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The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."* Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."* Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she can't refuse. But her investigation opens up a simmering pot of shady politics and personal payback, and Theo soon finds herself in a situation stickier than any jam she's ever served.


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The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."* Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."* Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she can't refuse. But her investigation opens up a simmering pot of shady politics and personal payback, and Theo soon finds herself in a situation stickier than any jam she's ever served.

30 review for Blood Orange Brewing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mimi 'Pans' Herondale

    3.5 stars an ok read

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cornelius Ashby

    As I have stated before in my reviews of this series, I LOVE this series! I love the protagonist. She is strong, independent, and extremely intelligent. Her love and devotion to her tea shop, her town, her friends, and her beloved dog Earl Grey, are absolutely endearing! The mystery in this book was great! It dealt with a reality that exists in current day. I highly recommend this series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    The first half of the book is all about tea parties, dainty food, pretty settings and buying linen. A gentleman of means who was a war re-enactor is stabbed by an unknown assailant, and Thea who runs the tea-shop investigates a slightly spooky house where it occurred. Apart from some poking around in a few directions, there is no more drama until the last few chapters, which are a direct copy of Zero At The Bone by Mary Willis Walker; only the original is far better and more convincing. I got th The first half of the book is all about tea parties, dainty food, pretty settings and buying linen. A gentleman of means who was a war re-enactor is stabbed by an unknown assailant, and Thea who runs the tea-shop investigates a slightly spooky house where it occurred. Apart from some poking around in a few directions, there is no more drama until the last few chapters, which are a direct copy of Zero At The Bone by Mary Willis Walker; only the original is far better and more convincing. I got the distinct impression that this was fitted in at the end and had not been present in the author's head at the start, though she is entitled to switch leads of course. I would not stop anyone reading these books who likes the fussy expensive nature of the setting around a tea shop and historic homes but with the ongoing recession it seems ever less important. Some of the recipes and flavours do sound very nice. Another worry is that it really is not safe for anyone to go exploring on their own, which Thea does although we don't see her do any fitness training or sports, as they are bound to get into trouble and need help to get out of it. The heroine of Zero At The Bone was wise enough to pick a suitable guy to help her explore. Mainly if you like the series, read it, but if you want a good crime to solve by getting your hands dirty, read Zero At The Bone.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I'm getting slightly annoyed with Theo. She has this attitude that she's the only one who can solve the crimes, and she does things like talk to suspects and contaminate crime scenes. She deserves to get shot and beat up for taking these stupid risks. If I were Tidwell, I'd put her in jail for obstruction. I'm getting slightly annoyed with Theo. She has this attitude that she's the only one who can solve the crimes, and she does things like talk to suspects and contaminate crime scenes. She deserves to get shot and beat up for taking these stupid risks. If I were Tidwell, I'd put her in jail for obstruction.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This one involves a concert, a photographer, a journalist, a Civil War reenactor, tea towels, an old house, a stray cat, and a lost dog. The animal storyline was the most enjoyable. I also liked the concert, until the end. The old house was a weird place, but it had a hidden passage, which was interesting. I didn't like the journalism storyline. That was a bit boring. The other stuff was okay. I thought there would be more with the reenactors. This one involves a concert, a photographer, a journalist, a Civil War reenactor, tea towels, an old house, a stray cat, and a lost dog. The animal storyline was the most enjoyable. I also liked the concert, until the end. The old house was a weird place, but it had a hidden passage, which was interesting. I didn't like the journalism storyline. That was a bit boring. The other stuff was okay. I thought there would be more with the reenactors.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    Enjoyable characters, I love the "tea talk", the food all sounds delicious, and I was quite unable to solve this mystery! Enjoyable characters, I love the "tea talk", the food all sounds delicious, and I was quite unable to solve this mystery!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judee. Fong.

