Friday, February 28, 2014

Steeped in Evil - A new Tea Shop Mystery

I received a copy of Laura Child's newest Tea Shop Mystery book Steeped in Evil to reviewand I finished reading it last night.   It's another winner!   Laura has successfully written #15 in her Tea Shop series, and I highly recommend this book.

The mystery unfolds at Charleston's newest winery, Knighthall, when the owner's son is found dead in a barrel of wine!

The book is a fast read, but holds interest and curiosity to the very end.  There's plenty of murder suspects to keep you wondering who did it until the murderer is revealed in Chapter 25.

As always, Laura's characters are described with such detail that an immediate mental picture is formed as though they're standing right before you.

I love Laura's writing humor.  Who doesn't like a good laugh in a fun book?  When writing about Harvey Flagg in chapter 19, she describes him as moving through the crowd like a nasty virus on a crowded cruise ship.  The uncomplimentary description not only brought a smile to my face, but it's an example of how Laura incorporates current, real-life happenings in her writing.  There's other places and things in the book that give relevancy to the present time too.  The tea shop hosts a Downton Abbey Tea, and a tea blending class.  There's mention of TV programs such as Dancing With the Stars, NCIS and HGTV, plus the mention of You Tube, and Trader Joe's gourmet food store.

Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, as well as unofficial murder investigator extraordinaire, is as charming and effervescent as ever.

As with all the other books in the series, recipes and tea time tips are included in the back of the book.

If you are a tea enthusiast this book is a must for your reading collection.  Go to Laura Childs website to see where you can get a copy.


  1. Oh, good, another book in the series! I can't wait to read it. :-)

  2. I haven't read this one yet but it's certainly on my list!


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