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The teaberry strangler / Laura Childs.

By: Childs, Laura.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Childs, Laura. Tea shop mystery: 11.Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2011, c2010Edition: Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition.Description: 318 pages ; 18 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780425240205 (pbk.); 0425240207 (pbk.).Subject(s): Browning, Theodosia (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Map dealers -- Crimes against -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | City and town life -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Fiction | Tearooms -- Fiction | Charleston (S.C.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Detective and mystery stories.DDC classification: 813/.6 | [Fic] Summary: Theodosia Browning discovers the body of the local map store owner in an alley behind her tea shop, and is alarmed by Detective Tidwell's theory that she was the intended victim.
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The narrow cobblestone alleys of Charleston are bustling with shoppers looking for bargains on antiques, heaping bowls of crab chowder - and of course Theodosia Browning's delicious teas. But when the clock strikes ten, the alleys clear, except for one body - discovered by a horrified Theodosia. It's the strangled form of Daria, the map store's owner.
Many locals have shown interest in buying Daria's shop - but enough to kill? Plus there's the customer hell-bent on getting his hands on a certain not-for-sale map. One can hardly throw a scone without hitting a suspect. Most alarming, however, is Detective Tidwell's theory- that the killer mistook Daria for Theodosia. Because that would mean the killer's work isn't yet done . . .
'A delightful series that will leave readers feeling as if they have shared a warm cup of tea on Church Street in Charleston.' The Mystery Reader
'Tea lovers, mystery lovers, this is for you. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.' Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of The Tale of Oat Cake Crag
'Theodosia's dogged yet always elegant sleuthing is as satisfying as sipping a cup of jade oolong.' Publishers Weekly
Includes delicious recipes and tea time tips!

Reprint. Originally published: 2010.

"Berkley Prime Crime mystery" --Spine.

"Recipes and tea time tips included!" --Cover.

Theodosia Browning discovers the body of the local map store owner in an alley behind her tea shop, and is alarmed by Detective Tidwell's theory that she was the intended victim.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Set in Charleston, S.C., Childs's tepid 11th tea-themed puzzler (after 2009's Oolong Dead) offers an elegant heroine in her 30s who some readers may feel too often acts like an old lady. One rainy March evening, while walking along a cobblestone alley, Theodosia Browning, the proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop, spots Daria Shand, her good friend and owner of a neighboring shop, in a "nasty struggle" with an unknown assailant. The attacker flees at Theodosia's approach, leaving Daria dead in the alley. A minty fragrance Theodosia detects at the crime scene may provide a useful clue in her informal murder investigation. Childs supplies plenty of touristy asides as well as savory details about teas and gourmet goodies, if at the expense of the action. The continuing animosity between police detective Burt Tidwell and Theodosia adds some tension, but the mystery never quite catches fire as it simmers to a close. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved