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The Silver Needle Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery #9)

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The national bestselling author of "Dragonwell Dead" returns with a mystery proving that the price of fame can be murderously steep. The Charleston Film Festival has brought Theodosia Browning and the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop a busy week of catering jobs. First up is the opening night gala at the historic Belvedere Theatre. Tinseltown and local luminaries seem to be mi ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 2008)
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May 06, 2008 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Reading this series is sort of like a guilty secret, because the writing is not super-fantastic or anything, but the setting is so relaxing. I think I read these not so much for the mystery to be solved or even for the characters, but because I feel like I get to visit the tea shop when I read them. It's kind of strange to find myself reading a series more for the incidental tea knowledge and descriptions of baked goods than for the actual stories, but it has become addictive anyway. I wish I ha ...more
Rachel Garber
Apr 14, 2009 Rachel Garber rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes "cosy" mysteries
Recommended to Rachel by: No one, I have the series
This is the 9th in a series of books about a woman in SC who owns a tea room and winds up becoming embroiled in solving murders. The stories are well written, with a mostly regular cast of characters and an occasional "newcomer" who is usually the murder victim. I love mysteries (this would fall under the category of "cozy", mystery readers should be familiar with the term, as well a "tea" which is my favorite beverage. Each book includes several recipes for food that is mentioned in the books. ...more
Dharia Scarab
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Gail Strickland
Jan 27, 2014 Gail Strickland rated it liked it
Another southern cozy from Laura Childs. I enjoy her Tea Shop series, but the description of the food served in the tea shop always makes me hungry so that I raid the refrigerator and the descriptions of Charleston have me wondering how soon I can make my escape to the Holy City-what Charlestonians call their hometown.
Dec 10, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is book 9 in the Tea Shop Mystery Series by Laura Childs. Charleston is holding its first ever Film Festival and awarding the Golden Palmetto Awards. Theodosia Browning and the Indigo Tea shop staff are catering and holding events for the Film Festival. The events are being held at the newly renovated Belvedere Theater. Jordan Cole, a big time director, is murdered while Timothy Neville, President of the Heritage Society, is presenting. The murderer runs through the theater knocking Drayton ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Guera25 rated it it was ok
Ngggh. Usually, the character interactions carry these mediocre mysteries for me, but this time, everyone seemed shrill. They were caricatures, not solid characters, and I found myself wishing someone would tell Haley to shut up. Yes, yes, Drayton is such a fusty old killjoy, blah, blah, blah, aren't I so spunky and cute? No, not really. You're irksome and obnoxious. Drayton can be neurotic and fussy, but there's nothing wrong with prudence, and you could certainly use a few lessons in it.

Bonnijean Marley
May 15, 2016 Bonnijean Marley rated it liked it
A Movie Festival, tea, and Charleston combine into an interesting cozy mystery.

One of the attendees at the movie festival is killed where everyone can see, but no one sees who did it. Of course, Theodosia is asked to keep her eyes open and see what she can find out. Although Theodosia is a successful tea shop owner and she likes to nose around when murders happen, she isn't that good at actually solving mysteries.

I enjoy the books and the characters, but every book seems to leave things unexplai
The plot was more decorative than mystery in this one. The gang is all there : Theodosia, Drayton, Hayley, Delaine. Set within a film festival the novel is more a series of tea party full of fun facts about tea, food and wine. The mystery part is an accessory in this one. A nice bauble but not really deep or interesting and the villain is a rabbit out of the hat at the end.
Jan 17, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I hate to say it but I didn't care all that much for this book. Haley was a nag when she was trying to be witty. Theodosia is wearing designer clothing all the time. Parker is getting a bit pushy for my comfort. Why on earth anyone would consider Delaine is the real mystery to me. Tidwell did not show up well. About the only bright spots in this mystery were Drayton and Early Gray.

I don't think there are a whole lot more books in the series. Laura Childs's new series Eggs in Purgatory looks like
Oct 22, 2014 Pat rated it liked it
The Charleston Film Festival has brought Theodosia Browning and the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop a busy week of catering jobs. First up is the opening night gala at the historic Belvedere Theatre. Tinseltown and local luminaries seem to be mingling happily in the glamorously renovated lobby, but Theo notices that the atmosphere backstage is tense. Then famous director Jordan Cole is shot on his way to the podium, and the entire audience witnesses his death silhouetted across the scrim. Never has ...more
Jerry Landry
Jun 09, 2016 Jerry Landry rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
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Mar 05, 2015 Georgette rated it it was amazing
Do you ever find yourself doing a 'bingeread' on a series you have fallen in love with? That is exactly what I did with four of Laura Child's A Tea Shop Mystery series after leaving it for a while Starting with The Silver Needle Murder(#9 in this series).
Truly I missed Charleston, SC one of my favorite cities of all time and I missed Theodosia, Drayton and Haley the aspiring a delightful baker at Indigo Tea and the adventures or misadventures they find themselves in. Somehow where the Three Amig
Apr 06, 2010 Audrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: culinary
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May 05, 2008 Kristin rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is Book 9 in the Indigo Tea Shop Mysteries. The Indigo Tea shop is gearing up for Charlston’s first Movie Premier and week long fundraiser event for the Historical Society. The old theater has been completely renovated and there is a full contingent of producers, directors, actors and techy people descending on the town. It’s opening night, the audience and judges are set and a director is murdered before everyone. In the coming days, Timothy Neville, chairman of the Historical Society, ask ...more
Tommy Carlson
Jun 28, 2012 Tommy Carlson rated it really liked it
I will freely admit that I love her mystery books. The mysteries are nothing special. But that's not why you read the books. You read the books because you like the characters and you like whatever theme the book uses. In my case, I like her tea-based mysteries. No, the mysteries don't revolve around tea. Rather, the sleuth runs a tea shop. (Childs also does a series based around scrap-booking. No lie. There's also a new series built around a diner.)

