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The Teaberry Strangler (A Tea Shop Mystery #11)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,790 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
Charleston is bustling with shoppers looking for antiques-and, of course, Theodosia Browning's delicious teas. But when the cobblestone alleys clear, Theodosia finds the map store owner strangled to death. Many wanted her shop-but enough to kill? Most alarming, however, is Detective Tidwell's theory: that the killer mistook her for Theodosia.

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Hardcover, Large Print, 445 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Wheeler Publishing (first published March 1st 2010)
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Alice
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the plot itself wasn't great, nor was the mystery, oooor the characters... And there was hardly anything I might call a clue throughout. But now I need to own a tea store. Like, I NEED to. And I need cute sandwiches and sweets and beautiful tea cups in my life. Also, I taught myself to knit while reading this book. So FOUR STARS IT IS!
Suzanne
I've been reading the Laura Childs Tea Shop Mysteries since she began writing them more than 10 years ago, and while this remains one of my favorite series, I got the feeling with this book that Laura Childs is starting to get bored of Theodosia and her friends in Charleston. The first chapter, the plot becomes a bit thin when Theodosia, walking in a dark alley at night witnesses a murder, and it all seems a bit surreal and not completely believable. The dialog between Drayton and Haley this tim ...more
Julie P
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read several of Laura Childs' Tea Shop mysteries, I was familiar with the main characters, and their relationship with one another. It has been a while, however, since I've read one, so it was as if I were reading this book on its own, minus the rest of the series. Certain events have taken place in previous books that were alluded to, and impacted the plot of this book, but there's enough information that you don't necessarily need to go back if you don't want to. As for me, I probably w ...more
Audrey
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culinary
"Do you know anything about the language of roses?"

"What do you mean?" asked Theodosia.

"During the Victorian era," said Drayton, "the use of rose symbolism was extremely popular. It became a subtle form of communication."

"Like text messaging today," said Theodosia.

"Not exactly," said Drayton.


Synopsis: The indefatigable Theodosia Browning continues to run her merry crew of teashop irregulars and solve murders all over Charleston's historic shopping district. This time it's Daria, owner of an anti
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Mason
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Award-winning author Laura Childs brings tea shop owner Theodosia Browning back for another exciting adventure in “The Teaberry Strangler.”

This is the 11th installment in the Tea Shop Mystery series. Don’t let that scare you from reading it as it is a stand alone book and can be read with having read the previous books. However, once you get started, you’ll want to read every book in the series.

Theo organizes a “back-ally crawl” where the shop owners dress in historic costumes and open their bac
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Kristin
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is book #11 in the Tea Shop Mysteries. These are my 'brain candy' books - a fast, usually entertaining read. What I enjoy about these books are the setting in the historic district of Charleston (which I have visited), some of the tidbits of history and the tea trivia.

What I am becoming annoyed with is the unrealistic daily operations of the Tea Shop itself seriously, the amount and type of food coming out of "that tiny kitchen" is just not realistic or plausible for just one chef in addit
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Patti
It was nice to spend time in Charleston and visit the Indigo Tea Shop. This continues to be a good series, one you can count on for good company.

One quibble: the author used exclamation points during a tense scene near the end of the book, and I felt like I was back reading Nancy Drew mysteries with their end-of-chapter cliffhangers.
Judine Brey
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Pamela Mclaren
A shipowner and friend of Theodosia Browning has been strangled right before her eyes and now Theodosia is out to find out who and why, all the while running her tea shop, catering local events, dealing with an ex-boyfriend's drama and wondering when the purchase of her cottage will be finalized, if ever.

For light, fast reading with a mystery see in Charleston, this is a good book. A lot of fun, not much seriousness and loads of quirky characters. Its all here.
Talea
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, mystery, southern
Easy summer read. It wasn't a spine tingler, but it was great with a cup of tea after putting the kids to bed. I was able to get into it despite a bit of a cheesy start. It was enough to send me back for more of her work.
Diane
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#11 in the series (A Tea Shop Mystery) Who killed Daria? I just love this series I wish we had a tea shop like this in our town. I love all the characters also.
Natalie
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story line, very good. First time reading this author.
Guera25
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have doggedly plowed my way through eleven of these things, and like an idiot beating her head against the wall, insensible to the pain in my head or the blood dripping into my eyes to sting and clot and burn, I will likely read the rest. But this one was an exercise in empty puffery. Nothing happened in two hundred and eighty pages. Theo never found a clue or interrogated a suspect, never did any sleuthing. She did, however, cater multiple fancy soirees with a staff of two, soirees that she h ...more
Cornerofmadness
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Sara
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are always a fun read----clean language, no real violence, a good mystery with amusing people and interesting facts about tea.
Fawn Carriker
This was a fun read...even though several times I was led astray when I jumped to (obvious) conclusions. My favorite part was the tea party recipes and tea hints in the back of the book. As someone who has always wanted to own a tea room, Laura Childs lets me vicariously enjoy being a shop owner through Theodosia Browning.

"The Teaberry Strangler" was a quick, easy read, and a great respite from heavier subjects.
Bridget
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is only the second or third book in this series that I've read, and I haven't even thought to read them in order, so there may be background in the stories that I'm not aware of. But this was an enjoyable read, and just the sort of thing I was in the mood to read at the time, so I consider it a win-win situation.

