Scones & Bones Hardcover – Mar 1 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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.
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.
On a positive note, her characters are very interesting. You want to catch the next episode just to hang out with them, the shop and the town with its constant stream of events. And, truly, her tea information, recipes and tea party tips are good resources.
I can see these becoming a television series or movies, but they would have to completely rewrite the "mystery" part. The stories just abound with plot holes and improbables. She also fails to wrap things up or tie up loose ends. One example in one book, a new assistant is hired. You get a little dialogue with her and then no further appearance or mention. Another one -- the lead character has a succession of boy friends, who are presented as great guys initially and all along, but there's not much mention or interaction with them. Then, suddenly, as the next one is introduced, the former one is portrayed as a bad guy with all sorts of quirks and/or is used for some wild story twist. Real sloppy stuff.
Oh well, people are snapping them up anyway, so why spend the time on the story, I guess. If you can just enjoy the venues, characters and charm of setting, you'll be good with these. By the way, books like this are always formulas (as many a popular TV series, etc). That's not the problem. Just reader discretion advised on story line - if you really try to follow it, high frustration factor awaits.