    Blood Orange Brewing is another fun read by Laura Childs, who also does the Scrapbooking Mysteries and the Cackleberry mysteries. Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston's "Indigo Tea Shop" is once again embroiled in her seventh tea shop murder mystery--this time, the untimely demise of beloved politico and retired CEO, Duke Wilkes. At a benefit concert for the restoration of an 18th century mansion, Delaine Dish dramatically flings open the parlour doors to a lavish high tea, only to discover D Blood Orange Brewing is another fun read by Laura Childs, who also does the Scrapbooking Mysteries and the Cackleberry mysteries. Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston's "Indigo Tea Shop" is once again embroiled in her seventh tea shop murder mystery--this time, the untimely demise of beloved politico and retired CEO, Duke Wilkes. At a benefit concert for the restoration of an 18th century mansion, Delaine Dish dramatically flings open the parlour doors to a lavish high tea, only to discover Duke's crumbled body for all of Charleston's well-heeled society to see. Supported by her loyal friends and Duke's widow, Theodosia's hunch that all is not as it seems, impels her to charge forth to prove her theory. Armed with her curiosity, exotic teas and Haley's decadent offerings from her kitchen, Theo discovers shady politics and personal payback, arriving at a dangerous and deadly conclusion. Laura Childs knows how to draw her Readers in and blows their minds with her fun and delicious cosies. The recipes included at the end of the book are a delicious bonus. And yes, "Blood Orange" really is a special tea.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Guera25

    For reasons known only to my dogged subconscious, I keep reading these monuments to idiocy. Theodosia is a smug, condescending, self-righteous prig with a vast overestimation of her own importance and her skills as a recreational snoop, Delaine Dish exists only to make the other characters look fabulous by comparison, and the "mystery" and its resolution are so half-arsed they bear the distinct whiff of being farted out after Childs has finished watching the latest episode of A Current Affair. T For reasons known only to my dogged subconscious, I keep reading these monuments to idiocy. Theodosia is a smug, condescending, self-righteous prig with a vast overestimation of her own importance and her skills as a recreational snoop, Delaine Dish exists only to make the other characters look fabulous by comparison, and the "mystery" and its resolution are so half-arsed they bear the distinct whiff of being farted out after Childs has finished watching the latest episode of A Current Affair. The text is riddled with basic SPAG errors that writers shouldn't make and even marginally-competent editors shouldn't miss, and the plot itself strains credulity from the dognapping on. A total waste of time written solely for the chance to moralize for the last twenty pages. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    I'm kind of feeling a little bogged down by the same story line approach this series is taking. Theodosia and crew are catering an exciting new event, someone illustrious and/or important to the town is murdered in front of a crowd, and then Theo and crew commence solving the mystery. How can so many people get murdered at Tea Parties? Most of the other cozy series I read the murder changes, or the location. Is this series written into a corner? I also really didn't like the ending to this one, b I'm kind of feeling a little bogged down by the same story line approach this series is taking. Theodosia and crew are catering an exciting new event, someone illustrious and/or important to the town is murdered in front of a crowd, and then Theo and crew commence solving the mystery. How can so many people get murdered at Tea Parties? Most of the other cozy series I read the murder changes, or the location. Is this series written into a corner? I also really didn't like the ending to this one, but for spoiler reasons I won't say why. I was really enjoying this series when I first discovered them but now they're starting to grind on me. Maybe I should have a break and read something completely different? Three stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Troi

