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Lavender Blue Murder

(A Tea Shop Mystery #21)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Tea-Maven Theodosia Browning brews up trouble in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are guests at a bird hunt styled in the precise manner of an English shooting party. Which means elevenses (sloe gin fizzes), gun loaders, the drawing of pegs, fine looking
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Berkley Books
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Joan Happel
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this 21st installment of Childs Tea Shop mysteries, we once again find Theodosia Browning and her friends caught up in solving another murder. While attending a British themed bird hunt at the Creekmore Plantation, tea shop owner Theodosia and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, hear a gunshot not meant for the birds. They soon discover the body of Reginald Doyle, the owner of the plantation, in a nearby lavender field. When the widow asks them to spend the night, they narrowly escape a ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Laura Childs returns with yet another amazing installment in the Teashop Mystery series. This time, Theodosia and Drayton are invited to a bird hunt that goes wrong. As always, the murder happens quite early on in the book and this is honestly one of my favorite things that about this series. The pacing is always upfront and center, pushing the rest of the plot and intrigue further. I always rave about Childs writing because of this. Despite it being a Cozy Mystery, she definitely does not
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
For me, its a no brainer when a new book from author Laura Childs is released. I get the book. They have become go to reads. So I was excited to finally read LAVENDER BLUE MURDER.

As with the rest of the Tea Shop Mystery series, this was a well written (author Laura Childs doesnt know how to do it any other way) tale that was so vivid, I could see the images, hear the sounds, and smell the delightful food. From one scene to the next, there was a mixture of fun, drama, and excitement. The mystery
Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
3.5 Stars!

Some quick thoughts so I dont forget. 😂

Loved the dynamics between Theodosia and Riley. Scenes between them were so entertaining and comical. I loved her snarky attitude.

Lots of characters that I definitely lost track of who was who, leaving me totally surprised who the killer was. I didnt even really remember the person to be totally honest.

This was #21 in a series and I read it without reading any of the previous books. I thought it worked well as a standalone but I think I would
The Cozy Review
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming soon from Berkley Publishing, the 21st book Lavender Blue Murder in the tasty tea cozy series, "A Tea Shop Mystery" from author Laura Childs.

"A Tea Shop Mystery" tea cozy series and the latest addition in this series is a fantastic read by a talented and ingenious writer who knows how to describe her subject and makes tea into a mystery everyone will want to solve.

Theo and Drayton are captivating characters that readers will want to spend endless hours with. Other characters play a
Gail C.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this series and these characters in previous novels. The author, Laura Childs does an excellent job of weaving Charleston throughout the book, so you can feel as if you are there. While Im not positive about every twist and turn, most of her descriptions of streets and names are accurate and leave me with the sense of once again visiting the city.
The same interesting characters of Theodosia, tea shop owner, Drayton, tea sommelier, and Haley, chef to the tea room are present here,
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-2020
Lavender Blue Murder earns 5/5 Tweed Jackets...Engaging Entertainment!

Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are enjoying their participation in an English-inspired shooting party at Creekmore Plantation hosted by Draytons good friend, Reginald Doyle, CEO of a major pharmaceutical company. He and his wife are self-professed Anglophiles and went all out with shooting costumes, gun loaders, bird dogs, and a traditional elevenses of bourbon and gin fizzes. Theodosia knows her way
WTF Are You Reading?
Laura Child's 21st offering in her Tea Shop Mystery series, finds Theodosia and Drayton on an English-styled bird hunt. That ends in murder.

Pharmaceutical CEO, Reginald Doyle presents himself as nothing less than the aging lord of the manner. When he opens his plantation home to friends and family on the beautiful autumn day of his hunt. Little did she or anyone know that he was the intended prey.

