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Agony of the Leaves by Laura Childs
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May 15, 12

bookshelves: mysteries-and-thrillers
Recommended to Kathy by: library new book shelf
Recommended for: Cozy mystery lovers, readers of the rest of the books in the series
Read from May 11 to 15, 2012, read count: 1

The latest book int he Indigo Tea Shop series is by far the best yet. Our favorite tea shop owner and amateur sleuth is embroiled in her most personal mystery yet. While catering the grand opening of the Neptune Aquarium, Theo witnesses the death of her ex-boyfriend, Parker Scully. At first, it seems that the death may be nothing more than an accident, but things simply don't add up for Theo. As evidence is gathered and details of Parker's death begin to unfold, it becomes evident that Parker's death was no accident but a brutal murder, a murder Theo herself witnessed. Theo, wrapped in guilt and grief takes on the responsibility for solving Parker's murder and finding justice for her friend and former boyfriend. A slew of possible suspects and a confusing web of business deals, missing files, and proposed partnerships make the task even more difficult. Still, Theo is bound and determined to bring Parker's killer to justice, but will she be able to do so before she or someone else she loves becomes the next victim?

In this newest book of the series, Ms. Child's has steeped her story and her characters in emotion. With this, the story is much more fulfilling and much less scattered than some of the previous books in the series. At times, the side plot of supporting sustainable seafood seems a bit preachy, but it helps to keep in mind that it is for a great cause that many do not think about enough. The only other criticism I have for this book is that there is almost no evidence presented against the actual killer until the very end of the book. I was still able to pinpoint the killer early on, but most will be left feeling as if they were blindsided by a killer that seems to have appeared from left field. I think this may partially be excused by the idea that Theodosia is so emotionally swept up in Parker's murder that she doesn't even see what is right in front of her, she doesn't see the forest for the trees so to speak. Despite this, I feel that this is still a very good work and the best in the series. Those who love the Indigo Tea Shop crew will definitely love this book.
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