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Dragonwell Dead (A Tea Shop Mystery #8)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,207 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
It's springtime in Charleston and just about every species of South Carolina's flora is in full and glorious bloom at the Spring Plantation Ramble. Once a year, the upper crust open their sprawling gardens to the public, the site of flower shows, rare plant auctions, and a contagious spring fever. Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 2007)
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Jan 21, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Book 8 in the Tea Shop Mysteries. Theodosia is a successful entrepreneur who runs a tea shop in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The theme for this book is orchids. The Indigo Tea Shop is catering a Spring event where society members are showing off and auctioning on prized orchids. Things are going smoothly until Theo's friend, Mark Congdon, suffers what appears to be a heart attack. Mark's widow, Angie, suspects her husband was poisioned, so Theo and the gang set out to unravel the ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Cherry rated it liked it
The usual easy reading. The characters in this series seem like caricatures. There's Delaine, proprietor of a clothing shop (no doubt a classy boutique) who flounces around melodramatically, coercing everyone else into doing her bidding. There's Drayton, who likes very tailored clothes, antiques of a certain calibre and flouncing around the teashop melodramatically, and being far ruder than I would expect from any adult, let alone the distinguished type Drayton is meant to be, if someone else is ...more
Nov 08, 2007 Maggie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: mystery-series
I got this off the new book shelf at the library and enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. While a bit of a light read, it was very entertaining. I've already got her other books in this sereis on hold.
Karen Roderick
Jul 10, 2016 Karen Roderick rated it liked it
Laura Childs has great descriptive talent to allow you to visualize settings. You can pratically taste and smell the foods at the tea shop. I was surprised as to who the murderer was. Really enjoyed the part where they went searching for the orchids in the swamp.
Sep 26, 2011 Melanie rated it it was ok
I don't think I'll read more of this series. It's just too dry for me.
Oct 14, 2016 Dora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rare orchids and murder

Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, and her staff are catering the refreshments for the Carthage House garden tour when one of their friends drops dead from what at first appears to be a heart attack.

Mark, the deceased man, and his wife, Angie own the Featherbed B & B. Shortly after his death there is a fire at the B&B and the fire inspector wants to pin both the fire and murder on Angie. Theo is incensed. There are many suspects to choose from for th
Dec 08, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Learn more about tea while trying to unravel the mystery. Who knew tea for two meant for two pence or tuppence?
Oct 10, 2016 Stef rated it liked it
I started to read these books as a way to get acquainted with Charleston. Now I find myself craving tea and scones all the time! Fun quick reads... but I want that Delaine character to GO!
May 17, 2016 Guera25 rated it liked it
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Nov 20, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it
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Mar 16, 2011 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful, light tea shop mystery by Ms. Childs. It's always interesting to see how Theodosia gets hooked into "investigating" happenings (usually murder) around Charleston SC. Of course Indigo Tea Shop, is always front and center as a hangout for friends and tourists. Drayton, her master tea blender, and Haley, the chef and baker, are usually her willing -- and sometimes unwilling -- accomplices. This does not detract from the action taking place.
In this story we are introduced to Mar
Dec 11, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 8th Book in the Tea Shop Mystery Series by Laura Childs. Drayton and Theodosia attend the annual Spring Plantation Ramble that is taking place at the Carthage Place plantation owned by Miss Maybelle Chase. Many of the plantations open their gardens and grounds for the public viewing. Delaine Dish, Vice President of the Broad Street Garden Club is working the refreshment booth dispensing tea with botanicals. They all there to attend the auction of rare flowers, mainly Orchids. ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Once again we return to the world of Theodosia Browning and her Indigo Tea Shop, located in the historic district in Charleston, SC. Theo and her merry band of friends: Drayton, master tea mixer extraordinaire; Hayley, tea shop chef and business student; Delaine Dish, social lite and others are the beverage caterers at a Historic Society function at one of the old plantations in the area, when a friend suddenly falls dead of a heart attack. Theo, never one to let dead people lie, asks some ...more
Nov 21, 2010 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I'm really enjoying the Tea Shop Mysteries. Theodosia just can't seen to stop getting involved and investigating murders. As some one says in the book, she seems to attract trouble. The colorful cast of characters has grown on me and I look forward to learning more about them as I continue the series.

There is less emphasis on tea, which I was originally surprised to learn was much more complicated than I ever would have expected, when I read the first book. I really was a bit distracted by disc
Feb 26, 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 friends are enjoying a day at a local plantation, walking through the gardens and attending a rare flower auction. Suddenly, the beauty of the day is marred by tragedy. Mark Congdon, friend of the entire Indigo Tea Shop gang and proprietor of a local B & B, suddenly collapses and dies, right in front of the tea table. What appeared at the time to be a sudden heart attack or stroke turn out to be a poisoning. Angie, Mark's wife, is understandably distraught, and ...more
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Aug 20, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it
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Feb 28, 2009 Maggie rated it really liked it
Book No. 9 of the Tea Shop Mystery series. I enjoyed this one and look forward to the next.