In this installment, Theodosia Browning is heading home one evening after the Back Alley Crawl, an event that was her suggestion, giving visitors and residents of Charleston, South
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Fred
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a joy it is to spend time visiting the Indigo Tea Shop and it's owner Theodosia Browning and her staff. If this were a real place I would love to work there. Drayton is the master tea blender with a wonderful sense of humor, Haley the innovative chef and partimer Miss Dimple.

The historic area of Charleston wrapping up a Back alley crawl one evening and Theois on her way to take some tea and scones to the lady who runs a map shop. As Theo approaches she witnesses the shop owner being strangl
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Clare O'Beara
This is number eleven in a mystery series. Theodosia runs a tea and cakes shop in Charleston, giving it a southern flavour.
I liked some of the early books such as Death by Darjeeling and Shades of Earl Grey, but we might wonder why this lady is such a murder magnet.

Daria who owns the nearby map store is found strangled in the alley and possibly, someone mistook her for Thea. Alternatively the map store had been receiving attention from a potential buyer - and Daria had refused to sell. In tough
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Kathy
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery lovers
Recommended to Kathy by: Elizabeth Laumas
The back-alley crawl along Church Street had seemed like a good idea when Theodosia Browning and the other shop owners agreed to it. Theo even had to admit that it had seemed to be a great success, at least for the Indigo Tea Shop. Things change quickly, though, when Theo decides to take some much needed sustenance down to her friend Daria Shand at the Antiquarian Map Shop. Unfortunately, instead of provided her friend with food and drink, Theo witnesses Daria's murder instead. Theo is the only ...more
Laura
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, beach-read
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Kathleen Franklin
Apr 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow did she phone this one in. I can only assume she wasn't inspired and had a deadline.

This author is always fond of long descriptions, especially of Charleston and social events. However

SPOILER ALERT

Theo never solves this puzzle. She spends 280 pages wandering around town and various events mulling over who it might be. Never really talks to anyone, never finds a clue. She's still on a COLD trial when the killer suddenly attacks her at page 280. The Tidwell (who had solved it) comes to arrest
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Georgette
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third in my Tea Shop Mystery(#11)binge The Teaberry Strangler really gets things bubbling along when it comes to changes of direction in one of my favorite subplots as they relate to Theodosia's love life..or do they. This adventure starts off with the tragic demise of Theo's friend and map store owner Daria. Is there a connection to someone's craving to own her shop in this desirable location in Charleston, is it one person, two or more, or is there something more sinister afoot? What reall ...more
Laura Betz fay
The most charming, and delicious, part of this book are the recipes in the back! The butterscotch scones and Almond Devonshire Cream were truly an amazing tea treat! next, i want to try the pecan pie muffins!

This was my first Tea Shop Mystery, and it wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. I found it at the library, and love the cozy mystery genre, at least on film, so I figured I'd give it try. In terms of cozy, it passed with flying colors. What it lacked was the investigation part! I
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Larisha
11th book in the series...Unfortunately, I think this is one of the weaker books in the series. The wonderful descriptions of Charleston (and its society gatherings) are included but the mystery itself is insubstantial.

The murder takes place, Theodosia (our main character) lines up a cast of suspects with flimsy motives and then the reader is left hanging since there are no clues as to who actually did it. The murderer is revealed in the final pages and it is totally "sprung" on the reader sinc
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Beth Ann
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't love a good whodunit book with a tea theme? Another wonderfully fun book in the Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery series that is fun to read from start to finish. The main character, Theodosia, is at it again when she stumbles onto another murder and another mystery. Theodosia owns the Indigo Tea Shop and always seems to be in the thick of things when it comes to the bad things going on in her town. She is an amateur sleuth who usually is the one who solves the mysteries along with servi ...more
Marian
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readit, 2010
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Kristi
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, cozy
3.5 stars
My first thought about The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Childs is that it was exactly what I expected. Now, some may see that as a negative. For me, it is the same comfort of digging into your favorite pint of Ben & Jerry’s. You get what you are seeking.

I found The Teaberry Strangler to provide me with a nice murder mystery sans too much gore with plenty of suspects with plenty of possible motives. I got to visit once again with Theo and her gang of employees and business neighbors w
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Amy Rosenkoetter
Not bad as cozy culinary mysteries go, but there were a few things that left me a little cold. First, it was tough to get my sympathies rolling for the main characters because the murder jumped right in at the get-go with little foreplay. I didn't have time to get to just know the characters at all, so that was a mite off-putting. Second, I didn't feel like I really got many good clues to follow. The ending was a surprise to me because I'd barely met the murder and there were just too many red h ...more
Beth Peninger
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good mystery. My love affair with them began with Nancy Drew, continued with the find of Agatha Christie, and really ramped up with Mary Higgins Clark. Since I have read almost all of the mentioned I have been searching for some new (to me at the very least) authors who can do a murder mystery decent. Laura Childs intrigues me because she has a whole series based around another love of mine...tea! This particular one is set in the "middle" of her series and generally my Type A self can' ...more
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