It is with pleasure that I share my review of Sweet Tea Revenge, the newly released #14 in the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs.
As a rule, I read more non-fiction than fiction, but I found Sweet Tea Revenge absolutely captivating. Even though it's fiction, it is laced with lots of non-fiction information pertaining to tea, tea time foods [that made me down-right hungry as I read the book], recipes, as well as informative tea facts, ideas, and resources - all currant and up-to-date.
As someone who aspired and trained to open a tea room of my own, I loved reading about the menus and special events that were frequently taking place at the Indigo Tea Shop. Some were so creative I couldn't help thinking how beneficial the book would be to actual tea room owners. I found myself wishing there was an Indigo Tea Shop in my city!
I love Laura Childs' imaginative, descriptive, and vivid writing style. Each character, no matter how large or small their role in the mystery, was described with such detail that precise mental images were immediately formed. The book drew me into the physical and emotional setting of Charleston, South Carolina, and Theodosia Browning's world.
The multi-faceted, effervescent Theodosia is the heart of the Sweet Tea Revenge mystery, but the other characters, places, and things fulfilled their roles in making the book entertaining, interesting, and fun to read.
As far as the book's mystery intrigue...I discovered I'm not a good amateur sleuth. I compiled a list of eight viable suspects from various chapters, and chuckled when the revelation of the killer proved to be none of those eight!
Are you a fan of Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery books? If not, get your copy of the book right away. The 30 chapters are chock-full of good reading, and you, like me, will become one of the newest fans.
Thank you, Laura, for the opportunity to read and review your latest book. Best wishes for many more!
While perusing the recipes at the back of the book, the recipe for Peanut Butter Scones on page 299 piqued my interest. My hubby loves anything peanut butter, and since these were drop scones, they seemed easy enough to make while I am in recovery mode. The recipe makes 8, and I opted to use chunky peanut butter instead of creamy.
My hubby put his stamp of approval on them and so do I!