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Dragonwell Dead (A Tea Shop Mystery #8)

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It's springtime in Charleston and just about every species of South Carolina's flora is in full and glorious bloom at the Spring Plantation Ramble. Once a year, the upper crust open their sprawling gardens to the public, the site of flower shows, rare plant auctions, and a contagious spring fever. Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 2007)
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Patrizia
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery-tea
4 stelle e mezza
Altra bella addizione a questa serie. Mi devo essere persa qualche indizio perché stavolta non ho proprio capito chi fosse il colpevole... Anche perché sono stata attratta da tutte le notizie relative al tè e ai gustosi sandwiches e dolcetti che sono serviti con esso. Io stessa mi sono fatta due belle tazze di tè fumante che ho sorseggiato mentre leggevo questo libro! E mi è venuta una voglia matta di provare, almeno una volta nella mia vita, un afternoon tea o, comunque, di entr
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Linda
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bingo, challenge
I enjoyed this outing with Theo and the gang. I'm not a tea drinker but don't mind the tea talk and especially always love hearing about what Haley is serving in the tea shop that day. The lemon jumbles she was making sounded so good I had to go peek in the back to see if the recipe was there (it was!). The mystery was good and while I didn't figure it out ahead of time I could tell when they were suspecting the wrong person.
Kimberly
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Book 8 in the Tea Shop Mysteries. Theodosia is a successful entrepreneur who runs a tea shop in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The theme for this book is orchids. The Indigo Tea Shop is catering a Spring event where society members are showing off and auctioning on prized orchids. Things are going smoothly until Theo's friend, Mark Congdon, suffers what appears to be a heart attack. Mark's widow, Angie, suspects her husband was poisioned, so Theo and the gang set out to unravel the myster ...more
Angela Holland
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Another edition of the Tea Shop Mysteries by one of my favorite authors. I love each visit I can make to the tea shop with Theo and Drayton. Again I do not care for Haley. There was a new character in this book that I did like and hope to see more of - the intern Charlie. I really like how Parker and Theo get to work events together and that we see them interacting together. Delanie continued to annoy me with her antics. There were two people - one more so than the other that I had pegged for th ...more
Cherry
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
The usual easy reading. The characters in this series seem like caricatures. There's Delaine, proprietor of a clothing shop (no doubt a classy boutique) who flounces around melodramatically, coercing everyone else into doing her bidding. There's Drayton, who likes very tailored clothes, antiques of a certain calibre and flouncing around the teashop melodramatically, and being far ruder than I would expect from any adult, let alone the distinguished type Drayton is meant to be, if someone else is ...more
Maggie
Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: mystery-series
I got this off the new book shelf at the library and enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. While a bit of a light read, it was very entertaining. I've already got her other books in this sereis on hold.
Karen Roderick
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Laura Childs has great descriptive talent to allow you to visualize settings. You can pratically taste and smell the foods at the tea shop. I was surprised as to who the murderer was. Really enjoyed the part where they went searching for the orchids in the swamp.
Melanie
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I don't think I'll read more of this series. It's just too dry for me.
Judine Brey
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
From the beginning, I knew Theo's list of "suspects" weren't correct because they were all too obvious. While I appreciated several of the twists (especially surrounding the maze hedge), it sometimes felt like it took too long to get there. I liked that Mark, the murder victim, was a character we met in earlier books rather than someone who was just introduced to us because it made the stakes feel higher. I'm not sure how I feel about the cameo by Jory's cousin; unless it's a harbinger of Jory's ...more
Denise
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one! Child’s tea mysteries are always different and full of info about tea, food & Charleston. Her characters are interesting & varied. I read her books when I need a break from the “real world”.
Susan
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Bit undecided about this - first one I have read. Picked up in a charity shop. It seems like an easy ready - bit like the Joanne Fluke books. But I just didn't 'gel' with the characters. I didn't really feel it flowed very well. I bought three at the time so will give one of the others ago.
Lesa
Jan 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Category -- proprietor mystery
I don't think I'll try any more from this series if this is representative.
Janet Cline
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
another quick read tea shop mystery.still more info on tea!
Stephen Lawton
Formulaic, delightful, predictable, delicious!
Diane
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
#8 (A Tea Shop Mystery series) who killed Mark Congdon
Susy Skidmore
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an okay read. It seemed like it took forever to finally solve the mystery. It was more about the fictional characters lives in upper crust Charleston society.
Constance Maloney
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The tea lore and recipes are a fun touch in this cozy mystery series.
Linda
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good cozy mystery.
Stef
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I started to read these books as a way to get acquainted with Charleston. Now I find myself craving tea and scones all the time! Fun quick reads... but I want that Delaine character to GO!
Guera25
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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Suzanne
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Vivian
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful, light tea shop mystery by Ms. Childs. It's always interesting to see how Theodosia gets hooked into "investigating" happenings (usually murder) around Charleston SC. Of course Indigo Tea Shop, is always front and center as a hangout for friends and tourists. Drayton, her master tea blender, and Haley, the chef and baker, are usually her willing -- and sometimes unwilling -- accomplices. This does not detract from the action taking place.
In this story we are introduced to Mar
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Diane
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 8th Book in the Tea Shop Mystery Series by Laura Childs. Drayton and Theodosia attend the annual Spring Plantation Ramble that is taking place at the Carthage Place plantation owned by Miss Maybelle Chase. Many of the plantations open their gardens and grounds for the public viewing. Delaine Dish, Vice President of the Broad Street Garden Club is working the refreshment booth dispensing tea with botanicals. They all there to attend the auction of rare flowers, mainly Orchids. Drayton ...more
Kristin
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Once again we return to the world of Theodosia Browning and her Indigo Tea Shop, located in the historic district in Charleston, SC. Theo and her merry band of friends: Drayton, master tea mixer extraordinaire; Hayley, tea shop chef and business student; Delaine Dish, social lite and others are the beverage caterers at a Historic Society function at one of the old plantations in the area, when a friend suddenly falls dead of a heart attack. Theo, never one to let dead people lie, asks some discr ...more
Barbara
Nov 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I'm really enjoying the Tea Shop Mysteries. Theodosia just can't seen to stop getting involved and investigating murders. As some one says in the book, she seems to attract trouble. The colorful cast of characters has grown on me and I look forward to learning more about them as I continue the series.

