Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ming Tea Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery #16) by Laura Childs

Laura Childs! If you have been with me a while you know that she has so may fabulous cozy mystery series that I read and adore. When I saw  Ming Tea Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery #16) by Laura Childs was available now in paperback I was so very excited.

From the back of the book:

It’s scones and scandal for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Steeped in Evil…

Normally Theodosia wouldn’t attend a black tie affair for all the tea in China. But she can hardly say no to her hunky, handsome boyfriend, Max, who directs public relations for the Gibbes Museum in Charleston. Max has organized an amazing gala opening for an exhibit of a genuine eighteenth century Chinese teahouse, and the crème de la crème of Charleston society is invited.

In the exotic garden staged in the museum’s rotunda, a Chinese dragon dances to the beat of drums as it weaves through the crowd. The guests are serenaded by a Chinese violin as they sample an assortment of tempting bites. And to give them a memento of the occasion, there’s even a photo booth. But Theodosia makes a grim discovery behind the booth’s curtains: the body of museum donor Edgar Webster.

While Theodosia prefers tea service over the service of justice, this case is difficult to ignore—especially after Max becomes a suspect. Now she must examine the life of the fallen philanthropist and find out who really wanted him to pay up…

My thoughts:

First I want to say that if you haven't been reading in this series you can jump right in here. These are free standing mysteries. However if you love these characters as much as I did, as much as I think you will, you will want to read all of the parts. It is truly a charming place to visit and it is populated with the sweetest, most engaging characters.

The mystery was filled with twists and turns that made numerous suspects seem viable. Secrets, secrets, everywhere! It often happens that Theo gets the killer to come out, spill the beans, show their cards, but this tine she actually followed clues, which was even more fun to follow along with. 

I simply adore everything about this series, it is so well written, jump in now, jump in anywhere! In the back of the book you will find recipes, tea time tips and a snippet for an upcoming book from Laura Childs! 

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