    A decent and fun entry. Really, really intriguing with an old house designed with secret passages and hidden rooms to explore. Many mystery reader's are familiar with that blissful feeling of discovering such--as our minds immediately begin working in the puzzle concerning how the initial murder was committed. So there was plenty to offer moving forward. However, as the story went on I noticed the author seemed to have lost sight of her initial direction (or I can only speculate). Which led to a A decent and fun entry. Really, really intriguing with an old house designed with secret passages and hidden rooms to explore. Many mystery reader's are familiar with that blissful feeling of discovering such--as our minds immediately begin working in the puzzle concerning how the initial murder was committed. So there was plenty to offer moving forward. However, as the story went on I noticed the author seemed to have lost sight of her initial direction (or I can only speculate). Which led to an ending/conculsion/plot (what have you) that seemed out of place with the overall setup presented in the early chapters. It wouldn't have been so bad if she managed to deliver clues skillfully enough to link the two different "directions". Yet, she didn't. There was a lot of wheel-spinning and tea parties and galas instead. So you'll probably be asking questions of the main protganist's investigator prowess during the middle parts, until you reach this book's most far-fetched and unlikely conclusion. What made matters worst is that the author didn't bother to walk the reader back through the clues to make sense of the matter. One of my biggest mystery pet peeves is when the culprit doesn't get to fully explain his/her position. This story was so over the place it needed that conversation. Equally, while Theo has always been brave, she's never been presented this illogically-in-action to me. Anyway, sign me up for the next book. (Forgive any errors. I wrote this in my phone immediately after reading the book to get these feelings off my chest. Lol.)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    The ending was way too abrupt with barely any explanation of what had been going on. This one felt pretty clumsy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan Ferguson

    Absolutely love this series. I love the tips on teas and discussion of the teas and the stories are wonderful. The end of this mystery cought me by surprise - never saw it coming, altho I had a twinge or two I disregarded because it seemed so unlikely for the train of events. Theo, as usual, is very busy and it is at an event that she is catering that Duke Wilkes is killed. Pookie, Duke's widow, asks Theo to help in finding who killed him. Detective Tidwell keeps prompting her to butt out and qu Absolutely love this series. I love the tips on teas and discussion of the teas and the stories are wonderful. The end of this mystery cought me by surprise - never saw it coming, altho I had a twinge or two I disregarded because it seemed so unlikely for the train of events. Theo, as usual, is very busy and it is at an event that she is catering that Duke Wilkes is killed. Pookie, Duke's widow, asks Theo to help in finding who killed him. Detective Tidwell keeps prompting her to butt out and quit helping, altho she does find the handle of the knife that broke off when Duke was killed. Then Theo gets talking to Sydney Chastain, who is trying to start a new television network in the area with a focus on women in business, etc. She also has several programs that focus on investigative journalism. Sydney and Theo pick each other's brains when they discover each is a demographic junkie. Theo goes by to see Sydney about some ideas before she takes Earl Grey to the senior citizen's home for his therapy dog visit. hen she gets there she finds Sydney dead - shot. Then Earl Grey is stolen at the Kennel Club show where they are to do a service dog demonstration. Theo is absolutely furious and desperate. Drayton suggests he was kidnapped to stop Theo asking questions. But it doesn't - only makes her more determined.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Didn't have the right killer for this book, it was more obscure than most. The killer only appeared in the story twice at the very beginning. On the upside, Theo actually figured out who the killer was without a trap or accidentally stumbling onto evidence. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plag Didn't have the right killer for this book, it was more obscure than most. The killer only appeared in the story twice at the very beginning. On the upside, Theo actually figured out who the killer was without a trap or accidentally stumbling onto evidence. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Theodosia Browning and the Indigo Tea Shop gang are enjoying a candlelight concert at the Augustus Chait House, thrown by their friend Delaine Dish in an effort to raise money for the home's restoration, when tragedy strikes. They're friend, octogenarian Duke Wilkes, is murdered, stabbed in the throat. Everyone is stunned, no one more so than Duke's widow, Pookie, who enlists Theo to help uncover Duke's killer and bring him or her to justice. Will Theo be able to keep her promise to Pookie, or w Theodosia Browning and the Indigo Tea Shop gang are enjoying a candlelight concert at the Augustus Chait House, thrown by their friend Delaine Dish in an effort to raise money for the home's restoration, when tragedy strikes. They're friend, octogenarian Duke Wilkes, is murdered, stabbed in the throat. Everyone is stunned, no one more so than Duke's widow, Pookie, who enlists Theo to help uncover Duke's killer and bring him or her to justice. Will Theo be able to keep her promise to Pookie, or will the killer claim another victim first? Once again, Ms. Child's puts out a classic cozy mystery. Unfortunately, in this book, Ms. Child seems to get bogged down in tangential facts and details even more so than normal. It greatly disrupts the flow of the book and sometimes keeps the reader from being connected to the plot and the characters. What otherwise would have been a thouroughly enjoyable read becomes tedious at time because of this.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marty

