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The Teaberry Strangler (A Tea Shop Mystery #11)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,304 ratings  ·  125 reviews
The bestselling author of Oolong Dead serves up an Old-World treat, spiced with a Sherlock Holmes-style murder mystery.

It was the Dickensian evening Theodosia Browning had been hoping for. Charleston shop-owners dressed in cloaks of yore threw open their back doors to visitors, who took advantage of bargains and Theodosia's delicious teas.

But later, the alleys clear ex
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Hardcover, 303 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published March 1st 2010)
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Suzanne
I've been reading the Laura Childs Tea Shop Mysteries since she began writing them more than 10 years ago, and while this remains one of my favorite series, I got the feeling with this book that Laura Childs is starting to get bored of Theodosia and her friends in Charleston. The first chapter, the plot becomes a bit thin when Theodosia, walking in a dark alley at night witnesses a murder, and it all seems a bit surreal and not completely believable. The dialog between Drayton and Haley this tim ...more
Julie P
Having read several of Laura Childs' Tea Shop mysteries, I was familiar with the main characters, and their relationship with one another. It has been a while, however, since I've read one, so it was as if I were reading this book on its own, minus the rest of the series. Certain events have taken place in previous books that were alluded to, and impacted the plot of this book, but there's enough information that you don't necessarily need to go back if you don't want to. As for me, I probably w ...more
Oddmonster
"Do you know anything about the language of roses?"

"What do you mean?" asked Theodosia.

"During the Victorian era," said Drayton, "the use of rose symbolism was extremely popular. It became a subtle form of communication."

"Like text messaging today," said Theodosia.

"Not exactly," said Drayton.


Synopsis: The indefatigable Theodosia Browning continues to run her merry crew of teashop irregulars and solve murders all over Charleston's historic shopping district. This time it's Daria, owner of an anti
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Mason
Award-winning author Laura Childs brings tea shop owner Theodosia Browning back for another exciting adventure in “The Teaberry Strangler.”

This is the 11th installment in the Tea Shop Mystery series. Don’t let that scare you from reading it as it is a stand alone book and can be read with having read the previous books. However, once you get started, you’ll want to read every book in the series.

Theo organizes a “back-ally crawl” where the shop owners dress in historic costumes and open their bac
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Georgette
The third in my Tea Shop Mystery(#11)binge The Teaberry Strangler really gets things bubbling along when it comes to changes of direction in one of my favorite subplots as they relate to Theodosia's love life..or do they. This adventure starts off with the tragic demise of Theo's friend and map store owner Daria. Is there a connection to someone's craving to own her shop in this desirable location in Charleston, is it one person, two or more, or is there something more sinister afoot? What reall ...more
Patti
It was nice to spend time in Charleston and visit the Indigo Tea Shop. This continues to be a good series, one you can count on for good company.

One quibble: the author used exclamation points during a tense scene near the end of the book, and I felt like I was back reading Nancy Drew mysteries with their end-of-chapter cliffhangers.
Pat
It was the Dickensian evening Theodosia Browning had been hoping for. Charleston shop-owners dressed in cloaks of yore threw open their back doors to visitors, who took advantage of bargains and Theodosia's delicious teas.

But later, the alleys clear except for one body- which a horrified Theodosia discovers. It's Daria, the map store's owner. Locals have shown interest in buying her shop-but enough to kill? Plus there's been a customer hell-bent on acquiring a not-forsale map. Most alarming of a
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Sue
Another solid entry in the series although the mystery element in this one is a little weak as Theo doesn't actually solve it. Theodosia witnesses a friend's murder but can't identify the killer and soon becomes the victim of attempts on her own life. Her associates, Drayton and Haley, help her out as usual while running the Indigo Tea Shop and catering events. A new character brushes in as a state archeologist digging up the yard of her hopefully new home. And I must complain again about boyfri ...more
Nola Arganbright
This is my eleventh Tea Shop read. Theodosia is out to settle another murder. She the only witness to the crime and the family have asked her to find the perpetrator. I love to read about all of the parties Haley and Drayton plan and the menus are so appetizing. I want to try many of them.
There is quite a bit of action and many suspects for the murder including Jory's ex girlfriend who hates Theo. We visit many of the long time shops of Church street always learn a little more of Charleston's h
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Fred
What a joy it is to spend time visiting the Indigo Tea Shop and it's owner Theodosia Browning and her staff. If this were a real place I would love to work there. Drayton is the master tea blender with a wonderful sense of humor, Haley the innovative chef and partimer Miss Dimple.

