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Death by Darjeeling

(A Tea Shop Mystery #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  8,440 ratings  ·  691 reviews
Meet Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston's beloved Indigo Tea Shop. Patrons love her blend of delicious tea tastings and southern hospitality. And Theo enjoys the full-bodied flavor of a town steeped in history -- and mystery... — It's tea for two hundred or so at the annual historic homes garden party. And Theodosia, as event caterer, is busy serving steaming teas and ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Berkley (first published 2001)
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Nicole Just picked up #14 at the library and read it not knowing it was a series. I found it entertaining. While I think you could get more background from…moreJust picked up #14 at the library and read it not knowing it was a series. I found it entertaining. While I think you could get more background from reading them all in order, I think you could do it out of order as I did. (less)

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Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
I know, this series may not be something you expected to see on my shelves. But I can't help it. I'm an old woman at heart. And a tea fanatic. The writing's OK, the mysteries are well within the framework of the genre — nothing to get excited about. But the descriptions of Charleston, and the tea talk, well, it helps me get through Chicago winters, OK?! ;-)
Lisa Kay

★★★★☆ Yes, finally started this interesting series. What is not to love? Tea, mystery, and South Carolina! Some people won't like all the tea facts, but I gulped them down. I studied the art of tea for one of my cultural classes in collage and drink tea everyday. There were a few bumps, but I'm more than happy with this book that satisfies my arduous "double-decker" challenge. I'll be continuing with the series, though I'll seek them out at the library.
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
I spotted the "Tea Shop Mystery" series piled on a table at a friend's house and borrowed them, as I was in the mood for a "cozy" mystery, and the trio of paperbacks also promised "Scrumptious recipes." Mysteries *and* recipes! What could be better?

I have now read Gunpowder Green, Shades of Earl Grey, and The English Breakfast Murder (but not the first of the series, Death by Darjeeling). The titles are unavoidable, of course, but they also could definitely be better books. Worse, the recipes te
Kathie H
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Kathie by: Cozy Mysteries goodreads group
Oh dear, where do I start? This was a selection for our Goodreads "cozy mysteries" book club (our July author was Laura Childs). I wanted to like it. I love tea & love the idea of the owner of a teashop as the protagonist for a mystery series.

Childs has an issue with writing in complete sentences. Also, she has an odd way of changing well-known phrases into you-almost-got-it-right word groups. For example, instead of saying "dribs & drabs," she uses "drips & drops." Instead of "slapd
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Theodosia Browning and her staff at the Indigo Tea Shop are catering a garden party during Charleston’s historic homes Lamplighter Tour. As the guests depart and they are cleaning up, one young helper discovers a guest has died. But what looks like a heart attack turns out to be murder, and the tea he was drinking puts the focus on Theo’s business.

This is a good cozy mystery. I like how Childs took time to build the relationships among the tea shop’s employees, and other characters – the detect
Death by Darjeeling started out pretty well, but turned lame around midway. just when I was thinking that it didn't follow any of the clichés that cozies with middle aged protagonists employed too. Heh. I will never read a cozy that I like unconditionally. (Flavia de Luce excepted).

The middle aged heroine of this novel is Theodosia Browning, who runs the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, SC. This was an immediate win for me. I like tea, and I visited Charleston some years ago and immediately fell i
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sometimes being a writer is burdensome to being a reader..

On the plus side, Ms. Childs infused (no pun intended!) "Death by Darjeeling" with a distinctive sense of place--I'd love to have a cuppa in that tea shop! Especially if the fun character Drayton Connelley is there to pour and have a chat about the properties of tea.

On the critique side..
"Death" could have benefitted from a few read-throughs by a good writing group. If you're an avid reader who delights in a well-wrought mystery, this one
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was so hoping to fall in love with this series, as it seemingly contained all the elements of things I enjoy. Whilst there is nothing wrong or bad about this book there is nothing endearing about it either - its dull and sadly boring. Characters are underdevelped, plots are thin and chapters are strangely formated. It may not help that at the same time I am reading a Kate Morton book. These two authors are poles apart - whilst Morton is a blockbuster big screen release, Childs is a lazy Sunday ...more
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading the fifth in this series. Great bedtime reading. Light with a modicum of murder, very well done. Gives the flavor of Charleston as a very historic city. With the tea shop as a base Theodosia gets into a lot of fixes and barely gets the killers.
The first book in the Tea Shop Mystery series, "Death by Darjeeling" , is just about what you would expect from a cozy mystery. This story comes with quirky characters, an interesting and historical setting.. in this case, the historic district in Charleston, South Carolina.... and of course, this a murder to start things off.

