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Blood Orange Brewing (A Tea Shop Mystery)

Blood Orange Brewing (A Tea Shop Mystery)

Blood Orange Brewing (A Tea Shop Mystery)

  • Author- Laura Childs
  • Paperback-304 Pages
  • Mystery Novel

When social darling Delaine Dish throws a lavish benefit for the restoration of a run-down Victorian home, Theodosia Browning donates tea and treats from her Indigo Tea Shop. But the grand unveiling of Theo’s spread proves a gruesome scene when a beloved local politico falls dead with a jagged piece of metal in his neck. Anyone at the event could be the culprit, but the police have few leads-and no suspects. Try as she might, Theodosia can’t help but wonder who the murderer is. But her investiga

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  1. 24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Pleasant, April 2, 2006
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    SAS (USA) –

    Blood Orange Brewing was a pleasant comfortable outing with Theodosia and friends. Although the murder occurred at the very beginning of the book, the sleuthing seemed to fall flat. I did not find the solution very satisfying. It seemed to be randomly selected because it was time to end the book. I missed the explanation of the why behind the plot development concerning Earl Grey even after rereading the end of the book looking for the answer. I found that loose end troublesome. I did enjoy the interactions between Theodosia, Drayton and Haley. And as usual, the descriptions of the food and teas were mouth-watering as well as the included recipes. The tea shop mysteries are still engaging and a recommended read however I would not consider this its best outing.

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  2. 19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, but not the best of series, April 3, 2006
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    Coppertop (Ohio) –

    This was a solid addition to Childs’ tea series, but not the best. The plot was somewhat slow and almost plodding at times. While I don’t mind slow, this just didn’t have the punch of some of the earlier books. We lost Theodosia’s romantic interest in the last book and this one seems to be unsure where to go with that. I really thought she might develop something with the detective, but this book seemed to leaning towards Parker…not though with any major changes. I think some additional story on Drayton and Haley would be a nice addition to future books…Haley is working on a recipe book in this book and that adds to her character somewhat, but should continue to build. This book is more of a stagnation in the series than a continuation on the ladder. Definitely something to read if you have read the rest of the series, but not a good place to start if you are just joining the series.

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  3. 27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Disappointing, April 9, 2006
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    This book seems to miss the mark in an otherwise enjoyable series. While the descriptions of the teas and food are good, the mystery falls short. Throughout the whole story, Theo moans that she’s having trouble finding clues and solving the murder; then suddenly at the end it comes to her and she goes racing off to find the proof. There is never any mention as to how the murder was done in that house during a concert with numerous people or how the secret rooms played into it. It was not a satisfying conclusion at all. The characters seem to be acting as they normally do, and Haley’s manic character has been toned down at last, although she has some expressions that don’t really ring true: “Pop a chill pill, Drayton!” Who talks like that? In general, the characters are likable, but they’re not enough to carry this poorly planned mystery.

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