Of course as fate and Ms. Child's formulaic writing style would have it. Theodosia and Drayton are
K.A. Davis
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LAVENDER BLUE MURDER, the twenty-first book in The Tea Shop Mysteries is another entertaining addition to an endearing series by Laura Childs. You can always count on Ms. Childs to start her stories off with a bang, and in this newest release, it is quite a literal bang! I love the descriptive settings the author evokes, from a proper English shooting party being hosted by a local plantation, to the quaint, genteel Southern city of Charleston, to the charming Indigo Tea Shop. The reader is ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs. (a Tea Shop Mystery)

My favorites among the Tea Shop Mysteries include those in which Drayton is the main character second only to Theodosia. He's such an entertaining person with so much to add to the storyline. In this latest entry, Theodosia and Drayton are among the invitees at a bird hunt. Drayton himself chooses not to participate, however, Theo does. That's when an unfamiliar and unexpected gunshot rings out. Theo ventures out to find their host shot
Dahlia Donovan
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
If I'm honest, my review would be 2 stars for part of this book, and 4 stars for the rest. I enjoyed the story. I love cozies, and overall I've loved the Tea Shop series from Laura Childs.

But I did feel a bit 'meh' through parts of this book.

One of the joys of cozies is that you suspend reality a little. Things tend to be a little over the top. In this one, I found moments where I was like--no, just no, that definitely wouldn't happen like that.

So overall, I enjoyed the book but it wasn't my
Lisa Morin
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ive read all of the books in this series, and Im still always excited when a new one is released.
In Lavender Blue Murder, Theodosia, Drayton and Haley are once again involved in another murder investigation, where the tragic death of a husband leaves a wife begging for answers.
Besides the great storyline, I enjoy reading about the unique tea parties, the specialty blends Drayton creates, and the delectable treats Haley whips up in the kitchen.
Lavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs is the twenty-first A Tea Shop Mystery. I look forward to each new installment of A Tea Shop Mystery series. This is one of the two series that got me interested in cozy mysteries. I picked up Death by Darjeeling and quickly devoured it. I hurried back to the bookstore to pick up the next two books in the series (that was all that was out at that time). Theodosia Browning and Drayton Conneley are at Reginald Doyles estate participating in an old English bird ...more
Nada Sobhi
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Theodosia is rather skilled at crime solving You could say she's Charleston's very own Nancy Drew."

Lavender Blue Murder is the 21st installment, yes you read that right, in the Tea Shop Mystery Series by Laura Childs. It's my first read in the series, which means it can easily be read as a standalone.

Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, attends an English-themed hunting event organized by Reginald Doyle, who wounds up dead. And even though the police are investigating,
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feb-2020-tbr
4.5 Stars

This is the 21st book in the A Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs. Wow. twenty-one books in this series. Talk about longevity How cool is that? I havent read too many of these Tea Shop mysteries but I am totally loving them! I have a couple of hardbacks in my collection that I really need to get back to!

This was a pretty involved mystery. First a man in the hunting party gets killed and then before the next dawn there is a fire in the place many are staying. Its just one thing
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read so many books that I often miss out on great cozy mystery series. That is obviously what happened with The Tea Shop Mysteries! I knew that by jumping in at book 21, I might be a little lost; however, I wasnt at all. This book is so well written, and I feel like I knew the characters just as well as if Id begun with book one. I love books like that! Sure, Theodosia might not have had a boyfriend in the beginning of the series, but thats not a spoiler! Most cozy mystery books eventually ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
"Lavender Blue Murder" is a cozy mystery. It's the 21th book in a series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this story, and this book didn't spoil the previous ones. There was a couple uses of "mild" bad language and no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable story.

The main characters acted fairly mature and respectable in this book, though Theodosia went all James Bond at the end. She asked good questions about the murder and found a number of people who had motives and
Beth Ann
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Laura Childs does it again with another great book in her cozy tea series. Theodosia Browning and tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are at it again. This time along with serving fabulous tea and hosting creative tea parties at The Indigo Tea Shop they get drawn into yet another murder mystery. when she finds Reginald Doyle dead at a hunting event, Theodosia steps up to the plate and in true Theodosia style drives her police officer boyfriend crazy with her shenanigans. This book is the 21st in the ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Phew this was a humdinger of a story with a plethora of potential suspects for Theo and Drayton to deal with!

