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Gunpowder Green (A Tea Shop Mystery #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  3,451 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning knows that something’s brewing in the high society of Charleston—something other than her newest tea… The Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston’s favorite spot of tea, has just come out with its latest flavor: Gunpowder Green. Theodosia Browning cannot wait to hear its praises as it is unveiled at the annual yacht race. But when she hears the crack ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 244 pages
Published March 5th 2002 by Berkley (first published 2002)
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Anna Catharina
Einfach nicht meine Serie. Ich mag Theodosia nicht, die anderen Personen sind mir zu klischeehaft und flach. Die Handlung fand ich langweilig und den Täter vorhersehbar.
This is the second book in the Tea Shop Mystery series that takes place in Charleston, South Carolina. I enjoy the setting in this book as well as its focus on the Tea Shop and the antique shops of old town Charleston. Once again tea shop owner, Theodosia, finds herself in the middle of a mysterious death. Oliver Dixon, one of the elderly socialites of the town, fires the finish gun at the local regatta, the gun explodes, and Oliver is dead. While most think it's just an accident, Theodosia feel ...more
Oct 09, 2016 Brandi rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Theodosia finds herself in another murder mystery where the murder was set up to look like a tragic accident. As a favor to a childhood friend she looks into the mystery and discovers the actual killer. I continue to enjoy the characters in this series and I'm looking forward to reading other books from this series.
Sep 16, 2010 KarenF rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, kindle
Cute cozy mystery series. The tea information is fascinating and the descriptions of Charleston are wonderful. The mystery itself is engaging without be too taxing, pretty much what I expect from a cozy. My one issue is that the characters can be a bit too precious at times, but it's a minor irritant and easily glossed over to spend some time in the charming tea shop.
Feb 22, 2017 RebeccaS rated it liked it
I enjoyed my return to this cozy tea house in Charleston. I love the descriptions of the different teas that are interspersed throughout the story. I would visit this tea shop in a heart beat if I could. Also the idea of special tea events is so creative, especially the mystery tea. The characters are interesting, but I feel like we know nothing about them. I hope they get more developed as the series continues because I'm having a little bit of trouble connecting with them. The mystery was tric ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Talia rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Theodosia Browning runs a local tea shop in high society Charleston, North Carolina. She is catering a yacht race when Oliver Dixon is killed by an antique gun exploding when he tried to fire it to end the race. Thinking herself an amateur sleuth after clearing a former employee of suspicion in a murder recently, Theo is curious and starts making inquiries into whether this was an accident or murder. Fred Cantrell is a prime suspect after having been seen arguing with Dixon shortly before he die ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Bea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is set in Charleston, SC. Theodosia Browning runs a tea shop. Her two assistants in the shop are helping her serve at the annual yacht race. When the boats are about to cross the finish line, the gun used to signal the race end explodes killing a prominent man. There are many suspects and a detective on the case, but Theo sets out to prove who committed the murder and almost gets killed herself.

This is a new series for me. I am enjoying it since (1) I enjoy occasionally those cozies
Apr 09, 2015 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ursprünglich hatte ich das Buch vom Bookcrossingtreffen in Plön für meine schwangere Freundin mitgenommen, damit sie sich im Krankenhaus nicht langweilt. Als sie mir das Buch dann gelesen und sehr säuerlich zurückgab, fühlte ich mich verpflichtet, es auch zu lesen, auch wenn mir leider schon nach wenigen Sätzen klar war, dass das nicht einfach werden würde... Was sollen all diese Beschreibungen der Teesorten, des Essens, der ach so wundervollen Einrichtung? Über ersteres hätte ich vielleicht noc ...more
3 1/2 stars would be more accurate.

Once the mystery gets going, I really started to enjoy the story. The in between stuff can be a bit dull. I love the stuff about the tea and Charleston, but I feel that the author goes into so much detail just to prove that she knows all about tea and Charleston. Too easy to figure out the murderer.

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Jerry Landry
Apr 06, 2012 Jerry Landry rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Childs’s Gunpowder Green was a delightful read, the second in the Tea Shop Mystery series. As with the first book, Theo has her friends and coworkers Drayton and Haley to help her investigate the sudden death of a well-to-do Charlestonian that occurred before their very eyes. It’s a rather typical mystery novel plot and is done well, but what draws me to the series is the setting and characters that Childs crafts. It makes me want to walk into the Indigo Tea Shop and have a cup of whatever new b ...more
Much better paced and written than the first novel in the series. The writing is crispier, the characters are more three dimensional. Childs shows more tells less.

Theo finds herself investigating the "accidental" death of one's of Charleston's rich and famous man. The poor man died over one's of Theo catering table cloth. Childs also found a way to bring alive Charleston's historical district without falling into the book/guide travel trap.

