Laura Childs



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 screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston a

Average rating: 3.84 · 90,189 ratings · 8,788 reviews · 59 distinct worksSimilar authors
Death by Darjeeling (A Tea ...

3.73 avg rating — 9,440 ratings — published 2001 — 10 editions
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Gunpowder Green (A Tea Shop...

3.86 avg rating — 4,477 ratings — published 2002 — 11 editions
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Shades of Earl Grey (A Tea ...

3.91 avg rating — 4,072 ratings — published 2003 — 10 editions
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The Jasmine Moon Murder (A ...

3.96 avg rating — 3,558 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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Ming Tea Murder (Tea Shop M...

3.81 avg rating — 1,917 ratings — published 2015 — 5 editions
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Steeped in Evil (A Tea Shop...

3.83 avg rating — 2,026 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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The English Breakfast Murde...

3.91 avg rating — 3,070 ratings — published 2003 — 3 editions
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Eggs in Purgatory (Cacklebe...

3.76 avg rating — 3,052 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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Devonshire Scream (A Tea Sh...

3.89 avg rating — 1,837 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
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Blood Orange Brewing (A Tea...

3.93 avg rating — 2,957 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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More books by Laura Childs…
Death by Darjeeling Gunpowder Green Shades of Earl Grey The English Breakfast Murder The Jasmine Moon Murder Chamomile Mourning Blood Orange Brewing
(21 books)
3.86 avg rating — 58,915 ratings

Keepsake Crimes Photo Finished Bound for Murder Motif for Murder Frill Kill Death Swatch Tragic Magic
(16 books)
3.81 avg rating — 19,870 ratings

Eggs in Purgatory Eggs Benedict Arnold Bedeviled Eggs Stake & Eggs Eggs in a Casket Scorched Eggs Egg Drop Dead
(8 books)
3.82 avg rating — 10,870 ratings

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“Always remember," said Petra, "a friend is someone who understands your past, believes in you future, and accepts you just the way you are."...

And a friend stands by you, Suzanne thought to herself,...No matter what it cost her.”
Laura Childs, Eggs in a Casket

“I didn’t tell you because you’re my girlfriend, not the police commissioner. And because it really isn’t any of your business.”
Carmela was taken aback for a moment. By his abruptness and his choice of words. “Your girlfriend? Is that what I am?”
“I guess so,” said Babcock. He let loose a warm, throaty chuckle, then added, “Face it, we weren’t exactly playing tiddlywinks last night.”
“Well, no,” said Carmela. “But girlfriend just sounds so formal.”
Friend?” suggested Babcock.
“No, no,” said Carmela. “I really do prefer the former.”
Laura Childs, Tragic Magic


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