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Blood orange brewing / Laura Childs.

By: Childs, Laura.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Childs, Laura. Tea shop mystery: 7.Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006Edition: First edition.Description: 292 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0425208079.Subject(s): Browning, Theodosia (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Women detectives -- Fiction | Politicians -- Crimes against -- Fiction | Tearooms -- Fiction | Charleston (S.C.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 813/.6 Review: "Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds for a run-down Victorian home donated to the Heritage Society - and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. The partygoers are a "who's who" of Charleston politics, industry, and high society, and Delaine plans to hit them all up for money to restore the Augustus Chait House to its former glory." "Unfortunately, the grand unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes stumbles forward...and falls face-first onto the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. The police are on the case immediately, and Theo has her hands too full with business to get involved. But when the Widow Wilkes begs her to apply her sleuthing skills, she can hardly refuse. Everyone who attended the party is a potential suspect - and a discreet Theodosia may be able to get the inside dirt that the police cannot." "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."--Book Jacket.
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Cozy fun and clever plotting are the highlights of this new mystery in the bestselling series from the author of Chamomile Mourning.

"Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds for a run-down Victorian home donated to the Heritage Society - and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. The partygoers are a "who's who" of Charleston politics, industry, and high society, and Delaine plans to hit them all up for money to restore the Augustus Chait House to its former glory." "Unfortunately, the grand unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes stumbles forward...and falls face-first onto the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. The police are on the case immediately, and Theo has her hands too full with business to get involved. But when the Widow Wilkes begs her to apply her sleuthing skills, she can hardly refuse. Everyone who attended the party is a potential suspect - and a discreet Theodosia may be able to get the inside dirt that the police cannot." "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."--Book Jacket.

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Publishers Weekly Review

If Southern cozies are your cup of tea, you'll enjoy curling up with the seventh installment of Theodosia Browning's sleuthing adventures (after 2005's Chamomile Mourning). Theodosia, owner of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, is catering a fund-raiser for the local Heritage Society. The food is great, and all of Charleston's bigwigs are enjoying themselves, until a retired businessman and politico, Duke Wilkes, is murdered. Maybe Wilkes was offed by a greedy property developer who disliked Wilkes's zeal for historic preservation, or maybe an entrepreneur his venture capital firm turned down was out for revenge. Childs has a great eye for local color-the book is filled with depictions of stately historic homes and Confederate re-enactors, and the luscious descriptions of Lowcountry cuisine will make your mouth water. Several recipes and Childs's "Teatime Tips" round out this delightful read. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Book Review

A charity fundraiser in elegant Charleston is an unlikely scene for a grisly murder. Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop (Chamomile Mourning, 2005, etc.), is providing a lavish tea at a candlelight concert to raise money to restore Chait House, a recent gift to the Heritage Society. When the parlor doors are opened, the guests are horrified to behold Duke Wilkes, wealthy patron of numerous charities, dying from a stab wound. A noted sleuth, Theodosia can't refuse when Duke's wife, Pookie, asks her to investigate, even though her nemesis, Detective Burt Tidwell, warns her against interfering. Assuming that the murderer must have been at the fundraiser, she starts looking for suspects among the diverse group. The killer could be the Congressman whose shady campaign finances had been exposed by Duke, the pushy photographer who also publishes a local gossip rag, the entrepreneur whose startup TV station for women had been refused financing by Duke's venture-capital company or the local condo king who wanted to buy Chait House. When the TV promoter is murdered and Theodosia's dog Earl Grey kidnapped, the case develops chilling new aspects, but all is revealed with the help of Theodosia's talented circle. A paean to Charleston, the genteel enjoyment of tea and the tasty treats that accompany it, complete with recipes. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.