The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society Author:Augusta Trobaugh "Delightful." BOOKLIST — "Readers will laugh at the antics of steel magnolia vigilante justice as the tea-toting, bible-quoting ladies fumble and bumble in their endeavor to protect their cohort and town . . . . the classic good rural vs. evil-urban premise makes for a fine, polite (sort of like a southern contemporary Arsenic and Old Lace) . . .... more » tale." - Harriet Klausner Book Reviews
Coconut cake, grits, poisoned turtle stew and bird-watching . . . the ladies of tiny Tea-Olive, Georgia share a lot of interests, including murder.
Retired judge L. Hyson Breed, a Yankee, picked the wrong Southern woman to trick, bully and steal from. The members of the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society plot revenge after the judge's marriage to their friend, Sweet, turns out to be a greedy grab for her land and for control of their town. To the rescue: Beulah, Zion and Wildwood (all named after hymns, as is Sweet). The only problem? The wannabe murderers are southern matrons from a more civilized generation. How does one remain polite even while planning to kill a man and get away with it?
Augusta Trobaugh is the acclaimed author of these southern novels
Thoroughly enjoyable book! This is the story of some sweet old church-going ladies who feel compelled to plot the murder of a friend's abusive husband. Think "Arsenic and Old Lace" meets The Dixie Chicks' "Earl Had to Die".
I'm not sure where I expected the story to go, but I was a bit surprised at the end. I really liked the old lady characters. I'll be looking for more from this author.