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Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a respected auction house owner plummets from the balcon Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a respected auction house owner plummets from the balcony, landing dead on Theodosia’s specially-prepared cake. Worse yet, it looks like someone helped him over the edge. With a full kettle of suspects, Theodosia pursues an investigation into the murky swamps of the Low Country, where she uncovers a thriving criminal enterprise of art forgery, fraud—and murder…


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Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a respected auction house owner plummets from the balcon Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a respected auction house owner plummets from the balcony, landing dead on Theodosia’s specially-prepared cake. Worse yet, it looks like someone helped him over the edge. With a full kettle of suspects, Theodosia pursues an investigation into the murky swamps of the Low Country, where she uncovers a thriving criminal enterprise of art forgery, fraud—and murder…

30 review for Chamomile Mourning

  1. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    One of the more consistent cozy series, and I love visualising Charleston.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This woman sleuth happens to own a tea shop. Who knew there were so many different types of tea and ways to serve them? Not me, this series has taught me something there. Theo stays busy, busy, busy. But she always finds time to investigate the current murder. Each book delivers a cozy read for enjoyable entertainment. I liked this one. Although it was not exceptional, it was entertaining. Each book is able to stand on its own and deliver an HEA, which is an important attribute in a series when I . This woman sleuth happens to own a tea shop. Who knew there were so many different types of tea and ways to serve them? Not me, this series has taught me something there. Theo stays busy, busy, busy. But she always finds time to investigate the current murder. Each book delivers a cozy read for enjoyable entertainment. I liked this one. Although it was not exceptional, it was entertaining. Each book is able to stand on its own and deliver an HEA, which is an important attribute in a series when I chose to read it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cornelius Ashby

    I absolutely love this series!!! I am so happy that I can look forward to reading many more stories with Theodosia and her Tea Shop! I love visiting her tea shop in each book. The teas and foods are always so well described along with the setting of the tea shop. I feel as if I’m really there visiting South Carolina and her quaint cozy tea shop. The mystery was a lot of fun! I did not guess the killer, so that made it a little more fun for me. I can’t wait to delve into the next book in the seri I absolutely love this series!!! I am so happy that I can look forward to reading many more stories with Theodosia and her Tea Shop! I love visiting her tea shop in each book. The teas and foods are always so well described along with the setting of the tea shop. I feel as if I’m really there visiting South Carolina and her quaint cozy tea shop. The mystery was a lot of fun! I did not guess the killer, so that made it a little more fun for me. I can’t wait to delve into the next book in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    I enjoyed this cozy mystery ... but my favorite part is all the information about TEA. I am a tea drinker so all the various kinds that are mentioned, the various blends, have made me want to create my own. The recipes may well be used in one of my future teas. And other general historical information is also included. So while I enjoy the cozy mystery, and the thought processes and shenanigans that go into solving it, I truly enjoy all the extra fluff that fills out this series of books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Guera25