In addition to the characters, Childs does a n
Apr 07, 2009 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to wait until I read the entire series before adding a review -- but oops there is another one just released. But I am going to review now anyway.

Primarily I wanted to get a real feel for the 'mystery genre' as opposed to just a mystery. And Laura Childs was a good way to go about it. There was the same pattern - murder in the first chapter, introduce a wide array of suspects, have a few harrowing experiences for the heroine, and then in the last chapter solve the mystery with a near mi
Mar 28, 2011 Yvonne rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I think another reviewer said it best when she wrote that these tea shop mysteries are a guilty pleasure, read mostly for the tea shop atmosphere and delicious descriptions of teas, tea sandwiches, and various pastries. Not exactly stellar writing or well crafted mysteries, but I continue to read all of the books in this series because they are easy and cozy (as the category suggests) and the recipes are great.

My main issue with the books in this series (what keeps them from rating higher than
Sep 07, 2008 Marian rated it liked it
Shelves: readit, 2008
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Mar 19, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery lovers
Recommended to Kathy by: Elizabeth Laumas
Theodosia browning and her Indigo Tea Shop crew are catering the opening night of the first ever Charleston Film Festival. It seems to be an amazing opportunity until one of the honored guests is murdered on stage and Theodosia is the only witness to actually catch a glimpse of the murderer. Not only that, but the granddaughter of their dear friend, Timothy Neville, is implicated in crime. Timothy turns to Theo for help clearing his granddaughter and saving the film festival by identifying the m ...more
Nov 08, 2015 Val rated it really liked it
Another book in the tea shop series. Includes various recipes used in the story.
Theodosia, the Indigo Tea Shop owner is once again asked to use her talents in snooping to find out who killed one of the film directors, Jordan Cole, during the first Charleston Film Festival. Although Theo is very busy with a lot of catering jobs for the week, she has to find time to do her snooping. The usual friends and new boyfriend are their to support her as the week goes on.
Peggy Huey
Put tea, Charleston (South Carolina), and a film festival into a single book, and my interest is piqued. Theodosia Browning is catering the opening night gala for the festival when a famous director is murdered in front of the audience. Theodosia gets pulled in to help solve the murder and save the film festival. Recipes for many of the goodies mentioned in the context of the story are included in an appendix to the book.
Cathy Cramer
I still like Laura Child's description of the teas and the foods and their soothing effects. There were some exciting moments in the story. I like that the Detective Tidwell was shown as human, as making a mistake. I also still like the mention of the service dogs. Laura Child weaves that in so naturally. The place where one of the bodies was hidden was revolting - nasty.
Dawn Michelle

This was an easy one for me. I made a guess early on and I ended up being right. To me, it was (even that early on in the book/story)obvious, because this person was so NOT obvious!

Theo and the gang get themselves caught up in another mystery when, during the opening of the first ever Charleston Film Festival, a prominent (and highly un-liked) filmmaker is killed. And Theo is a witness. And Drayton also gets caught in the fray.

There are many suspects,many nefarious "Hollywood" characters to l
Dec 03, 2013 Kristen rated it liked it
If culinary cozies are your average cup of tea, this series is for you. Laura Childs introduces us to Theodosia Browning and her interesting array of characters in her tea shop series. When one of the judges is found dead at the local awards show, she's asked to fill in his shoes. For Theo, that's a tall order for her to fill. Along the way, while she runs her tea shop demands, things are daunting, when new revelations comes out about the victim. The more deeper we watch her dig her heels in, th ...more
Sharon Helfrich
Aug 12, 2016 Sharon Helfrich rated it really liked it
I am devouring the Tea Shop Mysteries after a recent trip to Charleston. The characters are quirky and it's fun to follow their adventures throughout the historical district and surrounding plantations. You can tell that the author loves Charleston and all its charms. The twist and turns are quite cozy and perfect reading for hot, humid summer days!
Nov 02, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is like taking a break for the mind and romping through historic Charleston for a bit. The setting is very much like another character and I've enjoyed getting to know the city a little better. Can't wait to visit there someday. Theo and the gang solve another murder when a famous director is killed at the first Charleston Film Festival. There are old plantations, fancy clothes from Delaine's store, and a little bit of Parker. Their relationship is moving at a glacial pace; so slowly ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Madelyn rated it really liked it
Another book in the Tea Shop Mystery series. Theodosia Browning and the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop have a busy week of catering jobs for The Charleston Film Festival. The festival gets started off with a big bang when a famous director is shot on his way to the podium.
Jul 09, 2016 Wanda rated it really liked it
Just an ordinary day for the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina-that is serving scrumptious breakfast and lunch to residents and tourists, catering special events for the Charleston Film Festival, and yes, finding yet another murder victim. Theodosia Browning life as a small business owner is never dull. Along with her trusted friends and employees this books is another cozy (yes, tea cozy) mystery. Laura Childs had created a wonderful blend of characters in this series. ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Patty rated it really liked it
I do enjoy spending time in Charleston with Theo, her co-workers and her friends. In The Silver Needle Murder Theo is serving as judge for the first ever Charleston Film Festival and gets caught up in a murder when one of the nominated directors is killed, on stage! There are plenty of suspects as Cole wasn't well liked as a person even while being acclaimed as a director. Timothy asks Theo to help when his granddaughter Isabella is implicated because she used to work for Cole.

All this is going
Feb 06, 2014 Bev added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I can't rate this book because I couldn't finish it. I couldn't finish it because it has so many references to fattening foods. It's nice, light, suspenseful reading, but not for those of us who don't need anymore culinary temptations!
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Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several
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