The historic area of Charleston wrapping up a Back alley crawl one evening and Theois on her way to take some tea and scones to the lady who runs a map shop. As Theo approaches she witnesses the shop owner being strangl
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Cornerofmadness
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Kathy
Apr 16, 2012 Kathy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery lovers
Recommended to Kathy by: Elizabeth Laumas
The back-alley crawl along Church Street had seemed like a good idea when Theodosia Browning and the other shop owners agreed to it. Theo even had to admit that it had seemed to be a great success, at least for the Indigo Tea Shop. Things change quickly, though, when Theo decides to take some much needed sustenance down to her friend Daria Shand at the Antiquarian Map Shop. Unfortunately, instead of provided her friend with food and drink, Theo witnesses Daria's murder instead. Theo is the only ...more
Kristin
This is book #11 in the Tea Shop Mysteries. These are my 'brain candy' books - a fast, usually entertaining read. What I enjoy about these books are the setting in the historic district of Charleston (which I have visited), some of the tidbits of history and the tea trivia.

What I am becoming annoyed with is the unrealistic daily operations of the Tea Shop itself seriously, the amount and type of food coming out of "that tiny kitchen" is just not realistic or plausible for just one chef in addit
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Kristi
3.5 stars
My first thought about The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Childs is that it was exactly what I expected. Now, some may see that as a negative. For me, it is the same comfort of digging into your favorite pint of Ben & Jerry’s. You get what you are seeking.

I found The Teaberry Strangler to provide me with a nice murder mystery sans too much gore with plenty of suspects with plenty of possible motives. I got to visit once again with Theo and her gang of employees and business neighbors w
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Bridget
This is only the second or third book in this series that I've read, and I haven't even thought to read them in order, so there may be background in the stories that I'm not aware of. But this was an enjoyable read, and just the sort of thing I was in the mood to read at the time, so I consider it a win-win situation.

In this installment, Theodosia Browning is heading home one evening after the Back Alley Crawl, an event that was her suggestion, giving visitors and residents of Charleston, South
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Larisha
11th book in the series...Unfortunately, I think this is one of the weaker books in the series. The wonderful descriptions of Charleston (and its society gatherings) are included but the mystery itself is insubstantial.

The murder takes place, Theodosia (our main character) lines up a cast of suspects with flimsy motives and then the reader is left hanging since there are no clues as to who actually did it. The murderer is revealed in the final pages and it is totally "sprung" on the reader sinc
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Kathleen Franklin
Wow did she phone this one in. I can only assume she wasn't inspired and had a deadline.

This author is always fond of long descriptions, especially of Charleston and social events. However

SPOILER ALERT

Theo never solves this puzzle. She spends 280 pages wandering around town and various events mulling over who it might be. Never really talks to anyone, never finds a clue. She's still on a COLD trial when the killer suddenly attacks her at page 280. The Tidwell (who had solved it) comes to arrest
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Clare O'Beara
This is number eleven in a mystery series. Theodosia runs a tea and cakes shop in Charleston, giving it a southern flavour.
I liked some of the early books such as Death by Darjeeling and Shades of Earl Grey, but we might wonder why this lady is such a murder magnet.

