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Blood Orange Brewing (A Tea Shop Mystery #7)

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When social darling Delaine Dish throws a lavish benefit for the restoration of a run-down Victorian home, Theodosia Browning donates tea and treats from her Indigo Tea Shop. But the grand unveiling of Theo's spread proves a gruesome scene when a beloved local politico falls dead with a jagged piece of metal in his neck. Anyone at the event could be the culprit, but the po ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Berkley (first published April 4th 2006)
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Judee. Fong.
Blood Orange Brewing is another fun read by Laura Childs, who also does the Scrapbooking Mysteries and the Cackleberry mysteries. Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston's "Indigo Tea Shop" is once again embroiled in her seventh tea shop murder mystery--this time, the untimely demise of beloved politico and retired CEO, Duke Wilkes. At a benefit concert for the restoration of an 18th century mansion, Delaine Dish dramatically flings open the parlour doors to a lavish high tea, only to discover D ...more
Susan Ferguson
Absolutely love this series. I love the tips on teas and discussion of the teas and the stories are wonderful. The end of this mystery cought me by surprise - never saw it coming, altho I had a twinge or two I disregarded because it seemed so unlikely for the train of events. Theo, as usual, is very busy and it is at an event that she is catering that Duke Wilkes is killed. Pookie, Duke's widow, asks Theo to help in finding who killed him. Detective Tidwell keeps prompting her to butt out and qu ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Kathy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery lovers
Recommended to Kathy by: Elizabeth Laumas
Theodosia Browning and the Indigo Tea Shop gang are enjoying a candlelight concert at the Augustus Chait House, thrown by their friend Delaine Dish in an effort to raise money for the home's restoration, when tragedy strikes. They're friend, octogenarian Duke Wilkes, is murdered, stabbed in the throat. Everyone is stunned, no one more so than Duke's widow, Pookie, who enlists Theo to help uncover Duke's killer and bring him or her to justice. Will Theo be able to keep her promise to Pookie, or w ...more
This was another delightful visit with Theodosia and the employees of her Indigo Tea Shop. It's always a pleasant diversion to visit again the colorful Charleston characters that populate Laura Child's series of Tea Shop Mysteries.

Our intrepid sleuth, Theodosia, is hot on the trail of solving murderous crime that shatters the otherwise genteel Charleston social scene. But when her beloved service dog, Earl Grey, goes missing, Theodosia really shifts into high gear. You don't want to miss the end
This is book number seven in the Tea Shop Mystery Series by Laura Childs. The Indigo Tea Shop helps to cater at Delaine Dish's Candlelight Concert for the Restoration Committee to restore the Augustus Chait House. Just as Timothy Neville's string quartet finished playing and Delaine is starting to solicit the guests for money, Duke Wilkes, is killed and dies in front of everyone. Theodosia promised Pookie Wilkes she will look into Duke's death for her. Earl Grey is abducted and Theodosia must fi ...more
Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop.
Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she
"Fascinating," declared Theodosia Browning as her quizzical blue eyes roved about the hexagon-shaped room. Packed with antique medical instruments, colorful jars, and old anatomical charts, the tucked-away alcove must have been the old surgical suite back when this Victorian-style Charleston home had been a hospital almost a century and a half ago, Theodosia decided. Its builder and owner had made a fortune in early pharmaceuticals and patent drugs. Because, lord, have mercy, she told herself, t
Andrea Guy
This is book 7 in the tea shop mysteries series. It was cute but it was a little slow for my tastes. I don't like my cozy mysteries to drag, and this one felt that way to me. It was almost like the mystery took a back burner to the descriptions of food and tea. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Most of the time Theo is having a hard time finding clues and by the time she thinks she knows who might have done it, well, the book is nearly finished. Then there was the matter of another body
Arlene Hayman
Having read favorable comments about Tea Shop Mystery books, I looked forward to reading one and to see what it might be about. In Blood Orange Brewing, the author, Laura Childs, transports the reader to Charleston, in which Theodosia Browning serves as an amateur investigative sleuth while operating the Indigo Tea Shop, a favorite downtown eatery. Two mysterious murders occur, as well as a pet that comes off missing. The story moves along sometimes a bit too slowly and without much intrigue to ...more
Judie Dooley
Blood Orange Brewing by Laura Childs was a charming southern, tea shop mystery. the story kept me interested to the end. If the story line wasn't enough to make me want to find a tea shop, the recipes at the end of the book sure made me want to make them and possably have a nice tea party where I live at an eldery housing complex. we're always looking for different excuses to have a luncheon.
I do really enjoy this series. Theo and her friends are always getting into the most interesting situations and most of them don't seem all that incredible! This time a long time friend and Civil War buff is killed while Theo and her group are serving tea. His wife asks Theo to "help" the police and, of course, Theo can't help but get involved.

