Sunday, February 26, 2012

Shades Of Earl Grey - Laura Childs

Summary Of This Book:
Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society
at the engagement soiree 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,
and Theodosia suspects that trouble 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 . . .

About The Author:

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries,
Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs. Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller.

I've read and reviewed the last two books of this series. I've liked every single one! But I love mysteries and of course tea! I have come up with this kind of rule that when I'm reading one of these books if it's named after a kind of tea, I'm going to drink that tea while reading the book. So... This book is named Shades Of Earl Grey, so that's what I drank, Earl Grey tea! I've gotten quite a collection of tea since hearing of this series.

Theodosia Browning has been busily working on a line of tea-based bath products for her growing business, but first she is attending the engagement party for Camille Cantroux, Theodosia's friend Delaine's niece. In the garden room, Camille's wedding ring, dating back to Marie Antoinette, is on display for the guests.

Before Theodosia gets a chance to admire the heirloom, the roof of the glass atrium collapses, leaving Camille's fiancé dead and the ring box empty. Theodosia can't imagine one of the party guests walking off with the ring during the crash and promises, with the help of her tea shop assistant Drayton, to search through the glass rubble to locate the ring. Even though Theodosia knows she has more important things to worry about, she knows her friend and fellow merchant Delaine is distraught over the accident and the missing ring.

Discreetly, Theodosia begins making inquiries and realizes that someone is stealing personal and often priceless heirlooms from Charleston residents. Theodosia is sure the only way to catch the thief is to set a trap and since the police, including her somewhat partner in crime, Detective Burt Tidwell, aren't inclined to take Theodosia seriously, she and Drayton take matters into their own hands.

I loved reading about the different schemes Theodosia comes up with to catch the cat burglar of the Historic Society.

Emily's Rating Of This Book:

The next book is Unlawfully Wedded Bride by Noelle Marchand.

God bless!

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