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Steeped in Evil (A Tea Shop Mystery #15)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,321 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
In the newest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Tea Revenge, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is about to learn the true meaning of terroir…

Theodosia Browning has never considered herself a wine connoisseur—tea has always been her forte. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to pass up an invitation to a fancy wine-tasting party at the upscale
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Berkley
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Mar 16, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it
Another good installment in this cozy series. Now if there could just be an Indigo Tea Shop where I live!
Feb 22, 2016 Watchingthewords rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, fiction, library, mystery
The Tea Shop Mysteries follow Theodesia Browning, the young and beautiful owner of a tea shop in Charleston who seems to have a knack for stumbling on dead bodies and getting embroiled in solving the mysteries of their deaths. She is aided by the stodgy and proper Drayton (her tea master), the young and quirky Haley (her chef/baker), while running up against the gruff Detective Tidwell.

In Steeped in Evil, Theodesia leaves behind her normal beverage to attend a wine-tasting at the Knighthall Wine
Apr 21, 2014 Sharon rated it it was ok
This would have been three stars if not for the ending. The focus is more on wine than tea. Theodosia is recruited by Drayton to find out who murdered the winemaker's son. I enjoyed reading about Charleston and the tea room. Every time I read these I wish the tea room was real as I'd love to visit especially for the Downton Abbey tea. The book started to lose me when Theodosia bullied a potential suspect at Drew's funeral. I am also not sure what the deal is with Max the boyfriend. He came ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Judy rated it it was ok
I think the "heroine" in this latest of the series really regressed into immaturity. Seemed quite different. Disappointing.
Debbie Lester
Mar 19, 2014 Debbie Lester rated it it was amazing
Author Laura Childs continues her long running Tea Shop Mystery series, with her latest book Steeped in Evil. This book shifts it's focus from the tea shop theme to include a mystery involving wine. Readers who love the Charleston, South Carolina setting will once again find new things to love about this amazing city. Childs has a way of incorporating different outside aspects into her mysteries that broaden the appeal of her writing. The Downtown Abbey tea party is a great example of that. ...more
 Gigi Ann
Mar 01, 2014 Gigi Ann rated it it was amazing

My Thoughts...

Even though this book is a series book in the Tea Shop Mysteries, it is also a stand-alone book.

From the first page to the last page I was drawn right into the story, I love a good cozy...Theodosia Browning didn't consider herself a wine connoisseur, however, how often did she get invited to a fancy wine-tasting party at a very upscale Winery? Rarely. This was a first for Theodosia...What was to be a fun wine-tasting evening turned bitter when a dead body came floating out of a win
Day O'Dea
Jul 29, 2015 Day O'Dea rated it did not like it
Never a good series, this has definitely taken a turn for the worse. This book seemed to consist solely of scenes of Theo harassing people and then acting like the wounded party despite frequently being dead wrong. At one point, Theo walks into an unlocked house to snoop, then is a self-important jerk to the occupant when she's discovered trespassing and said occupant is understandably displeased. Theo also seems to think that its unreasonable that a person would be irritated that someone keeps ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Laura Childs.
Sep 05, 2014 Kathy rated it it was ok
Theodosia Browning is back in the fifteenth installment of this series. The perfect Theodosia Browning with the perfect wardrobe, the perfect body, the perfect charm, the perfect talent, the perfect work ethic, the perfect friends who happen to be the perfect employees, a perfect chef, and a perfect tea expert who is also the perfect dresser. Theodosia lives in the perfect cottage with the perfect dog and runs a perfect tea shop which serves the perfect menu, has the perfect decor, and sells the ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Mason rated it it was amazing
The folks in author Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mystery series always seem to have a lot going on, even if a dead body turns up now and then.

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning isn’t a wine connoisseur, but she still enjoys attending a fancy wine-tasting party at the upscale Knighthall Winery. Theo and her tea expert, Drayton Conneley, are enjoying the evening when things turn sour – a dead body is discovered in the prize barrel of wine. It turns out to be Drew Knight, son of the winery owner, J
Feb 09, 2014 Tess rated it it was amazing
Once again I have had the pleasure to read another of Laura's books. We meet up with Theodosia and Drayton at a wine tasting party. All seems to be going well until the son of the host, Jordan Knight, turns up missing. After searching everywhere it is decided to go on with the presentation. As Jordan is giving his speech to workers again to tap a large barrel of wine but it doesn't seem to be working. The wind is to be sampled by the attendees, but instead of only wine the body of Jordan's son ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I do still love Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries. This book -- set in large part at a winery -- was better than most. The writing was tight, the plot was tight, the clues were there but closely held -- all things that I love. I even loved pretty much everything about how Theodosia approached (and reacted to) the murder she was asked to investigate. It was a great read and I look forward to reading the next one!
Jun 23, 2014 Annie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
Steeped in Evil, by Laura Childs
Berkley Prime Crime, 2014

Sometimes the best books are not measured by a shiny literary sticker on the cover, or how many sales were in one month. Granted, Laura Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries are pretty high up on the charts, but sometimes the best books are those that encourage you to do something nice for yourself and take time off to visit old friends. As Drayton so gentlemanly states, “We create a refuge of sorts . . . [a]n intermezzo from the pressures of everyda
Mar 19, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
While Steeped in Evil is the 15th (!) installment of the Tea Shop mysteries, I still found it enjoyable and interesting. It hasn't lost its flair yet, as some long running series tend to do.

