Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Laura Childs, author of The Tea Shop Mystery series  contacted me to request a review of THE TEABERRY STRANGLER,  her 11th book in the Tea Shop Mystery series released on March 2, 2010.  And, she has offered a very generous giveaway to readers of this blog.  See details at the end of this post.

From the inside cover of the book:
"It was the Dickensian evening Theodosia Browning had hoped for.  Flickering candles lined the narrow cobblestone alleys of Charleston as shop owners, dressed in cloaks of yore, threw open their back doors to shoppers.  Visitors took advantage of bargains on antiques, heaping bowls of crab chowder — and of course Theodosia's delicious teas. 

But when the clock strkes ten, the alleys clear except for one body discovered by a horrified Theodosia.  It's the strangled form of Daria, the map store's owner.  Many locals have shown interest in buying her shop — but enough to kill?  Plus there's been a customer hell-bent on getting his hands on a certain not-for-sale map.  In this case one can hardly throw a scone without hitting a suspect. 

Most alarming of all the theories, however, is Detective Tidwell's: that the killer mistook Daria for Theodosia herself.  And if that theory holds water, the killer's work isn't done..."

Linda's Comments:
This is a quick-read, fast-paced mystery with many tea references, a sprinkling of fun and elegant Charleston social events, and lots of information on the Charleston area historical attractions and geographical locations. 

While reading the many references to tea and afternoon tea foods in this book, I felt like I was in Theodosia's Indigo Tea Shop with Drayton brewing tea and Haley whipping up delicious finger sandwiches, savories, scones and sweets in the kitchen. Many of the recipes are included at the end of the book. Oh my! What fun for a tea-lover like me! 

The storyline was good and the author kept me guessing right up until the end of the book as to the identity of the murderer!  If you enjoy mysteries and/or tea, I believe you will enjoy reading THE TEABERRY STRANGLER!!

Laura Childs, the author, generously offered a giveaway of FOUR copies of "THE TEABERRY STRANGLER" to readers of this blog. 

I will hold four drawings over the next 4 days.  I will announce the winners here and contact each winner by email for a mailing address.  At the end of the giveaway, I will send the names and mailing addresses of the winners to the author, and she will mail an autographed copy of the book to each winner. 

To enter the first drawing, please leave a comment to this post from now until 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 24.   

You will have an opportunity to enter the daily drawings until 11 p.m.on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  

Have you read any of  Laura Childs Tea Shop Mysteries or her other books?  You can learn about her books here.  

Do you enjoy visiting the Charleston, SC area?   My aunt and uncle lived in Mt.Pleasant for many years(mentioned in this book).  My family has visited the area numerous times. Charleston is one of our favorite southern cities.  Learn about Charleston here.


Stockpiling Mom said...

I would love to win :-)

Duchess of Tea said...

Linda darling, your blog is so beautifully dressed, lovely. A friend of mine sent me several of Laura Childs books last year, I enjoyed reading them. Darling, I popped in to wish you a spring full of blessings and happiness. Tale care my friend.

Love & Hugs

Heartbeatoz said...

Didn't realize that there was a new Tea Shop Mystery out that is fantastic, Laura has got me back into drinking Tea :)

Sandra said...

Love a good mystery! Would love to try this one!


englishteacup said...

I love Laura Childs I have all but this book so would love to win. Have a great tea filled day. Lynne

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Me TOO.....would love to win! Your blog gets better and better! Great job! Donna (IA)

Gwen said...

I have read all her books and am just waiting for this one!! I would love to be entered in the give-away.

MaryLou said...

Hi, I love to read mysteries. Tea and mysteries, what could be better?!

Enjoying a cuppa Earl Grey Cream,
MaryLou- in Colorado

Valerie Zagami said...

This sounds so exciting, I love these books and think Laura Childs has to have a great imagination. Thanks for the chance to win a book...

W. Latane Barton said...

I'll have to check that book out. I love a 'good read'.

alinvilleblue said...

I would love to win, I love to read!!!

Marilyn said...

I would love to win this book.

grannybee1950 said...

My husband and I are doing a day trip to Charleston while vacationing on HH Island the week after Easter. This sounds like a great beach read!

TiggerRose said...


I just found your website. How delightful! Like a cup of warm tea! I have never heard of Laura Childs before. I think I would enjoy reading her series very much. It appears that her books would be a good wholesome read like Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, and Janette Oke's books. My sister-in-law and I just discovered teas rooms about a year ago. We enjoy them immensely. Each time we go to a certain tearoom, we always strike up conversations with the friendliest guests at the tables next to us, even two tables away!!! I would love to read Laura Childs' tearoom stories!!! I will be visiting your site often.

God Bless and Have a Great Day,

Paula -Teaberry Cottage said...

You have such a beautiful blog. Please enter me in the giveaway.


jakiesmom said...

i would love to win

amherstrose said...

Hi Linda,

Tea and Books . . . always a wonderful combination.
How lovely that you received these books to offer to your blog friends.

JL said...
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Elysia said...

Thank you so much for the scone recipe. I can hardly wait to try them. The book sounds like a fun read.


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