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Silver Needle Murder [Hardcover]

Laura Childs
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March 4 2008 Tea Shop Mysteries (Book 9)
The national bestselling author of Dragonwell Dead returns with a mystery proving that the price of fame can be murderously steep.

The Charleston Film Festival has brought Theodosia Browning and the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop a busy week of catering jobs. First up is the opening night gala at the historic Belvedere Theatre. Tinseltown and local luminaries seem to be mingling happily in the glamorously renovated lobby, but Theo notices that the atmosphere backstage is tense. Then famous director Jordan Cole is shot on his way to the podium, and the entire audience witnesses his death silhouetted across the scrim. Never has a festival started off with this big a bang.


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In Childs's diverting ninth Tea Shop cozy (after 2007's Dragonwell Dead), Theodosia Browning, proprietor of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, is in the audience of the recently restored Belvedere Theater when someone shoots celebrated movie director Jordan Cole on stage during Charleston's first film festival. Theodosia glimpses the murderer escaping in the theater's old dumbwaiter, but doesn't see enough to identity the culprit. Cole, a handsome rake, had more than his share of enemies, including his recently ditched girlfriend, Isabelle, granddaughter of curmudgeonly Timothy Neville, the festival's organizer, who asks Theodosia to fill in for a judge who quits. Despite being burdened with catering duties as well, Theodosia feels compelled to investigate the crime, much to CPD Det. Burt Tidwell's consternation. The savory recipes at the end will leave readers hungry for more. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Laura Childs is the bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mystery series and the Scrapbook Mystery series. She is a consummate tea drinker, scrapbooker, and dog lover, and travels frequently to China and Japan with Dr. Bob, her professor husband. In her past life she was a Clio Award-winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a formula book for those who like Tea and Mystery March 9 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is book #9 in the series. The author averages one book per year since 2001. I have all of this series of books and like them because I love anything to do with tea and I also love mysteries. The link here is quite far-fetched but this seems to be the trend in mystery books these days. -combine a current social interest with a mystery. This author has scrapbook mysteries also. Other authors are doing the same thing with food, antiques etc. The friendship among the recurring characters is enjoyable to read about. The references to tea items and the difficulties pertaining to a small business are an interesting background. The descriptions of the Charleston area are built into the story. This is a very quick read, written in a way that you can envision the Tea Shop/Charleston area atmosphere. The author has this formula down pat so if you like one book, you will likely enjoy future books. The story is like a soap opera but information about previous events are provided when they are relevant to the story so you can read the books out of order without distress.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant visit with old friends March 8 2008
By SAS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Silver Needle Murder is a solid addition to the tea shop mystery series by Laura Childs. Although I figured out who did it fairly early into it, I did not find guessing distracted from my enjoyment. I read this series more for the descriptions of Charleston and the wonderful food served at the Indigo Tea Shop as well as the interaction between Theo, Drayton, and Haley. You sometimes wonder how they manage to run that tea shop and have a finger in every pot of Charleston activities! The mystery itself tends to take a back burner to everything else. I thought the events leading to the denouement were a little over the top and the reason behind the murderer's actions a little mediocre but that isn't why I read this series. A welcome diversion to a snow filled weekend. 3.5 stars
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par May 31 2008
By A. C. Shellhase - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
SPOILERS FOLLOW:

As much as I usually enjoy this light reading series, for some reason this particular book just annoyed me.

Yes, fashion, tea history tidbits, and Charleston society doings are mildly interesting, but the 'mystery' was lost this time and the characters acted stupid!

I knew 'who done it' early in the book and am sure most readers figured it out, too. The usually well written heroine needs to get back to some semblance of reality and I'm truly beginning to dislike these gossipy, snoopy people.

We had way, way, way too much description of clothing, jewelry, shoes, table settings, glassware, crystal, wine, & antique furniture. It's like the author is going overboard to let readers know these people have good taste, are wealthy, and, supposedly, are well-bred.

It felt like the author needed to get the length of the novel up and increase the word count, so readers wouldn't feel cheated.

But, what bothered me the most this time was that the character of Theodosia acted like a stupid heroine from a B-rated horror movie.

More than once she went, alone, into the empty theater, scene of the murder, without letting anyone know where she was going. Like a female horror movie character going alone down to the cellar or up to the attic where you KNOW something awful is going to happen. If this book had sound track it would be a slasher-type theme.

Then, Theodosia, wearing 3" high heels, **runs**, with her dog on leash, away from someone who's following her home down the darkest, loneliest street in Charleston. Running in high heels. Sure!

Toward the (very bad, unbelievable) end, again, wearing Prada slides with 3-1/2 heels, she follows a wooded path off a dirt road. Only after walking quite a way, with no light, does she remove her shoes.

Come on! Any woman who wears heels knows there is no way you can easily walk on non-pavement without twisting your ankle. And slides -- no backs, no straps, no support! Just totally unreal.

Maybe it's time for a good editor to step in. Perhaps the author has run out of ideas for murders. If so, that's OK. Start a new series with new characters and let this one die a well deserved death.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tea, Scones and Murder March 9 2008
By Curious Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Laura Childs continues to provide pleasure with her latest Indigo Tea Shop mystery. Theodosia Browning is a very likable main character, for she is beautiful, smart, gutsy, talented and a true friend. Theo is what we always look for in keeping good company. To our delight, the author entertains us with not only a cute who-done-it - but also a wealth of knowledge about teas and provacative menus. She includes recipes, (good thing), for her most special foods and in this volume, suggests a variety of tea occasions one might consider.

Mostly, Laura Childs does a wonderful job with all of her characters. The little bit crazy ones, dignified, older Drayton, her tea master and her hard-working, creative clever chef (I have advanced her position) Haley. Of course, the love interest, Parker, also increases the pace of the book.

My recommendation, always, would be start with the first "tea" book, Death by Darjeeling and work your way thru the next 8, ending with this great rendition.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Drew for Grown Ups March 12 2008
By A 70's Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this book. This is my favorite cozy mystery series. The writing is wonderful, the plot is fun. I love the characters and can picture them vividly. I look forward to each new book with great anticiptation. I haven't had so much fun with a book series since I was a teenager with my Nancy Drews. I hope Ms. Childs that you will continue to grace us with many more Tea Shop Mysteries in the future!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like Weak Tea--Wet, but Flavorless April 29 2008
By YankeeChick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I had read a few of the earlier books in this series & decided to give it another try. This wasn't really a mystery--more a a stroll through run-on descriptions of interior decorating schemes, clothes, accessories, and food displays. It was a lot like reading an issue of Home Beautiful. The story was tepid at best and the attempt to make the heroine's boyfriend jealous was just sad. It's hard to get excited about a book where you have to wade through things like, "Lynn knelt by the body, being careful not to get the hem of her scoop-necked, sleeveless halter dress dirty in the blood. The rhinestone chips in her black, slingback Jimmy Choos twinkled in the dim light given off by the Louis XIII gold embossed gaslights that had been imported from the Czech Republic at great expense by a major donor. Retrieving her black silk 1940's Chanel handbag from the Irish linen tablecloth covering the magnificent 18th century console table, Lynn turned to the subdued crowd of Charleston's rich & famous, noting as she did that Genevieve de Vandevoort had indeed worn the Empire-waisted purple slip dress that they had looked at in Tiffany's shop on Thursday." There's just so much detail that the story gets buried. It reminds me of those cakes you get from the grocery store that have so much icing on them that you have to scrape half of it off or you'll get sick from the sugar. I really couldn't recommend this, although the premise of the owner of tea shop solving mysteries is a good one.
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