Theodosia Browning (who was named for Theodosia Alston, wife of former governor, Joseph Alston and daughter of former vice-president Aaron Burr), is the owner of the Indi
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What can I say but that I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it just got me so wrapped up in Theo's Indigo Tea Shop and the mystery itself was intriguing in its' own little way I had to read this from cover to cover. Everything about it was just so "cozy". I loved the different descriptions about tea, and being a tea lover myself am now in the look out for new teas to try. Aside from the wonderful tea descriptions and the desserts that went along with it, the mystery was a fun read. No ...more
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
In the middle of reading this book I got to thinking about why I read so many series similar to this one in which the mystery is not extraordinary and the characters are similar. I suppose it’s the appeal of escaping the tensions of the day by reading about women (usually) who have left behind a stressful job or have been widowed/divorced and open up a tea/coffee/book shop. And they aren’t taxing or gut wrenching stories. Just a nice diversion at the end of a stressful week, which allows me to l ...more
I enjoyed this cozy, it's one I've wanted to read for a while. Cozy mysteries are easy read "comfort foods," so to speak and I do love a good cup of tea, so this seems like it would be right up my alley.

I found the character development a bit lacking and I'm hoping as the series continues the characters will be developed better. I'm really glad that I didn't see the "who done it" coming. I initially though it was one particular character, however that was the "obvious" person and that would hav
Kathy McC
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Found my new fun series. Light-hearted, clever, and filled with information about tea.
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kim-f
Review Originally Posted At: FictionForesight

Theodosia Browning is a retired advertising mogul who decided to get into a more relaxing position as owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston. Her quiet life is turned upside down, however, when a guest at an esteemed party is found dead, still clutching his teacup filled with her blend of tea. Will Theodosia be able to solve his murder in order to absolve her tea shop's reputation?

This murder mystery started out like a nice, well blended, full-lea
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

I went on a shopping spree last year to the local independent used bookstore and grabbed up a lot of first books in several cozy series - tea focused (this one), coffee shop themed, bookstore themed, random themes. What a nice but expensive day that turned out to be. This one drew my eye because it focused on tea - of which I'm a fan - but I went to into aware of mixed reviews and ratings.

It turned out pretty good for an introduction into a typical cozy world. A lot of these series start out med
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
It’s a treat to be carried away for the first time by a new narrator. Settings grow on you, at other times you can tell at once whether they are... wait for it... ‘your cup of tea’! I’m niggardly about a few aspects but feel I’ll enjoy this long-standing series. The first thing I loved about “Death By Darjeeling” is that 'Theodosia Browning' is an independent beauty of nearly 40. We don’t see enough full-grown adults in fiction; who aren’t coated in sarcasm. She left marketing for her own busine ...more
Angela Holland
May 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was a re-read for me and luckily I don't remember what I read especially if it has been years. I enjoyed this book every bit as much as I do the scrapbooking mysteries that Laura writes. I can't wait to continue on with this series. The characters are fun, the tea shop is quaint and I enjoy the all the talk about the different teas. Laura Childs has a knack for giving us such vivid descriptions. The teas she describes have such fun names and sound so tasty that I would love to find them to ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is about as cozy as a cozy mystery gets! Which to me is a good thing. Very, very tame but fun. There is a lovable Dalmation (Earl Grey!) and a tea shop that made my mouth water with all the good stuff they would bake every day. A fun one and part of a series.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I found it to be fun read and rather educational regarding all the different types of teas in the world. I liked the lead character, Theodosia and her cast of employee. This book seemed well written and I am looking forward to reading the next one in this series.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this first book of the series. Although I'm not a hot tea drinker I want to visit this tea shoppe and have a nice visit. I'm looking forward to reading on in this series.
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sleuthing
3.5 Stars. I was in the mood for a cozy and have been nosing around several series trying to find one I liked. I really enjoyed this very Miss Marple-ish but with a much younger protagonist mystery surrounding the death of a property developer reviled by the genteel long-time inhabitants of Charleston, SC (and if there’s anything I’ve learned from watching 20 seasons of Midsomer Murders, it’s that property developers threaten village traditions and usually wind up the first dead body of any epis ...more
Rachel N.
Theodosia Browning runs a tea shop in Charleston, South Carolina. While catering an event for the Lamplighter house tour a guest is found dead with a cup of Theo's tea in hand. Theo then starts investigating the murder to clear the name of one of her store employees. There is a lot of random tea information in the book. I liked Theo and her employees and her dog Earl Grey. The author randomly skips out of Theo's thoughts and into other characters thoughts for a paragraph at a time in the middle ...more
Kelsey Langenfeld
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful read. As far as mysteries go, it was very PG but cute. I had some problems getting in touch with some of the characters, especially the MC but she was quirky and fun. I learned a lot about tea that I didn't already know and I am already a tea lover so that was fantastic.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good solid mystery, with tea information included, even recipes! Sort of a Murder She Wrote, I actually read the first three in this series in one volume. Someday I will read more of them.
Elizabeth Meadows
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print-books-2017
I really liked this book. It made me want to drink more tea, and I'm a coffee drinker.
Danny Reid
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Less a murder mystery (six chapters from the end and the hero is busy doing inventory, for chrissake), this is more a languid Charleston travelogue crossed with tea porn.
Joan Mueller
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this tea shop mystery. It was a complex puzzle to determine who was the murderer out of the new characters who were introduced? It had just the right amount of drama
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Writing, plot, character development, "twist," and honestly the entire genre is all Meh. Sorry, not my cup of tea (HAHAHA).
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
a fun and easy read for people who are crazy about anything TEA. definitely NOT dark or gritty. very likeable characters.
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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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