    This seemed to be a typical quick read cozy mystery until the end. … Theodosia Browning owns and manages a tea shop in Charleston. Her two friends help create the wonderful food and ambiance of the shop. Haley is a chef especially in baking wonderful treats to go with tea. Drayton was raised on tea plantations in China and is a master in mixing new blends and matching teas with foods. As the story opens they are doing the food service at a benefit musical in a historic home in need of repair. Un This seemed to be a typical quick read cozy mystery until the end. … Theodosia Browning owns and manages a tea shop in Charleston. Her two friends help create the wonderful food and ambiance of the shop. Haley is a chef especially in baking wonderful treats to go with tea. Drayton was raised on tea plantations in China and is a master in mixing new blends and matching teas with foods. As the story opens they are doing the food service at a benefit musical in a historic home in need of repair. Unfortunately, a murder occurs just as the music ends. From there it is the typical “smart woman deals with crusty policeman who grudgingly appreciates some of her help.” (typical of cozy mysteries) All is OK until the end when a totally new scene opens and quickly brings everything to conclusion. It was as if the ending to a totally different story was accidentally attached to the manuscript. I was left with the feeling of “What happened and Why??” Confusing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Still going strong. Good stories Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to Still going strong. Good stories Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she can't refuse. But her investigation opens up a simmering pot of shady politics and personal payback, and Theo soon finds herself in a situation stickier than any jam she's ever served.

  17. 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. 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Another fun tea shop adventure. This story twisted and turned and then the layers peeled back to reveal something totally different. I don't drink tea but I do like the descriptions and the teas that are put on at the Indigo Tea Shop always sound so fun! Another fun tea shop adventure. This story twisted and turned and then the layers peeled back to reveal something totally different. I don't drink tea but I do like the descriptions and the teas that are put on at the Indigo Tea Shop always sound so fun!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lorilee

