One of my favorite cozy murder mystery series has a new installment coming out next week and I’m delighted to share my thoughts on it.
STEEPED IN EVIL by Laura Childs
Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning isn’t a wine connoisseur, but she still enjoys attending a fancy wine-tasting party at the upscale Knighthall Winery. Theo and her tea expert, Drayton Conneley, are enjoying the evening when things turn sour – a dead body is discovered in the prize barrel of wine. It turns out to be Drew Knight, son of the winery owner, Jordan Knight.
Unhappy with the sheriff’s investigation, Jordan turns to his friend Drayton, asking for his and Theo’s help. As they being to ask questions, financial problems, marital woes, and unhappy family relationships surface. In time Theo helps the authorities locate the killer. But, then Theo isn’t sure this is the real killer.
Childs once again blends the cozy tea shop atmosphere with the adrenaline rush of searching for a killer. The characters are realistic, likable and easy for readers to relate to with their own faults and worries. The secondary characters add charm and depth to the story.
STEEPED IN EVIL moves at a steady pace. While you may guess some of the outcome, the road to the end has a few intriguing twists and turns. There is a good balance of suspense, mystery and humor throughout the book.
Childs’ eye for detail and rich descriptions places the reader in the heart of Charleston where the energy of the Church Street residents holds you spellbound. Her vivid portrayals bring the sights, sounds and smells of the tea shop off the pages and into the room with you. The charm and friendly atmosphere envelop you as you devour this tantalizing mystery.
The book concludes with delicious recipes, tea party suggestions and a sneak peak at Childs’ next installment in her Scrapbooking Mystery series. While this is the 15th installment in the Tea Shop Mystery series, it can be read on its own. A love of tea is not required to enjoy this charming cozy mystery, but it might just inspire you to give the beverage a try.
Author Laura Childs’ website is http://www.laurachilds.com/
Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs, Tea Shop Mystery Book #15, Berkley Prime Crime, @2014, ISBN: 978-0425252956, Hardcover, 320 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. STEEPED IN EVIL is out in bookstores Tuesday, March 4th. Has reading a book inspired you to try a new beverage or food? What about trying a new hobby like knitting or crocheting?