Shades of Earl Grey - Tea Shop, Bk 3 Author:Laura Childs Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soirée of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple's arrival, the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring -- a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette -- is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that troub... more »le is brewing. But when she goes to the authorities, they treat her like she's been reading tea leaves -- and that's the surest way to put Theodosia's kettle on the boil...« less
Childs veered from her usual 3rd person focusing on Theodosia's thoughts to a 3rd person focusing on many peoples' thoughts. The change was refreshing and different and did a lot to speed the book along. The story, itself, was fun to read. The tea information in this one was fabulous - very, very informative. Also, the recipes in the back are yummy!
An enjoyable read, but the ending isn't very realistic. Theo barrels ahead on her own like a Gothic romance heroinne, and the author dismisses the Charleston police department -- with one of the best police chiefs in the country -- as totally incompetent. (Yes, it's fiction, but the author tries to give us a realistic feel of the city, and those parts simply aren't.)
Sandra (Piper) reviewed Shades of Earl Grey (Tea Shop, Bk 3) on
Helpful Score: 2
After this 3rd book in the series I'm really enjoying the characters. Especially how she fits "Earl Grey", Theo's dog, into the stories. I am a little concerned with Theo's withholding of evidence while she conducts her investigation. Oh well, these aren't supposed to be real life are they :-)
The 3rd in a series of Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs. Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop is caught up in another murder when she attends an engagement party of a friends neice. When the groom is killed and the antique engagement ring is stolen, Theo sets out to solve the mystery and discovers that other thefts have occurred in town.