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..."
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.