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't know why I continue to read these. While the primary triumvirate are a serviceable set of characters, the mysteries are sloppy at best and riddled with subplots that are never satisfactorily resolved. In this instance, after hundreds of pages and multiple bouts of hand-wringing on the subject by the Three Teakateers, we never do find out if Gracie Venable will get to keep her lease on the Bow Geste, or if the vengeful Simone Crispin will toss her out on her ear. And mother of God, can De I don't know why I continue to read these. While the primary triumvirate are a serviceable set of characters, the mysteries are sloppy at best and riddled with subplots that are never satisfactorily resolved. In this instance, after hundreds of pages and multiple bouts of hand-wringing on the subject by the Three Teakateers, we never do find out if Gracie Venable will get to keep her lease on the Bow Geste, or if the vengeful Simone Crispin will toss her out on her ear. And mother of God, can Delaine Dish just disappear? She's not a quirky flash of Southern color, but a nasty, petty, sniping cruel harpy who delights in the misfortunes of others and revels in sniping at and belittling those she deems unworthy of her. She's Blanche Devereaux as written by a tone-deaf clod, without the underlying decency. And I've said it before, but a published writer should know how to punctuate and spell. There are too many glaring mistakes in both areas for them not to be noticed by any editor or line reader with functioning eyes. If I were paying for these, I would be insulted. Lastly, the Jory Davis subplot was handled like a second-rate soap opera subplot, only without the thoughtful nuance. It's painfully obvious that Childs has gotten bored with her resident Studs McHotterson and wants to play with a new toy, so she turned the inconvenient bit of vestigial narrative known as Jory Davis, formerly known as the sensitive, gallant Hunkasaurus Rex, into a petulant, blubbering manchild and shunted him off to a new job in New York(a job which will likely fail in about three books, naturally)to make room for the dashing Parker Scully, a swaggering caterer from New York who's meant to be self-confident and intriguing, but who really just inspires the urge to grit your teeth and wipe your behind with sandpaper in order to have something more interesting and pleasant to focus on. And if Tidwell is pining for Theodosia, I'm going to suffer a fatal ocular hemorrhage from rolling my eyes so hard.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Stilted and oddly constructed dialogue, goofy and contrived names, extraneous details that are repeated constantly (filler maybe?) and uninspiring characters. A litany of name-dropping that contributes nothing to the story and appears to serve only as a way to make pop culture references (hello, Manolo Blahnik shoes!) Laura Childs seems to assume her readers live in a bubble and don't have the background or capacity to understand concepts like 'sweet tea' unless she provides a good paragraph of e Stilted and oddly constructed dialogue, goofy and contrived names, extraneous details that are repeated constantly (filler maybe?) and uninspiring characters. A litany of name-dropping that contributes nothing to the story and appears to serve only as a way to make pop culture references (hello, Manolo Blahnik shoes!) Laura Childs seems to assume her readers live in a bubble and don't have the background or capacity to understand concepts like 'sweet tea' unless she provides a good paragraph of explanation. It's a bit insulting, especially in a book that deals so heavily in Southern politeness and civility. This is a mystery for people who don't read mysteries. It might even be a book for people who don't like books. Unfortunately, it's the only thing around the office to read right now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Roxie

    Perhaps it's because I'm jumping into this series out of order-- the books were handed to me by a friend, and this was the first in the series she had-- but I feel like this book can't make up its mind about what sort of story it wants to be. Is it a mystery? Is it a character study? Is it chick lit, all about interpersonal relationships? I found the "mystery" completely superfluous to the story; I was more interested in the characters and how they all interacted. Also-- and I freely admit this Perhaps it's because I'm jumping into this series out of order-- the books were handed to me by a friend, and this was the first in the series she had-- but I feel like this book can't make up its mind about what sort of story it wants to be. Is it a mystery? Is it a character study? Is it chick lit, all about interpersonal relationships? I found the "mystery" completely superfluous to the story; I was more interested in the characters and how they all interacted. Also-- and I freely admit this is a stylistic complaint, nothing more-- I really didn't like the dialogue. Several times I found myself thinking, "This isn't how real people talk. Not even people down South."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Librarylady90

    The books in this series aren't deep, but they are enjoyable. I think of them as popcorn for the brain. And at the end of a school year, it's perfect. The books in this series aren't deep, but they are enjoyable. I think of them as popcorn for the brain. And at the end of a school year, it's perfect.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Trudy Nye

    Laura Childs always provides a good mystery...and she has written so many! Charleston charm exudes from the pages of her tea-shop series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I enjoyed the mystery in this one. It involves a milliner, an affair, an art auction, and a poetry tea. I liked the teas and food and hats in this book. I especially like the frilly hats. That was new. The Heritage Society was interesting, too. I liked the art and artifacts that were discussed in this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Too much thriller and not enough cozy. Too much Haley and not enough Drayton and quite a bit of relationship drama.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Reads Books

    Another great installment in the series! The development of Theodosia’s character takes a surprising turn in this one, which I loved the addition of. And as always, I love the descriptions of this charming city and it’s inhabitants.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Syrdarya

