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Blood Orange Brewing Hardcover – Apr 4 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Crime (TRD) (April 4 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425208079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425208076
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.7 x 21.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #508,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brewing Worth Much More Than A Sip! July 14 2006
By Edwin O. Merwin, Jr. - Published on
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I had a chance to read this latest Childs Tea Shop Mystery while I was cruising in the western Carribean. Despite the numerous offerings on ship and shore, I found it hard to put this book as enticing as the author's previous efforts in this series. Theodosia, Haley, Drayton, and even the tough, highly profession, but occasionally showing a human side, Chief Dective Burt Tidwell, were all in fine form. In Blood Orange Brewing the reader experiences not only murder, but hidden passageways/rooms, coupled with an every building, but at first subtle, tension that comes to a dramatic culmination. Even Theodosia's faithful dog Earl Gray gets mixed up in this caper; though no fault of his own. What continues to appeal to me in this latest offering (I have read every Tea Mystery to date) is the Charleston, SC setting, with some real street names and towns included by the author. This cannot help but add to the book's overall successful action and ambience. I recommend Blood Orange Brewing to all lovers of a good, well organized, mystery. I look forward with much anticipation to Laura Childs next tea shop offering! And, in closing, let us not forget to mention the tasty offerings from Haley's kitchen; even while on a cruise ship they made my mouth water.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 9 2006
By mysfan - Published on
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This book seems to miss the mark in an otherwise enjoyable series. While the descriptions of the teas and food are good, the mystery falls short. Throughout the whole story, Theo moans that she's having trouble finding clues and solving the murder; then suddenly at the end it comes to her and she goes racing off to find the proof. There is never any mention as to how the murder was done in that house during a concert with numerous people or how the secret rooms played into it. It was not a satisfying conclusion at all. The characters seem to be acting as they normally do, and Haley's manic character has been toned down at last, although she has some expressions that don't really ring true: "Pop a chill pill, Drayton!" Who talks like that? In general, the characters are likable, but they're not enough to carry this poorly planned mystery.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these mysteries! June 26 2008
By Judith K. Chlupsa - Published on
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I have ordered all of Laura Childs Tea Shop Mysteries and her Scrapbooking Mysteries. They are the best, as soon as I finish one I pick up the next one. Can't wait to see what Theo, Drayton, and Haley come up with next at the tea shop nor what Carmela and Ava create at the Scrapbook Shop. Always feel like I am right with them, either having a cuppa at the tea shop or walking in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant, albeit Frustrating Read... May 14 2006
By Kristigirl6 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have been anxiously awaiting this next book in the tea shop series for a long while. I really love the wonderful descriptions of Charleston and the antics of the cast of characters in these books - Drayton is my absolute favorite - and then Delaine.

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.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best of series April 3 2006
By Coppertop - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was a solid addition to Childs' tea series, but not the best. The plot was somewhat slow and almost plodding at times. While I don't mind slow, this just didn't have the punch of some of the earlier books. We lost Theodosia's romantic interest in the last book and this one seems to be unsure where to go with that. I really thought she might develop something with the detective, but this book seemed to leaning towards Parker...not though with any major changes. I think some additional story on Drayton and Haley would be a nice addition to future books...Haley is working on a recipe book in this book and that adds to her character somewhat, but should continue to build. This book is more of a stagnation in the series than a continuation on the ladder. Definitely something to read if you have read the rest of the series, but not a good place to start if you are just joining the series.

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