack of research in the New Orleans based stories (floats don't go through the Quarter).
On a side note. There is a 3 star review from "Commenter 77". All but one of her review are on Ms Childs' books and all are bad reviews. It is sad the Amazon does not check out their reviews for bitter or jealous writers.
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