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Blood Orange Brewing (A Tea Shop Mystery #7)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  2,423 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."*

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.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Berkley Hardcover
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Clare O'Beara
Jun 02, 2015 Clare O'Beara rated it liked it
Shelves: america-crime
The first half of the book is all about tea parties, dainty food, pretty settings and buying linen. A gentleman of means who was a war re-enactor is stabbed by an unknown assailant, and Thea who runs the tea-shop investigates a slightly spooky house where it occurred.

Apart from some poking around in a few directions, there is no more drama until the last few chapters, which are a direct copy of Zero At The Bone by Mary Willis Walker; only the original is far better and more convincing. I got th
Susan Ferguson
Apr 17, 2012 Susan Ferguson rated it really liked it
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
Judee. Fong.
Apr 20, 2014 Judee. Fong. rated it it was amazing
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
Dharia Scarab
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Feb 05, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2016 Guera25 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For reasons known only to my dogged subconscious, I keep reading these monuments to idiocy. Theodosia is a smug, condescending, self-righteous prig with a vast overestimation of her own importance and her skills as a recreational snoop, Delaine Dish exists only to make the other characters look fabulous by comparison, and the "mystery" and its resolution are so half-arsed they bear the distinct whiff of being farted out after Childs has finished watching the latest episode of A Current Affair. T ...more
May 15, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: tea-shop-cozy
I'm getting slightly annoyed with Theo. She has this attitude that she's the only one who can solve the crimes, and she does things like talk to suspects and contaminate crime scenes. She deserves to get shot and beat up for taking these stupid risks. If I were Tidwell, I'd put her in jail for obstruction.
Jun 01, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: bingo
Another fun tea shop adventure. This story twisted and turned and then the layers peeled back to reveal something totally different. I don't drink tea but I do like the descriptions and the teas that are put on at the Indigo Tea Shop always sound so fun!
Jan 08, 2017 Kirsti rated it liked it
I'm kind of feeling a little bogged down by the same story line approach this series is taking. Theodosia and crew are catering an exciting new event, someone illustrious and/or important to the town is murdered in front of a crowd, and then Theo and crew commence solving the mystery. How can so many people get murdered at Tea Parties? Most of the other cozy series I read the murder changes, or the location. Is this series written into a corner?

I also really didn't like the ending to this one, b
Mar 19, 2017 Denise rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable tea shop read. The ending is happy AND sad, but this book was more interesting than the last one. On to the next!
Oct 10, 2016 Dora rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Delaney Dish has persuaded Theo to provide refreshments for a fund raiser to restore a historic home that has been donated to the Heritage Society. Timothy Neville's quartet provided the concert entertainment. When she opens the doors to the refreshments, she is startled as a local politico staggers out with a dirk stuck in his neck and blood spurting from the wound. It is a difficult case with everyone present being a suspect.

I still enjoy these cozy mysteries. I love the characters. This book
Apr 06, 2010 Audrey rated it liked it
Shelves: culinary
"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
Jul 15, 2013 Arlene Hayman rated it liked it
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
Jul 13, 2014 Lacrecia rated it really liked it
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
Angela Holland
Dec 07, 2016 Angela Holland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This addition of the tea shop mysteries was a little more heart wrenching for me. It involves animals and that always touches a soft spot with me. In this story Delaine was not near as annoying to me. I think it is because she was busy and people were actually putting her in her place this time. She did have a big part in this book. Haley was still a person I could not like. She is rude and immature with the things she says and does. I am so glad that we got to see more of Parker in this one and ...more
Jul 06, 2008 Patty rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2010 Karen marked it as kd-only
Shelves: 01-kd-gave-up
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
The Hobbit
Tea Shop Mystery Book 7. A fund raiser to restore an old Victorian mansion ends in the murder of an admired community leader. Unfortunately, Duke Wilkes obviously was hated by at least one person for his whistle-blowing whenever he encountered community wrongs. When a second murder is committed, Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop In Charleston, SC, and amateur sleuth, is convinced the two crimes are related. Following the kidnapping o her dog, Earl Grey, she finds that connection b ...more
Bonnijean Marley
May 15, 2016 Bonnijean Marley rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is a pleasant mystery. If you have enjoyed other books in the series, then you should enjoy this one.

I found the mystery elements disappointing. Perhaps the explanations for how the murderer escaped and Earl Grey is abducted were cut in editing or maybe the author thought those were obvious, but I found no explanation to be frustrating.

Other parts were a little hard to believe. For example, if one is driving at highway speed and swerves to miss an animal, by the time one stops and jogs back
Dec 27, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Dec 21, 2012 Elizabeth rated it did not like 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!

Jan 25, 2014 Dallass rated it liked it
This is the 7th book in the series, and although I do enjoy the series, I do find some of the characters are getting a little annoying.

Theo, learn how to say NO!. Seriously, I think we will be reading book 30 and she will still not be able to turn down an invitation to snoop around.

Delaine. What more can I say? She's a forward, pushy individual, who is quite self centered, yet is a pushover for animals.

Yet, although I find some aspects a trifle tedious, the story itself was interesting, with th
Feb 07, 2016 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I have enjoyed this series, the characters of Theo, Drayton and Haley, and all the tea information, Charleston scenery and the quaint tea shop, this book was very sub par and just seemed stupid. Suspects all over the place with no rhyme or reason, and the actual "problem" didn't come up until close to the end. Theodosia was no more a detective than anyone reading a newspaper and talking gossip at the water cooler. To wade through the nonsense in this book was not worth it. Very unfortunate ...more
Dec 27, 2007 Maggie rated it liked it
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
Oct 22, 2014 Pat rated it liked it
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
Jun 06, 2010 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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.
At one point
Nov 08, 2015 Kenla rated it it was amazing
Really liked this outing of the series. The tea shop is a fun, mental escape from the mundane. Theo and the gang solve these mysteries with the help of Detective Burt Tidwell, who is well-created. It has been a while since I finished the book, but I remember thinking that author Childs captures Delaine Dish's quirks splendidly in this book. Yes, I definitely recommend. The whole point of a cozy mystery is to enjoy the reading experience without the nerve-shattering suspense that wards off a good ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
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.
May 04, 2010 Janis rated it really liked it
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
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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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