Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs
The 16th Tea Shop Mystery
Theodosia Browning has once again become embroiled in a murder.
Theodosia and the gang are back. Theo is attending the exclusive black
tie opening gala for the Gibbes Museum. It's not quite her cup of tea,
even though the museum is exhibiting an 18th century Chinese tea house.
But she's there to support her boyfriend, Max, the public relations
director for the museum. Festivities grind to a halt when Theo discovers
the murdered body of a major museum donor. Things get even stickier
when Max gets fired! Theo is determined to set things right and prove
Max isn't the killer-even if he did publicly fight with the dead man,
days, then minutes, before the murder. There are plenty of other
suspects though-the wife, the girlfriend, the business
partner...Theodosia is sure to explore all the possibilities, while
brewing up tea and serving the delightful delicacies of the Indigo Tea
Laura Childs brings us the civility of tea, the historic charm of a Chinese tea house, and the upper echelon of Charleston Society in Ming Tea Murder. She also shows us the unseemliness of these patrons of the arts. Our murder victim had, not only a wife, but a mistress -each of whom knew the other- and each of whom had serious issues with the not so dearly departed. We also have Elliot Kern, the unpleasant director of the Gribbes Museum who finds in Max the perfect Scapegoat. We also get to meet the victim's business partner, who has become quite chummy with the widow Charlotte.
Determined to not only prove Max's innocence, but get his job at the museum back, Theo starts talking with the players in this deadly game and even teams up with the most assuredly lower class reporter Bill Glass. With the assistance of Drayton, the support of Haley, and love of Earl Grey Theodosia buckles down to solve another case.
Ming Tea Murder is another solid entry to Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery series. With plenty of suspects to consider, new characters to entertain (Aunt Acid makes me smirk) and the comforting background of the Indigo Tea Shop, Laura Childs gives us another view of Charleston Society, one where museums, tea, and murder, go hand in hand.
Recipes and Tea Time Tips included.
Laura Childs has graciously offered a copy of Ming Tea Murder for two of my readers! If you'd like a chance to receive your very own copy all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite type of tea. Leave your comment no later than 11:59 pm EDT May 10th 2015 and be sure to leave your e-mail address as well so that I may contact you should you win! Good luck!