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

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,442 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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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Dana
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 5 of 5 stars
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
Gail Strickland
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.
Diane
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
Writerlibrarian
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.
Pat
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
Oddmonster
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Kristin
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
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
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Carolyn
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
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Yvonne
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
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Marian
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Kathy
Mar 19, 2012 Kathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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Kristen
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
Sue
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
Madelyn
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.
Wanda
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
Patty
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
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Bev
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!
Roxie
Again, this review might be influenced by the fact that I'm not reading these books in order. Or perhaps it doesn't matter. Either way, I've now read two books in the Tea Shop Mystery series, and I'm already done. My complaints from Chamomile Mourning still hold true. These books can't decide what genre they want to embody. The characters speak as though their dialogue was lifted from The Complete Hack's Guide To Writing Southern Charm. The "mystery" limps along with no tension or suspense; I do ...more
Jeanie Harper
The teas sound delicious, the treats sound wonderful, a murder before the end of the first chapter, and a great whodunit to boot.

Great story and who knew that the film industry was so cut throat!!!
Karlene Browning
Picked this up at a thrift store. It made for a pleasant afternoon of reading.It's not the first in the series, but I didn't find that to be a problem.

This is a cozy mystery, set in a tea shop. I don't drink tea, but some of the descriptions were very tempting. The main character and her posse were great. The actual who-dun-it was a little weak. I didnt' feel there was enough support for the final reveal.

I don't think I'll be a huge Laura Childs fan, but it I don't have anything else to read,
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Diana
The 9th in Laura Childs cozy mysteries, set in Charleston, S.C., about a tea shop and its denizens, who meddle in local murders when not serving up delicious tea, scones and finger sandwiches. Could easily be very saccharine, but Laura Childs has a light touch and writes well (not always easy when you have three different mystery series which you turn out regularly). Like the others, this isn't heavy going, but not everything has to be P.D. James; it's diverting, holds your interest, and is perf ...more
Suzanne
I've been an avid reader of Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries since she published her first novel, and they never do disappoint. I love reading about the adventures of Theodosia Browning and her crew at The Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina. Childs' offers just the right mix of local color along with a challenging mystery in each installment that keeps the reader guessing. Theodosia, Drayton, Hailey and even Delaine Dish have become some of my favorite cozy mystery characters, right u ...more
Julia
Theodosia Browning, proprieter of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, SC is back, along with a cast of regular friends and co-workers that round out her sleuthing group. A local theater has been renovated and a Charleston Film Festival is kicking off it's new life. This draws many new faces to Charleston, and unfortunately for a couple of those folks, a murderer as well. If you've never visited the Indigo Tea Shop books, I would have you begin the series with one of the earlier mysteries, but thi ...more
George
#9 in the tea shop murder mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Theodosia Browning and her two employees find themselves involved in another murder investigation. This time the murder interrupts the Charleston Film Festival as Theo is asked to help solve the murder by a friend who wants to protect his granddaughter.

As usual in the series, the story is filled with snippets of tea information as Theo tries to unravel what happened, why, and by whom. There's also humor and, as usual, T
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Fairlee Corkran
love this series the more I read
Pat
Absorbing plot, wonderful descriptions of Charlston, S.C. Laura Childs put me right down in Theodosia Browning's Indigo Tea Shop among her friends, and occasionally among her adversaries. Delightful and spell-binding. The story is winding down, and I haven't any idea who the murderer might be.

Finished it! Forgot to post. A very good read as I'm finding that all of Laura Childs books are. BTW, the murderer was a complete surprise. Excellent mystery writing, setting was absorbing as were the chara
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Eileen
I do like reading these books about Theo's tea shop. I like Laura Childs' writing style. Always an unexpected twist or two. It's been awhile since I read one, and I didn't remember Theo being so gutsy. I would have turned around many times, when she persevered.

It's interesting for me to read about the different teas. I wish I had paid more attention to them when I read the first ones. It was only after I had read several, that I noticed all the details about particular teas.
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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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