Plenty of twists and turns in this one and with them lots of red herrings are thrown the readers way. I had a brief moment of "I wonder if either of those
#7 in the series. At this point, I feel like the main characters are my friends and they've also solidified their relationships with each other. I am enjoying their interactions as well as all the references to teas (of course). Again a plot that wasn't totally predictable. On to #8!
Overall, a very entertaining read. The setting of the story was magnificent, and incredibly real. My only real gripe was the ending, which left me a bit unfinished. It felt slightly lacking in the closure department. Still, I enjoyed it a lot.
Jun 15, 2010 Karen marked it as kd-only  ·  review of another edition
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I only got through 3 chapters. I think there were two problems. First, without having read the previous six books I didn't know the characters. The way they were introduced just didn't make me particularly care about them or want to know more.
Second, I have no interest in china or silverware patterns or tea towels. And I don't drink tea. A simple tea primer, as might appear in the first book, would likely be interesting to me. Wine tasting like descriptions of a dozen different varieties, howev
Theodosia Browning owns the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina and is doing refreshments for the Candlelight Concert to raise money to restore a Victorian home when one of the guest is murdered. The story takes us around Charleston and the low country as Theodosia and her staff Halley Parker the shops cook and Drayton Conneley the shops tea blender help solve the mystery. I enjoyed the story and plan to read more of the series. Recipes are included at the end of the book.
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Another in the Tea Shop Mystery series. When social darling Delaine Dish throws a lavish benefit for the restoration of a run-downVictorian home, Theodosia Browning donates tea and treats from her Indigo Tea Shop. But the grand unveiling of Theo's spread proves a gruesome scene when a beloved local politico falls dead with a jagged piece of metal in his neck. Anyone at the event could be the culprit, but the police have few leads -- and no suspects. Try as she might, Theodosia can't help but won ...more
A little hard to get into the story but once in, an enjoyable read with its quirky tea shop characters. Preferred other books in this series
Jeanie Harper
What a fantastic book - mystery, murder, wild animals, kidnapping and no solution until the last chapter.

Great story.
I think they got a new ghostwriter for this book, and it was an excellent move. Hat tip to Sarah, for checking this out for me because SPL didn't have it.
The rating of 1 star isn't really fair; I didn't actually finish the book. In fact, I've only read one sentence. I was at the library looking for a new mystery. The title intrigued me and I saw that Laura Childs was listed as a "national bestselling author". It sounds promising, doesn't it?

As usual when choosing whether or not to read a book, I read the first sentence:

"Fascinating," declared Theodosia Browning as her quizzical blue eyes roved about the hexagon-shaped room.

"Theodosia"? Oh my!

Jennifer Gelert
Tea and murder. A deadly combination! Laura is good at keeping you in suspense as to who the real culprit is. Theo is hosting a tea at a historical home where murder happens. As she gets closer to who the real killer is, things keep happening to her. The last thing that send her determined to solve the crime, the kidnapping of her dog - Earl Gray.
Another mystery solved by Theodosia, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina. Descriptions of the beautiful historic mansions made me want to visit Charleston. The desciptions of the teas made me want to branch out from my usual peppermint and try some of the described teas. The mystery kept me intrigued as I kept changing my mind about "who done it" as more clues and facts were discovered. I absolutely love the Tea Shop Mystery series. A great read for whn you just want to re ...more
Theodosia Browning is back again. She is serving tea and refreshments at the opening of a Victorian home donated to the Charleston Historical Society. The event is disrupted when a man who is a retired CEO and a local politician is murdered right in the parlor. Of course, Theodosia is asked to look into the murder by the widow and she goes right ahead. I like this series but I do get a little irritated by her nosiness and then she wonders why she gets into trouble. It has a certain charm.
Fairlee Corkran
this series never disappoints. love this author
A Charleston, S.C. Theodosia Browning and friends tea shop mystery. This is #7 in the series and, as usual, Theo finds herself at the scene of a murder and is asked to help solve it. There's the usual background of the operation of Theo's tea shop with her two employees, and conflicts with the police detective in charge of investigating the murder.

These mysteries are entertaining to read with a lot of information regarding teas, a little humor, and the various developments in Theo's life.
I love Laura's Tea books. The cast of characters is so familiar and comfortable. The mystery in this one has a lot of red herrings, but that isn't a problem. The final outcome was not where I thought we were going as it hadn't really been suggested up until nearly the end. And the final solution is lovely, if illegal. hahaha.

It is hard to review mysteries because the plot is the mystery and that would be spoilers. Let's just say, I'm ready for another cup of tea.
A fine cozy read about this woman who owns a tea shop in atmospheric Charleston, and snoops around to solve the murder of a friend's husband. Lots of delicious tea descriptions and scrumptious southern eats. Eventually she stumbles on an illegal import scheme of animals and birds involving the murderers.

This is pretty lightweight but just enough mystery and mayhem for me as I don't like grisly mad serial killer stories. This type of story sounds more realistic to me.
*possible spoilers*I felt the author may have been tuckered out from writing her different series, and it wasn't as attention-consuming until the part with Earl Grey. The side plot about the animals could have been fleshed out a little more, but I understand the author wanting to put it in for exposure's sake. Still, a good mystery for some brain-clearing time during 'report card week.'
As you can see I'm on a roll with the Laura Childs Mysteries

Blood Orange is about a house that was recently donated to the Heritage Society and during a benefit at the house to raise money for it's restoration one of the attendees is murdered---so many people to suspect, once again Theo is right in the middle of the investigation-really big twist ending on this one.
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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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Other Books in the Series

A Tea Shop Mystery (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • Gunpowder Green (A Tea Shop Mystery, #2)
  • Shades of Earl Grey (A Tea Shop Mystery, #3)
  • The English Breakfast Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery, #4)
  • The Jasmine Moon Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery, #5)
  • Chamomile Mourning (A Tea Shop Mystery, #6)
  • Dragonwell Dead (A Tea Shop Mystery, #8)
  • The Silver Needle Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery, #9)
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