In this edition, Theo is attending a wine event just outside of Charleston when the adult son of the winery owner is found dead in a barrel of wine. Due to her long history of solving crimes, the owner asks Theo to poke around and try to bring the killer to justice.

As usual, Laura Childs is very descriptive
Jennifer Vido
Apr 29, 2014 Jennifer Vido rated it it was amazing
Theodosia Browning is an expert when it comes to tea. The owner of a quaint and cozy teashop in the heart of historic Charleston, SC, she is known for brewing the most flavorful tealeaves in town. When an invitation to attend an elegant wine-tasting at the ritzy Knighthall Winery comes her way, Theo jumps at the chance to tag along with her trusty assistant Drayton Conneley. Yet the splendid affair quickly turns sour when a dead body comes spewing from a wine barrel at theheight of the evening’s ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Fred rated it it was amazing
Steeped In Evil is the fifteenth book in the A Tea Shop Mystery series.

I so enjoy stopping in to visit with Theodosia, Drayton and Haly at the Indigo Tea Shop and this was another enjoyable visit.

Drayton has asked Theo to join him at a wine tasting party at new boutique style winery, the Knighthall Winery. As everyone is gathered for the unveiling, the body of Drew Knight, the son of Jordan Knight owner of the winery, is found inside the barrel. Having heard of Theodosia's knack for solving murd
Apr 27, 2014 Melina rated it it was amazing

This is the first book in Laura's Tea Shop Mystery Series that I have read. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't my favorite by Laura. I liked the setting, Charleston, SC is a very intriguing city. I am not a tea drinker, I don't like tea, iced or hot, so that part of the story didn't appeal to me a lot. I did think the tea shop that Theodosia owns is charming though, I probably wouldn't care for what they serve there. I did like the fact that this cozy kept me guessing till the end. There were very few
Penny McGill
Mar 09, 2014 Penny McGill rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy
All finished with another great story with Theodosia and Drayton featuring prominently. This murder has a shocking twist + a friend of Drayton's in the family of the deceased so we get lots of nattering back and forth between the two. It wasn't quite as much fun as the last installment, which involved ghosts and a failed wedding for Delaine, but there were satisfying twists and turns (a murder that involved the least possible suspect, in my opinion so it was thrilling) and a very clever chase ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs is the 15th book in A Tea Shop Mystery series and this is a series that I think improves with each book. At a wine tasting attended by Theodosia and Drayton, a body rolls out of the barrel with the wine and Theodosia is asked to investigate by the owner. This is one of my favourite series and I enjoyed this book as much as the others. we find out more about the characters as the series progresses and it is like catching up with family. Warm and cozy despite the ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Ricki rated it it was amazing
I am a long-time fan of this tea shop mystery series. I have come to think that reading any of Ms. Childs books is much like a visit with old friends. One think that baffled me, though... in the book's exciting finale, how Theo was able to do all that she did while wearing a gown and formal shoes? I know it's nit picky on my part, but I had trouble picturing the scene because of those details. Overall, I love this series and will continue to buy and read the books for as long as they continue to ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Entertaining look at Charleston. It seems all they do is drink tea, eat scones, drink wine and attend gala parties. Must be nice.
Theresa Ellenberger
Jun 13, 2015 Theresa Ellenberger rated it it was amazing
A fun, easy read.
Nov 11, 2016 'jean rated it liked it
Besides the comfort in reading this series, it is fun to see what new details get incorporated into each book. However, the graphicness of some of the deaths are not as much fun.
Nov 11, 2016 Stef rated it liked it
Cute, but totally predictable. I was a bit bored during some of the book. My favorite parts were the food descriptions in the tea shop. Not really up to par like the previous installments.
Dec 05, 2016 Di rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! Laura Childs is an author who consistently delivers an excellent read!
Deloris Smestad
Nov 06, 2016 Deloris Smestad rated it liked it
Shelves: l-childs
Fun cozy, with a surprise who-dun-it!
Mar 12, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Steeped in Evil is the latest release from Laura Childs in the long-running Tea Shop Mysteries series, the 15th book in the series since the first one was published in 2001. So many long-running series, no matter the genre, tend to run their course well before the 15th book, but I find these books to still be as much fun to read as the very first one!

One of the things that I enjoy the most is the varied cast of characters. Theo, our female lead, is quirky and intelligent and very independent. Sh
Oct 08, 2016 Adele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still a decent mystery, but some of the phrasing comes across as a bit juvenile. I'm pretty sure I've considered that in the previous mysteries, but it's starting to really annoy me now. So, I just do a lot of skimming and try to pay attention to the mystery itself. But ... I still like checking out the recipes in the back.
Lauren Stoolfire
Jan 12, 2015 Lauren Stoolfire rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, mystery
Rounded up from 2.5 stars.

Theodosia Browning, a tea shop owner, has a knack for solving crimes (better than the police force, apparently). When a body is found in a wine barrel at the fancy Knighthall Winery tasting ceremony, she is asked to look into things by the victim's family due to their dissatisfaction with the official investigation. By the way, the victim happens to be the owner's son and Theo has plenty of suspects to pick from because it seems like everyone involved from family to win
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: daniele

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Daniele

I quite anticipated reading this fifteenth entry of the Tea Shop Mystery series, hoping that this book would be back to the quality of Childs’ earlier works (I was a tad dissatisfied with Sweet Tea Revenge), and I can happily say that this installment did not disappoint.

Theo accompanies her employee and comrade, Drayton, to a wine tasting soirée at a local winery that is owned by Jordan Knight. The party comes to an ab
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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.

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