    Good story, but the end came out of nowhere...Wildlife Org? No clues for that at all.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    To procure funds for a restoration of a historical house, Delanie Dish is hosting a candlelight concert. Of course, Theodosia, Drayton, and Haley are all there to serve tea and treats, and also of course, someone is murdered. This time it is an elderly Civil War Re-enactor, Duke Wilkes. When Duke's widow, Pookie (I swear the names of the characters in these books are worth reading them alone!) asks Theodosia to help find the murderer she can't say no even though she is super busy. I liked this en To procure funds for a restoration of a historical house, Delanie Dish is hosting a candlelight concert. Of course, Theodosia, Drayton, and Haley are all there to serve tea and treats, and also of course, someone is murdered. This time it is an elderly Civil War Re-enactor, Duke Wilkes. When Duke's widow, Pookie (I swear the names of the characters in these books are worth reading them alone!) asks Theodosia to help find the murderer she can't say no even though she is super busy. I liked this entry in the series a lot. Just like I said in my last review for the previous book in the series, it feels like the series has now taken a turn and with that turn, the author is taking some risks. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but there were some very kooky twists that popped up in the later-half of the story. I did like that I didn't hate Delaine nearly as much in this book than I have in the previous ones. She and Theo get to do a little snooping together, and I really liked that part as it made Delaine more of a fleshed-out character. *Possible spoiler ahead* This is also the first time in the books that I can remember that there was a double murder. I was shocked when the second person turned up dead! I did not have a clue who the murderer was in this one. I had someone in my sights, but it was a total red herring (no pun intended for those of you that have read this book)! I wish that we had gotten to see some more of Theodosia and Parker and their relationship, but we've got a lot more books in this series, so hopefully that is something that will develop more over time. I liked this one. It was not my favorite of the series by far, but still a good one. This is my favorite on-going series, so I will totally continue reading it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judine Brey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The mystery story moved right along, and I felt like the criminals were foreshadowed enough without being too obvious. That said, I don't understand why Theodosia feels the need to put herself in danger - usually needlessly. There is no shame in waiting for the police to arrive after you call them - and while it might not be as exciting, the books tend to have enough excitement without placing their heroine in danger. . . again. All my favorite characters are still true to life, but I was troubl The mystery story moved right along, and I felt like the criminals were foreshadowed enough without being too obvious. That said, I don't understand why Theodosia feels the need to put herself in danger - usually needlessly. There is no shame in waiting for the police to arrive after you call them - and while it might not be as exciting, the books tend to have enough excitement without placing their heroine in danger. . . again. All my favorite characters are still true to life, but I was troubled by the end of the book. I understand that Theo's heart was in the right place when she arranged to release the exotic birds, but my perfunctory knowledge of the dangers of invasive species makes the ending far less heart-warming than it was intended to be. . . Andy Griffith reference and all.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Initially, I thought these series of books would be enjoyable reads that would prove worthy of the “cozy mystery” genre. So it really get to know the characters through the original character development, I’ve read them in series order. But, I think this will be my last one. While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Charleston setting, Earl Grey, Dayton, and Hayley, and have totally loved the tea shop’s recipes being included, I cannot continue with Theodosia. I find myself getting incredibly irritated Initially, I thought these series of books would be enjoyable reads that would prove worthy of the “cozy mystery” genre. So it really get to know the characters through the original character development, I’ve read them in series order. But, I think this will be my last one. While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Charleston setting, Earl Grey, Dayton, and Hayley, and have totally loved the tea shop’s recipes being included, I cannot continue with Theodosia. I find myself getting incredibly irritated with her poking her nose into things again and again… and again. If I were a LEO, I’d be so bothered by her! So I’m sadly disappointed that this series hadn’t turned out to be more enjoyable for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I had read this book in its proper chronological place during the course of reading the series but reread it for book club. The story is filled with a lot of red herring clues, discussions regarding tea and food, and Theodosia not actually doing much work at her tea shop. I think that is the single issue that bugs me the most. I realize Drayton and Haley are super human employees, but how can one successfully run a small business when instead of being there they are out hunting down clues and ig I had read this book in its proper chronological place during the course of reading the series but reread it for book club. The story is filled with a lot of red herring clues, discussions regarding tea and food, and Theodosia not actually doing much work at her tea shop. I think that is the single issue that bugs me the most. I realize Drayton and Haley are super human employees, but how can one successfully run a small business when instead of being there they are out hunting down clues and ignoring the police when they specifically tell you to not do something?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Delaine Dish throws a benefit for the restoration of a run down Victorian home and Theodosia and her team provide tea and treats. However, a local politician is found dead with a jagged piece of metal in his neck. This house hold secrets and now Theodosia wonders who knew about those secrets. And why was he killed? Theodosia's friend Parker finds a stray kitten that Delaine swears is NOT a house cat but rather a wild large cat. THAT should have been investigated, but Delaine was not taken seriou Delaine Dish throws a benefit for the restoration of a run down Victorian home and Theodosia and her team provide tea and treats. However, a local politician is found dead with a jagged piece of metal in his neck. This house hold secrets and now Theodosia wonders who knew about those secrets. And why was he killed? Theodosia's friend Parker finds a stray kitten that Delaine swears is NOT a house cat but rather a wild large cat. THAT should have been investigated, but Delaine was not taken seriously. Are more wild animals an explanation for the murder?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    I was disappointed in this one. I felt that there were a lot of unanswered questions and just a let down on the wrap up. What was the point of the dog napping other than to give Theo the ability to find the murderers? , and that wouldn't have happened without Drayton's "interesting" comment. I just felt this one was left unfinished. I still love the characters, the main ones, and will continue to read them as the library has them available but not my favorite. This one took me longer to read so I was disappointed in this one. I felt that there were a lot of unanswered questions and just a let down on the wrap up. What was the point of the dog napping other than to give Theo the ability to find the murderers? , and that wouldn't have happened without Drayton's "interesting" comment. I just felt this one was left unfinished. I still love the characters, the main ones, and will continue to read them as the library has them available but not my favorite. This one took me longer to read so maybe if I reread it straight through I'd think it worked out okay.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have enjoyed this series: I love the characters and the tea shop and the teas they host. And the tea information is interesting, too. But this book is my least favorite so far. I can’t believe Tidwell tells Theo as much of the police information that he does. And then when he tells her not to investigate on her own, he doesn’t do anything about it when she does, and she gets in trouble. And the ending came out of nowhere. There was nothing about illegal animal importation at all through the bo I have enjoyed this series: I love the characters and the tea shop and the teas they host. And the tea information is interesting, too. But this book is my least favorite so far. I can’t believe Tidwell tells Theo as much of the police information that he does. And then when he tells her not to investigate on her own, he doesn’t do anything about it when she does, and she gets in trouble. And the ending came out of nowhere. There was nothing about illegal animal importation at all through the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I couldn't find any of the previous books from this series at my library, so I jumped in here. Nice is the best word I can think of to describe it - started out interesting, took some turns I didn't expect, but the characters seemed one dimensional. Every person has some key defining feature, and they were all so good at their jobs that they didn't seem to need to pay attention at all to what they were doing. I couldn't find any of the previous books from this series at my library, so I jumped in here. Nice is the best word I can think of to describe it - started out interesting, took some turns I didn't expect, but the characters seemed one dimensional. Every person has some key defining feature, and they were all so good at their jobs that they didn't seem to need to pay attention at all to what they were doing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shekenah

