Sunday Salon - a time to visit with friends, enjoy a good cup of coffee (or tea), relax in your favorite chair, and share the wonderful books you’ve read during the past week.
This week I only have one book to share but it’s the latest installment in one of my favorite series.
Reading a new Tea Shop Mystery is like visiting with old friends. Even though this is the 12th installment in the series, it is a stand alone book. New readers will be able to keep pace with the unique cast of characters without feeling lost.
Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, is talked into attending the Heritage Society’s ‘Pirates and Plunder’ party by Drayton Conneley, master tea blender for the shop and Heritage Society booster. One of the main attractions of the gala is an antique skull drinking cup set with a huge diamond. It’s alleged to be the actual skull of Blackbeard.
The party takes a horrible turn when the skull is stolen, the society’s office manager is injured, and a history intern is killed.
Theodosia can’t help but get involved to find the skull and bring the killer to justice. Along the way she is also busy hosting a housewarming party to show off her new carriage house, participating in the Charleston Food and Wine Festival by sponsoring a tea and cheese tasting, having tingling feelings for the handsome new PR Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art, and of course, running her tea shop.
Author Laura Childs blends pirates, secret societies, buried treasures, mystery, murder, and mayhem with a touch of humor. Just when you think you have figured out who the killer is, a new twist introduces another possible suspect and another clue as to why the skull was taken.
This is a fast pace, enjoyable read from beginning to end. You don’t have to be a tea drinker to enjoy this delightful cozy mystery. But if you do enjoy tea, Drayton may just tempt you with a new flavor or two. Though I’m a huge coffee drinker, Theodosia and the gang at the Indigo Tea Shop have lead me to try some wonderful new tea blends and even collect a tea pot or two.
As an added bonus to SCONES & BONES, readers will find delicious recipes (such as Lemon Chess Pie), tea time tips and tea resources in the back of the book. There is also a preview of Laura Childs’ next Scapbooking Mystery, SKELTON LETTERS, coming in October from Berkley Prime Crime
Author Laura Childs’ website is www.laurachilds.com
Scones & Bones by Laura Childs, A Tea Shop Mystery, Berkley Prime Crime, @2010, ISBN: 978-0-425-23896-7, Hardcover, 320 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author and publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
SIDE NOTE: Be sure to check out yesterday’s post to find out about the wonderful raffle Margot @ Confessions of a Mystery Novelist is holding to benefit the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.
What did you read this past week? When reading a book featuring tea, coffee or other types of food, do you find yourself partaking of those delicious indulgences?