Daria who owns the nearby map store is found strangled in the alley and possibly, someone mistook her for Thea. Alternatively the map store had been receiving attention from a potential buyer - and Daria had refused to sell. In tough
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Amy
Not bad as cozy culinary mysteries go, but there were a few things that left me a little cold. First, it was tough to get my sympathies rolling for the main characters because the murder jumped right in at the get-go with little foreplay. I didn't have time to get to just know the characters at all, so that was a mite off-putting. Second, I didn't feel like I really got many good clues to follow. The ending was a surprise to me because I'd barely met the murder and there were just too many red h ...more
Marian
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Beth Peninger
I love a good mystery. My love affair with them began with Nancy Drew, continued with the find of Agatha Christie, and really ramped up with Mary Higgins Clark. Since I have read almost all of the mentioned I have been searching for some new (to me at the very least) authors who can do a murder mystery decent. Laura Childs intrigues me because she has a whole series based around another love of mine...tea! This particular one is set in the "middle" of her series and generally my Type A self can' ...more
Andrea
I'm on a Tea Shop mystery kick at the moment. Number 11 here, Teaberry Strangler was much more fun than #12 (I read them out of order...sorry.) Just found it more fun and the interactions among the characters was more delightful. I seriously wish I was not on a diet as those butterscotch scones sound lovely, but I would eat the whole batch.

I figured out the mystery 2/3rds through it. Theo should listen to Tidwell sometimes.

The mystery and the series don't try to be great literature. They are jus
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Hollidae
2 1/2 stars actually. 1st off let me say that I don't really read this series for the mystery part, the mystery has never been that good. Child's characters are another story. I love them. But what the heck happened to Theo in this title. She's just not herself. Case in point - Delaine. Yes Delaine is pesky, but in all the other titles Theo treated her as a friend and with compassion. All of the sudden in this book, with no explanation, Theo is horrible towards her. And the murder victim was sup ...more
Janis
Shopkeepers along Church Street in historic Charleston, South Carolina have created a back-alley crawl as a new marketing event. The shopkeepers dressed in historic costumes and invited customers in through the back doors of their shops for tea, cookies, crab chowder and special prices. Theodosia's shop, the Indigo Tea Shop had provided tea and refreshments for the event. Theodosia is horrified to witness the murder of the map store owner after the event. The police think that Theodosia may have ...more
Michelle
This is the 11th in the Tea Shop cozy mystery series. Theo is excited to be a part of a streetwide evening open house. However, she makes a grizzly discovery as she sees a woman being attacked in the alley. She finds that it is her friend, Daria, owner of the map shop. Daria has been murdered, and Theo is on the case. Was it the new neighbors, so interested in expanding the space for their perfume business, Daria's employee with a criminal past, or someone interested in one of the maps from her ...more
Hilary
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Linda Stephens
I enjoy The Tea Shop series and this book was a good read. It was a cozy read, like sitting in a tea shoppe reading a fun book. I enjoy the characters especially Drayton the tea expert and southern gentlemen. the murder mystery story had too many red herring characters for my taste and not all the side stories were resolved. They may have been left open for future stories but i like my loose ends knotted up a little better. Pleasant, quick read but not my favorite of her tales.
to those who enjo
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Jeanie Harper
What a great story - the usual scenario and the solution is not revealed until the last five pages.

Great sandwiches, scones and teas, too.
Denise
As usual I enjoyed visiting with Theodosia, Drayton, and Haley, and of course Earl Grey. In this mystery I didn't feel as though Theo was actually investigating. It just seemed like she was going about her daily routine and not really going out of her way to dig for clues. So I felt that on that point this wasn't a 5 point mystery. And really we didn't learn much about any of the characters other than the fact that Theo was buying a house. So on that point this wasn't a 5 point fiction. Overall, ...more
Carrie
I am getting so frustrated with this book!

The pacing is so s...l...o...w... I'm halfway through the book and nothing seems to be happening.

But worse, the character of Theodosia is driving me crazy. She is so perfect, never a hair out of place, always saying and doing the right thing. I like protagonists to have flaws, especially in a long series like this, so they can grow and change. We never see that with Theo.

And her tea shop is so perfect, her apartment is so perfect, the cottage she is buyi
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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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