    When auction house owner Roger Crispin winds up dead, and a friend of one of Theodosia's coworkers is blamed for the murder, Theo takes up the case. Things look pretty grim for Gracie Venable, who is just about to open a hat store, but might be heading to jail or bankruptcy or both. This book is the second in the series which I've read, and the earliest in the series which was available through my library. Unfortunately I didn't like this book as much as Oolong Dead. The characters just don't see When auction house owner Roger Crispin winds up dead, and a friend of one of Theodosia's coworkers is blamed for the murder, Theo takes up the case. Things look pretty grim for Gracie Venable, who is just about to open a hat store, but might be heading to jail or bankruptcy or both. This book is the second in the series which I've read, and the earliest in the series which was available through my library. Unfortunately I didn't like this book as much as Oolong Dead. The characters just don't seem real to me, and although the descriptions of the settings was spectacular, I just didn't connect with the people in the book at all. There was an element of ridiculousness to everything, especially with characters running around with names like Jester Moody and Dan'l Oates. I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief that a tea shop (or a hat shop, or any of the other local businesses mentioned in the book) were that busy continuously. (view spoiler)[Also, the standard series trick of introducing a new love interest just as an old one is exiting the scene is a bit too convenient. Theodosia's sudden entrance into a nightclub and her decision to have a rebound date (which then gets skipped over in the novel) struck me as a bit odd, like maybe the book was running too long and that whole evening was edited strangely as a result. Maybe towards the end of the book the author decided to change some things. Adding to this feeling about the editing was a conversation between Theo and a policeman, in which she asks him about the results of an evidence test when he had told her the results about a dozen pages ago, and I felt like Theo asked about one thing but was actually supposed to have asked about another piece of evidence. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    Since the weatherman had predicted a glorious evening, that's exactly what Theodosia Browning was expecting. Theo and company are providing the refreshments for the first Poet's Tea at the Heritage Society when bad weather forces them inside. The body of Roger Crispin falls into the cake table during Drayton's reading of Annabel Lee. A new shop owner, Gracie Venable, becomes the prime suspect when it is revealed that she had an intimate relationship with the victim. This is a good addition to the Since the weatherman had predicted a glorious evening, that's exactly what Theodosia Browning was expecting. Theo and company are providing the refreshments for the first Poet's Tea at the Heritage Society when bad weather forces them inside. The body of Roger Crispin falls into the cake table during Drayton's reading of Annabel Lee. A new shop owner, Gracie Venable, becomes the prime suspect when it is revealed that she had an intimate relationship with the victim. This is a good addition to the Tea Shop series. I really enjoy learning about the teas that Drayton provides for various dishes and occasions. As always, Haley is a champ in the kitchen. Her recipes are divine and I look forward to trying a few of them. The decorating tidbits make me happy, too. The addition of Gracie provides a new shop and information on hat making. I'm a sucker for a good hat. Theo and Jory experience a jolt in their relationship when he is offered a new position. I was really disappointed in his attitude towards Theo when she started sleuthing. He has always had her back but this time tried to get her to stop as it made him look bad in his firm. The mystery was good and had several twists and turns that I did not expect. And could there be a new romance brewing for Theo? I need to catch up in this series. It is always enjoyable and I'm not sure why I haven't read one in a while. Particularly since I own most of them. A delightful Saturday morning read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Redfox5

    Graeme Willy: Whats the matter Clive? Clive Gollings: There is an alien in the kitchen making bagels and coffee. Graeme Willy: Did you want tea? Clive Gollings: No, I don't want tea! Graeme Willy: Right, because tea is weird in America. ^Tea is weird in America, where's the milk!? That quote is from the film Paul, if anyone was interested. I just had that in my head every time tea was mentioned. Anyways.... Normally I love a good cosy mystery. Always keep me page turning and generally make me a Graeme Willy: Whats the matter Clive? Clive Gollings: There is an alien in the kitchen making bagels and coffee. Graeme Willy: Did you want tea? Clive Gollings: No, I don't want tea! Graeme Willy: Right, because tea is weird in America. ^Tea is weird in America, where's the milk!? That quote is from the film Paul, if anyone was interested. I just had that in my head every time tea was mentioned. Anyways.... Normally I love a good cosy mystery. Always keep me page turning and generally make me a hungry for whatever food theme that these things seem to have. But I just found this one rather dull. I really didn't connect with any of the characters and I really don't like the name Theodosia. Drayton was alright though. The plot was meh and I kept flicking to the back to see how much I had left. It also didn't help that I knew once I finished it I had 'A Street Cat Named Bob' to read which I've been really excited about and was eager to get to. Won't bother with any of the others in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angela Holland