Interesting mystery and interesting characters will ke
May 25, 2009 Wanda rated it really liked it
The second in the series of Tea Shop mysteries. Theodosia Browning is the tea shop owner and amateur sleuth. A really good "cozy" mystery. The descriptions of Charleston SC are wonderfully expressive and you can almost feel the breezes and see the dogwood blossoms opening. The characters are well developed and quite an array of them. A quick and satisfactory read. However, you will come away with an intense desire for a good cup of tea! I am looking forward to reading the entire series.
May 01, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
So-so. I read the first book in this series years ago. Now I understand why I wasn't anxious to get back to the series. It is not a bad book, just not one that made me want to keep reading. If you liked #1, you'll probably like this one. This series is just not my cup of tea (pun only secondarily intended.)
Joy Gerbode
Mar 06, 2011 Joy Gerbode rated it liked it
Enjoyed the reading, but the mystery was kind of difficult to follow. It seemed that all of a sudden it was solved, and I'm still not sure I got the solution. Enjoyable characters, lots to learn about tea, and some great recipes, which are delightful!
Nov 17, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
In Laura Childs' Gunpowder Green, the second installment in the Tea Shop Cozy Mystery series, she brewed an interesting and sordid mystery from the ground up. It all started, when Theodosia Browning attended the annual Charleston yacht race to share her newest tea flavor from her shop. But it kicked off with a bang, when Oliver Dixon was shot in close proximity of his young bride. As a witness to hear the argument before it happened and then saw it from her own eyes, she became intrigued on why ...more
Amy Jones
Jan 13, 2017 Amy Jones rated it it was ok
Light, easy mystery -- the best part is the charming setting. Plot and intrigue tend to be a little weak, but overall a fun series.
Cindy Green
Mar 17, 2017 Cindy Green rated it it was amazing
Cosy mystery set in Charleston, S.C. which is a favorite city.
Feb 10, 2017 Kurt rated it liked it
Cute story, but I wonder how many people can make a loving with a tea shop. Cute characters. Everything turns out okay in the end. An easy, if silly, read.
Feb 28, 2017 Janice rated it it was amazing
A nice cozy mystery when you just need a light read. One thing I enjoy about these books are the cast of characters, and of course learning about all the different teas love that.
Jen Brown
Dec 30, 2016 Jen Brown rated it it was amazing
I love love love this book!!!
Feb 24, 2017 Mimi rated it it was ok
A sweet, pleasant read (although since it is a cozy mystery, someone does die along the way.) The tea shop always sounds fun to visit.
Jan 02, 2017 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating, with two mysteries going on at the same time. Theodosia has got her work cut out for her if she's going to catch the killer and expose the others this time, because there are just so many darn suspects! Stop acting suspicious people, Theo is on to you!

As always, the host of secondary characters rally around Theo as she investigates, each adding their own new dimension to things. She has the help and ear of Detective Tidwell, and thus a whole new range of information. It a
Clara  Baker Baldwin
Sep 27, 2016 Clara Baker Baldwin rated it liked it
Loved all the Charleston history and talk. Next time I go, I want to have tea in a shop like hers. I like how the author stops and gives background info.
Sep 24, 2016 Marla rated it it was ok
it was ok but not as good as death by darjeeling
Feb 10, 2014 C. rated it it was ok
The information in “Gunpowder Green” is good and Theodosia is rounded out as a person with a pet, family, and past. However the pace was exceedingly slow and mystery portions underwhelming, until two chapters from the end. They burst into revelation, slapped down completely unrelated sidelines, then the book closed; with no chance for the long-endured climax to simmer. This was a shop-running journal instead of tea-themed mysteries! Nothing relieved stagnation. When Theodosia is home, she prepar ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Wendy rated it liked it
Theodosia Browning's life has calmed down since almost being killed a few months ago. Bethany has moved on but Drayton and Haley are still working for her at the Indigo Tea Shop and she has hired Miss Dimple to do her books a couple of days a week. They are planning several different types of tea parties including a Mystery Tea Party to increase business.

This murder takes place at White Point Gardens at the tip of Charleston's historic peninsula during the Isle of Palms Yacht Race. Oliver Dixon,
J. Else
Feb 20, 2016 J. Else rated it really liked it
The Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston’s favorite spot of tea, has just come out with its latest flavor: Gunpowder Green. During its unveiling at the annual yacht race, an antique gun meant to end the race explodes and kills one of Charleston’s elite. Theodosia has a hunch that his demise was no accident—and will go out of her way to prove it.

In the second installment of the "Tea Shop Mystery" cozy series, Theodosia and her tea shop employees become wrapped up in the mysterious death of a prominent Cha
Jan 18, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 2nd book in the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs. The Isle of Palms Yacht race is taking place. People are watching the race from White Point Gardens. An angry Ford Cantrell and Oliver Dixon are seen arguing during the boat race. The Cantrell and Dixon families have an old feud that dates back quite some time. Just as the boats are ready to cross the finish line, Oliver Dixon fires the gun. The gun explodes killing Oliver Dixon in front of all the people watching the boat race ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
Recommended to Kathy by: Elizabeth Laumas
This is not the mystery of the smoking gun. It is the mystery of the exploding gun. When the signal pistol explodes at a yacht race, Theodosia is right in the middle of the fray. She watches as the man's lifeless body falls to the ground, brushing against one of her very own tablecloths as he goes. While most believe it to be nothing more than a tragic accident, Theo isn't so sure and can't resist the urge to involve herself, and her friends, in the investigation. Will Theo find the killer, or w ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Sensitivemuse rated it liked it
So this is book two of the Tea Shop Mystery series (Cozy Mysteries). I’m liking this! It’s quaint, it’s light with the same characters you’ve got to know and become attached to in the first one. What the reader will love besides a nice lighthearted mystery, is the nice descriptive setting of Charleston. Also, if you’re a tea lover, you’ll enjoy the various descriptions of teas. One particular part that stood out for me was the “mystery tea” event. This scene stood out because the atmosphere and ...more
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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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