There is less emphasis on tea, which I was originally surprised to learn was much more complicated than I ever would have expected, when I read the first book. I really was a bit distracted by disc
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A Holland Reads
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another edition of the Tea Shop Mysteries by one of my favorite authors. I love each visit I can make to the tea shop with Theo and Drayton. Again I do not care for Haley. There was a new character in this book that I did like and hope to see more of - the intern Charlie. I really like how Parker and Theo get to work events together and that we see them interacting together. Delanie continued to annoy me with her antics. There were two people - one more so than the other that I had pegged for th ...more
Kathy
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery lovers
Recommended to Kathy by: Elizabeth Laumas
Theodosia Browning and her friends are enjoying a day at a local plantation, walking through the gardens and attending a rare flower auction. Suddenly, the beauty of the day is marred by tragedy. Mark Congdon, friend of the entire Indigo Tea Shop gang and proprietor of a local B & B, suddenly collapses and dies, right in front of the tea table. What appeared at the time to be a sudden heart attack or stroke turn out to be a poisoning. Angie, Mark's wife, is understandably distraught, and The ...more
Dharia Scarab
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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Dora
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rare orchids and murder

Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, and her staff are catering the refreshments for the Carthage House garden tour when one of their friends drops dead from what at first appears to be a heart attack.

Mark, the deceased man, and his wife, Angie own the Featherbed B & B. Shortly after his death there is a fire at the B&B and the fire inspector wants to pin both the fire and murder on Angie. Theo is incensed. There are many suspects to choose from for th
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Maggie
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Book No. 9 of the Tea Shop Mystery series. I enjoyed this one and look forward to the next.

Theodosia Browning puts her sleuthing skills to use again. Each Spring, Charleston's upper crust opens their sprawling gardens to the public for the Spring Plantation Ramble, an occasion for flower shows, rare-plant auctions, and contagious spring fever. Although Theo barely knows a Phalaenopsis from a bog rose, she still enjoys the Ramble, especially since she can promote her Indigo Tea Shop and her late
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