    Another hit by Laura to a great series. This book gave us plenty of twists. There was some relationships that ended but then some that are just beginning. I can't wait to see what is in store for us in the upcoming books. Through the whole book you have one person that the police were focused on and one person that Theo was focused on but thanks to Theo's good investigative skills she found the real killer. My thoughts on some of the characters - I wish Haley would grow up, I think she acts like Another hit by Laura to a great series. This book gave us plenty of twists. There was some relationships that ended but then some that are just beginning. I can't wait to see what is in store for us in the upcoming books. Through the whole book you have one person that the police were focused on and one person that Theo was focused on but thanks to Theo's good investigative skills she found the real killer. My thoughts on some of the characters - I wish Haley would grow up, I think she acts like a teenager as times and she is not one of my favorite people. I love Drayton and as the series goes on I love him even more. Delaine is a rude uppity person and is someone I would not care to be around. Timothy was a little off and grumpy in this book. Gracie I think is going to be a good addition to this series and a friend to Haley. I loved the idea of a tea cup exchange party at the tea shop. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Theodosia Browning is back, once again doing what she does best, serving tea and solving murders. This time, the victim is the owner of a local auction house, who is shot to death and falls smack on top of Theo's tea table. Gracie Venable, a friend of the Indigo Tea shop gang and proprietress of a brand new shop on Church Street, becomes the prime suspect, and Theo makes a promise to find the real killer and exonerate Gracie. Will Theo succeed in her quest or will all her efforts lead her back t Theodosia Browning is back, once again doing what she does best, serving tea and solving murders. This time, the victim is the owner of a local auction house, who is shot to death and falls smack on top of Theo's tea table. Gracie Venable, a friend of the Indigo Tea shop gang and proprietress of a brand new shop on Church Street, becomes the prime suspect, and Theo makes a promise to find the real killer and exonerate Gracie. Will Theo succeed in her quest or will all her efforts lead her back to Gracie? Once again, another enjoyable read from Ms. Childs. The Indigo Tea Shop has never seemed more cozy and the Tea Shop Gang has never seemed more emotionally connected to the story. The book is exactly what you would expect from this series and this author. Classic cozy mystery.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heathy

    After finding 6 of the Tea Shop Mysteries at a thrift shop, I was eager to start reading the series. The premise looked so cute and the covers are lovely! Plus, they have recipes in the back. Sadly, this book was a huge letdown. The dialogue was atrocious ("Good Heavens!", "Oh my word!" "Golly Gee!"). The characters really grated on my nerves because of the way they spoke... all cartoonish and over-the-top. I don't care if they're in Charleston... there's no way every Charlestonian speaks like th After finding 6 of the Tea Shop Mysteries at a thrift shop, I was eager to start reading the series. The premise looked so cute and the covers are lovely! Plus, they have recipes in the back. Sadly, this book was a huge letdown. The dialogue was atrocious ("Good Heavens!", "Oh my word!" "Golly Gee!"). The characters really grated on my nerves because of the way they spoke... all cartoonish and over-the-top. I don't care if they're in Charleston... there's no way every Charlestonian speaks like that. The sentence structure seemed weird too... random sentence fragments that made me wonder if I had accidentally skipped a line. I will more than likely donate the rest of the series that I purchased. The book makes a better cookbook than a novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I do like this series. This time Theo and her friends are so busy they are running in circles. When a local businessman is killed during one of their events Theo and the rest are busy hunting the killer. There were several interesting parts of this book, hints on baking, teas, hat making, wreath building and painting, and all woven in with a hunt for a murder. I'll admit to still not following all the tea rituals but Childs is so good at writing that it doesn't intrude on the story, it is just a I do like this series. This time Theo and her friends are so busy they are running in circles. When a local businessman is killed during one of their events Theo and the rest are busy hunting the killer. There were several interesting parts of this book, hints on baking, teas, hat making, wreath building and painting, and all woven in with a hunt for a murder. I'll admit to still not following all the tea rituals but Childs is so good at writing that it doesn't intrude on the story, it is just a small part of the narrative. No way did I even come close to figuring this one out, the killer was totally a surprise. So, I'll keep reading her books, no matter which series she is writing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rita Graham

