Sunday, January 7, 2007

Laura Childs - Death By Darjeeling

Death By Darjeeling
Childs' 1st book
1st in the Tea Shop Mysteries featuring Theodosia Browning
242 pages
Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

Meet Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston's beloved Indigo Tea Shop. Patrons love her blend of delicious tea tastings and southern hospitality. And Theo enjoys the full-bodied flavor of a town steeped in history - and mystery...

It's tea for two hundred or so at the annual historic homes garden party. And Theodosia, as event caterer, is busy serving steaming teas and blackberry scones while guests sing her praises. But the sweet smell of success turns to suspense when an esteemed guest is found dead - his hand clutching an empty teacup. All eyes are on Theo... who is now trying desperately to save her reputation and track down the real killer. If only she can make sense of it all - before someone else takes their last sip... .

I'm not very far into the book yet, but so far I really enjoy it. I have to prepare some discussion questions, though, which means I better hurry up reading...

First sentence:
"Theodosia Browning leaned back from the clutter of her antique wooden desk, balanced a bone china cup and saucer on one knee, and took a much-needed sip of Lung Ching tea."

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