Dragonwell Dead - Tea Shop, Bk 8 Author:Laura Childs It's springtime in Charleston and just about every species of South Carolina's flora is in full and glorious bloom at the Spring Plantation Ramble. Once a year, the upper crust open their sprawling gardens to the public, the site of flower shows, rare plant auctions, and a contagious spring fever. Although Theodosia Browning barely knows... more » a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she still enjoys the Ramble, especially since she can pour tea and promote her Indigo Tea Shop-and her latest concoction, Dragonwell Sweet Tea.
Mark Congdon, commodities broker and co-owner of a Charleston bed and breakfast, drops dead after sipping a glass of sweet tea at the Spring Plantation Ramble. This was no simple heart attac. Mark was poisoned. Eager to help out Mark's grieving widow, tea shop proprietress and gumshoe Theodosia Browning offers to collect his belongings from his office. There, she discovers that a surprising number of co-workers, including a spurned lover and a professional rival, had reason to want Mark dead.
Yet again, Childs proves herself skilled at local color, serving up cunning portraits of Southern society and delectable descriptions of dishes like cheesy crab casserole (recipe included).« less
Once again, Theodosia does not solve this mystery, and is, in fact, highly shocked when the culprit actually attempts to kill her. Even then, it actually takes her a few minutes to realize this is the same person who killed the other.
On the other hand, I knew by chapter 3 who did it. These tea mysteries are one of the easiest mysteries to solve. The author follows a rule for every book. The person responsible is always the one who is never suspected by Theodosia and about whom there is the least written. So, as soon as Theodosia has a list of suspects, I know none of them did it. Then, it's just a matter of looking for the character who only appears a few times. I've yet to be wrong in any of these mysteries.
It's too bad that the mystery is so badly done as the characters are really wonderful. I keep reading this series simply because I like peeking into the daily lives of the characters.
If you enjoy tea, antiques, touristy stuff about South Carolina, history and charming characters - this is a good book, and series. If you want a real mystery - this is definitely not it!
Conni S. reviewed Dragonwell Dead (Tea Shop, Bk 8) on
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I have read the whole series and I loved them so much that I am buying all of them. Each book has a list of recipes in the back of the book. Theodosia is a very classy lady who owns a tea shop and finds herself involved in a murder that with a little bit of help she ends up sloving. It is a great book, one that keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next.