    I can't say that I disliked this book, it's just that it made me feel a little sad. I wonder about the women who love this series and why the picture of women engrossed in the brand of china holding a cup of tea, the excitement of scoring another board membership, the longing for a new wardrobe accessory featuring ribbons and feathers, I just wonder. I can't say that I disliked this book, it's just that it made me feel a little sad. I wonder about the women who love this series and why the picture of women engrossed in the brand of china holding a cup of tea, the excitement of scoring another board membership, the longing for a new wardrobe accessory featuring ribbons and feathers, I just wonder.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    Very good, complex, cozy mystery. If you love tea and/or antiques, you will really enjoy this one. Looking forward to reading more of Laura Child's mysteries. Very good, complex, cozy mystery. If you love tea and/or antiques, you will really enjoy this one. Looking forward to reading more of Laura Child's mysteries.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    I really like these Tea Shop mysteries. Makes me want to try different teas :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Always a delight to return to Theodoric Drayton & Haley of The Indigo Tea Shop as they're all smart, tenacious and delightful. Always a delight to return to Theodoric Drayton & Haley of The Indigo Tea Shop as they're all smart, tenacious and delightful.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    I went right into #6 in the series, not having read books numbers 1-5. I could tell I was missing important elements in some relationships as a result. Two examples off the top of my head: how Detective Tidwell accepts Theodosia, a tea shop owner to play detective in solving murders, in this case who killed Roger Crispin? Then there was the odd and I'm thinking ?too comfortable? relationship between Theodosia and lawyer boyfriend Jory Davis. He asks her to marry him and move to New York for his I went right into #6 in the series, not having read books numbers 1-5. I could tell I was missing important elements in some relationships as a result. Two examples off the top of my head: how Detective Tidwell accepts Theodosia, a tea shop owner to play detective in solving murders, in this case who killed Roger Crispin? Then there was the odd and I'm thinking ?too comfortable? relationship between Theodosia and lawyer boyfriend Jory Davis. He asks her to marry him and move to New York for his job. Theodosia doesn't want any part of moving to New York because she loves living in Charleston, South Carolina, her tea shop, and all her friend first. Then concludes she doesn't love him, and just like that the relationship is over with, as it should be. Not much of a mystery at all, very few pages in fact written about it with Theodosia trying to solve it. The story was more about the tea shop and of Theodosia's friends who own or work in the millinery shop, the boutique shop, the antique shop, and the art shop. As a result, I was bummed about this story not really being a mystery. It could had been such a cute story. I've read a number of series such as these, where the main character isn't a detective or a police officer and solves mysteries. I was very disappointed. Though I've given it a 1 rating, it's more like a 1-1/2. 1 rating is for it being not much of a mystery story. The extra 1/2 was for how much I enjoy going for Afternoon Tea, and how reading about the teas/foods made me long to return to one, even though my last time was only last month. These foods in this story are very different from the foods I've ever eaten at the tea places I have visited (in Toronto, Virginia, Florida and Colorado). I did appreciate Laura Child's supplying the readers with some of the recipes. My son and I baked The Cranberry-Orange Bread last weekend. Unfortunately, we were disappointed as I wouldn't think this bread would be up to par. Though it was quite flavourful, the bread was dry even though we had added a bit of extra orange juice to the batter noticing it would more than likely turn out dry. It was eaten all the same, though we had to lather our slices with butter (butter makes everything taste better hee hee.) It's not going to deter us from trying a few others. We're going to make Rapsberry Chocolate Chip Muffins.....or maybe The Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins tomorrow, and hope these recipes are "keepers". I have book #7 sitting in my bookcase. Yes, I will read it. Just not yet.