Friday, July 24, 2015

Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs

Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs - Thoughts in ProgressFinding a book (or series) that not only entertains you, but also encourages you to expand your culinary interest is a plus. Author Laura Childs does just that with her Tea Shop Mystery series and its latest installment, MING TEA MURDER.

This time around Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia ‘Theo’ Browning finds more than she bargained for when attending a black tie affair at the Gibbes Museum. Theo attends the gala opening for a genuine eighteenth century Chinese teahouse exhibit. Discovering more than Chinese tea history, she finds museum patron Edgar Webster murdered in an old fashion photo booth.

When her boyfriend Max, who directs public relations for the museum, becomes a suspect in the murder, Theo is determined to find the killer. She knows the real killer was among the crème de la crème of Charleston society that attended the gala. Theo won’t stop until Max is cleared.

The author has created likable, realistic characters readers enjoy getting to know better in each installment. The interaction among the main core of characters gives the book a feel of family and longstanding friendships.

The Charleston setting quickly draws readers in as does the vivid descriptions of the Indigo Tea Shop and its activities. Mingled among the mystery is bits of history concerning Chinese tea houses. Readers don’t have to enjoy tea and the pleasantries that go with it to enjoy MING TEA MURDER. But for those who do enjoy tea, there’s an added bonus of tea-related recipes, tea time tips, and tea party theme suggestions.

This delightful cozy mystery is perfect reading for those hot summer evenings. The combination of murder mystery, tasty treats, refreshing tea and intriguing characters makes for enjoyable reading. 

Author Laura Childs’s website can be found HERE.

Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs, A Tea Shop Mystery Book #16, Berkley, @2015, ISBN: 978-0425281642, Hardcover, 336 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out this fun cozy murder mystery a bit more. This is a fascinating series. Do you have a favorite series you’d like to share with us? Are you a tea drinker? If so, do you like it hot or cold, sweeten or unsweetened, brewed or steeped?

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  1. I have read a few novels from this series. Thanks for the reminder.
    I am indeed a tea drinker. Chai for preference, or black or green. Weak. Never, ever stewed.

  2. oooh, such an inviting cover

  3. I'm not a tea drinker, but I do like Charleston. Cool town.

  4. There's something about a tea shop that just makes it a great context for a murder mystery. And sometimes, a cup of chai is exactly what the doctor ordered :-). The Charleston setting sounds great too. Thanks, Mason.

  5. I must get back to this wonderful series. Thanks for reminding me.

  6. I haven't read any of her books in ages. Didn't she also have a series about a Scrapbook shop in New Orleans?

  7. I drink sweetened tea, hot or iced. I like the sound of this with the history and realistic characters.

  8. I love your choice of words to describe this book--"cozy mystery." It would be a great book to curl up with on the couch.

  9. Great story concept and I absolutely adore the cover!


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