    I started reading this series years ago and I liked it. It was one of the better cozy mysteries that I read. I took a break from the series and a couple years later, I decided to pick it back up and I'm not sure how I feel about it. This is a cozy mystery so I know what to expect, but Theodosia's demeanor really bugged me. She was really smug and condescending especially when around the ACTUAL detective Tidwell. I never noticed this before so I'm hoping it's a fluke. I started reading this series years ago and I liked it. It was one of the better cozy mysteries that I read. I took a break from the series and a couple years later, I decided to pick it back up and I'm not sure how I feel about it. This is a cozy mystery so I know what to expect, but Theodosia's demeanor really bugged me. She was really smug and condescending especially when around the ACTUAL detective Tidwell. I never noticed this before so I'm hoping it's a fluke.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Thought I’d see what the “cozy mystery” subcategory is all about. It was just like I expected, only more so (tame, slow, indulgent). For that I would have granted 3 stars, but I could not get past the fact that this first edition did not appear to have had a copyeditor and while the book I held was a well proportioned, pristine hardcover with a nice crinkly library wrapper, the inside was littered with an abundance of flaws I typically see only in ARCs.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    While catering a lavish affair, Theodosia finds herself with a ringside seat to yet another murder! Beloved Duke Wilkes is brutally murdered...very nearly in front of a crowd! His widow, and Theodosia's friend, is depending on Theodosia to find the culprit, even if it nearly costs Theodosia her life! There are suspects a-plenty, and there are twists and turns, and an ending that is quite unexpected! While catering a lavish affair, Theodosia finds herself with a ringside seat to yet another murder! Beloved Duke Wilkes is brutally murdered...very nearly in front of a crowd! His widow, and Theodosia's friend, is depending on Theodosia to find the culprit, even if it nearly costs Theodosia her life! There are suspects a-plenty, and there are twists and turns, and an ending that is quite unexpected!

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