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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc; Lrg edition (July 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410425002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410425003
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,308,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings... March 29 2010
By Rick - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've read all the books in this series, and I read for one reason alone -- atmosphere. Childs is VERY good at this. I can't tell you how many cozies I've read that have a fabulous setting in a wonderful era or at the perfect time of year, and other than being told once or twice, "It was October in Vermont..." the book could just as easily have been set in February in Flint, Michigan, circa 1979. Not so with Childs. Some (many) would even say she overdoes the atmosphere, but that's fine with me. I object, by the way, to the fashionista aspects of the story -- antiques are fine, "Coco Chanel" blouses are a bit grating. Characters? Eh, okay, I guess. Theo and Haley are cool, Drayton and Tidwell are better. So, for atmosphere, this book gets five stars; character development gets 3.5 or even 4 stars. But... Here's where it gets bad. Plotting. As noted by others, Childs' plotting is almost unimaginably bad, juvenille on a scale that my vocabulary finds difficult to detail. She uncovers zero clues, zero clues are presented to us, and the grand climaxes are so far out of left field as to simply not be believed. Felonious motives and solutions to the crimes are flat out invented in the last two pages. And sometimes, Childs simply loses her mind. In the last of her tea shop books (not this one), Theo restrains the killer by (I am NOT making this up) squirting a tube of glue into said killer's hair after said killer has been knocked to the ground. The glue firmly secures the bad guy/girl to the ground until the cops show up. What more can be said?
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very hesitant 4-star rating March 18 2010
By Holly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"The Teaberry Strangler" is the eleventh installment in Laura Child's Tea Shop Mystery series. I have read each and every one and have largely enjoyed the series. The novels are set in Charleston, South Carolina and truly meet the definition of "cozy" - a beautiful sense of place, interesting characters and a little intrigue thrown in.

Unfortunately, I think this is one of the weaker books in the series. The wonderful descriptions of Charleston (and its society gatherings) are included but the mystery itself is insubstantial. The murder takes place, Theodosia (our main character) lines up a cast of suspects with flimsy motives and then the reader is left hanging since there are no clues as to who actually did it. The murderer is revealed in the final pages and it is totally "sprung" on the reader since new information is given. The mystery definitely feels like an afterthought in this book. I also thought the character development was fairly non-existent as well. Not much has changed in any of the character's lives and Drayton and Hayley continue to exist in order to give Theodosia someone to talk to. To add freshness to a long series, I would love to see a future mystery written focused more on one of those two characters, particularly Drayton (lots of unrealized potential here).

To sum it up - if I were picking up the book as a first time reader, it would rate a 3-star. Since I have come to love the books as a whole and there is some halo effect going on, I would rate it a 4-star for me. Settled on 4 stars with some reservations .....
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bait March 26 2010
By v. m. hollingsworth - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First let me say that I love the tea shop series. I love all the characters and the setting. However, it has just occurred to me after reading this last installment that often when Theodosia is solving a "mystery" she really hasn't got a clue who the actual killer is until she is attacked at the end of the book because she's been asking questions and the murderer is fearful of exposure. Sometimes I get the impression that Theo is as surprised as the rest of us with the outcome. This, some readers might find frustrating because a traditional detective story is supposed to give the reader the clues needed to try to solve the mystery. This doesn't particularly bother me since the well-written charm of the series, for me, supercedes the need to figure out the ending.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost her mojo? Aug. 30 2012
By tom johnson - Published on
I don't know if Childs has lost interest in the series because she's writing several others, spreading herself too thin, or what, but this one was not just weak, but bad! The previous one wasn't all that great, either, but I thought perhaps it was because I hadn't read one in a while....but, no. Weak plotting, dragging in old characters to no purpose, a new favorite much-overused verb, "intoned," and a completely extraneous scene, where she agrees to go pick up her old boyfriend's boat on a deserted island (the kind of scene where you are thinking, "no, no, don't do it!") and then NOTHING happens - didn't advance the plot at all. In fact, let Jory die a natural death off scene - where's the new boyfriend? Too many false starts - the archaeology guy - interested in Theo or Haley? - we never find out. If I didn't think more highly of Childs, I'd almost suspect she let someone else write this one for her. Even the recipes at the end and the tea party ideas were pretty lame. Sorry to write this, because I have liked the series so far.......don't even know if I'll bother with number 12.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful Sept. 16 2013
By Adventure shoes - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I managed to read this book all the way through, but it was a struggle. Had I anything else to read, I would have switched. I love a great mystery novel, but this is so poorly written I can't imagine who is writing the reviews on Amazon for this book and rating this author's books so highly. Where to begin? The protagonist, Theodosia, just saw her "good friend" murdered and actually performed CPR on her, yet never experiences any emotions about this, but gamely goes about investigating her murder because so many of her family and friends plead with her to do so. The only people who seem to experience any emotions are the numerous suspects, who periodically weep and drag themselves about the story. Ack!

The prose is so bad that it's laughable. A sandwich filling is "lathered on" instead of slathered on (this is just one example). Sentences are split in two, with sentence fragments sticking out like splinters. This tea shop owner is supposed to do catering as well, yet seems to know absolutely nothing about that line of work. The descriptions of Charleston are superficial, the dialogue drivel, so many of the characters snarl, screech, spit and whine that it's painful, the point of view switches briefly and unbelievably, and there is a whole scene about Theodosia having to retrieve her ex-boyfriend's sailboat from an island (with rattlesnake) that adds absolutely nothing to the story.

The best that I can say about this book is the author knows about tea.