Laura Childs


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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 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
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Death by Darjeeling (A Tea ...

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Gunpowder Green (A Tea Shop...

3.86 avg rating — 4,783 ratings — published 2002 — 12 editions
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Shades of Earl Grey (A Tea ...

3.92 avg rating — 4,315 ratings — published 2003 — 13 editions
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The Jasmine Moon Murder (A ...

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3.90 avg rating — 3,241 ratings — published 2003 — 3 editions
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3.76 avg rating — 3,247 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Blood Orange Brewing (A Tea...

3.93 avg rating — 3,098 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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Chamomile Mourning (A Tea S...

3.93 avg rating — 3,008 ratings — published 2005 — 4 editions
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Dragonwell Dead (A Tea Shop...

3.96 avg rating — 2,872 ratings — published 2007 — 11 editions
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Keepsake Crimes (A Scrapboo...

3.68 avg rating — 2,926 ratings — published 2003 — 8 editions
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Death by Darjeeling Gunpowder Green Shades of Earl Grey The English Breakfast Murder The Jasmine Moon Murder Chamomile Mourning Blood Orange Brewing
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“YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE WORST TO GET TO THE BEST”
Laura Childs

“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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2020 Series Read-Along

I placed all of the suggestions into a randomizer and have listed the top five series. Please vote on a series you would like for the group to read this year.

Denise Swanson Scumble River series
 
  10 votes, 35.7%

Laura Childs Tea Shop series
 
  7 votes, 25.0%

Victoria Laurie Abby Cooper series
 
  5 votes, 17.9%

Joanne Fluke Hannah Swensen series
 
  3 votes, 10.7%

Susan Wittig Albert China Bayles series
 
  3 votes, 10.7%

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