This opens with a shooting party. but no one expects the host to be shot instead of his game birds! and then if that wasn't bad enough someone tries to burn down his plantation house and then his stepdaughter in law is missing, presumed drowned! Reginald Doyle's widow Meredith seems to be beside herself and alternating between being sensible and being all over the place, when she asks
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another installment of Theo and her cast of characters at the Indigo Tea Shop brings murder, mystery, themed teas, action and a few red herrings. This is an entertaining story that has twists and turns. There is a murder of a prominent local business man, a fire that is arson, a seance, a kidnapping, a chase and a shooting. The author Laura Childs lets it all hang out in this one and it doesnt disappoint. Drayton plays a more impressive role and Haley cooks her way to a Judges Favorite ribbon. A ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, the 22st installment of the Teashop Mystery Series is wonderful as are all of Laura Childs' books. Well, Theodosia does it again...finds herself in the middle of yet another mystery! A story of revenge, murder and mayhem solved as only Theo can! If you have not read this series, or any of this author's amazing books, you are truly missing out on some phenomenally great books!!!!
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Low country South Carolina is an area steeped in history, but present-day trouble is brewing in the latest tea shop mystery from New York times bestselling author Laura Childs

I really loved the writing in this mystery! The suspense starts from the beginning and goes through till the end! Fast paced thrill ride! Thank you Berkeley Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Sandie Laughner
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another rousing cozy mystery in the tea shop series!! And as usual, I couldn't figure out who the bad guy was... This in itself is a good clue to how well Ms Childs plots her storylines. Can't wait for the next one!!
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Faster paced, so much tea lore. Loved it, as usual.
Continuing on with a much loved series, this most recent book takes us from the elegance and upscale activities and locations of an organized game hunt, (reminescent of Rita Msae Brown) to the fields of a lavender farm, Theo's beloved tea room and to less refined localations.
When a wealthy land owner is murdered and his estate nearly burnt to the ground, members of his family reach out to Theodosia for her assistance in tracking down a murderer. Of course her boyfriend repeatedly advises her to
Renee Brown
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Installment 21 of the Tea Shop Mystery series finds Theodosia caught up in a murder when she and Drayton attend a English-style hunting party on a country estate. This cozy mystery series is filled with the flavor of Charleston and the charm of Theodosia's Indigo Tea Shop; it is peopled with characters with varying degrees of Southern charm!
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Laura Childs entertains again with her newest tea mystery! Right in the beginning someone is murdered, but by whom? The wife? The son? The neighbor? Althought the man killed was liked by so many, there were others that held grudges. Theodosia and her coworker Drayton get caught up in figuring out who most likely committed the crime, and has information about a missing person.
Dollycass Thoughts

Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are on a hunt, a bird hunt. They are guests at an English shooting party. Theo is having a great time and even bagged a quail. Drayton is mostly just along for her company. As they are sojourning across the field they hear shots ring out. Shots very close to them. Theo takes off to check things out and she finds their host Reginald Doyle, bleeding to death in the neighbors lavender field. By the time the ambulance
The game is afoot, literally, in Lavender Blue Murder, the 21st book in Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries. Proprietor Theodosia Browning and tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are participating in a traditional English hunt at the Creekmore Plantation. Proper drinks have been quaffed, proper and tweedy attire has been donned, and Theodosia has already bagged a grouse when she hears the unlikely sound of a pistol nearby. Is it a distress signal?

Concerned, she leaves Drayton behind and ventures into
Wendy Kendall
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get ready mystery enthusiasts and amateur sleuths, because Laura Childs' latest Tea Shop Mystery starts off with a bang. It's a Lavender Blue Murder in the fields of the low country of South Carolina. When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley attend an invitation only English shooting party, with all the trappings, they had no idea that anyone other than the birds were in danger. When shots ring out too close for comfort, the partiers scatter and run ...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.

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