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This might be my favorite book in this series so far (or at least a close second behind Gunpowder Green). While serving tea at the Poet's Tea, Theodosia serves a cup to Roger Crispin, owner of a local auction house who minutes later is shot and tumbles right onto Theo's almond cake. Suspicion immediately falls on the new hat shop owner, Gracie Venable. Having worked together to start her business, Haley (Theo's baker) is positive it can't be her, so she enlists the help of Theo to solve the case This might be my favorite book in this series so far (or at least a close second behind Gunpowder Green). While serving tea at the Poet's Tea, Theodosia serves a cup to Roger Crispin, owner of a local auction house who minutes later is shot and tumbles right onto Theo's almond cake. Suspicion immediately falls on the new hat shop owner, Gracie Venable. Having worked together to start her business, Haley (Theo's baker) is positive it can't be her, so she enlists the help of Theo to solve the case. This book felt like things started happening if you know what I mean. The past five books all felt the same- same day, different murder. But in this one, it felt like new storylines were forming and I feel like it was with this book that we knew this was going to be a very long-running series. Jory and Theo experience their first relationship upheaval and it seems like they may be done. A new man is in town and is showing an interest in Theo and I am super excited to further explore that storyline and a possible love triangle in the upcoming books. It felt like Drayden and Haley both were exploring their outside interests a little bit more, and I would love to get some books in the future that focus more on them and their lives. The mystery was good and twisty. I had a feeling that I knew who did it (I was right), but I did keep having doubts about Gracie just like Theo did. I could not figure out the motive though, so that kept me on my toes for the whole book. I loved the resolution, it was really original and quite adventurous for Theo! This also felt like the first time that Theo actually got dangerously involved in the sleuthing and as a result (view spoiler) I love this series, it is without a doubt my favorite series ongoing (My all-time favorite is the Ashton Corners Book Club Series by Erika Chase). I am so glad that the way the themes were drawn will allow me to dive right into the next book, Blood Orange Brewing!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    The story was pretty good, but the seemingly inappropriate wording, the inaccuracies, the unsettling and unbelievable, and the multiple strings of multiple fragments made it difficult to read and appreciate, making me ask, where's the editor? For example, Theodosia, owner of a tea shop, "slung her arm" around Haley's at a fairly elegant meeting, and Drayton raises his eyebrows in "silent" derision. At a 10 AM funeral, "vespers had been uttered." A paragraph describing Detective Orrin Hudson begi The story was pretty good, but the seemingly inappropriate wording, the inaccuracies, the unsettling and unbelievable, and the multiple strings of multiple fragments made it difficult to read and appreciate, making me ask, where's the editor? For example, Theodosia, owner of a tea shop, "slung her arm" around Haley's at a fairly elegant meeting, and Drayton raises his eyebrows in "silent" derision. At a 10 AM funeral, "vespers had been uttered." A paragraph describing Detective Orrin Hudson begins with his having "smiled a broad, barracuda smile" and ends with his having "a lean, hungry German shepherd look. Later, "Hudson twisted his mouth into a grimace, slid his mirrored sunglasses over his eyes, and fixed her with a hard stare." That must be some hard stare if it fixes her through his mirrored sunglasses. Then there are series of fragments. Three or four or more. Page after page. Finally losing their effectiveness. I love a good cozy mystery, especially one centered around a tea shop, but perhaps my standards for writing are too high because this sixth Tea Shop Mystery does not inspire me to read more of the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Kiyono