Theodosia Browning puts her sleuthing skills to use again. Each Spring, Charleston's upper crust opens their sprawling gardens to the public for the Spring Plantation Ramble, an occasion for flower shows, rare-plant auctions, and contagious spring fever. Although Theo barely knows a Phalaenopsis from a bog rose, she still enjoys the Ramble, especially since she can promote her Indigo Tea Shop and her late
Julia Ibbotson
Sep 21, 2013 Julia Ibbotson rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Mystery of a gentle kind, amidst the warmth of tea making and baking English-style afternoon tea. Theodosia runs a teashop in Charleston, South Carolina, and manages to get herself involved in local murders, of which there appear to be an unseemly amount. Charleston is rather like Midsomer in the UK's TV series Midsomer Murders. For such a small place there are so many murders that surely there can't be anyone left standing. There are also recipes at the end of each book, an ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
Theodosia Browning is the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. She and her staff are serving tea at the Spring Plantation Ramble, a garden party and plant auction. Mark Congdon won a rare Monkey-faced orchid at the plant auction but drops dead right afterwards. Theodosia helps her friend Angie, Mark's widow, look into the death. At first it seems that Mark had a heart attack but it quickly is discovered that he was poisoned. When the bed and breakfast that Mark and Angie owned is burned to the ground, ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Larisha rated it really liked it
Book 8 in the series was again another good read. The one and only thing that bothered me (simply as a fan of the series) about Dragonwell Dead was the lack of interaction with detective Burt Tidwell. I have grown to like Theodosia's constant sparring with Det. Tidwell - and, to me at least, the local sheriff was not nearly as interesting as our good detective would have been. As well - although all of the major players were back for this book (except Tidwell, who made only a minor appearance), ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
I went into reading this book not expecting much because I didn't want to be dissapointed. My friend was reading another book from the series and said she was in love with it, so without wanting to, I had high expectations. I gave this book two stars because I loved the concept and tea, and I rather enjoyed the last line, but I didn't think it was written in a flowing fashion. I couldn't breathe freely from paragraph to paragraph because there was a lot of information that was good to know, but ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Lacrecia rated it it was amazing
This is part of Laura Child's Tea Shop Mystery series. Theodosia Browning, the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, leads a merry chase as she goes sleuthing in Charleston, South Carolina. The book fairly drips with Southern charm and ambience. The other staff members of the tea shop fill out a delightful cast of lead characters and the locals provide some interesting subjects as well.

It's a great read and I look forward to rejoining the Indigo Tea Shop folks soon for another adventure.

If you are into
Nov 18, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
Theodosia and her band of employees are very busy. Planning for a joint Orchid show and Heritage Society "do", running her highly successful Tea Shop and suddenly trying to solve a murder. Theo's friend Angie's husband is killed and that sets Theo on the trail of a murdered.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this mystery and a great scene with Theo and Drayton going canoeing, looking for a rare orchid.

As usual there are plenty of tips for interesting flavors of tea to try and some wonderful
Dawn Michelle

3 1/2 Stars
Read February 23, 2010

Good read!! I am loving this series! And this one had be guessing who the murderer actually was early on, but as I kept reading, I was "lured" away from that person until I totally forgot (until the end) that I had suspected them ALL along!! :-) That is how well she writes these stories!!

Filled to the brim with tea facts, this one also talks about orchids as well. And there was the intro of some interesting new characters that could make the upcoming books even
Aug 26, 2011 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beth, Kerry
Just finished this one today--another twist ending, this story is about orchids-at the beginning a young commodities broker dies suddenly of what everyone thought was a heart attack-but come to find out it was suspicious toxins in the lab report. Before his funeral the B & B that he and his wife own bursts into flames-once again so many suspects and yet another twist ending. I am loving these books more good recipes in the back and even themes for tea parties which would be so much fun if I ...more
Nov 16, 2008 George rated it liked it
#8 in the Theodosia Browning and her friends tea shop mystery. Theo again finds herself investigating a murder to help a friend. As in the previous stories, the plot gets more complicated and Theo finds herself in danger and her life threatened as the story progresses.

I found this story a little flatter than previous one as the Charleston police detective who plays a prominent role in previous stories has almost nothing to do with this one which removed a bit of what I consider an interesting su
Jennifer Gelert
Feb 19, 2014 Jennifer Gelert rated it really liked it
Another great book! A murder happens in the first couple of pages. The question is why and how. Which send Theo and Company all over Charleston to figure out what happened. And true to form, both Theo and Drayton get shot out and Theo gets kidnapped. I love her books. And in the midst of all the drama and intrigue you get a brief break at her tea shoppe. To read the wonderful teas and meals that are served and makes you wish for a moment you could go to them! And as always Laura provides recipes ...more
Oct 22, 2014 Pat rated it liked it
It's springtime in Charleston and just about every species of South Carolina's flora is in full and glorious bloom at the Spring Plantation Ramble. Once a year, the upper crust open their sprawling gardens to the public, the site of flower shows, rare plant auctions, and a contagious spring fever. Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she still enjoys the Ramble, especially since she can pour tea and promote her Indigo Tea Shop-and her latest concoction, ...more
May 11, 2009 Suzanne rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Not sure if it was my mood, or if Laura Childs is writing too much, but this book seemed 'sloppy.' There were a couple of details that were introduced and never followed up on, and there were some clues that were just flat out wrong (i.e. something is handed to someone, but then later, it's still sitting in the original person's car).

That said, I still enjoy this series, just as much for the tea and food descriptions as the mystery. I did get engrossed in the book and didn't pick the right murd
Oct 13, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theodosia gets into trouble again as she investigates a friend's suspicious death at the orchid show. Her lovely tea shop manages to keep going while she investigates with the help of her assistants. They can cater and snoop in equal measure and still have fun tempting us with all those lovely recipes. Her new boyfriend owns a local bistro and helps by loaning her a canoe and acting solicitous when she gets injured. Her boyfriend aren't near as interesting as her co-workers. Another fun romp in ...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.

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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