PLUM TEA CRAZY, A Tea Shop Mystery, by Laura Childs, Berkley/Penguin Random House

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Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it’s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner–all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Recently, I’ve taken it upon myself to acquire cozy mysteries to read since a lot of the crime mysteries I’ve been reading lately seem to be repetitive.

I found this book to be a fun, easy to read, cozy mystery filled with twists and turns that kept you guessing who did it almost right up to the end.  The plot flowed, the character development was complete and the setting was beautifully written.

This was a very busy mystery with lots of things happening all the time and it was easy to miss details critical to the story if you didn’t pay attention.

Included was a tea menu and recipes that look yummy!  I think this book could well be like an addiction, read one and you’re hooked for all the rest.  However, I wouldn’t recommend starting with book #19.

If you like English accents, tea, a Victorian feel with beautiful settings, great characters and amazing food… add a mystery… then this book is for you.  I have to admit there was one character that I didn’t like at all, and that was great!  Then there’s all those crazy and dangerous decisions the Protagonist kept making…

Overall, I thought this was a great read!

I gave this book:

4stars

 

 

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