    This is a nice, easy-to-read cozy mystery. I enjoyed the interaction between the people working in the Indigo Tea Shop. Theo, a former advertising executive, supplies the business savvy, her friend Drayton Conneley provides the tea expertise as well as the classy southern charm, and Hayley Parker is a whiz in the kitchen. What I don't quite understand is how the three of them are able to run the tea shop with virtually no other help, other than one woman who does their accounting. While the thre This is a nice, easy-to-read cozy mystery. I enjoyed the interaction between the people working in the Indigo Tea Shop. Theo, a former advertising executive, supplies the business savvy, her friend Drayton Conneley provides the tea expertise as well as the classy southern charm, and Hayley Parker is a whiz in the kitchen. What I don't quite understand is how the three of them are able to run the tea shop with virtually no other help, other than one woman who does their accounting. While the three of them are catering an event for the Heritage Society, the member who’s working the lights from the lighting booth is shot to death and lands in the middle of the cake. The shooter escapes, and local law enforcement is focused on a Gracie, a milliner who’s rumored to have had an inappropriate relationship with the victim. But Theodosia and Hayley are convinced they’re after the wrong person. Along with her business and her investigating, Theodosia has to decide whether to follow her boyfriend to New York or stay where she is.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Judine Brey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The mystery part of this novel was well-done, as always. However, the scenes between Jory and Theodosia had me yelling, "No, no, no!" at the book. After last book, where Theo "looks into" Jory's uncle's murder (at his request), I was expecting a proposal. What I got was a Jory who was more focused on his career than his personal life and who insulted Theo in anger when she was "looking into" another suspicious death. This struck me as so far off the mark personality wise that I was troubled; I w The mystery part of this novel was well-done, as always. However, the scenes between Jory and Theodosia had me yelling, "No, no, no!" at the book. After last book, where Theo "looks into" Jory's uncle's murder (at his request), I was expecting a proposal. What I got was a Jory who was more focused on his career than his personal life and who insulted Theo in anger when she was "looking into" another suspicious death. This struck me as so far off the mark personality wise that I was troubled; I was even more troubled when a new love interest was introduced before everything was settled with Jory. The love triangle concept didn't work in the first book (granted, Theo wasn't interested, but still), and having it show up when I was expecting a wedding made me angry with the whole book. Still reading them - hoping for a better resolution to come.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Another exciting plot. Really like this series AND DO NOT READ THEM OUT OF SEQUENCE. It really wrecks things when you know they are going to get murdered 3 books from now..... Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a resp Another exciting plot. Really like this series AND DO NOT READ THEM OUT OF SEQUENCE. It really wrecks things when you know they are going to get murdered 3 books from now..... Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a respected auction house owner plummets from the balcony, landing dead on Theodosia’s specially-prepared cake. Worse yet, it looks like someone helped him over the edge. With a full kettle of suspects, Theodosia pursues an investigation into the murky swamps of the Low Country, where she uncovers a thriving criminal enterprise of art forgery, fraud—and murder…

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Chamomile Mourning is a fun cozy mystery. The sixth book in Laura Childs' tea shop mystery, the story begins as the first-ever Poet's Tea at the Heritage Society is forced inside by horrible weather. Since Roger Crispin (managing partner at Crispin and Weller Auction House) was in the balcony getting ready to run the slide show, Theodosia took him a cup of Egyptian chamomile tea. Shortly afterwards, his body fell from the balcony and landed in her almond cake! Crispin was shot to death! Theodosi Chamomile Mourning is a fun cozy mystery. The sixth book in Laura Childs' tea shop mystery, the story begins as the first-ever Poet's Tea at the Heritage Society is forced inside by horrible weather. Since Roger Crispin (managing partner at Crispin and Weller Auction House) was in the balcony getting ready to run the slide show, Theodosia took him a cup of Egyptian chamomile tea. Shortly afterwards, his body fell from the balcony and landed in her almond cake! Crispin was shot to death! Theodosia later discovers that Crispin was also Gracie Venable's landlord. Gracie was set to open her new shop--Bow Geste--hats, accessories, custom millinery. To help keep Gracie out of trouble. Theodosia goes into sleuth mode. I enjoyed this book from start to finish!

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